MBriefs Byte Sized Benefits | July 2019 Edition

Well, we all survived Issue 1 and it’s safe to say, we are all better HR/Benefits people for reading it. The feedback has been incredibly positive (thanks to my Dad and Aunt Mary!) so we will press forward for Round #2 of MBriefs.

In this issue, we cover nanobots injected in your body for surgery, Uber prescriptions and Trump’s new Transparency Law. Additionally, we have a new video for you to share with your employees about taking drugs – er, their prescription meds, and Kenzie is back with her LinkedIn tips for HR.

Enjoy and Happy 4th of July!

The Real Stuff You Need to Know

Take Two, and call WHO in the morning?

Are we really that lazy? Are we so vain that hair loss embarrasses us to the point of paying almost three times more for an online prescription versus seeing a doctor to get a prescription? Online prescription drug manufacturers, Hims and Roman hope the answer is a resounding “YES, we are.”

There are so many opinions about the risk to patients who venture online for lifestyle drugs for conditions like hair growth, erectile dysfunction, smoking cessation, and others. This prescription delivery method has many physicians shaking their heads that this will endanger their patients, not being aware of the side effects or what can occur with misuse of the drug.

It may be the way of the future for some health products, like eyeglasses or razors, but the fact that these drugs are available elsewhere, at a reduced cost, what harm is there if someone wants to have the drug delivered right to their doorstep? Click below and think for yourself.


You want to put that needle where?

Time travel with me to the 1960’s to a make-believe world where doctors were miniaturized and injected into their patient’s bodies to perform the necessary surgeries. You guessed it, “Fantastic Voyage” starring Rachel Welch. Millennials… go ask your dad!

Putting little robots inside our bodies to fix our health issues? Wow, okay. The concept, although only in movies, has been around since the sixties. Real science has caught up, and although the idea is so complex, it appears to be as easy as shooting a nanobot into your bloodstream.

Like many great ideas, time has improved the concept. Columbia University has contributed to this research using DNA molecular strands and attaching them to antibodies, they are able to cruise the human body. Ideally, researchers hope the nanobots find hard to reach cancerous cells deliver chemo or radiation directly to a tumor, so not to damage the good cells. Or even take a biopsy without having to cut open the body to avoid infection and heaven forbid, human error.

Would you be willing to have a “shrunken doctor” cruising your blood stream?

Video Links for Quick Health Care Knowledge

If you aren’t taking your medication as prescribed, you are gambling with your health. In the long run, the cost of taking a maintenance pill once a day far outweighs the chance of not taking a pill and getting even sicker. Have all your employees watch this game-changing video that will make them think twice if they are trying to skip out on taking their meds. If you really like it, we can even brand it for your company. Just ask us.

Side Affects: Our Podcast to Provoke You to Think Differently

MB Director of Account Management, Todd Clarke joins Side Affects producer, Kenzie Fell, and MB CEO, Scott McGohan to walk through some key points when approaching a self-funded client’s health care renewal. Todd shares the importance of the data analytics reporting to project any changes that should be made at renewal. When things are going well, it just may be the right time to adjust your plan. Change is hard, but with our tools, the MB account management can help ease the transition. Tune in to learn how to approach your next renewal!

Events You Should Probably Plan to Attend

Take the Red Pill – Becoming Conscious of Unconscious Bias

The processing efficiency of the human brain remains 99% more powerful than SpiNNaker, the world’s most powerful supercomputer. But the brain’s micro-second processing power comes at a hefty cost – unconscious bias. Wake up from the Matrix and harness the brain’s power to drive behaviors that move the unconscious into the conscious realm and transform the workplace.

Using science, examples, and stories, this interactive session empowers participants to:

Understand unconscious bias and how it operates; Identify the impact of unconscious bias in the workplace; Utilize strategies for disrupting or reducing unconscious bias; Remember “None but ourselves can free our minds” ~ Bob Marley.

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

Course Instructor: Dawn Hays, ESQ., SHRM-SCP, General Counsel

As an employment law attorney, Dawn Hays advised Fortune 500 companies and middle market clients in all areas of employment law, including restrictive covenants, severance agreements, ADEA, ADA, FLSA, Title VII, FMLA, COBRA, HIPAA, and EPA. While practicing, Dawn represented parties before arbitrators, administrative agencies and state and federal court. Today, at ERA, Dawn leads the Compliance Department and frequently educates employers on litigation avoidance strategies and employment law best practices. She presents on a variety of labor and employment law issues, leadership fundamentals and human resources topics.

Among her accomplishments, Dawn was voted an Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star in the 2005-2012 editions of Law & Politics magazine. She was also awarded the 40 Under Forty award by Business First in 2007 and the Community Award from the Ohio Community Development Finance Fund in 2008. Dawn previously served in the Signal Corps of the US Army and graduated, summa cum laude, from Youngstown State University. She then earned her law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2001. Dawn is admitted to practice before the Ohio Supreme Court, the Sixth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of the United States.

MB Columbus - Tuesday, July 23rd | 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

TAKE PHOTOS. As you are representing your company and attending events, make sure to take some photos of anything that leaves an impression! It could be: a booth you liked, sign you liked, speaker you liked, food you liked, person you liked - and share it on social media! Tag the person or place you are talking about too.


You need content and you need engagement. A photo can do both of those things for you! Posting photos on social media is the best way to get more attention from your followers because images are easier to consume than text. However, be aware that not all photos are created equal. You must share high-quality photos (hello, portrait mode!) and they must also interest your target audience.

Tip #2

Are you on a board for an organization? Are you passionate about a cause or volunteer often!? It’s so important to give a shout-out to the organizations that mean the most to you. Whether that's a tribute post, LinkedIn article, special photo or quick video.


You are in the community making a difference and it's important to bring attention to the organization or cause you support! Plus, you should be proud that you're a part of something so cool. Organizations and non-profits appreciate all of the free publicity and awareness they can get.

Tip #3

Do you have an amazing culture? Is there something your company does that is unique? Do you have a weekly internal contest or potluck?! SHARE THAT!


People love to get to know you and your company on a more personal level. Think about your favorite celebrities, athletes or historical figures. Don't you like to know what they eat for breakfast or how they like their coffee? The devil is in the details... and the people want the details!

Rumor Has It…But Details to Come

Health Care: President Trump actually wants you to know the truth, seriously.

We at MB have been talking about price transparency for years. Pretty cool that the federal government will follow our lead. We have encouraged gaining knowledge of your health coverage, ask your doctor questions, shop for your services, and use the appropriate provider at the right time. Well, now, the Price Transparency executive order has become federally recognized as a national need. The order is messy at this point in the process, but one thing for sure, is that prices will be public. What we do with them…. Well, stay tuned!

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