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December 7, 2012
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  Best Business Practices 
  • Which sales opportunities should you pursue?
    To know whether chasing an opportunity makes sense, you need to know how much it will cost to sell to that prospect, writes Joel McCabe. "[M]any reps will invest their precious time chasing the wrong opportunities. With every prospect there is a point where the cost of time spent will surpass your payout." You can become more productive by identifying the characteristics of your ideal customer and segmenting your accounts, he writes. Sales Benchmark Index/Sales Force Effectiveness Blog (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 tips for delivering superior customer service
    Many companies are providing poor customer service that might be hurting their growth prospects, Denise Gosnell writes. However, you can offer top-notch service by paying attention to what your customers tell you, keeping your clients in the loop and requesting feedback to improve your business. The Huffington Post/The Blog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Thinking Outside the Box
To stay relevant, companies need to spend as much time generating ideas for the future as they do running their businesses today. Read Boomtown: Think Like a Startup

  Industry Insight 
  • New taxes on industry will raise costs, report finds
    A tax on the health insurance industry could raise the costs paid by families for insurance coverage by as much as $7,000 over 10 years, according to a report commissioned by AHIP. “With full implementation of the ACA a year away, the focus needs to be on making coverage more affordable,” said AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni. “Taxing health insurance will have the opposite effect by making it more expensive.” The Hill/Healthwatch blog (12/5) , FierceHealthPayer (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Calif. aims to improve health, lower costs for care of dual-eligibles
    California is working to improve the health of people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid while cutting costs, and 25 states have applied to be part of a broader federal effort to similarly transition enrollees to managed care. Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., will start on April 1. So-called dual-eligibles are among the sickest, most complex patients enrolled in government programs, accounting for 31% of Medicare costs and 39% of Medicaid's, according to the CMS. USA Today/Kaiser Health News (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Few HDHP holders understand preventive care is likely covered
    A survey finds that almost 20% of respondents under high-deductible health insurance plans avoided going to preventive care visits, despite the fact that their plans fully cover it. High-deductible or consumer-directed plans normally don't charge out-of-pocket costs for preventive care, annual physicals or screening tests as a way to promote preventive care, but only 18.1% of the survey respondents understood this rule, researchers said in a study published in Health Affairs. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New influenza vaccination resources for health professionals
    National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is Dec. 2 to 8. The single, best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. To observe NIVW, the CDC has released new print materials, social media tools and additional resources for health care professionals. Resources can be downloaded online and used to develop targeted messaging around influenza vaccination. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Follow AHIP on Twitter at @AHIPEducation
    For daily updates related to AHIP’s educational opportunities—including conference news, upcoming webinars and the latest online health insurance courses—follow @AHIPEducation on Twitter. View our profile. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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