Blog #9 – Making the Best of It: Working Through COVID-19

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It’s been a while since our last blog – too long! Blog #8 was released near the peak of COVID-19, and it focused on changes to the coverage, delivery and utilization of group benefits. While we are still a long way from a post COVID-19 world we should all be thankful and proud as we pass another Canada Day, that our communities and provinces are in a much better place than in mid-April 2020.

This early summer issue includes an update on our new summer webinar series and FREE Friday Benefits Connexion Podcasts, as well as links to some In the News items we found interesting. Our new offerings, website, webinar and software upgrades will position us well for growth in the future as we continue to work to deliver meaningful content to you through summer 2020 and into the fall.

What’s New

August 2020

Benefits and Private Healthcare Associate (BPHA) Program  Online, Anytime!
Launch of new modules with updated recordings including presentations from CLHIA Quebec on RAMQ and the private drug environment, H3 Consulting on Industry Stakeholders and the Private/Public Healthcare Environment, Stewart  McKelvey on Benefits and the Law, and OSI on Absence, Disability and Disability Management. Check for even more updates over the summer as this evolving program continues to deliver up-to-date sessions to keep you informed. Earn 35 CE credits and your BPHA designation with this completely online, on demand 10-session, 32-module program.

Member Zone Refresh

Review our recently updated Resource Library and Ask the Expert history. On September 1, 2020, our first series of podcasts will be archived in our Member Zone, with access only to members. Click here to find out more about membership and to join. For July and August you have free access to try us out! Once in person sessions begin again, members receive discounts on in-person events and have access to recordings of past sessions.

Summer 2020 Benefits Breakfast Club Webinar

Returning to Work While Safeguarding Mental Health – August 20, 2020

Benefits Connexion Podcasts

Look out for new 30-40 minute podcasts most Fridays and listen for FREE anytime to our interviews with industry leaders on topical issues that affect you and your clients. Ideal listening to pass on to your colleagues and clients. Find historical podcasts here


In the News

We try to find pieces you may not have seen, heard or read and add them here.

Virtual Care in Canada: Is it Here to Stay?, IFEBP, June 24, 2020

2019 Sanofi Health Care Survey, Sanofi Canada, June 2020

In 2020, Don’t Lose Sight of Vision Care Benefits, Benefits and Pensions Monitor, June 2020

Updated PMPRB Draft Guidelines on Drug Pricing Reform – written submissions can be made up to July 20, 2020

What factors are impacting Canadians’ mental health during pandemic?, Benefits Canada, June 29, 2000

Over Parenting: Pushing our Kids into Mental Illness, with Dr. Adrienne Matheson. Part 1, June 1, 2020

I want life to get back to normal. How close are we to an effective vaccine against COVID-19? (Podcast), White Coat, Black Art, Dr. Brian Goldman, May 28, 2020

Data Surge Ahead, 20 Sense Report, April 2020

Pharmaceutical Industry Assists Canadians During COVID-19 and Vaccine Development
The pharmaceutical industry often gets a bad rap for new drug pricing but during a medical crisis like Polio, Measles or COVID-19 the pharmaceutical industry is where we turn for help. Learn more about not only how hard the industry is working to deliver COVID-19 vaccines but also the aid and support they are providing to Canadians during this crisis.

Promising Treatments for COVID-19 Advanced by Canadian Scientists, Globe and Mail, June 18, 2020

MacTalks Series
An online video series from McMaster University kicked off in May 2020 featuring Karen Mossman, a molecular virologist and McMaster’s acting vice-president, research, and Gretchen Reynolds, a columnist with the New York Times and the first journalist-in-residence for McMaster’s Faculty of Science.speaking on Behind the Lab Door, which goes inside the leading-edge research that’s making a difference in the fight against COVID-19.

Look for more on COVID-19 and developments in our industry in the weeks and months ahead.

Stay safe and enjoy your summer! Remember to join us for one of our summer webinars and check out our member zone and podcasts.

Denise Balch, Principal Consultant and President, Connex Health

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