GPA Disease Management Program Earns Esteemed ADA Education Recognition
Dallas, Texas (March 31, 2017): The American Diabetes Association recently awarded its prestigious Education Recognition Certificate to the Group & Pension Administrators Inc. (GPA) HealthWatch Disease Management program for excellence in diabetes self-management education. With this recognition, the GPA Disease Management program became the only ADA recognized education program in the state of Texas that offers long-distance learning.
Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. Patients in an ADA recognized program are taught self-care skills to promote better management of their diabetes. The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate verifies that educational programs, like the one GPA HealthWatch provides, meet the national standards for diabetes self-management education. These recognized programs employ knowledgeable health professionals who provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.
GPA HealthWatch is very proud of our Disease Management program and its highly dedicated multi-disciplinary team. By providing high quality education for patient self-care, our program accomplishes one of the ADA’s primary goals for diabetes management. Through patient-driven communication and education, as well as worksite group education, our Disease Management program improves continuity of care, helps stabilize medical conditions, prevents or minimizes acute exacerbations of chronic conditions and reduces adverse health outcomes.
GPA Saves Clients A Record-Breaking $1 Billion
Dallas, Texas (February 17, 2017): By consistently providing high quality, cost-effective services to its clients, Group Pension Administration Inc. (GPA) has achieved a record-breaking $1 billion in client savings.
“Such a noteworthy accomplishment speaks volumes about how dedicated we are to our clients at GPA,” said Kathy Enochs, GPA’s COO. “Our ultimate goal is to give clients unparalleled service while still protecting their bottom line.”
Since the implementation of GPA’s innovative Cost Plus program in 2009, over 160,000 covered members have participated in the program from nearly 300 unique employers. GPA Cost PlusSM audits on bills from hospitals, emergency rooms, and dialysis centers culminated in GPA reaching its impressive milestone of
$1 billion in client savings in November 2016. With just over 192,000 claims audited, GPA was able to save
an average of $3.45 million per client.
“We have no plans of stopping at a billion,” said Jeff McPeters, GPA’s Vice President of Sales. “As GPA continues to grow, we foresee being able to provide our clients with even greater cost savings.”
As the company expands, GPA plans to continue delivering customized solutions to its clients that allow them to save money while ensuring that they receive healthcare plans designed to meet their needs.
GPA Named Best and Brightest Companies To Work For
Dallas, Texas (February 10, 2017): Group Pension Administration Inc. (GPA) is proud to announce it’s been chosen as one of Dallas-Forth Worth’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® by the National Association For Business Resources.
Companies who excel at employee relations, use innovation to motivate employees, implement creative compensation programs, and more were recognized by Dallas-Fort Worth’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® symposiums and awards gala earlier this month.
An independent research firm evaluated each company’s entry based on key measures in various categories including compensation, benefits, employee enrichment and retention, work-life balance and community initiatives.
“Our employees are our greatest asset and we work tirelessly to create an environment where our employees thrive,” said Kathy Enochs, GPA’s COO. “We are honored to be acknowledged for our efforts and remain committed to being one of the best and brightest companies to work for now and in the future.”
For more information, please contact Kathy Enochs at 972.744.2445 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit gpatpa.com.
About the Best and Brightest Programs
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a program of the National Association for Business Resources that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole.
GPA promotes Ben Nix to Client Relations Director
Dallas, Texas (February 3, 2017): Group & Pension Administrators Inc. (GPA) strengthens its commitment to offer hands-on, personalized service to its growing client base with the promotion of Ben Nix to Client Relations Director. With this promotion, GPA aims to deliver the customized service clients expect, even as the company experiences growth.
“I am excited to take on this new role and further deepen the relationships that we have with our clients,” said Nix. “In my time with GPA, I have seen an unwavering commitment to clients that I plan to uphold.”
Nix has been a valued employee at GPA with over a decade of service. His previous roles as Account Manager and Manager of Account Services have given him the experience and knowledge necessary to successfully cultivate client relationships at GPA.
“Ben excels in communication skills both internally and externally, which allows him to have a strong rapport with everyone he works with,” said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO. “He shows a driving commitment to his work that demonstrates to our clients just how important they are to us at GPA.”
As Client Relations Director, Nix will focus on elevating GPA’s already reputable service standards to both clients and brokers. By overseeing timely communication, Nix will expand client relationships and promote the personal touch that epitomizes GPA’s core values.
Darren Boling to Join GPA as Sales Representative
Dallas, TX (January 20, 2017): Group & Pension Administrators Inc. (GPA) continues to strategically invest in the company’s growth with the addition of Darren Boling as Sales Representative. By expanding its sales team, GPA strengthens its commitment to provide the most innovative benefits and customer service to clients and brokers across the country.
“I’m thrilled with the opportunity to work for a company that so strongly values integrity and personalized service,” Boling said. “It’s easy to see why GPA has done so well in the industry, and I look forward to contributing to their continued success.”
Boling comes to GPA with over 10 years of experience in the healthcare space with a focus in self-insurance and onsite health centers. He has previously served broker clients in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. Boling earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from North Carolina A&T State University and currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“We are excited about the healthcare and insurance knowledge Darren brings to GPA,” said Jeff McPeters, GPA’s Vice President of Sales. “His insight gives us a unique perspective that will help us serve our clients better.”
As sales representative, Boling will primarily focus on the northern states by promoting the personalized, hands-on services and maximized cost savings that GPA offers its clients.
GPA announces new Director of Human Resources, Cindy Wheeler
DALLAS, TX. (November 11, 2016): Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA), the largest independently owned third-party administrator (TPA) in the Southeast, is excited to announce that Cindy Wheeler has been named the company’s new Director of Human Resources
“I am extremely excited to begin a new journey at GPA and look forward to becoming a part of such an accomplished team,” Wheeler said. “GPA has already proven itself to be a respected company. I just hope to continue to help them exceed expectations.”
Wheeler brings nearly 30 years of human resource leadership experience to GPA and has received certifications from the HR Certification Institute and SHRM.
“Cindy’s wealth of HR and healthcare experience has already made her a key addition to the GPA family,” said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO. “As we continue to grow, we know that Cindy will be instrumental in providing GPA with expertise in her field.”
As GPA’s director of human resource, Wheeler will lead all human resource initiatives, ensure programs are aligned with company goals and properly implemented.
GPA Cost Plus® Receives Registered Trademark
Dallas, TX (August 12, 2016): Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA), the largest independently owned third-party administrator (TPA) in the Southwest, is excited to announce that GPA Cost Plus® has been officially trademarked.
One of GPA’s many custom solutions, GPA Cost Plus® assists employers with exorbitant hospital goods and service markups by offering an alternative to typical PPO plans. With GPA Cost Plus® the health plan only reimburses the facility for their cost as well as a reasonable margin instead of a subjective discount off of their standard billed charges. This approach offers the necessary transparency employers need to make educated decisions to fulfil their fiduciary responsibility.
"Our team has spent a great deal of time and effort ensuring GPA Cost Plus® consistently provides the transparency and savings our clients deserve,” said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO. “We are proud to have the GPA Cost Plus® trademarked; we can rest assured knowing that effort is protected."
New GPA HealthWatch Corporate Care Onsite Clinic Launches in New Mexico
Dallas, TX (June 3, 2016): GPA HealthWatch Corporate Care, Inc., an affiliate of Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA), the largest independently owned third-party administrator (TPA) in the Southwest, is excited to announce the opening of their newest GPA HealthWatch Corporate Care Clinic that recently opened this month.
The Jaynes Companies’ employees and their dependents, ages 5 and up, will have convenient access to a variety of health and wellness services including annual health exams, minor urgent care needs, chronic condition management, prescription fulfillment and labs. These services are provided at a significant cost savings to both the employer and employee.
“We are thrilled to assist the Jaynes Companies to offer their onsite clinic with continued success in promoting early diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diagnoses. GPA has already seen the cost saving capabilities of Corporate Care Onsite Clinics, and we are eager to see how this newest clinic will help the Jaynes group,” said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO.
The New Mexico clinic will be supported by a number of highly qualified, bilingual medical professionals including Eleanor Miranda, Certified Nurse Practitioner; Meredith Wiskur, RN, Clinic Manager; and Diana Castro, Scheduler.
The clinic is designed to be a Center of Health and Wellness and is the first point of contact of treatment for acute medical conditions and chronic condition management. The Jaynes Companies’ clinic services are integrated with other health initiatives offered by GPA, such as the one-to-one telephonic coaching for diagnoses such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, asthma and COPD. The onsite clinic Nurse Practitioner will have easy referral access to these programs and offer on-going monitoring in the clinic to enhance chronic condition outcomes, while also providing face-to-face patient education - the perfect combination to assist in achieving and maintaining the best health possible.
About Jaynes Companies
The Jaynes Companies is the parent company for 5 commercial construction companies with offices located in 2 states in the Southwest. Jaynes is a nationally respected regional general contractor with extensive construction experience in commercial, healthcare, retail, education, hospitality, warehouse and distribution, local, state and federal government buildings, multi-family, structural concrete and pre-engineered building projects.
GPA Continues to be Recognized for an Emphasis on Health and Wellness
Dallas, TX (March 31, 2016): Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA) is excited to announce they have been named one of Dallas Business Journal's 2016 Healthiest Employers in North Texas. This is the second consecutive year that GPA has been recognized for the award.
The GPA program was ranked #22 out of the top 100 local employers. These companies outranked a hefty pool of contenders based on a score gauged by Healthiest Employers, an organization formed by a think tank of doctorates, MDs, CEOs and human resources directors in academic, medical, wellness and business communities.
The corporate wellness measurer is based off several criteria: culture and leadership commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, communication and marketing, programming and interventions and reporting and analysis. GPA proves once again that they are committed to improving employee health; GPA employees are engaged in their own wellbeing and are committed to living healthy lifestyles, both in and out of the workplace.
“I’m very proud of our program, what our team has accomplished and the enhancements we’ve made to provide healthy lifestyle options for employees,” said Amanda Yarmuth, Manager of BeWell, GPA’s comprehensive wellness program. “I’m excited to see us continue to climb up the ranks over the next few years and so very honored to be a part of the GPA HealthWatch team.”
GPA Joins Petition to End Disparity in Health Costs Charged Per Patient
March 25, 2016 (Dallas, TX): In favor of set healthcare prices, Steven I. Weissman, the former interim president at Palm Springs General Hospital in Miami, FL, created the End of Predatory Pricing petition. After Mr. Weissman became the interim president, he realized how opportunistic the healthcare system is. “Once you see how it works, it’s sickening,” said Mr. Weissman.
In an interview to the press, Weissman explained that even when the same hospital is used, patients are charged vastly different amounts for the exact same health treatment; that is because they are discriminatorily charged based on the ways their bills are paid.
“Healthcare is the only product or service sold in the U.S.A. without any real pricing regulation or transparency,” said Weissman. “It is not coincidental that it is the one industry imposing overwhelming financial burdens on citizens.”
Mr. Weissman has started his own battle against those discriminatory practices. A Change.Org Petition has been created to express support for the belief that established rates will end unjust healthcare billing.
“GPA stands with this petition; our primary goal has always been to provide the most transparency for clients,” said Kathy Enochs, GPA’s COO. “No patient should be unjustly charged due to the lack of pricing regulation in the healthcare industry.”
To join GPA in signing Mr. Weissman’s petition to end predatory healthcare pricing, please visit: www.change.org/p/end-predatory-healthcare-pricing
GPA Client A+FCU Receives Second Straight Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite Award
Dallas, TX (March 2, 2016): Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA), the largest independently owned third party administrator (TPA) in the Southeast, is pleased to announce that their client, A+ Federal Credit Union (A+FCU), has been recognized as a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite for the second straight year.
The Fit-Friendly Worksite Recognition Program is an award given by the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life. initiative to recognize worksites that make their employees health and wellness a priority. As a two-time award recipient, A+FCU has used Living Well, a GPA HealthWatch BeWellSM program, to create a healthier, more productive community of employees who are taking steps together to live well.
A+FCU operates a full-fledged participation and outcome-based wellness program, and rewards employees based on healthy results. The program is advocated onsite by a group of employee Wellness Champions, who represent each branch and department of the organization. A+FCU offers onsite yoga, discounts to local gyms, monthly fresh fruit deliveries, onsite wellness seminars, race entry reimbursement, health challenges and much more. One of those challenges included the company-wide Biggest Loser Challenge, which helped 120 employees lose a total 715lbs in just 8 weeks.
“Consistency is the key to long-term health and success,” said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO. “That’s why we’re so proud of A+FCU’s second-straight Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite award. Their leadership and employees have brought the Living Well program to life over the last two years and their results prove it.”
New GPA Onsite Health Clinic Provides Presco Employees Access to Convenient Medical Care
Dallas, TX (February 26, 2016): Precision Specialties Company, better known as Presco, is one of America’s premier manufacturing companies. While they specialize in commercial marking products and customized vinyl films, their true passion is people. Presco has long been dedicated to providing employees with the best work experience, from the highest safety standards to the best employee benefits.
This dedication to excellence in those areas led Presco to open a GPA HealthWatch Corporate Care onsite clinic in January of this year. Now, all 180 employees and family members, ages 5 and up, receive quality healthcare without the inconvenience of long wait times at a doctor’s office or urgent care facility.
"It's awesome! It's so quick, I couldn't believe it. What would have taken half a day off of work, only took me 15 to 20 minutes to get it taken care of at very low cost," said David Chisum, Presco CFO.
GPA’s highly qualified and experienced medical professionals support the clinic, including Dr. Dale Ragle, a board-certified Family Physician, and Joan Barton, a certified Physician Assistant, as well as other experienced staff members. The onsite staff is able to assist employees in a number of ways, from treating a simple cold to providing prescriptions and lab tests.
GPA HealthWatch Corporate Care clinics allow organizations to deliver convenient, cost-effective primary care that keeps their employees healthy and minimizes time lost due to offsite physician visits.
GPA HealthWatch Cancer Care Program Nominated for Industry Award
Dallas, TX (February 8, 2016): Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA), the largest independently owned third-party administrator (TPA) in the Southeast, is excited to announce the GPA HealthWatch Cancer Care Program has been nominated for a Case in Point Platinum Award for its excellence in Case Management.
Case in Point recognizes programs that demonstrate success in the overarching healthcare continuum with the Platinum Award. Finalists include individuals and programs that best educate and empower patients, improve adherence and wellness, manage quality care and contain healthcare costs.
Implemented in 2015, the GPA HealthWatch Cancer Care Program helps employers and their members minimize the effects of cancer related claims and expensive out-of-pocket costs. With a dedicated team of certified oncology nurses, licensed professional counselors, and nutritionists, GPA helps patients overcome the physical and emotional health challenges that treatment for this disease present, while simultaneously controlling the cost of care to promote the best possible outcomes.
As a result, the GPA HealthWatch Cancer Care Program has demonstrated a tremendous value for clients with over $1 million in savings during the first ten months since program initiation.
“It is truly an honor to be nominated for such a prestigious award,” said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO. “Particularly since our team has worked extremely hard over the last year to ensure the GPA HealthWatch Cancer Care Program provides the utmost benefit for our clients.”
GPA Named to the Top 100 Places to Work List for 5th Year
Dallas, TX (December 14, 2015): Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA), has again been named one of the Top 100 Places to Work by The Dallas Morning News.
It is the fifth year GPA has been honored on the Top 100 list. GPA came in at No. 20 in the midsize category, moving up 17 places from last year. GPA is the largest independently owned third-party administrator in the Southwest.
GPA COO Kathy Enochs
credits the honor to GPA’s employees for the team’s creative and hard-working atmosphere.
“Our employees make GPA’s work culture a happy, innovative place to work,” she said. “They settle for nothing less than success – whether it’s offering the best service possible to our healthcare clients or working to make our business a better place to be every day,” she said. “I am sincerely grateful for their dedication.”
The company joins a number of its clients on the list, including The Container Store, American National Bank of Texas, Huffines Auto Dealerships, Texas Excavation Safety System, MHBT, Visiting Nurse Association and Halff Associates.
“I am thrilled that GPA has made this list for five years,” she said. “It’s an honor to be recognized among these clients and the other revered businesses listed as the best places to work in Dallas. I congratulate them all and wish them continued success,” Enochs said.
To be considered for the list, a company first must be nominated, and winning factors are based on results from surveys filled out and returned by each company’s employees.
GPA Promotes Kate Lawson to HealthWatch Manager, Account Executive
August 10, 2015 (Dallas, TX): Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA), the largest independently owned third-party administrator (TPA) in the Southwest, is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Kate Lawson to HealthWatch Manager, Account Executive.
Kate has been with GPA since 2006 and has more than 15 years of professional experience developing and managing comprehensive workplace health promotion programs. Her responsibilities as HealthWatch Manager, Account Executive will include the promotion and growth of GPA HealthWatch innovative health and wellness programs, including Nurse Navigator, BeWell and Corporate Care Clinics.
“Kate’s experience in educational and behavior-based health strategies has been an instrumental part of GPA HealthWatch growth,” said GPA COO, Kathy Enochs. “We are very excited to see Kate, and the GPA HealthWatch program, continue to thrive into the future.”
For more information about Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., please contact Kathy Enochs at 972.744.2445 or email@example.com.
GPA Promotes Devon Rex to Manager, Client Services
August 10, 2015 (Dallas, TX):
Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA), the largest independently owned third-party administrator (TPA) in the Southwest, is excited to announce the recent promotion of Devon Rex to Manager, Client Services.
In his new role, Devon will help streamline the renewal process by being the point person responsible for all aspects relating to the renewal of current GPA clients.
“It is extremely important that our clients renew with us based on an exceptional experience with our solutions,” said GPA COO, Kathy Enochs. “Devon will be instrumental in working with our stop-loss partners, Account Managers and other vendors to facilitate this process to ensure GPA continues to exceed expectations.”
Devon has been with GPA since 2008, assisting the organization in various roles, including Reporting Analyst, Business Development Analyst and, most recently, Coordinator Client Strategy.
For more information about Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., please contact Kathy Enochs at 972.744.2445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GPA INTRODUCES NEW MEMBER INTERFACES
June 5, 2015 (Dallas, TX):
Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA), in a continual pursuit of a superior member experience, proudly unveils three new and improved member interfaces: the new member mobile app, enhanced member portal and redesigned GPA website.
The new member mobile app offers access to the health plan’s most popular online features including access to eligibility information, account summaries and claims status – in addition to direct access to the customer service department through the new “Message Center.” Key enhancements to the GPA Member Portal allow users to access their health information in a streamlined, easy-to-navigate platform. The newly designed website, gpatpa.com, features key enhancements including improved functionality and a responsive design that will work across all devices from smart phones to tablets to desktops. Through the use of these three powerful tools, GPA has improved their ability to deliver the service and solutions their clients need to minimize healthcare costs and improve workforce health.
GPA CONTINUES TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR ITS EMPHASIS ON HEALTH AND WELLBEING
February 25, 2015 (Dallas, TX):
Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA) is excited to announce their nomination as 2015’s Healthiest Employers by the Dallas Business Journal. The Dallas Business Journal’s Healthiest Employer program recognizes Dallas-Fort Worth companies that champion their employees’ health.
This nomination marks the second potential health/wellness award GPA will have received this quarter. The company was also recognized as a Gold level Well Workplace organization for the second time by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA).
The winner of the Dallas Business Journal’s 2015 Healthiest Employers program, along with the official ranking of each nominee, will be announced at the Dallas Business Journal’s awards luncheon on March 17th. Honorees will also be profiled on the publications special issue released on March 20th.
“This year continues to be an amazing one,” said GPA COO Kathy Enochs. “Not only have we been recognized for our emphasis on health and wellness but our clients have been able to benefit from our desire to create happy, healthy employees.”
GPA’S RESULTS DRIVEN WELLNESS SOLUTION RECOGNIZED BY WELCOA
February 19, 2015 (Dallas, TX):
Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA), the largest independently owned third-party administrator (TPA) in the Southwest, is pleased to announce their recognition as a Gold level Well Workplace Award organization for the second time.
The Well Workplace Award is an initiative by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) to recognize organizations that have developed effective, results-oriented wellness programs as outlined by WELCOA standards.
As a Gold level recipient, GPA has demonstrated the ability to provide a comprehensive and results producing wellness solution for their customers. BeWellSM, GPA’s integrated wellness program, is the primary driver behind their recent WELCOA award and their clients’ sustained wellness success.
“The GPA team is constantly working to deliver the highest level of health and wellness service possible for our clients,” said GPA COO Kathy Enochs. “Receiving the Well Workplace Award from a distinguished organization like WELCOA is a testament to that hard work and our commitment to delivering on our promises.”
GPA Client A+FCU Receives Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite Award
February 9, 2015 (Dallas, TX): Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA), a leader in healthcare benefit management, is pleased to announce that GPA client A+ Federal Credit Union (A+FCU) has been recognized as a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite thanks to the GPA BeWellSM wellness program.
The Fit-Friendly Worksite Recognition program is an award given by the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life. initiative to recognize worksites that make their employees health and wellness a priority.
A+FCU uses BeWell to manage every aspect of their health program, embracing at least nine criteria as outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture. The BeWell program promotes an overall wellness culture at the worksite by utilizing high-touch service, health interventions and interactive tools to enhance employee health and reduce healthcare costs.
“It is always exciting when our clients receive recognition for their commitment to workplace wellness,” said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO. “It is also encouraging to know that the GPA BeWell team is delivering the type of service and results necessary for our clients to receive such distinguished awards.”
GPA Employee Receives The Wellness Council Of America’s (WELCOA) Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals Award
February 3, 2015 (Dallas, TX): Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) is excited to announce that Brianna Peterson has been recognized by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) as one of the Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals.
Brianna is a passionate wellness expert and Wellness Coordinator for GPA’s BeWell program, a “Well Workplace” Gold award winning wellness program. Her zeal for developing custom wellness plans that address employers wellness needs has led to substantial reductions in GPA clients’ healthcare expenses and an improvement in their employees’ health.
Chosen not only by votes from professional peers, but also by the review of a notable judging panel, the recipients of the WELCOA Top 100 Health Promotion Professional award represent the health promotion industries’ finest professionals.
“Brianna does a wonderful job of promoting wellness in each of our clients organizations,” said GPA COO, Kathy Enochs. “We are extremely proud of her and thankful that her efforts have be recognized by both her peers and other industry experts.”
60 Minutes Details The Need For Healthcare Cost Savings, GPA And ELAP Provide The Answer
A recent report by 60 minutes exposed a trend that many employees and their employers have felt for years. Healthcare costs are continuing to rise, and a larger share of these cost increases are falling on employees.
According to the Commonwealth Fund, Texas employees spent 12.3 percent of their incomes on health insurance during 2013, the second highest percentage in the country. The consistent growth in insurance costs for employees, 2.4 percent between 2010-2013, makes organizations with the ability to provide affordable “benefits much more appealing than in the past.
“For most middle-income and lower-wage families who have insurance“ at work, if they had to pay the full cost on their own, health insurance would likely be unaffordable,” said the Commonwealth Fund’s Executive Director, Cathy Schoen.
GPA, through their partnership with ELAP Services, LLC, offers the CostPlus (medical bill) Audit Program, which is a smart alternative to the typical PPO plans that barely generate savings in order to counter the rise in healthcare costs. This is a key benefit offered to GPA clients and their employees in a world where the average mark-up for hospital goods and services ranges from 300–2,000 percent.
The CostPlus Program reduces the cost of medical benefit programs for employers and lowers employees’ contributions by offering the transparency they need to make educated healthcare decisions.
￼￼“We understand the burden higher healthcare costs can have on our clients and their employees,” said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO. “That is why we have made it our mission to provide the innovative health solutions and personal attention our clients need to reduce their healthcare costs and improve employee health.”
ELAP, experts in fiduciary management, protects employers and their employees through auditing claims that are often riddled with exorbitant charges from healthcare facilities, while also providing legal defense if balance billing or a collection attempt occurs. GPA and ELAP have responded to the growing awareness of insurance costs and continue to offer customers cost-effective, customized and reliable plan designs that deliver results for businesses of all sizes and industries.
For more information about Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. or ELAP Services, LLC, contact Kathy Enochs at 972.238.7900 or Pete Salveson at 610.321.1030 ext. 161 or PSalveson@elapservices.com.
GPA Named to the Top 100 Places to Work List Alongside Clients
Dallas, Texas (December 29, 2014): Group & Pension administrators, Inc. (GPA), the largest independently owned third-party administrator (TPA) in the southwest, and a number of their clients, were recently recognized on the 2014 list of Top 100 Places to Work by the Dallas Morning News.
GPA COO Kathy enochs expressed her gratitude and compliments to the GPA team and said, “a key part of what makes GPA special is our desire for excellence in everything that we do, whether it’s providing healthcare service for our clients or a great workplace for our staff. Winning this award is an honor because it shows our team’s commitment and can-do attitude.”
Regarding the organization’s culture, Kathy enochs mentioned that GPA encourages an atmosphere of transparency and innovation. “Our employees are the cornerstone of our success and the ones who allow us to provide a high touch experience for our clients. I am very grateful for their dedication and impact on our company and clients,” said enochs.
A number of GPA clients were also named to the Dallas Morning News’ 2014 list of Top 100 Places to Work. GPA clients who also received the award include the american National bank of Texas, Huffines auto Dealership, mHbT, Inc., Tess (Texas 811), The container store and VNa. “It is both a privilege and an honor to be recognized among our clients and other esteemed businesses as one of the best places to work in the Dallas community,” said enochs.
For more information about Group & Pension administrators, Inc., contact Kathy enochs at 972.238.7900.
GPA Employee Nominated For The Wellness Council Of America (WELCOA) Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals
November 18, 2014 (Dallas, TX): Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) is excited to announce the nomination of Brianna Peterson for the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals.
A dedicated wellness expert and GPA Wellness Coordinator, Peterson plays a vital role in the creation and implementation of custom wellness plans for GPA clients. Her efforts in member wellness engagement has led to better plan participation, improved employee health and reduced healthcare spending for GPA clients.
“We are proud to have a member of our team recognized by a respected wellness organization such as WELCOA and are thankful to have employees like Brianna, who work tirelessly to promote wellness initiatives that produce results for our clients. Most importantly, these results have been demonstrated through employers’ health plan cost savings, increased productivity and healthier employee workforces,” said GPA COO, Kathy Enochs.
Claims Processing Mishaps Continue To Cost Employees
October 24, 2014 (Dallas, TX): It seems there is a new story on healthcare fraud published daily. It was recently reported UnitedHealth is seeking reimbursement
of $43 million in claims they paid for multiple employers for which they now allege were fraudulently submitted by providers. This oversight, along with the $68 billion being lost to healthcare fraud each year, continues to negatively impact a vast number of employer’s bottom lines.*
Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA), the largest independently owned third-party administrator (TPA) in the Southwest, and ELAP Services, LLC (ELAP), work together to mitigate the risk of claims fraud for employers while giving employees access to the care they need.
“At GPA, we strive to ensure our clients receive the highest level of healthcare savings possible. Our partnership with ELAP allows us to audit claims proactively to avoid costly mistakes, like improper billing and claims fraud, so our clients bottom line is not adversely impacted,” said Kathy Enochs, Chief Operating Officer of Group & Pension Administrators, Inc.
“The lawsuit filed by United to recover payments, that should never have been made in the first place, just reinforces the fact that employers need to be engaged in managing their plans. We assist employers in developing rational payments to medical providers that identify the actual cost of the service and allow a fair margin above that cost. Cost containment is something employers do very well in all aspects of their business, and healthcare should not be the exception. We bring basic business discipline to healthcare for American companies,” said Steve Kelly, President of ELAP Services, LLC.
FICO Ruling Upholds The CostPlus Mission For Fair Patient Medical Billing
Dallas, Texas (August 22, 2014): FICO, the most widely used credit rating service in the US, recently announced significant changes to their scoring system for medical debt collections. While changes to the FICO scoring system are very unusual, recent analysis has shown that negative blemishes are not an accurate reflection of credit worthiness when it comes to medical debt.
“As the service provider for the CostPlus (medical bill) Audit Program, we are very pleased to hear this decision. Our company has been a long-term advocate of fair payment for medical services. On a daily basis, ELAP employs attorneys that work to prevent the financial hardships that may otherwise result from medical conditions for many individuals who have led fiscally responsible lifestyles,” stated Woody Waters, Vice President and Principle of ELAP Services LLC. “We are pleased to hear that FICO has identified this issue and is working—as we are—to remedy the situation so individuals do not face unfair adversity due to inflated medical bills.”
While CostPlus customers benefit from having a knowledgeable advocate as their partner, many healthcare customers today face large medical bills due to services provided out-of-network. Additionally, consumers often face total healthcare service charges billed at non-negotiated rates, also known as balanced billing. CostPlus works with their clients to identify the medical provider’s actual cost to deliver a service and determines a fair margin above that cost, always in accordance with the clear language of the plan document. Should a medical provider pressure or threaten a plan member in a balance bill situation, ELAP, the service provider for CostPlus, will provide legal defense to both the member and the plan.
While FICO scores may take 6 months or more to change, this change is expected to positively impact some individual’s credit scores by as much as 25 points according to FICO.
For more information about ELAP’s CostPlus (medical bill) Audit Program please contact Woody Waters at 770.254.8382 ext. 148 or email@example.com.
GPA and ELAP on Healthcare Transparency
July 24th, 2014 (Dallas, TX): Bill Miller BBQ, a 75 store restaurant chain and long-standing GPA and ELAP client, was recently highlighted in a Fox Business story related to transparency in healthcare.
The article, “Company Claims Businesses are Paying Way too Much for Medical Coverage,” provides insight into the exorbitant employee healthcare costs and lack of transparency facing employers today.
The chain’s CFO, Barbara Newman, explains the company decision to move into the self-insured model nearly a decade ago. “The decision was driven by transparency. We liked the idea of having a model based on costs plus a margin of the markup versus a percentage off billed charges. We have been with ELAP for seven years, and our costs for employers and employees have remained static,” said Newman.
Steve Kelly, CEO of ELAP Services, had this to say:
“Too many businesses accept sky-high markups on medical services. ELAP works with clients (employers) to help them reduce insurance costs of their employees. We are advising clients to step outside of the traditional insurance model and instead pay claims on a reference basis. We think it’s their right and obligation to pay a reasonable amount for medical services.”
Today, both individuals and businesses are more aware of insurance costs and as a result about 50% of workers who recieve health insurance through their employer are enrolled in self-insured plans. Companies want to take control of their healthcare costs, so self-insured plans are becoming more attractive.
GPA and ELAP have responded to the growing awareness of insurance costs and continues to offer customers cost-effective, customized and reliable plan designs that deliver results for businesses of all sizes and industries. The ELAP/GPA partnership ensures the greatest level of healthcare transparency and reasonable claims costs.
GPA Leadership Presents at MCG Client Forum Conference
Dallas, TX (July 17, 2014): GPA leadership recently presented at the annual MCG Client Forum Conference in Orlando, Florida. The focus of the conference, “Delivering High–Value Care,” highlighted the innovative ways the GPA Nurse Navigatorsm team helps clients, members and providers through enhanced patient access to appropriate care. The GPA HealthWatchsm Executive Director, Barbara Derlein, RN, CCM, CDMS, AATMC, and Manager of the Nurse Navigator program, Rosie Fields, RN, CCM, spoke to attendees from large insurance carriers, federal government representatives and third party administrators. The GPA program delivers high value care tailored specifically to meet each client’s individual needs based upon their unique employee base.
The GPA Nurse Navigator patient concierge program continues to be recognized for successfully addressing rising healthcare costs, reducing questions about healthcare benefit plans and providing quality and cost effective patient options for medical care. The program is designed to serve as a standardized tool that is built on a foundation of evidence-based guidelines to proactively educate members regarding their benefits, healthcare options, and the costs variations of care. The Nurse Navigator program effectively collaborates with other internal GPA programs such as Corporate Care Clinic, Wellness, Disease Management, Utilization Review and Care Management to provide members an innovative and comprehensive solution meeting their healthcare needs.
This unique GPA approach to medical cost containment and patient empowerment has earned the Nurse Navigator program the national recognition this forum offers.
For more information about Nurse Navigator or other GPA services, please contact Barbara Derlein at 972.744.2466 or BarbaraD@gpatpa.com.
Care guidelines from MCG provide fast access to evidence-based best practices and care-planning tools across the continuum of care, supporting clinical decision-making and documentation and enabling efficient transitions between care settings. Eight of the 10 largest U.S. health plans and more than 1,200 hospitals use our evidence-based guidelines and software to help drive effective care for 70% of commercially insured Americans, resulting in better outcomes and contained costs.
Working To Empower Employers And Improve Healthcare
Employers today are often faced with exorbitant employee healthcare costs and a lack of transparency regarding the cost of the corresponding medical procedures. Recently, the President of ELAP Services, LLC (ELAP), Steve Kelly, was interviewed on The Stinchfield Report to discuss how his company and their partners work with self-funded employer groups to understand and control employee healthcare costs.
“Our advice to employers and what we try and do on behalf of private employers and public employers, is to identify what the actual cost of the provider delivering this service is and to allow a fair margin above that cost”, said Kelly. “We have a partner down in Texas that we do quite a bit of work with, Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA) and we think the way out of this issue [the lack of transparency in regard to medical costs and billed procedures] is for employers to step up and take charge of the process.”
—Steve Kelly, President of ELAP Services, LLC
ELAP assists with benefit plan design and jointly establishes limits for payment of medical claims that correlate to providers’ cost of services. Their efforts are guided by principles of transparent pricing, objectivity and fair reimbursement practices. Together with GPA, ELAP offers employers the opportunity to proactively take charge of their spending by delivering true transparency of healthcare costs and custom healthcare services designed to meet the needs of that employer.
The Key To Healthier Employees Through Onsite Care
What are you missing by not having an on-site medical clinic?
An article recently released by Benefits Quarterly, referencing the 2012 On-Site Health Center Survey by Towers Watson, elaborates on the benefits employers’ receive by offering an on-site clinic to their employees. There are a number of incentives that arise from establishing or continuing On-Site Health Centers; reduction in medical expenses, increased access to care, as well as improvement in the quality of care.
Employers with on-site clinics have found an increase in worker productivity as the main reward for on-site services. Employees spend less time in the doctors office, have access to disease and illness management expertise and overall feel better about their employers commitment to their health.
At GPA, we understand the value of an on-site clinic, and are pleased to offer The GPA Health Watch Corporate Care facilities to employers across the United States. Contact our sales team to discuss how GPA can customize an affordable solution to fit your business needs.
Increased Cost Savings
- Co-Op Business: $1800 Savings Per Participant/Annually
- Financial Companies: $2700 Savings Per Participant/Annually
- Absenteeism costs can fall by $2.73 for every dollar spent*
- BeWell averages a 80% participation rate
*Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20075081 - Baicker K, Cutler D, Song Z. Workplace wellness programs can generate savings. Health Aff. 2010;29:304–311.[PubMed]
GPA, A Proud Leader in Healthcare Transparency
Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. is proud to be referenced in a recent article published by The Dallas Morning News, “Tackling hospital charges with audits and transparency,” by Jim Landers. As a GPA customer/business partner, you know that our commitment to accurate claims expense is one of our driving missions. The reduction in erroneous claims cost leads to lower healthcare premiums and savings for all parties affected by rising healthcare costs.
The article highlights the following:
“Employers are starting to see the real costs of what they’re buying and paying for,” said Marianne Fazen, executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health.
“Transparency is going to be a top factor in their negotiations” — with insurers, with audit firms and with hospitals themselves, she said.
Several companies are trying to shed light on these costs for the people paying the bills. Medicare audits, for example, have recovered more than $4.8 billion in hospital charges since 2009.
Audit and transparency companies are now offering their services to the nation’s bigger companies, which typically pay the majority of the hospital costs of their employees.”
Audit and transparency firms like Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. and Compass in Dallas, San Francisco-based Castlight Health and Atlanta’s Advanced Medical Pricing Solutions are trying to get hospitals to accept a different type of payment.
If you would like to know more about GPA’s efforts to reduce the error rate, please contact a member of our sales or service team at: 927.744.2427 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fitness Fairs Provide Fitness Motivation
Lewisville, Texas (May 12, 2014)
Parkway Construction and Associates, L.P. held the Parkway Fit Fair, as part of their effort to promote employee health. The goal of the event was to connect, educate and provide a means of awareness about the services available to assist Parkway employees along their wellness journey. The fair was developed by GPA’s BeWell team and provided physical and educational events throughout the day. It also provided an opportunity for community vendors to introduce their services to Parkway employees and connect with them on an individual basis.
Events began at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome speech from Rick Wojciechowski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkway Construction, stressing the importance of health and wellness in an effort to shape the culture of Parkway for the future. The event kicked off at the sound of the Lewisville Fire Department’s fire engine alarms with the company bike ride & walk/run as the first event. Parkway employees were given the option to participate in one of four activities: a 4.23 mile bike ride, 9.95 mile bike ride, 2.58 mile run, or a 1.69 mile walk. All 73 participants were awarded a Parkway Fit Fair shirt designed by Parkway Construction. A representative from the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure team joined the 9.95-mile bike ride to show support.
Eighteen wellness vendors were included in the event and provided health and wellness information, complimentary vision, hearing and back screenings, massages, refreshments and giveaways. A healthy lunch was also provided to all participants and door prizes were awarded during the day.
Mel Chadwick, CFO of Parkway Construction said, “We were very pleased with the participation from our employees and sponsors and look forward to making this an annual event.”
When asked about the event, Rick Wojciechowski stated the following: “Insurance is the number one cost for Parkway, so we want to encourage our employees to practice healthy lifestyle behaviors. The Fitness Fair is another example of partnering with GPA as part of our efforts to promote employee health.”
GPA Promotes from within the Organization
(February 26, 2014) (Dallas, TX) Group & Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) is pleased to announce that we have recently promoted within the GPA team: Jacki Skwarek, Executive Director IT; Benjamin Nix, Marketing Business Development Associate; and Devon Rex, Client Strategy Coordinator.
“As an organization, we are always in constant pursuit of excellence and fully dedicated to offering our clients nothing but the best. I know that Jacki, Benjamin and Devon will be an intricate part in continuing those pursuits,” said GPA’s COO, Kathy Enochs.
Jacki Skwarek‘s position as Executive Director IT will include implementing and developing new technology to improve the member experience, as well as using existing technology to further departmental integration and bring exciting new products to GPA clients.
As the Marketing Business Development Associate, Benjamin Nix will be responsible for meeting the needs of clients in all aspects regarding partially self-funded plans, from the implementation of a new group to the renewal of existing business by managing the day-to-day supervision, training and development of account managers. Along with these duties, Benjamin will also assist Sales Representatives with the development and acquisition of new clients.
Devon Rex’s responsibilities as Client Strategy Coordinator will include overseeing the client renewal process and assisting the Sales Representatives and Account Management team with all aspects relating to the renewal of existing business and the retention and revenue growth of clients. He will also be an additional resource for brokers and stop-loss carriers in the management and implementation of GPA’s renewal efforts and strategies with our clients.
GPA Announces the Promotions of Joanie Verinder and Consuelo Aviles
January 6, 2014 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) is pleased to announce the promotion of Joanie Verinder, Compliance Director and Consuelo Aviles, Legal/Compliance Support. Verinder and Aviles’ increased responsibility is a direct result of their commitment to GPA and our clients.
Verinder, who also leads the document function for GPA, has served as the face for many clients, brokers and other industry members through the years. She has represented GPA in various industry leadership activities and appeared in round-table presentations for the Health Care Administrators Association, PHIA Group and Society of Professional Benefit Administrators. Verinder has most recently served as president and board of directors member for the Texas Association of Benefit Administrators.
“This recognizes Joanie’s contribution to GPA through her development and administration of the compliance function” said Chief Operating Officer Kathy Enochs. “Her dedication to thoroughness and accuracy of research and ability to communicate current information for compliance with federal and state requirements is a great asset to GPA.”
To continue GPA’s efforts to enhance service to its clients, and to improve efficiency and operating results, the company has placed Consuelo Aviles as Legal/Compliance Support. Aviles, who will report to Verinder, has worked in various jobs in the company and will utilize her knowledge of GPA and how it operates to contribute in her new role.
“We feel that Verinder and Aviles will be a very effective leadership team for the company. Their knowledge should further GPA’s mission to exceptional quality” said Chief Operating
Officer Kathy Enochs.
GPA Names Barbara Derlein Executive Director
July 17, 2013 (Dallas, TX) GPA is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Barbara Derlein R.N., CCM, CDMS, AATMC to Executive Director. As one of the founding members of our HealthWatch department, she has been instrumental in the twelve-year track record of success.
“Barbara’s steadfast commitment to expand the clinical area of HealthWatch is an inspiration to us all,” said Kathy Enochs, COO. “I am proud of her initiative, and the wide variety of products we continue to develop and offer to our clients.”
Barbara is largely responsible for helping HealthWatch grow to more than 65 healthcare specialists and the development of its clinical products and services. Her industry knowledge and leadership are invaluable assets to the HealthWatch team.
About GPA's HealthWatch™ – Medical Management Solutions
HealthWatch provides members with innovative care management and wellness services delivered by credentialed healthcare specialists, supported by advanced data analytical tools, to improve employee productivity and control healthcare costs. Services include BeWellSM Programs, Disease Management, Case Management, Utilization Review, Maternity Management, Nurse Navigator and coming soon “On-site Clinics”.
GPA Nurse Navigator℠ strikes the balance between care and cost
June 19, 2012 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced that its GPA Nurse Navigator service is now available to guide and support members through the complex healthcare system.
GPA's innovative service provides members with all the information they need to make wise decisions that directly improve treatment outcomes and lower costs while offering a better understanding of benefits and their financial responsibility. For instance, healthcare costs for the same service can vary significantly within the same market – sometimes by more than 100%, and with GPA Nurse Navigator members are made aware of their options.
"We know the healthcare system can be confusing for members, which is why we designed an advocate service that gives them the guidance they need to obtain the right care and fairest prices," said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO. "It's proven that when members are empowered, they make healthcare decisions that not only improve health outcomes, but also reduce medical costs for them and their employers."
How GPA Nurse Navigator Works
Dedicated teams, including GPA registered nurses, bilingual medical support specialists and benefit specialists, give members the tools and support they need to make the best decisions for the most appropriate care, prevent duplicate testing and avoid unnecessary hospital visits. Services include:
- Provider/facility identification and quality metrics
- Comprehensive cost management of medical services such as inpatient, out-patient, radiology, lab tests, office visits, prescription drugs and more
- Appointment facilitation and medical record retrieval
- Treatment education and follow-up guidance
- Benefit plan education and assistance
The City of McKinney — which was the first organization to use GPA's new service — has realized cost savings and improved outcomes and satisfaction for members.
"GPA Nurse Navigator is a valuable service that allows our plan participants to be better healthcare consumers while reducing a lot of confusion with today's healthcare system," said Lana Raimbault, human resources analyst, City of McKinney. "In just six months, we have received a lot of positive feedback from employees and realized an ROI of 3:1 and cost savings of over $75,500."
GPA Names Thomas McDaniel Chief Financial Officer
April 19, 2012 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA), one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced that Thomas McDaniel has been named Chief Financial Officer. In his new role, McDaniel will lead GPA's financial strategy and operations, including the development and maintenance of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate results.
"We are pleased to welcome Tommy to our senior team," said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO. "His demonstrated business and financial acumen along with his industry knowledge and leadership skills are great assets to our organization, as we continue to deliver leading healthcare benefit solutions that provide significant cost savings and improved health outcomes to our customers.
With more than 22 years of accounting experience -- including the past seven years as GPA's controller -- McDaniel specializes in auditing, tax and consulting for the insurance, marketing, construction, banking and manufacturing industries. McDaniel earned a BSBA in Accounting from the University of Arkansas.
GPA Promotes Early Detection Lymphedema Screening
Advancing women's health remains core focus for third party administrator
October 19, 2011 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States and an active promoter of women's health, today announced that it strongly endorses Lymphedema screening in pre- and post-surgical breast cancer patients.
When breast cancer is diagnosed, treatment may include chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery. While these treatments have proved to increase the breast cancer cure rate, one potential side effect is Lymphedema, a debilitating chronic disorder causing limb swelling and inflammation.
"For years, GPA has encouraged its clients to offer mammography screening, an instrumental measure in early detection of breast cancer," began Barbara Derlein, Director of HealthWatch, GPA. "Based on recent research, we now recommend Lymphedema screening to help prevent an unnecessary chronic complication of breast cancer treatment, and offer this benefit to our employees."
Derlein added, "Typically, our health plan groups cover mammography screening at age 40 or 45, depending on plan design. When a group elects GPA wellness services, we provide health education and active promotion of breast cancer and Lymphedema screenings."
In a recent position paper, the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) recommended all breast cancer patients receive pre- and post-treatment measurements on both arms, and consistent measurements throughout their treatment, and that practitioners use bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) or infared perometry as opposed to a tape measure. These precautions have proved to reduce the occurrence of Lymphedema.
GPA's own health plan offers its employees coverage for this testing procedure with the use of the spectroscopy with the Lymphedema index (L-Dex) measurement system and has partnered with L-Dex to offer this new paradigm of Lymphedema management.
"As a wellness and prevention champion, GPA strongly promotes health plan coverage for oncologists to clinically assess the early stages of Lymphedema because it is the right thing to do for the patient and plan," said Kathy Enochs, COO for GPA. "GPA has long been an advocate in advancing women's health, and we continue to stay on top of leading healthcare research and trends to ensure our groups and members stay as healthy as possible."
"Before the early identification of Lymphedema using bioimpedience spectroscopy, the method of measurement available to physicians was not sophisticated enough to detect the minute changes in extracellular fluid that occur before clinically noticeable," said Dr. Alison Laidley, Texas Breast Specialists, Texas Oncology. "Early identification and treatment of pre-clinical Lymphedema is so important to preventing a life-long complication that can so easily be prevented when diagnosed early. In the future this test may also help to identify the earliest signs of Lymphedema in patients with other types of cancer."
Lymphedema effects up to one-third of the 180,000 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients annually and 2.3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States according to The Avon Foundation for Women white paper of April 2011.
GPA Earns URAC Reaccreditation For Disease Management
May 25, 2011 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. announced today that it, again, has been awarded full Disease Management Accreditation from URAC, a Washington, DC-based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry.
"We are extremely proud to have once again met URAC's rigorous health care standards for our Disease Management program," said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO. "This truly underscores our ongoing commitment to delivering high quality, effective and efficient services and solutions to our members with high-risk and chronic health conditions.
Enochs continued, "Our efforts translate into tangible savings for our clients. On average, clients with 100 - 5000 employees realize a quantifiable ROI of 3:1. And, those numbers are often higher as in the case of an oil and gas client with 200 employees that realized an ROI of 5:1 and annual savings of more than $384,000 after several years in the Disease Management program."
GPA's disease management and lifestyle coaching programs are services designed to improve and streamline treatment for chronic health conditions and high-risk individuals. These programs help employees better manage their care and make them more responsible for their own well-being while helping employers benefit from lower medical claim costs and improved outcomes. The program covers chronic and lifestyle conditions including: diabetes, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, depression/substance abuse, maternity, weight management, stress management, smoking cessation, cholesterol management, and blood pressure management.
"Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. should be commended for meeting strict quality standards," said Alan P. Spielman, URAC president and CEO. "It is critically important for health care organizations to make a commitment to quality and accountability. URAC accreditation is a demonstration of that commitment."
URAC's accreditation equips disease management organizations with the tools needed to promote quality and better assess and respond to the needs of health plan members. The URAC Disease Management standards promote evidence-based practice, collaborative relationships with providers, consumer education and shared-decision making with consumers.
URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization is a leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation and certification programs. URAC's standards keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a mark of distinction for health care organizations to demonstrate their commitment to quality and accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URAC ensures that all stakeholders are represented in setting meaningful standards for the health care industry. For more information, visit www.urac.org.
GPA Wellness Program Recognized For Producing Results
BeWell Program Improves Employee Productivity, Reduces Medical Costs
March 8, 2011 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced that it has received a Gold “Well Workplace” Award from the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) for its BeWellSM Wellness Program. This award recognizes organizations that have developed comprehensive wellness programs that produce results and are a strategic and integral part of the business. A customized BeWell program is available to all GPA customers.
BeWell designs organized wellness programs to engage and energize the workforce in living healthier lifestyles and provides the best possible solution to prevent future health problems and related costs. BeWell provides guidance and expertise support from our certified Wellness Coordinators in program strategy, incentive management, implementation, communication plans, wellness champions, personalized web portal, maintenance, coordination and effectively evaluating the program. With BeWell, GPA customers benefit from improved productivity and reduced medical costs.
“On average, our customers save $990 per BeWell participant in healthcare claims per year,” said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO. “But, some customers realize even greater savings. We have a customer that saved $1400 per BeWell participant annually utilizing our full suite of HealthWatch (Care Management) Services, and at GPA, our plan saved $1,621 per year per BeWell participant.”
Enochs continued, “We are thrilled that we have received a distinction as one of the healthiest companies in America. This award illustrates the value of our BeWell wellness program for GPA, as well as our customers and their employees who also benefit from the program.”
GPA’s BeWell program delivers tailored health management programs to meet individual needs. Features include one-on-one lifestyle counseling with our GPA Care Coaches including registered dieticians, cardiac specialists and mental health professionals; onsite screenings; online health risk assessments; wellness awareness and educational information; health tracking tools; digital coaching; and incentive management. GPA employees earn BeWell points that translate into monetary and health plan benefit rewards for participating in wellness activities such as its lunch-n-learn programs, lifestyle coaching programs, annual physical exams, community events, and much more. And, they become healthy along the way.
WELCOA’s Workplace Awards recognize quality and excellence in worksite health promotion. Driven by a pre-defined set of worksite wellness criteria, organizations of all kinds compete to be recognized as one of America’s Healthiest Companies. In 2010, WELCOA awarded 64 awards to companies and organizations. 121,646 employees lives were enhanced by these “Well Workplace” Awards programs in 2010.
“Organizations that receive a “Well Workplace” award are committed to protecting and enhancing the health and well-being of their most valuable asset--their employees,” said Dr. David Hunnicutt, President of WELCOA. “By successfully integrating WELCOA's seven benchmarks of results-oriented wellness programs, GPA, as a “Well Workplace” award winner, has demonstrated that its program is not only comprehensive, but effective. It is evident that employee wellness is part of GPA’s overall business strategy.”
To read more about WELCOA “Well Workplace” Awards, please visit www.welcoa.org/wellworkplace/index.php?category=19
GPA and Several Clients Named to Dallas Morning News’ Top 100 Places To Work
January 13, 2011 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced that it and six of its clients have been named to the Dallas Morning News’ list of the Top 100 Places to Work in Texas. This is the second time that GPA earned that distinction.
“It is an honor to be recognized as a top place to work in Texas. We truly value our employees and strive to provide a caring and positive workplace; this distinction certainly is a testament to that goal,” said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO. “It doesn’t surprise me that several of our clients – The Container Store, The Richards Group, The American National Bank of Texas, McQueary Henry Bowles Troy LLP, L&B Realty Advisors LLP, Insight for Living – made this year’s list as well. At GPA, we provide services for the most discerning employers that understand the strategic and competitive value their employees represent. We are proud to help them manage their healthcare benefits for the ultimate health of their employees and their organization.”
The Top 100 companies – categorized by size – were chosen through confidential employee surveys, conduced by the Dallas Morning News’ research partner, Workplace Dynamics. This year, 48,000 employees filled out the detailed surveys, rating how well their organizations lived up to 18 statements ranging from This organization operates by strong value and ethics to I feel well-informed about important decisions at this organization. Winners hail from industries ranging from schools and hospitals to oil companies and law firms. To participate, nominated companies had to give Workplace Dynamics access to all of their employees.
“One theme that emerged was leadership,” Dallas Morning News Business editor Dennis Fulton said. “This year’s respondents overwhelmingly agreed that they love working for bosses who inspire confidence and keep them in the loop.”
To read more about this year’s competition, go to dallasnews.com/top100.
J.W. Dewbre Named Vice President at GPA
February 24, 2010 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced that its General Counsel, J.W. Dewbre, has been named Vice President. In his new role, Mr. Dewbre will help drive the strategic direction of GPA while continuing to oversee the legal affairs of the company. He has been chief counsel at GPA since August 2007.
"With his unique blend of legal and healthcare experience, J.W. Dewbre has improved our legal service delivery and added invaluable thought leadership to our team, said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO. “He has done an exceptional job at GPA and our organization and clients benefit from his leadership in our industry.”
With extensive experience in corporate law and the healthcare industry, Mr. Dewbre has served in a critical corporate counsel capacity at leading companies including the American Heart Association, American General Corporation, USLIFE Corporation and the Republic National Life Insurance Company. Mr. Dewbre is an experienced lawyer, being admitted to practice in all State Courts in Texas, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has served as Chairman of the Legislative Committee Texas Association of Life and Health Insurers and the Reinsurance Subcommittee International Law Section American Bar Association and was elected President of the Corporate Counsel Section State Bar of Texas. He is published in numerous legal publications. Notable features include pieces on “Agency Law Manual” for the American Council of Life Insurers, “Computer Security” for the North Texas Association of Insurance Counsel and “Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements" for the American Heart Association. Mr. Dewbre holds a J.D. (LL.B) from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a BS from Texas A&M.
GPA and Clients Named “Healthiest Companies in America”
GPA, Navy Army Federal Credit Union and American Marazzi Tile lauded for employee health and low healthcare costs
September 23, 2009 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced that GPA and two of its clients — Navy Army Federal Credit Union and American Marazzi Tile — were named “healthiest companies in America” by Interactive Health Solutions (IHS), the leading provider of on-site Health Evaluations to companies nationwide. The award is based on clinical evaluations of employee participants across an index of key health indicators.
GPA received the Most Improved award and Navy Army Federal Credit Union and American Marazzi Tile received the Healthiest Companies Overall award. Winning companies were selected based on best year-to-year aggregate Interactive Health Index (IHI) score improvement and best overall IHI score, respectively. The organizations were selected from more than 2,000 that participate in the IHS program.
GPA, Navy Army Federal Credit Union and American Marazzi Tile received the honors for making highly measurable progress in reducing medical costs and encouraging employee health through prevention-based healthcare. All three companies use GPA’s HealthWatchTM Medical Management Solutions, which provide integrated wellness tools, programs and resources to help employees manage their overall health while minding the bottom line impact of healthcare.
"GPA has long been committed to helping our employees and our clients’ employees be as healthy and productive as possible while managing healthcare costs. In fact, we designed HealthWatch with this in mind," said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO. "More and more of our clients benefit from improved productivity and lower healthcare costs and these awards showcase the efforts.”
“IHS is proud to recognize the achievements – and especially, the commitment – of these companies and their employees,” says Jim Banks, IHS CEO. “The impact of preventative care extends from the individual employee, who may enjoy a longer, more active life, to the employer, who gains healthier, more productive workers, and an effective means of impacting healthcare costs.”
Preventative programs uncover hidden conditions
IHS’ research indicates that in a typical company 58 percent of employees have medical conditions that are unknown and/or not being treated, and require some type of medical intervention. According to IHS, some of these conditions carry a high price tag in lost productivity and poor service quality. For example:
- Employees who don’t get sick save money in medical costs. IHS calculates that on average, the 2008 Healthiest Companies in America spent $1,280 less per employee on annual healthcare costs.
- Healthy employees perform better on the job. Rates of presenteeism (employees that are at work but not productive) at the 2008 Healthiest Companies workplaces are 22 percent lower than non-participants.
- Population Health Management helps slow rising healthcare costs. A 2007 study by Zoe Consulting, Inc., Catawba, South Carolina, showed that, for IHS participants, the actual medical cost growth rate was 54 percent lower than the medical cost growth rates for non-participants.
About GPA’s HealthWatchTM Medical Management Solutions
HealthWatch™ – Medical Management Solutions provide wellness tools and resources for an organization’s entire employee base and assist chronically ill employees and their covered family members. Powered by advanced data analytic tools, HealthWatch enables employers to help employees:
- Manage their overall health
- Evaluate and manage risk
- Assess healthcare program quality and costs
- Target, evaluate and improve disease management programs
- Improve underwriting predictability and financial forecasting
HealthWatch services include integrated wellness programs — complete with online health risk assessments, onsite screenings, electronic health information and tools, lifestyle management interventions and incentive management programs — lifestyle coaching, disease management, case management, utilization review and maternity management. For more information, please visit www.gpatpa.com/healthwatch.htm.
About Interactive Health Solutions, Inc. (IHS)
Interactive Health Solutions, Inc. (IHS) provides turnkey population health management programs to companies nationwide. Program services are clinically based and fully HIPAA compliant. The year-round IHS program includes annual, on-site Health Evaluations; individualized health goals; in-person courses and online information about specific conditions; as well as full program administration, record keeping and reporting. IHS employs a national staff of medical professionals (physicians, phlebotomists, counselors, nurses and others) that administer the tests. IHS then reviews and recommends courses of action. The company maintains a comprehensive database and a virtual medical file for each participant. For more information, contact IHS at 800-840-6100, or visit www.healthiestcompanies.com or www.interactivehealthsolutions.com.
San Antonio Company Lowers Healthcare Cost By Over 40%
Bill Miller Bar-B-Q goes back to basics to reduce healthcare costs
May 5, 2009 (San Antonio, TX) Bill Miller Bar-B-Q, a San Antonio-based restaurant chain, today announced that since it went “back to basics” with its health care plan on August 1, 2008, it has dropped related cost by more than 40%.
Based on an analysis of health care costs in relation to generally accepted financial arrangements within the health care provider community, Bill Miller Bar-B-Q terminated its PPO program and restructured its group health insurance program by partnering with area medical providers. Under its new program, medical care providers are reimbursed on a cost-plus basis.
“We start at cost and add a margin rather than rely on PPO networks and insurance companies who historically pay based on a phantom original bill which is then discounted,” began Barbara Newman, CFO for Bill Miller Bar-B-Q. “Our method uses benchmarks to set parameters upon which medical claims are paid. We feel that this approach is much more in line with common sense, typical American business practices and our fiduciary duty.”
According to Insurance Consultant Bill Rusteberg, the new program makes sense for employers who are concerned about health care costs. “Under this program Bill Miller Bar-B-Q would have spent as much as 40% or more for the same benefits had they remained on a traditional PPO program. Managed care has morphed into a significant cost-driver instead of a cost-saver.”
Barbara Newman added, “With the savings realized under this innovative approach to health care, Bill Miller Bar-B-Q has improved benefits at no additional cost to our employees. How many companies these days can offer better benefits at no additional cost to the employee or the company?”
The program is administered by Texas-based Group and Pension Administrators, Inc (GPA) which has offices in San Antonio, Dallas and Houston, Texas. The company’s COO Kathy Enochs said, “We share Bill Miller Bar-B-Q’s concern about rising health care costs and take steps every day to ensure our clients benefit from custom plans that are high quality yet cost friendly. Going back to basics can be one way to ensure we meet those objectives.”
About Bill Miller Bar-B-Q
Bill Miller Bar-B-Q presently operates 69 restaurants in the San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Austin markets, primarily selling specially prepared barbecued meats. The restaurants have dining rooms and food-to-go service. Bill Miller Bar-B-Q owns all its own real estate and buildings and operates its own distribution center. For more information, visit billmillerbbq.com.
GPA Announces Operation Team Appointments
Madalyn Straughan now VP of Operations; Dana Gonyer joins as Director of Claims
January 22, 2009 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced operational team appointments. Madalyn Straughan has been named Vice President of Operations and Dana Gonyer has joined as the Company's Director of Claims.
"Madalyn and Dana bring a wealth of healthcare experience and knowledge to their respective positions," said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO. "Their leadership will be a great asset to us and our customers as we strive to deliver exceptional custom health care benefit management solutions."
Madalyn Straughan brings significant leadership, experience and customer commitment to her new executive position, in which she holds overall responsibility for GPA's Administration, 125 Pension, Customer Service and Claims departments. An industry veteran, Ms. Straughan has been with GPA for more than 10 years and in the claims business for 28, doing everything from the ground up. She has also served as the Director of GPA's Houston Branch Office since it opened in 1999 and, most recently, served as the Company's Director of Claims.
Dana Gonyer is responsible for overseeing Claims and Stop-Loss operations. She comes to GPA with an abundance of leadership experience specific to TPA operations. Before joining GPA, Ms. Goyner worked with BenefitPlanners and provided valuable leadership through that organization's transition first to FiServ Health and subsequently URM under the United Health Care umbrella. In her most recent position as a Director at URM, she was responsible for 100 clients and 30,000 lives. Her operational oversight included everything from Claims Administration to Customer Service. Prior to her tenure at UMR, she served as a Senior Account Manager for the telecommunications company SITEL Corporation. She formerly was a member of the Professional Teleservices Management Association (PTMA).
GPA Supports Local Charities
January 5, 2009 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced that its employees in the Dallas, San Antonio and Houston offices have once again donated their time and needed supplies and donations to local charitable organizations.
“GPA cares about the local communities where we live and work, and each year our employees take time to reach out and offer assistance,” said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO. “In this most recent holiday season, we gave donations to food banks and donated toys to a local charity.”
GPA supports local food banks in its regional office locations of Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The Company also collects and donates toys for Community Partners of Dallas, a charitable organization that helps children who are in the Child Protective Services program.
GPA Gives Employees Cash Bonus to Alleviate "Pain at the Pump"
July 8, 2008 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced that it is providing its employees with a $200 "gas bonus" to help offset the high price of gasoline.
"As gasoline prices continue to climb, giving our full- and part-time employees a break on their daily commutes is the least we can do," said GPA COO Kathy Enochs. "Our president, Jerry L. McPeters, has always said 'the foundation of GPA's success is our employees.' We understand that anything we can do to ease their burden will allow them to stay focused on our commitment to delivering exceptional service to our clients while providing a great place to work."
GPA has been concerned about high gasoline prices and the impact on its employees for years. In 2005, the Company implemented a "gas giveaway" in which four employees' names are drawn at the monthly employee meeting and each winner receives $50. GPA also gave every employee a $200 "gas bonus" in 2006.
GPA Clients' Healthcare Costs Rank Below National Average
Focused on total plan efficiency, GPA projects another year of client healthcare savings in 2008
February 26, 2008 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA), one of the largest independent third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, announced that its clients' average healthcare claim and per-employee fixed costs in 2007 were approximately 17% below the national average. GPA projects even lower costs for its clients in 2008.
According to Towers Perrin's 2007 annual Healthcare Cost Survey, which offers the industry's most in-depth, prospective look at the upcoming year's healthcare costs for employers, employees and retirees, the average corporate health benefit expenditure in 2008 will be $9,312 per employee – an increase of 7% over 2007.
GPA analyzed similar costs for its employer clients and found that compared to Towers Perrin's findings, its $400 million in claims and fixed costs for 2007 equaled $7,225 per employee or 17% less than national average for 2007 of $8,700. Further, GPA expects this trend to continue in 2008, with projected per-employee costs of approximately $7,530 or a projected 19% below the national average.
"We continually scrutinize every facet of our business to ensure we are effectively managing and lowering total healthcare costs for our clients," said GPA Chief Operating Officer Kathy Enochs. "We are pleased that our efforts are literally paying off for our clients and that GPA provides a competitive alternative for companies who actively seek to manage their plan's performance."
Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA) is the largest independently owned third-party administrator (TPA) in the Southwest, providing highest-quality and custom healthcare benefit management solutions to self-insured employers. For 40 years, GPA has combined its value of service excellence with a commitment to clients, employing industry-leading technology, tools and – above all – "high-touch" patient care to deliver the healthiest employees and the "healthiest" bottom line. For more information, visit gpatpa.com.
GPA Medical Director Named Among Top Doctors by D Magazine
Dale Ragle, MD chosen by Dallas/Ft. Worth-area peers
January 8, 2008 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA), one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, congratulated its Medical Director, Dr. Dale Ragle, MD for being voted one of the top doctors in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, as published in last month's issue of D Magazine.
Dr. Ragle is the Medical Director for GPA's HealthWatch™ Medical Cost Containment services. In that role, he reviews potential denials and provides peer-to-peer consultations to ensure physicians practice within evidence-based medicine. He also acts as Chairman of GPA's Quality Management Committee, oversees Disease and Case Managers as they manage complex medical cases, and plays an active role in quality improvement within GPA's Care Coordination program.
"It's no surprise to us that Dale's peers chose him as a top doctor," said GPA Chief Operating Officer, Kathy Enochs. "He has added a top-quality medical perspective to our staff and provides a great service to our clients – and he's wonderful to have around!"
About Dr. Ragle
In addition to his role as Medical Director at GPA, Dr. Ragle is a board-certified family physician, in private practice at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. Dr. Ragle serves as the chairman of the Family Practice Department at Presbyterian and has led several quality improvement process initiatives there. He graduated from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas and received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.
GPA Gives Back to Those In Need
GPA employees throughout Texas support their local community charities to celebrate the holiday season
December 31, 2007 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced that in the holiday spirit of giving, its employees in the Dallas, San Antonio and Houston offices have donated their time and needed supplies to local charitable organizations.
"At GPA, we encourage our employees to give back to the communities in which they live and work," said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO. "This year, our respective regional offices chose worthy organizations in their area that they could support with time and monetary donations in this season of giving."
GPA's Dallas office supported the North Texas Food bank by hosting a food drive and making monetary donations. In addition, for the month of December, employees were able to "dress down" each Friday for a $5.00 donation to the Food Bank. GPA will continue to support the Food Bank throughout 2008 by helping to replenish its shelves to ensure those in need have enough supplies year round. Dallas employees also conducted a toy drive for Community Partners of Dallas, a charitable organization that helps children who are in the Child Protective Services program.
GPA's San Antonio office aligned itself with The Rainbow Room, an organization within the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services that supports children in the Child Protective Services system. Team members provided items including medical supplies, food, diapers and clothing.
GPA's Houston office chose the Second Mile Ministries, an organization that helps abused women and children in need of safety and shelter. Employees donated toys, blankets, bedding and clothing.
Healthcare Self-Management Easier with GPA's Improved HealthWatch™ Solutions
The Container Store takes advantage of integrated online wellness tools to help employees stay healthier; maintain lower healthcare costs
December 8, 2007 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) one of the largest independently owned benefit plan administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced that it has bolstered its HealthWatch™ solution with BeWellSM, an integrated wellness program including tools, resources, reporting and incentives. Designed to better manage the balance between care and cost, BeWell enables employers with large employee populations to improve their health accountability, overall health and productivity levels, while improving healthcare cost management. The Container Store, the nation's leading retailer of storage and organization products, is GPA's first client to take advantage of BeWell.
"We are very proud that GPA has selected The Container Store to launch the program," said Renée Morris, Benefit Manager for The Container Store. "We have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with GPA as our benefit plan administrator over the last several years, and we are looking forward to elevating our three-year-old "1 Equals 3 ... It's All About Me" wellness program to the next level through this collaboration."
The Container Store is one of many leading employers that are implementing incentive-based wellness programs to help employees make more informed decisions, be healthier and enjoy lower healthcare costs. In fact, according to a CBS News report, studies show $3 in healthcare savings for every $1 spent on wellness.
"Less than 3% of the healthcare dollar is spent on prevention while 70% of healthcare costs are related to preventable, chronic conditions caused by individual lifestyle choices," said Kathy Enochs, COO. "Many health problems can be avoided if employees are provided with better and customized information and tools to better take care of themselves and their health finances."
Earlier this year GPA partnered with HealthMedia, a global leader in scalable behavior change interventions with outcomes, to create BeWell. BeWell features online health risk assessments (HRAs), onsite screenings, electronic health information and tools, lifestyle management interventions and incentive management programs.
As the first GPA client to take advantage of BeWell, Container Store employees will participate in HRAs and follow-up interventions for weight management and physical activity, nutrition improvement, stress management and smoking cessation. The web-based interventions also include numerous tools and resources such as a medical library, recipes, goal-setting tools, and iPod-enabled exercise and relaxation videos.
About GPA's HealthWatch™ – Medical Management Solutions
HealthWatch is powered by advanced data analytic tools that enable employers to make informed, accurate healthcare decisions. With HealthWatch, GPA helps prevent 70% of chronic conditions and related healthcare costs. Services include BeWellSM Programs, Disease Management, Case Management, Utilization Review and Maternity Management.
About HealthMedia Inc.
HealthMedia, Inc. is the global leader in scalable behavior change interventions with outcomes. HealthMedia's proven outcomes increase compliance, reduce medical utilization, and increase productivity – boosting profitability for health plans, employers, pharmaceutical companies, and behavioral health organizations. A fusion of their own unique technology and proven behavioral science, HealthMedia delivers individually tailored behavior change interventions for health and wellness, disease management, behavioral health, and medication compliance. Clients include Kaiser Permanente, UPS, Cleveland Clinic, Johnson & Johnson, GSK, and eight Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations across the United States. HealthMedia partners include APS Healthcare, Corphealth, Health Dialog, Wellsource, and SHPS. For more information visit www.healthmedia.com.
About The Container Store
The Container Store is the nation's leading retailer of storage and organization products, featuring more than 10,000 innovative products designed to help customers save space and time. With 34 locations across the U.S., the Container store has been named to Fortune magazine's annual list of the "100 Best Companies to Work" for the past eight years. For more information visit www.thecontainerstore.com.
GPA Honors Neal Stanley for 25 Years of Dedication
March 19, 2007 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA), one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced that Neal Stanley, Vice President and Actuary, celebrated 25 years of service to GPA on March 1, 2007.
"Neal has been a tremendous asset to GPA for years. He brings us a combination of strong analytical skills, experience and business acumen, which are essential when designing and managing programs that control risk," said GPA COO Kathy Enochs. "We congratulate him on 25 years of exceptional service."
"I find my work interesting and intellectually challenging. In today’s ever-changing market, there are new risks everyday and I enjoy tackling them," said Neal Stanley. "Working at GPA is a true pleasure – my co-workers are like family, the company is built on integrity, and the products and services are great ones."
About Neal Stanley
Mr. Stanley has served as GPA’s Vice President and Actuary for the past 25 years. In this role, he advises clients on reserves and contributions. Before joining GPA, Mr. Stanley spent 29 years with Republic National Life, where he held progressive positions in the Actuarial Division until, ultimately, serving as its Chief Actuary. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He enjoys spending time with his wife and their dogs on their two acres of land in Lakewood.
GPA Employees Feel Less "Pain at the Pump"
Cash Giveaway Eases Commuting Cost
September 19, 2006 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA), one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced that it has taken its monthly employee cash giveaway program to new heights, giving every employee $200 to help counter high gasoline prices.
“We’ve been concerned about the impact of gasoline prices on our employees for about a year,” said GPA President Jerry McPeters, “So, some time ago, we created a cash giveaway at our monthly meetings, in which we draw four names and each winner receives $50. At our last meeting, we turbo-charged the program and gave every GPA employee a ‘gas bonus’ of $200.”
“Our employees are core to GPA’s success and their satisfaction is very important to us,” said GPA COO Kathy Enochs. “We hope our monthly bonuses and this end-of-summer giveaway help alleviate the costs of commuting and reinforce our commitment to our employees’ health and well-being.”
GPA Names David West Director of Corporate Development
August 15, 2006 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA), one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced it has appointed David W. West, CLU, CEBS as its new Director of Corporate Development. An employee benefits sales and marketing veteran, Mr. West has extensive experience helping employer clients balance corporate financial goals with human resource needs and expectations. At GPA, Mr. West is responsible for ensuring that clients have a clear understanding of the value and potential opportunity of GPA offerings – especially during the important renewal process.
“GPA offers valuable solutions and services from next-generation, technology-based decision-support capabilities – provided through our partnership with Medstat – to our core, cost-effective medical management services,” said Kathy Enochs, GPA’s COO. “David joins GPA to help formulate and communicate specific advantages of our offerings to the market. When our brokers and clients are well informed, they are able to make decisions that make good business sense.”
About David W. West
Before joining GPA, Mr. West was the senior associate and vice president for Mercer Health & Benefits / Marsh EBS, where he was responsible for developing and managing client relationships and enhancing deliverables for the market. Prior to that, he was the senior sales consultant for the Dallas regional sales office of Great-West Healthcare / General American, where he guided the marketing administration of medical programs and other ancillary products. He has also held positions at John Hancock Mutual Insurance Company and Travelers Insurance Company / MetraHealth. Mr. West is a former president of the DFW Chapter of ISCEBS and a member of the Southwest Benefits Association and Dallas Business Group on Health. He has also published “The Network Discount Shell Game” in the 2005 May / June issue of News Briefs and is a frequent speaker on the subject. Mr. West holds a BS in Economics from Furman University.
GPA Now Offers Fully Insured Group Health Insurance
Introducing new partnership with US Health and Life Insurance Company
August 10, 2006 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA), one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced that it has formed a partnership with US Health and Life Insurance (USHL) Company, which specializes in group health and life products. The two companies will work together to offer a fully insured group health insurance benefit program for employers with 2 – 50 employees. This small group product is currently available; please contact GPA for a proposal.
USHL benefit packages feature traditional PPO plans with a choice of deductible and co-insurance maximums as well as prescription drug benefits and options such as Health Savings Account compatible plans. The program uses the Texas True Choice Network.
"We continually explore new partnerships, products and services to enable brokers to offer the best and most comprehensive benefit packages to their clients," said GPA Chief Operating Officer Kathy Enochs. "USHL shares our commitment to high-level service and value. We believe our partnership will help our brokers reach existing clients and attract new ones."
If you would like more information about GPA and US Health and Life Insurance benefits, please contact Paula Welborn at 800-827-7223, 972-744-2461 or email@example.com.
About US Health and Life Insurance Company
US Health and Life Insurance Company (ushealthandlife.com) is a Michigan domiciled insurance company specializing in group health and life products, including: Health Plans, Health Savings Accounts, High Deductible Health Plans, Prescription Drug Programs, Dental Plans and Life Insurance. The company’s rating philosophies, built by years of specialization and experience in managing health care plans, combined with its sophisticated claim processing system ensures clients receive prompt and accurate information.
GPA Announces Exciting Changes
June 9, 2006 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced some exciting changes within the company.
Beckie Ingram is now director, account management and will handle all accounts in Southwest Texas. Ms. Ingram replaces Freddy Powell, who served in GPA’s San Antonio office as an account manager. Ms. Ingram, who is a 21-year GPA veteran and HIAA certified, most recently served as director of claims. Prior to that, she spent time in administration / eligibility, underwriting and marketing services.
Wendy Smith of marketing services is being promoted to assistant account manager and will continue in her role while supporting Ms. Ingram and Lori Brown in ensuring all customer needs are met and exceeded. Over the last 12 years, Ms. Smith has worked in stop–loss, account funding, check writing, administration, customer service and marketing.
Madalyn Straughan, also a long-time GPA veteran, is being promoted to director of claims and will assume Ms. Ingram’s former responsibilities. Ms. Straughan has been in the claims business for 28 years – doing everything from the ground up – and has been the director of GPA’s Houston Branch Office since it opened in 1999.
"I am confident that Beckie, Wendy and Madalyn will do outstanding jobs in their new roles, and that our valued customers will continue to enjoy the same level of commitment, customer service and satisfaction they have enjoyed in the past," said Kathy Enochs, GPA COO. "We congratulate Beckie, Wendy and Madalyn and wish Freddy well in her future endeavors."
GPA Names Renee Sax Account Manager
March 23, 2006 (Dallas, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced that it has named Renee Sax as an Account Manager. At GPA, Ms. Sax, who has a wealth of industry and account management experience, is responsible for assisting new clients in all aspects of becoming a client as well as well as serving as the first line of contact for existing clients and brokers.
"Renee’s strong healthcare and account management experience promises to add great value to our customers, as they join or extend their relationship with GPA," said GPA COO Kathy Enochs. "We are pleased to welcome Renee to the team."
About Renee Sax
Before joining GPA, Ms. Sax worked on the broker side of the business as an Account Manager at Wilson Benefits. Prior to that, she spent more than 20 years at General American Life Insurance, where she held progressive positions, including serving as an Account Manager from 1990 to 2003. Ms. Sax was granted her HIA designation in 1990.
GPA Appoints New Sales Executive
December 8, 2005 (Richardson, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced that it has appointed Paula Welborn as its new sales executive. Ms. Welborn has more than two decades of experience in the health insurance industry, with a specialty in sales, customer retention and marketing. At GPA, Ms. Welborn is responsible for account management, business development and the marketing of a fully insured product to GPA’s Texas clients.
“As we continue to be 100% committed to providing quality products and services to our customers, the need for additional experienced sales leadership has increased,” said GPA COO Kathy Enochs. “Paula’s knowledge and experience will add great value to our prospects and clients, as they determine if our products are right for their organizations, and I am pleased to welcome her to the team.”
About Paula Welborn
Ms. Welborn recently served as a sales and service representative for JME Insurance Agency & Investments, where she was responsible for securing new clients and retaining existing ones. Prior to that, Ms. Welborn spent 20 years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, where she led the retention of mid-market accounts (fewer than 2000 employees) and local public entities and added new product lines and partners to the company’s offering. Ms. Welborn received a Managed Healthcare Professional Insurance Education certificate from Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA) and is currently a member of the Dallas Health Underwriters Association.
GPA Offers Unique Liability Assurance Program
Self-funded employers transfer the fiduciary responsibility of making final benefit determination decisions for compliance, savings and peace of mind
September 13, 2005 (Richardson, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced that in the first year of its offering, more than 60 GPA clients are enrolled in the ERISA Liability Assurance Program (ELAP).
GPA partners with ELAP, Inc. so that employers may choose to transfer the responsibility and liability for making final benefit determination decisions -- at the final level of appeal. This helps employers comply with federal law, provide fair benefit assessments to their employees, save money and achieve peace of mind. ELAP is available in Texas exclusively through GPA.
“Final benefit determination decisions can be challenging for an employer, especially when they involve the legal interpretation of plan language and the analysis of appropriate medical treatments,” said GPA Chief Operating Officer Kathy Enochs. In addition, laws governing health plans – ERISA and DOL regulations – place short timeframes on plan fiduciaries, require them to act with an undivided loyalty to plan participants, and make them liable for benefit determination decisions. Employers often lack the time or the medical or legal resources to satisfy these requirements.
Given the option, many employers will elect to transfer a portion of their fiduciary responsibility. “More than 60 of our employer-clients have made that choice,” said Enochs. “With ELAP, our clients have access to an independent, unbiased fiduciary professional and specialized legal counsel, and ELAP assumes $1,000,000 liability for each of its decisions, giving our employers the assurance they need when they need it most.”
GPA Offers Health Savings Account
Newest form of consumer-driven, flexible savings account offers additional benefits to employees
December 15, 2004 (Richardson, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced it has replaced its traditional health plan with two High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) options with a Health Savings Account (HSA) for employees, in a move to meet burgeoning employee interest in more-flexible and personalized healthcare coverage and spending.
Enabled through the December 2003 Medicare legislation, HSAs are offered on a salary-reduction basis or as an after-tax deduction by the individual. GPA is contributing 20% of the deductible for employees and covered dependents who are eligible to receive the HSA benefit which enables them to determine how, when and where to allocate pre-determined healthcare savings on a pre-tax basis.
“We chose to offer this newest type of healthcare spending account to our employees because it is the first step in helping them to be better consumers of healthcare,” said GPA Chief Operating Officer Kathy Enochs. “With HSAs, our employees control their own spending account and choose where to invest their healthcare dollars, including those contributed by GPA.” “In addition, the funds roll over and grow on a tax-free basis -- meaning they can earn interest and be invested -- instead of being dissolved annually as in past ‘use it or lose it’ plans.” GPA administers self-funded PPO plans, HSAs, HRAs, and Flex Plans with Debit Card and investment options for other clients.
GPA Announces Medical Management Services™
Employs National Healthcare Information Tools to Minimize Bottom-line Impact of Healthcare
November 18, 2004 (Richardson, TX) Group & Pension Administrators, Inc., (GPA) one of the largest third-party benefit administrators in the Southwestern United States, today announced a new suite of Medical Management Services™ available through its utilization review group, HealthWatch. While GPA has offered HealthWatch since 2002, the Company now uses a full set of decision support and data analytic tools -- recently licensed from industry leader Thomson Medstat -- which are based upon an in-depth, integrated warehouse of medical claims and encounter data, prescription drug utilization data, eligibility information, and clinical performance measures. With these advanced tools, GPA helps clients make informed, accurate healthcare decisions – on a patient-by-patient basis and for an overall health plan.
The Medstat data and analytic reporting capabilities allow GPA to provide an unprecedented level of medical management services, including a line of wellness evaluation and assessments; cluster identification and targeted information / follow-up services; acute-care and chronic-care case management services; “centers of excellence” referral and price negotiations; and maternity support programs.
In addition to the expanded HealthWatch services, GPA plans to use the tools to help clients manage risk in the benefit planning process, as well as improve underwriting predictability and financial forecasting. Industry research shows that self-insured companies using these types of disease management programs and tools realize significant savings.
“We use Medstat’s data modeling with our high-quality, patient-focused care services to give our clients the best of both worlds - a whole new level of cost-management capabilities and unsurpassed patient care,” said GPA Chief Operating Officer, Kathy Enochs. "With these powerful tools, all of our clients can manage their medical costs with precision while enjoying premier healthcare services."
About Thomson Medstat
Medstat (www.medstat.com), a business within the Thomson Corporation, is a healthcare information company that provides market intelligence and benchmark databases, decision support solutions, and research services for managing the cost and quality of healthcare. The company applies these capabilities to improve policy and management decision making for employers, government agencies, health plans, hospitals and provide networks, and pharmaceutical companies. The Thomson Corporation (www.thomson.com) with 2003 revenues from continuing operations of $7.44 billion, is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. The Corporations’ common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC).
About Group & Pension Administrators, Inc.
Group & Pension Administrators, Inc. (GPA) is the largest independently owned third-party administrator (TPA) in the Southwest, providing high-quality and custom healthcare benefit management solutions to self-insured employers. For over 40 years, GPA has combined its value of service excellence with a commitment to clients. They combine industry-leading technology and tools with “high-touch” patient care to deliver the healthiest employees and the “healthiest” bottom line.