Use Your Dental Benefits for Good

Want to do something that’s good for your teeth and good for the environment? Go paperless!

In honor of Earth Day, we’re reminding you that going paperless is an easy way to help the environment and ultimately reduce waste. As a Delta Dental of Washington member, you can go paperless by using your free MySmile account to monitor your billing and dental benefits online without the hassle of snail mail.

Get started with MySmile today!

Going paperless isn’t the only benefit of using your MySmile account. Use MySmile to:

  • Find a dentist in your area
  • Get treatment estimates
  • Monitor your benefits
  • Review your treatment history

For oral health tips, visit Delta Dental of Washington’s oral health blog.

Start Cooking the Spring with Help From Our Healthy Living E-News

Check out the April edition of Healthy Living with Business Health Trust, which offers plenty of ideas to help you cook the spring!

The longer days of spring mean fresh, seasonal produce is right around the corner. Keep up-to-date on when your local farmers market is opening so you can plan your next picnic, which Healthy Living wants to help you freshen up with 6 superfoods to pack for a picnic as well as flavorful recipes from Tom Douglas Recipes that are also good for your teeth.

We also wanted to highlight a special offer to attend the upcoming Elevate NW Conference at a discounted price for members of Business Health Trust. This half-day conference and networking event is geared for small businesses and features a speaker you don’t want to miss – Brian Canlis!

Click the link for these tips and more, or subscribe today to have the next edition delivered straight to your inbox!

Discount Available to Business Health Trust Members for Elevate NW Conference

As a member of Business Health Trust, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce would like to extend to you a special offer to attend Elevate NW Conference, a 300-person event dedicated to the growth and success of small to mid-sized businesses in our region. Join us to hear from local business leaders and learn successful strategies, plus mingle with fellow professionals during the festive reception.

Agenda includes:

  • 1 p.m. –  Keynote from Brian Canlis, Owner of Canlis restaurant – hear the inspiring story of how this James Beard 2019 Design Icon Award winner and third-generation small business has stayed relevant for 68+ years.
  • 2:15 – 4:30 p.m. – Two rounds of three breakout sessions focused on:
    • Financing 101
    • Smart Business Growth
    • Creating a People-Centric Workplace 
  • 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – After-party with complimentary food, drinks, games, and more!

Elevate NW Conference
When:
Tuesday, April 30
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Fisher Pavilion and Armory Lofts, Seattle Center

Special Offer: $79 (normally $99) – use this special link

More info on speakers and sessions: click here

Kaiser Permanente is Top Performing Health Plan in Washington

2018 eValue8 survey results by the Washington Health Alliance found Kaiser Permanente’s HMO plan the top overall in Washington and top in four categories.

SEATTLE – Kaiser Permanente Washington’s care-and-coverage combined model earned top ranking in the nation for helping members manage acute conditions and helping members manage chronic conditions, according to the 2018 eValue8 survey results. Kaiser Permanente’s Washington state HMO plan was also rated No. 1 in the state for how well the health plan is meeting members’ needs, improving quality, and reducing the cost of care.

Kaiser Permanente underwrites the medical insurance available through the Business Health Trust’s Small-Group Community-Rated Program.

The just-released 2018 eValue8 survey results by the Washington Health Alliance found Kaiser Permanente’s HMO plan the top overall in Washington and top in four specific categories, among the six health plans included in the survey:

  • Members get and stay healthy
  • Members manage acute conditions
  • Members manage chronic conditions
  • Physician and hospital measurement, management, and payment

“At Kaiser Permanente, our dedicated staff consistently strive to provide the best, most effective, and most affordable care,” said Susan Mullaney, regional president of Kaiser Permanente Washington. “We’re proud that the 2018 eValue8 survey shows Kaiser Permanente Washington has the most effective programs in the nation among the 40 health plans surveyed, for members to control chronic and acute conditions.”

The unique care-and-coverage combined model means members have a single integrated network meeting their health care needs. Primary and specialty care, pharmacy, and labs are usually all under one roof to help make care more convenient. Care is driven by value and effectiveness, not fee-for-service, and research and continuous innovation mean patients get excellent care.

“Kaiser Permanente physicians focus solely on doing what’s best for patients’ health so they can get well and stay well,” said Steve Tarnoff, MD, president and CEO of Washington Permanente Medical Group. “This survey confirms that we are meeting the promise of providing excellent, effective care.”

Kaiser Permanente’s popular model is expanding quickly in Washington and the organization is adding four additional medical offices in 2020, in addition to a new facility recently opened in Gig Harbor.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente, which includes Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington, is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: about.kp.org.

Ways to Save as a Member of Business Health Trust

Business Health Trust was started by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce in 2007 so that small businesses and non-profits could offer their employees the health benefits they need to stay competitive, and provide health insurance for groups that might not otherwise be able to afford coverage.

Since then, Business Health Trust has expanded its reach across the state through association partnerships with:

Membership in any of the above automatically qualifies you for Business Health Trust (at no additional cost), and all the advocacy, resources and savings that go along with it. You can join any Chamber or association, regardless of where your business is located and still qualify for benefits through Business Health Trust.

As the plan sponsor, the Seattle Chamber offers robust cost savings for your business through its Member Savings Toolkit, including:

  • Discounts of 10% to 55% percent on common office expenses including credit card processing fees and office supplies
  • Savings on business services such as human resources, high-speed internet and phone, and email marketing tools
  • Discounts up to 50% on retail ORCA passes for employees
  • Reduced venue rentals at the Seattle Chamber’s Microsoft Events Center

Learn more about other benefits available to members of Business Health Trust on the What We Offer page.

Event: Business After Hours at Graduate Seattle

Networking with a view! Head up to the rooftop and take in the panoramic view of the city during April’s Business After Hours at The Mountaineering Club inside Graduate Seattle.

Date: Wed, Apr 10, 2019
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The Mountaineering Club at Graduate Seattle
Address: 4507 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA, 98105 (Get Directions)
Members: $20 pre-paid ($30 as of April 3)
Non-Members: $30 pre-paid ($60 as of April 3)
Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at 206-389-7345

About Business After Hours
Enjoy networking in a fun and relaxed environment at Business After Hours. Held in a variety of venues throughout the Seattle metro area, these evening receptions are a great place to meet fellow regional professionals.

About the Host
Prominently situated on Brooklyn Avenue in Seattle’s University District, the newly opened Graduate Seattle honors the historic 1930s building and pays tribute to UW, its alumni as well as the city’s rich landscape. Created for travelers who seek memory-making journeys, Graduate Hotels is a thoughtfully crafted collection of hotels that reside in the most dynamic university-anchored cities across the country. Each property celebrates and commemorates the optimistic energy of its community, while offering an extended retreat to places that often play host to the best days of our lives.

Offering one of the best views in Seattle, Mountaineering Club invites adventurous locals and tourists alike to climb up to the top floor of Graduate Seattle for a menu of locally inspired eats.

Get Spring Cleaning Tips and More in our Healthy Living E-News

If you’re ready to welcome spring with open arms, check out the March edition of Healthy Living with Business Health Trust!

Our wellness partners offer up plenty of seasonal tips, whether you’re interested in spring cleaning for a healthier home or cleaning your diet.

Sign up today to have our e-newsletter delivered monthly to your inbox!

Practicing Gratitude: Ways to Improve Positivity

How often do you feel thankful for the good things in your life? Studies suggest that making a habit of noticing what’s going well in your life could have health benefits.

Taking the time to feel gratitude may improve your emotional well-being by helping you cope with stress. Early research suggests that a daily practice of gratitude could affect the body, too. For example, one study found that gratitude was linked to fewer signs of heart disease.

The first step in any gratitude practice is to reflect on the good things that have happened in your life. These can be big or little things. It can be as simple as scoring a good parking space that day or enjoying a hot mug of coffee. Or, perhaps you feel grateful for a close friend’s compassionate support.

Next, allow yourself a moment to enjoy that you had a positive experience, no matter what negatives may exist in your life. Let positive feelings of gratitude bubble up.

“We encourage people to try practicing gratitude daily,” advises Dr. Judith T. Moskowitz, a psychologist at Northwestern University. “You can try first thing in the morning or right before you fall asleep, whatever is best for you.”

Moskowitz has been studying the impact of keeping a daily gratitude journal on stress relief and health. Practicing gratitude is part of a set of skills that her research team encourages people to practice. These skills have been shown to help some people increase their positive emotions.

Her team is trying to understand better how a daily boost in positive emotions can help people cope with stress and improve their mental and physical health.

“By practicing these skills, it will help you cope better with whatever you have to cope with,” Moskowitz explains. “You don’t have to be experiencing major life stress. It also works with the daily stress that we all deal with. Ultimately, it can help you be not just happier but also healthier.”

While practicing gratitude seems to work for some people, it doesn’t for everyone. That’s why Moskowitz’s research team teaches other skills, too. These include meditating and doing small acts of kindness.

Her team has been developing and testing these skills with people who have illnesses like advanced cancer, diabetes, HIV infection, and depression. She’s also worked with people who care for others with serious illness.

When you make gratitude a regular habit, it can help you learn to recognize good things in your life despite the bad things that might be happening. Moskowitz says that when you’re under stress, you might not notice all the moments of positive emotion that you experience. With her research program, she’s trying to help people become more aware of those moments of positive feelings.

“Put some effort into experiencing gratitude on a daily basis and see how it goes,” Moskowitz advises. “It might just surprise you that—despite how bad things are—there are things you feel grateful for alongside it.” And feeling grateful may help improve both your mind and your body.

Gratitude Tips

Create positive emotions by being thankful every day:

  • Take a moment. Think about the positive things that happened during the day.
  • Journal. Make a habit of writing down things you’re grateful for. Try listing several things.
  • Savor your experiences. Try to notice positive moments as they are happening.
  • Relive the good times. Relive positive moments later by thinking about them or sharing them with others.
  • Write to someone. Write a letter to someone you feel thankful toward. You don’t have to send it.
  • Make a visit. Tell someone you’re grateful for them in person.

Source: National Institutes of Health, News In Health, Practicing Gratitude, Ways to Improve Positivity; retrieved March 5, 2019 from https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2019/03/practicing-gratitude

Business Health Trust (BHT) members enrolled in medical through Premera Blue Cross have access to up to three in-person visits with a counselor through Wellspring EAP. For more information on the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through BHT, view the plan summary.

If you would like to access your Wellspring EAP benefits, go to WellspringEAP.org; or to purchase Wellspring EAP services, connect with us at BusinessHealthTrust.com/contact-us.

Event: Elevate Northwest Conference 2019

The Seattle region is experiencing unprecedented economic success. But how do we leverage this so small and mid-size businesses can participate and benefit? How can these businesses that play an integral part in our communities thrive in this environment?

Join Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce for the 2nd annual Elevate NW, a conference dedicated to the growth and success of small businesses in the Seattle metro region. From solopreneurs to companies that employ tens of thousands of people, we all play a role in building relationships that create an environment where small businesses can continue to flourish and innovate.

Event: Elevate NW Conference 2019
Date: April 30, 2019
Time: 1 – 6 p.m.
Location: Fisher Pavilion and Armory Lofts, Seattle Center
Address: 305 Harrison St. , Seattle , WA , 98109 (Get Directions)
Members: $99 pre-paid ($120 as of April 23)
Non-Members: $120 pre-paid ($140 as of April 23)
Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at 206-389-7345

Breakout sessions include:

Financing 101: When, how, and where?
As the saying goes, “you gotta spend money to make money” – but when, how, and where do you access that money? Learn from a panel of experts about the various financing options available to you and how to navigate them.

Smart Business Growth
How can you put yourself and your company on the right track to growth? Hear from a panel of peers for insight on how to map your strategy, take calculated risks, recover from a stumble, track your success – and continue for growth.

Creating a People-Centric Workplace
What are the ingredients for a culture where people want to work? Learn about strategies and tools you can use to improve employee engagement, retention, communication, morale, and productivity.

Get Health Plan Info on the Go with the Premera Mobile App

Business Health Trust members enrolled in medical benefits through Premera Blue Cross have convenient, anywhere access to health plan information with Premera’s mobile app. With the app in hand, you can:

  • Find Care: Find in-network doctors, hospitals, urgent care, and more.
  • Access your ID card: Use your digital ID card to show your proof of coverage.
  • Check claims: View detailed claims information, including when we receive your claim, when we pay it, and what the provider may bill you.
  • Track your spending: Know exactly how close you are to meeting your deductible and out-of-pocket maximum.
  • Use touch ID to sign in to your Premera account: You won’t have to remember a password to sign in.
  • Be on top of prescription and pharmacy needs: Seamlessly move from the Premera mobile app to the ExpressScripts app.

Download the mobile app today so it’s ready when you need it.

Tip: You can download the Premera Mobile app for free. It’s available on Android and iOS.