Learn about new trends, developments, and other topics of interest in the employee and pharmacy benefits worlds. During our monthly podcasts we'll answer your most frequently asked human resources and benefits questions.
Episode 41 - The Latest in GLP-1s for Employers and Consultants
The first 2024 episode of HR Benecast features Courtney Keefe, Employers Health's resident GLP-1 expert. She'll share utilization, discontinuation and coverage trends for GLP-1s and anti-obesity drugs. Listeners will hear the latest on anti-obesity drug coverage under the pharmacy benefit, new drugs in the pipeline and how the big PBM's are managing drugs like Wegovy, Mounjaro and Zepbound.
Episode 40 - Stop Loss and Catastrophic Claimant Risk Management
On our last episode of 2023, we sit down with Ryan Siemers, founder and principal at Aegis Risk to cover all the intricacies of stop loss. As the costs of catastrophic claims continue to grow, reinsurance protection and medical stop loss are more important than ever. Listen to hear how costly gene therapies are impacting deductibles, potential health care industry changes could drive prices even higher and more.
To learn more about the Aegis Risk Medical Stop Loss Premium Survey visit https://www.aegisrisk.com/copy-of-stop-loss-premium-survey-header and to register to hear Ryan Siemers presentation on Medical Stop Loss & Risk Strategies for Catastrophic Claimants please visit https://www.employershealthco.com/resource-center/events/abf24/.
Episode 39 - What Should Employers Know About Pharmacogenomics?
In this episode of HR Benecast, we're joined by Travis Baughn, vice president of clinical solutions at Optum Rx. Listen to hear how pharmacogenetics works and its importance for employers. He'll share what plan participants need to know, and how it can be used to reduce medical waste and long and complex medication journeys.
For additional resources on pharmacogenomics, please visit cpicpgx.org and pharmgkb.org.
Obesity and What it Means for Plan Sponsors
Nearly half of working Americans have obesity, raising the risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Hear from George Huntley, founding member and CEO of the Diabetes Leadership Council, about the importance of addressing obesity and the role it plays in employee retention. He'll share successful treatment options and the direct and indirect benefits for plan sponsors and their participants.
Episode 37 - Diabetes Leadership Council
On the latest episode of HR Benecast we're joined by George Huntley, founding member and CEO of the Diabetes Leadership Council. He shares how plan sponsors can develop a benefits strategy to help employees with diabetes and other chronic conditions, advice for PBM contract negotiations, the latest in PBM legislation and more.
Episode 36 - Hypertension Awareness Month
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.; nearly half the adults in our country have high blood pressure, putting them at risk for heart disease and stroke. April is hypertension awareness month, so we sat down with Jenn Roberts of Hello Heart to discuss how employers can reduce heart-disease-related costs while supporting their employees' heart health. Together, Jenn and our host, Mike Stull, will share the importance of lifestyle changes in managing heart health, best practices for plan design and more.