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December 12, 2012
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  Best Business Practices 
  • How your business can support charitable causes
    Your business can contribute to a charity in several ways, such as making a cash donation or offering discounts for people who support the cause, writes Tim Parker. Your charitable work may generate positive publicity, but that shouldn't be your main reason for giving. "Any time, money, and effort you invest in a nonprofit organization should be its own reward -- and reason enough to continue giving," he writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Before diving into marketing, make sure you have a plan
    Marketers often make the mistake of executing marketing tactics without first devising a comprehensive plan, writes Jean Gianfagna. Setting goals, understanding your position in the market and identifying future clients are among some of the keys to developing a successful marketing strategy, according to Gianfagna. "Investing the time up front to plan will help you use your marketing resources more efficiently, deliver higher-impact messages and achieve better and longer-lasting results," Gianfagna writes. National Underwriter Life & Health (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 9 ways to beef up your marketing e-mails
    E-mail marketing campaigns need high-quality content to succeed, writes Jennifer Wong. An effective e-mail is clearly and accurately written with a consistent message and inspires confidence and conveys credibility, Wong notes. Personalizing your mail, including a call to action and asking for feedback will improve chances of reaching readers, she adds. B2C Marketing Insider (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Insight 
  • ACA fee to offset cost of covering pre-existing conditions
    Affordable Care Act regulations call for employer-provided and individual health insurance plans to be assessed a temporary $63-per-person fee set to begin in 2014 and end in 2017. The fee is designed to offset the costs of providing coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, and according to AHIP the fund it supports will help stabilize the market and hold down costs for consumers. Associated Press (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How consumers can avoid forfeiting FSA money
    A health care Flexible Spending Account can be used for items not covered by regular health insurance, yet 20% of people who don't spend all their FSA cash lose at least $500. This article offers tips for consumers, including reviewing FSA terms, checking for receipts from eligible items already purchased, and considering medically necessary expenditures such as new glasses, over-the-counter drugs, orthotics or -- in some cases -- a massage. The Miami Herald (free registration)/The Associated Press (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Trends 
  • Study explores utilization under MA, traditional Medicare
    Researchers have found evidence to suggest that Medicare Advantage plans may be reducing unnecessary medical care, according to a report in the journal Health Affairs, and the study found some indication that care for MA beneficiaries may be more closely aligned with clinical best practices guidelines. The study looked at data from 2003 through 2009, comparing MA claims with claims from beneficiaries of traditional Medicare defined benefit plans. National Underwriter Life & Health (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Measuring wellness ROI requires detailed look at data, experts say
    The complexity of statistical data needed to accurately measure return-on-investment for corporate wellness programs deters some companies from doing such analyses, experts said. Data accumulation is an issue and many evaluations are superficial or too narrowly focused to be of value. “Ideally, you want to be able to look at claims on the individual level to be able to map over time whether there's been any change or reduction in claim experience,” said Massachusetts wellness expert Mari Ryan. Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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U.S. health care spending 101 iPad App
AHIP has released a new iPad app that consolidates 50 years of data from the Congressional Budget Office, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office of Management and Budget into a series of simple, interactive charts.
  AHIP News 
  • U.S. health care spending 101 iPad App
    AHIP has released a new iPad app that consolidates 50 years of data from the Congressional Budget Office, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office of Management and Budget into a series of simple, interactive charts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Learn more about Exchanges with new online course
    Learn more about Exchanges through AHIP’s timely new online course, “Health Insurance Exchanges and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).” You’ll learn about Exchanges from their beginning to their role in health care reform and beyond. The online format allows you to learn around your schedule. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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