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Brighton Health Plan Solutions Michelle Zettergren to Speak at 2023 ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership

Michelle Zettergren will be a featured presenter at the American College of Healthcare Executives 2023 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, March 20-23 in Chicago. Zettergren will discuss the financial benefits and operational strategies for developing a direct contracting program along with co-presenter Lisa Janis, assistant vice president and lead, Network Management at Northwell Direct. The session, How and Why Health Systems Can Build Successful Direct Contracting Partnerships, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, from 2-3 p.m.

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Why It's Time to Integrate Behavioral and Physical Health

Plan sponsors, payers, and third-party administrators owe it to our members and physician partners to encourage further behavioral/physical health integration in our practice networks.
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Michelle Zettergren named Crain's Notable 2022 Health Care Leader

Although the pandemic has upended nearly every aspect of society, no field was more immediately and wholly transformed than health care after Covid-19 struck New York. The honorees are notable for their consummate leadership, pioneering accomplishments and ability to adjust to crises. Moreover, all of them have demonstrated a commitment to mentoring.

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Working Well: Julie Bank Of Brighton Health Plan Solutions On How Companies Are Creating Cultures That Support & Sustain Mental, Emotional, Social, Physical & Financial Wellness

The concept of a “well workforce” has changed dramatically in recent years. Going well beyond health care benefits, Brighton Health Plan Solutions is influencing employee loyalty by programmatically addressing their mental, emotional, social, financial and physical needs with our comprehensive approach to wellness. Our Chief People Officer Julie Bank explains.

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How payers are playing a part in new value-based outcomes strategies

U.S We are all consumers of healthcare, yet the products and services we receive are like nothing else we consume. Many people have personal stories about dissatisfaction with their care or its cost, explained Michelle Zettergren, chief sales and marketing officer of Brighton Health Plan Solutions. These sentiments lead people to consume less healthcare, resulting in even poorer health outcomes.

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Northwell Health's Direct Contracting Arm Offers Coverage Model to Employers

U.S. Health systems are brokering arrangements for not only themselves by other employers looking for direct contracting gains.

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Does the Insurance Model of the Future Exclude A Traditional Health Insurance Carrier

U.S. insurance is privatized, which presents a host of challenges. Michelle Zettergren, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Brighton Health Plan Solutions and Nick Stefanizzi, CEO of Northwell Direct, spoke with MarketScale Host Kevin Stevenson about opportunities to eliminate the standard middleman of health insurance.

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Northwell Direct leads and rides the trends of direct contracting in the self-insured market

Direct contracting is gaining traction in what is seen as a lower-cost alternative to traditional health insurance. Northwell Direct is embracing this trend by recently establishing third-party administrator Brighton Health Plan Solutions for claims processing and administration.

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Northwell Health updates healthcare benefits through direct-to-employer model

Dealing with insurance providers can be a hassle for both employees and employers, who are eager for easier access and simpler communications when it comes to healthcare.

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Industry Voices - Health systems and the rise of direct contracting

As employers continue to experience unsustainable healthcare cost growth, a significant number are starting to embrace direct contracting with health systems to reduce healthcare spending and improve provider accountability for the quality care they purchase.

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Michelle Zettergren on direct contracting, COEs, and employer compliance with new ERISA regulations

Catalyst for Payment Reform's Suzanne Delbanco speaks with Michelle Zettergren, President of Labor and Public Sector markets and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for Brighton Health Plan Solutions. Listen to the podcast now.

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How direct contracting can succeed where high deductible health plans fail

The direct-contracting model is demonstrating that it can both manage cost and improve the quality of care.

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How to turn a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion into action

DEI initiatives can take many forms, and the conversations essential to leading sustained change are difficult and the solutions complex.

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Post pandemic, employers feel the urgency to address unsustainable health costs

Employers are ready to lower the cost of health insurance and they’ll do anything to make it happen.

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How providers can continue to support mental health services post-pandemic

While the pandemic is subsiding, provider organizations can continue to focus on expanding behavioral health service access through telehealth.

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Telehealth not enough to offset crushing demand for mental health services

Despite the increase in the use of telehealth for mental health visits, utilization of mental health services is still down in 2020 compared to previous years. That means people with medical health issues are not getting the care they need.

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Telehealth not enough to offset crushing demand for mental health services

Despite the increase in the use of telehealth for mental health visits, utilization of mental health services is still down in 2020 compared to previous years. That means people with medical health issues are not getting the care they need.

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Premium holidays are no reason to celebrate

A premium holiday is where health insurance companies forego premiums when claim volume is low, since by law, insurance companies are obligated to spend 80% of premiums on medical expenses. But even in normal years, health insurance companies’ projections are typically too high. A more cost-effective approach for companies is to self fund their health plans, where they pay according to utilization.

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Mental healthcare is suffering during the pandemic; new data shows how much

An analysis of healthcare claims during the height of the coronavirus outbreak in the New York City metro area suggests concerning trends in behavioral healthcare utilization among Americans who need that care most.

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COVID-19 highlights limitations of fully insured health plans

This year’s worldwide COVID-19 pandemic further illuminates why employers should consider a self funded healthcare strategy over a fully insured health plan. 

Waterbury Health joins the trend

Waterbury HEALTH in Connecticut recently became part of an integrated delivery network set up by Brighton Health Plan Solutions, a New York-based company that brokers healthcare services between providers and employers.

Self funded employers don’t have to cut health coverage due to Coronavirus

There are several strategies employers can use to lower the cost of the healthcare they offer their employees. Michelle Zettergren, President of MagnaCare, explains the ways employers can save.

Press Releases

Brighton Health Plan Solutions’ Boatwright Honored as Crain’s Notable Black Leader

Executive recognized for community work helping seniors understand their health benefits

Brighton Health Plan Solutions Named an Inclusive Workplace

Brighton Health Plan Solutions has been honored with the Inclusive Workplace designation by Best Companies Group, a workplace culture and engagement expert, and COLOR Magazine, a leader in corporate inclusivity.

Brighton Health Plan Solutions Wins Bronze in 12th annual Best in Biz Awards

Brighton Health Plan Solutions has been named a bronze winner in the Best Place to Work category of the Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America.

Brighton Health Plan Solutions Named Inaugural BenefitsPRO LUMINARY 

Healthcare enablement company Brighton Health Plan Solutions today announced it has been named to the BenefitsPRO LUMINARIES Class of 2022.

Brighton Health Plan Solutions Named Top Workplace on Long Island

New York-based healthcare enablement company Brighton Health Plan Solutions has been named a 2022 Top Workplace in Long Island by Schneps Media, the Long Island Press and Dan’s Papers.

Brighton Health Plan Solutions Honored with Gold Stevie® Award in 2022 American Business Awards®

Brighton Health Plan Solutions, an innovative healthcare enablement company on a mission to improve how healthcare is accessed and delivered in the self-funded health plan market, was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in The 20th Annual American Business Awards®.

Op-ed: Providers need to encourage preventive care and wellness visits to fully emerge from the pandemic

Two years into the worst global pandemic in 100 years, it seems that Covid-19 is on a downswing to endemic status in the U.S. Its aftershocks are still with us, however, and will be for some time.

Brighton Health Plan Solutions to Administer Northwell Health's Employee Health Benefits Plan

Healthcare enablemenet company to manage health benefits for about 75,000 health system employees and dependents using the Northwell Direct network.

Brighton Health Plan Solutions Achieves URAC Reaccreditation in Health Utilization Management

Once again earned national accreditation in Health Utilization Management from URAC, an independent leader in promoting healthcare quality through leadership, accreditation, measurement and innovation.

Brighton Health Plan Solutions Leaders Win 2021 Stevie® Awards for Sales and Customer Service

Brighton leaders were recognized for driving innovation, growth and national expansion, and for their hands-on pandemic response in customer service.

Brighton Health Plan Solutions CIO Arun Bhatia Wins 2021 BIG Innovation Award for Create® Technology

Brighton Health Plan Solutions Unveils Expanded Create® Technology Platform for Self-Insured Employers

Healthcare enablement company's technology platform powers enrollment, direct contracting, health plan management, trust and welfare administration and member engagement.

Brighton Health Plan Solutions Expands Nationally with its Technology, Direct Provider Contracting and Service Solutions

Atlantic Health System Joins Create® Network, Expanding  New Jersey-based Employees’ Innovative Benefits Options

Create Atlantic Health System increases access to affordable, quality care in New Jersey’s Morris, Sussex, Union and Warren Counties.

Waterbury HEALTH and ECHN Join Create® Network, Expanding Innovative Benefits Options for Connecticut Employees

Through Create, Waterbury HEALTH and Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) offer an integrated delivery network to self-insured employers.

MagnaCare Mobile Technology Wins Multiple Industry Accolades

MagnaCare’s MyCreateHealth mobile app won a Silver Best in Biz 2019 award in the Enterprise and SMB category, and has received merit recognition from Digital Health Awards in the Mobile Digital Health Resources category.


Looking to increase patient volume? Try direct contracting
March 21, 2023
What’s your New Year’s goal for 2023? If you’re like many health systems across the U.S., it may be something along the lines of “increase patient volume by X%.”

It’s a worthy goal, to be sure, but it also includes unique challenges. As health systems struggle to keep control over rising costs and low patient retention, many are looking for solutions that help them work smarter, not harder.

Is your health system ready for direct contracting?
March 21, 2023
If you’ve considered direct contracting but haven’t yet taken the plunge, now could be the ideal time.

Costs are skyrocketing for health systems. The reality of cutthroat industry competition means health systems need innovation to stay ahead of the curve. Working with insurance companies is a financial and administrative nightmare. And as an established health system, you strive to offer the highest standard of care to your patients — without breaking the bank.

But within every challenge lies an opportunity. Health system direct contracting can help, offering an efficient, all-in-one solution to many of these common challenges. Here’s how.

The Top Five Features Health Systems Should Look For In A Direct Contracting Partner

January 13, 2023

Increasingly, health systems are realizing that direct contracting is the way to stay competitive in the healthcare marketplace. When health systems contract directly with employers, they instantly gain large rosters of new patients. By eliminating traditional insurance companies, health systems can increase their revenue, provide better care and form closer relationships with their patients.

Is Your Health System Leaving Money On the Table?

January 13, 2023

As healthcare systems continue to have margins squeezed and pressure on the bottom line intensifies, many are wondering: Are there places where I’m leaving money on the table? If your health system is still working under the traditional insurance model, the answer is a resounding yes! Luckily, there’s an alternative to the traditional model—one that eliminates expensive administrative costs, delivers more patients to you, and increases services per patient. It’s direct contracting—and if you’re a health system looking for stronger financials and better patient relationships, it’s a model worth exploring.

What do integrated health systems mean for our healthcare?

September 16, 2022

For several years, hospitals have been merging in an attempt to streamline their operations and increase their buying power through volume. Today there are very few stand-alone hospitals. Most are part of a bigger hospital group, or health system. Sometimes called an integrated delivery system, a health system is group of affiliated doctors, hospitals, and facilities, organized together under one parent company. Health systems have also been buying up physician groups and doctor practices, who agree to join the health system to escape the burdens of increased regulations and administrative costs.

The Northwell Direct/Brighton Health Plan Solutions Story

April 18, 2022

When Northwell Health, the second-largest employer in New York and the state’s largest health system, decided the rising cost of traditional health insurance was unsustainable, they decided the future lay with a direct-to-provider solution.

What Do Employees Think of Direct-to-Provider Healthcare?

April 18, 2022

Direct-to-provider healthcare is rapidly growing among employers seeking to lower their healthcare costs. But what do employees think of the idea?

5 Important Healthcare Lessons from COVID-19

March 16, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic brought to light several aspects of employee health plans that are worth noting at all times, to make your health plan more affordable and more relevant to your workforce.

Infographic: Build the Ideal Healthcare Solution for Your Organization

March 15, 2021

View our comprehensive offering of health plan and TPA services, customized to your organization's needs.
Infographic: Cut Out the Health Insurance Carrier and Lower Your Healthcare Costs

February 1, 2021

Learn about Northwell Direct, where employers go "direct-to-provider" and save.
The Real Winners: Consumers of Create® Technology

January 19, 2021

Brighton Health Plan Solutions CIO wins the 2021 BIG Innovation Award for the industry-leading Create® Technology platform.

Why more companies are switching to self funded health plans

 July 14, 2020

Self funding your employee benefits plan reduces benefit costs, increases flexibility, and eases health plan administration.

Technology contributes to health plan satisfaction
January 16, 2019

Advanced technology improves health plan performance and increases member satisfaction.