Producer Bulletins Archive for Washington

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  • June, 2015 

    General Updates

    • New cost calculator tool
    • Annual health review member mailing
    • Managing your health plan on the go
    • Lessons shared from the cyberattack
    • Registering online and going 'green'

    Individual Updates

    • Earn commissions selling Washington National insurance

    Small Group Updates

    • Reaching out to employers about worksite wellness screenings

    Large Group Updates

    • Check out our multiple EAP solutions
    • Premera 'Best of Blue' for benchmarking data
    • PCORI fee deadline coming up

    Senior Updates

    • Learn about additional member discounts
    • 6 things you need to know about MA premium deduction

    May, 2015 

    General Updates

    • Handy money tracking tool for HSAs
    • Important enhancements to privacy settings
    • CareCompass360° – a total health support solution for all
    • Join us at our Premera-sponsored community events

    Individual Updates

    • Tell your clients about our HSA solution
    • Meet the Individual Producer Support team

    Small Group Updates

    • Tax documentation audits discontinued
    • Free on-site biometric screenings are here

    Large Group Updates

    • New Enrollment Center launches
    • Provider payment shifts from volume to value across the nation

    Senior Updates

    • Med Supp clients save with Premera's AFT program
    • New CMS rules for third-party websites

    April, 2015 

    General Updates

    • Your clients have a new ally — CareCompass360°
    • Rewards for great work
    • Premera Mobile: Answers on the go
    • The spring issue of Premera for Your Health is here!
    • Giving back in a big way

    Individual Updates

    • Special enrollment period still available
    • Earn more with our Adult Health Plan!
    • Payment choices for individual consumers

    Small Group Updates

    • New value network flyer!
    • Free on-site biometric screenings coming soon

    Large Group Updates

    • Comparing Heritage and Heritage Prime networks

    Senior Updates

    • And the network grows...even more!

    March, 2015 

    General Updates

    • Cost, quality upgrades to Find a Doctor tool
    • Journal of Business features Premera group market focus for 2015
    • Want more information on the Anthem cyberattack?
    • Administrator’s Quick Reference Guide now available
    • Evolving to whole-person care management
    • Virtual care + NurseLine cure the common wait
    • Inspiration to save on the rise
    • ACA requirement information
    • Health underwriters’ symposium coming up this month

    Individual Updates

    • Why choosing a PCP makes sense
    • HSAs and their triple tax advantage
    • New way to transfer contracts

    Senior Updates

    • Which Medicare Supplement Plan Is Right For My Client?

    February 16, 2015 

    Update

    • New special enrollment period announced

    February, 2015 

    General Updates

    • State of Reform features our new virtual care coverage
    • Utilization Management news update
    • Annual employer requirement
    • Using our logo?

    Individual Updates

    • Individual dental/vision plans available year-round
    • Application deadline fast approaching
    • Understanding qualifying events

    Small Group Updates

    • Wellness program outreach

    Large Group Updates

    • Data warehouse for reports to shift

    Senior Updates

    • Medicare Advantage network grows

    January 23, 2015 

    Update

    • New Medicare Supplement rates effective March 1st

    January 9, 2015 

    Update

    • Important member emails, penalties, and more

    January, 2015 

    General Updates

    • 'Eyes Matter' Mailing Sent in December
    • Firm rates established for Alaska Vaccine Assessment Program
    • The winter issue of Premera For Your Health is almost here!
    • Producer website evolution

    Individual Updates

    • Announcing a new dental and vision plan
    • Producer support menu option change

    Small Group Updates

    • Sharing the value of Premera small group plans
    • New easy to use resources!
    • 2015 ushers in virtual care

    Large Group Updates

    • Reminder: 2015 Medical and Dental guides online

    December, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Another important network addition
    • Member penalty eliminated
    • New option for care when and where it's needed

    Individual Updates

    • We're proud of our individual plans
    • Great time to add dental coverage

    Small Group Updates

    • Get your rewards before it's too late!

    November, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Telemedicine coming in January
    • And the network grows...
    • Annual privacy notice mailing
    • Concerns about Ebola?
    • Medicare Supplement Update

    Individual Updates

    • Working Saturdays

    Small Group Updates

    • The sprint bonus program is underway

    Large Group Updates

    • Large group 2015 product updates
    • Symetra announcement reminder

    October, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Prominent providers join value-based network
    • Flu shots- the preventive benefit powerhouse
    • Removing transplant waiting periods
    • Medicare supplement update
    • Senior Dental 2015 plan information

    Individual Updates

    • Two bright shades of new (plans)
    • Valuable wellness tools and discount available
    • Special enrollment period through November 14
    • Consider Human Life Value
    • More people to answer your calls

    Small Group Updates

    • 2015 small group product updates

    Large Group Updates

    • HPID required by November 5
    • Flu shot reminder for large groups

    September, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Finding HSA information just got easier
    • Fall digital newsletter is here!
    • Communicating creditable coverage results
    • Settlement agreement member mailing

    Individual Updates

    • Learn more about special enrollment period
    • Product training you won't want to miss
    • Perfect product pairing for HDHPs

    Small Group Updates

    • Letting employers know about website changes

    Large Group Updates

    • Big boost for Heritage Prime network

    August 19, 2014 

    Update

    • Enhancement to our value-based networks

    August 15, 2014 

    Update

    • Innovate to Motivate Challenge

    August 12, 2014 

    Update

    • Agreement adds Swedish facilities to Premera's value-based networks in 2015

    August, 2014 

    General Updates

    • New wellness resources at your fingertips
    • Targeting members with avoidable ER visits
    • ACA timeline update
    • Importance of a PCP and preventive care
    • Part D creditable coverage testing begins
    • Cost savings for ESRD patients
    • Non-contracted provider reimbursement update

    Individual Updates

    • Learn more about critical illness coverage
    • Updated administrative guides available
    • New domestic partnership form

    Small Group Updates

    • Encouraging wellness program adoption

    Large Group Updates

    • Another ACA deadline approaching

    July, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Check out the summer digital newsletter
    • Updates to member site and new mobile app
    • Neurodevelopmental therapy update

    Individual Updates

    • More choices in financial protection
    • Don't miss out! Dental open enrollment ends soon
    • Understand late-payment reinstatement rules

    Small Group Updates

    • Helping members get healthy

    Large Group Updates

    • Final mental health parity rules

    June, 2014 

    General Updates

    • New digital Utilization Management magazine
    • Network update in the Bellingham area
    • Summer digital newsletter coming soon

    Individual Updates

    • New Individual coverage coming soon
    • Special dental enrollment open now
    • Updated producer FAQ for qualifying events
    • Summer hours for Producer Support

    Small Group Updates

    • Small group dental plan summaries available now

    Large Group Updates

    • 2013 Express Scripts drug trend report released

    May 23, 2014 

    Update

    • Rates to increase for Individual grandfathered plans

    May, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Check out our cost and quality transparency tools
    • More ways to help members stay healthy
    • CFO of the year

    Individual Updates

    • That all-important smile
    • Product road show headed your way
    • Upcoming agency agreement changes
    • Child-only open enrollment ends
    • Producer tool update

    Small Group Updates

    • Supporting strong environments of wellness

    Large Group Updates

    • Prior Authorization for compound medications

    April 14, 2014 

    Update

    • Small group tax documentation audits
    • New member newsletter creates interesting learning environment
    • New CEO for Vivacity
    • Network change coming in the Bellingham area

    April 7, 2014 

    Update

    • Medicare Supplement exemption documentation
    • Engaging group members about Medicare Advantage
    • 2014 Medigap booklet now available online

    April, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Industry event coming next month

    Individual Updates

    • Individual open enrollment ended
    • New dental enrollment 'add-on' periods
    • Producer support team update

    Small Group Updates

    • Updated HRA/HSA set-up form available
    • Helping members get healthy

    Large Group Updates

    • Prior Authorization for compound medications
    • ACA out-of-pocket maximum rules

    March 21, 2014 

    Update

    • Third-party payer rules
    • Exchange enrollment timelines

    March 18, 2014 

    Update

    • Jeff Roe to be the next Premera CEO

    March 14, 2014 

    Update

    • Update to the Small Group metallic wellness program
    • Employer shared responsibility update for Large Group plans
    • President's decision on renewals has no impact to Washington State

    March 10, 2014 

    Update

    • Supporting transparency in healthcare
    • Economic disruption in healthcare- upcoming symposium
    • Important changes are coming for Small Group enrollment

    March, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Have you heard about Choosing Wisely?
    • Check out our nutrition-focused social platform!
    • Big industry event coming up this month
    • New PCP selection tool for metallic plans

    Individual Updates

    • Important enrollment deadline coming the month
    • Encourage your clients to select a PCP

    Small Group Updates

    • New HSA video online

    Large Group Updates

    • Reminder: Pharmacy rebate option

    February 14, 2014 

    Update

    • Update to the Small Group metallic wellness program
    • Annual CMS Notification for credible medicare drug coverage

    February, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Utilization Management digital magazine update

    Individual Updates

    • Getting ahead of the rush of applications
    • Take a peek at metallic member statements

    Small Group Updates

    • Summary of Benefits and Coverage for 2014- available online

    Large Group Updates

    • 2014 Large Group sales guide now available
    • Reminder about Employer Shared Responsibility

    January 29, 2014 

    Update

    • Heritage Signature Network update in Spokane
    • Provider search tool update

     January, 2014 

    General Updates

    • Pharmacy prior authorization changes for metallic plans

    Individual Updates

    • A message from John Mychalishyn
    • Helping Individual members better understand their health plan
    • Value with Individual Bronze plans

    Small Group Updates

    • New web page for personal funding accounts

    Large Group Updates

    • Don't forget about the new pharmacy rebate option for your self-funded clients

    December 23, 2013 

    • Washington extends Individual deadline for paying premiums
    • Contract updates mailed to grandfathered Individual subscribers
    • Changes to the allowed amount definition
    • Foster children are now eligible

    December 13, 2013 

    • An agency agreement addendum is on the way
    • Individual members receive a letter about networks
    • Last date approaching for January Individual enrollment

    December 5, 2013 

    General Updates

    • Health insurance for all legally married spouses
    • Flexible spending account rule change
    • Help employers navigate through healthcare reform
    • Online tools that give members the help they need
    • Neurodevelopmental therapy benefit
    • Holiday office closure

    Individual Updates

    • Members on grandfathered plans to receive letter
    • Making it easier for you to order materials
    • Post card mailing to non-grandfathered members
    • New individual provider directory posted online

    Small Group Updates

    • Employer toolkit to help your clients launch a successful wellness program

    Large Group Updates

    • New pharmacy rebate option for your self-funded clients

    November 22, 2013 

    • Exchange data transfer leads to subsidy errors
    • Network use of Seattle Children’s Hospital explained

    November 1, 2013 

    General Updates

    • Mailing for Massachusetts member requirements
    • Find out when you need to have a Business Associate Agreement
    • Get the latest on medical policies with our online magazine
    • Helping members through our news blog and social media

    Individual Updates

    • New additions to the provider network
    • Rate updates
    • Go Blue - campaign launch
    • Plans that offer built-in benefits with value
    • Differences between enrolling directly through us or through WAHealthplanfinder
    • Information about our dental plans
    • Helping make sense of healthcare reform
    • Understanding premium subsidies and more
    • Get answers to your questions

    Small Group Updates

    • Check out information about our metallic plans here

    Large Group Updates

    • Reminder about our 2014 products

    November 19, 2013 

    • Updates for Individual Plans, Member Mailings and More

    October 1, 2013 

    • New 2014 Medicare Advantage Plans
    • Prior authorization materials to help you and your clients understand how it works
    • Ucentris is now Connexion Insurance Solutions
    • Introducing our new metallic portfolio for Individual plan members
    • Medicare open enrollment starts soon
    • New metallic portfolio with built-in benefits for your clients
    • New minimum value plans to help large employer groups with the changes ahead

    September 30, 2013 

    • New Small Group Plans Built with Small Business in Mind

    September 17, 2013 

    • Get Active – EveryMove

    September 13, 2013 

    • New Individual Plans for 2014

    September 3, 2013 

    • Helping Make this Transition Easy for Members

    August 29, 2013 

    • Introducing Our New Bulletin

    August 26, 2013 

    • 'Innovation Collaborative' Teams Premera with Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research
    • NEW! “Health Plan Basics” Offers the Latest on Healthcare Reform and a Helpful Video to Share with Your Clients
    • Teaming with Walgreens to Help Customers Navigate Healthcare Reform
    • Federal Healthcare Reform Update: Large Group Shared Responsibility Penalty and Reporting Requirements Delayed Until 2015
    • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund Fees Begin for Group Plans
    • 2014 Individual & Family Product Road Shows
    • Washington Health Benefit Exchange
    • Reminder: Prior Authorization Begins for 51+ Groups Starting September 1
    • Cost Sharing Policy for Colonoscopy Procedures
    • “Find A Doctor” Tool Provides Out-of-Pocket Cost Estimates
    • Creditable Coverage Testing for Prescription Drug Plans
    • Agency Agreement Update Issued in August
    • Service Excellence: 2013 Second Quarter Results
    • Labor Day Holiday Office Closure
    • Upcoming Industry Events

    July 26, 2013 

    • Change is Coming

    July 5, 2013 

    • Premera Blue Cross Announces ACA Individual Product Training Dates

    July 3, 2013 

    • Gubby Barlow Chairs 2013 Heart & Stroke Walk
    • Washington Business Magazine Highlights Premera’s Focus on Wellness
    • 2012 Annual Report
    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • Insurance Producer Training and Certification Schedule Announced
    • Washington Health Benefit Exchange
    • Additional Preventive Benefits Began June 1
    • New Maternity and Newborn Programs
    • Medical Policies at Premera.com
    • Help Your Employer Clients Keep Member Records Current
    • Independence Day Holiday Office Closure

    June 21, 2013 

    • Prior Authorization Options for Self-Funded Groups

    June 10, 2013 

    • Premera Blue Cross Announces 2014 Individual Producer Commissions

    June 7, 2013 

    • Prior Authorization: Safety and Cost Management

    May, 2013 

    • Premera’s Global Outcomes Contracting Recognized in Forbes
    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • Washington Health Benefit Exchange
    • Premera Begins Collecting Certain ACA Taxes & Fees for 51+ Groups
    • Benefit Selection Report Ensures Smooth Enrollment or Renewal for Large Groups
    • USAble Life Update: Improved Group Sales Coordination
    • Mike Bergstaesser Retires from Premera
    • Staff Updates
    • Service Excellence: 2013 Q1 Results
    • Helpful Hints for Customer Service Authorizations and Appeals
    • Drug List Updates
    • Express Scripts Home Delivery Packaging: Different Appearance, Same Medication
    • Medigap Policy Guide Required with All Medicare Supplement Applications
    • 12-Month Medical Exclusionary Period for Re-Enrollment Removed
    • Premera Recognizes its Outstanding Sales & Marketing Employees
    • Independence Day Holiday Office Closure
    • Upcoming Industry Events

    May 8, 2013 

    • Products and Rates Filed for 2014

    March 29, 2013 

    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • Washington Health Benefit Exchange
    • Staff Updates
    • Medical Policy Updates
    • Medication Safety: Controlled Substance Utilization Service
    • Pharmacy Discount Program Offers Solution for ACA-Required Drug Coverage
    • USAble Life Update
    • Service Excellence: 2012 Year-End Results
    • Upcoming Industry Event

    February 22, 2013 

    • Washington State Legislative Update
    • Washington Health Benefit Exchange – “Washington Healthplan Finder”
    • New, Improved Member EOBs
    • Premera Customer Service Employees Receive World Class Certification
    • Premera.com – Fresh, New Look
    • Take a Tour of the Secure Member Website
    • Premera Mobile App for Windows 8 and Kindle Fire Now Available
    • Endorsement Mailing for Individual Members
    • Reminder: New Individual & Family Application in Use
    • Gubby Barlow Serves as 2013 Heart Walk Chair
    • Premera Hosts Diabetes Day 2013
    • Employer Requirement: Annual CMS Notification for Creditable Medicare Drug Coverage
    • Get Up to Speed with USAble Life
    • Upcoming Industry Event