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Event: Elevate NW Conference on April 30, 2020

Join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce for the third 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 2020
  • Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • Time: 1 – 6 p.m.
  • Location: Fisher Pavilion
  • Address: 305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA, 98109
  • Cost: $99 pre-paid ($120 as of 4/24) for members; $120 pre-paid ($140 as of 4/24) for non-members
  • Questions: Contact Hannah Holman at 206-389-7216

This year, the Elevate NW will focus on engaged, peer-to-peer learning. Get prepared to connect with your fellow guests through structured conversations and interactive games, plus sign-up for coaching sessions with small business experts.

Elevate NW Conference 2020 will feature:

  • Conversations with local business and community leaders, who will share their success stories and relevant growth experience
  • Collaborative activities aimed to stimulate discussion and spark creative problem-solving
  • One-on-one coaching sessions will take place throughout the event
  • Keynote, Doug Baldwin, on why being engaged in your community is good for business

For more information, see the agenda on the Elevate NW event page.

Coronavirus Resources from Business Health Trust Wellness Partners

Updated on March 10, 2020.

The coronavirus outbreak is evolving on a daily basis, and Business Health Trust wants to help you keep your workplace and your family healthy with updated resources from our wellness partners and beyond.

Medical professionals are advising people to take the same precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of cold and flu to also help prevent coronavirus. We’ve compiled those tips in the following flyers that can be posted at your workplace or other gathering space:

Further tips are available from wellness partner Wellspring EAP:

For day-to-day updates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a dedicated Coronavirus Disease 2019 page that includes the latest travel guidelines and other time-sensitive information. Statewide updates are available daily on the Washington State Department of Health Coronavirus page.

Business Health Trust partner Premera Blue Cross also offers resources on a dedicated coronavirus page that is being updated as the situation continues to evolve. For Business Health Trust members enrolled in medical coverage through Premera, please take note of the following important resources should you become ill or are just looking for some peace of mind:

  • TeladocTalk to a doctor by phone or video anytime, day or night. Be sure to sign up today so you can get care immediately when you need it. Teladoc visits are available at $0 copay through most Business Health Trust plans.
  • Talkspace — If you need somebody to talk to about your fears of coronavirus or other issues, Business Health Trust members enrolled in Premera also have access to on-demand professional therapy through Talkspace. The in-network behavioral telehealth provider gives you access to live video appointments and text messaging with a licensed clinician — anytime, anywhere.
  • Urgent Care or ER? — Not sure which resource is best for you? Check out our article “Need care? Know where to go — and what it will cost” with details to help you decide when to use the 24-hour Nurseline, Teladoc, Urgent Care or the Emergency Room.

For Business Health Trust members enrolled in medical through Kaiser Permanente, there is a dedicated 2019 Novel Coronavirus webpage with tips and resources, including information on the many ways to get care, including:

  • Online visit — Receive a treatment plan and, if needed, a prescription — without a trip to your doctor’s office. Register today to access online visits when you need them most.
  • CareClinic — Kaiser Permanente partners with 15 Bartell Drugs locations in the Puget Sound area to offer walk-in CareClinics staffed with Kaiser Permanente board-certified physician assistants and nurse practitioners who treat minor injuries and illnesses. View CareClinic locations.

These additional tips from Kaiser Permanente on how to “Supercharge your immune system” are also a great resource to help make healthy lifestyle choices that support your immune system year-round.

Business Health Trust Members Have Access to Preventive Care — at No Cost!

When Business Health Trust members enrolled in medical through Premera Blue Cross receive routine preventive care, your health plan pays for the services — you don’t!

By getting preventive care you:

  • Help avoid serious health problems — and additional healthcare costs — before they start
  • Stay healthy for the people at home and at work who count on you

Preventive services may include screenings, vaccinations and medications. You can get the full preventive care list and guide to using your benefits at Premera.Com/WA/StayHealthy.

Tip: During your preventive care visit, if your doctor recommends other screenings or tests that are not considered preventive, you may have out-of-pocket costs.

Smiling senior man in medical clinic.

What You Should Expect During a Visit to the Doctor’s Office

From our wellness partners at Washington Health Alliance.

You should expect certain things to happen every time you go to the doctor. If you can check off the items on this list, you are having a good experience. Having a good experience at the doctor’s office helps you stay on top of any problems and can improve your health.

  • I was able to schedule an appointment as soon as I thought I needed it.
  • My doctor listened to my questions and gave me helpful answers I was able to understand.
  • I felt respected by my doctor and the entire staff (or care team).
  • My doctor knew my medical history.
  • I had enough time to ask the questions I needed to.

You can also visit the Community Checkup to compare scores for patient experience at providers in Washington state.

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Planning Your Eye Doctor Visit

From our wellness partners at VSP Vision Care Inc.

An annual eye exam is a great step in taking care of not only your eyes but your overall health. Eye exams can detect signs of serious conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Visiting the eye doctor doesn’t have to feel intimidating, even if you haven’t been there in a while. Knowing how to prepare for the visit and thinking ahead is an important part of the eye exam process. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your next visit.

What to Know About Your Vision Benefits:
  • For personalized information about your benefits, create an account or log in to your vsp.com account. You’ll see your vision plan and coverage and easily view benefits for all your covered dependents from your desktop, mobile or tablet. Click here to learn how to create an account.
  • Once you’re logged in, you’ll also be able to find a VSP network doctor that accepts your vision plan and view how you can save with Exclusive Member Extras.
What to Think About Before Your Eye Exam:
  • Have I noticed any eye problems such as blurry vision, flashes of light, poor night vision, or double vision?
  • Do I have trouble judging distances or distinguishing between reds and greens?
  • Is my vision impacting me from doing certain activities?
  • How well am I taking care of my glasses or contacts? Do I take my contacts out each night and rinse them thoroughly?
  • Have I had any health issues, injuries, operations, or sicknesses lately that my eye doctor should know about?
  • Does my family have a history of eye problems such as glaucoma or cataracts?
What to Bring to Your Eye Exam:
  • Your current glasses, sunglasses, and contacts.
  • A list of current medications—and not just prescription medications. Your eye doctor can look at the list and determine if your medications could be affecting your vision.
  • The name and address of your primary care doctor.
  • If your appointment includes having your pupils dilated—and most yearly eye exams do—bring a friend or family member to drive you home. Many people can’t see well enough to drive safely after having their eyes dilated.
  • Your vision insurance information.
  • A list of the questions you want to ask your doctor, so you don’t forget them.
What to Ask Your Eye Doctor:
  • Has anything about my eyes changed since my last visit that I should know about?
  • What are my options for improving my vision?
  • Am I a candidate for laser vision correction?
  • What are the advantages of wearing both contact lenses and glasses?
  • How many hours per day can I wear contacts?
  • Should I look out for anything in particular when it comes to my eyes and overall health?
  • How can I protect my vision while staying active?
  • Should I be doing anything differently to care better for my eyes?
  • Can I schedule my next eye exam?
When to Follow Up with Your Eye Doctor:
  • If you receive contacts or glasses for the first time, plan to follow up with your eye doctor after about two weeks so you can report back on how well they are working.
  • If your eye doctor adjusts your prescription and your new glasses or contacts aren’t working out, let your eye doctor know immediately.

With a little bit of preparation, your eye exam should be a simple and straightforward process. Take a few moments beforehand to get ready, and your eyes will thank you.

If you haven’t already scheduled your next eye exam, you can do it now.

Information received through VSP Vision Care channels is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, medical recommendations, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your eye doctor, physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. 

Tacoma Waterfront with Mount Rainier in background.

Event: Horizons Economic Forecast 2020 on Jan. 15

Join the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber for this breakfast event with the 2020 annual forecast of the area’s economic well-being. These insights on the local, regional and national aspects of the economy make this an invaluable event for local businesses who want assistance in determining their business outlook.

  • Event: Horizons Economic Forecast 2020
  • Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Time: 7 – 9 a.m.
  • Location: Greater Tacoma Convention Center
  • Address: 1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Cost: $100 pre-paid ($110 walk-in) for members; $120 pre-paid ($140 walk-in) for non-members; $1,000 corporate table sponsor; $1,200 premier table sponsor
  • Questions: Contact Alison Bryan

The Tacoma Chamber is an association partner of the Business Health Trust.

Tips for “Healthy Living” Through the Holidays and Beyond!

The holidays offer the ideal time to reflect on the past year, while also setting expectations for your family’s annual holidays traditions.

If it’s time for a change, the December edition of Healthy Living with Business Health Trust offers tips to help you introduce new holiday traditions as families evolve. We even offer a new dessert tradition for a more naturally sweetened Dark Chocolate and Ginger Biscotti!

Speaking of food and nutrition, we also take a look at the top health food trends of 2019, and help you separate hype from fact.

To read more, take a look at the December Healthy Living with Business Health Trust, or subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter today!

New Health Plan, New Doctor?

From our wellness partners at Washington Health Alliance.

It’s that time: you are considering a new health plan or choosing between several plans. But with a new plan, will you still be able to see your doctor, or will you need to find someone new? Before signing up for a new health plan, check to see if your preferred doctors, clinics and hospitals are covered.

“What is a provider network?”
Each health plan contracts with specific health care providers and facilities. This is called a “provider network” and it varies from plan to plan. Even two plans offered by the same insurance company can have different provider networks. For the lowest costs, make sure you are going to an in-network provider or hospital for your care. Depending on the type of plan, out-of-network providers and hospitals could be MUCH more expensive.

“I want to keep my doctor.”
If you already have doctors you like, check to see if they are in the plan’s provider network. The provider directories are usually on an insurance company’s web site. But the lists could be out of date. If you don’t see your doctor in the directory, call your doctor and ask if they are covered under that plan. If you have a preferred hospital, check to make sure it is in-network as well.

“I need to choose a new doctor.”
Maybe you don’t have a preferred provider or hospital. Or maybe your plan options do not cover your preferred doctor. First, try selecting a plan with many in-network providers close to your office or home. You can then use the Community Checkup to compare the quality of care different clinics provide.

Get Tips for a Stress-Free, Fun-Filled Thanksgiving

Let the holiday season be all about fun, family and wellness with help from the November edition of Healthy Living with Business Health Trust. From 8 simple holiday hosting tips to flu shot resources and more, our wellness partners have you covered!

If you’re not already a subscriber, click here to receive our wellness tips in your inbox each month and see past editions.

More importantly, have a stress-free, fun-filled Thanksgiving!

Savor the Immune-Boosting Flavors of Fall with Our Healthy Living E-Newsletter

The falling leaves of autumn are a good excuse to head outside to enjoy the season, as well as a reminder to take advantage of the bountiful harvest that awaits. This month’s edition of Healthy Living with Business Health Trust features the flavors of fall with an immune-boosting Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili along with tips to help you manage your sugar cravings — just in time for the holidays!

If you’re not already a subscriber, click here to receive our wellness tips in your inbox each month and see past editions.