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Find Out the Timeline for Joining edHEALTH

Jan 8

Timeline for Joining - Contact Us

Here are the tasks and deadlines for joining January 1; the timeline is similar for other times of the year:Submit letter of authorization, claims data, and working rate fee by August 31Determine your plan designs by August 31Review rates, make plan design adjustments, and determine choice of carrier by September 15General Counsel executes contractual agreements by October 1Fiscal Department provides financial and banking information by October 15Open Enrollment takes place late October – early NovemberEstimated premium and stop loss invoices due for January by December 15Adjusted final enrollment premium and stop loss invoices due for January by February 1


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Integrating Behavioral Health with Medical Health is the Right Thing to Do: edHEALTH’s Clinical Intervention Program Responds

Dec 17

Integrating Behavioral Health with Medical Health is the Right Thing to Do

By Cynthia McGrath, HR and Healthcare Marketing Communications ConsultantWe use a silo approach to healthcare. A podiatrist treats your foot or ankle; a cardiologist ­ your heart; and a dermatologist ­ your skin. Primary Care Physicians do their best at coordinating all of your care. However, your mental health is often overlooked no matter which kind of physician you’re visiting. “Treating the whole person is critical for quality of life,” said Teri Weber, Senior Vice President, Spring Consulting Group. “You can’t talk about someone’s health without including behavioral health.”Patients with complex medical conditions frequently suffer from other conditions, including behavioral health issues. The 2011 SYNTHESIS initiative by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that:68% of adults with mental disorders have medical conditions; and29% of adults with medical conditions have mental ...


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Population Health Helps Improve Quality and Reduce Costs

Feb 4

Population health programs improve quality and reduce costs

CINDY MCGRATH | February 4, 2019How do we go about improving care for our employees while reducing costs? That’s the conundrum facing most employer healthcare purchasers. According to HCMS Group, edHEALTH’s data warehouse, 5% of our insureds represent over 50% of our claim costs. Our Board made the strategic decision to target these high-cost claimants. We believe it will be a triple win: an opportunity to reduce costs, improve care for our members, and benefit our participating schools.edHEALTH’s premium trends have consistently been lower than the industry. Over the last four years, we’ve averaged premium increases of 2.7% per year. That’s much better than national trends of 4.1% (Kaiser Family Foundation), and even better when employer cost shifting is factored in. We have made very few benefit changes since our inception in 2013. The first step in launching our population health p...


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Collaborating to Cut Costs in Higher Education: Can It Be Done?

Feb 27

Collaboration bends healthcare cost curve in higher education

TRACY HASSETT | February 27, 2017from New England Board of Higher Education JournalWhile collaboration takes time, there is strong evidence that it is necessary for bending the rising healthcare cost trends experienced by higher education institutions. Read this 2/27/17 New England Board of Higher Education Journal article to find out the role collaboration played in addressing healthcare costs.


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Who Knew?

Oct 31

Who Knew?

TRACY HASSETT | October 31, 2016When we started edHEALTH three ago, I never imagined I’d be an employee of edHEALTH, that we’d reach so many of our goals so quickly, that we’d have a website, or that I’d be writing my first blog!If you’re reading this blog, you’re either already a member of edHEALTH, you’re an edHEALTH partner, or you’re interested in learning more about edHEALTH.  No matter what your reason is, you’ve come to the right place. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Tracy Hassett and I am the president of edHEALTH.  I have been in this role since September 1, 2015.  Prior to this role, I was vice president of Human Resources at Worcester Polytechnic Institute .  While at WPI, I was one of a number people from several institutions who spent more than three years looking at ways to address the ever-increasing rise of healthcare costs for our institutions, our fac...


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