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The Point Podcast #59: The Ideal Candidate for Worksite Benefits

11/22/2019
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Apex VP of Sales and CPBS Scott Long sits down with Apex VP of Strategic Solutions and CPBS Jim Harenberg to discuss employer barriers presented by PBMs. About: Apex Benefits provides employers with custom multi-year strategies for lowering healthcare and pharmacy benefits costs and creating cultures of wellness. The fast-growing, independent organization employs nearly 70 professionals who serve all areas of employee benefits including medical, pharmacy, disability, life and...

Duration:00:05:50

The Point Podcast #58: Employer Barriers with PBMs

10/29/2019
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Apex VP of Sales and CPBS Scott Long sits down with Apex VP of Strategic Solutions and CPBS Jim Harenberg to discuss employer barriers presented by PBMs. Apex Benefits, an Indianapolis-based benefits consulting firm, develops innovative strategies and programs to provide employers unique, cost-savings health benefits programs. With a dedicated market analysis staff, and exclusive ApexAnalytics tool for health and claims data, we deliver on our promises while assisting more than 250...

Duration:00:13:36

The Point Podcast #57: Difficulties Surrounding Payroll Providers

9/25/2019
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Apex VP of Sales and CPBS Scott Long sits down with Axiom Human Resource Solutions President and CEO Andy Zelt to discuss the difficulties employers have with payroll providers. Learn more about Axiom https://axiomhrs.com/ Apex Benefits, an Indianapolis-based benefits consulting firm, develops innovative strategies and programs to provide employers unique, cost-savings health benefits programs. With a dedicated market analysis staff, and exclusive ApexAnalytics tool for health...

Duration:00:15:31

The Point Podcast #56: Delivering Worksite Benefits

9/9/2019
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Apex VP of Sales and CPBS Scott Long sits down with Apex Advisor Julie Hawes to discuss the best way for employers to deliver worksite benefits. With four generations in the workforce, all with different views of the world and different needs in their career path, engineering the right benefits plan is more important than ever. For more information contact: Scott Long - slong@apexbg.com Julie Hawes - jhawes@apexbg.com Apex Benefits, an Indianapolis-based benefits consulting...

Duration:00:47:11

#55 - What are Worksite Benefits?

8/12/2019
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The Point Podcast: #55 - What are Worksite Benefits? Apex VP of Sales and CPBS Scott Long sits down with Apex Advisor Julie Hawes to discuss the question, "what are worksite benefits?" With four generations in the workforce, all with different views of the world and different needs in their career path, engineering the right benefits plan is more important than ever. For more information contact: Scott Long - slong@apexbg.com Julie Hawes - jhawes@apexbg.com Apex Benefits, an...

Duration:00:05:49

#54 - Announcing the 3rd Annual Indiana Employee Benefits Benchmarking Survey

1/23/2019
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The 3 Annual Indiana Employee Benefits Benchmarking Survey launched last week. Scott and Director of ApexAcademy, Toni Stinson discuss why benefits benchmarking data is so valuable, what’s unique about our survey, all the incredible enhancements made to the survey this year, as well as what each participant will receive when they complete the survey. Access the survey here: https://bit.ly/2FBhejH Apex Benefits, an Indianapolis-based benefits consulting firm, develops innovative...

Duration:00:07:26

53 The HSA Shoebox Theory: Strategy for Long-Term Financial Planning

1/14/2019
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Health Savings Account holders typically fall into one of the following three categories. Spenders. Savers. Investors. On this episode, Scott talks with Professor Greg Geisler why the Health Savings Account is better than any retirement account available as far as total tax savings and Greg’s interest in changing people’s thinking on improving their wealth through health savings account investment strategies. Apex Benefits, an Indianapolis-based benefits consulting firm, develops...

Duration:00:18:11

#52 The Future of Healthcare: Think Netflix + Costco

9/18/2018
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We’ve talked to Indiana-based Freedom Healthworks on The Point. On this episode, Scott talks with Dr. Jeff Gold from the Boston-area on how his practice (think Netflix + Costco), Gold Direct Care is reshaping personalized healthcare delivery model. Hear how Direct Primary Care differs from the Primary Care Physician relationship, what led Dr. Gold to becoming a disruptor, and the depth of care he’s able to provide his patients at a fair market price. Apex Benefits, an Indianapolis-based...

Duration:00:18:26

#51 HSA: What Stands in the Way of Recent Legislation

8/23/2018
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On this episode of The Point, Scott talks with John Young, CEO of ConsumerDriven. In this episode,Scott & John discuss the viability and components of H.R. 6199 and H.R. 6311. Though we're 15 years in with Health Savings Accounts, there is a lot of ground still yet to cover to get to true consumerism. Hear Scott and John discuss HSA's relatively successful history and the groundwork yet to be laid to reach its full potential. Apex Benefits, an Indianapolis-based benefits consulting...

Duration:00:33:42

#50 Four Generations in the Central Indiana Workforce...They Don't all Speak English

8/10/2018
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On this episode of The Point, Scott talks with Marina Waters, President of LUNA Language Services. In this episode, Scott & Marina discuss Central Indiana demographics, how LUNA is meeting the translation & interpretation needs of our diverse population, and the importance of awareness as it relates to the recruiting and hiring process. And, they have a little fun with two LUNA employees towards the end of the episode!

Duration:00:13:38

#49 Mini-Series on Workforce Development (Part 3 of 3 - EmployIndy)

8/3/2018
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On this episode of The Point, Scott Long talks with Angela Carr Klitzch, President & CEO of EmployIndy. Listen as they discuss the current workforce development call to action in Central Indiana and EmployIndy's mission. Hear Angela's leadership and involvement with initiatives like JobReady Indy, Project Indy, and the technology supporting these programs and how EmployIndy has adapted it's services and solutions to meet the needs of Central Indiana employers and shape programs that...

Duration:00:13:14

#48 Regulatory Compliance: Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Guidance

6/19/2018
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On April 23, 2018, the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services released several pieces of guidance on issues arising under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA). On this episode of The Point, Scott talks with Apex Benefits Director of Compliance Services, John Forrest who covers components of the release, what employers need to know, and bottom-line guidance for plan...

Duration:00:24:47

[REBROADCAST] #11 Beyond the Buzz - Common Ground

6/13/2018
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On this episode of The Point, Scott talks to Ron Peck, Senior VP and General Counsel at The Phia Group. Ron is considered one of the nation’s top ERISA lawyers. The Phia Group is an experienced provider of health care cost containment techniques out of Boston that offers comprehensive consulting services, legal expertise, plan document drafting, subrogation and overpayment recovery, claim negotiation, and plan defense designed to control costs and protect plan assets. For more information...

Duration:00:11:01

[REBROADCAST] #32 Why is Motion so Important to our Health?

6/6/2018
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On this episode of The Point, Scott talks with Joel Hungate, VP of Orthopedic Programs at DARI Motion. What if we could track motion health as a vital sign? Can motion analysis technology be used to mitigate and reduce future musculoskeletal claims? How can an objective, data-driven approach to motion health enhance corporate wellness programming? Hear how the DARI scoring system captures biomechanics data to improve motion health and scales up to better serve musculoskeletal population...

Duration:00:43:05

#47 The Emergence of Direct Primary Care in Indiana

5/28/2018
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On this episode of The Point, Scott talks with Adam Habig, President of Freedom Healthworks. While the concept is not new, direct primary care is catching employers' attention in Indiana for it's ability to provide a better benefit at a lower cost. Hear how this model is more affordable, more accessible for the patient and why physicians are flocking to DPC. ________________________________________________________ Apex Benefits, an Indianapolis-based benefits consulting firm, develops...

Duration:00:14:39

#46 May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month (Part 2 of 2)

5/21/2018
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Data analytics is important - But is only relevant if it leads to action and behavior change. In part two of Scott's conversation with Carol Harnett, President of the Council for Disability Awareness, Scott and Carol discuss the financial risk of being under insured and the consequences of not securing adequate disability insurance coverage. They wrap up the conversation trading thoughts on how mental health parity fits into the disability awareness conversation and the incredible work being...

Duration:00:24:39

#45 May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month (Part 1 of 2)

5/15/2018
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In this first part of Scott's conversation with Carol Harnett, President of the Council for Disability Awareness, Scott and Carol discuss the key facts to be familiar with as millions of working Americans face a growing crisis: a lack of adequate disability insurance coverage. May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month and education is critically important. Carol shares how the CDA is moving the needle on income protection awareness with it's most recent initiative, RealityCheckup.org. To...

Duration:00:22:02

#44 Benchmarking: One of the Best Ways to Determine Your Competitiveness

5/7/2018
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With the 2018 Apex Benefits Employee Benefits Benchmarking Survey in full swing, Scott takes a few minutes to connect with teammate, Toni Stinson, Director of Apex Academy and Senior Account Executive to discuss what employers have shared with her over the years on why they need benchmarking data and how we've responded to feedback from last year's survey participants by building an expanded and enhanced 2018 survey. Also, Toni and Scott discuss exactly what survey participants receive when...

Duration:00:09:11

#43 HSA: 33 Nudges

4/29/2018
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As a nod to his favorite month of the year in Indianapolis, Scott put together a list of 33 things to consider doing to drive more HSA awareness within your organization. Why 33? 33 drivers take the Green Flag at the Indy 500...vvrmm, vvrmmm. ________________________________________________________ Apex Benefits, an Indianapolis-based benefits consulting firm, develops innovative strategies and programs to provide employers unique, cost-savings health benefits programs. With a dedicated...

Duration:00:27:45

#42 The Evolution of Wellness Programming and the Importance of a Client-Centric Approach

4/23/2018
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On this episode of The Point, Scott talks with two Apex Benefits teammates, Kristen Campbell, CHC and Jacquie Vail, RD, CHWC. Hear how wellness programming has evolved over the last 5 to 10 years and the various roles needed today to assist employees with behavior change. And, also...wait for it....a plug for Apex Benefits 'How to be a Magnetic Leader' event at IMS on May 16th. ________________________________________________________ Apex Benefits, an Indianapolis-based benefits...

Duration:00:32:52