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LIVE from Engage: Jeb Dunkelberger

LIVE from Engage: Jeb Dunkelberger

October 26, 2022

Live at the SIIA 2022 Engage Conference, we have our host Sally Pace from The Granite List Live with our special guest Jeb Dunkelberger, CEO of Promise Health Plan.

Understanding the Elements of Group Captives -Wendy Dine Strategic Risk Solutions

Understanding the Elements of Group Captives -Wendy Dine Strategic Risk Solutions

October 26, 2022

Live at the SIIA 2022 Engage Conference, we have our special guest Wendy Dine, Associate Director at Strategic Risk Solutions. They have been members of the Captive Insurance Committee within the SIIA for years. This has allowed her to help their sector of the industry and bring those companies together to really help control employer costs and to make sure that caps were being used properly as well. 

Strategic Risk Solutions has a very rich Learning Center on their website. Wendy says, "It's always changing and we want to make sure that we continue to make sure to keep them abreast of everything that is going on in the marketplace." Their goal in the group stop loss space is bringing consultants into the loop and really making sure that they understand what they're doing with their build of a group for their clients because they really have to educate their clients. She continues, "And I want to make sure that they understand every element of the group captive so that they're educated and knowledgeable and can share that properly because there is risk and reward but you have to understand how the program mechanics work."

LIVE from Engage: Max Harmon

LIVE from Engage: Max Harmon

October 26, 2022

Live at the SIIA 2022 Engage Conference, we have our host Sally Pace from The Granite List Live with our special guest Max Harmon, Sales Account Executive at Imagine360.

Pooling Knowledge for Clients and Peers - Cassie Bachman Elevate Risk Solutions

Pooling Knowledge for Clients and Peers - Cassie Bachman Elevate Risk Solutions

October 26, 2022

Live at the SIIA 2022 Engage Conference, we have our special guest Cassie Bachman, Managing Director of Operations and Legal from Elevate Risk Solutions, LLC. 

Sally asked Cassie to explain what her role is at Elevate Risk Solutions. She talked about a specific client as an example, "For example, we have a client that manufactures concrete on a global scale. So I get to go and look and say, okay, what can we do to help them with their P&L? 

To help their profit and loss, we help them set up a captive. Then we also give them recommendations and ideas for things like medical stock loss, and workman's comp, which you can't do in a captive for various reasons but you can with a fronting company. Just things like that to help them. And they are so appreciative because their risk management is a big focus. And so it's exciting to go and a sense of joy and say, 'Okay, you're doing all of this. Let's see about these things. How do they help you?' So that's where I use my legal experience for various clients, for operations. I get to talk to all of the members of my company, and I like to know what they're doing. Finance, risk management, administration. And I try to help everyone tie together. So operationally, we have meetings, we have team meetings, and we touch base. Let's see, Hey, you're doing this with this client, but I'm doing this. We should know what we're doing at the same time. So I love people and I love working with people and I love my team. So helping all of them work together is great.

Cassie is also in a special group at SIIA. She leads the SIIA Future Leaders group. Members of the group are under 40 and are passionate about mentoring. Sally told her how exciting it is to watch this group reinvigorating the industry - the self-funded space. Cassie says, "What we wanna do is pool all of our knowledge and resources and help each other and be there for each other. So 20 or 30 years, you're gonna see so and so that you met at the future leaders and maybe you're doing business with them or maybe spot them in a room, and you feel less alone at a conference. Our goal is to make everyone feel welcome if they're of a certain age there."

Healthcare Ecosystems Created at Valenz Health

Healthcare Ecosystems Created at Valenz Health

October 24, 2022

Live at the SIIA 2022 Engage Conference, we have our special guest Rob Gelb, CEO of Valenz Health. Rob tells us, "Valenz assists employers in identifying and accessing high quality care at a reasonable cost for their employee members and their dependents. In 2019, they launched what they called an ecosystem, which in the market that's what we were going to talk about in this episode of The Granite List LIve. Valenz is a healthcare ecosystem optimization platform.

Rob also talked about their ties to SIIA and why they have become a diamond sponsor. Sally asked him to talk about that relationship. Rob says, "Mike Ferguson, he's become a friend. Mike is an innovator, he's a listener, he's a creator, he's a collaborator. He's a person who brings people together. We saw that in 2019, and so 2020 we went all in and became a Diamond member. We've been a diamond member since. We continue to invest heavily in SIIA and the opportunities and the partnerships and the collaborative approaches that exist from that, I sit on the Diamond member board and that's truly exciting to me. 

Like-minded professionals who are really trying to make good and do good in this self-insurance face. They've been just a tremendous advocate and partner for us. They've allowed us to bring our brand to market and bring it to life and bring visibility to it along the way. We meet so many friendships and so many partnerships. It's really been exciting. Listen to the rest of this episode

A TPA, a COE, and a Navigator walk into a bar…

A TPA, a COE, and a Navigator walk into a bar…

October 4, 2022

What happens when you combine a full-service TPA, centers of excellence, and navigation through those centers? The combination affords employers the highest quality care with a wraparound of some of the most efficient cost containment solutions available. In this episode Bob McCollins, Vice President of Sales for Edison Health Solutions, joins the show to talk with Leigh and Sally about Edison Health Solutions' approach to providing the best possible health care to their clients as a burgeoning third-party administrator in the industry. 

To learn more about how Edison conquers these issues in their pursuit of the best solution for the patient, listen as "Bald Guy" Bob McCollins breaks it all down.  

Want to dig deeper into the services Edison provides?  Check out Edison Health Solutions: https://www.edisonehs.com/

Patient Assistance Plans and Helping Your Employees When They Need It Most

Patient Assistance Plans and Helping Your Employees When They Need It Most

September 27, 2022

In this episode Gwen Cooper, President and CEO of Accessia Health, joins the show to talk with Leigh and Cole about their patient assistance program that benefits employers on the medical benefits side.

 
Accessia Health is one of six national non-profits that are patient assistance organizations. To help employers, they’ve created a model where employers can create their own employee health assistance fund, put money into the non-profit, and put money back into their employee’s hands, with criteria that the employer has set, to assist employees when it comes to their health care costs. 
 
To learn more about their unique program, Gwen dives into this episode to explain how it all works and the benefits it provides. 
 

To learn more, check out Accessia Health: https://accessiahealth.org/

Integrated 360 Care Makes Continuity of Care Possible, and Affordable for Employers

Integrated 360 Care Makes Continuity of Care Possible, and Affordable for Employers

June 27, 2022
The employer groups see their healthcare spending continuing to increase because their employees’ use of urgent care and emergency rooms continues to increase. Leigh and Sally’s guest is Dr. Heather Towery, Vice President of Clinical Strategy and Enterprise Partnerships of Eden Health.
 
In this episode, Dr. Towery discusses longitudinal care and the importance of continuity of care. Eden health is an intentional virtual first primary care platform that takes care of people's longitudinal health needs but also integrates that with mental health and physical therapy and also some in-person offices where people could be seen if they need to be seen. It could be six months or eight months for somebody to get to see a psychologist. Eden Health says they can cut that time to four days. Listen to this episode and consider options to better serve your employees with a continuity of care, without having your costs spiral.
What can I do through health benefits to really retain my critical talent?

What can I do through health benefits to really retain my critical talent?

June 21, 2022
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In this episode, Leigh and Sally’s guest, Cristie Upshaw Travis talks about the role of health benefits in employee recruitment and retention.  Employers need to know, “What can I do through health benefits to really retain my critical talent that I have now, and then recruit in case some of that talent decides to go elsewhere?” Cristie is really focused on trying to get employers to think about both the short-term and the long-term ways in which they can position benefits for recruitment and retention.
 
Employees are looking for affordable benefits. If they can't make their payroll deduction at a reasonable rate to get health insurance benefits, or they can't afford the deductible or the copays, it's really not much of a benefit for them. Employees typically focus on primary care strategies, where it’s usually just part of the package in most plans. This episode covers accountability, ratings, and what employers need to expect from their providers to best serve their current and future employees.
 
Listen to this episode where our guest answers this question, “If there's one question that you would add to the RFP or recommend that employers ask, what would it be?” as well as this one, “Can you explain what these ratings mean and how the numbers, how the rating system works?”
 
About Leigh and Sally's Guest:
Cristie Upshaw Travis has been Chief Executive Officer of the Memphis Business Group on Health since 1994, when she returned home to Memphis after living and working for 20 years throughout the Southeast, including Washington, D.C.
 
During her time away, Cristie earned her Master of Science degree in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She launched her career serving in health administration and planning positions in Tupelo, Miss., and Tuscaloosa, Ala. She progressed to consulting with continuing care retirement communities, hospitals, and physicians with Ernst & Whinney in Memphis, Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. She continued her rise in the healthcare arena as Vice President for a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare consulting firm.
 
Cristie's main objective is to deliver the most promising strategies to Memphis employers to help them manage the cost and quality of their health benefit plans. To help meet this objective, she networks with and is involved in, health care organizations and initiatives at a national level.
Mind Matters Innovations live from thINc360 in Baltimore

Mind Matters Innovations live from thINc360 in Baltimore

June 15, 2022

Solutions in Mental Crisis Care, Diminished Tasting Abilities, and Getting a Baseline in Your Health

Liftid, BrainCheck and Mind 24-7
 
Sally talks to three guests from three companies with unexpected, needed and outstanding products and services. We hope you agree. First is Liftid founder, Ken Davidov. He reveals their three products. Their first product is a focus stimulator with the drugs - it's all based on electric currents. You can find out more here, https://www.getliftid.com/ . Another one about to launch hits home for a lot of people dealing with taste issues due to long COVID symptoms. You'll want to follow their company and listen to his portion of this episode.
 
Next up is Antu Afswa, Partner Relationship Manager from  Mind 24-7. Mind24-7 offers three levels of care: express care, crisis care and stabilization, and progressions. They bridge the gap and alleviate pressures off the healthcare system to benefit the patient quickly. For up to 90 days, they work with patients, one-on-one therapy, medication management. They could either be waiting for placement at an inpatient center. They could be waiting for and needing help maybe for social determinants. For some of our adults, maybe they need help getting into a sober living situation, or maybe a homeless shelter.  If they have a family walk into one of their centers, we would have a place to send them that would house them, and take care of their mental health needs as well as physical needs. See if they can help you or your family here, https://www.mind24-7.com/.
 
Finally, BrainCheck's Chief Growth  Officer, Matthew Cerullo, Chief Growth Officer joins Sally. BrainCheck provides a tool to primary care physicians and frontline providers that allows them to analyze, assess, and gain access to the data needed to actually get to a diagnosis or understand what's going on with the patient that is expressing mental decline or cognitive impairment. One of the things that they focus on is not just getting to a diagnosis, but really understanding cognitive health specifically in a clinical capacity. A lot of employers are looking to give a solution to their members or their employees that help them understand where they're at and, what they might need to watch out for in the future. The other area that they work with is on the Workman comp side. You can explore all of their services on their site, https://braincheck.com/.
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