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Ovation Sponsors Klingberg Family Center’s Vintage Auto Show

Each June, Ovation is proud to sponsor the Klingberg Family Center’s Vintage Auto Show in New Britain, Connecticut. The show serves as a crucial part in Klingberg’s mission to help build healing relationships that empower children and families to reach their full potential. Each year, sponsors and hundreds of vintage car owners, raise significant funds to support the 2,500 persons Klingberg serves.

This past Saturday, nearly 5,000 people converged on Klingberg’s 40-acre campus to enjoy hundreds of amazing vintage cars, classic cars, and supercars, delicious food, great music, and entertainment.

As sponsors, Ovation team members Mary Coulter, Meghan Sloan, Haley Hart, Nicole Consiglio, Caitlin White, and Stephanie Esplin created and staffed a crafty kid-zone. Young ones of all ages had a great time crafting, coloring, and even posing in front of a car-themed photo booth!

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Trends in Employer Benefits: Do You Have the Right Broker?

In the 1993 movie, Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character, Phil Connors, finds himself living the same day over and over again. In the short-term, he relishes the change and uses it to his advantage, but he later comes to the realization that he is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the same people and doing the same thing every day. In one scene, Phil asks someone: “What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?”

I have often equated the premise for this movie to the traditional work conducted by benefits brokers.  Many meet the client once a year with a medical renewal that has a double digit, with some plan design changes, and with a spreadsheet of other carrier rates to show the customer. Oftentimes, employers choose the lowest cost plan regardless of carrier, communicate the changes to the employees, and move on. The same thing happens the next year…and the next…and the next…you get the picture! Continue reading Trends in Employer Benefits: Do You Have the Right Broker?

Everything You Need to Know About Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Health Care Reform has brought about significant changes in the healthcare market, arguably some good and some not-so-good. One major change is the transformation of how care is delivered. We are experiencing a change in the structure of paying providers for the number of services delivered, to paying for improved outcomes and cost efficiency through a variety of models called Accountable Care Organizations (ACO). These models use a combination of technology and data, along with financial incentives to help providers coordinate care and improve clinical outcomes. Medicare was an early adopter, and approximately 423 organizations are participating in the Medicare ACO program. Future Medicare ACO programs will allow Medicare beneficiaries to choose an ACO versus other care models, and may provide a financial incentive to the Medicare beneficiary to do so. Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)