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AIS Newsletter Finds Four Key Reasons for Lack of Interest in Small Business Health Options Program

Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 16, 2015

Since the beginning of the year, the Department of Health and Human Services has offered regular enrollment updates for federally facilitated exchanges, but has been silent about the state of its Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). Some industry observers contacted by Atlantic Information Services, Inc.’s (AIS) Inside Health Insurance Exchanges (HEX) wonder if SHOP will ever attract interest. For its April issue, HEX identified four key barriers that could have led to limited participation in SHOP.

(1) The small-business tax credit isn’t attractive enough. The maximum credit is available only to the smallest small businesses (10 or less) with lower average annual wages per worker ($ 25,000 or less), and without real financial incentives, private insurance exchanges will appear to be the better option.

(2) There’s a lack of employee choice when it comes to choosing a plan in SHOP. In most states with federally facilitated exchanges, employers aren’t given the choice to choose a plan on the program, due largely to calls for a delay from state regulators who worried that a poorly functioning employee choice program would lead to delayed payments to carriers, misinformation, consumer confusion and adverse selection, HEX says. Chris Condeluci, a principal at CC Law & Policy in Washington, D.C., who worked for the Senate Finance Committee during the crafting of the health reform law, told HEX that SHOP is “clunky” and “glitch-riddled.”

(3) SHOP faces competition from private exchanges. For most small businesses, private exchanges offer more options and better features, such as decision-support systems, education tools and end-to-end transactional services, Condeluci tells HEX. They also offer full employee choice for medical coverage, and offer ancillary products and services such as vision, dental, life, financial and payroll, increasing their attractiveness.

(4) Once employers have to give up their grandfathered, non-ACA compliant plans, enrollment on SHOP is expected to increase slightly, HEX says, but the majority of employers are expected to explore their options with a broker or move to a private exchange.

“The underlying market isn’t so broken that employers are crying out for a solution,” Rosemarie Day, president of Day Health Strategies and former chief operating officer of the Massachusetts exchange, told HEX. “What they want is dramatically lower premiums, and that’s not what SHOP offers.”

Condeluci worries that more tax dollars will be funneled into SHOP “until we come to the realization that we spent billions of dollars on SHOP, which was a failing exercise.”

Visit http://aishealth.com/archive/nhex0415-01 to read the article in its entirety, which also reviews some of the most successful state-based exchanges in Utah, California and New Mexico.

About Inside Health Insurance Exchanges

Inside Health Insurance Exchanges provides hard-hitting news and strategies on public and private health insurance exchanges, written for business leaders with health plans, pharma companies, hospitals and health systems, brokers and agents, and exchange managers and vendors. The newsletter delivers reliable intelligence on this critical cornerstone of health reform — the players and their partners, product designs and enrollment results, employer perspectives and much more. Visit http://aishealth.com/marketplace/inside-health-insurance-exchanges for more information.

About AIS

Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) is a publishing and information company that has been serving the health care industry for more than 25 years. It develops highly targeted news, data and strategic information for managers in hospitals, health plans, medical group practices, pharmaceutical companies and other health care organizations. AIS products include print and electronic newsletters, websites, looseleafs, books, strategic reports, databases, webinars and conferences. Learn more at http://AISHealth.com.







The Academy of Home Staging Finds Dual Certification Courses to be in High Demand


New York, NY (PRWEB) March 06, 2015

The New York Course is a 6 consecutive day, DUAL DESIGNATION COURSE starting on March 30th 2015. According to owner Kim Kapellusch, everyone loves the second designation that can be earned in one course. Along with the core designation of Advanced Home Staging Certification, earning the Staging Design Pro designation is included, showcasing luxury staging talents to the world. The Staging Design Pro designation, unique to The Academy, covers design techniques for the luxury design and staging market that can be applied to a home staging design business. Learn how interior decorators charge and work with clients and how to be fully prepared to add interior decorating to a Home Staging business.

The Academy of Home Staging is pleased to announce there are a few seats left for its upcoming Advanced Certification for Home Staging class that will be held in New York City, on March 30th 2015. This class will be taught by Kara Woods, owner, Staged to Move and recipient of many honors and awards in the Staging Industry.

Students that enroll in this class will learn the art of home staging from an award winning owner of a leading high-end Staging Company. In the past year, Kara Woods of Staged to Move has won 4 top industry awards:

     2013 “International TOP 100” Magazine’s Staging and Design recipient
     “Real Estate Staging Association’s 2014 Top Ten Best Occupied Stagings” North America
    “Real Estate Staging Association’s 2014 Top Ten Best Occupied Stagings” North America
    “Real Estate Staging Association’s “United States 2014 Top 10 Professional Real Estate Staging”

This is a six-day class that has additional special activities students will benefit from, including, special field exercises and speakers at the New York City Design Center.

Class sizes are limited to ensure teacher to student mentoring as needed, so sign up today by calling 1-800-574-5576. Students will learn everything they need to know to start and run their own Home Staging Business.    

Home Staging is a rapidly growing industry. The real estate industry across the country has seen significant growth in listings, prices and sales in the past year.

The Academy of Home Staging offers industry leading training that is unmatched by other Home Staging Training courses. Several key factors set The Academy’s training program apart from the rest:

     The only Advanced Home Staging Certification available
     Limited class size (8 maximum students) to provide personalized coaching and mentoring to our students by our Instructors
    Over 10 hands-on exercises including a minimum of 3 in-field exercises. These exercises are crucial to providing students a complete education and insuring the ability to successfully start and manage their own Home Staging business.
    Student and Instructor experience together, apply and discuss all solutions and approaches for all areas of the design and business aspects to a Home Staging Business.
    Student discovery and questions are encouraged in every session.
    Complete Business CD for each student upon successful completion of the class, and passing the Certification exam at the end of the class    
    Committed to the success of every student that comes to The Academy of Home Staging. Ongoing education, regular Alumni newsletters chock full of new information and tips and access to one-on-one coaching.

Interested students should call 1-800-574-5576 today to register and secure their seat in our limited enrollment classes and realize these fantastic savings! All students will be eligible to apply for our finance program.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY OF HOME STAGING:

The Academy of Home Staging was founded by Kim Kapellusch in 2005 in the LA, area, and has quickly become the Industries’ premier Home Staging and Redesign Certification Training Program. Today, The Academy operates in California; Dallas, TX; New York City, NY; Seattle, WA; Tampa Bay Area, FL; and Washington, DC. In addition to its leading classroom certification classes, The Academy offers a full CD based course, ongoing education and one-on-one business counseling.

For more information, call 1.800.574.5576 or visit The Academy of Home Staging.







Mediterranean Diet Has Huge Health Benefits, New Study Finds

Mediterranean Diet Has Huge Health Benefits, New Study Finds

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New Survey Finds Staff Turnover Top Concern for Healthcare Recruiters in 2015


CENTENNIAL, Colo. (PRWEB) March 31, 2015

A new study by Health eCareers found that nearly one-third of healthcare recruiters in the U.S. rank employee turnover as their greatest staffing concern this year and say hiring the best healthcare employees is only half the battle – once you have them, you need to keep them. The findings are part of Health eCareers’ new trends in healthcare recruiting blog series, which profiles the results of the 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey.

Turnover in hospitals has high numbers and results in high costs in the industry. According to 565 healthcare employer respondents in Health eCareers’ 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey, almost 30 percent expect that they will have more job openings in 2015 than last year, and 45 percent expect to have about the same. But forty-three percent of respondents say finding qualified talent is their number one obstacle.

Retention is the Solution

Employee retention should be the first line of defense to combat the challenges created by turnover and is a key strategic imperative for 90 percent of hospitals.

“According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the healthcare unemployment rate is 3.5 percent. Many economists feel full healthcare employment is between two and three percent, so this means we are very close to full employment,” says Bill Thomson, a healthcare staffing expert and account representative at Health eCareers.

This finding raises the question: where will healthcare get its new workers?

Thomson says because most healthcare professionals are currently employed, it’s much more effective and efficient to invest in retention than to go out, recruit and train new employees.

Tips for Recruiters to Shape Retention

Thomson offers healthcare recruiters the following tips to help hospitals with employee retention.

1. Hire someone who’s a good fit, not who comes at a low cost

Employee productivity, a direct result of the quality of hires, is a key issue within the hospital and healthcare workforce. Thomson cautions that recruiters should beware of promoting employees who do not have good leadership skills.

2. Push for impactful talent-management funding

Nearly 80 percent of Health eCareers’ survey respondents say employer brand and culture are “important,” while 17 percent say they are “not priorities at this time.” A report by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that healthcare systems invest significantly less in HR programs than other industries, and Thomson says it’s time for healthcare systems to step up to the plate and push for funding.

3. Emphasize the organization’s reputation in the recruiting process

Although the recruitment industry spent a whopping $ 16 billion dollars on advertising last year, Thomson questions the value of advertising if a brand evokes little name recognition or positive emotional value. Instead, he says using differentiation and affinity are key when trying to appeal to an increasingly limited talent pool.

4. Recognize and own a few key goals at a time

Thomson warns that abrupt change can destroy a positive work culture, so it’s key that leadership and the marketing teams identify the most important reasons why the facility is in business.

“There are so many forces that change the focus within a hospital,” he explains. “If patient satisfaction surveys are down, focus shifts. If costs get out of hand, focus shifts. The focus for recruiters mirrors the changing focus of the organization as a whole, and that’s unsustainable.”

Thomson says that changing goals frequently is confusing and unsettling and the decline in morale it induces trickles down from employees to patients.

He adds that the more services a hospital can provide to employees, such as flexible work schedules, employee referral bonuses and free concierge services, the more retention, and positive morale become established in the culture.

Learn More: Read the Health eCareers’ 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Blog Series and Download the Full Survey Report

To learn more about hiring the best healthcare talent, visit the 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey blog series and download the full 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey Report.

About Health eCareers

Healthcare is all about connection, and Health eCareers is the healthcare industry’s career hub for professionals, providers and associations. With a network of more than 1.7 million job seekers, thousands of healthcare employers and more than 100 exclusive association partners, Health eCareers is designed to match qualified healthcare professionals – from physicians to non-clinical staff – with medical providers looking for top talent. But Health eCareers is more than just a place to look for your next job — it’s a resource to help you advance your career at every stage. That’s why Health eCareers also includes industry news and career advice targeted to your healthcare specialty. For employers, Health eCareers offers innovative recruiting tools and services and healthcare hiring data that you won’t find anywhere else. To learn more, visit healthecareers.com, check out our blog or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.







New Study Finds Magnesium May Slow Progress of Diabetes, Retailer Reports

Freeport, ME (PRWEB) February 27, 2015

Royal River Natural Foods, a locally-owned independent natural health store in Freeport, ME, reports a new study that found adults who got the most magnesium were less than half as likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to those who got the least magnesium, with the largest benefit in those with elevated blood sugar levels.

The report is part of the March 2015 issue of “Natural Insights for Well Being®,” which Royal River Natural Foods publishes free each month for the Freeport community to learn more about the latest in nutrition science. Also in the March issue, men and women who got the most omega-3 fatty acids were less than half as likely to develop heart disease, and doctors in a new study said diets poor in vitamins A, C, D and omega-3s can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease in older adults, among other important findings.

“This month’s issue offers hope for healthy living and aging with simple, safe and affordable nutrition steps almost everyone can take,” said Becky Foster, supplement manager. “New scientific findings we present this month come from such well-respected peer-reviewed scientific journals as ‘Diabetes Care,’ the ‘American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,’ the ‘Nutrition Research Journal,’ and several others.”

“Natural Insights for Well Being®“ is free, and Royal River Natural Foods invites all those who wish to gain more valuable nutrition knowledge to stop in and pick up the March issue and meet the friendly, knowledgeable staff.

About the company:

Founded in 1994, Royal River Natural Foods is a unique community, natural food store. They are committed to well-being, body and soul. Experience their outstanding customer service in a warm and welcoming environment. Royal River Natural Foods proudly features local organic food, produce, locally-raised beef, chicken, lamb, pork and seafood, healthy takeout foods, bulk foods, snacks, special dietary products, specialty wines, micro-brewed beers, gourmet food made in Maine, unique gifts, eco-friendly products and much more. Royal River Natural Foods is committed to providing local, organic and sustainably-produced foods that enrich their customers’ lives. For more information about Royal River Natural Foods, visit their website at http://www.rrnf.com.







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Tellwut Online Survey Finds Only 32% Feel Eating Organically Grown Food Is Important


(PRWEB) October 29, 2014

With a rise in retail shelf space going to organically grown foods over the last few years, Tellwut’s online market research arm posed a number of questions to its Tellwutter community surrounding the importance of organic produce, along with the whys and why not’s. This online survey produced a number of interesting observations including the result that only 32% feel that organically grown food is an important factor when purchasing produce and with decided voters returning a split decision as to whether or not organic is healthier.

Organically farmed goods are produced in a way that adheres with the organic guidelines of various governments as well as international organizations. In basic terms an organically grown good is food that is produced in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner, without the use of chemical and or artificial pesticides. The organic food movement is a growing global trend, however the Tellwut survey found that while 32% felt it was important, 51% did not consider it to be a factor and 17% were undecided in regards to their organic consumption habits. An overwhelming 89% of members found organic foods to be too expensive, though prices do vary based on the item, location and season. On average organic goods appear to be 42% more expensive than their conventionally grown counterparts according to http://www.organic.com.

When asked the main reason for choosing to purchase organically grown food, 51% of members choose to do so because it is pesticide free which means that it is grown without the help of artificial pesticides, however it should be noted that organically grown produce still use pesticides, they are just considered ‘organic pesticides’ meaning that they are derived from natural sources. 28% of members also chose organic to support local farmers, while 17 percent felt it tasted better. Many members also referenced that organic was not genetically modified (GMO), an important factor to them.

Is organically grown food more nutritious than conventionally grown food? 33% of panel members did not agree, 34 % of panel members did agree, while the other 33% were unsure. There are hundreds of studies comparing the nutrient levels of organic vs. conventionally farmed goods, but according to a report produced by the Food Marketing Institute the USDA has found that organically grown food is not safer or more nutritional than its conventionally farmed equivalent, they only state that it is different in how it is grown, handled and processed.

61% of panel members felt that some produce is better to purchase organic than other produce. An article by Dan Shapley posted by Good Housekeeping magazine suggests that it is best to spend your money on organic fruits and vegetables which are thin skinned and have edible exteriors such as apples, tomatoes or grapes, versus produce like avocados which have outer layers. Interestingly 51% washed their fruits and vegetable in under 10 seconds, while 26% rinsed between 10 and 30 seconds and only 15% gave produce more than a 30 second rinse.

As one Tellwutter put it, “Organic is just another label to sell something at a higher price, while the jury is out on health benefits.” With sentiment like this it is not surprising that this online market research study found that the minority of 32% of panel members consider eating organic to be an important part of their diet and of those purchasing organic only 35% purchased more organic food this year when compared with last year, while 15% purchased less and 50% purchased the same.

About Tellwut®.

Tellwut is a North American online community of individuals dedicated to expressing their opinions through online surveys based upon a wide variety of topics in exchange for rewards and the Tellwut community experience. The Tellwut community and proprietary survey and reward software application provide a platform for organizations to send surveys to their stakeholders or to crowdsource and conduct online market research through the use of the Tellwut survey platform and the Tellwut Community; thus allowing businesses a clearer understanding and insight into their products or services, customer attitudes and potential business opportunities.







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