Our Story

Since our inception in 1996, bswift's goal has been to use technology and information to simplify the administration of health care, reduce costs and empower consumers. In the beginning, we were known as Platinum Healthcare, a company that set out to change the world and transform healthcare by creating the first web-based CDH (Consumer-Driven Health) plan. In the process, we discovered that there was great market demand for an online benefits enrollment/administration system, so we built one. It worked pretty darn well. In fact, version 1.0 of our benefits enrollment system was a finalist out of 15,000 entrants in Microsoft's 1999 e-commerce system competition. Not bad, huh? So the company ran with it, changed its name to "bswift" and landed its first employer clients.

Today, bswift has millions of consumers on its system and offers software and services that streamline HR and benefits administration. We're the partner you can trust to help your HR and Benefits team discover the true business value of benefits administration.

Our Team

Michael Sachs Co-Founder Bio → Linked In Profile →
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Michael is a noted healthcare industry strategist and visionary with over 25 years of experience in the field. Currently, he serves as Chairman of Sg2, a healthcare information firm that Michael founded.

Rich Gallun CEO Bio → Linked In Profile →
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Rich’s 20 years of experience in the healthcare, benefits, and information technology sectors include multiple responsibilities in marketing, sales, account management, and operations. He co-founded bswift and led its growth into one of the nation’s leaders in benefits administration and technology. Prior to bswift, he served as Vice President of Provider Relations and Network Development for Health Partners, a leading physician practice management firm. Prior to that, Rich served in various management positions at Sachs Group, a leading provider of healthcare planning and marketing data, and directed their entry into the managed care marketplace. Earlier in his career, Rich worked in sales and consulting roles at IBM and A.T. Kearney. Rich holds a BA from Williams College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Raymond Seaver Executive Vice President Bio → Linked In Profile →
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Ray’s 20 years of experience in insurance and benefits include various executive positions. Ray founded and built several benefits and healthcare companies, including Plaines Health Networks, a PPO, and KeyLink Group, a third party administrator. KeyLink was sold to National Employee Benefits, Inc. (NEBI), and Ray was instrumental in the subsequent sale of NEBI to American Whole Health (AWH). Ray served as President/Chief Operating Officer of American WholeHealth Networks, a leading national alternative health care network firm, after its parent (AWH) acquired NEBI in November 1998. Ray’s success in growing benefits companies demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the constantly evolving marketplace as well as a client-focused orientation. Ray holds a BA and an advanced degree in Ambulatory Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota and is a licensed life and health agent.

Dave Tuttle CFO Bio → Linked In Profile →
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Dave is a global financial executive with experience in manufacturing, services, and technology companies dedicated to improving operations and creating value. He was most recently CFO of Torex Retail US, a global leader in retail software and hardware technology solutions. He also was responsible for implementing US GAAP revenue recognition in conjunction with IFRS reporting for the London and Europe based businesses. Previously, Dave held SVP Strategic Finance, Treasury, and Controller roles with hardware, software, and technology services companies ranging from $150 million to $2.2 billion in revenue. He has been involved with two successful IPO’s, more than $500 million in debt offerings, and over 20 acquisitions. Dave is an active member in Financial Executives International, Turnaround Management Association, and the AIPCA. His professional credentials include MBA, CPA, CMA, APICS CPIM.

Don Garlitz Exchange Solutions Bio → Linked In Profile →
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Don brings important strategic leadership to bswift’s Exchange Solutions division. Don leads carrier product procurement for bswift’s Springboard Marketplace and contributes to the development of consumer-facing technology, including bswift’s proprietary Ask Emma decision support tool. Prior to joining bswift, Don co-authored the white paper used by Utah’s legislative leadership as an outline for the creation of the Utah Health Exchange’s multi-carrier, employee-choice small business exchange, which was established prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act. He received a formal commendation from Utah Governor Gary Herbert for outstanding work as a health reform consultant to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Earlier in his career, Don worked in the insurance industry in sales roles with Beneficial Life and Aflac, and was a partner at FirstWest Benefit Solutions, an employee benefit consulting firm in the Salt Lake City metro area. Don was recognized as the Utah Underwriter of the Year in 2007 by industry peers at the Utah Association of Health Underwriters. Don holds a BS from Brigham Young University and is recognized by the American College as a Registered Health Underwriter.

Brad Wolfsen Exchange Solutions Bio → Linked In Profile →
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Brad's 12 years of experience in health care, benefits and technology has consistently focused on bridging the gap from innovation to execution. He built and then led Safeway's wellness and reference pricing programs, most recently as President of Safeway Health, a venture to commercialize Safeway's health benefit solutions. Under his leadership, Safeway saved hundreds of millions of dollars in health benefits cost for itself and its clients and Safeway Health became a profitable and successful enterprise. Prior to Safeway Health, he was Vice President of Strategy and Health Initiatives at Safeway. In his strategy role he managed operational change programs and business line turnarounds that led to over a billion dollars in profit improvement. Before joining Safeway, Brad was a management consultant with Booz & Company, Deloitte and independently, where he advised clients on product commercialization and growth strategy. He worked with companies in the health care, biopharmaceuticals, technology and consumer products sectors. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago.

Brett Baker CTO Bio → Linked In Profile →
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Brett leads the management of bswift's technology team leaning on his 18 years of experience growing technology businesses. Founder of Big Game Software, Brett built a company that provided high-volume transaction, data analysis, real-time data processing and content management products to the sports and entertainment industry. Prior to Big Game Software, Brett held numerous management roles with Apropos Technology, NEG Micon and APV Plc. Brett’s diverse experience includes software development, design, consulting, and project management. Brett holds a BS from the University of Illinois.

Josh Trent Sales Bio → Linked In Profile →
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Josh has over 15 years of experience in HR strategy, benefits technology solutions, and business development with companies including Aon Hewitt and Towers Watson. Prior to bswift, Josh was the Senior Vice President of Aon Hewitt’s Human Resources Outsourcing Practice, where he focused on new client solutions and sales. Josh holds a BA from Albion College.

Tracey Eisman Exchange Operations Bio → Linked In Profile →
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Tracey leads the bswift Exchange Operations team, leaning on her 15+ years of experience managing large scale programs in Fortune 100 organizations focusing on technology, operational improvement and organizational change. Prior to joining bswift, Eisman served as Chief Operating Officer for Mobius Executive Leadership. Previously, Eisman held numerous management roles with JP Morgan Chase and Proxicom, with responsibilities spanning from technology development to ongoing operations. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA.

Steve Parkhouse Client Services Bio →
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Steve Parkhouse adds management depth to the bswift Client Services team where he is charged with managing key client relationships and grooming bswift talent. Parkhouse joins bswift with 15+ years of experience in benefits administration and benefits technology, including both new client implementations and ongoing business operations. Prior to bswift, Parkhouse held the positions of Director of Implementations and Vice President of Benefit Operations at Aon Hewitt. Previously, Parkhouse held a sales role at CIGNA Healthcare in the National accounts segment. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI.

Jan O'Brien Human Resources Bio → Linked In Profile →
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Jan assumed the senior leadership role for bswift’s Human Resources department in 2014. For the past five plus years, Jan has successfully led our Reseller team and Reseller partners, developing a solid team and growing the existing Reseller business by over twenty percent each year. During this time, she has also become a key member of our senior management team with her strong management skills and industry knowledge and experience. Jan has over 25 years in the health insurance industry working with a couple different national health care carriers, including Humana and Blue Cross Blue Shield, and a few large national TPAs. She has held senior management positions in provider relations, marketing, account management, and Human Resources.

Careers

Want to be a "bswift-er"?

bswift prides itself on having a fun, friendly and smart staff that goes the extra mile to get the job done right. We offer the excitement and opportunity of a young, fast-growing company with the stability of an experienced management team, a blue-chip client base, and a proven track record of success.

We're looking for motivated and goal-driven team members who do whatever it takes to make a company great. The reward is a fun, flexible and creative environment with ample opportunity for professional and personal growth. If you possess the bswift values of higher standards, greater accountability and more fun, we want to hear from you!

Watch this video to learn more about our culture:

Give us a call or send us an email: 877.9.BSWIFT   recruiting@bswift.com

"This is a growing company with an energetic workforce, and a fun and fast-paced environment. There is great opportunity to move up quickly in the organization if you are a 'rock star' and work hard."

- Cortnie Gill, Implementation Specialist Joined bswift 4 years ago

"Our development team is made up of a diverse group of people with a wide array of programming skills and backgrounds. Combined with a great management team, the end result is a fun and flexible work environment."

- Rod Ganesan, Senior Software Developer Joined bswift 4 years ago

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Partners

bswift has partnered with a select group of companies in order to offer you a wide range of products and services that complement our own. Not only do we think these companies have unique value propositions, but they also provide bswift clients with special price breaks and/or integrated system technology.

Assurant Employee Benefits
Assurant Employee Benefits
Seamless Life / Voluntary Benefit Enrollment

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Close X Assurant Employee Benefits specializes in employee- and employer-paid benefits including disability, life, vision, dental and our worksite benefits cancer, critical illness and accident. We are backed by the financial strength of Assurant, Inc., a Fortune 500 company and member of the S&P 500. Our Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) process offers seamless data transfer with bswift and our testing protocol greatly reduces the time needed to get customers set-up on our system.
Bloomberg BNA
Bloomberg BNA
HR, Benefits, and Payroll Reference
Analysis & Tools

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Close X HR, benefits, and payroll professionals turn to Bloomberg BNA to get fast answers to the challenging questions they face every day. Bloomberg BNA’s must-have resources help professionals like you create effective policies, design competitive compensation plans, keep up with EEO developments, and comply with federal and state laws and regulations. With a collection of business tools designed to enhance the abilities of your entire department, you’ll find solutions that support and complement the goals of your organization.
GetInsured
GetInsured
Individual Medical Plans

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Close X GetInsured is revolutionizing the way Americans shop for and purchase health insurance. With the arrival of the Affordable Care Act, GetInsured has emerged as the leading provider of online technology and customer service solutions for employers, state governments and consumers who need easy access to affordable health insurance. Founded in 2005 and based in Mountain View, CA, GetInsured is venture-backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, Trinity Ventures, Partech International and River Street Management.
Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Employee Benefit Solutions

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Close X The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and its subsidiaries are committed to protecting individuals, business owners and their employees with life, disability income, vision and dental insurance products, including other financial products and services. Guardian operates one of the largest dental networks in the United States, and protects more than six million employees and their families at 115,000 companies. As a mutual insurer founded in 1860, our policyholders aren’t just customers—they are owners.
HealthEquity
HealthEquity
FSA, HSA, HRA Solutions

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Close X HealthEquity is the nation’s oldest and largest dedicated health savings trustee. HealthEquity helps individuals and families build health savings while helping employers spend less on benefits through innovative integrated health care account administration and investment platforms backed by 24/7/365 service, personalized savings strategies, and consumer education. The bswift-Health Equity partnership offers Health Savings Accounts (HSA), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA, and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA).
HealthPlanOne
HealthPlanOne
Retiree Solutions

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Close X HealthPlanOne (HPO) has been matching retirees with Medicare and IFP plans on a direct-to-consumer basis since 2006. Leveraging this experience, HPO now provides direct-to-employer solutions for those employers transitioning from a group benefit plan for retirees to individual Medicare and under-65 health care plans. HPO has grown tremendously as the exchange model has become more mainstream and has been named to the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Fast 500 lists of fastest-growing privately-held companies.
Infinisource
Infinisource
COBRA, FSA, HRA, HSA Solutions

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Close X Infinisource is a nationally recognized leader of integrated benefits and compliance solutions, including COBRA, FSA, HRA, HSA administration, Direct Billing, Premium Only Plans, and HIPAA Privacy and Security solutions. Nationally acclaimed educational seminars and webinars are fundamental to Infinisource’s stellar reputation. Infinisource serves more than 1 million insured in 50 states and has educated over 275,000 people in employee benefits administration compliance.
MetLife
MetLife
Seamless Life / EOI Process

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Close X MetLife is a leading global provider of ancillary insurance products. An integrated bswift-MetLife solution is available for MetLife’s Life and Disability products that offers a seamless and paperless process for Evidence of Insurability (EOI). Employers who take advantage of this partnership typically see increased participation in voluntary benefit enrollment due to the simplified EOI process and the ease of enrollment alongside core benefit offerings.
Paylocity
Paylocity
Payroll Services

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Close X Paylocity is a leading independent provider of online payroll services. Paylocity offers a 24/7 web-based payroll solution that features easy-to-use tools such as its paycheck calculator, pre-process register and robust self-service reporting. Our partnership with Paylocity features a daily data exchange and fast implementation timeline.
PrimePay
PrimePay
Payroll Services

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Close X PrimePay specializes in providing payroll, tax, HR, and benefit services for small and medium sized businesses. Recognized nationally, PrimePay offers full service payroll as well as options for web payroll entry and paperless payroll for an eco-friendly solution. From flexible spending accounts and retirement plans to workers’ comp insurance and time and attendance solutions, PrimePay strives to help clients increase profitability and improve efficiencies. PrimePay was founded in 1986 and has close to 40 offices nationwide.
Retrofit
Retrofit
Wellness / Weight Loss

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Close X Retrofit connects clients ready to re-shape their lives with help from teams of registered dietitians, exercise physiologists and behavior coaches. Meetings take place in convenient online video sessions. The program also includes interactive tracking and a messaging app. Unlike fad diets, Retrofit weight loss teaches the importance of adopting a healthy mindset and making lifestyle changes to yield sustainable and measurable weight loss outcomes. Nearly 90% of Retrofit clients are losing weight—helping individuals and employers effectively reduce health care costs.
ShapeUp
ShapeUp
Wellness / Weight Loss

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Close X ShapeUp is the leading global provider of clinically-proven, social networking and incentives-based employee wellness programs that help people exercise more, eat healthier and improve their overall wellbeing. Founded in 2006 by two medical doctors, ShapeUp has pioneered an innovative approach to behavior change that leverages the power of social networking, gaming and financial rewards to improve the health of large populations and reduce health care costs. ShapeUp’s social wellness platform covers over two million lives across 129 countries and is used by more than 500 employers and health plans.
The Good Jobs, Inc.
The Good Jobs, Inc.
Company Culture Marketing Platform

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Close X The Good Jobs™ is a marketing platform that helps companies find top talent by leveraging their own company culture. The Good Jobs quantifies a company’s culture based on programs, activities, and amenities companies offer employees. Utilizing The Good Jobs Badges companies can earn, employers enhance all their recruitment marketing channels, including job postings, career site, social media, job seeker emails, and other communication and outreach. The Good Jobs is the first Company Culture Directory of its kind. Tell your unique story and turn it into a competitive recruiting advantage!
Unum
Unum
Seamless Life / Voluntary Benefit Enrollment

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Close X Unum is a market leader in disability, group life, long term care and voluntary benefits. Our voluntary benefit data exchange with Unum allows your employees to enroll and complete the underwriting process in real-time. Benefits of this partnership include the ability to offer core and voluntary benefits in one enrollment process as well as the instant integration of payroll deductions; employers typically experience increased participation in voluntary benefit enrollments because of these features.
We have more partners for Springboard Specials! To learn more, contact us at questions@springboardmarketplace.com.

In the News

Employee Benefit News

“5 ways to make a private exchange successful.” In this Employee Benefit News slideshow, Don Garlitz, Senior Vice President of bswift, shares the five components to look for when considering a well-run private exchange platform.

MarketWatch Radio Network

"Choosing a health plan? Look at more than premiums." In this interview on MarketWatch Radio Network, Don Garlitz, Senior Vice President, bswift, identifies key steps in evaluating health care options.

Employee Benefit News

“WELLNESS: Outcomes-based wellness incentive use continues to rise.” Brad Wolfsen, Senior Vice President of bswift, explains how outcomes-based wellness incentives are increasing in popularity based on the data from the 2014 bswift Benefits Study.

Crain's Chicago Business

"Retrofit bulks up corporate weight-loss effort with bswift." bswift teams up with Retrofit to offer a new weight-loss program on Springboard Marketplace. Crain's Chicago Business reporter John Pletz discusses the partnership.

Forbes

"Health Insurance Benefits - Can You Have It Your Way?" In this Forbes article, Brad Wolfsen, Senior VP, bswift, discusses the enhanced choice and cost savings that private exchanges, like Springboard Marketplace, offer employees and employers.

Employee Benefit Adviser

"Frequently asked questions about private exchanges." Don Garlitz, Senior Vice President, bswift, provides answers to key questions from participants in our May webinar, "The Value Proposition of a Private Exchange."

Crain's Chicago Business

"Hot sector for job creation: health." Crain’s Chicago Business features bswift as one of the top health care technology companies experiencing rapid job growth.

Built In Chicago

"5 things Chicago can teach the world about the future of HR tech." Built In Chicago lists bswift as one of a handful of local companies making strides in the HR tech industry.

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InsuranceNewsNet.com

"bswift Releases Annual Benchmarking Study." The 2014 bswift Benefits Study is announced on InsuranceNewsNet.com, a trade publication for insurance agents and other professionals in the health, life and property/casualty industries.

EHS Today

"Survey: More Companies Offering Pay-for-Performance Incentives in Wellness Programs." EHS Today, an online resource with a focus on health and safety in the workplace, gives the 2014 bswift Benefits Study top billing in the publication’s Health section.

The Healthy Skeptic

"bswift Benefits Survey." Kevin Roche, founder of The Healthy Skeptic – a news site devoted to health care – points to the 2014 bswift Benefits Study as a valuable report and covers a number of its key findings.

Crain's Chicago Business

"bswift adds 20,000 square feet in West Loop." John Pletz of Crain's Chicago Business covers bswift's announcement to expand its office space to approximately 57,000 square feet to accommodate its rapidly growing workforce.

Built In Chicago

"With $51M in funding, bswift is expanding to over 400 employees this year." Built In Chicago reports on bswift’s rapid growth in both employee size and space. In 2014 alone, bswift will increase its headcount by 110 employees and add 20,000 square feet to its Chicago headquarters.

Employee Benefit Adviser

“Increasing number of employers want total compensation statements.” In this latest Employee Benefit Adviser podcast, Don Garlitz, Executive Director of bswift Exchange Solutions, discusses the trends in transparency and flexibility around total compensation statements.

Business Insurance

"Wellness incentives tied to improved worker health gaining popularity: Survey." Matt Dunning, Associate Editor, Business Insurance, focuses on key findings on wellness incentives and outcomes-based approaches as reported in the recently released 2014 bswift Benefits Study.

Built in Chicago

"6 of Chicago's fastest-growing tech companies - and how to get a job at them." bswift tops the list of six companies that Built in Chicago – a community of entrepreneurs, developers, marketers and designers – recognizes as key contributors to the city’s rapid tech growth.

Workforce

"bswift Benefits From Health Care Reform Via Private Equity Investment." With the increasing complexity of the health care and benefits market, bswift is expanding rapidly to deliver innovative service and technology offerings. The recent investment of $51 million from private equity firm Great Hill Partners will support bswift’s continued growth.

Business Insurance

“Midsize firms offered fewer choices of health exchanges.” Don Garlitz, Executive Director of bswift Exchange Solutions, comments on the feasibility of multi-insurer exchanges appearing in the marketplace for mid-size employers.

Crain's Chicago Business

“Health care firm bswift lands $51 million from private-equity fund.” Growing at a rate of 40% annually for the past four years, bswift will use the investment from Great Hill Partners to further strengthen its benefits technology offerings and meet the increasing demand for private exchanges.

Health Insurance Exchange

"Will State Stumbles Extend Enrollment Deadlines?" Don Garlitz, Executive Director of bswift Exchange Solutions, comments on the success of Connecticut’s state exchange, AccessHealth CT, which bswift works with as a technology partner, and how struggling states are looking to this model for their own exchanges.

Health Insurance Exchange

"Employer mandate: No time to sit back and relax." The ACA's final rules add temporary delays and some flexibility, to give employers time to measure and analyze employee hours. bswift's Don Garlitz, Executive Director, Exchange Solutions, examines the details of the regulations.

Employee Benefit Adviser

"5 retail marketing lessons for health exchange brokers." Brad Wolfsen, bswift's Executive Director, Exchange Solutions, highlights how companies developing health care exchanges can apply the hard-earned lessons of consumer retail to the benefits-selection process.

Employee Benefit News

"Cigna launch spurs question: What is a private exchange, anyway?" On the heels of bswift’s introduction of its Springboard Marketplace, Don Garlitz, Executive Director of bswift Exchange Solutions, discusses the power of single-carrier exchanges.

Employee Benefit News

"bswift launches private health exchange," discusses bswift's new private exchange, Springboard Marketplace. Based on a defined contribution model, the exchange streamlines benefits year round and includes ancillary and voluntary benefits offered through leading carriers.

Business Insurance

"bswift launches private exchange for health and voluntary benefits." Matt Dunning of Business Insurance provides an exclusive of bswift’s new private exchange, Springboard Marketplace, featuring carriers Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America, Unum Group, MetLife Inc. and Assurant Inc.

CFO Magazine

"Don’t Be Sidelined by ACA Delay: Act Now to Avoid ‘Play or Pay’ Flag" With penalties slated to be assessed starting next Jan. 1, there’s plenty of work for employers to do. Mary Bauman, attorney at Miller Johnson, and Don Garlitz, Executive Director of bswift Exchange Solutions, share their insight on how employers can prepare now.

Health Insurance Exchange

"10 Key Scenarios for Public Exchanges to Ponder." bswift CEO, Rich Gallun, shares some meaningful lessons that public exchanges can learn from private exchanges regarding technology and structure.

Employee Benefit Adviser

"Lessons learned from our switch to a DC health plan." With employee benefits evolving, Don Garlitz, bswift’s Executive Director, Exchange Solutions, offers key insights on shifting to a defined contribution strategy.

AIS Health

"HHS Says Most Enrollment Problems Are Fixed; Other Issues Begin to Surface."An article discussing how, despite the fixed glitches with the HealthCare.gov website, there may still be some issues on the horizon. Don Garlitz, Executive Director of bswift Exchange Solutions, comments on how adding a dependent in the middle of the year (i.e., through a life event) may cause additional issues to tax credit amounts, eligibility, and billing for the enrollee.

The Health Care Blog

"What Public Insurance Exchanges Will Look Like 5 Years From Now." bswift CEO, Rich Gallun, shares 10 scenarios that vendors should consider when it comes to public exchanges.

Employee Benefit News

“5 lessons benefits administrators can learn from retail marketing.” Brad Wolfsen, Executive Director of bswift Exchange Solutions, shares tips on how benefit administrators can take a cue from retail to engage employees and develop positive benefit shopping experiences.

Employee Benefit News

“Outcomes-based programs not widely adopted,” reports on the findings in bswift’s 2013 Wellness & Benefits Administration Benchmarking Study. Rich Gallun, bswift CEO, and Brad Wolfsen, Executive Director of Exchange Solutions, also share their insight on wellness trends, benefits administration, and defined contribution.

Health Data Management

“Expedited ACA Website Bidding Limited Choice of Contractors.” Don Garlitz, Executive Director of bswift Exchange Solutions, shares his insight on why some companies were hesitant to bid for the Obama administration’s exchange website. He says: “It is very costly to bid and lose. As a result, you typically deal with very large companies, (such as CGI) since it is very complicated.”

Business Insurance

“Employers could face litigation for excluding benefits to opposite-sex domestic partners,” talks about the rules employers must follow regarding benefits for legally married same-sex couples. Don Garlitz, Executive of bswift Exchange Solutions, comments: “A large percentage of our client base is made up of multistate employers, and I think it would be hard for them to offer domestic partner coverage to some employees in some states and not to others.”

Employee Benefit Adviser

“Small-group employers look to individual exchanges over SHOP,” discusses how many employers are considering individual exchanges instead of Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchanges. Don Garlitz, Executive Director of bswift Exchange Solutions, comments that the window shopping experience needs to improve if SHOP exchanges want to succeed.

Health Data Management

“What to Expect After Oct. 1,” an article discussing what the opening day of the public health care exchanges will bring. Don Garlitz, Executive Director of bswift Exchange Solutions, share his comments, including “I don't think [employers] are losing sleep over it right now. My sense is that they're in a little bit of ... wait-and-see mode.”

Health Data Management

“Computer Bugs Not Expected to Infest Enrollment.” Despite reports of technical glitches in the federally facilitated exchanges, experts in the industry offer a broader view. Don Garlitz, Executive Director of bswift Exchange Solutions, shares his thoughts on exchanges stating that they could “bring in other lines of business” like the private HIX model has done for other benefits.

Bloomberg BNA

"Employers Embracing Wellness Programs, But Many Plans Come Up Short, Survey Finds." Brad Wolfsen, Executive Director of bswift Exchange Solutions, comments on the positive impact of incentives to increase participation in wellness programs. The article also cites bswift’s 2013 Wellness & Benefits Administration Benchmarking Study.

Reproduced with permission from Human Resources Report, 31 HRR 993 (Sept. 23, 2013). Copyright 2013 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) www.bna.com

Human Resource Executive Online

“Measure Now to Avoid a Flag on 'Play or Pay'.” Although many employer mandates were delayed, there’s still plenty of work employers need to do. Mary Bauman, attorney at Miller Johnson, and Don Garlitz, Executive Director of bswift Exchange Solutions, share their insight on how employers can prepare for ACA.

PLANSPONSOR

“Wellness Initiatives Can Reduce Employer Health Care Costs,” discusses the benefits of using employee wellness programs and technology to cut costs for employers. The article also references the findings in bswift’s 2013 Wellness & Benefits Administration Benchmarking Study.

Employee Benefit News

“Study: Wellness best practices neglected,” reports on the significant wellness methods being overlooked that could help increase employee engagement and lower the bottom line. This article also cites bswift’s 2013 Wellness & Benefits Administration Benchmarking Study.

Business Insurance

“Employers mull defined contribution model for employee benefits,” discusses how some employers are considering transitioning to a defined contribution financing structure for group benefits and cites bswift’s 2013 Wellness and Benefits Administration Benchmarking Survey.

BenefitsPro

“Employers embrace wellness but employees don’t,” cites bswift’s 2013 Wellness & Benefits Administration Benchmarking Study and discusses the importance of driving employee participation in wellness programs.

Becker's Hospital Review

“How to Improve Workplace Wellness Program Participation,” references bswift’s 2013 Wellness & Benefits Administration Benchmarking Study and focuses on how employers are increasing employee engagement in wellness.

CFO Magazine

“The Lowdown on New ACA Fees,” co-authored by Don Garlitz, Executive Director of bswift Exchange Solutions, and Mary Bauman, employee benefits attorney at Miller Johnson, answers the questions surrounding two new charges for health benefits plan sponsors.

Workforce

"My Benefits Manager Told Me, You Better ‘SHOP’ Around." This recent article mentions how Connecticut's health exchange, administered by partners HealthPass New York and bswift, is one of the few states offering multiple employee plans and coverage choices this fall.

Inside Health Policy

"Greater Private Exchange Presence Eyed As CT Hires HealthPass For SHOP," an article discussing what's to come with SHOP and private exchanges. The article mentions Access Health CT's partnership with HealthPass and bswift for its own SHOP exchange and bswift's 15+ years of experience in the health care and benefits administration marketplace.

Healthcare Payer News

“Federal HIX delays SHOP choices until 2015,” discusses how states with their own insurance exchange marketplace are moving forward with small business health options for 2014. The article mentions bswift’s partnership with Access Health CT and HealthPass. Don Garlitz, Executive Director of bswift Exchange Solutions, says of the delay, “It is very complicated and I can see, if you don’t have all that quite figured out, a delay might be in order. It could be somewhat technological, it could be some aspect of carrier reluctance.”

CFO Magazine

“Four Myths about Private Health-Care Exchanges.” Don Garlitz, Executive Director of bswift Exchange Solutions, debunks the top four myths surrounding private health exchanges and what employers of 50 or more employees plan to do in 2014.

Healthcare Payer News

"Despite CMS delay, CT moves forward with HIX SHOP," an article about Access Health CT's decision to utilize HealthPass and bswift's private exchange services and technology for small businesses throughout Connecticut.

Health Tech Zone

"Connecticut Partners with HealthPass to Set the Standard for State Health Exchanges," discusses Access Health CT's announcement to use HealthPass New York and bswift to build the front-end administrative platform for its Small Business Health Options (SHOP).

benefitspro

“Connecticut health care exchange gets providers,” reports on Access Health CT’s recent decision to use HealthPass and bswift to help run the Connecticut health care exchange.

Crain's New York Health Pulse

“HealthPass goes SHOP-ing in Connecticut,” an article about Access Health CT’s announcement to use HealthPass New York and bswift to provide the front-end and administrative platform for its small-business exchange.

Business Insurance

"Connecticut to proceed with small business health insurance exchange," reports on Access Health CT's selection of HealthPass and bswift to operate its SHOP exchange, scheduled to open in October 2013.

Forbes

"Good Design Is Good Business. Just Ask Morningstar." catches up with two speakers from bswift Summit 2012, Bevin Desmond, President of International Operations and Global Human Resources, Morningstar, and Barbara Armstrong, Principal, Kahler Slater.

Leader's Edge Magazine

"Embrace Exchange," an article about the new opportunities with exchanges. Joe Thomas, Vice President of Sales at bswift, comments: "We're working with numerous CIAB members to help them create their own private exchanges that allow them to provide competitive solutions to what the public exchanges are going to be offering."

Government Health IT

"Chicago grows HIT jobs," an article about bswift adding 100 jobs to its Chicago offices over the next three years, garnering praise from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Crain's Chicago Business

"bswift to add 100 jobs downtown in next 3 years," an article about Chicago Mayor Emanuel's recent announcement on bswift's anticipated job growth and partnership with Skills for Chicagoland's Future.

Employee Benefit Adviser

"10 exchange considerations." In this month's Employee Benefit Adviser, bswift CEO Rich Gallun addresses ten often overlooked complexities behind health insurance exchange technology.

The Salt Lake Tribune

"Former HHS Sec. Mike Leavitt hawks new breed of health exchange," announces Leavitt Partners' "Exchange in a Box" pitch for states rushing to meet tight federal deadlines. bswift, among a few other big-name software and health companies, have committed to develop the technology.

Healthcare Payer News

"Q&A with HealthPass NY: Decade-old small biz HIX prepares for 2014 market," a recent interview with Vince Ashton, HealthPass New York CEO, discusses its past, future, and bswift’s role as the provider for exchange technology and services: “HealthPass is positioning itself for growth in the small group market, and is contracting with the Chicago-based benefits tech firm bswift to provide the online retail platform.”

Workforce Management

"HealthPass New York Selects bswift to Provide Exchange Technology, Services.” Matt Dunning reports on HealthPass New York’s recent decision to use bswift for its exchange technology and services, including reporting tools, dashboards and alerts for employers; shopping tools, decision and enrollment support for employees; and analytics, benchmarking and access to aggregated group data, as well as employer billing, collection and broker commission management tools for brokers.

Business Insurance

"Employees will need to be educated about benefits eligibility," an article about the importance of educating employees about their benefits eligibility. Don Garlitz, Executive Director, bswift Exchange Solutions, comments: "I don't know if the tracking is going to be any more cumbersome than it has been in the past, but now employers have a real incentive to make sure they are tracking correctly. And there's going to be a bit more scrutiny. Employers will have to be ready for audits...the tools are out there in the marketplace."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Businesses prepare for health insurance shift," an article covering the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health's 13th annual symposium on September 6, 2012. Don Garlitz, Executive Director, bswift Exchange Solutions, spoke at the event, discussing how health insurance exchanges will shape the future of American health care and what employers can do to help slow the relentless growth of health plan costs.

LifeHealthPro

"NAHU 2012: Health Insurance Exchanges Are Coming," an article covering the National Association of Health Underwriters' annual convention. Don Garlitz, Executive Director, bswift Exchange Solutions, predicts that many states will set up exchanges no matter what the Supreme Court or Congress do about PPACA.

AIS Health

"Private Exchanges and WBEs Say They Can Drive More Enrollment to State Exchanges," an article on how Web-based entities (WBEs) like bswift will not only need to offer states powerful online shopping tools, but also demonstrate a strategy for capturing market share and directing it to the exchange.

The Economist

"Utah’s health-care reform," reports on the Utah Health Exchange's "snazzy web portal" powered by bswift, and plans for the future.

Business Insurance

"The false alarm of ‘employer dumping,'" an article by Don Garlitz, Executive Director, bswift Exchange Solutions on whether employers will terminate their group health care plans when key provisions of the health care reform law take effect.

Employee Benefit News

"Supreme Court opens day one of PPACA hearings," an article on the Supreme Court's first of three days hearing oral arguments on the constitutionality of the individual mandate provision of PPACA. Don Garlitz, Executive Director, bswift Exchange Solutions, comments: “Large employers are hoping that the employer mandate gets wiped out. They don’t want to have to deal with it.”

Politico Pro

"Private exchanges mull ACA role," reports on how much ACA responsibility private exchanges will likely take on. Don Garlitz, Executive Director, bswift Exchange Solutions, weighs in: “The [ACA] requires the public exchange to have a board and to have a certain kind of structure — I’m not sure that a private, for-profit company would meet any of those standards, but you can set up sort of a shell.”

Employee Benefit Advisor

"Weighing the pros and cons of outsourcing," cites bswift's 2011 Wellness & Benefits Administration Benchmarking Study and stresses the importance of employing a fully-automated benefits administration system.

Kaiser Health News

"Minnesota GOP Wrestles With Health Exchange Questions," reports on Minnesota Republicans' November 3, 2011 forum to determine the best stance towards state-based insurance exchanges. bswift's Executive Director of Exchange Solutions, Don Garlitz, presented on the success of the Utah Health Exchange as a model for Minnesota and other states.

Employee Benefit Adviser

"Latest thinking on wellness programs," an article reporting on the increasing emphasis employers are putting on incentives.

Crain's Chicago Business

"HR software firm doubles space in Loop move," announces bswift's headquarters office move to 10 S. Riverside Plaza to accomodate rapid growth.

The Salt Lake Tribune

"Utah guv charts steady course for health reform," reports on Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's September 30, 2011 health reform summit. Herbert says that the time for adding large employers to the Utah Health Exchange, powered by bswift, is now.

Benefits Canada

"Wellness programs need incentives, automation," reports on the findings from bswift’s "2011 Wellness and Benefits Administration Benchmarking Study." The article highlights the importance of incentives to increase employee participation in wellness programs.

Employee Benefit News

"Clinging to paper-based administration hinders potential wellness savings," reports on the findings from bswift's "2011 Wellness and Benefits Administration Benchmarking Study." The article highlights how employers still lag in automating HR processes.

Illinois Technology Association

"ITA Spotlight: bswift," an August 25, 2011 Illinois Technology Association interview with bswift CEO Rich Gallun.

PBS NewsHour, YouTube

"Utah's Health Insurance Experiment Built Around Small Businesses," an August 2, 2011 PBS NewsHour video news story about how the Utah Health Exchange is helping small businesses. The clip features the bswift technology powering the exchange.

Deseret News

"Utah Health Exchange Growing as More Small Businesses Sign On," an article reporting that state experts predict 10-fold growth in the number of companies using the exchange by year end.

Solutions

"Red-State Utah's Health Exchange Model for Colorado," an article providing a comprehensive look at Utah's unique approach that has put it ahead of the curve in meeting the mandate by the Affordable Care Act.

Kaiser Health News

“Reform Policy News: High-Risk Pools, Exchanges, IPAB,” a round-up article featuring a link to a Politico Pro article with bswift CEO Rich Gallun entitled “Utah Exchange: Low-Cost Model Or Loss Leader?”

Governing

“A Closer Look: Utah's Health Insurance Exchange,” a Q & A with Patty Conner, the new director of Utah's health exchange, on how it's progressing.

New York Times

“Health Care Overhaul Depends on States’ Insurance Exchanges,” featuring the State of Utah Health Exchange powered by bswift.

Employee Benefit News

“Health Care Reform: An Overview of the New Federal Health Care Bill and How It Will Likely Impact Employers Over the Next Several Years,” featuring the transcript of the 2010 bswift Client Conference keynote address presented by Michael O. Leavitt.

Employee Benefit News

“Report: Costs of PPACA Exceed Previous Estimates,” featuring the “bswift Special Report on the Impact of Health Reform on Employers.”

Employee Benefit Plan Review

“10 Questions to Ask When Deciding on a Benefits Solution,” an article outlining critical questions to ask before choosing a benefits enrollment and administration vendor.

Manufacturing Business Technology

“Lean and Green: Benefits Automation System Unearths More Value from ERP,” an article detailing how Trek Bikes used bswift to do away with manual processes of moving employee information between payroll and benefits.

Business Insurance

“Largest Employee Benefit Information Systems,” bswift ranked #1 in number of installations for second year in a row.

Business Insurance

“Largest Employee Benefit Information Systems,” bswift ranked #1 in number of installations with more than double the number of the next ranked company.

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At bswift, we take fun very seriously. In fact, "More Fun" is one of our core corporate values (along with "Higher Standards" and "Greater Accountability"). Why? Because we firmly believe that engaging employees in a fun and appreciative workplace not only boosts morale and strengthens company culture, but it can also increase productivity and impact the bottom line.

50 Favorite Ways to Have Fun at Work

Here are some of our favorite ideas for ways to have fun at work. Some of these ideas come from bswift's Chief Fun Officer Patrick McGarrity, and many come from our buddy Scott Christopher who wrote a great book called "The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up." Be sure to check out Scott's book at www.levityeffect.com.

  1. Weekly Jeopardy: at noon once a week, gather in a conference or cubical for a couple rounds of Jeopardy (use a Jeopardy day-to-day desk calendar). The highest scorer takes the Jeopardy trophy for the week and gets to choose the first category the following week.
  2. Wii Bowling Tournament: create teams that allow people from different departments to get to know each other. Crown a "King Pin" and "Queen Pin" and award gift certificates prizes.
  3. Kids Come Into Work Day: to draw on the whiteboard, play Wii and join everyone for pizza at lunch. Employees take turns being "Camp Counselor" for an hour.
  4. Summer Kickball After Work: in a nearby park or parking lot. No need for formal leagues or uniforms just show up and feel like a kid again.
  5. Quarterly Potluck Lunch: with a different fun theme each time. Charge $3 and give the proceeds to a local charity.
  6. Jeans Day for Charity: sell tickets for $2 each that allow the purchaser to wear jeans to work on a specified day of the week. For example at bswift, each ticket is good for wearing jeans on Wednesdays during April. Proceeds go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
  7. Michael Jackson Trivia Contest: the winner gets tickets to a local event or movie or a copy of "This Is It" on DVD.
  8. Executives Breakfast: upon meeting a specified departmental or company goal, get the executives to put on an apron and start frying up the bacon and flipping pancakes.
  9. Cubicle Decoration Contest: choose a theme and award prizes for the best cubicle decorations.
  10. Paint a Break Room with Chalkboard Paint: this idea comes from Whole Foods where employees can doodle on the walls and one store team leader even writes up her weekly updates rather than sending out a memo.
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Enter to win the 2015 bswift Fun at Work Award!

Send us an email at fun@bswift.com and tell us why the company you’re nominating is the most fun place to work. Photo and video submissions are encouraged.

Winners will be announced at bswift Summit 2015.