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.

The Council advocates for employers on health and retirement issues at the federal level. The Alliance is an American Benefits Council member on behalf of employers in our cooperative.

Topics to share with the Council might include (but are not limited to):

  • Focused network solutions: Accountable Care Organizations, Patient Centered Medical Homes, High Performance Networks, Surgical Centers of Excellence
  • Alternative site of care: Primary care onsite clinic, telemedicine, retail clinic
  • Reference-based pricing supported by a transparency tool
  • Health advocacy via a specialized vendor such as Accolade, Quantum, etc.
  • Expert medical opinion program
  • Chronic condition management programs
  • Technology-based well-being resources (apps, devices, web-based)
  • Pharmacy management
  • Something so new it is not on this list

The Council is working with Mercer to publish the white paper, which will be used to support the Council’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and with regulatory agencies. The Council requested employer stories on June 14 and would like to hear from employers as soon as possible.

Employers have two ways to share a story for the white paper:

  • Schedule a 30 minute call to discuss by contacting Tracy Watts, senior partner with Mercer, at
  • Complete the brief questionnaire here

Either way, the Council will draft a brief summary and submit it to participating employers for review and approval.

Teri Van Tassel

Teri Van Tassel

Vice President, Marketing & Product Innovation at The Alliance
Teri Van Tassel joined The Alliance in 2006 and serves as vice president, marketing and product innovation. Her responsibilities include market research, health policy, product development, product management, marketing communications and the public and media relations functions for the organization. Prior to joining The Alliance, Teri served as vice president/marketing for the Credit Union Executives Society.

In addition to her work at The Alliance, Teri serves on the leadership team for a Collaboration Development grant awarded to Mental Health America of Wisconsin, as an advisory council member for the Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL), serves on the Wisconsin Coalition for OpenNotes committee, a product development committee member for the National Alliance of Health Care Purchaser Coalitions and is also a member of the American Marketing Association. Teri received her bachelor's degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Teri Van Tassel

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