MBriefs Byte Sized Benefits | September 2020 Edition

The Silver Linings of a Pandemic

Like the eternal optimist, this pandemic, while limiting us socially, has undoubtedly expanded us mentally to find the silver lining amongst the gloom. These new methods are exciting, because yes, indeed, life does continue, and these discoveries keep us moving forward. Click and read these innovative approaches that benefit each of us in some way. Mothers-to-be are performing ultrasounds at home, doctors are gathering their patient's biological information without compromising them, and soon-to-be retirees receive the guidance for the decisions they need to make. If we have learned anything from this pandemic, it's that we must practice and apply more preventive health, and our health care will take care of itself. Think about it.

The Real Stuff You Need to Know

“People like health a lot more than they like health care.” – Dr. Chad Spain

The pandemic from the point of view from a health care CEO brings light to multiple perspectives. Dr. Chad Spain of Utah shares his learnings with consideration of the patient, the hospitals, the politics, and the economy. All have been affected by the coronavirus, but with chaos, comes change. We can learn from our anguish and move forward and hopefully be pleased with new patterns. Click the link below to read the seven lessons that Dr. Spain shares.

This App Was Made for Walking

This pandemic has opened the doors for so many medical opportunities. We have seen some astonishing creations come to reality simply due to the demand to stay safe. For example, creating an app for a cardiologist to remotely observe their patient’s walking. They can measure their lung capacity without having the patient go back to the hospital and endanger themself, or those occupants trying to fight off COVID-19. The coronavirus pandemic has upped the need for remote medicine, and thankfully, some of these requests are being met.

Video Links for Quick Health Care Knowledge

When you reach certain milestone ages, you should get checked out! By scheduling a biometric screening and your age/gender Preventive Health screening with your physician, you will establish a baseline for your own health. Whether it’s a cancer screening, blood sugar test, or dermatology appointment -- they are all necessary. Don’t assume everything is fine. It makes sense, detecting any illnesses sooner than later is easier to treat. Schedule your appointment today!

Don’t believe these tests can make a difference? Our very own Dave Homan shared a great story about his own health risk on our MB Blog. Learn from his story at the link below.

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Medicare Needs for Employees Age 65 and Older - Webinar

Due to COVID-19, all Learning Centers will now be presented as webinars.

The needs of Medicare eligible employees continue to change and can present challenges for the employer. Those employees who are working beyond age 65 may not realize that they can potentially save money by enrolling in a Medicare plan vs. employer coverage. What items should Medicare eligible employees consider, especially during open enrollment?

What are you currently paying monthly for your employer health insurance? Many Medicare plans offer low or $0 monthly premiums.

Do you have a high-deductible plan? Many Medicare plans offer low or no deductibles.

Is your spouse eligible for Medicare and still covered under your employer coverage? It may be costing you more than you realize.

This Learning Center class will address the challenges that employees face as they prepare for Medicare and health insurance in retirement. Employers can use the information gained from this class to assist their Medicare eligible employees not only during open enrollment but also as they age-in to Medicare and as they begin the preparations for the journey to retirement.

This course is approved for 1 SHRM and HRCI CE Credit.

Presenter: Donna Foster

Donna Foster is an Account Executive with RetireMEDiQ and has served in the Medicare insurance industry for 13 years. Donna partners with employers, financial advisers, credit unions and other organizations that assist individuals with their retirement and transition to Medicare. RetireMEDiQ is a trusted advisor that has provided Medicare guidance to over 50,000 individuals in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

Tuesday, September 29th | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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.

How to Master Your One Minute Video Message

Video conferences, video meetings, video calls, video messages... our world is digital, whether you like it or not. COVID-19 has enhanced our virtual presence and short-form videos are at the forefront! Research shows that people would rather watch a short video to learn something versus reading a document or long email... Does the camera not love you, though?! Do you freeze up when you see the red record button switch on? The tips below will help you master your one-minute video message!

1) Capture the viewer's attention: Start strong and help people remember you with enhanced pronunciation, some light music, good lighting and maybe even a welcoming wave! Use an opening line that engages your audience right off the bat.

2) Apply the rule of thirds: Make sure the camera is capturing your face with your eyes about 1/3 of the way down from the top of the screen! Remember, the camera lens is your audience! Don't forget to smile. :)

3) Be animated: Talk how you normally would -- but if it's with your hands, even better! The more natural you look, the more comfortable you and the viewer will feel. Speak slowly and clearly but with emphasis on the right words in the right places.

4) Know your cuts: Break down your talking points so you can have the same amount of energy in each delivery! You don't have to speak a perfect monologue without stopping...

5) Finish with a call-to-action: You want to leave your audience wanting to learn more! Don't forget to wish them well and ask yourself, what is the lasting impression you want to leave them with?!

Rumor Has It…But Details to Come

The Ultra-Ultrasound is here!

We’ve said it before…This pandemic is really bringing out the creative inventions. Mothers-to-be are usually required to have a monthly visit with their OBGYN to check-in and confirm her little bambino is on track. We know the baby is social distancing but is mommy also able to keep her distance? Well, check it out, a home tele-ultrasound can be morphed with a smartphone to send pictures to the OBGYN without leaving your living room.

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McGohan Brabender