Business briefs: Earnings dates: Synovus, TSYS, Aflac, Carmike prepare to issue reports

Those who invest in any of the Columbus-based companies that are publicly traded might want to mark their calendars.

Both credit-card and payment processor TSYS and regional bank Synovus Financial Corp. have set July 22 as the date for the release of their second-quarter earnings reports.

Synovus will issue its financial data before the New York Stock Exchange opens that day, while TSYS will go public with its information after the market's closing bell.

One notable moment will occur for TSYS, with Phil Tomlinson sitting in on his final Wall Street analyst conference call as chief executive officer. He retires as CEO at the end of July, but retains the chairman of the board title and duties for one more year.

Then, on July 29, the fans of the rascally Aflac duck will learn how the locally headquartered supplemental insurance firm has done in the April-June quarter. The company is expected to release its earnings report after the stock market closes.

As for Carmike Cinemas, the movie-theater chain has yet to say when it will issue its quarterly report. But the NASDAQ exchange upon which its stock trades estimates that will occur on July 28.

Blue Cross Blue Shield offering house calls for state health plan members

Atlanta-based Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia said it will begin offering house calls to all members of the State Health Benefit Plan if they are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan with the help of a contracted vendor, Matrix Medical Network.

With the program, a visiting clinician will conduct -- at no charge to the member -- a comprehensive health evaluation, including basic health screenings such as recording height and weight, body mass index and blood pressure, as well as reviewing the member's medications.

Blue Cross said state health plan members will receive a brochure and letter asking them to take part in the hour-long in-home visit. It said the mailers will be followed by a phone call from Matrix Medical Network to set up an appointment.

Brochures also will be sent to the members' primary care provider to make them aware of the program.

Blue Cross said state health plan members are not required to participate in the house calls, but are urged to do so to head off any potential health issues or to simply establish a detailed baseline assessment.

TSYS subsidiary ProPay launches Ensure Bill

ProPay, a TSYSsubsidiary based in Lehi, Utah, company, has announced the release of ProPay EnsureBill, a service for merchants who accept recurring payments.

Helping to streamline the process of maintaining and updating stored customer payment card information, the service updates customer information for recurring billing, auto-shipments, subscriptions and other functions.

Typically, 30 percent of cardholder accounts undergo changes to account numbers or expiration

dates each year in order to keep accounts active and prevent account closure. Merchants who

continue to bill using out-of-date information bear higher rates of declined transactions and extra costs, the company said.

"EnsureBill can have a significant impact on a company's top and bottom lines," Ryan

Oakes, ProPay's vice president of products, said in a statement. "Reducing card declines on monthly billing can lead to improved approval rates and reduce the time and cost associated with manually contacting customers to get updated payment card information. By delivering uninterrupted service, companies are likely to maintain revenues and improve customer retention."

ProPay, founded in 1997, is a leading payment data security firm, while TSYS processes credit cards and other payments in 80 countries around the world.