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January 15, 2013
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  Best Business Practices 
  • How to bake career development into your regular routine
    Career development shouldn't be relegated to annual employee-review sessions, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. It's better to recognize and discuss small successes and learning opportunities as they happen throughout the year. "Effective leaders do it a little every month, week, day -- embedding it right in the workflow and treating it like the organic part of work that it really is," Giulioni writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 ways to keep troubleshooting meetings short
    Time is money for entrepreneurs, so it's important to keep meetings as short as possible, writes Chris McIntyre. You can limit the length of your troubleshooting meetings by setting clear goals for your company and encouraging employees to tell you what has gone wrong and what they are doing to fix it, he writes. "Too many small-business owners allow their people to push all the problems on them," he writes. "That's unacceptable." Entrepreneur online (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Insight 
  • HHS publishes Affordable Care Act regulations
    HHS released a 474-page document on Monday with proposed regulations regarding Medicaid expansion, state health insurance exchanges and other pieces of the Affordable Care Act. The draft covers the development of systems for helping people find out whether they are eligible for Medicaid or tax credits for health insurance, and for dealing with denials of Medicaid claims. The administration is seeking feedback on the draft. BenefitsPro.com (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LTCI puts needed care within reach
    Many consumers may not realize that Medicare does not cover long-term care, and paying for such care themselves will drain assets very quickly, writes Judy Clinco, founder and president of Catalina In-home Services in Arizona. Long-term-care insurance provides an important safety net, as HHS data indicate 40% of seniors will stay in a nursing home at some point in their lives. "True, family members can — and often do — provide this care," she writes. "But the work is often exhausting physically and emotionally and it can require the family caregiver to put his or her own life on hold." Inside Tucson Business (Ariz.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Rules aim to make offering wellness plans easier, experts say
    Proposed federal rules under the Affordable Care Act that increase incentive limits to encourage corporate wellness programs were written partly to counter future efforts by government agencies to restrict such plans, according to benefits expert Andy Anderson of Morgan Lewis and Bockius. To avoid litigation, experts say employers should pay attention to amended standards in the rules for nondiscriminatory "health-contingent" wellness programs. Human Resource Executive (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Trends 
  • Feds indicate flexibility on exchange deadlines
    The White House has given states more time to demonstrate readiness if they are setting up their own insurance exchanges or partnering with the federal government under the Affordable Care Act. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was initially scheduled to determine whether states were ready to establish exchanges at the start of the year, but said she would extend or waive the deadline for any states that indicated interest in establishing an exchange or regulating policies sold through a federally run marketplace. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Exchange preparation: AHIP’s Exchange Conference provides the help
    As the focus on the logistics of Exchange implementation intensifies, attending AHIP’s Exchange Conference, March 14 and 15 in Washington, D.C., will be more important than ever. The program will cover immediate steps required, and mid- to long-term decisions necessary to successfully participate in Exchanges. Keep on pace with implementation—learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Age band compression under health care reform
    A new study finds premiums will increase on average 42% for people aged 21 to 29 and 31% for people aged 30 to 39 due to age rating restrictions contained in the Affordable Care Act. To raise awareness of these and other factors driving premiums, AHIP has launched Time for Affordability. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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