Sutter Health Plus News & Trends

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The top benefits of choosing an HMO

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Access, Affordability, Quality

Sutter_Health_Plus_Rob_Carnaroli_6x9_7606In this article published on October 20, 2016 in the Sacramento Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times, Rob Carnaroli, vice president of Sales, Sutter Health Plus, discusses the top advantages of selecting an HMO during open enrollment.

When preferred provider organizations (PPOs) first became an option in the 1970s, many people enrolled for the flexibility in selecting providers of their choice — even if it cost more. Since that time, there has been a shift in the industry as HMOs gained popularity. By January 2016, more than 92 million Americans were enrolled in an HMO plan, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Employers and employees select HMOs over PPOs due to lower costs and high care coordination. Take a moment to read about just a few of the top advantages of selecting an HMO. Read More

Sutter Health Plus Advises Three Employer Takeaways for Open Enrollment 2017

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Affordability, Quality

More than 150 million Americans get their health coverage through employers, according to The Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research & Educational Trust 18th annual Employer Health Benefits Survey (September 2016).

This annual survey of employers provides a detailed look at trends in employer-sponsored health coverage including premiums, employee contributions, cost-sharing provisions, and employer opinions. Overall 56 percent of employers offered health benefits to their workers in 2016.

Sutter Health Plus, a not-for-profit HMO affiliated with Sutter Health, offers a few effective ways for employer groups to manage the complex benefit selection process during open enrollment season.

Here are three takeaways for employers as deadlines approach for open enrollment 2017: Read More

Sutter Health Remains Committed to Growing its HMO

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Affordability

Sutter Health Plus anticipates another strong year

As Sutter Health Plus gears up for another busy open enrollment season, the not-for-profit HMO continues to exceed membership targets and is expected to end the year with 48,000 members. In fact, in 2015 the health plan experienced a 260 percent growth rate. Customer renewals are strong—at over 90 percent.

Sutter Health is pleased with the growth and geographic expansion of Sutter Health Plus, and the not-for-profit network remains committed to growing its health plan. Sutter Health Plus aligns with Sutter Health’s overall mission of providing communities with affordable access to high-quality care.

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A Must-Have Checklist for Open Enrollment That Every Employer Needs

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Affordability

 In this article published on September 8, 2016 in California Broker Magazine, Rob Carnaroli, vice president of Sales, Sutter Health Plus, discusses how brokers can help employers prepare for a smooth open enrollment process.  Sutter_Health_Plus_Rob_Carnaroli_6x9_7606

Open enrollment is fast approaching for many employers. Advance preparation can make the difference between a positive experience and one that frustrates you, your clients and their employees. As a broker, you can help your clients with a smooth and hassle-free process by addressing a number of important items:

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U.S. News & World Report Names Sutter Health Plus Network Hospitals Among Best in California

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Quality

Six hospitals within the Sutter Health Plus network achieved recognition today as among the best hospitals in California for 2016-17 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual rankings rate top hospitals in the state and in major metropolitan regions, as well as top hospitals according to their performance across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions.

Sutter Health Plus network hospitals recognized among the top 50 in the state and top 10 in their metro area include:

San Francisco metro area

  • California Pacific Medical Center
  • Mills-Peninsula Health Services
  • Sequoia Hospital (Redwood City)

Sacramento metro area

  • Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
  • Sutter Roseville Medical Center

San Jose metro area

  • El Camino Hospital

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Five Top Employee Benefits Questions and How to Answer Them

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Access, Affordability

In this article originally published on June 24, 2016 in BenefitsPRO, Sutter Health Plus Vice President of Strategic Sales and Marketing Monica Majors discusses the five top-of-mind employer benefit issues and how to respond to them effectively.  

Legislative changes continue to markedly affect the health benefits marketplace. Employers and their workers face challenges on a number of fronts. Along with those challenges come questions that range from current and future requirements of health care reform, to providing adequate plan coverage that serves employees well.

By understanding the top-of-mind employer benefit issues and responding to them appropriately and effectively, brokers and advisors can better serve existing clients, attract new ones, and help employees protect themselves and their families going forward. Read More

Eight Reasons Small Businesses May Benefit from Working with an Insurance Broker

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Affordability

In this article published on June 16, 2016 in the Sacramento Business Journal, Sutter Health Plus Vice President of Strategic Sales and Marketing Monica Majors discusses eight reasons small-business owners may benefit from working with an insurance broker.

Small-business owners take on multiple roles in their companies out of necessity, but being a health plan expert doesn’t need to be one of them.

In order to maximize employee benefits, minimize costs and administrative work, and get help understanding the complexities of health care regulations, many small-business owners look to the expertise of a qualified health insurance broker.

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