Hospice Industry Problems Multiply as ForProfit Players Swarm the Market

first_imgShare57TweetShare21Email78 SharesApril 2, 2016; New York TimesIt’s another troubling headline for the partnership of hospice care and Medicare, as the New York Times reported findings from the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) pointing to a number of instances where hospices inappropriately billed Medicare for hospice general inpatient care (GIP).This is particularly concerning, given America’s aging population and increased reliance on hospice as an end-of-life care option.Some of the highlights of the report include:In about 20 percent of hospice claims for inpatient care, the Medicare beneficiary did not need such care at all.In another 10 percent, the patient needed the higher-level care for only part of the inpatient stay, but Medicare was billed at the higher level for the entirety of the stay.In one percent of stays, there was no evidence that the beneficiary elected hospice care or was even certified as having a terminal illness.The investigators found that Medicare was paying hospices almost four times as much as it should have for some patients. The patients were receiving “inpatient care” when all they needed was less-expensive routine care in their homesAs in other studies, for-profit hospice providers were found to do significantly more overbilling and billing for inappropriate services than nonprofits (41 percent for for-profit hospice providers versus 27 percent for nonprofit and government-owned hospices). Here are some examples from the report:A hospice billed for 51 days of GIP for a beneficiary who needed only routine home care. The beneficiary’s symptoms were under control, and she needed assistance only with personal care, eating, and the administration of medication. Medicare paid the hospice almost $30,000 for over seven weeks of GIP.A hospice billed for GIP for a beneficiary with a circulatory disease who had no unmanaged symptoms. This beneficiary could have been cared for at home, but the hospice billed Medicare for 46 consecutive days of GIP in an inpatient unit. The hospice was paid just over $31,000 for the stay.A hospice billed for GIP for a beneficiary in Florida who entered GIP for symptom management. Her symptoms were managed within two days, yet she remained in GIP for 15 additional days. Medicare paid close to $12,000 for this stay.William A. Dombi, vice president of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, a trade group that represents for-profit as well as nonprofit providers, commented on the report: “There are no real objective standards to determine when people need inpatient care. Some hospices tend to use it much more than others.” But is the problem a lack of standards, or a lack of ethics and a profit motive where it does not belong?NPQ has been covering the growing woes of the hospice industry for years as for-profit companies posting multimillion-dollar profits have entered the scene, operating beside their nonprofit counterparts. Allegations against the for-profit players have included overbilling, cherry-picking lucrative clients, and accepting patients who aren’t even candidates for hospice care.The goals of hospice care are to help terminally ill beneficiaries with life expectancy of six months or less to continue life with minimal disruptions and to support beneficiaries’ families and other caregivers. NPQ previously reported on a 2014 study in the Journal of Palliative Medicine that found that more than one-third of hospice patients in for-profit hospice centers were leaving hospice care…ahem, alive.Beyond the punchy headline, a significant cohort of hospice patients being discharged alive points to a larger problem of inappropriate care being administered, causing terminally ill patients to leave, or patients being accepted into the program who are not terminally ill and may not fit the hospice program criteria. In addition to the financial impact of fraud and the misuse of program resources, enrollment in a hospice program by those who are not terminally ill may expose patients to unnecessarily powerful drugs designed for end-of-life comfort care, which in some cases could lead to an otherwise avoidable death.NPQ covered an article in 2012 that noted that payments for hospice by Medicaid had increased precipitously over the prior six years. During the same period for-profit groups had been aggressively entering the field, Medicare spending on hospice care for nursing facility residents jumped—nearly 70 percent between 2005 and 2009, from $2.55 billion to $4.31 billion during that same period.This lack of standards for care, combined with Medicare fraud being just so darn profitable, is no doubt a recipe for disaster that leaves terminally ill patients, caregivers, and families suffering the consequences.—Carrie Collins-FadellShare57TweetShare21Email78 Shareslast_img read more

As Elite College Enrollment Becomes More Separate Has It Become Unequal

first_imgShare8Tweet18Share4Email30 Shares“COD Hosts Black Student Leadership Conference February 2015.” Credit: COD NewsroomAugust 24, 2017; New York TimesA few weeks ago, the New York Times published the outcome of its review of enrollment patterns at 100 elite universities, public and private. The results suggest that civil rights advocates have a lot to be concerned about.Last month, Carole Levine, writing about proposed changes in the Justice Department’s changing affirmative action enforcement strategy, summarized the ongoing debate about college and university admissions policies:Affirmative action initiatives were developed to level the playing field for minorities and create a more equitable and diverse society. There are those, mostly on the right, who would say they are not now needed, and those in the civil rights movement who would say we have only just begun.The Times looked at data collected by the U.S. Department of Education going back to 1980 and found that, after more than 35 years of affirmative action, Black and Latinx students were no better represented at the nation’s top colleges and universities. Enrollment of Black students remained relatively stable at six percent over this period; this leaves Black students significantly underrepresented, since they make up 15 percent of the overall student-age population. Though the absolute number of Latinx students has increased, that growth has not kept pace with the growing number of young Latinx people in our population, so they, too, have become even less well represented in these college classrooms. This picture is remarkably consistent across the Ivy League, elite liberal arts colleges, and flagship state universities.Looking at a wider sampling of colleges and universities does show more progress, but the unique role played by elite schools as social and economic gatekeepers makes the disparity in their student bodies particularly important. At a time of growing separation between the very rich and the rest of the American population, the opportunities provided by a degree from an elite university are considerable.The Times pointed at broader economic and social conditions as the cause for the paucity of minority students being qualified to attend these schools. “Elementary and secondary schools with large numbers of black and Hispanic students are less likely to have experienced teachers, advanced courses, high-quality instructional materials and adequate facilities, according to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.” David Hawkins, an executive director at the National Association for College Admission Counseling, described the impact of these hurdles as “a cascading set of obstacles [that] all seem to contribute to a diminished representation of minority students in highly selective colleges.”We know that this is not the complete story. Elite colleges and universities could enroll more minority students without changing their enrollment policies. Thousands of minority students meet these schools’ admission standards and yet are not being accepted. Research conducted by Dimitrios Halikias and Richard V. Reeves earlier this year noted, “An estimated 43,000 highly qualified, low-income students are not being admitted to the public universities that would benefit them the most.” This failure cannot be laid at the feet, as some have charged, of failing public schools. “Low-income students whose scores are equal or better than the average score of all current selective school students graduate at the same rate as well.” Many of these students are black or Latinx.Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas explained in his dissent from a recent Supreme Court decision, “The Constitution abhors classifications based on race because every time the government places citizens on racial registers and makes race relevant to the provision of burdens and benefits, it demeans us all.” But when the only explanation for the disparity between different groups of Americans is race, does not the Constitution also find this to be abhorrent?The high cost of attending these schools is a real barrier that can be overcome. Does not good social policy require that it be removed? Elite schools would seem to have the resources to provide the missing economic support these students will require. Are they not being aggressive enough in making these resources available? Are they not concerned that their student bodies do not reflect our country? Is it the lack of affirmative action pressure? Or are they and other affirmative action opponents happy that their student bodies look as they currently do?—Martin LevineShare8Tweet18Share4Email30 Shareslast_img read more

Times Change One More Goodwill Phases Out its Sheltered Workshop

first_imgShare138Tweet25Share17Email180 Shares“Two Cents Pennies” by Maura TeagueOctober 2, 2017; Pittsburgh Post-GazetteIn July, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania phased out its practice of paying subminimum wages to its workers with disabilities. Today, it will completely phase out its “sheltered workshop” in favor of a workplace where people with and without disabilities work alongside one another.NPQ has previously pointed out that these programs, which under the Federal Labor Standards Act, Section 14(c), allow employers waivers to pay less than minimum wage, are slowly filtering themselves out as attitudes about disabilities change.“Although this sheltered workshop model has been a widely accepted industry practice among service providers for decades, Goodwill recognized a changing landscape in regard to how services should be provided for people with disabilities,” said Michael Smith, the president/CEO of the organization. “Beginning in 2015, Goodwill initiated an important transformation away from the traditional sheltered workshop model.”And with that, the southwest Pennsylvania nonprofit becomes one of the state’s 37 such programs to end the sheltered workshop practice since 2011. This might be big cause for celebration, but there are still at least 100 other subminimum programs still functioning in Pennsylvania alone. Compare this to Maine, where the last such program was closed this past July. Goodwill is one of the biggest users of the waiver, as Lou Altman wrote at that time:Goodwill Industries, a multibillion dollar nonprofit heavyweight in human services that is known for its good deeds and inexpensive clothing and wares, is one of the most visible nonprofit organizations that takes advantage of the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Section 14(c), usually referred to simply as “Section 14(c).” The behemoth charity has dozens of locations in the United States, some of which are documented paying their workers with disabilities as little as 22 cents per hour.In 2013, Watchdog.org reported that half of all 165 affiliates of Goodwill used the federal subminimum wage provision to support their employment programs. Today, even as the practice slowly filters out of the field in which it has been embedded, Jennifer Garman, director of government affairs at the advocacy group Disability Rights Pennsylvania, says, “We would expect to see more providers changing their business model in the years to come.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare138Tweet25Share17Email180 Shareslast_img read more

The UKs Digital Television Group DTG has unveil

first_imgThe UK’s Digital Television Group (DTG) has unveiled next-generation features for the Freeview digital-terrestrial platform. The features will be set out in detail in the updated ‘D-Book’, which will be published at the end of March.New features will include an enhanced EPG with the ability to go both backwards and forwards, remote booking allowing viewers to book recordings or set reminders remotely and a clear reference to MHEG-standardised interactivity.The DTG also said it would begin work on new features to enable second-screen and home networking applications in the spring.The latest enhancements build on the current edition of the D-Book, D-Book 7, published in 2011. The second version of the ETSI MHEG standard, published in 2011, brought it in line with D-Book 6.2 and introduced a number of technical solutions from other platforms that have adopted MHEG. The new version of the D-Book, references ETSI directly and contains only clarifications and profiles that are specific to the UK’s requirements.The DTG’s director-general, Richard Lindsay-Davies said: “The Digital TV Group has balanced UK business requirements and high consumer expectations with the increasing demands of globalisation and business complexity to deliver another world leading digital television standard for Freeview.”The DTG has also set up a new accessibility group to build on existing ‘U-book’ specifications to drive enhancements to subtitles, audio description and text-to-speech for connected devices.The DTG’s technology director and editor of the D-Book, Simon Gauntlett, will discuss the enhancements in detail, as well as the D-Book’s adoption of international standards, at the DTG Summit on Friday.last_img read more

Italian broadcaster Mediaset needs to continue to

first_imgItalian broadcaster Mediaset needs to continue to invest in order to protect its share of the television market, according to analysts.Investment bank Morgan Stanley noted that the broadcaster has been forced to implement its first cost cutting plan in recent history as a result of difficult conditions facing its domestic TV operations.“The rapidly increasing penetration of digital TV allows Italian households to receive more free-to-air channels, This is leading to the fragmentation of audiences. Mediaset needs to keep investing to protect its 55% share,” it wrote in a report.“Mediaset is suffering from its size. Indeed, since it is the dominant TV operator (55% market share) while TV is by far the largest medium in Italy (57% of Italian ad spend), the group is very heavily sensitive to fragmentation, even coming from much smaller operators. Every percentage point of market share lost by Mediaset is equivalent to €40 million i.e. more than 10% of Italian EBIT,” the bank added.last_img read more

Daniel Reszka has joined Canal Plus Cyfrowy as an

first_imgDaniel Reszka has joined Canal Plus Cyfrowy as an advisor to the Polish pay TV operator’s content and programming strategy board.Reszka will be responsible for strengthening and optimising the range of channels on the platform. He will report to Beata Monka, chairman of the board at Canal Plus Cyfrowy.Reszka moves from Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe, where he served as vice-president of programming.last_img

The European Broadcasting Union EBU has secured

first_imgThe European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has secured media rights to European Weightlifting Federation championships until 2016.This agreement covers four competitions, in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In addition, host broadcasting of the championships will be handled by the local EBU Member or the EWF itself.EBU head of indoor sports, Ingolfur Hannesson said: “We are pleased to continue our excellent cooperation with the EWF, which has given the Olympic sport of weightlifting significant exposure in Europe. The EWF Championships are always run in a flawless, professional manner, just as the host broadcasting is always to a high standard, bringing tangible added value to the participating broadcasters.”last_img read more

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has launched HDTV s

first_imgUkrainian cable operator Volia has launched HDTV services in the city of Vinnytsia in west-central Ukraine. Vinnytsia is the 14th city in which the operator has launched its HD package. Subscribers to any of the operator’s basic digital services can upgrade to HD. Channels in the package include Discovery HD Showcase, Animal Planet HD, Travel Channel HD, National Geographic HD, MyZen HD, Fashion One HD, Nat Geo Wild HD, Outdoor Channel HD, Soccer Plus HD and Volia Cinema HD.Volia’s HD service is currently available in the cities of Kyiv, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Donetsk, Lviv, Rivne, Khmelnitsky, Kherson, Sevastopol, Cherkassy, Poltava and Sumy.last_img read more

BT Retails Gavin Patterson BT has announced that

first_imgBT Retail’s Gavin PattersonBT has announced that Gavin Patterson is to succeed Ian Livingston as CEO of BT Group.Livingston, who has been given a role in government as minister of state for trade and investment, will continue as chief executive of BT until he steps down from his post and from BT’s Board in September. Livinston will join the House of Lords.Patterson has served as chief executive of BT Retail and as a BT Board member since 2008, having joined the company as a senior executive four years prior to that. He will take over as chief executive of BT Group in September.Sir Michael Rake, chairman of BT, said: “Ian has done a tremendous job in transforming BT. His decision to accept a government post demonstrates the sense of public service which many of us know to be characteristic. He leaves behind him a very capable team, one which will take forward the strategy that has served BT well and which lays out the path tofurther success. We have a fitting and experienced successor in Gavin Patterson. He has a detailed knowledge of all parts of our business and a track record of success. He was closely involved in creating our strategy and is the right person to take it forward. BT will make yet further progress under his leadership.”last_img read more

Belarus telco Beltelecom has launched a multiscree

first_imgBelarus telco Beltelecom has launched a multiscreen TV service for its Zala TV offering.Smart Zala will allow subscribers to view content from a range of channels on Android, iOS and other devices. Viewers will be allowed to use two devices simultaneously to view content.The service will make a variety of movies, news, cartoon, music, sports and other content available, including a 48-hours backwards EPG.Smart Zala will be available on computers with Windows XP and above or MacOS 10.9 or above, and an Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, with LG smart TVs to follow soon.last_img read more

Former BBC iPlayer boss and the cofounder of Beam

first_imgFormer BBC iPlayer boss and the co-founder of Beamly, Anthony Rose, has launched 6Tribes, a new social networking app designed to connect people with shared interests.Rose, who first unveiled his new venture in November under the working title of ‘UTD’, said that 6Tribes will provide users with a new way of discovering content and meeting people “with the same passions, causes and interests.”Rose has co-founded the UK-based service with Beamly co-founder and former EMI executive, Ernesto Schmitt. Both Rose and Schmitt took a “step back” from Beamly after it was re-branded from Zeebox earlier in 2014.“6Tribes analyses things like your Facebook likes, the music on your phone and the places you’ve been to, to find the perfect tribes for you,” said Rose.“Once you’re a member of a tribe, you can connect with people who get what you’re into, be it fashion or travelling the world – people who understand you. You have a place where you belong.”Instead of focusing on existing social connections, 6Tribes is designed to brings people together around a shared interest, event or lifestyle, and delivers feeds that fit those interests.“Our research made it clear that people are looking to connect around lifestyles, ideas and topics, and an alternative to the increasing amount of irrelevant content filling their news feed in existing social networks. The next evolution of social networking will come from this desire,” said Rose.6Tribes launches today in the UK for the iPhone and iPad. An Android version and other country launches are due to follow.last_img read more

Tubemogul a firm that provides an enterprise soft

first_imgTubemogul, a firm that provides an enterprise software platform for digital video advertising, is raising US$82.9 million (€73.5 million) through a public share offering. The firm announced the pricing this week of its public offering of 5.26 million shares of common stock at a public price of US$15.75 per share.“TubeMogul is offering 3,500,000 shares and certain selling stockholders are offering 1,763,246 shares. In addition, TubeMogul granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 789,486 additional shares of common stock,” the firm said.last_img read more

Eighty per cent of new customers to Nordic pay TV

first_imgEighty per cent of new customers to Nordic pay TV operator Boxer’s Danish service have taken the option to choose their own TV channels, following the company’s decision to introduce à la carte choice 18 months ago.Boxer CEO Ulf Lund said that à la carte had been “a huge success”, with the number of customers taking this option growing “exponentially”.Danish cable operator Stofa has meanwhile said that it will launch an à la carte offering, Stofa MitTv, without a contract commitment, following consultation with one of its key customers, communal antenna association Antenneforeningen Aarhus. Stofa CEO Ole Fruekilde Madsen said that the move to à la carte was “a giant leap forward” that was in line with broader market trends, for example in the US where new flexible offerings are disrupting the pay TV industry.Madsen said that Stofa would continue to offer traditional packages alongside the new flexible offerings, which are designed to offer comparable flexibility to the likes of Netflix and HBO Nordic.The company plans to engage with suppliers and its consumer panel over the next few months, before launching the first version of Stofa MitTv early next year.last_img read more

Warsaws Belvedere restaurant was the scene for th

first_imgWarsaw’s Belvedere restaurant was the scene for the inaugural Digital TV CEE Awards yesterday evening, hosted by DTVE editor Stuart Thomson and independent consultant Alexander Oudendijk.The Industry Leader Award went to Toomas Tiivel, group chief commercial officer of Starman. East Capital Explorer-backed Starman has emerged as a key consolidator in the cable and pay TV business in the Baltic region, following its acquisition of Cgates and Kava in Lithuania.Maciej Maciejowski, board member responsible for business development at TVN, was given the Digital Innovator of the Year Award, in recognition for his role in furthering the Polish broadcaster’s digital presence, including the launch and development of TVN Player and online network Veedo.pl.Arpad Jordan, CTO for Liberty Global in Central and Eastern Europe, was presented with the Technology Leader award in recognition of his work in bringing cloud-based advanced TV to legacy set-tops in Hungary, including the launch of YouTube.Vana Henriksen, group communications director at United Group was given the Marketer of the Year award for the successful management of five brands across disparate territories and building a reputation for attractive content and fast broadband.Content Executive of the Year winner HBO’s EVP of original programming and production Antony Root was recognised for multiple contributions to creating original premium content across CEE, most recently Wataha in Poland.The Awards programme was created to recognise some of the key individuals behind original content, distribution and technology initiatives and market-leading strategic decisions over the last year.last_img read more

More than half of the worlds population is still

first_imgMore than half of the world’s population is still not using the internet, according to stats issued by ITU.The research claims that 3.9 billion people remain cut-off from the resources of the internet, despite falling prices for information and communications technology.ITU says that 81% of people in developed countries use the internet, compared with 40% in developing countries and 15% in the least developed countries. Overall some 47% of people in the world now use the internet.Despite higher internet penetration in developed countries, population figures mean that developing countries now account for the “vast majority” of internet users, with 2.5 billion users there compared with 1 billion in developed countries.“Global interconnectedness is rapidly expanding, however more needs to be done to bridge the digital divide and bring the more than half of the global population not using the Internet into the digital economy,” said ITU secretary-general, Houlin Zhao.ITU is the United Nations-specialised agency for information and communication technologies. The organisation’s duties include allocating global radio spectrum and satellite orbits and developing the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies interconnect.last_img read more

Jason Blackwell UK service providers will benefit

first_imgJason BlackwellUK service providers will benefit from consolidation and multiplay strategies in the coming years, with bundled subscriptions set to grow by 20%, according to new research.The Strategy Analytics report claims that quad-play revenues will triple between 2015 and 2020, while total multi-play market revenues will grow by 34%.By 2020, quad-play is tipped to account for more than 21% of bundled subscriptions in the UK, while double-play subscriptions are expected to peak in 2016 and decline thereafter as customers move to triple- and quad-play bundles.“Multiplay bundled services are rapidly gaining ground in the UK as more players have entered this space through expansion and acquisition,” said Jason Blackwell, director of the Service Provider Strategies service at Strategy Analytics.“BT’s acquisition of EE has positioned the company very well, enabling cross-selling of services and giving BT a strong network with fibre and 4G.  Based on its strategies in the Netherlands and New Zealand, Vodafone may need to revisit the opportunities for partnerships in the UK.“Competition in the UK market is already intense, and we expect to see price discounts in the form of long term introductory offers and through multi-service purchase, as operators try to take customers from competitors. However, the successful operators will avoid a race to the bottom, and hold overall pricing by upselling customers to faster broadband speeds, premium TV channels and larger mobile broadband buckets.”last_img read more

PCCW Media has launched its Viu overthetop video

first_imgPCCW Media has launched its Viu over-the-top video service in Thailand, marking its 15th market launch to date.Asian content with Thai subtitles – including current dramas and variety shows from Korea and Japan – will be delivered via the Viu mobile app and website after their local telecast.Janice Lee, managing director of PCCW Media Group, said that the company is taking a “two-pronged approach”: ad-supported, free viewing; and subscription options that give users express access to content, downloads, 1080p HD video quality and ad-free video viewing.“As Thailand is one of the most highly Internet penetrated markets with millennials who are very receptive to online video viewing and digital advertisements, we expect Viu Thailand to mirror the success we have in other Asian markets with healthy growth in subscription and advertising revenue in due course,” said Lee.Viu is also available in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE.last_img read more

Portuguese media and communications regulator ANAC

first_imgPortuguese media and communications regulator ANACOM has said that Altice’s proposed acquisition of Media Capital would have a significant anti-competitive impact and should not happen in its current form.In a submission to the country’s competition watchdog, the AdC, which is looking into the bid by Altice’s Meo to acquire Media Capital, ANACOM said that the move would “translate into complete vertical integration of the value chain”, bringing production, the wholesale supply of TV and radio channels, advertising and TV distribution under the control of a single group.The regulator said that Altice’s proposed acquisition would bring the country’s leading production outfit, Plural, the main TV channels group, TVI, the leading telecom operator and TV distribution platform, Meo, and the two leading Portuguese internet portals, Sapo and IOL, into a single group. It said the result would exceed market the EC limit of 30% for non-horizontal mergers in all affected electronics communications.ANACOM said that the enlarged group would be able to completely or partially prevent access to competitors to content and advertising space, and could potentially completely or partially block rival channel groups such as SIC or RTP from its pay TV platforms and OTT services.The regulator said that the group could also use confidential information from competitors to benefit its advertising activity, that the merger could result in less transparency in charging for digital-terrestrial TV transmission and could stop alternative service providers to TVI from offering televoting and participation TV services.Altice struck a deal to acquire leading Portuguese commercial broadcaster from Prisa in July in a move that valued the company at €440 million.The move attracted controversy even before it was confirmed, with prime minister António Costa criticising Altice’s management of PT Telecom/Meo and Miguel Almeida, the CEO of rival provider NOS, last year threatening “war” if such an acquisition were to go ahead.Separately, in more positive news for Altice, the group has secured approval from French markets regulator the AMF for its planned buyout of the remaining shares in French unit SFR that it does not already own.Altice filed the buyout offer, to be followed by a squeeze-out, earlier this month, offering €34.50 a share. Following completion, SFR will be delisted form the Euronext Paris exchangelast_img read more

Toy Story The Walt Disney Company has launched its

Toy StoryThe Walt Disney Company has launched its family-focused SVOD service DisneyLife in Ireland.A multi-account for families will cost €6.99 per month, offer Disney, Pixar and blockbuster films and TV series.The DisneyLife app debuted in the UK last year, before Disney announced it was launching a worldwide SVOD service in 2019.The service is geared towards kids, who can create individual profiles using avatars of Disney characters. It is also equipped with parental controls that limit usage.Besides TV series from Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior, movies including the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and The Lion King, DisneyLife also offers e-books and music.“DisneyLife offers the chance to discover Disney in a way you have never been able to before,” said DisneyLife EMEA general manager Chiara Cipriani. “Placing characters and stories at the centre, we have opened the gates to the Castle and created this service with families and fans in mind, allowing them to explore Disney all in one place.“Building on our UK launch at the end of 2015, we are delighted that DisneyLife Ireland is making Disney entertainment available to Irish fans in new ways.”The news comes on the same day Disney reportedly partnered with other Hollywood studios to launch a ‘digital locker’ that allows users to watch purchased feature films on various platforms. read more

Kudelski Security the cybersecurity division with

first_imgKudelski Security, the cybersecurity division within Nagra-owner is expanding its Swiss German team and opening a new Zurich office to meet increasing demand for cybersecurity services and solutions on the German, Austrian and Swiss markets. The expanded staff includes professionals in security consulting, engineering, sales and marketing.Since 2016, Kudelski Security has experienced solid growth in this region, adding clients and launching new managed security services, including Managed Endpoint Detection and Response and Managed Attacker Deception, which are delivered from the company’s Cyber Fusion Center in Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland.Kudelski Security’s expanded team in Zurich will provide German-speaking support in closer proximity to clients in the region.Kudelski Security will open its new offices in Zurich on June 12 in the presence of Rich Fennessy, CEO of Kudelski Security.“With GDPR now in effect, and the ever-increasing sophistication of threats facing organizations of all sizes, CEOs, CIOs, and CISOs are demanding the proven capabilities we are delivering.” said Philippe Borloz, VP EMEA Sales at Kudelski Security.“A growing number of companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are entrusting us with their evolving cybersecurity needs – from advisory and R&D, through to managed security and advanced cybersecurity technology. The addition of experienced cybersecurity engineers, incident response experts, security consultants, sales and marketing staff in Zurich is a key milestone in the development of our activities on the German, Austrian and Swiss markets that should accelerate our growth.”last_img read more