Spring 2021 Issue

Data Interoperability is Here: Threat or Opportunity? It’s Your Choice!

Physicians and health plans will soon be sharing data electronically with patients and each other

By Shawna Bertalot, CIC, ACI – WisMed Assure President

During a webinar presented by OnRamp Healthcare and Onyx Health titled “CMS Blue Button: Physician scoring – kick start your awareness”, Mark Scrimshire, Onyx Chief Interoperability Officer, said, “Consumers will have control of their data and therefor their healthcare – there is nothing to stop them from giving their data to an organization that has the goal of determining the actual cost of care.”

He also said, “If you don’t get in the game, you won’t be in the business.”

That’s one point of view. Here’s another; as value-based care plays an ever-larger role in how you are paid, interoperability will allow you to query health plans quick and easily for patient coverage data and the information you need to provide best care possible.

One thing is for sure; the more you know about Blue Button 2.0 and the impact it will have on your ability to succeed in your career, the better off you will be. To get the jump on this, to “get in the game”, make sure you plan to attend this year’s OnRamp Healthcare virtual conference on August 19th. See the article below for more information and to register.

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Term Life Insurance Is All the Same… Or Is It?

By Tom Strangstalien, Insurance Advisor

Kelly had just suffered a life- threatening stroke at 57 years old. Her prognosis was uncertain, and at the very least she was looking at months of recovery. She took comfort in the fact that she had purchased a one-million-dollar term life insurance policy when she was 37 years old to protect her family and to leave a lasting legacy.

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Tax Season is the Best Season to Take Care of Your Finances

By Mark Ziety, CFP®, AIF®, senior advisor, WisMed Financial

If you want to get ahead and stay ahead when it comes to taking full advantage of all your financial opportunities, consider these tips:

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Be Aware – COBRA and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

By:  Chris Noffke, GBDS, VP of Employee Benefits

I have been keeping my finger on the pulse of all thing’s related to employee benefits and this is one I find very important for you all to know, especially for employers who qualify for COBRA coverage (have 20 or more employees).

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Ins and Outs of Property Insurance

By: Laura Heil Kinart – Account Director

Have you ever wondered…

  • What your retroactive date actually is?
  • What’s the difference between Claims Made and Occurrence? 
  • What Directors and Officers Insurance is… and if your practice needs it?

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How to Get Super Quick Life Insurance

By David Serena, Insurance Advisor

If you’re one of those busy Residents who wants to purchase life insurance but just can’t find the time, there is a new program just for you.

The program is called “Bestow”, a word similar in meaning to “awarding” or “honoring” someone with something. In this case, you are honoring someone you love by insuring your life.

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The Leading Conference for Healthcare Innovation

August 19, 2021| Virtual

The OnRamp Healthcare Conference brings together corporations, investors, startups and members of the health care team. The conference highlights innovations disrupting health care and the future of medicine, the health care leaders making such innovations possible and how new technologies and business models will reinvent the industry. Determined to lower cost, increase access and improve outcomes, OnRamp Healthcare is for anyone striving to change healthcare for the better.

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New Faces

Here at WisMed Assure we pride ourselves on creating a sense of family for all of our team. And, what better way to celebrate family than adding new members!

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