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The Granite List Live

In 1877, the Granite Workers’ Union was the first to offer sick benefits to its employees. They built a way for their community to rally around those who needed medical attention and support to get back on their feet. Today, The Granite List, powered by Connect Healthcare Collaboration, is working to instill that same sense of community by connecting benefits solutions that add real and lasting value to plan members.

Episodes

June 21, 2022 20 min
  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-t...
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Solutions in Mental Crisis Care, Diminished Tasting Abilities, and Getting a Baseline in Your Health   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, h...
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Sally was live on the floor of thINc360 in the Innovation Station for this episode. She had interviews featuring three guests they found to have helpful and interesting products and services. Join her for this 12-minute episode featuring:

Malcolm Frank, Technical Account Manager, Whill Whill provides personal mobility devices globally. https://whill.inc/us/

Dr. Jordan Duval-Arnould, CEO, Readyworks Health, Inc. Readyworks Health i...

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Leigh and Sally asked their guest, RD Whitney, what community means to him. He says, “Community is a home for an area that doesn't have a home. It's a sense of belonging.” This corporate internal community building is becoming very popular for nonprofits, associations, corporations, brands, and media event companies. It was substantially accelerated by the pandemic it's been around for quite a while. QuickBooks is used ...

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As the tax season comes to a close, we've all got two things on our minds; "Did I file those right? It felt too easy" and "What kind of returns are we looking at this year?" Leigh and Sally are joined by Amanda Foley to discuss the complicated importance of Employee Retention Tax Credit, and what this new stimulus program that Covid brought us means for you and your business. Lots of money was lost when the pan...

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Today employer health plans, are focusing on self-funded, fully insured, level-funded, and all of the above options. But if you can look at different cash-pay opportunities, prepaid opportunities, having telehealth there, where people aren't just immediately going to urgent care and emergency rooms, you will come out ahead as a company people want to work for and your staff will be better served. Our guests from Medxoom are p...

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Leigh and Sally sit down with two renowned thought leaders in the benefits space to discuss what’s new and what’s next for plan design. Allison DePaoli was awarded Top Women in Benefit Advising in 2019 and Ed Ligonde was named 2021 Broker of the Year by BenefitsPro. Here, they share their passion for bringing the right solutions at the right time to fit the growing challenges employers are facing. 

 

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The computers at Benefits Claims Intelligence (BCI) never get tired. Their goal is to discover ongoing waste, fraud, and abuse not detected after the TPAs or Third Party Administrators have reviewed the data. They work WITH the brokers and count on them to help their clients discover double and triple bills, upbills, and other errors in insurance claims, then take steps to recover those costs. Sally and Leigh's guests from BC...

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Think of nurse advocacy as a way to connect with all solutions for the plan member. Leigh and Sally's guest, Lauren Roberson Head of Nurse Advocacy for CHC says, "We sit in the middle of the circle to reach all the solutions so that plan members can get access to the things they need at the time to achieve the best outcomes helping them stay at work, feeling better, healthy, and feeling better at home." The question s...

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Corporate athletes are those that haul, lift, push, reach as part of their day-to-day required tasks on the job. Why would you wait until they are injured to treat them? Why not prevent the injuries by having onsite care, as you would for professional sports athletes? If you are already familiar with the term VP of Environment, this episode is for you. If you have regular workers’ compensation claims due to musculoskeletal issues...

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Saying a company is data-driven as a key feature has almost become ridiculous. Every sustainable company in every industry needs to be data-driven. That's not to say they all need to collect data and spew out reports. In healthcare, this means taking that data and translating it into a fuller solution story, more options, beyond the patient's health issues they are presenting. Proactive MD will move your heart in this episo...

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Drug spend is on track to account for 40% of total annual healthcare spend for commercial plans by 2025 and 2025 is just around the corner. And that's compared to just 4% in 1995. To date, there are 600 new to market drugs seeking FDA approval by 2022 and of those 70% are specialty drugs. Sally and Leigh's guest is Sarah Kline, Partner/Chief Operations Officer at 44 North. This episode covers the supply chain of markups a...

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November 2, 2021 16 min

Welcome back to the second half of the interview with  Ryan Rice and Chris Ziemke from Prism Health Group. Our conversation continues, but we switch gears to the topic of rebates themselves that are oftentimes set forth in a proposal from a PBM. And what we've noticed in those rates is there's been such a degree of escalation over the last five years. Chris says, "you're getting bigger rebates, but you're also...

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Ryan Rice and Chris Ziemke from Prism Health Group represent a new breed of healthcare consultants, poised to impact the entire healthcare spectrum versus the traditional, siloed approach. They saw the needs in the pharmacy industry specifically to navigate the pharmacy benefit management space. Employers needed a better understanding of their pharmacy spending from an unbiased source. That's where Prism Health Group comes...

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Breast Cancer awareness is 12 months a year if we are to save more lives and have earlier detection. Sally and Leigh's guests today are here to help.  Celbrea® does not replace a mammogram, but gives an interim, non-invasive, radiation-free way to check one of the earliest warning, before feeling a lump and takes only 15 minutes. Every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. Every 13 minutes a woman dies IN THE USA...

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Michael Ketslakh, CEO of National Diagnostic Services gives us a broad overview of vaccinating large companies on-site and the costs of weekly and daily testing. Sally, Leigh and Michael discuss being able to implement strategies that provide a safe environment for the individuals to be close together, but also create a model that is sensitive to the cost burden that the employer would have to be able to continue sequential testi...

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One of the biggest barriers to individuals being proactive in their healthcare is the time it requires off of work, especially those in an hourly position.  This has a trickle-down effect on adherence to preventive measures such as cholesterol checks, EKGs, and logging in family history when minor symptoms present themselves. By the time an issue escalates, plan members may find themselves needing an ambulance, ER visit, or worse...

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September 22, 2021 16 min

In this episode, Dr. David Adamson, CEO of ARC Fertility covers fertility care from the benefits provider point of view and advises on the importance of learning about the fertility benefits programs that are available so they can better inform their clients about their options and the positive outcomes these programs can bring to their company.

Here is the first part of this interview:

Can Employers Afford to Provide Fertility...
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Dr. David Adamson, CEO of ARC Fertility addresses challenges around offering fertility benefits and defines actionable steps for brokers and employers to get started. ARC Fertility benefits empower businesses of all sizes to foster an inclusive workplace culture, positively impact DEI, attract and retain top talent while reducing health care costs.

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Here is the full transcript to this episode:

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Today, we’re continuing our conversation with Michael Thompson, the president and CEO of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions. He discusses the importance of whole-person care with hosts Leigh and Sally. This episode is a continuation of The Big Three, what employers are focusing on now. If you haven't listened to that episode yet, you may want to listen to it first and pick back up here after you’re done.

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