Coalition Against Insurance Fraud: Insurers urged to report cases

An open letter from state fraud bureaus to insurers

Hello from Venus. To my neighbors from Mars, the NAIC’s Anti-Fraud Task Force discussed last week how we all have noticed a decline in referrals state fraud bureaus are receiving from insurer victims. Howard Goldblatt’s followup FraudBlog pursued that theme constructively.

Notice I used the word victim. We consider insurers just that, a victim.

Now we agree with SIU directors that the “black hole” still exists in some instances.  We find ourselves concentrating so hard on cases that make the cut that we often forget to give you feedback. We really don’t want you to stop reporting because you are weary of the “black hole.”

State fraud bureaus also hope you remember your obligation to report cases to us. Some states even have made it a crime not to report. Let me stress that reporting to us should not feel like an obligation. You should have faith that we will do the best we can to fight insurance fraud and make sure that every state’s residents are protected from paying for those who break the law.

We have really tried hard over the past few years to give you options to report to us in a convenient manner. Many of you have offered excellent and appreciated suggestions. We have listened to your input, and have implemented many of your ideas. We know the process is not always perfect, though it is getting better.

We have partnered with organizations such as the Coalition to educate you on how to report insurance fraud to us. We certainly welcome any dialogue that can put this issue to rest. I actually asked Howard this week for help in reaching out to you. We want to be the first to step up and ask that you join us in a dialogue that can help us serve all states’ residents while preserving your business interests.

I must say that we have a strong group of fraud directors across this great country. We are committed to eliminating insurance fraud. We are meeting in Seattle, Wash. in a few weeks. I am sure this issue will be discussed at length. We really seek your help. We are all in, over here in Venus.

About the author: Shane Guyant is director of the Criminal Investigations Division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance. He also chairs the NAIC’s Antifraud Task Force.

 

What is Bacall Associates – Tips for an Effective PR Campaign?

The phrase “With great effort comes great reward” never gets old to Bacall Associates. This phrase serves as their inspiration to provide great services to their clients. They make sure that they’re giving their best in everything they do. The same can be applied to you because you just need to exert great effort to achieve effective PR campaign.

 

Along with other business owners, you want to increase your visibility and reach your target market, right? Then content and execution will be your saving grace. Remember that those are important to make sure that your

 

PR campaign will not fail.

To make your PR campaigns effective, you need to consider the following in order to help you achieve success.

 

A crystal clear goal

It’s apparent that it should be on the top of the list because without a goal, you can’t score. You and your audience may become confused if you don’t have a clear purpose for your campaign. Your answer to the question, “What do you want to achieve for your brand?” should be definite and clear. Keep in mind that this will be very important to you because this will serve as your steering wheel in driving the road to success.

 

Right audience

You should reach the right audience for your brand. Considering your potential media outlet’s audience and tone is important. Make sure that your content matches them and is appropriate. To target different types of media, you should create different pieces of content such as press releases, content marketing articles, and creative media kits. But remember, spamming irrelevant content is not good for your brand’s image, so avoid doing it to everyone on your contact list. Publishing your content may not be enough, so it’s better to put more effort on your side and do your best to communicate the right message to the consumers.

 

Reachable content

It is clear that having a constant interaction with the consumers is a vital part of your campaign, and this is possible if you have reachable content. Nowadays, the power of social media platforms is undeniably changing the world of public relations, especially in countries like Singapore where social media is being used every day by the majority of its people. You can easily share your content through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or LinkedIn, that can lead to an effective communication between you and the consumers. Make sure that your content has a connection with your brand and that the message is not lost. But don’t make it all about your brand. For example, tutorials on YouTube regarding beauty or fitness provide the demonstration of the product along with an entertaining and informative experience they can interact with.

 

False impression

You should definitely AVOID this. Your content may seem flawless, but according to reviews, it can still be misunderstood by some and have different meanings. Do some research and get different perspectives to minimize the chances of your PR campaign gaining attention for all the wrong reasons. Simple phrases, symbols and metaphors, altogether might have a different meaning, making this crucial for international campaigns.

 

Effectiveness

Measuring your campaign’s effectiveness should also be a part of your concern. Think of how you will measure the success of your PR campaign before you begin sending press releases. Having different KPIs, or Key Performance Indicators, is often a good idea according to the experts of Bacall Associates.

 

Trends

You can better understand the consumers and media by keeping yourself updated with the latest trends, from new apps to the latest publications, and even current affairs. This can help you communicate your message more efficiently, making your brand get the recognition it deserves.

 

Keep in touch with Bacall Associates if you’d like to discuss your public relations approach because they can greatly help you with your every need.

Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda: 2015 Honda TRX-90X

GENERAL INFORMATION

When ATV’ing becomes a family sport, you want to ensure that you are putting your children on the right equipment. The TRX90X is the perfect starter ATV for someone looking into a smaller framed style for their child, while maintaining the safe, reliable, fun, and agile aspects that come with all Honda ATVs.

The TRX90X is very easily operated: with a no clutch shifting engine, and push button electric starting, it is quick and easy to start up and go.

 

SPECS

ENGINE

Bore And Stroke – 47.0mm x 49.5mm

Induction – 15mm piston-valve carburetor

Ignition – CDI

DRIVE TRAIN

Transmission – Four-speed

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES

Front Brake – Dual sealed drum

Rear Brake – Sealed drum

Front Tire – 20 x 7-8

Rear Tire – 19 x 8-8

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase – 38.7 inches

Seat Height – 26.0 inches

Curb Weight – 262 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel ready to ride

OTHER

Available Colors – Red

Model Id – TRX90

 

Mossack Fonseca: Promotes Copyright Protection in Panama

The Intellectual Property Division of the Mossack Fonseca Group will take part in the first Blogger Influencer Week as a leading company promoting the importance of a blog’s content registration and copyright protection.

The organizers mainly seek to develop opportunities to enhance Panama as a tourist and business platform by promoting the talent of the most recognized, respected, and influential national and international bloggers.

“Panama City will once again play a leading role in an avant-garde event that is full of innovation with the first Blogger Influencer Week. As a leading company in our industry, we support these kinds of initiatives for the purpose of communicating and sharing the importance of copyright registration and protection,” stated the head of the Mossack Fonseca Intellectual Property Division, Ms Raquel Araúz.

Ms Araúz added that they have expanded their suite of services, aka Multiple Intellectual Property Services (MIPS), to guarantee the complete protection of trademarks, patents, and copyrights―thereby avoiding the counterfeiting and imitation of their clients’ products and services, both nationally and internationally.

The first Blogger Influencer Week will take place from 27th February to 5th March 2016 with various events to be held in the Republic of Panama. For more information regarding MIPS, please follow @mossfonmips in twitter using hashtag#

#CuidaTusIdeas. Read Article here.

Steve Pohlit: Meir Ezra and Guaranteed Results

Follow the Processes and You Cannot Fail

Those are the words that first caught my attention in November 2012. Since that time I have invested over 1,000 hours in training with Meir Ezra and supporting resources. It is not the training that results in the guarantee. It is the application of the training that allows Meir to clearly state with every product offered that he guarantees you will be happy with the event or course or coaching. If not your money is returned.

What Is The Secret Behind Offering An Iron Clad Guarantee?

There is not secret! Here is the formula and I know because I now work with him and I am responsible for the Division that delivers coaching and courses. The formula.

  1. Deliver amazing content that is so valuable for building a business and is founded on principles of personal ethics and happiness.
  2. Structure a coaching system where the client sees progress daily and when they do not they understand what action is needed. This system like other business processes begins with clear targets. These targets are part of a bigger picture of developing a client organization that has seven divisions in harmony. The larger picture is in line of site however, this ideal scene is developed by producing income from transactions. The faster the client is able to produce income the sooner the idea scene can be painted. The daily and weekly focus is on answering the question “what do I need to do today to get the lead that I want, sell the product or service I want – in other words what do I need to do today to achieve my daily weekly monthly etc goals?” Of course that is how the client is guided by the coach.
  3. Meir leads the team that delivers the services to the clients. This does not just mean he is at the top of the Organization Board. This means he tracks everything that is being done and in the case of coaching there is a third party quality control system that includes a written report and a recording that goes directly to Meir and the coach.
  4. Meir Ezra teaches and lives the principle “we are the cause”! This means if the client is not succeeding it is because of the teacher not the client unless there is a personal behavior barrier for the client. Even then Meir’s view is let’s help the person then we can restore helping them build their business.

This is only a “birds eye” view of the process. For me personally, I have consistently achieved success with coaching clients. Now that I am applying what Meir teaches, I am seeing the success curve increasing much more rapidly. Here is one example and we have quite a few developing at this point: One of our clients has a definitive skill but was not using that skill to make money. He was working on an idea for a different business when we met him. Meir looked at this situation and in a couple minutes outlined the plan for him making money. I called him today since he had not responded to several emails and he is normally very good about that. He apologized and said he has just been busy working with companies and making money. I will get an update on then numbers in a few days. I already know he is on track to exceed his targeted monthly income.

I will end with this: As a coach I am accountable for the success of those I coach. As a Div Head I am accountable for the success of all in the coaching program. With the support of Meir Ezra and by following the processes the clients will achieve and in most cases exceed their success expectations. I am very happy to be able to write this with such certainty.

Asaba Group Holdings: History/About Us

Victor Edozien is the President and CEO of SET Enterprises, Inc. In addition he is the Founder/Managing Principal of The Asaba Group, Inc.- a strategy consulting/private equity holding company (Asaba Group Holdings) and is a veteran of the US Army. He has been in the automotive business for over 10 years and operates other automotive businesses under AG-Manufacturing, Inc. (AG Manufacturing – Michigan) with locations in Michigan, Illinois, and Alabama. Victor has over 15 years of experience in strategic planning, revenue growth strategy, acquisition strategies and business turnarounds/improvement. Edozien holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, BA Geology with Mathematics, MS in Engineering, and a MBA in Finance & Operations Management. He is currently a Wharton Fellow at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), and CEO Connection. He is a board member of Real Life 101 Scholarship and Mentoring Program (Real Life 101 > Home); a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to improving the higher education opportunities of at-risk inner-city African American males.

Tokyo Mothers Group: Play Areas in Tokyo

While it would be impossible to include ALL the play areas in Tokyo, we wanted to list some of our members’ favourite play areas.

If there is a play area that you know and love, please let us know about it! Email us at coordinators@tokyomothersgroup.com

 

Akasaka  “kids to teens hall

It’s free for minato residents and non residents can also attend for a minimal cost.

http://www.seirouin.or.jp/nandemo/

 

Appy

Is a government run play center, free of charge, to Minato-ku residents. It is staffed with professional care-givers 10AM-6PM every day of the week and on public holidays.

http://www.appy-kounan.jp/index.html

Tel number: 03-5114-9900

 

Children’s Castle

On aoyama dori (next door to the UN University) It has a rooftop play area with little bikes, a painting/crafts area (take your own apron) music room, library, a large general play area full of different toys and activities.

http://www.kodomono-shiro.com/english/

 

TA Plaza

At Shirokane Takanawa station. The play centre is completely free and right above the station. It’s perfect for a rainy day  http://www.taplaza.org/ They also have a library of English books which you can borrow.

 

Shibaura Island

The whole building is part of a new development. It has a baby toy room, an art room (where they have occasional art/craft projects/classes, mostly seasonal holiday decorations, held in Japanese), a computer room, large foam block room, lunch area and library (with some children’s books in English), and a large ‘gym’ with baby bicycles and a big ball pit. There is a Peacock supermarket right across the street from it, so you can stock up on snacks or bento before going in.

 

Asobono, Tokyo Dome

ASOBono is divided into five themed areas: “ocean”, “town”, “train station”, “forest”, and “babies-only area”.  TIckets are sold by the hour with an option to extend your time there or buy a day pass.

http://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/e/amusement_facilities/

 

Local jidokan

They are play areas run by local authorities that are free and usually for local residents. They also often do playgroups, (though in Japanese). Check with your local ward office for details of your local Jidokan.

 

Kid O Kid

Climbing walls, ball pool, bouncy castle, baby corner and much more. This play centre is a real treat for children but can get busy at weekends. They have various branches across Tokyo and Japan.