39 episodes

One-on-one discussions on emerging issues with industry leaders, hosted by Crosslinks and Connex Health. Be sure to also check out podcasts from the Simplify Prior Authorization initiative as well as the Canadian Association of Optometrists' Don't Lose Sight of Vision Care Benefits series.

The Benefits Connexion Podcast Crosslinks Health Consulting Inc.

    • Health & Fitness

One-on-one discussions on emerging issues with industry leaders, hosted by Crosslinks and Connex Health. Be sure to also check out podcasts from the Simplify Prior Authorization initiative as well as the Canadian Association of Optometrists' Don't Lose Sight of Vision Care Benefits series.

    Pharmacy Today and Tomorrow from the Ontario Pharmacists Association

    Pharmacy Today and Tomorrow from the Ontario Pharmacists Association

    In this podcast you’ll hear the discussion Denise Balch has with Justin Bates, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Pharmacists Association on the mandate of the OPA, why Ontario falls short on the role of pharmacists in primary care, the value of engaging pharmacists to reduce the burden of disease in the workplace, and the future of pharmacy.

    This podcast is free. Thank you to our season sponsors for the Benefits Breakfast Club for making this podcast possible.

    Find out more information on upcoming podcasts and webinars at www.connexhc.com.

    • 43 min
    The Expanded Pharmacy Scope of Practice

    The Expanded Pharmacy Scope of Practice

    In this podcast Denise Balch of Crosslinks and Connex Health speaks with John Ly, Director of Pharmacy Operations for the Sobeys National Pharmacy Group. They discuss the drivers of provincial changes to pharmacy scope of practice, how these vary provincially, and the specifics of the expanded scope, including the role of pharmacy in disease management.

    This podcast is free. Thank you to our season sponsors for the Benefits Breakfast Club for making this podcast possible.

    Find out more information on upcoming podcasts and webinars at www.connexhc.com.

    • 28 min
    An Insurer’s Perspective on Obesity

    An Insurer’s Perspective on Obesity

    In this podcast Denise Balch of Connex Health speaks with Ned Pojskic, VP Pharmacy Benefits Management at Green Shield Canada about obesity, why obesity is a disease, and why Green Shield is changing their reimbursement philosophy across their block of business in 2023. Ned oversees the PBM portfolio at Green Shield, including product development, pharmaceutical partnerships, and operations. In that role he is leading a new direction for Green Shield as an insurer and pharmacy benefits manager. Join this podcast for a discussion on trends in obesity, an overview of clinical practice guidelines, and the three contributing factors to obesity. 
    This podcast is free. Thank you to our season sponsors for the Benefits Breakfast Club for making this podcast possible.

    Find out more information on upcoming podcasts and webinars at www.connexhc.com.

    • 26 min
    Back to the Future! CLHIA’s perspective on a journey through the pandemic and beyond

    Back to the Future! CLHIA’s perspective on a journey through the pandemic and beyond

    Joining Denise Balch for this podcast is Joan Weir, recently appointed Vice President, Group Benefits, at the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA). 

    Joan and Denise will explore key areas of change in employee benefits:
    The insurance industry response to COVID-19 and the aftermath, including insights into long COVID and COVID-related disability trendsThe CLHIA Fact Book CLHIA and drugs for rare diseasesPharmacare and new data on the uninsuredPublicly funded dental benefitsParamedical benefit trendsPrior authorization and an electronic submission solutionPharmacy claim standardsVision care beyond vision correction – closing the gaps on diagnosing diseaseVaccines and their place in group benefit plansHear directly from CLHIA on these important developments in group benefits that will affect plan sponsors.

    This podcast is free. Thank you to our season sponsors for the Benefits Breakfast Club for making this podcast possible.

    Find out more information on upcoming podcasts and webinars at www.connexhc.com.

    • 35 min
    Living with Multiple Sclerosis and Understanding Reimbursement Gaps

    Living with Multiple Sclerosis and Understanding Reimbursement Gaps

    Joining Denise Balch as guests on this podcast are Dr. Jiwon Oh, a staff neurologist, scientist, and Medical Director of the Barlo Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Program at St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto who specializes in the care of people living with MS, and Ardra Shephard, a sought-after writer, consultant and speaker who lives with MS. Ardra’s award-winning blog Tripping On Air enjoys an international reach and reputation and she has a regular column with Healthline (Ask Ardra Anything).

    Dr. Oh provides education on MS, the importance of an early diagnosis, and how a treatment plan targeted to each patient’s disease profile delivers best possible health outcomes. Learn about the impact of MS from Ardra Shephard, as she weighs in alongside Dr. Oh on the reimbursement challenges patients can sometimes face. Dr. Oh also provides insights into how diagnostics and treatments have evolved to provide better health outcomes for patients and what the potential for future developments in MS treatment hold.

    Listen now to obtain a 0.5 CE credit for this session.

    This podcast is free. Thank you to our season sponsors for the Benefits Breakfast Club for making this podcast possible.
    To obtain CE credits, please complete the survey.  CE credits will be issued 7-10 days after the podcast date. You can also reach out to Nathan Smofsky at nathansmofsky@connexhc.com to obtain your credits.

    • 40 min
    Why Benefits Data is in High Demand

    Why Benefits Data is in High Demand

    John Anacleto, Director of Private Payer Strategies & Data Insights, PDCI Market Access, joins Denise Balch to explore more on data analytics, why data is in higher demand than ever and how data can be used.

    John will give his insights into how data reporting and data analytics have changed, and how the industry is responding to the demand from advisors and plan sponsors for better tools for understanding trends and forecasting purposes. From benchmarking to dashboards to how data can deliver value you won’t want to miss this session if you use data to help understand the past and evaluate the future.

    This podcast is free. Thank you to our season sponsors for the Benefits Breakfast Club for making this podcast possible.

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    Find out more information on upcoming podcasts and webinars at www.connexhc.com.

    • 37 min

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