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EmployersLikeMe Healthcare Summit Postponed due to Weather!

With the inclement weather this week we have decided to postpone Wednesday, Feb 18th’s Summit in Calhoun for a later date.  Check the website for the new date sometime in March or April.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

Please contact Don Betts at ude.hcetagnull@stteb with any questions or suggestions.

EmployersLikeMe Wellness Survey Results – January 2015

We helped the Georgia Department of Public Health pilot a wellness survey last fall with our network members.  The results can be seen here:  DPH/EmpLikeMe Wellness Survey

The whole concept of wellness and wellbeing will be a hot topic at our Summit next week in Calhoun:

  1. Charles Bartlett, Executive Chef for Southwire will discuss engaging employees through your food service.
  2. Marian Chase, Senior Manager, Benefits for Newell Rubbermaid, will talk about their new emphasis on establishing that primary care relationship.
  3. Diana Gendusa, Benefits Director for Mohawk, will discuss Mohawk’s experience and many programs around employee engagement.
  4. Mark Wilson, Associate Dean and Director, Workplace Health Group at UGA’s College of Public Health, will discuss the new directions that companies are going for employee engagement.

To register for the Feb. 18th Summit go to:  Summit Registration

Community Health Data Resources

EmployersLikeMe has been sharing data about employers communities as we travel around the state and many have requested access to the data resources.  With the help of Gary Rost of the Savannah Business Group we have posted these in our Resources section.

Follow this link to go directly there:  Community Health Data Resources

EmployersLikeMe Summit

Winning Together:  Engagement Strategies for Employee Health and Wellness

When:  Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
Where:   Mohawk Conference Center at Mohawk Industries in Calhoun, GA
Registration Link:  EmpLikeMe Summit Registration

Come and participate in discussions with your employer colleagues about engagement to make a difference with your health and the health and wellness of your employees.

The Summit agenda is meant to provide you with lots of practical information from colleagues who’ve tackled these different topics.  We want you to come away with a great to-do list that can transform you and your employee’s health.

Topics will include discussions about engagement with:

  • Yourself
  • Your employees
  • Your C-Suite leadership team
  • Your local community
  • Your Federal government

For detailed agenda click here.  And contact Don Betts at ude.hcetagnull@stteb or (912) 381-9003 for further information.

Come join the discussion and collaboration!

Employee Advocacy for Navigating the Healthcare World

Many of you remember at our last EmployersLikeMe network meeting in Douglas we had the pleasure of meeting Cindi Gatton. Cindi shared with us the world of advocacy and taught us a new phrase “patient activation.” We have several Georgia employers who use patient advocates for their employee’s more challenging health issues. The Atlanta Journal Constitution just did a nice piece on how this works and featured Cindi: Patients getting outside advice

Employer Healthcare Summit

On Wednesday, February 18th Mohawk Industries will host the next EmployersLikeMe Summit at their headquarters office in Calhoun, GA.

Registration will be limited so please save the date and registration info will be sent to our Employer network soon.

We have several ideas about topics for the Summit but we’d like to give you a chance for input.  Take a moment and take our one question survey at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/elmsummitfeb2015

Will Employers Favor Private Exchanges Over Coverage Sponsorship?

Interesting observations from our friends at the National Business Coalition on Health:

NBCH Newsletter

Will Employers Favor Private Exchanges Over Coverage Sponsorship?

Posted: 18 Oct 2014 03:38 AM PDT

Originally posted 10/17/14 on The Health Affairs Blog

By Brian Klepper

Over the past couple years, health care exchanges probably have consumed more of corporate benefits managers’ time and psychic energy than any other topic. An outstanding question is whether the rank and file of American businesses will drop the hassle that employer-sponsored coverage represents, or default to private exchanges. [Read more…]

Pharmacy Webinar Audio Available

Good news! If you missed the Pharmacy webinar with Barbara Barrett (Langdale Industries) sharing her experiences on Pharmacy benefits, you can hear the audio of the session at your leisure.

Just go to: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/918900616

The recording is audio only. If you’d like a PDF copy of the slides just email Don at ude.hcetagnull@stteb

Thanks again to Barbara Barrett for an excellent presentation!

Employers and the Prescription Drug Industry

We’ve had several request to have a pharmacy drug benefits discussion led by employers strictly for employers. Lisa Evans with Southwire has put together our next webinar on:

Sept. 24th at 2:00 p.m.

This webinar will feature Barbara Barrett with Langdale Industries.  Many of you know Barbara who is without a doubt one of our most knowledgeable employer benefits professionals in Georgia. [Read more…]

Curious about what other Georgia employers are doing with their wellness programs? 

Our Ga Dept. of Public Health needs our help to survey Georgia employers about wellness and will make this info available to the participants.  Participating in the survey will NOT subject you to marketing contacts and all information will be aggregated.  We need lots of GA employers to participate.  Please do your part by taking a few minutes to complete the survey and then send this link to others in your professional network and ask them to do the same.

Thank you!