What to Know About Travel Insurance if Hurricane Maria Halts Your Caribbean Travel Plans

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm, leaving many areas uninhabitable. With Hurricane Maria now hitting the same region, travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains travel insurance coverage for…

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Matic Insurance Services Debuts Integration with Roostify, Advances to Final Round of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Matic Insurance Services (Matic), a digital insurance agency that enables borrowers to purchase homeowner’s insurance during the home-buying transaction, has forged a partnership with automated lending technology provider Roostify. The…

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Heffernan Insurance Brokers Promotes Brenda Grootendorst to Portland Branch Manager

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Heffernan Insurance Brokers, one of the largest full-service, independent insurance brokerage firms in the United States, is pleased to announce the promotion of Brenda Grootendorst to the position of Branch Manager of the firm’s Portland, OR…

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Earns Top Quality Rating For Second Year In A Row

BOSTON, Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — For the second year in a row, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross) was named a top-rated health plan in the country, according to the nation’s experts on health plan quality.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)…

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Healthcare Machine Learning Startup Cogitativo Closes $5M Series A Financing

BERKELEY, Calif., Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Cogitativo, Inc., the first-to-market machine learning and data-science-as-a-service company for healthcare organizations, announced today the closing of a $5 million Series A funding round.  The strategic investment by HCSC Ventures, Inc.,…

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Conning–2017 Individual Life-Annuity Growth and Profit Leading Companies Announced

HARTFORD, Conn., Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Conning releases its eighth study of successful individual life-annuity companies in three size categories with analysis of common leading company characteristics.
“Our ongoing study of growth and profit leading individual life-annuity…

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Albright Releases Third Book, “Inside The Circle”

Inside the Circle by Andy Albright

Success can sometimes come down to a person making the decision to change the direction they are heading in and do something different. If you don’t know what to do next, it will be very hard to ever reach a goal. If you know what habits you need to adopt, then you can get better results.

Burlington, NC (PRWEB) September 21, 2017
North Carolina entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker excited about latest book launch.
Andy Albright, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author, released his third book, “Inside The Circle: How To Make Simple, Intentional Decisions To Better Your Life And Income.”
Albright, the President and CEO of National Agents Alliance (aka The Alliance), previously wrote “Millionaire Maker Manual” in 2012 and “The 8 Steps To Success” in 2010.
Albright’s “Inside The Circle” was initially made available to members of The Alliance, who offer financial services through life insurance products through more than 15 insurance carriers, in July at one of the company’s two national events held annually in Burlington, N.C. at its corporate headquarters.
Albright believes there is something useful for anybody who picks up a copy of his latest book.
“There’s a lot of simple, but useful stories and principles in this book that most people don’t even consider or think about on a daily basis,” Albright said. “This project is a result of countless hours of talks that I’ve given around the country, topics from my weekly show, The Wednesday Call and hundreds of pages of notes I’ve compiled in the last two years.”
The goal of the book is to help people define exactly what they want in life and business, and then figure out how to start taking steps that will move them toward their goals and dreams.
“A lot of times, people don’t know what to do next,” Albright said. “Success can sometimes come down to a person making the decision to change the direction they are heading in and do something different. If you don’t know what to do next, it will be very hard to ever reach a goal. If you know what habits you need to adopt, then you can get better results. I hope this book helps people change fast and see that making changes can pay off for you more than you ever realized.”
Brett David, the CEO of Prestige Imports – Lamborghini Miami in Miami, Fla., wrote the foreword to the book and praised Albright’s blueprint for helping people make good decisions and choices that can lead to them being more successful.
“Andy is a master at connecting with people, and he is doing it for the masses with ‘Inside The Circle,’ David wrote in the foreword. “I’m thankful to be able to call Andy my friend. I believe that after you read this book, you will have greater insight as to Andy’s wisdom, and how powerful his simple principles can be to where you are headed in life.”
“Inside The Circle” is dedicated to Albright’s parents, George (deceased) and Laverne Albright. Albright’s daughter, Haleigh (a graduate student at N.C. State) provided illustrations for the book, and his wife, Jane helped with edits and corrections.
“I love the process of seeing a project like this come together,” Albright said. “It takes a team to put together a book and I had a solid team backing me to make this book a reality. I hope that people enjoy it. The feedback I’ve gotten has been positive, so I hope it makes a difference to people.”
In addition to his professional endeavors, Albright is involved with numerous charities and organizations. He is a member of the advisory board for N.C. State’s Entrepreneurship Initiative and a loyal supporter and major donor of Wolfpack athletics. Andy takes time away from work to speak to students often, and is also a motivational speaker for various groups and organizations.
Albright’s company, National Agents Alliance, is one of the country’s largest and most successful insurance marketing organizations specializing in life event marketing and sales. He has appeared in regional North Carolina magazines and newspapers, and his company was selected from a pool of 35,000 area businesses as the N.C. Triad’s Fastest Growing Company by Greensboro’s Triad Business Journal in 2007. Albright was named to the Triad’s 2011 Movers & Shakers list by Business Leader magazine, and has appeared on several national radio shows.
Albright lives with his wife, Jane and their five dogs in Union Ridge, just outside of Burlington, N.C. on the same land where Andy was raised. The couple has two children – Haleigh and Spencer – who are both students at NC State University in Raleigh, N.C.
Copies of “Inside The Circle” can be purchased at http://www.AndyAlbright.com.

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MCG Health Partners with Performance Clinical Systems to Reduce…

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Together, we can offer never-before-seen solutions that improve productivity from distributed care teams, enhance patient satisfaction, and realize a positive financial impact from overall utilization management effectiveness.

SEATTLE, Wash. and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (PRWEB) September 21, 2017
Performance Clinical Systems announced the integration of its cloud-based clinical workflow management platform, Symphony, with MCG Health’s market-leading Cite CareWebQI solution. The hallmark of the Symphony solution is simplicity, which enables rapid implementation, adoption, and impact within an organization. Integrating Symphony with MCG enables payers to leverage the latest evidence-based care guidelines to support appropriate medical necessity determinations while taking into account the unique medical needs and optimal recovery standards based on industry best practices.
Symphony’s sophisticated, role-based hierarchy drives efficiencies across care teams by dynamically generating data and guided workflows based on the role of the user and the patient they are targeting. All of the critical functions required for a care management program are provided, including utilization management, care management, and condition management. Symphony leverages real-time information and existing health IT investments—such as claims, analytics, and electronic medical records—while allowing care managers to engage patients one-on-one in a context-sensitive way much more efficiently than traditional care management platforms.
CareWebQI allows users to capture the correct clinical documentation for medical necessity against MCG care guidelines while ensuring appropriate member care. CareWebQI helps address unnecessary variations in care and maintain compliance. Health plans enrolling members with complex – and often costly – conditions require the right tools to effectively manage these populations. MCG care guidelines offer an evidence-based approach to the most effective care and are delivered seamlessly through Symphony, allowing for easy accessibility across care team roles.
“Partnering with other companies that are committed to improving healthcare, like Performance Clinical Systems, is an important component of MCG’s goal to proactively optimize patient care,” says Jon Shreve, President & CEO of MCG. “This integrated system will provide access to evidence-based best practices and care planning tools, supporting clinical decision-making and documentation as well as enabling efficient transitions between care settings.”
“Today’s value-based models require efficient coordination across multi-disciplinary teams as well as a renewed emphasis on quality, evidence-based care,” said Performance Clinical Systems Chief Scientist, Chris Johnson, MD, MPH. “This model calls for more transparency and innovative technology to support seamless communication across settings. Together, we can offer never-before-seen solutions that improve productivity from distributed care teams, enhance patient satisfaction, and realize a positive financial impact from overall utilization management effectiveness.”
Optima Health Plan in Virginia will be the first client to take advantage of this integration, enabling their care teams to better manage utilization by leveraging a common platform and clinical guidelines which serve various clinical roles and settings, contract parameters, and patient environments.
“The system will add efficiency, reliability, and accuracy to the utilization management process for all Optima users. This partnership automates the access and use of evidenced-based clinical guidelines across all care team members,” said Patricia Curtis, Director of Operations Strategic Expansion Programs, Clinical Care Services, Sentara Health Plans.
About MCG HealthMCG, part of the Hearst Health network, helps healthcare organizations implement informed care strategies that proactively and efficiently move patients toward health. MCG’s transparent assessment of the latest research and scholarly articles, along with our own data analysis, gives patients, providers and payers the vetted information they need to feel confident in every care decision, in every moment. For more information, visit http://www.mcg.com or follow our Twitter handle at @MCG_Health.
About Hearst HealthMCG is part of the Hearst Health network, which also includes FDB (First Databank), Zynx Health, Homecare Homebase, MedHOK, Hearst Health International, Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab (http://www.hearsthealth.com). The mission of Hearst Health is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person’s health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from the Hearst Health network reaches 84 percent of discharged patients, 177 million insured individuals, 60 million home health visits and 3.1 billion dispensed prescriptions.
About Performance Clinical SystemsPerformance Clinical Systems is a privately held healthcare information technology company based in San Francisco, California. Founded by two physicians, its cloud-based workflow accelerator platform, Symphony™, proactively manages patient outreach and encounters across various roles and clinical settings within team-based care models. Algorithms tailor “on the fly” workflows based on case-specific care needs, prior patient encounters, payer contract requirements, and the specific role of a care team member. This approach enables efficient and scalable patient engagement models which are highly personalized. Additionally, Symphony ensures regulatory-compliant engagement and creates an electronic trail for care and contract compliance reporting. For more information, visit http://www.performanceclinical.com.

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Moran Insurance Agencies Initiates Community Involvement Program to…

We’re passionate about activating visibility and support for the beneficiaries of our Community Program.

Bridgeport, CT (PRWEB) September 21, 2017
Moran Insurance Agencies of greater Bridgeport, CT has announced the initiation of a master charity program created to strengthen the community it serves. The agency pledges to select a new beneficiary every 60 days, by working closely with nonprofit organizations and community leaders to seek out those who most need help. Their hope is to bring awareness to important local causes by forming campaigns which aid worthwhile organizations, families and individuals.
To debut the new community involvement program, Nate Moran, owner of Moran Insurance Agencies, has elected to extend a helping hand to someone who is a true community role model. Carmela Williams is a single mother of two who has been active in the Bridgeport community. She was also a faithful employee of 12 years when her company was sold, and in the inevitable shuffle, she lost her job. With an ex-husband who has ceased providing child support and her employment benefits coming to an end, it has been an emotional and financial challenge. Her 15-year-old son who is still at home is a model teenager, an honor student who is also taking college courses, and Carmela worries about keeping a roof over his head.
“We’re passionate about activating visibility and support for the beneficiaries of our Community Program,” said Moran. To accomplish this, the team at Moran Insurance will spread the word of Carmela’s plight through its network of customers, business associates, neighbors and friends, and the donations page for this and future campaigns will be accompanied by a fully detailed story outlining each cause. To join the agency in support of this struggling local family, donors may visit http://moraninsuranceagencies.com/causes/giving-helping-hand-single-mom/ and are asked to share the page with their own contacts.
The agency also produces a monthly publication, Our Hometown magazine, which will use a full page to feature all Community Causes. The electronic Flipbook version of the current and all future issues may be enjoyed at http://moraninsuranceagencies.com/magazines/.
About Moran Insurance Agencies
A full-service insurance and financial services provider serving families and businesses from offices in Bridgeport, CT, agency owner Nate Moran knows many local families. This knowledge and understanding of the community’s people help him to provide customers with an outstanding level of service. Moran and his team of dedicated professionals work diligently to help families protect the things which are most important to them – their families, homes, businesses, cars and more. They also prepare strategies to help clients achieve long-term financial goals. Further information is available at http://moraninsuranceagencies.com/. To speak with a caring expert, please call 203-864-6232

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