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Episode 9: Being a True Fiduciary with Mark Watson and Kent Thomas (Part 2)

 
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In part 2 of Cristy's discussion with Mark Watson and Kent Thomas, they touch on several topics like the unique opportunity DPC doctors have to provide care coordination for their patients when they need to leave the primary care home and enter a more complex part of the healthcare system.  Data tools continue to be a recurring theme.  Where your data comes from and to what extent you have access to it allows you to drill down on the cost and get control over it.  Without those data tools, the costs simply control you.  Listen here as we continue to tell the impressive story about the exemplary health plan at Union County, NC.

Kent Thomas (left) and Mark Watson (right)

Kent Thomas (left) and Mark Watson (right)

Meet Mark Watson and Kent Thomas

These two innovators teamed up to figure out how to provide the highest performing health plan they could design at Union County, NC.  It has been years in the making and they aren't finished yet!  They continue to stay ahead of rising healthcare costs but they lead the charge by incorporating Direct Primary Care into the Union County plan design and by building other innovations that accentuated this unique feature.  Mark Watson joined Union County as the HR Director which is the position he held while implementing these innovations.  Today, Mark is the Union County Manager and leads that county into new and even more innovative times.  Kent Thomas of Carolina Health Alliance has advised Union County during the years where they were venturing into these new initiatives and continues to kick the tires on new ideas and the re-branding of existing ideas.  The future is bright for Union County, NC with these two fiduciaries taking charge!

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Episode 8: Being a True Fiduciary with Mark Watson and Kent Thomas (Part 1)

 
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In this episode, Cristy talks with Mark Watson, who is responsible for turning the Union County, NC health plan into the major success it is today along with the direction and advice of Kent Thomas who helped bring new innovations to the table for consideration.  The success of this local government health plan came as a result of years of digging for better data, finding better answers to their questions and positioning their actions with the ultimate goal in mind--taking down all barriers to better employee healthcare.  It is the question that sometimes gets missed when plans are trying to "save money".  These guys saved their taxpayers' money and saved employees from shelling out needless dollars of their own money just to put their healthcare first.  Listen here and learn from two heros in the benefits industry who have a great story to tell.

Kent Thomas (left) and Mark Watson (right)

Kent Thomas (left) and Mark Watson (right)

Meet Mark Watson and Kent Thomas

These two innovators teamed up to figure out how to provide the highest performing health plan they could design at Union County, NC.  It has been years in the making and they aren't finished yet!  They continue to stay ahead of rising healthcare costs but they lead the charge by incorporating Direct Primary Care into the Union County plan design and by building other innovations that accentuated this unique feature.  Mark Watson joined Union County as the HR Director which is the position he held while implementing these innovations.  Today, Mark is the Union County Manager and leads that county into new and even more innovative times.  Kent Thomas of Carolina Health Alliance has advised Union County during the years where they were venturing into these new initiatives and continues to kick the tires on new ideas and the re-branding of existing ideas.  The future is bright for Union County, NC with these two fiduciaries taking charge!

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Episode 7: Hope for Rural Healthcare with Carl Schuessler (Part 2)

 
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In Part 2 of this important discussion, Cristy and Carl talk more about how communities can use smarter tools and under-the-radar rules to save money and provide better care for employees. Carl gives us a glimpse at the re-localization and re-personalization of healthcare which benefits both providers and patients #letsfixhealthcare.

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Meet Carl Schuessler

Serving as a Population Health Manager specializing in Cost Containment and Risk Mitigation, Carl is the Managing Principal of Benefit Strategies and Mitigate Partners.

With over 25 years of experience in employee and executive benefits consulting and financial planning experience, Carl offers clients improved cash flow, saves money and retains well-structured employee benefit and financial planning solutions. He is also an accomplished speaker and author.

He was selected as one of the first group of 30 forward-leaning Benefits Advisors in the U.S. to participate as a Charter Member in the Health Rosetta Certification Program for Benefits Advisors. The Health Rosetta is a blueprint of best practices for intelligently purchasing health benefits that’s been sourced from the most forward leaning benefits purchasers of all types around the country. The certification program helps ensure he stays at the front of the market to better serve his clients.

The Health Rosetta’s creator, Dave Chase, recently published a book that I think you’ll find valuable that also mentions me, The CEO’s Guide to Restoring the American Dream: How to Deliver World Class Health Care to Your Employees at Half the Cost.


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Episode 6: Hope for Rural Healthcare with Carl Schuessler (Part 1)

 
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In this episode, Cristy and Carl Schuessler, founder of Mitigate Partners and creator of the Fair Co$t Health Plan, talk about the state of rural health in our nation and how he is helping a small Florida hospital remake themselves from the inside out.  Better than that, the long-term goal is to elevate this hospital as a hub for healthcare services available to local employers in their community.  So, grab your headphones and #letsfixhealthcare.

Carl Schuessler

Meet Carl Schuessler

Serving as a Population Health Manager specializing in Cost Containment and Risk Mitigation, Carl is the Managing Principal of Benefit Strategies and Mitigate Partners.

With over 25 years of experience in employee and executive benefits consulting and financial planning experience, Carl offers clients improved cash flow, saves money and retains well-structured employee benefit and financial planning solutions. He is also an accomplished speaker and author.

He was selected as one of the first group of 30 forward-leaning Benefits Advisors in the U.S. to participate as a Charter Member in the Health Rosetta Certification Program for Benefits Advisors. The Health Rosetta is a blueprint of best practices for intelligently purchasing health benefits that’s been sourced from the most forward leaning benefits purchasers of all types around the country. The certification program helps ensure he stays at the front of the market to better serve his clients.

The Health Rosetta’s creator, Dave Chase, recently published a book that I think you’ll find valuable that also mentions me, The CEO’s Guide to Restoring the American Dream: How to Deliver World Class Health Care to Your Employees at Half the Cost.


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Episode 5: How Real Leadership is Solving the Opioid Crisis (Part 2)

 
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In this episode, Cristy and Mark continue their discussion and dive into topics such as employer best practices, focusing on "whole person" well-being programs, etc.  Transforming workforce culture to think more positively and resiliently about challenges of all kinds, especially how we approach pain, is part of what employers might add to the messaging boards when it comes to addressing workplace wellness culture.  Some messages can be so simple they seem worthless to mention, but we can't be too careful about the positive culture we instill in our workforce.  This positive culture might just encourage an employee to tackle an episode of pain with the will and resilience to manage it without using prescriptions.  It's certainly worth the time to listen to this discussion. #letsfixhealthcare

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Meet Mark Pew

Senior vice president of product development and marketing for Preferred Medical, Mark is a passionate educator and agitator. Known as the RxProfessor, Mark is focused on the intersection of chronic pain and appropriate treatment, particularly as it relates to the clinical and financial implications of opioids, benzodiazepines and other Rx painkillers along with the evolution of medical marijuana . He is a strong champion for the workers' compensation industry to #CleanUpTheMess, a movement he created to drive attention to the importance of individualized appropriate treatment for injured workers. Mark is a vocal advocate of the BioPsychoSocialSpiritual treatment model. A nationally recognized speaker and writer, Mark received the WorkCompCentral Magna Comp Laude award in 2016 and the IAIABC’s Samuel Gompers Award in 2017. His blog was recognized in both 2016 and 2017 as a WorkersCompensation.com "Best Blog." 


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A brief introduction of Mark Pew - The RxProfessor

Dave Chase on the Opioid Crisis

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Episode 4: How Real Leadership is Solving the Opioid Crisis (Part 1)

 
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Cristy and Mark Pew begin a discussion around how the Worker's Comp industry took a leading role a while ago and continues today to affect positive change around solving the opioid crisis.  Learn from this important perspective and use insights to move your own organization to take a leading role in the solution as well.  Grab your headphones and #letsfixhealthcare!

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Meet Mark Pew

Senior vice president of product development and marketing for Preferred Medical, Mark is a passionate educator and agitator. Known as the RxProfessor, Mark is focused on the intersection of chronic pain and appropriate treatment, particularly as it relates to the clinical and financial implications of opioids, benzodiazepines and other Rx painkillers along with the evolution of medical marijuana . He is a strong champion for the workers' compensation industry to #CleanUpTheMess, a movement he created to drive attention to the importance of individualized appropriate treatment for injured workers. Mark is a vocal advocate of the BioPsychoSocialSpiritual treatment model. A nationally recognized speaker and writer, Mark received the WorkCompCentral Magna Comp Laude award in 2016 and the IAIABC’s Samuel Gompers Award in 2017. His blog was recognized in both 2016 and 2017 as a WorkersCompensation.com "Best Blog." 

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Episode 3: Local Government Employers Lead the Way

 
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Cristy talks with David Contorno, Founder of E-Powered Benefits, about how he is helping an upstate SC County with about 1,000 employees break free from status quo healthcare and try something new.  They discuss the many moving parts of affecting change in a positive way even if everyone is not on board at first.  Learn from their experience and get excited about what you can achieve in your own community

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Meet David Contorno

David Contorno is Founder of E Powered Benefits. As a native of New York, David began his career in the insurance industry at the age of 14, and has since become a leading expert in the realm of employee benefits over the last 21 years.

Among his many accolades, David received a Broker Spotlight in 2004 and was recognized as an outstanding Broker of Service in 2005 through 2014 by Blue Cross Blue Shield. He has continually received the Echelon Award by United Healthcare since 2003, reserved for the top 1% of agents nationally, and was a 2015 “40 Under 40” Award Winner presented by Charlotte Business Journal. Most recently, David was Benefits Selling Magazine’s 2015 Broker of the Year and, in March 2016, Forbes deemed him “One of America’s Most Innovative Benefits Leaders.”

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Episode 1: What is Healthcare Solutions all about? with Wes Hawn

Introducing, The Healthcare Solutions Podcast Episode 1!

 
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Healthcare innovations that make a difference. On the show, Cristy Gupton, President of Custom Benefits Solutions, meets with other experts in the industry and talks over solutions to current obstacles. Today's problems with healthcare and how we change it for the better.

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