Category Archives: Health and Benefits

Desperately Seeking… A Utility Bill

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As a utility consumer, I have needs. I need to be asked how I’m doing. I need to feel needed. I need to be understood. I desire warmth from more than just my HVAC unit. I want to know where my money is going and why I owe as much as I do. Once I… Read More »

Insurance and Retail get Married

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About this time last year I posted a release about the new retail sales branch opened by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Horizon was one of the first health insurance companies to take a “retail” approach to selling individual insurance policies under the then newly approved Affordable Care Act. In May of… Read More »

Jell-O, Healthcare and the New Normal

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Running a hospital or healthcare practice is already labor and capital intensive, highly regulated and impenetrably complex. The Affordable Care Act and the growing trend toward consumerism has added constant change to the list of industry challenges. While the ACA itself is the law of the land and implementation is moving forward, the foundational elements… Read More »

Health Insurance – Change Brings Opportunities

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It’s fair to say that the business model for health insurance is in the process of being completely redefined by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA). Health insurers can expect to spend the bulk of 2013 getting ready for the new post-ACA marketplace. How far reaching are these changes? Well, they… Read More »

HMSA: A Healthy Approach to Customer Communications

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Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a reliable name in Hawaiian health care. Established in 1938, it is the largest and most experienced provider of health care coverage in the state. Over half of Hawaii’s population has chosen HMSA for their coverage. HMSA’s mission… Read More »

Managed Print Services and Print Management Services

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When do two seemingly similar-sounding service offerings present completely different business models? When comparing Managed Print Services to Print Management Services. These sound the same, and in a certain situations can be used interchangeably, however the industry definitions are quite distinct and different. Managed Print Services (aka; MPS), Managed Document Services, Enterprise Printing Services, or… Read More »

Why should we care so much about data security?

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As I regularly share with employees there are two main ways I think about this question. First is being a good corporate citizen and recognize that we have a responsibility to secure the data we are entrusted with to protect the privacy of individuals. According to ITRC more than 35 million data records were compromised… Read More »

An Economic View from a Different Perspective

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Necessity may be the Mother of invention, but it’s also the Mother of reduction, the Mother of consolidation and ultimately, the Mother of efficiency. The past few years of recessionary behavior has proven to be a Petri dish of sorts that prove this hypothesis.

Crystal Clear Communications in Employee Benefits

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Employee Benefits News provided an overview of winning campaigns in their 2010 i-Comm Awards.  The subtitle is: “EBN’s 2010 i-COMM Award winners show how expansive, targeted campaigns can cut through communications clutter to engage workers around health, retirement.” Sounds like our cup of tea right? There are some interesting notes in here for our industry… Read More »