AHIP Association News


Focus on innovations and impacts in Medicaid

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2017

The agenda for AHIP's Health Care CEO Forum, June 7 in Austin, TX, focuses on innovations and impacts in Medicaid, "Health Reform 2.0," and delivery system transformations. This half-day forum will be held immediately prior to AHIP's Institute & Expo. Attendance at the Health Care CEO Forum is limited to health care CEOs and their senior leadership teams. Learn more.


Enhance your skills - Discover the AHIP Advantage

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2017

Download the brochure of AHIP's self-study courses to see the wide variety of topics covered. With 40 online, convenient courses and 15 designations, these programs are designed to help broaden your scope of knowledge and enhance your career. Get started and enroll in AHIP's courses today.


Put AHIP's targeted resources to work for you

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2017

When you become an AHIP Individual Member, you'll gain access to expert insight into the issues, ideas, and policies that affect your business and shape your career. You'll have tools that can help you grow professionally and make an impact with clients, colleagues, and the communities you serve. Discover the benefits of membership, check your eligibility, and join today.


Long-Term Care Professional combined course

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2017

The Long-Term Care Professional is the premier designation in the long-term care insurance (LTCI) field. You can earn this designation with one "combined course" from AHIP, covering four distinct areas of LTCI. Upon completion, you'll be well-versed in understanding consumer needs and be able to provide the right solutions to meet those needs. Learn more and enroll today.


Combating the cost of flu with telehealth

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2017

Do patients really need to physically walk into the doctor's office when they're sick? Not necessarily, according to Cambia Health Solutions' Brodie Dychinco. Read the guest blog post to learn how telehealth visits can be just as helpful as in person visits.


How will precision medicine change health care?

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2017

Find out during AHIP's Institute & Expo, June 7 through 9 in Austin, Texas. Cardiologist and geneticist Dr. Eric J. Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and author of such books as The Patient Will See You Now will discuss "The Future of Precision Medicine." Meet all the speakers here and register now for health care's essential event.


Build strong consumer-focused relationships

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 22, 2017

Get the tools you and your team need to enhance the services you provide to consumers with AHIP's Customer Service Strategies for the Health Care Environment course. Discover how to strengthen your customer service team and build strong consumer-focused relationships. Completing this course takes you one step closer to earning your Healthcare Customer Service Associate designation. Enroll today.


Not all resumes belong in the same bracket

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 22, 2017

It's March Madness season at the AHIP Career Center, where better job searches start when you collect better resumes, faster. To help you maximize your recruiting investment, this powerful recruiting tool offers precise targeting, member discounts, and now, March Madness savings. 25% off every job you post now through April 3. To start recruiting and saving, use coupon code MarMadness25.


Must-attend webinars. Register today

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 22, 2017

On March 28, 1:00p.m.- 2:00p.m. ET, "Optimizing Cost Containment While Minimizing Provider Abrasion" addresses keys to maintaining productive provider relations using advanced interactions, high quality interactions, and trust building. Join us March 29, 1:00p.m. - 2:00p.m. ET to learn how a self-insured employer, Quest Diagnostics, tackles employee wellness using a multifaceted approach, including a strategy to engage high-cost claimants.


Work towards your FAHM designation

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 21, 2017

Enroll in AHIP's recently updated Governance, Legal Issues, Medicaid and Medicaid (AHM510) course and work towards your Fellow, Academy for Healthcare Management designation. Take a deep dive into the overall purpose and direction of health care management, the impact of fraud and abuse, and the role of public policy with this online course. Enroll today.


Video: The Importance of the EPA National Environmental Leadership Award

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 21, 2017

Each year, the EPA distributes the National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management, which recognizes the health plans that embody excellence in the field. Hear testimony from past winners about what the award has done for them. Learn the value of the award and about other topics in the 2017 AHIP Asthma Video Series at ahip.org/asthma.


Essential topics at health care's essential event

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 21, 2017

We've got you covered when it comes to the health care topics keeping you up at night. AHIP's Institute & Expo educational tracks include: Advancing APMs and Value-Based Programs; Consumer Experience; Industry Disruption & Innovation; Prevention, Health & Wellbeing; Data Analytics/Insights; Technology/Business Solutions, Health Care 2.0 and Caring for Patients with Complex Conditions. Join us June 7 through 9 in Austin.


What it takes to improve provider directories

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2017

AHIP's provider directory initiative highlighted the complexity of maintaining up-to-date provider directories. AHIP learned that accurate provider directory information depends on strong partnerships between doctors and health plans and that health plans must be flexible in how they gather information. Check out the issue brief for more key findings.


IT and business solutions are a click away

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2017

Finding the right technology to drive and support changes facing our health care system is more critical than ever. AHIP's IT Directory is like a desktop consultant, easy to search and use to find the solutions providers who can deliver results. Whether you choose to use the online version, e-book, or pdf, it'll be your go-to guide for IT and business solutions.


Webinar: Benefiting from IT and vendor risks management alignment

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2017

The ever-increasing impact of vendor incidents indicates that it cannot remain to be a siloed function. Join us on March 30 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET to learn how MetricStream successfully aligns both IT and Vendor Risks management, yielding actionable results for information security professional and health care organizations alike.


Answers you need today, direction for tomorrow. Institute & Expo

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 17, 2017

As our health care system continues to face change, it's more essential than ever to attend Institute & Expo, June 7 through 9 in Austin. You'll have the opportunity to work with and learn from thousands from around the country focused on answers you need today, and the direction for tomorrow. Register now.


Become a disability insurance "guru"

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 17, 2017

AHIP's Disability Insurance training is a deep -- but manageable -- dive into how DI fits into your clients' retirement, estate, and long-term planning needs. Start by earning your Disability Income Associate credential. Only three courses are required for this impressive credential! Then take your expertise up another notch by earning designation as a Disability Income Fellow. Enroll today.


Why we have fixed indemnity products

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 17, 2017

For consumers looking for additional financial protection for unexpected health events/issues, there are a number of products that can be purchased on top of their major medical insurance to offer extra support for the care and services they may need. Read the full blog post.


Choose your path to the LTCP professional credential

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 16, 2017

The Long-Term Care Professional is the premier designation in the long-term care insurance field. And now, AHIP offers three ways to earn this impressive credential: a four-part program, a single-exam combined course, or customized team training. All lead to the designation that can take your career further. Which path is best for your learning style? Find out here.


Recruit candidates from a better bracket and save

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 16, 2017

The March Madness sale is on at the AHIP Career Center! Now through April 3, save 25% on every job you post. And to maximize your ROI, the AHIP Career Center offers better targeting than general interest job sites plus opportunities for enhanced exposure via AHIP's strategic partners. So start recruiting today. To save, use coupon code MarMadness25.


Changing how we change health care

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 16, 2017

How far have we come and what's needed next as we change health care from the outside in? PatientsLikeMe Co-founder and CEO Jamie Heywood and Deborah W. Brooks, Co-Founder and Executive Vice Chairman of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research share important insight at Institute & Expo, June 7-9 in Austin. Register now and save.


Discover the AHIP Advantage

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 15, 2017

When it comes to professional education in health insurance, nothing compares to AHIP's 40 online courses and 15 designation programs. Developed by industry experts. Presented in an engaging format. Vetted regularly for updates. See why AHIP is the right choice for your professional education. Learn more about the AHIP Advantage -- get started and enroll today.


What is risk adjustment

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 15, 2017

Premium stabilization programs, especially risk adjustment, are critical tools for keeping the health insurance marketplace competitive and sustainable. Learn more on the blog.


Webinar: Innovative employee health approaches -- Improving health & cost outcomes

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 15, 2017

Supporting healthier and more productive, engaged employees and reducing overall healthcare costs are top-of-mind concerns for employers. Join us on March 29 from 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. ET, to learn how a self-insured employer, Quest Diagnostics, tackled these challenges through a multifaceted approach, including a strategy to engage high-cost claimants while also building a culture of prevention.


AHIP Individual Membership -- your one-stop professional resource

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 14, 2017

Join AHIP now as an Individual Member and gain access to an impressive package of professional resources, including: discounted rates on in-person conferences and online courses, access to the AHIP Career Center, breaking news about our fast-changing industry, and more. See if you qualify for Individual Membership and join today.


Learn. Achieve. Succeed.

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 14, 2017

Show your company that you're committed to excellence and serious about growing professionally. AHIP has 40 online courses, 15 professional designation programs, and countless opportunities to take your career to the next level. To help you choose the insurance education courses, designation programs, webinars, and live events that fit your learning style and lifestyle, download our new brochure today.


Connect with AHIP on social media

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 13, 2017

Want updates related to AHIP's various educational offerings, including conference news, upcoming webinars and the latest online health insurance courses? Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and join our AHIP Education group on LinkedIn.


Health plans' top tips for diabetes prevention programs

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 13, 2017

Are you utilizing the resources available to promote a successful diabetes prevention program? Hear tips and pointers from health plans that have experience in implementing the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Learn best practices for delivering a successful program. View the latest on-demand webinar today!


Join the conversation - Follow @AHIPCoverage on Twitter

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 10, 2017

Follow AHIP on Twitter at @AHIPCoverage for updates on various educational offerings, including conference news, and information on upcoming webinars and online health insurance courses. View our profile.


Live longer, better with a healthy heart

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 10, 2017

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States -- accounting for one in every four deaths each year. Health plans are doing their part to fight heart disease by educating people in their communities and championing preventive measures. Learn more.


Governor Michael Leavitt at Institute & Expo

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 09, 2017

How can we make health care accessible for all Americans? Governor Michael Leavitt, Founder & Chairman, Leavitt Partners; former Governor of Utah and Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Bush Administration, tackles this topic at Institute & Expo, June 7 through June 9 in Austin. Register now and save.


Take it all in. Earn your LTCP designation

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 09, 2017

Raise your status with a Long-Term Care Professional designation. Earn your LTCP by completing Long-Term Care, Parts I - IV. Learn how to spot a need for Long-Term Care Insurance and market it, understand the features of LTCI products, discover how LTCI can and cannot be financed, and more. Get started on the path to your LTCP today.


Find health care's best and brightest

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 09, 2017

The AHIP Career Center is the go-to resource for employers who need to reach qualified candidates. Whether you're looking for senior-, mid-, or entry-level candidates, this health care-focused job board offers a more targeted approach to talent searches, with industry-specific targeting, a searchable resume database, and opportunities for enhanced exposure via AHIP partners and brand extensions. Start recruiting today!


Career next step? AHIP's Young Professionals Network

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 08, 2017

AHIP's Young Professionals Network is designed for those health care professionals aged 35 and under. It's filled with resources including educational sessions, idea sharing through social media, and networking events. Be part of the discussions at #AHIPYoungPro and visit the website for details.


Webinar: Managing Medicare Advantage costs through better post-acute care

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 08, 2017

Variability in the costs of post-acute care (between regions, providers, and settings of care) necessitate proper post-acute care management for your members as they are on the path to healing at home. Join us March 14 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET, to learn from CareCentrix's findings on successful home health and post-acute care management, as demonstrated through examples and case studies.


One powerful professional resource

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 07, 2017

AHIP offers a powerful professional resource for networking, career development, and news about the health insurance industry. Did you know that an Individual Membership can be a smart investment? Health insurance agents and brokers, as well as health care industry consultants and attorneys, may be eligible to apply for membership. Preview the benefits, check your eligibility status, and join today.


The latest health care policy updates

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 07, 2017

AHIP's National Health Policy Conference and National Conference on the Individual and Small-Group Markets, March 8 through March 10 in D.C., deliver expert insight into policy priorities and stakeholder perspectives on improving care for every American. There's still time to register today!


Consider it your desktop IT consultant

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 06, 2017

Easily find business and IT Solutions with AHIP's complimentary Health IT Directory. Filled with products and services designed to help improve care, manage costs, and allow all stakeholders to work together seamlessly, you may access the online or ebook version. Visit http://healthitdirectory.com today.


Complimentary webinar -- CDC's 6|18 initiative

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 06, 2017

Hear about the CDC's 6|18 Initiative, what CDC hopes health plans can do, and how AHIP is working with the CDC on chronic disease and prevention initiatives. Register for a complimentary webinar, March 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, to learn more.


Giving consumers greater control and savings

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 06, 2017

To bring down costs, consumers need more choice and more control over their care and coverage -- and that's why Health Savings Accounts are such an important tool. Today, more than 20 million consumers are using HSAs, according to new research from AHIP. Learn more.


DM Direct -- Helping health plans advance DM Programs

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2017

For health plans looking to expand their DM programs, AHIP's DM Direct is a valuable resource tool that provides access to a list of companies that offer innovative DM solutions. For example, Resolution Health is a health care data analytics and communications company that delivers personalized patient and physician communications to help improve health care quality and reduce health care costs.


Cast a wider net with AHIP's Career Center

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2017

Precise targeting doesn't mean reaching a smaller talent pool. When you post your openings with the AHIP Career Center, you'll benefit from exposure within one of our industry's most respected and trafficked websites. To extend your reach even further, post your jobs in AHIP SmartBrief Newsletters, too. Discover all the ways you can reach the best and brightest here.


AHIP Individual Membership

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2017

If you are an agent or broker, AHIP Individual Membership is ideal for you. Throughout the year, you'll receive access to the latest news and information affecting the industry, as well as discounts on dozens of AHIP education programs, such as, "Health Insurance 101," "Long-Term Care Professional Combined Course," and many more. Learn more and join.


Plan to accelerate evidence into action -- complimentary webinar

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2017

The CDC 6|18 Initiative is a collaborative effort with payers and other stakeholders with the goal to accelerate the coverage of evidence-based preventive practices to improve the health of populations across the country. Register for a complimentary webinar, March 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, to learn more.


State-level considerations for individual & small-group markets

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2017

What are the top state-level considerations for the evolving individual and small-group markets? Find out during AHIP's National Conference on Individual and Small-Group Markets, March 9 through March 10 in D.C., from Kevin Patterson, Connect for Health Colorado; Trish Riley, National Academy for State Health Policy; and Lori Wing-Heier, Alaska's Dept. of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. Register today.


Help your clients navigate complex disability insurance programs

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 01, 2017

Some insurance professionals have a way of making complex information understandable. AHIP's series of Disability Insurance training programs can help you gain that expertise as you earn impressive professional credentials. Find out today how AHIP's Disability Insurance courses, webinars, and designation programs can make a difference for your clients and colleagues … as well as your career!


Medicare Advantage: What's the Advance Notice?

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 01, 2017

On Feb. 2, CMS released the 2018 Advance Notice, which lays out the policies governing plan payment for 2018. Stakeholders have 30 days to comment on the Advance Notice prior to CMS issuing a Final Rate Notice on April 3. For information on what CMS did last year and what it should do this year to promote plan innovations that are vital to beneficiaries, read the full report.


Webinar: Put your utilization management process on steroids

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Mar 01, 2017

Nearly $1 trillion of the healthcare spending in the United States is due to overuse, poor care coordination, and overly complex administration. Join us on March 9 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET to learn how Applied Pathways' scenario modeling and execution software can help you consistently make the most appropriate and cost-effective utilization management decisions based on clinical best practice.


Hear directly from stakeholders across the industry

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Feb 28, 2017

Kick off AHIP's National Health Policy Conference, March 8 through March 9 in Washington, D.C., with an interactive conversation about the top issues driving health care policy. This Special Session from Morning Consult features Marilyn Tavenner, President and Chief Executive Officer, AHIP; Andrew Gurman, MD, President, AMA; and Charles Kahn III, President & Chief Executive Officer, FAH. Register today.


Executive Leadership Programs for seasoned health plan professionals

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2017

A carefully crafted curriculum. Personal relationships with hand-picked mentors. Intense team building. The ELP Fellow's year is packed with unique learning and networking experiences, including a special intensive session at Northwestern University's prestigious Kellogg School of Management. The deadline for the 2017-2018 Call for Applications is fast approaching. Learn more and see if you meet the criteria.


Save time and money with telehealth

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2017

The phrase "time is money" is especially true for health care. As the industry continues to adapt, technology has become a great factor in making health care easier for people. Read the full blog post.


AHIP conferences: Delivering leaders. Delivering insights.

AHIP Wellness SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2017

Health plan executives, policymakers, and industry thought leaders deliver insights you can't get anywhere else. See agenda details for AHIP's National Health Policy Conference (March 8 and March 9 in Washington, D.C.). Review the must-know topics for the National Conference on the Individual and Small-Group Markets (March 9 and March 10 in Washington, D.C.). There's still time to register for one or both events.




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