MagnaCare Announces Collaboration with BeaconLBS to Help Physicians Select Laboratory Tests that Can Improve Patient Care and Reduce Costs

BeaconLBS logoNEW YORK, March 13, 2019 – MagnaCare, a leader in health plan management services, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with BeaconLBS, a leader in point-of-care decision support technology, to bring the BeaconLBS’ Physician Decision Support® (PDS) solution to its network of physician and laboratory providers. MagnaCare will leverage the PDS technology to provide physicians with a critical tool to help improve the cost and quality of lab testing and help ensure that MagnaCare members continue to have timely, cost-effective access to the care they require.  BeaconLBS is the largest laboratory benefit management company with point-of-care decision support technology in the U.S., servicing over eight million members in 50 states.

With new advances in laboratory testing, especially for genetic tests, clinicians often find it challenging to select the right tests for their patients. Recent estimates suggest that between 20–25% of genetic tests ordered by physicians are inappropriate for patients’ conditions, resulting in unnecessary costs and delays in care. The BeaconLBS PDS technology interfaces with electronic health records and lab ordering systems, providing physicians with convenient access to evidence-based guidelines along with price transparency, supporting their selection of the most appropriate test and laboratory facility for each patient.

“By optimizing lab ordering for genetic and molecular testing, physicians can order tests with greater confidence,” said Dr. Bartley Bryt, Chief Medical Officer for MagnaCare. “They can order the most appropriate test for the patient and from a lab that has passed a set of high quality indicators for that test. The BeaconLBS PDS platform will also help us reduce costs for our clients and members and provide better care for patients through faster and more accurate testing. The BeaconLBS PDS platform is another example of how MagnaCare is constantly innovating to lower costs and improve care.”

BeaconLBS provides physicians throughout the country with decision support tools to help them make better decisions, improve quality, and lower costs through the selection of the right test for their patients. Physicians who use the BeaconLBS PDS platform have improved test referrals to high quality labs by up to 28%, improved test selection quality by up to 61%, and lowered patient out-of-pocket costs by up to 59%

“BeaconLBS is committed to supporting physicians in the test and laboratory facility selection process with our unique point-of-care technology platform,” said Paul Conlin, President, BeaconLBS. “One of our technology platform’s many strengths is its compatibility with existing lab ordering technologies. We look forward to working with MagnaCare’s extensive network of providers and its members to improve the quality and affordability of advanced laboratory testing.”

MagnaCare plans to begin making the BeaconLBS PDS solution available to its network of providers later this year.

About MagnaCare
For more than 25 years, MagnaCare has been building health communities together with Taft-Hartley funds, TPAs, carriers, and worker’s compensation and no-fault payors in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut tri-state area. Its broad, wholly owned network, full health plan management services, comprehensive in-house medical management, and leading outcomes-based casualty solutions offer the ultimate flexibility and customization that help customers control health care costs, improve health, and achieve exceptional value. MagnaCare is a division of Brighton Health Plan Solutions, LLC.

About BeaconLBS
BeaconLBS, a wholly owned subsidiary of LabCorp (NYSE: LH), is the largest laboratory benefit management company with point-of-care decision support technology in the U.S., servicing over eight million members in 50 states.  Its modern laboratory decision support technology is conveniently available to physicians through existing office EHR and lab ordering workflows.

MEDIA CONTACT: Emily Bell, MagnaCare, (212) 784-5704, [email protected]

Technology contributes to health plan satisfaction

Mobile app technology
MagnaCare’s mobile app improves the member experience

According to a new JD Power consumer study, advanced technology platforms can improve health plan performance for payors. They play a key role in health plan member satisfaction.

To improve the customer experience, MagnaCare has recently rolled out a new service technology platform that offers:

  • Easier navigation
  • Self-service tools that allow members to manage their health plan benefits
  • Explanation of Benefits (EOBs) that are color-coded and easier to understand

The new service platform, powered by Create® technology, improves how members interact with their MagnaCare or Create health plans.

MagnaCare members who have migrated to the new service platform prefer the user-friendly portal. The mobile app gives them anywhere, anytime access to their health plan information, including their ID card.

“Our members couldn’t be happier with the new mobile app,” adds Michael Smith, President of Local 810, which has recently migrated to MagnaCare’s new service platform. “It is receiving widespread accolades.”

Contact your MagnaCare account manager or [email protected] to find out more about improving your member satisfaction using our new service technology platform.

MagnaCare Launches New Opioid Oversight Program

The initiative will assist plan sponsors in creating safer, more productive workplaces

Opioid Oversight ProgramNEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2019MagnaCare, a leader in health plan management services, announced today a new Opioid Oversight Program that aims to help labor organizations account for their workers’ safety and productivity, while also reducing associated costs. MagnaCare developed the unique program in response to the staggering rates of opioid abuse occurring nationwide and to address the epidemic’s devastating impact on the workplace.

While it is often assumed that opioids primarily affect young people, opioid misuse and related deaths occur most frequently within the working age population — those between ages 25 and 54. As a result, workplaces across the nation are facing significant safety and work quality challenges. Overuse of opioids also contributes to additional health care costs that severely burden employers and plan sponsors, both of whom already pay annual premiums of over $18,000 per employee for employer-sponsored family health coverage. While plan sponsors are heavily burdened by opioid abuse, they are also uniquely positioned to respond to the crisis.

“MagnaCare’s new Opioid Oversight Program comes at a time of great need — a time when Americans consume 75 percent of the world’s opioid supply, despite making up just five percent of the world’s population,” said Michelle Zettergren, President of MagnaCare. “The disastrous impact of our country’s opioid epidemic has serious implications for the work environment, making it critical for employers and plan sponsors to take any steps they can to ensure the safety of their employees and members in the workplace. The Opioid Oversight Program will help plan sponsors in executing this important goal.”

The Opioid Oversight Program will help plan sponsors better regulate opioid use among plan members, thereby increasing workplace safety and members’ quality of life, all while reducing the burden of medical and pharmacy costs. Since most opioid addictions stem from medical prescriptions for pain relief, employers and plan sponsors have the ability to leverage their access to members’ pharmacy and medical data, as well as observation of workplace behavior, to identify and respond to potential opioid abuse.

“MagnaCare’s Opioid Oversight Program, the first of its kind, recognizes the differences between new opioid users and those who have been on long-term opioid treatment for pain management, and is uniquely tailored to address their distinct needs,” said Dr. A. Bartley Bryt, Chief Medical Officer. “For new users, this means early intervention that helps them avoid addiction, while for long-term users, the program focuses on providing a structured support system to help individuals manage the conditions leading to opioid use and misuse.”

The Opioid Oversight Program goes beyond just providing support. It also works with plan sponsors and contracted pharmacies to notify them when a member fills multiple opioid prescriptions written by different doctors, implements a medical review process before enabling refills, and monitors prescriptions and dosages to help support physician-directed intervention programs.

The program is already being rolled out to plan sponsors for implementation. For more information visit: www.magnacare.com

About MagnaCare

For more than 25 years, MagnaCare has been building health communities together with Taft-Hartley funds, TPAs, carriers, and worker’s compensation and no-fault payors in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut tri-state area. Its broad, wholly owned network, full health plan management services, comprehensive in-house medical management, and leading outcomes-based casualty solutions offer the ultimate flexibility and customization that help customers control health care costs, improve health, and achieve exceptional value. MagnaCare is a division of Brighton Health Plan Solutions, LLC.

 

Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers (PRI) Renews Exclusive Agreement with MagnaCare

ROSLYN, NY, August 7, 2018Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers (“PRI”), the second largest admitted medical malpractice insurer in New York State, today announced the renewal of a cooperative agreement, first established in 1998, with MagnaCare, a leading full-service health plan administrator based in New York. Under the agreement, full-time physicians associated with MagnaCare will receive a 7 percent discount off their malpractice premiums.

MagnaCare offers a range of services and access to a proprietary provider network of nearly 130,000 individually contracted physicians, hospitals, and healthcare providers.

“MagnaCare is known in New York State for being a trusted resource to patients and medical professionals alike,” said Bruce Shulan, CEO of PRIMMA, PRI’s wholly owned Attorney-in-Fact. “Their valuable partnership enables MagnaCare member physicians and medical facilities to offer more options to their patients. We have partnered with them for 20 years, and look forward to many more.”

In addition to the 7 percent discount, qualified medical professionals could be eligible for other discounts as well, including:

  • 10-Year Claims Free Discount: 12 percent
  • 5-Year Claims Free Discount: 7.5 percent
  • Risk Management Discount: 5 percent
  • No Consent Discount: 5 percent
  • Annual Pre-Pay Discount: 2 percent

MagnaCare-associated physicians who meet all of the above qualifications could receive discounts up to 31 percent on their premiums.

About MagnaCare

For more than 25 years, MagnaCare has provided innovative health care solutions to Taft-Hartley funds, TPAs, carriers, and workers’ compensation and no-fault payors in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut tri-state area. Its broad and wholly owned network, full plan management services, comprehensive in-house medical management, and leading outcomes-based casualty solutions offer the ultimate flexibility and customization that help customers control health care costs, improve health, and achieve exceptional value. MagnaCare is a division of Brighton Health Plan Solutions, LLC.

 

Brighton Health Plan Solutions and its CEO Simeon Schindelman receive Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards, recognizing multiple achievements in transforming the region’s health care system

Stevies Gold AwardNEW YORK, NY, May 03, 2018Brighton Health Plan Solutions, a leading health care enablement company, today announced it was honored with five Stevie® Awards in the 16th Annual American Business Awards:

  • Gold for Brighton Health Plan Solutions: Medium Sized Company of the Year – Health Products & Services
  • Silver for Simeon Schindelman: Executive of the Year – Health Products & Services
  • Silver for Create®: Founding Team of the Year – Consumer Products Industries
  • Silver for Create®: Best Marketing or Sales Brochure or Kit – Print
  • Bronze for Create®: Health & Pharmaceuticals – Product

“I am honored that we were recognized with not one, but five Stevie Awards,” said Simeon Schindelman, CEO of Brighton Health Plan Solutions. “These wins reflect our incredible team’s passionate commitment to transforming health care. Through our products, we are aligning the interests of families, health care providers, and health plan sponsors to reduce medical cost, improve health care quality, and increase consumer satisfaction with the health care system.  It’s bold, it’s important, and it’s happening now.”

The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The awards reflect Brighton Health Plan Solutions’ pioneering contributions to how health care is accessed and delivered throughout the New York tri-state area. In 2017, under Simeon Schindelman’s leadership, the company launched its latest innovation, Create®, which combines a proprietary online technology platform with a competitive provider marketplace for commercial, labor, and public sector health plan sponsors. Leveraging Mr. Schindelman’s deep industry expertise, Create has established partnerships with leading health systems, including Mount Sinai Health System and Long Island Health Network in New York, and Hackensack Meridian Health, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Jersey.

Judges acknowledged Brighton Health Plan Solutions as a company that is “creating efficiencies in the market by working with businesses across the health care value chain” and “bringing real-life solutions to patients, doctors, and plan sponsors across the tri-state area.” Additionally, Mr. Schindelman was applauded for his “extensive health plan operations experience” and “demonstrated unique and visionary leadership.”

“The nominations submitted for the 2018 American Business Awards were outstanding. The competition was intense, and those recognized as Stevie Award winners should be immensely proud of this accomplishment,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.

This year, the total number of nominations exceeded 3,700 from organizations of all sizes across industries. More than 200 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners. For more information about The American Business Awards and the list of 2018 Stevie winners, visit: www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

About Brighton Health Plan Solutions
Headquartered in New York City, Brighton Health Plan Solutions (BHPS) is an innovative health care enablement company with several industry-leading brands, including Create and MagnaCare – all on a mission to deliver better health care at lower cost. We believe aligning the interests of our partners through exceptional health care products and services will fundamentally transform how health care is accessed and delivered.

BHPS, a division of Brighton Health Group, serves commercial and labor plan sponsors, health plans, health care providers, and other stakeholders.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com

MEDIA CONTACT: Anna Clark, (212) 784-5715, [email protected]

Brighton Health Plan Solutions Appoints President of Labor and Public Sector

Long-time Labor Industry Leader Michelle Zettergren Joins Company’s Senior Leadership Team

Michelle ZettergrenNEW YORK, Oct. 19, 2017 ‒ Brighton Health Plan Solutions (BHPS), a leading health plan management company, today announced that Michelle Zettergren has been appointed President, Labor and Public Sector to build on the company’s long-standing leadership in bringing to market innovative health plan solutions, including MagnaCare. Zettergren brings with her almost two decades of experience in the health care industry and an impressive career focused on the customer experience.

As President, Labor and Public Sector, Zettergren will lead all sales, account management, and business development activities for the labor and public sector of BHPS. Among her primary responsibilities, she will ensure that MagnaCare continues to serve the needs of labor and public sector clients.

“We are thrilled to add Michelle to our senior leadership team as we work to expand our already-strong presence in the labor market and build a thriving public sector presence,” said Simeon Schindelman, CEO of BHPS. “Michelle’s past industry success illustrates her dedication to establishing strong relationships with union leaders and putting the needs of her clients first. Her unique expertise, coupled with her well-rounded industry knowledge, will greatly support our goals of reinventing the health benefits space, improving quality of care, and strengthening doctor-patient relationships.”

Previously, Zettergren served as Chief Sales Officer at HPOne, where she led sales, new business development, and market positioning. Zettergren also spent over 10 years at Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield in various leadership roles, managing public sector sales and underwriting. Michelle completed labor relations training with the University of Connecticut’s Office of Labor Relations and participated in numerous labor negotiations, serving as an expert witness in several arbitration and mediation labor disputes. Additionally, she is a former board member of the Third Party Administrators Association of America (TPAAA).

“I’m fortunate to join an incredibly talented team at Brighton Health Plan Solutions and support its mission to preserve the future of health care benefits for working people – something I’ve dedicated my career to achieving,” said Zettergren. “Brighton Health Plan Solutions has a fantastic reputation in offering high-quality, innovative products customers want, like MagnaCare and its newly launched Create®, a first-of-its-kind marketplace of health systems and service platform. I’m excited to bring these products to labor and public sector customers.”

About Brighton Health Plan Solutions

Headquartered in New York City, Brighton Health Plan Solutions (BHPS) is an innovative health care enablement company with several industry-leading brands, including Create, MagnaCare, and Brighton Casualty Solutions – all on a mission to deliver better health care at lower cost. We believe aligning the interests of our partners through exceptional health care products and services will fundamentally transform how health care is accessed and delivered.

BHPS, a division of Brighton Health Group, serves commercial and labor plan sponsors, health plans, health care providers, and other stakeholders.

MEDIA CONTACT: Anna Clark, (212) 784-5715, [email protected]