Archive of 2011 June

07Jun2011
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jtoole
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General
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Improving quality, reducing costs: SOA research on medical errors

by Jim Toole, SOA Board Member When people talk about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), they usually focus on the bill’s short-term implications to access to care and pressure on costs. This slights the bill’s long-term goals of improving quality of care, patient outcomes and reducing costs. Effective July 1, 2011, a little-noticed portion of the bill included putting Medicaid “never events” on the same footing as Medicare. The Medicaid regulations prohibit federal payments to states for certain healthcare acquired conditions known as never events, similar to the regulation that has been in place for Medicare since 2008. (more…)

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06Jun2011
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mboot
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Life
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The term vs. permanent life debate

by Mike Boot, Managing Director of Actuarial Marketplace Solutions As an actuary on the staff of the Society of Actuaries, I am usually happy to see insurance topics with actuaries quoted in the Wall Street Journal. I was surprised to see the May 28, 2011 article “Honestly, What's the Best Policy: Insurance Agents Are Pushing Pricey Permanent Life Aggressively. Here's What You Need to Know” written by Leslie Scism. (more…)

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01Jun2011
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Lisamarie Lukas
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General
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Are you LinkedIn?

by Lisamarie Lukas, Director of Communications While the Rolodex will long have a place on many desks, social networking tools like LinkedIn have made it easier to stay connected and in-the-know. With more than 100 million members in over 200 countries, LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet. Do you use LinkedIn? As an association, the SOA has found great benefits in our SOA LinkedIn group. In fact, membership has grown like crazy since it first launched in 2009 with almost 4,000 members around the world. Aside from SOA organization posts, members often post industry articles, surveys and start discussions. Last month we launched a survey to better understand how members are using the group and/or what we can do to help. With more than 340 responses, we learned that members would like to see more members interacting on the group while others are unsure of the benefits. (more…)

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