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Kathleen Callaghan

Kathleen Callaghan

Thought Leader Q&A: John Chiang, former CFO for Asian Health Services

Today we welcome John Chiang, former CFO for Asian Health Services (AHS) in Oakland, California. AHS, founded in 1974, is a community health center that provides primary, dental and behavioral health services to more than 27,000 underserved patients.  As a nationally recognized community health center model, AHS stands at the forefront of quality and innovation.  

John was instrumental in moving AHS over to the Nonstop Wellness program in 2014, which has saved the organization hundreds of thousands of dollars in premium costs and out-of-pocket expenses.

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Six Questions to Ask Healthcare Brokers During Renewal Season

Healthcare brokers are the eyes and ears into the ever-changing healthcare market, and what potential new options might be on the table for an organization. As such, nonprofits must have a broker relationship that meets the unique needs of the organization. Even if you’re happy with your existing representation, it’s worth taking a step back and at least talking with other brokers to see if they have a different approach that may be a better fit for your group.

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Top Five Questions Every Nonprofit Leader Should Ask Heading into Renewal Season

As one of the biggest line items in any organization’s budget, employee healthcare should be a central conversational point for all nonprofit leaders, especially in the months leading up to renewal. Understanding the details of the current plan, as well as creative alternatives that might provide better benefits for less money, are critical to ensuring the financial health of the organization and the physical (and financial) wellbeing of employees. Leaving these discussions to the last minute – or not having them at all – can leave everyone vulnerable to the rising costs of healthcare.

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Thought Leader Q&A: Mike Wurtsmith, Board Chair of Thunder Bay Health Center

Recently, we spoke with Mike Wurtsmith about the larger role that nonprofit boards should be playing when it comes to choosing health benefits for their organization’s employees.

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The Healthcare Approach You’ve Likely Never Heard Of – and How It Will Forever Change Your Recruitment and Retention Efforts

Finding talented staff may not be all that difficult. But convincing them to actually work for your organization? That’s a whole different story. Our current job market is constantly evolving, with more niche positions, an emphasis on flexibility, fast paced technology growth, and gig economies on the rise. Those organizations that can shift on a dime most often win the talent pool.

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Five Reasons Why You Should Partially Self-Insure

PSI – shorthand for partial self-insurance– is a highly effective way for nonprofits to provide employees with access to quality, affordable health insurance without eating away at fragile budgets. But many organizations, stuck in the staid method of traditional fully-funded insurance, likely haven’t been exposed to PSI. This could be due to myriad factors, including a lack of willingness on their broker’s part to explore alternatives because of the high commissions earned from some fully funded plans (e.g. lower deductible/higher premium plans).

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Effective Employee Healthcare Decisions Require a Collaborative Approach

In many organizations, HR departments are often solely responsible for making decisions around employee healthcare, with CFOs and other leaders coming onboard for final approvals.   However, key player involvement – especially from the CFO – early in the process can be a game-changer when it comes to creating a more effective and well-rounded healthcare program for staff.

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How – and Why – CFOs Can Take the Lead in the Employee Healthcare Decision Process

CFOs (should) play a critical role in supporting decisions around employee healthcare, going beyond simply signing off on the budgetary needs. The process begins early by getting curious and asking tough questions about how healthcare spending has been tracked and audited within the organization, and where there is opportunity for more savings.

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The Need for CFO Involvement in Employee Healthcare Decisions

Healthcare is one of the biggest line items in a nonprofit’s budget, but CFOs are often on the periphery of the decision-making process. However, making a well-rounded decision that focuses on both the budget and employee satisfaction requires that CFOs become more intimately involved in employee healthcare management, working closely with other key players such as the CEO and HR manager.

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The Future Of Employee Healthcare Under Trump: What You Need To Know

Since election day, the future of healthcare in the US has been unpredictable, to say the least. More aptly, the healthcare industry is in a state of chaotic uncertainty with many unanswerable questions, and a lack of clarity and real solutions from the new administration (save a repeated promise to repeal the ACA – without any solid plans for a replacement).

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