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Medavie Blue Cross personalizes care for plan members

Posted on May 15, 2019
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Drive your Plan with Data 2019: Top Trends & Takeaways

Posted on July 02, 2019
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Knowledge Gaps Persist: Top 10 Findings of The 2019 Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey

Posted on July 19, 2019

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Diabetes in the Workplace: Infographic

Posted on April 23, 2019

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Pharmacogenetic testing: A revolutionary new tool in personalized, precision medicine

Posted on May 29, 2019
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Knowledge Gaps Persist: Top 10 Findings of The 2019 Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey

Employers continue to underestimate the prevalence of chronic disease in the workplace, according to The 2019 Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey.

Drive your Plan with Data 2019: Top Trends & Takeaways

Digging deep into our data and offering an in'depth look into the latest trends.

Pharmacogenetic testing: A revolutionary new tool in personalized, precision medicine

Hailed as a revolutionary tool in personalized health care, pharmacogenetics studies our body’s ability to respond to certain drug medication treatment, based on our genetic makeup.

Drug Trend Report 2019 (French)

On June 18, join us as Marie-Hélène Dugal, Product Portfolio Manager, Pharmacy Benefit Strategy, converts data analytics into valuable insights that will help you ensure your plans are relevant and viable into the future.

Drug Trend Report 2019 (English)

On June 5 at 10am EST, join us as Chris Goguen, Manager, Pharmacy Benefit Strategy, converts data analytics into valuable insights that will help you ensure your plans are relevant and viable into the future.

Diabetes in the Workplace


Drive Your Plans With Data

Derek Weir has the numbers you need to drive your plans with top-level data.

Diabetes in the Workplace:Trends & Solutions Part 2

This is the second in a two-part blog that takes a 360-degree look at diabetes, one of the leading drivers of health benefit spends.

Group Insurance by an Indirect Path

The 30-year file in the Avantages magazine: Discover the viewpoints of our thirty-something colleagues, Pierre Marion (30 years in the industry) and Alexandre Sigouin (30 years old).

Health and Wellness: Where to Start?

In this Avantages magazine article, our colleague Pierre Marion explains the best practices for setting up a successful health and wellness program.

Diabetes in the Workplace: Trends & Solutions

In this blog, we give an overview of the profound impact diabetes is having on the workplace

Fostering a culture of wellness

Medavie Blue Cross has a coveted place in the Hall of Fame of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures.

Building Employee Resilience: A Practical Guide to Creating & Operationalizing Self-Care Strategies for the Workplace

A step-by-step guide to creating a strategy that focuses on total health solutions for the workforce

Disability 360: Top Trends, Tools & Tactics (Part 3/3)

In this blog, we have developed a checklist of features you should look for in an effective disability prevention and management strategy.

Blue Cross will give $160 000 over 4 years to the Dr Clown Foundation

Eric Laberge, President at Medavie Blue Cross, asserts that investing in innovative programs and solutions, like those of the Dr Clown Foundation, makes quality health care more accessible.

Canada’s Health Care System of the Future: Collaborative, Innovative and Transformative

Demographic shifts. Digital health. Big data. Chronic disease. High cost specialty drugs. These are just a few of the mega trends that are disrupting health care and health insurance.

Disability 360: Top Trends, Tools & Tactics (Part 2/3)

In this blog, we share best practices that employers can adopt to reduce risks of illness and injury, contain plan costs and get employees back to work quickly and safely.

The Fine Balance between Access to Medication & Cost Management

The fine balance between access to medication and cost management. The challenge is to figure out how to keep providing people access to medications despite their high cost.

Mental Illness in the Workplace


Biosimilars Present New Opportunities for Insurers to Manage Cost

Learn more about the various approaches to consider to manage biosimilars.

Inch By Inch, Make Life A Cinch

How mastering micro skills can change your perspective, your health and your work.

The Cost of Doing Nothing Calculator

The Cost of Doing Nothing Calculator gives employers a benchmark on the tangible and intangible costs, such as presenteeism and disability claims, their company is facing due to high employee stress.

Questions about Medical Cannabis? We’ve got answers

Here are answers to frequently asked questions related to benefit plan coverage for medical cannabis.

Increasing your EFAP ROI: 5 Steps Every Employer Should Take

Would your organization invest in a program that provided a return of $8.70 for every $1.00 invested?

Medavie Blue Cross to deliver industry leading form of integrated virtual psychotherapy

Medavie Blue Cross today announced the launch of an innovative pilot project, in partnership with Medaca Health Group, to give plan members easier online access to expert mental health care.

Proactively identifying people at risk next stage in mental-health awareness

“Employers are going to find ways to identify people at risk and still working and try to get them help before they leave and prevent their absence.”

Addressing Depression in the Workplace

Depression at work: How can businesses deal with it?

Is Self-Care the Future of Health Care?

What is the future of health care? If you ask Dr. Bill Howatt the answer lies in helping Canadians to become equal partners in their health.

Disability 360: Top Trends, Tools & Tactics (Part 1/3)

In this three-part blog, we’ll share best practices and approaches to help employers get the most out of their benefit investment and ensure their employees get the best treatment possible - as soon as possible.

Plan Members Are Increasingly Satisfied with their Health Care Plan

Precise objective + Communication = Value and Employee productivity

The Sanofi Survey Says ...

The results of the 2018 Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey are in and providing valuable insights to design benefit plans for the future.

The evolution of Medavie over the years

Former premier of New Brunswick Bernard Lord became CEO of Medavie last September, during the development of the company’s 2018-2020 strategic plan, which is based on a 10-year vision. Lord says that beyond group insurance, Medavie offers ambulance...

Pressure on health care: Medavie plans to increase partnerships with governments

Medavie’s goal is to deliver care directly to people. “More home visits and more services in the community relieve the burden on emergency rooms and improve patient care. Our program in New Brunswick shows that when possible, patients prefer home...

Inspired by international innovations

“Specialists have told us how many lives have been saved, how many complications have been avoided, thanks to new models. He urges the Canadian industry to open its mind and look at what is happening elsewhere in the world.

6 Signs your Benefit Plan Needs a Refresh

Is your plan informed by trends, driven by data and aligned with your HR philosophy? Here’s why it may be time to hit reset on your benefit plan:

Disability 360: Surveying the Disability Management Landscape

Statistics don’t tell the whole story of why disability management matters to workforce wellness and organizational performance.

How e-patients Hold Key to Future of Health Benefits

As an industry we must adapt our benefits solutions to be more relevant and responsive to today’s reality and to prepare for even greater challenges on the health care horizon. 

Words to Lead by from 2018 Benefits3 Atlantic

Our program of expert panels and presentations, led by some of the brightest minds in the industry, invited us to re-imagine the future of health benefits. Here are just a few of our favourite inspirational quotes from the conference:

Beyond the Pill: A Conversation on Modern Plan Design

Learn powerful ways you can deliver plan value and drive business growth in the midst of constant change.

Drug Plan Trends Report: A snapshot of what’s coming down the pike

Medavie Blue Cross has also seen a significant decline in new patient starts for hepatitis C medications, says Chris Goguen, the insurer’s strategic pharmaceutical partnerships lead in Moncton, N.B. Demand is now one-fifth of the volume it was a...

And What if We Pressed Reset?

“Collective insurance plans as we know them today have evolved at the pace of our needs over the past decades. But do they still meet the expectations of employers and employees?” In this opinion piece in the Advantages magazine Pierre Marion, Market...

Top Benefit Plan Trends: 10 things plan sponsors should know

The following is our list of the Top 10 trends plan sponsors should be aware of in designing benefit plans for today – and tomorrow.

Chronic Disease: Empowering plan members to take charge of their health

There are ways to reduce the incidence of chronic disease, improve health outcomes and optimize drug plan spends. 

Drive Your Plan with Data

Check out some stats to help you create your benefits plan, all organized in an infographic. 

Drug Management

The pace of change in the drug landscape is applying unprecedented cost and complexity pressures on private benefit plans in Canada. So how can plan sponsors manage drug costs effectively and sustainably in this fast-moving, ever-changing...

Managing Chronic Disease

Chronic disease is now the biggest drive of benefit plan costs, affecting 6 in 10 Canadian employees. Presenter Paula Grossman, Senior Health Benefit Specialist for Medavie Blue Cross examines the reasons for this health crisis, the impacts on the...

Benefit Plan Trends in a Rapidly Changing Workforce

Learn about what's driving and shaping our industry and how Medavie Blue Cross’s approach to Extended Health Care Benefits can help you and your clients adjust, adapt & innovate to sustain benefit plans.

Preferred Pharmacy Networks

Discover how our Pharmacy Partners - Preferred Network ensures value for the plan sponsor and plan member by optimizing plan performance, improving health outcomes and delivering savings.

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    Paula Grossman

    Paula is a registered nurse and has been with Medavie Blue Cross for 23 years. She is a senior member of our product development team and responsible for benefit management initiatives for private group and individual health programs. Paula has led...
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    Derek Weir

    Derek Weir leads the development and management of all non-pharmacy products for our group business. He holds a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and has worked in the areas of employee benefits, organizational health and disability management...
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    Chris Goguen

    Chris joined Medavie Blue Cross in 2015, with 25 years of experience as a senior leader within the research-based pharmaceutical industry in Canada. With the majority of his career focussed on External Affairs, including strategy and relationship...
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    Carolyn Christie

    Carolyn has been in the group insurance industry for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience from a variety of areas, including underwriting, sales, service and operations. Carolyn has been with Medavie Blue Cross since 2002, and for the last...
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    Pierre Marion

    Pierre Marion

    As Regional Vice President, Pierre is responsible for the business development of group insurance plans in Quebec. A seasoned manager, he has led various teams within the organization with passion since 1989. Thanks to his 25+ years of experience in...
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    Alaina MacKenzie

    Alaina MacKenzie joined the Corporate Sales team with a mandate to build upon the success the team has generated to date. She brings an intuitive sense of the customer, gained throughout her 25 years of experience in group insurance with a focus on...
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    Marc Avaria

    Marc Avaria

    Marc has been a senior leader in the Group Benefits industry for more than two decades. In that time, he has led national teams responsible for delivering disability case management services for employers of all sizes and industries. He has also...
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    Travis Kelly

    Travis Kelly

    In this senior leadership role, he is responsible for a number of disciplines including quality assurance and audit services, rehabilitation services, new business onboarding, sales support and client interface. Travis brings more than 15 years of...
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    Bernard Lord

    Bernard Lord became Chief Executive Officer of Medavie in September 2016 to provide strategic leadership to further the company’s mission to improve the wellbeing of Canadians. Prior to this role, he spent eight years on the Board of Medavie and was...
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    Dr. Bill Howatt

    Dr. Bill Howatt is known as one of Canada’s top experts in mental health issues in the workplace. As a behavioural scientist, Globe and Mail columnist, author, clinician, consultant and speaker, Dr. Howatt is a master at translating cutting-edge...
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    Jennifer MacMullen

    Jennifer rejoined Medavie Blue Cross in 2018. Jennifer has worked to develop various products for our organization, ranging from Attendance Support and Group Assured Access, to the development and launch of My Good Health. A graduate of Mount Allison...
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    Marie-Hélène Dugal

    Marie-Hélène Dugal has been with Medavie Blue Cross for 15 years. Over the course of her career, she has developed expertise in dental and health claims, benefits management and system coding by working in various departments. Four years ago,...
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    Anne Marie Smith

    Anne-Marie Smith

    Anne-Marie Smith is the Practice Lead for the Drug Plan Solutions team at Medavie Blue Cross. As a Pharmacist Consultant, she collaborates directly with clients and their benefits consultants on drug plan analysis and trends as well as identifying...
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    Rebecca Smith

    Rebecca Smith

    Rebecca brings more than 25 years of disability management experience and progressive leadership to her role as Director of Group Life and Disability Services at Medavie Blue Cross. In this senior management position, she is responsible for a number...
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