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  • Empowering Plans: P93 - Behind the Scenes – Town Halls, Nominees & Medicare-for-All
    October 19, 2020
    In this episode of the Empowering Plans podcast, Ron Peck and Brady Bizarro take you behind the scenes, avoiding the bright lights of presidential town halls and Supreme Court confirmation hearings. What is really going on? Is Medicare-for-All still a threat? Where is the Trump administration’s healthcare plan? How will a potential Justice Amy Cony Barrett rule on the Affordable Care Act case? Tune in to find out!
  • Empowering Plans: P92 - Healthcare on Stage & COVID-19 in the White House
    October 13, 2020
    In this episode, Ron Peck and Brady Bizarro guide you through a chaotic week for healthcare news. What did we learn (if anything) from the first presidential debate? With COVID-19 infecting the President and much of the West Wing, what can we learn from the President’s experimental treatment? Would self-funded plans cover this treatment? What impact could all of this have on the Affordable Care Act lawsuit? Join us to find out!
  • Empowering Plans: P91 - The Pandemic & The Employer Mandate
    September 24, 2020
    In this episode of the Empowering Plans podcast, Brady Bizarro is joined by Kelly Dempsey to discuss a particularly damaging impact of the pandemic that does not get much media attention: with many businesses forced to operate at reduced capacity, they still have to comply with the ACA's employer mandate. That can be very burdensome given falling revenues. What can be done by the regulators and by Congress? Find out in our latest podcast.
  • Empowering Plans: P90 - IRS Notice 2020-29, COVID-19 and Cafeteria Plans: Self-Funded Plans Beware!
    September 15, 2020
    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about an unprecedented wave of federal legislation in a short period of time specifically aimed at regulating employer-sponsored group health plan coverage. Similarly, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has followed suit and released several formal Notices aimed at extending COVID-19 relief options to cafeteria plans. In the most recent notice issued by the IRS, however, IRS Notice 2020-29, there are certain provisions that impact employer-sponsored coverage. If adopted by a cafeteria plan sponsor that also sponsors a self-funded health plan, these provisions can result in significant cost liability for the plan and create issues for stop-loss reimbursement.
  • Empowering Plans: P89 - Healthcare Policy at the DNC/RNC
    September 2, 2020
    In this episode of Empowering Plans, Ron and Brady assess what we learned from the candidates on healthcare policy at the virtual Democratic and Republican national conventions. Over the course of two weeks, both parties showcased their platforms; one focused heavily on restoring the Affordable Care Act and a nationwide COVID-19 response, and the other on lowering prescription drug prices and covering all pre-existing conditions. What can our industry learn from the talking points? Join us as we cover all the angles and discuss what comes next as the presidential election draws ever closer.
  • Empowering Plans: P88 - SCOTUS & HHS – ICYMI
    August 3, 2020
    In this episode of the Empowering Plans podcast, Jen and Nick discuss significant developments in nondiscrimination regulations, and the implications for those in the self-funding industry. They talk through the evolution of Section 1557 of the ACA, the new final rule issued by HHS, the Supreme Court’s recent decision on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the looming legal challenges as the health care field attempts to reconcile what we’re hearing from the Supreme Court and HHS. They piece together what all this means for employer-sponsored plans, and offer some advice as to how employers and plans should respond.
  • Empowering Plans: P87 - COVID-19’s Catch-22
    July 23, 2020
    In this episode of the Empowering Plans podcast, Ron and Brady discuss a Catch-22 emerging in the midst of the global pandemic - as more government intervention is needed to deal with COVID-19, calls for a public option and Medicare for All grow louder. Join them as they discuss this issue and other looming threats to the industry; from uncertainty over the ACA and out of control drug prices to the disruption of employment-based health insurance.
  • Empowering Plans: P86 - COVID, Floyd, and the Fight for Social Justice
    July 17, 2020
    In this special episode, Ron and Brady address recent events that has altered the world as we knew it in a matter of months, and in one notable case, in one day. The emergence of Covid-19, the resulting mandatory restrictions to daily life, and televised tragic death of Mr. George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, at the hands of law enforcement has altered our collective understanding of security and racial equality in the U.S. In a moment of time that has been compared to the Civil Rights Movement, our very own Philip Qualo, Chairperson of the Phia Diversity Inclusion Committee, joins us to provide his perspective on these issues and the importance for Americans to unite in the face of tragedy. For industry leaders who may be uncertain on how to support their workforce in this “cancel culture” era, we also share some of our own internal approaches we have adopted that have not only been well received, but actually celebrated by our staff and the industry as a whole. As racial disparities continue to persist in ...
  • Empowering Plans: P85 - Catching up with the Courts
    July 10, 2020
    Check out Phia Group's latest discussion about recent high-profile court cases that could shape our industry: from requiring hospitals to post their negotiated rates with insurers online to the Trump administration's latest action in the Supreme Court case.
  • Empowering Plans: P84 - Workers' Comp. & COVID-19 - Preparing for an Influx
    June 1, 2020
    In this episode, Brady Bizarro and Jennifer McCormick discuss the impact of COVID-19 on workers' compensation claims. How can we tell if employees were exposed at work? How should employers prepare for an influx in claims? What actions are state legislatures taking across the country to expand workers' compensation benefits for pandemic-related injuries? Our legal experts grapple with these questions and more.
  • Wicked Awesome Wins: Episode 1 – A Million Dollar Start
    May 6, 2020
    Today, we launch a new series harkening to our Boston roots - “Wicked Awesome Wins.” Here, we will showcase our staff and some of their most successful and noteworthy wins on behalf of our clients. Join Ron and Brady as they interview Attorney Robert Martinez and explore a case in which he secured a massive balance bill write-off from a hospital using some creative tactics.
  • Empowering Plans: P83 – Video Conferencing & the Risk to PHI
    April 27, 2020
    In this episode, Ron Peck and Brady Bizarro are joined by consulting attorney Nicholas Bonds. Nick describes the unique concerns facing covered entities and their business associates as more of us utilize video conferencing platforms while under quarantine. What steps should you take to keep PHI safe? Finally, Ron and Brady end on a high note, summarizing some of the positive COVID-19 news that has come of late.
  • Empowering Plans: P82 – COVID-19: Studies on Treatment Costs & Industry Impact
    April 13, 2020
    Join Attorneys Brady Bizarro and Jennifer McCormick as they discuss some of the latest studies on the potential cost of COVID-19 treatment for self-funded plans, the projected impact on employer-sponsored insurance, and how they think this pandemic could change the industry.
  • Empowering Plans: P81 – COVID-19: Provider & State Impact
    March 31, 2020
    In this public health emergency, the federal government is not the only entity taking significant action. Join attorneys Brady Bizarro and Kelly Dempsey as they dive into the unique responses we have seen from individual states and providers while evaluating their impact on the self-funded industry.
  • Empowering Plans: P80 – COVID-19: Latest Updates & Legislation
    March 19, 2020
    In this episode of Empowering Plans, Ron Peck and Brady Bizarro discuss the latest developments related to COVID-19, the impact on the self-funded industry, and review the contours of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which guarantees free coronavirus testing for all Americans as well as an expansion of paid sick days for a subset of workers.
  • Empowering Plans: P79 - COVID-19 Preparedness: What Self-Funded Plans Should Be Doing Right Now
    March 11, 2020
    In this special edition of Empowering Plans, Brady Bizarro and Jennifer McCormick discuss the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Join them for their insight into how you should be preparing, what concerns you should have about your benefits documents, and how to navigate applicable law.
  • Empowering Plans: P78 – Debating the Debates
    March 6, 2020
    In this episode, Ron Peck and Brady Bizarro assess candidates’ (and EX-candidate’s) proposals, and what it all means for our industry.
  • Empowering Plans: P77 – Care Where? Care Everywhere!
    January 31, 2020
    In this episode, Adam and Ron interview industry legend, Ernie Clevenger, regarding CareHere, LLC, the future of consumer-centric medicine, technology – and most importantly – the MyHealthGuide newsletter!
  • Empowering Plans: P76 – Taking the Stage in 2020
    January 24, 2020
    In this episode, Ron Peck and Brady Bizarro discuss the first Democratic debate of 2020 and the latest ruling from a federal appeals court on Obamacare. Time could be running out, both for the ACA and for the candidates for president. You do not want to miss our take on these issues and more!
  • Empowering Plans: P75 – Free Health Benefits at Phia
    January 3, 2020
    We finally did it! Join Adam Russo and Ron Peck as they discuss the different tactics used to offer Phia's employees FREE health benefits! This is not a podcast that you can afford to miss.
  • Empowering Plans: P74 – Medicare Podcast for All!
    December 19, 2019
    This is it! This is it! Ron and Brady pick apart Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare-for-All proposal, and the concept as a whole; the good, the bad, and the really bad. You can’t afford to ignore this one.
  • Empowering Plans: P73 – Preparing Your Plan Document for 2020
    December 11, 2019
    The Phia Group’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Ron E. Peck, and Senior Vice President of Consulting, Jen McCormick, sit down to discuss the top-rated topic chosen by Phia’s webinar listeners. Our webinar listeners spoke (hypothetically) and we listened! Make sure you tune in to find out what Ron and Jen have to say about plan documents and learn the do’s and don’ts when it comes to reviewing and updating your plan document in 2020!
  • Empowering Plans: P72 – The Young & The Restless
    November 21, 2019
    Adam Russo and Brady Bizarro sit down with Craig Clemente, Chief Operations Officer at Specialty Care Management and outgoing Chairman of the SIIA Future Leaders Committee, to discuss the future of the committee and the many ways they intend on engaging the younger generation. Make sure you tune in to find out what SIIA has in store for 2020 and beyond.
  • Faces of Phia: Episode 19 – Shauna Makes a Comeback
    November 15, 2019
    Join Adam Russo and Ron Peck as they interview Shauna Mackey, The Phia Group’s Associate General Counsel. Shauna is back in New England after moving to London, and was fortunate to have had private health insurance through her husband’s company, as opposed to utilizing the public healthcare offered to all residents in England. Tune in to learn more about Shauna and her experience with both public and private healthcare throughout her pregnancy and delivery.
  • Faces of Phia: Episode 18 – Battling Balance-Billing
    November 4, 2019
    Join Adam Russo and Ron Peck as they interview Lyneka Hubbert, a Medical Claim Negotiator here at The Phia Group. Lyneka has worked in six different departments throughout her five years at Phia, and has more in store for her future here. Tune in to learn more about Lyneka and her experience with protecting patients from balance bills.
  • Tales From the Plan: Episode 5 – Translating Phia’s Benefit Plan
    October 24, 2019
    Join Adam Russo and Ron Peck as they interview The Phia Group’s Human Resources Manager, Linda Pestana. Learn how Linda was able to navigate our health plan and negotiate with a provider to make her son’s hearing aids affordable. Additionally, Linda discusses another story regarding Phia’s health plan, and how it has completely erased the out-of-pocket expense for a medication another employee previously paid $800.00 a month for.
  • Faces of Phia: Episode 17 – Reminiscing on Memories with Mrs. Marsh
    October 16, 2019
    Join Adam Russo and Ron Peck as they interview Jen Marsh, a dedicated employee that dates back to 2007, when Phia was one-third of the size it is today. Jen turns back time and goes over the past 12 years of her career here at Phia, from where she started as a Case Evaluator, to where she is today as the Client Satisfaction & Quality Control Manager... and you won't believe who used to work for her!
  • Tales From the Plan: Episode 4 - A Vision for Savings
    September 23, 2019
    Join Adam, Pat, and this episode’s guest – Michael Vaz – to hear from a valued employee, whose experience in the industry and as a consumer of healthcare will open your eyes and help you appreciate how much difference a plan can make in a person’s life. Containing costs and rewarding employees – it’s a win-win.
  • Empowering Plans: P71 – Politics! Politics! Politics!
    September 18, 2019
    Brady and Ron do what they do best, say the things you are thinking! This time, they wax poetic about Obamacare, the state of health care versus health insurance, and the political environment as we move toward the 2020 election.
  • Faces of Phia: Episode 16 - Crunching Numbers with Desmond Campbell
    September 4, 2019
    Join Ron Peck as he interviews Desmond Campbell; the man, the myth, the legend. Desmond has spent time crunching numbers over the past 4 years – first for clients, now for The Phia Group. A man with experience elsewhere in the industry, Desmond will share what brought him to The Phia Group, and what keeps him here.
  • Faces of Phia: Episode 15 - The Fine Fan Club!
    August 16, 2019
    In this episode, learn more about the life and background of Andrew Fine, Phia’s Lead Intake Specialist. Listen in as Andrew discusses his family, the fan club behind him, compliance being the number one priority for plans, and the bittersweet nature of the Celtics. Listen in closely, as the former sports analyst might give you some insider tips!
  • Faces of Phia: Episode 14 – The Magical Kingdom!
    August 1, 2019
    In this episode, prepare to be enchanted by Mattie Sesin, our Director of Recovery Services. Like a toad kissed by a princess, her career has transformed – and we invite you to join the journey. Marvel at the tales of family, festivities, and food. Miss this one, and you’ll likely turn into a pumpkin.
  • Tales From the Plan: Episode 3 – Direct & To The Point!
    July 17, 2019
    In this episode of Empower Plans – Tales from the Plan, The Phia Group’s VP of Legal Recovery Services discusses his experiences before and after becoming a happy participant in Direct Primary Care. If you are one of the many people who’ve heard about “DPC” but still wonder how it will be received by the plan participants, tune in.
  • Tales From the Plan: Episode 2 – Mrs Peck, It’s Cancer…
    July 8, 2019
    In this meaningful episode, Ron Peck tells us about his family’s battle against cancer, and lessons we can all learn from their experience. Health benefits play a role in our health and survival. You can’t afford to miss this one.
  • Empowering Plans: P70 – Surprise? Balance Bills!
    June 26, 2019
    With this episode, the guys define surprise balance billing, discuss movements to curb them (at the State and Federal levels), and harass Pat “The Man” Santos as well. Stop reading this description and start listening!
  • Tales From the Plan: Episode 1 – Putting the Benefit in Benefit Plan with Jennifer McCormick
    June 14, 2019
    In our inaugural episode of “Tales from the Plan,” our own Sr. VP of Consulting, Jennifer McCormick, opens up and candidly discusses her own experience as a consumer of healthcare of healthcare and member of The Phia Group’s health plan. Jen is brutally honest, and will make you realize that anyone can be taken advantage of, and anyone can take advantage of, our nation’s healthcare system. This is mandatory listening.
  • Faces of Phia: Episode 13 – Glutton for Punishment
    June 12, 2019
    Amanda Lima celebrates more than 6 years with Phia (most of that time working closely with Adam), by chatting about her time here, the company, and the amazing work she’s doing on our clients’ behalves – delving deeply into matters of excessive and abusive provider billing. This is a topic about which everyone is buzzing, and Amanda has got the dirt!
  • Faces of Phia: Episode 12 – Pat 'the Man' Santos Has Got it In the Bag
    May 7, 2019
    In this groundbreaking episode, Pat 'the Man' Santos – our silent producer, is silent no longer! Listen (if you dare) as he grabs the mic and goes toe to toe with our hosts. Learn of his daring escape from mediocrity, journey of self-awareness, and eventual role with The Phia Group. This is the one you’ve been waiting for. Don’t miss it.
  • Faces of Phia: Episode 11 - Reminiscing with Andrew
    April 17, 2019
    In the latest episode of Faces of Phia, Adam and Ron reminisce on Andrew Silverio's Undergraduate adventure. Tune in for an episode filled with trips down memory lane, international drug importation, and predictions about the future of prescription drugs!
  • Empowering Plans: P69 – A Healthcare Free-for-All
    April 12, 2019
    Join Adam, Ron, and Brady for a healthcare free for all where they tackle the most pressing issues facing our industry, including surprise emergency room bills, drug pricing, medical necessity, and employee incentive programs.
  • Faces of Phia: Episode 10 - Tales From The Lost Filing Room
    April 5, 2019
    In the latest episode of Faces of Phia, Adam and Ron dig up tales from the days of old with future industry leader and veteran employee, Amanda Grogan. Tune in for an episode filled with trips down memory lane, tests of knowledge, and a Rumspringa?
  • Empowering Plans: P68 – Breaking News - Federal Judge Blocks Expansion of AHPs
    March 29, 2019
    Last night, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled that the Department of Labor’s new rules that expanded the sale of association health plans (“AHPs”) violate existing law. Those rules applied to fully-insured AHPs in September 2018, to existing self-funded AHPs in January 2019, and would have permitted new self-funded AHPs on April 1, 2019. If this ruling stands, it will have a significant impact on the self-funded industry. The Phia Group will have extensive analysis of this decision in the coming days. For now, join Adam and Brady as they unpack this 43-page order and discuss what it all means for employers, TPAs, brokers, and the broader industry.
  • Empowering Plans: P67 – Employee Takeover: Self-Funded Health Plans from the Member's POV
    March 26, 2019
    Listen in as The Phia Group’s Marketing & Accounts Manager, Matthew Painten, and Compliance & Regulatory Affairs Consultant, Philip Qualo, dissect Phia’s very own Self-funded health plan. These guys aren’t holding back and you don’t want to miss out on this podcast!
  • Empowering Plans: P66 - Bigger in Texas
    February 28, 2019
    Join The Phia Group’s Ron Peck and Brady Bizarro as they discuss Brady’s recent trip to Austin and presentation at the Texas Association of Benefit Administrators; with a focus on employee engagement, new ideas for cost containment, and an in depth analysis of pending litigation challenging the legality of ObamaCare. Yeah… You’ll want to tune in for this one.
  • Faces of Phia: Episode 9 - Taking Account with Lisa T!
    February 19, 2019
    In this episode of Faces of Phia, Adam and Brady interview the superpowered controller of The Phia Group. From adventures in the Steel City to conquering “nice problems to have,” the team covers it all in this candid discussion.
  • Empowering Plans: P65 - Hail to the Chief!
    February 15, 2019
    In this can’t miss episode of Empowering Plans, Brady and Ron dissect the President’s State of the Union Address, and focus in on how it will impact those of us servicing health benefit plans – and the entire healthcare industry. This one is going to be huge.
  • Faces of Phia: Episode 8 - It’s Tomasz Time!
    February 8, 2019
    Live from Polska – a journey around the world leads to… The Phia Group. Join Adam and Brady as they take a journey through history and across oceans, to share the story of this unsung hero.
  • Empowering Plans: P64 - Hospital Transparency!
    February 5, 2019
    Let’s Escargot & Meet LCARA: In this episode Ron and Brady discuss the new legal compliance and regulatory affairs team (“LCARA”) with team member Philip Qualo, and specifically address recent efforts to promote hospital transparency.
  • Faces of Phia: Episode 7 - Ashley Turco… International Agent of Security!
    January 30, 2019
    In this episode, the crew once again sit down with a valued team member, whose role sit at the crossroads between technology and healthcare. Ensuring that the privacy and security issues hounding all businesses don’t threaten The Phia Group as it leverages technology to better serve its clients, Ashley is unique not only at the company – but industrywide. Listen in to find out why, and what you need to do to get her seal of approval.
  • Empowering Plans: P63 - Touchdown!
    January 25, 2019
    How payers, providers, and those of us who serve them, can work together as a team and achieve a winning plan for the future of healthcare. In this episode, Adam, Ron and Brady, talk about how providers – like plan sponsors – are concerned with the state of things and want to identify what’s wrong, what’s right, and how we can collaborate on a new approach that works for us all, as members of a single industry – healthcare.
Phia Podcasts

Empowering Plans Segment 29 - Disruption or Not?
  February 7, 2018, Podcasts By The Phia Group
In this episode, our hosts discuss the recent announcement that Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan are looking to collaborate on “health care.”  Is this just a new way to supply medical goods, deliver care, or handle the entire exchange (including enrollment and payment)?  How can broker/advisors, plan administrators, and other members of the industry benefit from this change?  And who should be most concerned?  This and more await you in “Empowering Plans.”

Empowering Plans Segment 28 - Game-changers
  January 29, 2018, Podcasts By The Phia Group
This week, our hosts discuss Adam’s recent travels and review events.  We are not alone in our attitudes and desires to change the industry for the better, and now we have proof of that fact!  What ideas and concepts were shared with Adam, and how can we add fuel to the fire?

Empowering Plans Segment 27 - Mandate?  We don’t need no stinking mandate! 
  January 22, 2018, Podcasts By The Phia Group
In this episode, Adam, Ron, and regular co-hose – Brady Bizarro – address the new tax law, elimination of the individual mandate, and how it may impact benefit plans of all types.  In particular, they examine the psyche of low risk lives and ask the all-important question – how do we keep them enrolled without the mandate?

Empowering Plans Segment 26 - Lightning Strikes Twice – Top 2017 Issues Impacting 2018
  January 10, 2018, Podcasts By The Phia Group
In this episode, the “Phia Group Boys” freestyle as they share the issues they felt defined 2017 and are likely to impact 2018.  From taxes to law; partnerships to reform… nothing is safe from their analysis and we all benefit from their warnings!  This is an episode you cannot afford to miss.

Empowering Plans Segment 25 - Breaking Down the GOP Tax Bill and How It Affects You
  December 21, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
In this special edition of the podcast, The Phia Group's CEO Adam Russo and Attorney Brady Bizarro discuss the new GOP tax bill in depth. Specifically, how does the bill affect employers? What does the repeal of the individual mandate mean for the self insured industry and for the future of Obamacare?

Empowering Plans Segment 24 - Protect Your ASA
  December 18, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
In this episode, our hosts (including repeat guest host Vice President of Consulting, Attorney Jennifer McCormick) discuss the rising trend in stop-loss insurance being placed by entities other than the TPA, yet the TPA is held responsible if things go sour.  Listen in to see how everyone can proactively avoid issues from emerging.

Empowering Plans Segment 23 - Plans and Conspiracy
  December 6, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
Bring your tin foil hats, folks!  With today's episode, our hosts (including guest host, VP of Consulting, Attorney Jennifer McCormick) discuss the recent news regarding CVS purchasing Aetna as well as a new opportunity to customize plan document reviews to address different levels of need.

Empowering Plans Segment 22 - The Biggest Threats to Self-Funding: A Lightning Round
  November 21, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
In this episode, The Phia Group’s CEO, Adam Russo, Sr. VP, Ron Peck, and Attorney Brady Bizarro discuss the biggest threats to the self-funded industry. From expanded fiduciary liability to stop-loss denials to a real threat to the ACA’s individual mandate, our experts give their thoughts in a fast-paced discussion.

Empowering Plans Segment 21 - Planning for Stormy Seas Ahead
  November 3, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
In this episode, Adam, Ron, and their guest star – VP of Consulting Jennifer McCormick, Esq. – discuss all of the many issues creating waves as it relates to benefit plan documents, and what steps we can all take to safely navigate those waters – including setting sail on The Phia Group Flagship Template!

Empowering Plans Segment 20 - Trumping Costs and Climbing the Hill
  October 19, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
With this episode, Adam and Ron welcome back a fan favorite – guest star Brady Bizarro – and discuss the wild and crazy happenings in DC.  From contraceptives to cost containment; the impact of fully insured subsidies on self funded plans; and everything in between – this is one lively podcast you cannot afford to miss.

Empowering Plans Segment 19 - The Man with the Plan
  October 13, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
In this episode Adam and Ron discuss the oft overlooked but – in their opinion – all important plan document.  From its purpose to best practices, they discuss why legal compliance, interaction with third parties, and cost containment efforts all start (and end) with the plan terms.  Bring a pen and paper – these tips cannot be missed.

Empowering Plans Segment 18 - Responsibility - Beyond the Contract
  September 28, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
In this episode, Adam and Ron discuss trends impacting health plans, employers, and employees. While these issues, such as the opioid epidemic, may not seem like the biggest costs facing benefit plans today, the long term costs are real. More importantly, issues like these can be identified by examining claims data; but most administrators are not contractually responsible to do so. Adam and Ron discuss why these entities should consider adding such services to their offerings – despite not being the most impactful cost containment option or being a contractual responsibility of the administrator.

Empowering Plans Segment 17 - Cutting Out Conflict
  September 11, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
When it comes to securing stop-loss, too many benefit plans think the ball is only in the stop loss carrier’s court.  Today, our hosts explain what plan administrators can do to cut out conflict and tie up loose ends before they suffer a costly loss.  Ensuring an ongoing and fruitful relationship between plans and stop loss tomorrow requires intensive work today.  Addressing these potential costly issues now will guarantee reimbursements are in the bag later.

Empowering Plans Segment 16 - In Reference to Reference Based Pricing
  August 21, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
This week, Adam Russo and Ron Peck accept that an answer to the high cost of healthcare won’t be coming from D.C., and that health plan administrators (with the help of their partners and advisors) need to address the costs internally.  Amongst options to do just that, so-called “Reference Based Pricing” is a hot topic in our industry.  Join Ron and Adam as they pick apart this method for containing costs, identify the pros and cons of an “RBP” plan, and discuss options to customize such a program.

Empowering Plans Segment 15 - Stopping the Bleeding
  August 11, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
This week, The Phia Group’s CEO, Adam Russo and Attorney Brady Bizarro interviewed Garrick Hunt, Phia’s Sales Executive, about some of the most common burdens self-funded employers are facing in our industry. From out-of-network claims to air ambulance to specialty drugs, we explore cost-containment strategies and discuss the potential compliance concerns for employers. Finally, we answer a question from our mail bag regarding best practices for handling overpayments.
Empowering Plans Segment 14 - Repeal & Replace Fails: What's Next?
  August 7, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
This week, The Phia Group's CEO, Adam Russo, Sr. VP, Ron Peck, and Attorney Brady Bizarro discuss the dramatic events on Capitol Hill and the shocking failure of Senate Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare. Despite this serious setback, Republicans are not ready to give up. We'll discuss the path forward.

Empowering Plans Segment 13 - Your Friendly Neighborhood Provider
  July 17, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
Taking a positive view on the industry, Ron Peck, Jon Jablon and Andrew Silverio today share stories and examples of providers working with payers to preserve the private employer based group health plan industry.  From price transparency, to direct primary care, to medical tourism – providers that are willing to innovate and work with payers get their moment in the sun with this episode.

Empowering Plans Segment 12 - The Cost of Care
  July 10, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
This week The Phia Group's CEO, Adam Russo and Sr. VP, Ron Peck, interviewed Attorney Jon Jablon - Director of Provider Relations,  regarding the seemingly increasing number of excessive charges being billed by providers to health plans, strategies to cut costs, and importantly - ways to work with providers rather than against them, in an effort to implement an arrangement that works for all involved.

Empowering Plans Segment 11 - The Senate Unveils its Repeal & Replace Bill
  June 22, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
In this special edition of the Empowering Plans podcast, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel Ron Peck and Attorney Brady Bizarro give their initial thoughts on the Better Care Reconciliation Act. What is in this new bill? What does it mean for the self-funded industry? What is next for healthcare reform?

Empowering Plans Segment 10 - Plan Tales: The Good, Bad, and Really Bad
  June 19, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
In this episode, Adam Russo and Ron Peck interview two key members of The Phia Group’s consulting division – Vice President of Consulting, Attorney Jennifer McCormick, and Product Developer, Kristin Spath.  These two have tales to tell, regarding their experiences helping clients with unusual questions, and transforming outlandish ideas into real benefit plan innovations.

Empowering Plans Segment 09 - In the Land of the Blind
  June 5, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
The Congressional Budget Office (“CBO”) has released its assessment of the American Health Care Act (Version 2.0), and once again the focus seems to be on who will lose insurance, gain insurance, and change insurance.  Yet, as lawmakers stumble with blinders on, addressing only the matter of insurance, other important factors – such as the actual cost of care itself – remains conspicuously absent.

Empowering Plans Segment 08 - Healthcares? Alternative Provider Payment Programs
  May 22, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
The Phia Group’s CEO, Adam Russo, and Sr. VP & General Counsel, Ron Peck, discuss movements within the healthcare provider community to change how they charge (and receive payment) for services rendered.  For better or worse, change is on the way!

Empowering Plans Segment 07 - The American Health Care Act
  May 8, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
Repeal and replace, the ACA, the AHCA - what does it all mean? How does it affect us? What’s next? Join The Phia Group's CEO, Adam V. Russo, Sr. VP, Ron E. Peck, and Attorney Brady Bizarro as they discuss the American Health Care Act, which passed the House of Representatives on 05/04/2017.

Empowering Plans Segment 06 - An Employer Call to Action
April 25, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
A podcast dedicated to employers. Our goal is to show employers what they can do to improve their health plan and plan performance, without relying on third parties. It’s time for employers to get into the game!

Empowering Plans Segment 05 - The AHCA Failed: Where To Next?
April 4, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
Join The Phia Group's CEO, Adam V. Russo, Sr. VP, Ron E. Peck, and Attorney Brady Bizarro as they discuss the recent, stunning failure of the GOP's American Health Care Act, the most recent news and predictions on the effort to repeal and replace the ACA, and what this all means for the self-funded industry.


Empowering Plans Segment 04 - Attack of the Killer Savings
March 13, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
Join The Phia Group's CEO, Adam V. Russo, and Sr. VP, Ron E. Peck, as they describe how The Phia Group identifies facilities that provide the best outcomes for the least cost, and encourage plan participants to visit those facilities.


Empowering Plans Segment 03 - The Journey Continues
February 28, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
Once again The Phia Group’s CEO, Adam V. Russo, and Sr. VP, Ron E. Peck, delve into what makes their own company’s health benefit plan unique, and share tips employers (and those that service them) can use to improve their own plan’s performance.


Empowering Plans Segment 02 - The Next Episode
February 13, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
In this second installment of The Phia Group's official podcast, our hosts begin sharing what makes their own health plan a source of savings for the employer and benefits employees love.


Empowering Plans Segment 01 - The Maiden Voyage
JANUARY 30, 2017, Podcasts By The Phia Group
Welcome to the maiden voyage of "Empowering Plans," a new Podcast by The Phia Group where our hosts will review the purpose of this new series of Podcasts, reveal what the next few episodes will be about, and open the forum to our partners for comments and ideas.