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Beyond the Pill: A Conversation on Modern Plan Design

Posted on March 20, 2018

Learn powerful ways you can deliver plan value and drive business growth in the midst of constant change. Medavie Blue Cross Market Leader, Group Business Ontario, Alaina MacKenzie, and Director of Drug, Products and Provider Management, Karen Kesteris, join host Jeff Bremner for a conversation on the essential pillars of modern plan design. Our special guests discuss the importance of a holistic, cross-generational approach to benefits management to meet the evolving needs and expectations of an increasingly diverse workforce, while striking that right balance between health improvement and cost containment.

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Benefit Plan Trends in a Rapidly Changing Workforce

Posted on March 20, 2018

How Medavie Blue Cross’s approach to Extended Health Care Benefits can help you and your clients adjust, adapt & innovate to sustain benefit plans. 

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Top Benefit Plan Trends 10 things plan sponsors should know

Posted on March 16, 2018

The following is our list of the Top 10 trends plan sponsors should be aware of in designing benefit plans for today – and tomorrow.* These trends, namely shifts in workforce demographics and changes in benefit expectations, underline the need to find new ways of doing things that balance member health with plan sustainability. 

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

Posted on March 16, 2018

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 year-and-a-half ago, although there may be a slight bump if and when the medications are approved for more indications, says Christine Than, a pharmacist and drug solutions specialist at Aon Hewitt in Montreal.

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Chronic Disease: Tackling a health care crisis head-on

Posted on March 20, 2018

Did you know that chronic disease is now at epidemic level, affecting nearly 3 in 5 Canadians and costing our economy $190 billion annually in lost productivity and income? Chronic disease is also the single biggest driver of health plan costs. 

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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 Bio

    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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