Knowledge Benefits was started under the auspices of the Colorado Business Group on Health as honest conversations with employers revealed that most administrators of employee health benefits learned about healthcare from their superiors, their co-workers (“on the job”) or their brokers. These benefit executives shared that they could use more actionable information about the inner workings of the healthcare industry, ways to purchase better and less expensive healthcare, deeper dives into promoting health, and insight on diseases that afflict co-workers.
An easy and fun online learning system that provides access to objective and actionable information fills this knowledge chasm while building a cadre of informed executives. In addition to providing an army of better informed benefits executives, the Knowledge Benefits system provides the opportunity for learners to earn continuing education credits for career advancement.
We believe that healthcare benefit plans can be
- More Transparent in Cost and Quality
We believe that executives who manage employer based health plans have a fiduciary duty to
- Procure health benefits wisely,
- Negotiate contracts with teeth,
- Administer contracts forcefully,
- Collaborate with peers to set a new bar on expectations of excellence in their community
We believe that executives who manage employer based health plans are well positioned to influence the
- Health and well-being of their employees;
- Plans, hospitals, and physicians in their community,
- Expectations and actions of an engaged and enraged employer community
We believe in giving back, which is why we continue to serve on community boards and committees, and we will return a portion of Knowledge Benefit proceeds to the non-profit Colorado Business Group on Health.
Knowledge Benefits empowers employers to leverage their purchasing power and extract higher value healthcare for their employees.
We believe that improving the quality of care is the best way to lower the cost of care for everyone.
Donna Marshall, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Donna Marshall is the Chief Executive Officer of Knowledge Benefits. Donna’s vision for Knowledge Benefits is to empower executives and managers who purchase and administer health benefits to actionable strategies that reduce healthcare costs and enhance the health of employees.
Donna founded the Colorado Business Group on Health (CBGH) in 1996 to help employers get more value for their health care dollars. As the CBGH executive director, Donna advanced employer-driven approaches to lowering health care costs and improving quality through such programs as Bridges to Excellence and the Health Matters Quality Reports. Since her retirement from the CBGH in 2017, she continues to serve on several boards and committees in Colorado including the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) that manages Colorado all payer claims database and The Colorado Institute for Family Medicine.
Before her tenure at the CBGH, Donna served as Manager of Managed Care Services for the State of Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, where she directed all activities associated with the Primary Care Physician Program, the Drug Utilization Review Program and health plan contracts. Donna began her career as a registered nurse.
Donna holds an MBA with an emphasis in Finance, a BS in Nursing, and a BA in Psychology.
Alison Laevey is the president of Knowledge Benefits. She has more than 25 years in healthcare. She began her career as a consultant for healthcare unions and hospital C-suites, and later worked with medical staff at managed care organizations, academic medical centers and community health systems. Her roles focused on strategic planning, quality improvement, marketing and business development with the aim of driving volume in high margin service lines.
Alison first learned about value-based care while working at Kaiser Permanente. She became more intentional about her journey from volume to value-based care after reading about the Triple Aim in 2008. She changed tack, earned a certificate in public health and returned to her roots as an employee advocate to educate employers about value-based benefit design.
She serves on the Consumer Engagement work group of Colorado’s State Innovation Model (SIM) grant. She is the co-chair of the Colorado Lung Cancer Task Force and is a member of the Colorado Cancer Coalition steering committee.
In addition to a certificate in public health from the Colorado School of Public Health, Alison holds a BA and master’s degree in labor and employment relations from Rutgers University.