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Host Dorothy Cociu interviews principals of Aditi Group, our Technology Partners, on cybersecurity in the workplace and home. Dorothy sits down with Ted Mayeshiba, Ted Flittner and Steve Saitman to discover what can be done to protect your business from cybersecurity threats, whether your employees are in the office or working remotely from home. W…
 
Dorothy and Marilyn discuss details of the new Transparency Rules for Employers and Health Plans; Cost Transparency for Hospitals; ACA IRS Reporting Forms 1094/1095 Reporting Updates (including California FTB requirements); Grandfathered Health Plans Final Rules; Other Federal Legislation; California Updates, including FSA Account Notices under AB …
 
In part one of a two-part podcast, host Dorothy Cociu and Marilyn Monahan of Monahan Law office discuss important updates for employer plan sponsors. In Part 1 – Dorothy and Marilyn will discuss What the Future May Hold in Washington; COVID-19 updates, including an important update on the Outbreak Period that applies to COBRA and other timeframe ex…
 
Host Dorothy Cociu interviews Jacquelyn Thorp, CEO and Founder of Train Me Today, a California-based Human Resources Consulting and HR Training Organization. Jackie discusses the complexity of COVID-19 workplace applications, policies and procedures, and how to get people back to work safely. We discuss the most important things CEOs and CFOs need …
 
In this last of our 3-part series on the non-benefits side of COVID-19, host Dorothy Cociu interviews Deena Piekarski, a Registered Nurse, who was hospitalized for her own emergency surgery in the fall of 2020. Listen to what it’s really like in the hospital during COVID; the isolation, the fear, the emotional toll on the patients and their familie…
 
Host Dorothy Cociu continues her 3-part series on the real-world effects of COVID-19 on the community. In part 2 of this mini-series, she interviews Ruth Tello-Di-Leva, MS, BCBA, founder and president of Familias First, an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy provider in Los Angeles county. In this candid interview, they discuss the emotional im…
 
In part one of our 3-part series on the effects of COVID-19, host Dorothy Cociu interviews an elementary school teacher in Orange County, California to discuss how remote and hybrid learning is affecting teachers, students and parents. In an interview with Jennifer, a 5th grade teacher, we will hear first-hand what it was actually like during the s…
 
If you received a PPP loan, this podcast is a must-listen! Host Dorothy Cociu interviews tax accountant John Piekarski, who discusses the PPP loan forgiveness process, the application options, and what to have ready to apply for forgiveness. John provides helpful tips and clarifications about what forms to use in each situation, and reminders of wh…
 
Host Dorothy Cociu interviews Chris Brown, Director of Business Development of RX Benefits, a national prescription drug optimizing firm, who shares the best ways to keep costs down in your RX plan. They discuss how to design your RX plan, implement the best cost containment provisions in your contracts and how utilization management and data analy…
 
Host Dorothy Cociu interviews Ryan Dorigan, a Medicare and Senior Care expert, who will walk you through everything you need to know about enrolling in Medicare for the first time, what you can do during the annual open enrollment, types of plan options, the pitfalls you can face, and penalties that you could be hit with if you don’t do it right. T…
 
Host Dorothy Cociu interviews Marcy Buckner, VP of Government Affairs of NAHU on the legislative successes in 2019, COVID-19 Legislative Updates, Trump Executive Orders, the Biden-Harris democratic ticket, and her thoughts on whether Harris’ liberal views on healthcare will sway Biden’s health care policy. This is Part 2 of a 2-Part podcast. This i…
 
Host Dorothy Cociu interviews Marcy Buckner, VP of Government Affairs of NAHU on the legislative successes in 2019, COVID-19 Legislative Updates, Trump Executive Orders, the Biden-Harris democratic ticket, and her thoughts on whether Harris’ liberal views on healthcare will sway Biden’s health care policy. This is Part 1 of a 2-Part podcast. This i…
 
This podcast examines Telemedicine from a provider’s perspective and a vendor’s perspective. Host Dorothy Cociu interviews Dr. Wendy Coling from Kaiser Health on the effectiveness of telehealth, how it affects the doctor-patient relationship, the ability to diagnose conditions virtually, patient response and technology concerns. We also discuss the…
 
This special event podcast will update our listeners on current State of California legislative activities, including the upcoming elections and the election process in California. We’ll also delve into a recent report prepared by the Health California For All Commission, which looks into a “Unified Financing” system for California, which many beli…
 
Host Dorothy Cociu interviews once again attorney Marilyn Monahan of Monahan Law office. In part 2, we will start with an update from Part 1, where we discuss the newly signed California law AB 1867, which expands paid sick leave similar to FFCRA for California employers with 500 or more employees, then we discuss several California state and feder…
 
Host Dorothy Cociu interviews attorney Marilyn Monahan of Monahan Law Office. In part 1, we will discuss recent COVID-19 legislation and how it affects employers, the documentation and communications employers must be aware of, about FFCRA paid leaves and how California laws and other laws wrap around the federal law, and employer consideration reg…
 
Host Dorothy Cociu interviews Larry Thompson, Chief Revenue & Strategy Officer for Advanced Medical Pricing Solutions (AMPS), one of the pioneers in reference based pricing and medical bill review that has been in business since 2005. Starting as a medical bill review company, AMPS takes a unique approach to cost savings for self-funded employers. …
 
Host Dorothy Cociu and Technology Consultant Ted Flittner, Principal of Aditi Group, team up to talk about how HIPAA applies to COVID-19 disclosures, other laws involved, and the challenges of employers with employees working from home. We address risks to employers, how to deal with employees and “the kid factor”, the importance of both technical …
 
Host Dorothy Cociu shares an overview off the Families First Coronavirus Response Act - An Employer Guide Part 2, which summarizes an overview of the law, what size employers it applies to, and an overview of the provisions of the Paid Sick Leave and expanded Family Medical Leave requirements under FFCRA. She discusses the number of hours/days requ…
 
Podcast Host Dorothy Cociu provides an Employer Guide to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Workplace – Part One. She discusses California Dept of Labor Commissioner’s FAQs on how Paid Sick Leave, Child Day Care closings, Exempt Employee Status and more relates to COVID-19 , as well as What Your Health Plan Has to Cover, Costs of Screening and Testi…
 
Host Dorothy Cociu interviews Rick Paul, President of US Benefits, a self-funded stop loss underwriting firm, who shares his somewhat unique and sometimes controversial views on how to contain costs in a self-funded health plan. Rick is frank, to the point, and not afraid to state, in real world terms, what’s wrong with the healthcare system! In th…
 
Host Dorothy Cociu interviews Marcy Buckner, Vice President, Government Affairs with the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). Marcy provides up to date information on in force legislation, proposed legislation, and most importantly, the Presidential Race. Marcy breaks down the candidates’ platforms and how they differ, including thei…
 
Host Dorothy Cociu interviews Michael Hansen, Regional Sales Manager and Anna Hansen, Director of Sales & Client Solutions, Hines & Associates on how a good UR/UM program can save dollars for your health plan, while giving the best possible care to your health plan participants with Case Management and more.…
 
Host Dorothy Cociu interviews Ron Peck, Esq., V.P. and General Counsel for The PHIA Group, on tips on how to recover funds from insurance carriers and others from auto accidents, medical mal-practice, product liability, class-action liability suits, work comp claims and more.By Dorothy Cociu
 
Host Dorothy Cociu interviews Janet Trautwein, CEO of the National Association of Health Underwriters, who provides a frank outlook on the current state of health care reform in Washington. Janet provides a mini glossary of terms, the differences between Universal Coverage, Universal Access to Health Care, Medicare-for-All, other single payer propo…
 
Host Dorothy Cociu interviews Faith Borges, Cal-Advocates and Jim Morrison, V.P. of Legislation of the California Association of Health Underwriters, who update employers and consumers on state issues such as AB-5 (Independent Contractor Law), Surprise Billing Bills and other state legislation.By Dorothy Cociu
 
Host Dorothy Cociu interviews Ryan Day, President of HS Technologies, a reference-based pricing vendor, who shares insights and information on the option to use RBP in your health plan... Can using a percentage of Medicare Rates (Medicare-Plus) provide greater claims savings for your company?By Dorothy Cociu
 
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