November 2018
Big News at NIHCA

NIHCA is very proud to announce not one but TWO new insurance groups as of 1/1/19.  Avera Health and Bind will be rolling out to eligible groups starting in January of 2019.  
Avera Health is a medical group that has developed an employee/spouse program that will reimbursed $20 per month per member if they workout 8 (eight) times per month.  

Bind is a Third Party Administrator that will be rolling out to eligible Medtronic employees in MN, CO and FL; Medtronic employees and spouses that choose Bind, will be reimbursed $20 per month per member if they workout 12 (twelve) times per month.  

Again, both programs will begin 1/1/19.  Call NIHCA so that we can get your facility turned on for the Avera and/or Bind programs in NIHCArewards.

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Customer Service Quote of the Month:  

"It's not about being the best.  It's about being better than you were yesterday."
~ Stephanie Chapa, Fitness Competitor
Attention Clubs:

The $20 BCBSMN Blueprint for Health Fitness Discount program is not
going away in 2019 - however some employer groups will be moving over to the new Fitness Incentive Step-based program, but not all the groups. Groups that move over to the step-based program will not be eligible for the $20 Fitness Discount Program. We realize some of you will have more questions. 
Thank you for your patience while more details roll out.
NIHCArewards Reminder:  

Inside of NIHCArewards, there is a tab called Tutorials.  You will find short, informative YouTube's for you to watch and have staff learn how to work inside of the portal.  The newest and third tutorial we just completed is all about Member Enrollment and the Pending Approval tab.  If you have newer staff, or need to familiarize yourself about how-to "approve" someone in your pending approval folder OR how you would manually enter a member's enrollment OR even what the online member enrollment process looks like, please tap into these helpful videos.
Attention Clubs:

On Monday, October 29th, NIHCA sent out a club-facing communication to all clubs that submit for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota members.  BCBSND is changing many components of their program, starting soon.  

  1. BCBSND will no longer be offering a $20 reimbursement program each month - instead, eligible BCBSND members will receive points (not reimbursements) for working out 12 times a month at your facility.
  2. Look back at your Reimbursement History reports. If you have any BCBSND member to resubmit for, for the months of Jan-Oct '18, you must make sure you capture these past resubmits on this month's file.
  3. In order for BCBSND to provide timely reporting of incentives earned to employer groups for tax withholding, November & December workouts will be delayed and rewarded in January 2019.
  4. BCBSND Health Club Credit program will be a 9-month program starting in 2019. January-September workouts will be captured and rewarded as points only, not reimbursements.


Yes, BCBSND will require each eligible member to complete a 2019 Authorization online through WebMD.  

"This Year is Going to Be Different"
with Robert MacPhee

Avoid the News Years Resolution Cliché - Learn how to differentiate yourself from your competitors and increase sales, retention, engagement member results by helping them effectively address the mental and emotional side of health and fitness.
In this webinar, Robert will share a profoundly simple model that will help you, your staff and your members to understand how, when it comes to health and fitness, our attitudes and beliefs about ourselves and the world around us literally determine our results. For any prospect or member who is frustrated, has tried to get in shape before and failed, who has succeeded for short periods of time but then slipped back into bad habits or who does not have supportive people in their lives this approach will be a game changer.

Wednesday, November 14

FREE Webinar for all fitness staff.  Another opportunity to learn!

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