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March 25, 2013
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  • Move your business ahead by setting clear goals
    Operating a business with a focus on profitability alone is short-sighted, writes Michael Olguin, president of Formula PR. Setting clear operating goals for your business can help you to monitor the success of your company and make sure everyone is on the same page within your leadership team. "When your leadership team clearly understands what you are trying to accomplish it provides greater rationale for the decisions you might make regarding hiring, acquisitions, incentives, sales programs, or any other financially-driven decision," he writes. Inc. online (free registration) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Twitter best practices, 7 years after tweets began
    Twitter, launched seven years ago, can help businesses with big-picture branding and personalized customer service, if used correctly. Know that your hashtags can aid search but are also subject to negative posts. Avoid the temptation to bash your competitors or weigh in on sensitive issues, and change your password regularly to avoid getting hacked. Entrepreneur online (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Senators reintroduce bipartisan MLR measure to protect agents
    A bipartisan group of four senators has revived efforts to exempt agents and brokers from the Affordable Care Act Medical Loss Ratio. The proposed legislation "will strengthen the Affordable Care Act, keep these small firms in businesses and protect this important service for consumers," said Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. The MLR restricts administrative costs in premiums to 15% for large groups and 20% for small groups, and agents agents say they have seen health product commissions slashed by as much as 50%. National Underwriter Life & Health (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Significance of voluntary benefits is up, study says
    Voluntary benefits are becoming more important for businesses, as 58% of employers consider them a "significant benefits strategy," a new survey suggests. Forty-five percent of surveyed employees said voluntary life, dental and disability benefits play an important role in deciding to join a company. "The weak economy has sharpened employee interest in benefits -- especially for benefits that meet personal and diverse needs," the study says. National Underwriter Life & Health (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDHPs gain hold in Texas
    A survey conducted by the Texas Business Group on Health shows that the number of employers embracing consumer-driven health plans is on the rise. Nearly 25% of employees are enrolled in CDHPs, up from 18.5% in 2012. The same survey also shows that more respondents are linking health and wellness programs with incentives and penalties. BenefitsPro.com (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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ACOs and other integrated care models are raising numerous policy and legal issues. Join us for a unique event, AHIP's ACO Summit, May 15 in Washington, D.C., where industry experts, thought leaders, leading academics, and policymakers will examine policy and legal implications of hospital and physician integration into the marketplace. Click here for details.
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  • Meeting expectations in a changing health care system
    Encouraging consumers to make healthier choices is more and more important as our health care system changes the way individuals, clinicians purchasers and others think about coverage, services and personal responsibility. How can we best engage consumers and achieve greater value for our health care system? Kaiser Permanente’s George Halvorson and WebMD’s Cavan Redmond will address this topic at Institute 2013, June 12 to 14 in Las Vegas. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • National Health Plan Collaborative highlights health care equity programs
    The National Health Plan Collaborative released a Leadership Roundtable poster series that highlights innovative programs and services designed to reduce disparities in care and address the cultural and linguistic needs of diverse populations. Get more information hereLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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