Sutter Health Plus News & Trends

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2017 Large Group View from the Top

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in News

Rob Carnaroli, Sutter Health Plus Vice President of Sales, was recently interviewed for an article published in the November 2017 issue of California Broker. The following are his responses. You can read the full article here.

What are some major trends affecting large groups?

Millennials are the largest generation in the labor force today. Attracting and retaining quality talent from this pool is changing how we think about employee benefits. Even the way employers communicate with employees is changing—from social media to text messaging, information should be instantly accessible from a smartphone.

Employers are also looking to give employees access to care beyond the traditional primary care office setting. For example, we’re seeing on-site clinics and retail clinics gaining popularity. While telehealth hasn’t taken off like many expected, it remains a viable option for seeking convenient medical care. Read More

Sutter Health Plus Expands to Santa Cruz County

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Access, Affordability, Feature, News

Expansion brings health plan’s provider network to 30 hospitals, eight walk-in care facilities, 45 urgent care centers and over 5,000 physicians

Sutter Health Plus, a not-for-profit HMO affiliated with Sutter Health, announces the expansion of its health care coverage to employers and consumers in Santa Cruz County with coverage available effective Jan. 1, 2018.

“Sutter Health Plus’ number one priority is to provide access to high-quality care. It’s exciting to bring new health plan options to employers and consumers in Santa Cruz County,” said Phil Jackson, CEO of Health Plan Products, Sutter Health. “The expansion complements our Bay Area provider network and also benefits consumers in the South Bay who live or work in Santa Cruz County.” Read More

Six Frequently Asked Questions From Your Employees During Open Enrollment

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in News

In this article published Nov. 6, 2017 in the Sacramento Business Journal, Sutter Health Plus Vice President of Sales Rob Carnaroli shares his insight on how HR professionals and executives can prepare for open enrollment.

Open enrollment is a busy time for HR teams serving as the frontline to help employees understand their options and make important benefit decisions for themselves and their families. HR professionals and executives can prepare for open enrollment with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. Read More

Sutter Health Plus Network Hospitals Earn Awards for Patient Safety

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Quality

Hospitals in the Sutter Health Plus network received top honors—“A” grades”—for patient safety in The Leapfrog Group®’s fall 2017 Hospital Safety Grades.

More than 2,600 hospitals nationwide participate in Leapfrog’s twice-yearly Hospital Safety Grade program, which grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The letter grades are calculated from 27 evidence-based national hospital safety measures. Read More

Sutter Health Plus Plans Expansion to Santa Cruz County

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Access, News

Sutter Health Plus, a not-for-profit HMO affiliated with Sutter Health, today announced plans to offer health care coverage to employers and consumers in Santa Cruz County. The health plan will begin its sales and marketing efforts now with coverage effective as early as Jan. 1, 2018, pending regulatory approval.

“It’s exciting to give employers and consumers in Santa Cruz County new health plan options and ways to access high-quality care. The expansion will complement our Bay Area provider network and will also benefit consumers in the South Bay who live or work in Santa Cruz County,” says Phil Jackson, Sutter Health’s CEO of Health Plan Products.  Read More

Sutter Health Plus Network Physician Organizations Earn Awards for Quality, Patient Experience

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Quality

Physician organizations in the Sutter Health Plus network received awards from the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a renowned industry leadership group in California. Seven of those awards recognize excellence in clinical quality and/or patient-centered care. Read More

Three Keys to Simplifying Benefit Plans

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in News

In this article published Sept. 22, 2017 in Employee Benefit Adviser, Sutter Health Plus Vice President of Sales Rob Carnaroli outlines a few key ideas to help benefit advisers keep things simple.

It’s no easy task serving as a benefit expert in today’s complex and ever-changing healthcare environment. As a benefit adviser, your clients expect you to have all the answers and the tools needed to help them understand a variety of benefit plans—and then explain it in even simpler terms to employees.

Here are a few key ideas to help benefit advisers keep things simple. Read More