Partnering with Industry Leaders
Pentra has built a service delivery model that provides each client with a core team of experienced professionals. These teams are permanently assigned to each client to enable them to become intimately familiar with the specific needs of your organization. We supplement the core team with available subject matter experts who can provide more specialized expertise if and when required. In some instances, we partner with other firms to provide this supplemental expertise. We have found that by entering into contractual relationships with proven specialists that have a highly focused skill set, we are able to deliver the greatest value to our clients. Pentra is fully accountable for the successful delivery of every service provided to our clients.
Benefit Advisors Network (BAN)
Pentra is a founding member of the Benefit Advisors Network (BAN), a premier national network of SmartPartner™ independent employee benefit consulting and brokerage firms. BAN members are located throughout the United States and are committed to collaboration and best practices. Through this network, we are able to more cost effectively access industry leading tools, technology, and expertise that contributes to our ability to deliver optimum results to our clients. BAN serves as the vehicle through which we access our clinicians and other credentialed professionals including our Compliance, Medical and Pharmacy Director.
Marathas Barrow & Weatherhead LLP
For over twelve years, our compliance practice has been supported by a team of premier employee benefits, executive compensation and employment lawyers. All of our published PPACA, ERISA and regulatory material is provided by or vetted through this team. Our clients can access these resources to assist in the ongoing maintenance of their plans. This includes access to general plan guidance, model documents and forms, and other tools to help meet the compliance and regulatory requirements of employee benefit plan sponsorship. Our consultants have access to all of Marathas Barrow & Weatherhead LLP’s resources.
Peter Marathas is an ERISA and Executive Compensation lawyer with over 20 years’ experience assisting clients nationally with benefits and compensation matters. He is a partner at Marathas Barrow & Weatherhead LLP.
Pentra has partnered with Liazon Corporation, a market-leading provider of private benefits exchanges. Its flagship product, the Bright Choices® Exchange, is an online benefits store that is changing the way employers and employees buy benefits. Available to our clients, Bright Choices helps employers manage their healthcare costs by setting predictable budgets while guiding employees to make informed decisions. Using educational tools and an online questionnaire, employees are able to purchase the best personal coverage of health, dental, vision, life, disability and other benefits.
Integrated Health Concepts (IHC)
Pharmacy costs often account for twenty percent of health care spend. BAN’s Pharmacy Director, Armand Dilanchian, R. Ph. serves BAN partners through his role as President and CEO of Integrated Health Concepts (IHC), a reputable national Prescription Drug Benefit consulting firm. He is a clinically trained pharmacist with extensive experience in managed care and pharmacy benefit management. Armand’s principal focus is to help clients evaluate pharmacy design and funding as well as to assist in the negotiations with Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) and insurers that manage this function in house.
Benefit Technology Resources, LLC (BTR)
Human resources, benefits and payroll technologies are in a constant state of evolution and change. Web and smart phone applications continue to proliferate and an ever increasing compliance burden requires the right combination of process and technology. Pentra has retained Benefit Technology Resources, LLC (BTR), an industry leader in Human Resource Technology and Administration to support our clients’ needs in technology and administration. BTR provides advice, counsel, and implementation support for clients who need technology solutions to improve the delivery, effectiveness and efficiencies of their human resources function and benefit plans.
Windsor Strategy Partners
Windsor Strategy Partners supplements the Pentra team by providing expert actuarial systems and services. Pentra works with Windsor because they also support insurance companies, reinsurance companies, HMO’s, health care providers and care management facility firms. Their core competency is to assess and price risk. We find that by working with a firm that supports insurance vendors, we are uniquely positioned to understand and negotiate insured arrangements on behalf of our clients.