AUGUST
2020
Since 1984
Topics In This Issue
  • Trends in Drug Claims 2020
  • Ask the Pharmacist: Naloxone a Lifesaving Medication
  • Sustainable Funding Through Social Enterprise
  • Save Time and Money with ShipTime
  • Grand & Toy - Work from Home Solutions, Mail, Pack & Ship
Employee Group Benefits
Trends in Drug Claims 2020
Find out which medications were being claimed in the last year
Although it differs from one employee group to another, there are definite common claiming patterns among ASSOCIUM Benefits clients, and the general population. Knowing those patterns and taking steps to reduce their impact on costs are part of good plan management.

Overall plan spending on prescription drugs increased nominally into 2019 and 2020 within the ASSOCIUM block, by approximately 2.5%. While specialty drugs represented the largest category of medication, the spend was much lower as a percentage than previous years representing just less than 15% of claims made compared to over 30% in 2017-2018. The good news is, our Specialty Drug program has helped reduce the impact on ASSOCIUM clients.
Ask the Pharmacist: Naloxone
Life Saving Medication for Opioid Overdoses
International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that overdose death is preventable.

Learn about signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose and the solution – Naloxone a lifesaving medication.
Human Resources Consulting
Sustainable Funding Through Social Enterprise
Do funder metrics really measure up?
The current pandemic has amplified some glaring disconnects and constraints within the non-profit/charitable (NPC) sector. For example, it has placed a spotlight on the disconnect between the types of labour society values, such as roles associated with eldercare support, and how those roles are compensated in the labour market. The measurement criteria used in the valuation of paid vs unpaid labour is a source of this disconnect – the general thesis of Basic Income proponents.
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ASSOCIUM Divisions
Since 1984, ASSOCIUM Consultants continues to lead the industry in specialized human resource services, organizational development and provides HR expertise across a broad range of services.
We're unique in the marketplace providing innovative and customized Advisor services: Managing General Agent, Third Party Administrator, Claims Adjudication, Specialty Drug Management / Preferred Pharmacy Network and Human Resources Consulting.
Our employee group benefits division, being in business since 1997, gives us the experience to provide customized alternative plans and reduce administrative costs for our clients, while quoting sustainable rates at start up - and at renewal.
Our procurement services division launched in 1996 as an added source of assistance to the not-for-profit sector (GAIN). Recently this service has been expanded to include private small business under the Advantage banner. Our goal is to help your organization access preferred pricing for products and services as well as resolve any purchasing issues you may encounter.
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