Why you should check in frequently with business financials | Employee referrals may lead to less diversity | Deferred annuities offer alternative to long-term-care insurance
February 20, 2018
AHIP Agents & Brokers SmartBrief
Best Business Practices
Why you should check in frequently with business financials
Keeping on top of your business' numbers may not be the most engaging way to spend your time, but it's necessary to keep the business viable. Personal finance writer Taylor Gordon explains that regular monitoring allows business managers to address what's not working, stop cash flow problems before they become serious, catch discrepancies and ensure that the business is on target to meet goals.
Due Payments Blog (2/19) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Employee referrals may lead to less diversity
The advantages of employee referrals for new hires are well-known and documented. However, a Payscale study finds that diversity efforts may suffer from too much reliance on referrals.
Forbes (2/19) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Prospects, Products and Market Trends
Deferred annuities offer alternative to long-term-care insurance
As premiums for stand-alone long-term-care insurance continue to increase, deferred annuities may offer a good alternative, writes Aja McClanahan. She discusses who this product might be right for.
Wise Bread (2/19) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Policy and the Health Care Landscape
Trump administration proposes rule changes to promote short-term insurance plans
The Trump administration has proposed new rules that would make short-term health insurance, with low prices and less coverage, more widely available. Proponents say the move will allow for greater choice and affordability in the market, but critics say it will destabilize insurance markets.
Politico (2/20) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Groups push back against Medicaid work requirements
More than 160 health care organizations sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar urging him to revoke CMS guidance for states requesting work requirements for Medicaid recipients and to withdraw related waiver approvals, saying the policy could inhibit health care access for people with chronic conditions, particularly those dealing with substance abuse and mental health disorders. The groups said the policy interferes with the government's efforts to curb opioid abuse and improve re-entry from the criminal justice system.
Healthcare Finance News (2/19),  The Hill (2/16) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
States explore unprecedented Medicaid changes
States explore unprecedented Medicaid changes
(Adam Berry/Getty Images)
More states are seeking to fundamentally change their Medicaid programs through waivers, and their requests involve more than just work requirements for enrollees. Among the ideas are lifetime limits, temporary lockouts if beneficiaries fail to report income changes or renew enrollment on time, charges for missed appointments, cost-sharing requirements and moving more recipients to private coverage.
The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (2/20) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Business groups would be able to self-insure under Wis. bill
Legislation in Wisconsin would let small businesses within an industry association or chamber of commerce self-insure for employees' health care. The bill's author says the measure would mitigate soaring health care costs, while an opponent says it would undermine the Affordable Care Act marketplace and lead to health plans with fewer benefits.
La Crosse Tribune (Wis.) (2/20) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Bill to allow drug imports from Canada advances in Utah
A bill that would establish a state drug importation program, which will allow drug imports from Canada at lower prices, was approved by Utah's House of Representatives. The bill, which now advances to the state Senate for consideration, seeks HHS approval for Utah to allow contracted wholesale pharmacies to buy prescription drugs from approved wholesalers in Canada.
BioCentury (2/15) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Gottlieb: FDA probes misuse, abuse of gabapentinoids
Gottlieb: FDA probes misuse, abuse of gabapentinoids
Gottlieb (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency is taking steps to prevent the potential misuse and abuse of gabapentinoids, which could result in serious adverse events. The agency was alarmed by reports of off-label prescribing of gabapentinoids to treat pain, and as an alternative to opioids.
BioCentury (2/15) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Health Insurance Plan Company News
Earn your PAHM® with AHM250
Master the concepts behind today's health insurance business models with Healthcare Management: An Introduction (AHM250) and earn your Professional, Academy for Healthcare Management (PAHM®) designation with one intensive course. Lay the groundwork for the remaining Academy for Healthcare Management courses. Learn more and sign up today
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Show management you're ready for more responsibility
Online insurance courses are a flexible, convenient way to deepen your understanding of our fast-changing industry. And you can instantly apply what you learn to your job. A great way to show your boss that you're serious about success. Find more career-boosting tips to take your career to the next level on the AHIP blog.
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Learn more about AHIP:
About AHIP | Join AHIP | Educational Opportunities | AHIP Select
AHIP Coverage Blog | Submit press releases and other company news
powered by
Director - Product Development
Product Design Manager - 46718
Manager, Organizational Communication
Director of Provider Network
Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.
Dan Brown,
Product announcements appearing in SmartBrief are paid advertisements and do not reflect actual AHIP endorsements. The news reported in SmartBrief does not necessarily reflect the official position of AHIP.
Sign Up
SmartBrief offers 200+ newsletters
Learn more about the SmartBrief audience
Subscriber Tools:
Contact Us:
Advertising  -  Deanie Griffin
Partner Relations Manager  -  Madeline Sarver
Managing Editor  -  Yvonne Chanatry
Mailing Address:
SmartBrief, Inc.®, 555 11th ST NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004
© 1999-2018 SmartBrief, Inc.®
Privacy policy |  Legal Information