Taking the Deep Dive with Nicolas Cage

Taking the Deep Dive with Nicolas Cage

This year marked our fourth annual Deep Dive Roundtable where leading employers from across Ohio gathered in Columbus to discuss plan management strategies and review benchmarking information on how their plan metrics stacked up against peers’. The fourth iteration of the gathering also featured two special guests who added fresh layers of insight and perspective to the day. (more…)

Medical Carrier or TPA: What’s Best for You?

Medical Carrier or TPA: What’s Best for You?

Vendor Reviews & Recommendations was the topic for a recent series of benefit roundtables our firm hosted for leading employers in several cities. It was a great opportunity to share and compare insights on a variety of benefit vendors.

One of the most intriguing conversation threads in each location involved medical plan administrators. As the clear majority of groups contracted directly with an insurance carrier (UHC, Anthem, MMO, Aetna, Cigna, etc.), we expected some standard vendor comparisons with associated pros and cons. However, what emerged was an across-the-board curiosity regarding alternatives to standard carrier relationships, which is what leads us here. (more…)

Online Resources Speed Access to Substance Abuse Treatment

Online Resources Speed Access to Substance Abuse Treatment

Guiding plan members with substance abuse issues to the appropriate network treatment resources has long been a challenge. As if taking the important step of seeking treatment isn’t difficult enough, rapidly identifying the right local resource with available capacity tends to complicate the issue.

A lack of available information, coupled with a sense of urgency, often results in members selecting costly out-of-network treatment options. But thanks to a few new online resources, that problem could be a thing of the past. (more…)

Who’s the Boss?

Who’s the Boss?

You’re an employer. You are the buyer. You hold the cards in deciding which medical and prescription drug plan vendors you work with, and the price you’re going to pay. You are the boss, right? (more…)