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April 10, 2019
Merchant Risk Council’s (MRC’s) annual Vegas show has concluded; another highly successful trade show is over, but the benefits are ongoing. MRC Vegas 2018 was such a success, it didn’t seem the 2019 show would be able to compare, but it certainly did. The exhibit hall was packed with solution providers, both old and new. Some companies have been in the e-commerce space for decades, while...
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April 2, 2019
Over the past year, I have been reading article after article that gushes over the advantages of health savings account (HSA) investments. These articles are getting repackaged and reshared with growing frenzy. I worry that there is a serious dose of Kool Aid drinking going on. There is a major disconnect between the layperson’s reality and awareness of HSAs as a long-term investment vehicle and...
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March 20, 2019
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference was a huge event that took place in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, with 44,000 participants staying across 90 hotels, visiting 1,200 exhibitors. As a first-timer, I took the seasoned participants’ suggestions for comfortable footwear and laced up my sneakers to traverse the expanse of hallways,...
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March 5, 2019
As insurance industry carriers, vendors, and assorted observers descended upon Toronto last week for Insurance-Canada’s Technology Conference (ICTC), several questions emerged about the readiness of Canadian insurance carriers to embrace innovations such as Software-as-a-Service/cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and robotic process automation. First and foremost, it is important...
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March 4, 2019
With one move, CMS declared price transparency as the new black: CMS rang in the new year with a ruling that mandates that hospitals provide patients with a current set of standard charges for all services they offer. This move provides patients with a digitally accessible menu of fees and prices for medical procedures and services. One factor that drove the CMS announcement was upset patients on...
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February 25, 2019
Have you ever, as a life insurance carrier, agency/agent, brokerage firm/broker, or technology vendor, gone onto Twitter or other social media and searched “life insurance + fraud”? It is amazing how many consumers are out there posting that life insurers have done them wrong or warning other consumers not to purchase a life insurance policy. The types of tweets that you find on Twitter...
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Samantha Chow
February 14, 2019
In recent years, application fraud has become a major problem for U.S. financial institutions (FIs). In 2017, Aite Group recognized application fraud as the second-greatest challenge FIs face in combatting fraud, trailing only account takeover fraud; this trend continues today. By 2020, application fraud losses related to demand deposit accounts (DDAs) are projected to exceed US$636 million, a...
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February 12, 2019
It was 2010 when John Kindervag, then an analyst with Forrester Research, first wrote about the idea of a zero-trust security framework in which the idea of a network edge or perimeter was no longer the front lines of the cyber battlefield for an organization. Instead of an organization implicitly trusting anything inside its perimeter as being “friendly fire,” nothing inside or outside the...
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Alissa Knight
February 12, 2019
In 2018, hospitals incurred US$42 billion in uncollected debt from patients, an estimated 6% of their revenue. This not only threatens their financial solvency but also signals a dire need for solutions that alleviate the scourge of revenue cycle management and collections. Help is on the way if revenue cycle executives look hard enough, as Aite Group estimates that US$14 billion of these...
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January 22, 2019
The increasingly complex regulatory environment, along with ongoing technological gains largely propelled by the new emerging industry of fintech, have transformed the very nature of financial fraud and given rise to a new breed of adversary more technologically advanced than in decades past. Over the past two decades, the chief risk officer (CRO) and chief information security officer (CISO)...
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Alissa Knight

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