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VSEBT Posts Successful Year

10 Jun

The following is an update letter sent out to members of Valley Schools, which include the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT), the Valley Schools Workers’ Compensation Pool (VSWCP) and the Valley Schools Insurance Trust (VSIT).  Tom Boone is the Chairman and CEO.  Congratulations on another outstanding year to the Valley Schools’ team!

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Dear Member,

Let me start out by saying that we appreciate having you as a continuing member in Valley Schools. The following are some recent events at Valley Schools that may be of interest to you:

  • Valley Schools is constantly negotiating with all our providers to save you money on insurance. As a result, effective July 1, 2013, we changed our life insurance carrier to ING. This change saved 21% off basic life insurance rates for all members and includes a three-year rate guarantee. We also changed our Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) to UHC/OptumRX which should result in a reduction of pharmacy costs of about 2%.
  • The audits for 2012 are complete and we have received an unqualified opinion. An unqualified opinion is the best possible audit outcome, meaning that there are no areas for concern, comment or revision. Since Valley Schools started in 1987, we have had unqualified opinions on all audits, every year. We are proud of our 25 years of clean audit findings. The 2012 audit reports were recently sent to all members.
  • National healthcare policy is changing rapidly and dramatically. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed in 2010 changes nearly every aspect of health delivery in the country. Valley Schools is committed to keeping our members informed and ready for this shifting regulatory landscape. We are providing quarterly briefings for all members to review all aspects of PPACA. We would strongly encourage your human resources, employee benefits staff, or others you may want to participate, to attend these meetings.
  • Again, for the 2013-14 fiscal year, Valley Schools had 100% retention of all current members. In addition, we welcome the Madison Elementary School District as a new member for FY 2013-14.

You should have already received a copy of our audit results. I am available to you at any time should you have any questions. All of our board meetings are posted and we encourage you to attend when your schedule allows it.

Sincerely,

Tom Boone

CEO/Chairman

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Tom Boone, Chairman and CEO, Valley Schools

Healthcare Planning Done Right!

4 Dec

In today’s healthcare market, with so many changes and the impacts of National Healthcare Reform unclear, it is important for every organization to have proper healthcare planning.  Unfortunately, for most employers, even larger ones, healthcare is something looked at only during renewal time.  Valley Schools Management Group (VSMG) in conjunction with their consultant, Aon/Hewitt, provide annual healthcare planning sessions with the leaders of all their employer organizations.  These include the top executives and the human resource officials so that they can be informed at all times of where healthcare is going, and how to plan for it.  VSMG plans and implements for change on a regular basis for its members, but does not view that as enough.  ”We need to make sure all our members stay informed of our efforts, understand the reason for staying ahead of the curve, and approve of the direction we are leading,” said Tom Boone, Chairman and CEO of VSMG.

Tom Boone, VSMG

Tom Boone, VSMG

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Attached here is one such document provided to their members to keep them informed of the ongoing processes at VSMG:

Valley Schools Holds 5th Annual Conference

26 Oct

Valley Schools Management Group (VSMG) is a group purchasing cooperative organization that saves its members millions per year in insurance, workers’ compensation and employee benefits costs.  It was created in 1987 and has expanded into all three areas over time.  This is the fifth consecutive year that the VSMG, run by Tom Boone, has held an annual conference to inform its members on the latest in insurance, workers’ compensation and employee benefits laws, regulations and opportunities for savings.  VSMG is truly a model for transparency and keeping their membership informed and up to date on all issues.

This year, Andrea Billings, Administrator for the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) was one of the speakers, discussing the latest in health care and other benefits for tens of thousands of members in the VSEBT.

Rebecca McGonigle of VSEBT, Dr. Steven Masley, and Andrea Billings of VSEBT

In the past, the conference has featured guest speakers including Congressman John Shadegg, Dr. Andrew Weil the wellness guru, and Dr. Nick Yphantides, author of My Big Fat Greek Diet.  This year the featured speaker was Dr. Steven Masley, author of Ten Years Younger.

 

Have you wondered, How Old Are You, Really?  You know what’s written on your birth certificate, but as you’re aware your chronological age may not match your biological age.  you are invited to hear a presentation by Steven Masley, M.D., a physician whose work has been featured on the Discovery Channel, the Today Show, and over 200 media interviews. His program, Ten Years Younger is scientifically proven to work, with results published in multiple peer reviewed medical journals.

The Ten Years Younger Program is designed to combat the roots of accelerated aging. Poor nutrition, toxins in the environment, stress, and exposure to free radicals all make us old before our time, along with a little-known aging culprit: low- and no-carb diets.

“Dr. Masley shows us how we can take control of the aging process. Follow this simple ten-week plan, and you’ll find yourself getting younger, day by day.”
– Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Steven Masley, M.D. is a board and fellow certified family physician and nutritionist, author, speaker, and award-winning patient educator. His research focuses on the impact of lifestyle choices on aging, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cognitive function, menopause, and weight control. His passion is empowering people to achieve optimal health through comprehensive medical assessments and lifestyle changes.

Senior staff from the Paradise Valley Unified School District study the presentations.

Attendees went through a grueling time of back-to-back presentations, but once again very much appreciated the in depth information.  More organizations need to bring in their senior clients and membership to keep them informed and inspired like the Valley Schools Management Group (VSMG) does regularly.

Left to right, Tom Boone, Tim O’Brien, Skip Brown, Jim Migliorino and Ted Carpenter

Tom Boone, Chairman and CEO of VSMG, Opens up the Conference

 

 

Jerry Cipriano Promoted at VSMG

7 Sep

Jerry Cipriano has been promoted at the Valley Schools Management Group (VSMG).  The following is his picture and a copy of the letter announcing his promotion:

Jerry Cipriano, second from left, with solar panel for saving schools energy costs.

 

Deer Valley High School from above. One of many projects Jerry Cipriano worked on to save millions in energy costs.

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Jerry Cipriano has agreed to accept the position of Director of School Services.  Jerry will be providing a critical role for our member districts in his new capacity, ensuring a smooth continuation of project management services and assistance.

Jerry Cipriano has over thirty-one years of experience in building management, design, construction and warranties in school districts.  His many accomplishments include the construction and remodeling of many elementary schools, construction management of Sandra Day O’Connor High School and Boulder Creek High School and the remodeling and refurbishing of Deer Valley High School and Barry Goldwater High School.  Since 1981, Jerry has worked every aspect of school construction.

In addition, Mr. Cipriano also has been CEO of a private construction firm that built numerous homes in Arizona and has nearly twenty years of experience in the private sector construction management field.  Jerry is extremely competent and experienced and we look forward to having him take a greater role in assisting our member school districts on projects.

Please join us in congratulating Jerry Cipriano on his new role and his new challenges in helping Arizona public entities through improved project and utility management programs.

Sincerely,

Tom Boone

Chairman and CEO

Valley Schools Management Group

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