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

Posted on October 11, 2018

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.

The project will deliver virtual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), allowing plan members diagnosed with anxiety or depression to receive therapy from an accredited professional from their phone or computer.

Using their computer, smartphone or tablet, plan members log on to the service’s digital platform to communicate with their CBT therapist via video. This is augmented with instant messaging and homework assignments that can be shared during the session.

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Questions about Medical Cannabis? We’ve got answers

Posted on October 30, 2018

The legalization of recreational cannabis dominated the news cycle in 2018 with the Cannabis Act taking effect in October. This has generated similar media hype around medical cannabis and raised questions about its implications for health insurance. Recent Health Canada statistics suggest approximately 300,000 Canadians are registered to use cannabis for medical purposes, a number that has grown exponentially in recent years.

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

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Is Self-Care the Future of Health Care?

Posted on October 11, 2018

What is the future of health care? If you ask Dr. Bill Howatt, one of Canada’s top experts in workplace mental health, the answer lies in helping Canadians to become full and equal partners in their health. Dr. Howatt will join host Jeff Bremner, Manager of Brokerage Sales for Medavie Blue Cross, to talk about how employers can empower employees to take charge of their health – and how this will be essential to a healthy population, organizational performance and plan sustainability in the years ahead.

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Increasing your EFAP ROI: 5 Steps Every Employer Should Take

Posted on October 26, 2018

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

That ROI calculation is based on a survey of 80,000 Canadian employers who reported increased productivity and reduced absenteeism as a direct outcome of their EFAPs (Employee & Family Assistance Programs). The findings were contained in Canada’s first major study on EFAP performance, published by Morneau Shepell in 2014.

Here are five important steps employers should follow to increase employee usage of EFAPs and maximize their return on benefit investment:

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

Posted on October 03, 2018

“Right now we know presenteeism and productivity issues are actually costs that are a lot higher than disability costs — some studies say six-times. That’s the trend we’re going to get to soon: identifying people who are at work today and helping them.” – Chris Anderson, President of Medaca Health Group

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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 RN

    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

    Derek Weir leads the team responsible for the development and management of all non-pharmacy products for our group business. He holds a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology. Derek has worked in the areas of organizational health and disability...
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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 market leader, 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 the group...
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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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    Karen Kesteris

    Karen Kesteris

    Karen brings 20 years of progressive leadership experience to this role. Before joining our organization, she was the Director of Private Payer Solutions at Telus Health, as well as the Director of Marketing Communications and Product Development at...
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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 & 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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    Marie-Jo Auclair is a Disability Management Manager at Medavie Blue Cross. Her duties include leading a team of about 40 employees in the Montreal office. She provides support and guidance to her teams to ensure that service quality standards are...
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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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