Saturday, September 25, 2010

Nashville Business Briefs: Insurer's road hiring tour comes Wednesday

American General Life and Accident Insurance Company will bring its national road hiring tour to Nashville on Wednesday as it moves to hire several thousand new sales agents around the country over the next several years.
The company will bring a tour bus to Centennial Park at 25th Avenue and West End for two hours from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, accepting resumes and discussing employment with job seekers. Other company executives will be available before and after the bus event to discuss employment with the insurer.

Jobs are being filled nationally. The company couldn't say how many of those positions will be in its Nashville operations.

The 10-day cross-country hiring tour will hit 15 cities through Oct. 6 from Baltimore to Los Angeles. The blitz is being done in conjunction with CareerBuilder, the jobs website.

"People are invited to pick up information, drop off their resumes, register for door prizes, enjoy refreshments — and even bring the kids if they'd like," said Dewane Lewis Jr., general manager of AGLA's Nashville office.


Cumberland Heights says dispute will cost 63 jobs

Cumberland Heights, a dependency treatment center here, said Friday it will cut 63 jobs from its staff of 295 full-time positions and trim the number of beds it operates by roughly one-third as a result of a disagreement with a major insurer.

The alcohol and drug rehab center has been in a dispute with Magellan Behavioral Health, which manages its patients' insurance claims for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Magellan recently canceled the rehab center's contract because of perceived problems with patient care.

Cumberland Heights has objected to that and now says it will be forced to make cuts to cope with lost revenue. Officials with the 177-acre rehab center on River Road also say they have done nothing wrong. The effect of the dispute, Cumberland says, is that patients can expect the amount that insurance covers for treatment to decline. The center says it also will reduce the number of staffed inpatient beds to 80 — about one-third less than it operated in the first half of this year.


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