MBriefs Byte Sized Benefits | September 2019 Edition

We decided to stretch your comfort zone and shrink your CFO’s wallet with this month’s edition of MBriefs…you’re welcome! In this issue, we tackle the mysteriously growing lung disease spreading across the United States related to vaping (just in case your tobacco policy excludes vaping and juuling). We also talk about the importance of a good therapy support system for your employees who are prescribed CPAP machines. Some patients compare the onboarding to waterboarding, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Finally, meet Regenexx, an alternative to orthopedic surgeries that saves time, money, recovery time and lots and lots of pain. Here’s the kicker – it’s been around for a long time, you probably just haven’t heard about it. Well, McGohan Brabender wants to make sure you are familiar with it, now!

The Real Stuff You Need to Know

Don’t Fear the Vaper…. Or Should You?

Vaping: Yes, they say it is ‘better than cigarettes’, but that isn’t saying much…like being hit by a pickup truck versus a dump truck. Sure, you might survive either one, but complications could play a factor in your on-going life. Recently, vaping has been formally reported as the cause of respiratory deaths in over a dozen US states. Hey, that has a familiar ring to it, “Smoking can cause a slow and painful death,” Surgeon General warning 2018.

Researchers have discovered hints of bacteria in some of the vaping products. Any idea what you are inhaling? How about a good long drag of menthol fungus!? That sounds enjoyable and by no means harmful <eye roll>. Vape users are taking on the roll of lab guinea pigs for researchers. Since modern vaping is fairly new, we have no long-term test results, so scientists are using autopsy reports as their “test results lab data.”

As it mentions in the attached article, there are believers on either side of the vaping spectrum. Good, bad, addictive, helpful… read on and inhale all the knowledge… or don’t inhale.

CPAP Dropout

CPAP? What is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, Alex. Ditched Prescriptions for $400.

Could it be there are more people ignoring their CPAP prescription than those actually using the sleep apnea air mask?

To turn your back on the symptoms of sleep apnea, it can open the door for other more serious conditions. Lack of sleep will increase depression, anxiety, low productivity, which can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and all the misfortunes that occur with those diseases.

Patients are quick to quit using their sleep apnea masks when overwhelmed with discomfort or even the cost. We take prescriptions to correct what is wrong with us. It is supposed to be different, it will take some getting used to, and if used properly, it should fix the problem. Color me confused, but isn’t that why you got the mask in the first place? Avid CPAP users who have stuck through the initial awkwardness now swear by their need.

Mary Mertens, respiratory therapist from Cleveland Clinic reports that, “follow-up is key” as reported in the attached story by Kaiser Health News. Adjustments are necessary to ensure proper fit and use. Sometimes we just need someone to hold our hand, for even life basics like breathing.

Video Links for Quick Health Care Knowledge

The end of summer means back to school! From pre-school to grad school, preparing for the school year goes beyond buying notebooks and new shoes. We have compiled a health checklist to get you and your student ready for school! Take a look!

Side Affects: Our Podcast to Provoke You to Think Differently

Take a listen to this special Side Affects episode with Scott McGohan and MB President, Mike Suttman as they chat with Regenexx CEO, Jason Hellickson to learn more about an increasingly popular alternative versus orthopedic surgeries, if possible. Regenexx uses human healing cells as agents to restore compromised joints. Regenexx research is based on outcomes for a very fluid approach to the healing process. Tune in to learn how assumed procedures are being replaced by a less evasive process both physically and financially.

Events You Should Probably Plan to Attend

Clear as mud: 2020 Vision in the Political Arena

The political landscape will begin to heat up heading into the 2020 election. Healthcare will continue to be a major talking point with buzzwords such as “Medicare for All”, “Universal Coverage”, and “Public Option”. These elusive terms will bombard the political discussions/presentations and complicate the options available to us as Americans. During this session, we will simplify these confusing terms in relation to Medicare, Medicaid, prescription costs, commercial coverage and the ever-changing individual coverage. We will unpack the economy health care from multiple views and the impact on you the employer, your employees, as well as their jobs in your community. Until defined, these alternatives sound reasonable, however, each have huge economic consequences, even the option of doing nothing.

The course has been approved for 1.5 hours of HRCI and SHRM credits.

Speaker: Scott McGohan, CEO, McGohan Brabender

Scott McGohan is the CEO of McGohan Brabender. He works on vision casting, strategy alignment and leadership deployment. He has been with MB since 1988. Scott started at MB as Tim Brabender’s assistant. He moved into sales and had a real passion for marketing. He led the sales team at McGohan Brabender for several years including driving marketing for the organization. As a business leader, it is always about people for Scott — always has been and always will be.

Scott believes that understanding your core is the essence of transformation. That includes being vulnerable about both your strengths and weaknesses. He believes people need to see leaders make mistakes, own them when they do and teach people through success and failure. Scott believes you cannot threaten, coerce or reward people to care. You can only awaken the desire inside of them and give them the permission and encouragement to do so. Products are delivered by people, and when people believe in themselves they will believe in your product.

MB Columbus - Wednesday, September 4th | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

MB Dayton- Thursday, September 5th | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

MB Cincinnati - Wednesday, September 11th | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

To Post or Not to Post?

Hello HR Execs, it’s finally time for you to join the social media revolution. Embrace social media and use the tools that your employees will understand and accept. With the straight-forward tips listed below, you are one step closer to trending all the way home.

To Post or Not to Post?

Tip #1

Make sure the three most important parts of your LinkedIn profile are complete and correct! They are: your profile photo, your name and your headline.


Those three things are the most important because they show up every time you comment on something on LinkedIn. They are your "first impression" on your profile! Your profile photo should be on a solid background, have good lighting and display your shoulders and head. You should be smiling and it should not be a group photo that you have cropped yourself in from! Make sure your name is spelled correctly and it is what people call you. For example, if your name is Mackenzie but you go by Kenzie in the workplace -- you should change it to Kenzie! That way, people can find you if they want to connect. Your headline should include your title, the company you work for and a keyword of what you do, who you service and who your clients are. Example: Employee Benefits Consultant at McGohan Brabender Serving Mid-Size Employers in Southwest Ohio

Tip #2

Don't forget to post about your community!


Obviously, you want to post about your industry, your career and your company. But it's equally as important to share great things about your city! You want to showcase that you are a community advocate and involved in that place that helps shape you.

Tip #3

Want to connect with someone on LinkedIn, but not sure what to say in that daunting "message"? Don't fret -- if you have something in common with the person, tell them! If not, just say "Thank you for connecting with me on LinkedIn!" Simple as that.


It's better to say thank you than to say nothing at all! People are much more likely to accept your connection when there is a message attached, or else they might deny you because they don't know you -- or don't know your intentions.

Rumor Has It…But Details to Come

Let’s play “Orthopedic This or That?”

You decide: Surgery or a shot? Months of recovery or back in action in weeks? Pain Killers or a band-aid? Which sounds better to you? Expensive pain or reasonable relief?

McGohan Brabender has been introduced and will be partnering with Regenexx, a non-invasive orthopedic option that employers can add to their health plan. I get giddy just thinking about this option.

How does it work? Briefly, a needle full of your healthy healing cells injected into your damaged cells. You get a Band-Aid instead of going to post-op to start your opioid pain relief!

And it won’t damage your wallet or your budget! Regenexx, on average can reduce the orthopedic spend by 70 percent. If you or one of your employees have been told to schedule orthopedic surgery, take a look at www.regenexx.com first. Seventy percent of the ortho-surgeries could probably have been taken care of by Regenexx with less pain, and less cost.

We strongly encourage you to read more about this interventional medical procedure. If you have questions, contact your McGohan Brabender account team. For now, read on!

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