Learn about new trends, developments, changes and other topics of interest in the employee benefits world from Employers Health’s Chief Strategy Officer, Mike Stull. During our monthly podcasts we’ll answer your most frequently asked human resources and employee benefits questions. You can submit your questions and topics of interest using the form below for a chance to have them addressed in future editions of our HR Benecast.
Episode 27 – Employer Health and Productivity with Kelly McDevitt
We recently sat down with Kelly McDevitt, president of the Integrated Benefits Institute, a health and productivity research non-profit. She shares details and findings on IBI’s latest employer research studies covering employee mental health, virtual care and workplace program measurement.
Listen to hear how employers are addressing the quality of virtual care, COVID’s impact on preventative care, long-term effects of working from home, return to work programs and more.
Episode 26 – A Conversation with Nanette Oddo of Truveris
In this episode, Employers Health’s Chief Strategy Officer, Mike Stull, is joined by Nanette Oddo, chief strategy officer at Truveris. A well-known player in the employee and pharmacy benefits industry, Truveris is an advocate for employers, providing a single source of objective truth for pharmacy benefits.
Listen in as these leaders in the pharmacy benefit management industry discuss what differentiates the various PBMs and how employers and their plan participants may benefit from recent PBM/health plan mergers.
Episode 25 – Cannabis in the Workplace
On this episode of HR Benecast, we are joined by Mark Bolton, senior director of public policy and senior legal counsel at Greenwich Biosciences and Employers Health’s Vice President of Clinical Solutions, Matt Harman.
Together, they share the findings of a recent employer roundtable on cannabis in the workplace. They’ll cover employers’ top concerns regarding coverage of cannabis under the employee benefit plan, the process of taking a cannabis drug through the FDA approval process, what employers should be thinking about when it comes to cannabis and medical marijuana policies, the future of the drug and employee benefits policies and more.
Episode 24 – 2020 Excellence in Benefits Winner Theresa O’Callaghan
Hear from 2020 Excellence in Benefits Award winner Theresa O’Callaghan. As the executive director of benefit programs and corporate human resources at Kaman Corporation, she shares how she got her start in employee benefits and Kaman’s innovative efforts to make a difference in plan participants’ lives. Plus, hear how the organization’s executive leadership team plays a crucial part not only in her success as a benefits professional, but also to the organization’s overall benefit plans.
Congratulations to Episode 24’s giftcard giveaway winner, Todd Bruhn of American Trailer World.
Episode 23 – Looking Back on Pharmacy Benefits in 2020 and What’s to Come for Employers
In this episode, we’re joined by Zach Hostetler, vice president of client solutions at Employers Health. He’ll share what we’re hearing from self-insured employers throughout the country including:
- How COVID changed their employee benefits strategy in 2020.
- Specialty management and other high-cost issues faced by employers.
- What employers are focusing on and the challenges they’re anticipating in 2021.
Listeners will also hear an update on the Employers Health client solutions team’s growth and how they work with the EH clinical pharmacists to serve as an extension of the benefits team.
Episode 22 – Pharmacy Benefit Strategies with Mike Zucarelli of CBIZ
In this episode, Mike Zucarelli clinical pharmacist and national pharmacy practice lead for CBIZ and host Mike Stull discuss the impact of specialty medications on employers’ budgets and the strategies being adopted in the marketplace such as copay maximizer programs and specialty prior authorizations.
Episode 21 – Checking in with Christian Moreno – Senior Vice President at Lockton Dunning Benefits
Join us as Mike Stull talks with Christian Moreno to hear his insights on the current state of employee benefits. Hear the newest trends and top priorities he’s seeing from employee benefits professionals; how wellness, disease management, utilization, specialty and COVID-19 all play into stop loss management; and other health benefit developments.
Congratulations to Episode 21’s giftcard giveaway winner, April Holt from ArcelorMittal.
Episode 20 – A Check in with Right Direction
Hear from Right Direction co-director, Sean Godar, as he shares the latest developments and updates on Right Direction, a high-impact, turnkey initiative that raises awareness about depression and other mental health conditions in the workplace. He shares how employee benefits and HR professionals can utilize the initiative to provide free resources, tools and expert guidance on workplace mental health to help create a healthier and more engaged workforce.
Episode 19 – Special Guest Tracy Spencer of Pharmaceutical Strategies Group
We recently interviewed Tracy Spencer, senior vice president of employer groups and strategic clients at Pharmaceutical Strategies Group, a leading pharmacy intelligence and technology company. In this episode Tracy shares opportunities for employers in the PBM marketplace, the latest plan design trends and developments including copay programs, needs-based programs and more.
Episode 18 – Health Care Ate My 401(k)
In this episode listeners will hear from Peggy West, director of compensation and benefits at Formica, and Rocke Blair, managing director at Sheridan Road Advisors, a HUB International Company, as they share how they’ve worked proactively to help employers and employees realize both the economic and health benefits of treating health and retirement benefits as one.