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News Article | May 18, 2017
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Newly elected to three-year terms on the MIB Board of Directors are Dr. Gina Guzman, Vice President and Chief Medical Director, Munich Re, U.S. (Life) who began her first term in September 2016; James E. Hohmann, Chief Executive Officer and President, Members Mutual and Vericity Holdings and Chief Executive Officer for subsidiaries Efinancial and Fidelity Life Association; Jeffrey D. Holley, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc. and affiliates; and Harold B. Rojas, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, The Baltimore Life Companies. "I'm honored to work alongside these talented, visionary industry leaders who volunteer their time to be on the MIB Board," said Lee B. Oliphant, President and CEO of MIB Group, Inc.  "MIB Board members provide sharp insights into the life and health insurance industries and invaluable strategic guidance on the evolving needs of our 430 members," said Oliphant.  "I would also like to thank our outgoing Chairman Dave Wheeler for his leadership and passion for excellence during his tenure.  I am pleased that he will remain on the MIB Board as Immediate Past Chair." Mr. Roberts joined the MIB Board in 2012 and will serve as its new Chairman, 2017-2018.  As Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Ohio National Life Insurance Company he is responsible for rating agency relationships, treasury management, and finance operations for the enterprise.  He began his career with Ohio National in 1994 and was appointed an officer in 1996.  In 1999, he was elected Vice President, Financial Reporting, and has held his most recent title of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2008.  Mr. Roberts is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Life Underwriter and a Fellow of the Life Management Institute.  He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Ohio Society of CPAs and Financial Executives International.  In addition, he serves on the Finance Committee of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and is a trustee for the Bethesda North Hospital Foundation. Mr. Acselrod joined the MIB Board in 2016 and will serve as its new Vice Chairman, 2017-2018.  As Head of Premier Client Group integration and Department of Labor implementation for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), he has overall accountability for success of the MetLife Premier Client group acquisition.  Prior to this role, he led New Business and Underwriting where he had accountability for underwriting operations and strategy including oversight of the Life, Disability Income and LTC Underwriting and New Business departments.  Prior to joining MassMutual, Mr. Acselrod held various positions with the U.S. and international businesses of MetLife, Inc. where he served as Small Market Leader, Group Insurance, with P&L accountability for the segment nationally.  Mr. Acselrod led MetLife's Long Term Care and Critical Illness business and also held several other positions in Retail Business, Sales Compensation, Business Architecture, MetLife Japan, and Corporate Planning. Dr. Gina Guzman began serving her first term on the MIB Board in September 2016.  Dr. Guzman is Vice President and Chief Medical Director at Munich Re, U.S. (Life) with oversight responsibilities for Munich Re U.S. (Life) medical and underwriting functions.  Dr. Guzman leads the medical team's content updates to the EDGE underwriting manual, and manages the company's mortality research on impairments.  She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Insurance Medicine.  An in-demand presenter at local, regional and national underwriting meetings in North America, she was an invited speaker for the 2016 ICLAM meeting in the Netherlands.  Dr. Guzman was the 2013 president of the American Academy of Insurance Medicine (AAIM) and remains actively involved on their Executive Council.  She currently serves on the Board of Insurance Medicine, the Board of Managers of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) Medical Section, the ACLI Genetics Task Force, and the ACLI Medical Issues Committee.  She served as President of the Midwestern Medical Directors Association in both 2007 and 2016 and Dr. Guzman is a Fellow of both the Life Management Institute and Academy of Life Underwriting. Mr. James E. Hohmann will be joining the MIB Board in May 2017.  Mr. Hohmann is Chief Executive Officer and President of Members Mutual and Vericity Holdings.  He is also CEO of subsidiary companies Efinancial and Fidelity Life Association.  Previously, he served as President of Conseco (now CNO Financial), President and CEO of Allstate Financial, and most recently was President and CEO of FBL Financial.  In that role he delivered industry leading stock performance and the Company was recognized by Fortune Magazine on its list of the "100 Fastest Growing Companies" based upon growth in revenue, EPS and total return to shareholders. Mr. Jeffrey D. Holley will be joining the MIB Board in May 2017.  Mr. Holley is Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc. and its affiliated companies: American United Life Insurance, State Life Insurance and the Pioneer Mutual Life Insurance Company.  He is responsible for all treasury and tax functions, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets.  In 2015, he was named CFO of the Year by the Indianapolis Business Journal, in part for leading the acquisition of BMO's U.S.-based retirement services business.  The acquisition increased assets under administration by $26 billion to more than $70 billion, doubling in just under two years.  Mr. Holley served as President and Chief Executive Officer of HLT Partners, Inc. before joining the OneAmerica companies in 2011.  Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CUNA Mutual Group from 2000 to 2009.  He also served as acting President and Chief Executive Officer in 2004 and 2005.  Mr. Holley's 28-year career in the insurance industry began at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.  He is a Board member of Noble of Indiana, and a former Board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Harold B. Rojas will be joining the MIB Board in May 2017.  Mr. Rojas is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for The Baltimore Life Companies and has served in that role since 2005.  Before joining Baltimore Life, Mr. Rojas was Assistant Vice President and Assistant General Counsel with Old Mutual Financial Network, and he held various compliance and legal counsel positions with Conseco, Inc., Jackson National Life and Columbian Mutual Life.  He holds a law degree from Syracuse University College of Law. MIB is the life and health insurance industry's most trusted and secure resource for data-driven risk management services that protect the financial integrity of its members and address their evolving needs. Owned by its members, MIB is uniquely positioned to securely collect and analyze confidential data. MIB services help to detect fraud, errors and omissions on insurance applications; to analyze industry data needed to manage a variety of financial risks; and to make regulatory reporting compliance less onerous and more efficient. As the life insurance industry's first statistical agent, our MIB Solutions, Inc. subsidiary cost-effectively performs annual data calls for those insurers subject to principles-based reserving. MIB Group, Inc., a membership corporation, provides services through its wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, MIB, Inc. and MIB Solutions, Inc.  For more information, visit www.mibgroup.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mib-elects-a-new-chairman-vice-chairman-and-four-new-directors-to-its-board-300459802.html


Jauregui A.,Sopela Health Center | Ponte J.,Ortuella Mental Health Service | Salgueiro M.,Primary Care Research Unit of Bizkaia UIAPB Osakidetza | Salgueiro M.,University of the Basque Country | And 7 more authors.
BMC Family Practice | Year: 2015

Background: In contrast with the recommendations of clinical practice guidelines, the most common treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders in primary care is pharmacological. The aim of this study is to assess the efficacy of a cognitive-behavioural psychological intervention, delivered by primary care psychologists in patients with mixed anxiety-depressive disorder compared to usual care. Methods/Design: This is an open-label, multicentre, randomized, and controlled study with two parallel groups. A random sample of 246 patients will be recruited with mild-to-moderate mixed anxiety-depressive disorder, from the target population on the lists of 41 primary care doctors. Patients will be randomly assigned to the intervention group, who will receive standardised cognitive-behavioural therapy delivered by psychologists together with usual care, or to a control group, who will receive usual care alone. The cognitive-behavioural therapy intervention is composed of eight individual 60-minute face-to face sessions conducted in eight consecutive weeks. A follow-up session will be conducted over the telephone, for reinforcement or referral as appropriate, 6 months after the intervention, as required. The primary outcome variable will be the change in scores on the Short Form-36 General Health Survey. We will also measure the change in the frequency and intensity of anxiety symptoms (State-Trait Anxiety Inventory) and depression (Beck Depression Inventory) at baseline, and 3, 6 and 12 months later. Additionally, we will collect information on the use of drugs and health care services. Discussion: The aim of this study is to assess the efficacy of a primary care-based cognitive-behavioural psychological intervention in patients with mixed anxiety-depressive disorder. The international scientific evidence has demonstrated the need for psychologists in primary care. However, given the differences between health policies and health services, it is important to test the effect of these psychological interventions in our geographical setting. Trial registration: NCT01907035 (July 22, 2013). © 2015 Jauregui et al.; licensee BioMed Central.


Massimiliano B.,Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Institute | Nicola S.,Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Institute | Sante B.,Medical Section | Carmela F.,Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Institute | And 2 more authors.
British Journal of Sports Medicine | Year: 2011

Objective To collect medical data on women's boxing. Design Cross-sectional and longitudinal study. Setting Medical examinations requested by Italian laws. Participants A retrospective study was conducted on all female boxing competitions in Italy from April 2001 to December 2007. Sixty-one amateur female boxers were evaluated longitudinally. Interventions (1) Retrospective study: All pre-/ postmatch medical reports were analysed. (2) Prospective study: Breast, gynaecologic, brain, eyes, ear, nose and throat examinations were carried out. Main outcome measurements (1) Retrospective study: Any injury assessed before/after the match. (2) Prospective study: Health problems which could be related to boxing activity. Results (1) Retrospective study: Data from 5600 examinations were collected. Precompetition, a medical problem was recorded in three athletes (one conjunctiva hyperemia, one zygomatic bruise, one eyelid haematoma). Post competition, 51/2800 medical checks showed mild common injuries, such as soft tissue facial lesions, epistaxis and hand-wrist problems. Only one concussion was recorded with hospitalisation (for a thorough evaluation). Another athlete was hospitalised for a nasal fracture. (2) Prospective study: Two fibroadenomas, three ovarian cysts and one intramural uterine myoma were diagnosed. In four boxers, nonspecific electroencephalographic abnormalities were detected, however, with a normal brain MRI in three (the fourth is still waiting for the radiologic procedure). Nasal septum deviation was common (42.6%) and a transmissive hypoacusia was observed in two athletes. No major eye injuries were reported. Conclusions Female boxing seems to be a safe sport with a very low incidence of events requiring hospitalisation. No specific diseases in female boxers could be observed, in particular regarding the breast and reproductive system.


PubMed | Primary Care Research Unit of Bizkaia UIAPB Osakidetza, Rontegui Health Center, Sopela Health Center, Ortuella Mental Health Service and Medical Section
Type: | Journal: BMC family practice | Year: 2015

In contrast with the recommendations of clinical practice guidelines, the most common treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders in primary care is pharmacological. The aim of this study is to assess the efficacy of a cognitive-behavioural psychological intervention, delivered by primary care psychologists in patients with mixed anxiety-depressive disorder compared to usual care.This is an open-label, multicentre, randomized, and controlled study with two parallel groups. A random sample of 246 patients will be recruited with mild-to-moderate mixed anxiety-depressive disorder, from the target population on the lists of 41 primary care doctors. Patients will be randomly assigned to the intervention group, who will receive standardised cognitive-behavioural therapy delivered by psychologists together with usual care, or to a control group, who will receive usual care alone. The cognitive-behavioural therapy intervention is composed of eight individual 60-minute face-to face sessions conducted in eight consecutive weeks. A follow-up session will be conducted over the telephone, for reinforcement or referral as appropriate, 6 months after the intervention, as required. The primary outcome variable will be the change in scores on the Short Form-36 General Health Survey. We will also measure the change in the frequency and intensity of anxiety symptoms (State-Trait Anxiety Inventory) and depression (Beck Depression Inventory) at baseline, and 3, 6 and 12 months later. Additionally, we will collect information on the use of drugs and health care services.The aim of this study is to assess the efficacy of a primary care-based cognitive-behavioural psychological intervention in patients with mixed anxiety-depressive disorder. The international scientific evidence has demonstrated the need for psychologists in primary care. However, given the differences between health policies and health services, it is important to test the effect of these psychological interventions in our geographical setting.NCT01907035 (July 22, 2013).


Chong S.T.,5th Medical Detachment | Kim H.C.,5th Medical Detachment | Lee I.-Y.,Yonsei University | Kollars Jr. T.M.,Medical Section | And 4 more authors.
Korean Journal of Parasitology | Year: 2013

This study describes the seasonal distribution of larvae, nymph, and adult life stages for 3 species of ixodid ticks collected by tick drag and sweep methods from various habitats in the Republic of Korea (ROK). Grasses less than 0.5 m in height, including herbaceous and crawling vegetation, and deciduous, conifer, and mixed forests with abundant leaf/needle litter were surveyed at United States (US) and ROK operated military training sites and privately owned lands near the demilitarized zone from April-October, 2004 and 2005. Haemaphysalis longicornis Neumann adults and nymphs were more frequently collected from April-August, while those of Haemaphysalis flava Neumann and Ixodes nipponensis Kitaoka and Saito were collected more frequently from April-July and again during October. H. longicornis was the most frequently collected tick in grass habitats (98.9%), while H. flava was more frequently collected in deciduous (60.2%) and conifer (57.4%) forest habitats. While more H. flava (54.1%) were collected in mixed forest habitats than H. longicornis (35.2%), the differences were not significant. I. nipponensis was more frequently collected from conifer (mean 8.8) compared to deciduous (3.2) and mixed (2.4) forests. © 2013, Korean Society for Parasitology and Tropical Medicine.


Chong S.T.,5th Medical Detachment | Kim H.C.,5th Medical Detachment | Lee I.-Y.,Yonsei University | Kollars Jr. T.M.,Medical Section | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Medical Entomology | Year: 2013

As part of the 65th Medical Brigade tick-borne disease surveillance program to determine the abundance, geographical and seasonal distributions, and tick-borne pathogens present in the Republic of Korea, dragging and sweeping methods were compared to determine their efficiency for collecting ticks in grass and deciduous, conifer, and mixed forest habitats at military training sites and privately owned lands in northern Gyeonggi Province near the demilitarized zone from April-October, 2004-2005. Three species of Ixodid ticks, Haemaphysalis longicornis, Haemaphysalis flava, and Ixodes nipponensis, were collected. Overall, H. longicornis adults and nymphs were most frequently collected from grass and deciduous forest habitats, accounting for 98.2 and 66.2%, respectively, of all ticks collected. H. flava adults and nymphs were most frequently collected from conifer and mixed forests, accounting for 81.6, and 77.8%, respectively, of all ticks collected. I. nipponensis adults and nymphs accounted for 9.3% of all ticks collected from mixed forests, were less commonly collected from deciduous (4.1%) and conifer (4.1%) forests, and infrequently collected from grass habitats (0.9%). Overall, there were no significant differences between dragging and sweeping methods for the three species when the areas sampled were similar (sweeping = 2 × the area over the same transect). Adults and nymphs of H. longicornis were most commonly collected from April-August, while those of H. flava and I. nipponensis were most commonly collected during April-July and again during October. Larvae of all three species were most frequently observed from July-September. © 2013 Entomological Society of America.

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