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The Agent and Consultant Briefing: October 2011

In this issue:

On My Mind: Happy Co-op Month

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By: Cheryl DeMars, President & CEO

Did you know that October is National Co-op Month? As a cooperative, Alliance members are a part of this movement which puts the member at the center of the organization as owner.

Throughout history cooperatives have existed to bring parties with similar interests together to...

Join us for The Alliance Annual Meeting

This year's Annual Meeting includes an address from David Goldhill, president and CEO of the Game Show Network and author of The Atlantic article How American Health Care Killed my Father. Nearly three years...

Stop-loss Discounts for Alliance Members

Alliance members are able to access discounts on stop-loss rates. We are able to bring members this preferred pricing by leveraging the collective purchasing power of our cooperative. More than...

Trotter Wellness Savings Until October 31

Trotter Wellness

Our wellness vendor partner, Trotter Wellness®, is offering an additional $4.00 per employee discount off the already reduced Alliance pricing on all packages...

Give BabyLove from the Start

The Alliance's BabyLove program is one way our members can help employees and their family members keep their babies healthy and loved from the very beginning. With the program, which is free, they can receive...

Health Policy Updates

We've updated the Health Policy section of our website with information recently released about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. You can find a link to the Department of Labor's guidance on the...

Building Our Cooperative

MiTek Corporation has rejoined The Alliance as of September 1, 2011. They are a family-owned and operated business that designs, manufactures, and sells high performance mobile, residential, marine, and...

Welcome These New Alliance Employees: Amy Moyer and Leslie VanHierden

Amy Moyer joins The Alliance as manager of value measurement in our provider relations department. In her position she will managing and executing cost and quality measurement and reporting...

Leslie VanHierden joins The Alliance as marketing communications coordinator. Leslie will be working to create effective communications and marketing materials for Alliance members, business partners...

Purchasing High Performance

Read this newsletter sponsored by the National Business Coalition on Health and The Commonwealth Fund.

Articles in this edition include:

  • A Note from CMS Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick on The Partnership for Patients
  • Will Employers Drop Health Coverage in 2014? Or Just the Opposite?

Do the Three Step the Next Time You Have a Test or Procedure

Taking a few extra steps is good for the waistline and it's also a healthy choice when it comes to scheduling outpatient tests or...

Healthways Looks at a New Way to Measure Presenteeism

A recent study by Healthways looked at a new method to quantify the costs of presenteeism with an assessment that took a more global approach, looking at an individual's...

Alliance Provider Update

find a doctor iconThe Alliance encourages employers to distribute the monthly Provider Update listing (.pdf) to their employees.

See which providers we've added in northern Illinois.

Just a reminder: Always check the online provider directory for the most current provider information!


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