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Share Your Story to Help Sway Lawmakers

Posted on 06/19/2017

Teri Van TasselBy Teri Van Tassel, Vice President, Marketing & Member Services

Can you share your health innovation success story to give federal lawmakers a better understanding of health benefits issues? The American Benefits Council is seeking employer success stories that it can share in a white paper to illustrate how employers drive and support innovation in the health care market, as well as the related impact on health care costs.

 

Taking Your Wellness Program from Good to Great

Posted on 06/15/2017

Paul RoelkeBy Paul Roelke, member services advisor

Even a good wellness program can benefit from a fresh approach. Receiving a State of Wisconsin Wellness Grant in 2016 motivated The Alliance’s Wellness Team to shake up our wellness approach. The result was 100 percent participation in our annual health risk assessment (HRA) for 2017 and a more engaging approach to employee wellness.

 

How Employers Can Use Their Buying Power to ‘Disrupt’ Health Care

Posted on 06/11/2017

Cheryl DeMarsBy Cheryl DeMars, president & CEO

Cheryl DeMars, president and CEO of The Alliance, took the stage at Disrupt Madison to talk about the power of employers to “disrupt” health care to create positive change. Cheryl’s remarks drew enthusiastic applause from the sold-out crowd at the June 7 event.

 

Shared Decision Making Is a Conversation for Everyone

Posted on 06/08/2017

Lisa WendorffBy Lisa Wendorff, marketing communications specialist

Changing the status quo. End of life care. Paying for volume in health care. A panel of experts tackled those topics at last month's Annual Seminar.

 

How Do Bill Review and Claims Audit Services Work with The Alliance Contracts?

Posted on 06/02/2017

Heather OlivaBy Heather Oliva, director of provider relations

Network contracts held by The Alliance with providers are designed to provide substantial savings on healthcare services used by your plan participants. One of the ways we do this is to preserve the right for both The Alliance and your TPA to apply industry standard repricing and coding edits to claims prior to payment.

 

On My Mind: The Conversation Project

Posted on 06/02/2017

Cheryl DeMarsBy Cheryl DeMars, president & CEO

The recent terminal illness and death of a friend has me thinking about the encounters most of us will have with the health care system at the end of life. It seems to me that no time is more important – or potentially more challenging – to exercise control of the health care services we receive.

 

OpenNotes® Encourages Patients to Access Doctors’ Notes in Their Medical Record

Posted on 05/31/2017

Lisa WendorffBy Lisa Wendorff, marketing communications specialist

“Having access to your medical visit notes is the most important piece of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). And it is often the most overlooked piece,” said Dr. Catherine DesRoches, executive director of OpenNotes®, which helps patients gain electronic access to their own medical records.

 

Alliance Bloggers


Tierney Anderson

Tierney Anderson
Senior Marketing & Events Specialist

Carlene Boehmer

Carlene Boehmer
Director of Claims & Customer Service

Margie Czechowicz

Margie Czechowicz
RN, BSN, CCM
patient experience manager

Cheryl DeMars

Cheryl DeMars
President & CEO

Darla Dernovsek

Darla Dernovsek
Marketing Communications Manager

Paul Meyer

Paul Meyer
Chief Operating Officer

Amy Moyer

Amy Moyer
Manager of Value Measurement

Heather Oliva

Heather Oliva
Director of Provider Relations

Calvin Rigsby

Calvin Rigsby
Business Development Manager

Mike Roche

Mike Roche
Member Services Manager

Paul Roelke

Paul Roelke
Member Services Advisor

Teri Van Tassel

Teri Van Tassel
Vice President, Marketing & Member Services

Lisa Wendorff

Lisa Wendorff
Marketing Communications Specialist

Alan Williams

Alan Williams
Health Information Manager

 

Guest Bloggers


Janet Bollig

Janet Bollig, M.S.S.W.
Home Health United (HHU)

Laura Carabello

Laura Carabello
Founder and principal owner, CPR Strategic Marketing and Communications

Tobi Anne Cawthra

Tobi Anne Cawthra
Community Relations Manager, Meriter–UnityPoint Health

Francois de Brantes

Francois de Brantes
Executive Director
Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, Inc. (HCI3)

Dave deBronkart, aka e-Patient Dave

Dave deBronkart
aka “e-Patient Dave”
Cancer Patient and Blogger

Sean Foy

Sean Foy
President, Personal Wellness Corporation

Jessie Gruman

Jessie Gruman
President and Founder
Center for Advancing Health

Lisa Henke

Lisa Henke
Risk/Benefits Manager, County of Walworth

Julie Hitt

Julie Hitt
Director of Xtra Care
Home Health United

John Maycroft, Wisconsin Medical Society

John Maycroft
Wisconsin Medical Society

Michael McDonald, Foremost Farms USA

Michael McDonald
V.P., Human Resources, Safety and Communication
Foremost Farms USA, Baraboo, Wis.

Wayne Salverda

Wayne Salverda
Wayne Salverda, R.Ph.
Senior Director of Clinical Services
National CooperativeRx/
WisconsinRx

Reed V. Tuckson, M.D.

Reed V. Tuckson, M.D.
Managing director of Tuckson Health Connections

Jerry Ward, Vice President of Operations, Seats

Jerry Ward
Vice President of Operations
Seats Incorporated, Reedsburg, Wis.

Josh Bindl, CEO, NationalCooperative Rx

Josh Bindl
CEO, National Cooperative Rx
Madison, Wis.


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