The Connection Bulletin newsletter is published a number of times throughout the year to address topics and issues of interest to Alberta Blue Cross employer group plan sponsors.
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- Winter 2018 - Alberta Blue Cross U&C dental rates updated; Ensure your employees confirm provider eligibility before their visit; Help your employees make the most of their benefits; Help your employees quit smoking with the Walk or Run to Quit program; Your bill is available online; Involved in your community; Helping plan members optimize provincially-funded drug coverage and updates to prescription drug pricing; Alberta Blue Cross lends expertise on CLHIA cyber security panel; Life & Disability Services; Get an advance preview of your bill; Connect with us; And more.
- Summer 2017 - Changes coming to the Alberta Blue Cross member site; Changes to the collection of sales tax on group benefits; Ensure your employees confirm provider eligibility before their visit; Medical marijuana—considerations for employer groups; Paperless billing coming for all plan administrators this fall; Plan administrator web site improvements; Retaining original, signed applications; Kick-start your workplace wellness with Balance; And more.
- Spring 2017 - Ensure your employees confirm provider eligibility before their visit; Alberta Blue Cross supports the CLHIA’s position: NIHB is first payer; Changes coming to the Alberta Blue Cross member web site; Federal government opts not to tax health and dental benefits; Top 10 health conditions for 2016 based on drug claims data; Do the recent changes to Canada’s Employment Insurance Regulations affect your group plan?; Connect with us; Help your employees make the most of their benefits; Orthotics, orthopedic footwear, surgical stockings and breathing monitor claim submission requirements; Plan to attend Working Stronger 2017; Workplace Wellness Online: your one-stop shop for wellness; Join the Get Out, Get Active Challenge with Alberta’s Primary Care Networks; Join the ParticipACTION 150 Play List challenge.
- Winter 2017 - Before you go: do you know which providers are ineligible?; Workplace Wellness Online: your one-stop shop for wellness tips and tools; Group Administration corner; Help your employees make the most of their benefits; Payment rates for dental claims adjusted for 2017; Plan now to attend Working Stronger 2017: Equipping Albertans for better workplace wellness mental health; Alberta Blue Cross welcomes initial findings of government dental review; A reminder about our Maintenance Medication Program; Get your workplace involved in Winter Walk Day 2017—we'll help!; And much more.
- Summer 2016 - Is your health provider eligible?; Helping curb drug costs through our Maintenance Medication Program; Reiterating the value of dental plans in the face of Alberta’s high dental costs; Alberta Blue Cross introduces direct billing for psychology services; Protect yourself and your benefits; And much more.
- Spring 2016 - Paperless billing coming this summer; Many different ways to submit your claims online; Investing in healthy communities; Top 10 health conditions for 2015 based on drug claims data; Participate in the Healthy Workplace Essentials Challenge; Don’t forget to check out Workplace Wellness Online; Small steps. Big rewards; Do any of your employees reside outside of Alberta?; Help your employees make the most of their benefits; And much more.
- Winter 2016 - Balance: Your life. Your rewards; A strong Brand. An even stronger alliance; Payment rates for dental claims adjusted for 2016; Managing your drug costs; Submit a claim on the go; New orthopedic footware claim submission requirements coming March 1, 2016; Our approach to disability management; Take part in Winter Walk Day 2016; Connect with us; And much more.
- Fall 2015 - Introducing paperless benefit booklets and Benefit Summary; Monitoring provider claims for potential irregularities; Help your employees make the most of their benefits; Botox and Xeomin moved to special authorization status; Protecting online accounts; Improve the health of your workforce with Balance™; And much more.
- Spring 2015 - Suspected fraudulent claims end in charges being laid in Red Deer; Detection of suspicious claims may lead to removal of providers; Botox and Xeomin are moving to special authorization; Focusing on cost control and plan management through the economic slowdown; Top drugs for 2014 and what accounts for the greatest impacts to drug benefit costs; And much more.
- Winter 2015 - Upcoming administration system interruptions; Dental payment rates have increased; Alberta Blue Cross mobile app now available; How we are protecting the financial well-being of your plan; Provider lookup with Google map coordinates; Promoting the health and wellness of Albertans; And much more.
- Summer 2014 - Make 2014 your year to become a workplace wellness champion!; Introducing our mobile friendly member site; Updating our administration system; Help your employees make the most of their benefits; Blue Advantage provider directory grows larger; Dental claiming just got easier; Alberta Blue Cross conforms with Canada's new Anti-Spam Legislation; Tips for confirming over-age dependents; Check out our redesigned web site; One of Alberta's "Most Loved Brands"; Investing in healthy communities; Tap into great workplace wellness resources and get connected! Committed to providing your employees with an unparalleled member experience; Connect with us.
- Spring 2014 - Changes coming to prescription drug pricing in Alberta; Healthy Community Grants awarded; Are your employees still receiving paper claim statements and cheques?; Updating our administration system; Payment rates for dental claims adjusted for 2014; Protect yourself and your benefits from fraud!; Check out the updated workplace wellness web site; Tips for confirming over-age dependents; How to view a claim totals report; Top drugs for 2013; Overview of top drugs; Your company has the power to save lives; Connect with us.
- Fall 2013 - New Agreement-in-Principle signals changes in prescription pricing for Albertans; Recognized as a top corporation; Member services web site redesigned; Help your employees make the most of their benefits; UWALK.ca is waiting for you!; Introducing our new senior manager of Case Management; Working with health providers to enhance direct billing for plan members; Pharmacare program delayed; Alberta Winter Walk day 2014; Avoid a "Page not found" error when visiting our web site; Alberta Blue Cross introduces new wellness resource to support Alberta employers; Round-the-clock member services: What drugs are covered under my plan?; Making a positive difference in the lives of Albertans.
- Spring 2013 - Government of Alberta announces changes to provincial health programs; When will the next dental checkup be covered?; Your company has the power to save lives; Ensuring a high level of satisfaction among plan administrators; Supporting workplace mental health; Plan member survey; Alberta Blue Cross enhances our online claim submission service; Tips for confirming over-age dependents; Do we have your correct e-mail address?; Eligibility date extended for massage therapy providers to meet new requirements; Top drugs in 2012; Help your employees make the most of their benefits.
- Winter 2013 - New online directory provides convenient access to provider who offer direct billing; Recent generic drug pricing reductions positively impace Alberta Blue Cross group benefit plans; Promote a healthy work environment this winter; Get your employees moving for Alberta Winter Walk Day 2013; Recent generic drug pricing reductions positively impact Alberta Blue Cross group benefit plans; Massage therapy providers to meet new eligibility requirements; Member online claim submissions continue to grow; Providing the convenience of paperless claim statements and direct deposit; Have you provided accurate salary information?; Payment rates for dental claims adjusted for 2013; Help your employees make the most of your benefits.
- Summer 2012 - New online claim submission option enhances plan member experience; Four things to remember when confirming over-age dependents; Addressing the challenges of obesity in the workplace; Indicate confirmation number when using “Contact us” form; Promoting the health of Albertans; Alberta Blue Cross receives two awards at 2012 Alberta Business Awards of Distinction; Government of Alberta moves forward with further reductions to generic drug prices; Generic equivalent to Crestor promises savings to Alberta Blue Cross group plans; Top drugs for 2011 reflect continued growth in costs; Overview of top drugs; Help your employees make the most of their benefits; Updated administration guides and statements of accounts are now available.
- Winter 2012 - The Alberta Pharmaceutical Strategy: Assessing the impact on Alberta Blue Cross group benefit plans; For your employees’ benefit; Direct billing now includes massage therapy claims; Ensuring value in your drug plan; Bases of payment for dental claims updated; Mark your calendar to participate in Alberta Winter Walk Day 2012.
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