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March 18, 2013
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  Best Business Practices 
 
  • A 3-step process for setting realistic sales goals
    The first step to setting realistic sales goals involves examining your company's prior performance and projecting growth for the coming year, writes Vanessa Merit Nornberg. Afterward, you should figure out how much each representative is likely to contribute to the company's total sales. It's a good idea to consult with employees before finalizing your sales targets -- they may have even higher expectations than you do. Inc. online (free registration) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A sales strategy based on trust
    Today's customers are more informed than ever, thanks in part to online product reviews, and they're looking to buy from companies they trust. So companies must steer clear of unethical sales tactics and concentrate on establishing trust with their customers, Jeff Kline writes. Companies can embrace this kind of "selling wisdom" in several ways, such as by getting to know their customers, producing educational content and letting sales staff customize their pitches so that it feels authentic. Duct Tape Marketing (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Insight 
  • Lawmakers make bipartisan call to avoid MA cuts
    Nearly 100 lawmakers rallied around efforts to protect private Medicare Advantage plans from planned 2.2% funding cuts. "This reduction in funding will leave many vulnerable seniors with fewer benefits, higher out-of-pocket costs, and in some cases the loss of their current MA coverage," said the letter, signed by 95 lawmakers representing both political parties. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

  Market Trends 
 
  • Workers shopping exchanges gravitate toward high-deductible plans
    Workers whose employers gave them a lump sum to buy their own health insurance on a private exchange showed greater interest in higher-deductible plans. Enrollment in preferred provider organizations dropped from 70% to 47%, while enrollment in consumer-directed plans rose to 39% from 12% in 2012, when workers were not purchasing their own coverage from an exchange. The Wall Street Journal (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Health Insurance Plan Company News 
 
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

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How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

  AHIP News 
  • Where technology, genomics and consumerism can take health care
    Named the 2012 most influential physician executive in health care by Modern Healthcare, Dr. Eric Topol is known for taking a fresh approach to patient care and is a leader helping to shape the future of our health care system. At Institute 2013, June 12 to 14 in Las Vegas, Dr. Topol will share why personalizing medicine through the use of data analytics and genome technology is a game-changing approach that will solve many of the challenges facing our health care system. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The “Who’s Who” of health plans
    Available in print or CD, “AIS’s Directory of Health Plans: 2013” allows you to make smart decisions based on solid data. Use the directory to identify market trends, gain insight into health plan models, determine which networks may best serve for your organization, develop benchmarks and more. Visit the AHIP Store to get your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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What men value in this world is not rights but privileges."
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