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3 Tips for Developing a Culture of Health

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While regular exercise and a balanced diet can prevent many health problems in the future, our society doesn’t make healthy lifestyles a priority. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle becomes more difficult when you’re living in an environment that doesn’t promote health and wellness. You can help your employees prevent expensive health issues in the future by cultivating a culture of health at work. A culture of health is a community where personal and collective health is a priority. Here are a few ways you can develop and benefit from a culture of health at work:

1. Wellness Programs

Implementing a wellness program is one of the most effective ways to transform your workplace culture. A wellness program can help your employees focus on their long-term health by encouraging healthy habits such as diet and exercise. At CBT, we help our members develop a wellness plan that includes health screenings and doctor visits. Our wellness plan can help you identify and manage health risks for your employees so you can customize a wellness program for your workers. CBT members can also access our Health Improvement Program, which will help individuals at your organization manage and improve their health.

2. Health Coaches

Many people develop preventable diseases and illnesses due to a lack of education. With a health coach and other resources, you can educate your workers so they understand how to help themselves. At CBT, we provide our members with a nurse to act as their advocate and health coach. Nurses are valuable assets in the medical world and they can teach your employees how to maintain healthy lifestyles.

3. Communication

You can develop a culture of health at work by connecting your employees with a variety of health professionals. With several health professionals in your network, they can communicate with each other and collaborate on diagnoses and developing effective treatment plans.  

With all of these resources available, your employees will know that you’re making their health a priority, which will encourage them to do the same. It may not happen overnight, but with access to the right resources you are developing a culture of health. Contact us to learn more about our member benefits so you can start helping your employees get healthy!

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4 Value-Based Care Models Worth Trying

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Preventable hospitalizations are costing the US a fortune. In 2006, hospital stays that could have been prevented with proper long-term care made up $1 out of every $10 spent on hospital-based care. In Minnesota alone, preventable health care costs totaled $2 billion in one year. How can we avoid spending money on preventable hospital stays and visits? Here are 4 value-based care models we can try to start saving money and living healthier:

1. Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Accountable Care Organizations have proven highly effective when it comes to reducing health care costs. Because the current system focuses on profits over preventive care, health care providers stand to make more money from unhealthy patients who require more visits, prescriptions, procedures, etc. Under an ACO there’s a network of health care providers and hospitals collaborating to reduce costs by focusing on the patient’s’ long-term health instead of short-term solutions.

2. Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs)

Patient-centered medical homes are similar to ACOs in that there is a network of professionals working together. However, with PCMHs health costs are reduced through the exchange of data as well as collaboration. Instead of having a one-on-one relationship with a primary care physician, patients will have a team of health professionals focused on them. In Colorado, the Multi-Payer PCMH Pilot reduced emergency visits by 15% and saw a $4.5 return on every $1 spent.

3. Pay Incentives

Some value-based health strategies offer pay incentives for physicians who reduce patient visits. This requires health care providers to focus on long-term health goals that will reduce their patient’s chances of needing costly procedures, emergency visits, or hospital stays.

4. Bundled Payments

Another cost-effective health care method is bundled payments or when a single payment is required for services related to a specific health care episode, even if it may require assistance from different providers. Bundled payments encourage patients to follow through with recommended care options because they know there is only one fee they have to pay for the whole process.

The Catholic Benefits Trust focuses on providing cost-efficient and value-based health care to organizations sharing Catholic values. All members of CBT are granted a seat on our Board of Directors so everyone has an equal say when it comes to managing costs. You can learn more about how CBT embodies Catholic values and reduces health care costs for our members by contacting us today!

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3 Ways To Get Cost-Effective Benefits

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Health insurance rates are still on the rise despite recent legislation making it more accessible to a larger population of people. Staying on top of increasing rates is a major obstacle nonprofit organizations and employers must face. So, what can you do to cut costs while maintaining decent health care services for your employees? Here are a few ways employers can start saving:

  • Invest in Employee Wellness

Helping your employees develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle now will save your organization money in the future. It’s estimated that 60-75% of healthcare expenses in the U.S. could have been avoided with better lifestyle choices. For example, encouraging employees to quit using tobacco is one way a wellness program can effectively help your employees while also cutting health costs.

  • Consider a Private Plan Exchanges

You also have the option of a plan-exchange approach. Nonprofits can work with a private health insurance exchange to select a plan that meets their needs. A private exchange collects a limited number of plans from different commercial insurers. While there aren’t as many options in a private exchange, it makes certain commercial plans more accessible to nonprofits.

  • Opt for Self-Insurance

Instead of purchasing a fully-insured plan from an insurance carrier, you can save money by outsourcing administrative services. These self-insured plans allow employers to have more flexibility when it comes to plan design and savings. Outsourcing services such as claims processing and provider networks will let you select an insurance partner who will work with you to cut costs. Partnering with a trusted organization that shares similar values is a great way for self-insured employers to mitigate risk while navigating the options flexible plan design allows.

Partnering with an organization such as Catholic Benefits Trust will guarantee you access to certain member benefits. At CBT, we offer legal protection of employee benefit funds as well as secure management and analysis of medical data. With years of experience, expertise, and Catholic values, our benefits and services will provide your nonprofit the guidance you need to find a flexible plan that works for you. As a member of CBT, your organization will also join the CBT Board of Directors where all major decisions are made. You won’t find that kind of control anywhere else.

Contact us today to find out if the Catholic Benefits Trust is right for you!

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CBT Partner Recognized For Superior Care Solutions

catholic organization awarded for health care solutionsWe are pleased to share the news that Conifer Health Solutions has been recognized once again by a national accrediting agency for their quality and effectiveness. Conifer Health Solutions is a pioneer when it comes to customizable health care that benefits your organization’s financial health as well as patient health. Their care delivery system is one of the innovative services that sets Conifer apart. As our business partner, Conifer provides cutting-edge data analytics for each of our member’s health plans.

Conifer Health ranked No.1 for categories including Best of Breed Technology and Process Improvement, Client Relationships and Cultural Fit, and Innovation and Customization. Conifer ranks so well for accountable care and value-based reimbursement solutions because of their diverse and innovative services. For example, Conifer delivers peer-reviewed Revenue Management and Patient Experience services and solutions to the health system of their members, a service designed to alleviate cost and ensure better treatment options.  

Why Is This Important To CBT?

At CBT, our most valuable service is the coordination of patient care where we employ nurses as patient advocates to help our members navigate the complex medical system. This service sets us apart from the competition and results in better treatment outcomes with less wasted dollars. We chose Conifer as a business partner to deliver value-based care to the members of the Trust in addition to our exceptional services.

Together, Conifer Health Solutions and CBT are able to cultivate a culture of collaboration and provide superior health care options on a budget for our members. Here are some of the advantages to having this prestigious organization as a business partner:

  • Highmark shares all of the medical data from our members with Conifer to allow for efficiency and collaboration.
  • Conifer maintains all of this data for our members in an independent and secure “warehouse.”
  • Conifer frequently conducts a comprehensive analysis on the patient data.
  • Health experts hired by Conifer reach out to the employees of our members who have complex medical issues or health risks to provide one-on-one guidance.
  • With permission from patients, Conifer nurses facilitate a dialogue between all points of contact in patient care to arrive at more informed decisions for the patient.
  • CBT members have documented cost savings to be nearly 4 times higher than the costs of patient advocacy.

To learn more about the CBT and the advantages we deliver to Catholic organizations, please visit our website or contact us!

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Franciscan University of Steubenville to Join Catholic Benefits Trust

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The Catholic Benefits Trust (CBT) is pleased to announce that the Franciscan University of Steubenville will be joining as an official member on January 1, 2016. The decision to join the trust was made after considering the cost benefits and Catholic values upheld by the trust.

“It will help us to effectively manage our health care costs while, at the same time, providing access to the best healthcare network in the U.S. and will also allow the University to offer benefits that are consistent with its Catholic identity,” said Brenan Pergi CPA, SPHR, Vice President of Human Resources at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

As a member of the CBT, the University will have access to a national network of Blue Cross/Blue Shield providers and other partner vendors along with several other additional services including lower fixed costs, a health improvement program and patient advocacy via a Personal Health Nurse. Patient advocacy means the employees of the University will be served by a Personal Health Nurse assigned to help them navigate the healthcare system. Pergi said the University is also looking forward to participating in telemedicine where members can access physicians, via audio or video, for common ailments from the convenience of their home or office.

About The Franciscan University

The Franciscan University, established in 1946, integrates academic excellence and Catholic intellectualism into a faith-based community. At the Franciscan University, students receive an exceptional education through faith-based learning. The school has a broad range of programs and majors for students to choose from as well as a student to teacher ratio of 15:1. If you’d like to learn more about the University, check out the school’s website.

Our Background

The Catholic Benefits Trust (CBT) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to serving the Catholic Church through the improvement of group medical plans.  Any organization listed in the Catholic Kenedy Directory is eligible to become a member.  Each member organization has a seat on the Board of Directors to manage the vision and goals of the CBT.  Our services include the legal protection of funds intended for employee benefits.  We give our members ownership of their medical data and perform a robust analysis of that data. This information is used to provide a personal health management plan to specific individuals and provide feedback on performance with a full range of HIPPA-compliant management reports. The Trust assigns a team of Personal Health Nurses to assist our members. Your team of Personal Health Nurses are dedicated to your organization and will assist your employees (including priests, if applicable) in developing a care management plan.

We’re excited to begin our official relationship with the Franciscan University in the new year. If you’d like to learn more about the Catholic Benefits Trust, feel free to contact us!

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