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South Dakota Training Opportunities

Classroom Training: 

New Agent Training

Fall Agent Training

 

Online Training: 

Medicare Certification and Training

New Agent Training

Classroom Training

All newly appointed agents are required to attend New Agent Training within 180 days of their appointment. The class will cover the basics of small group and individual health products. (Note: continental breakfast and lunch provided) 

 

Class begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.
Class:  8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch:  12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Class: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 

Lodging

For attendees who require overnight stays, Wellmark has arranged corporate rate discounts at several Sioux Falls hotels, including:

  • Clubhouse - Phone: (605) 361-8700
  • Sheraton - Phone: (605) 331-0100
  • Ramada Inn & Suites - Phone: (605) 336-1020

To obtain the discount, mention that you are affiliated with Wellmark when you call to make a reservation.

 

Business casual attire is appropriate. If you have any questions regarding the training requirements, please contact your Wholesale agency.

 

Dates and Locations

 

DateCityLocationRegistration Deadline
November 5, 2014

Sioux Falls

Clubhouse Hotel & Suites
2320 S. Louise Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57106

October 15, 2014

 

Registration 

Please click on the link below by the RSVP date and follow the instructions to register.  You will need your appointing agency name, license number, national producer number (NPN), mailing address, phone number and email address.

 

Register

Fall Agent Training

Agenda

The classroom training will cover the 2015 changes and updates to small group and individual health products. (Note: continental breakfast & lunch provided.) 

 

Class:  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Lunch:  12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Class: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

Lodging

For attendees who require overnight stays, Wellmark has arranged corporate rate discounts at several Sioux Falls hotels, including:

  • Clubhouse - Phone: (605) 361-8700
  • Sheraton - Phone: (605) 331-0100
  • Ramada Inn & Suites - Phone: (605) 336-1020

To obtain the discount, mention that you are affiliated with Wellmark when you call to make a reservation.

 

If you have any questions regarding the training requirements, please contact your authorized agency.

 

 

Dates and Locations

 

DateCityLocationRegistration Deadline
October 6, 2014

Sioux Falls

Clubhouse Hotel & Suites

2320 S Louise Ave

Sioux Falls, SD 57106

September 15, 2014
October 7, 2014 Aberdeen

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
3310 7th Avenue SE
Aberdeen, SD

September 16, 2014
October 15, 2014

Sioux Falls

Clubhouse Hotel & Suites

2320 S Louise Ave

Sioux Falls, SD 57106

September 24, 2014
October 28, 2014

Rapid City

Best Western Ramkota Hotel
2111 N. LaCrosse Street
Rapid City, SD

October 7, 2014

 

Registration 

Please click on the link below by the RSVP date and follow the instructions to register.  You will need your appointing agency name, license number, national producer number (NPN), mailing address, phone number and email address.

 

Register

Medicare Certification and Training

Wellmark is responsible for ensuring all agents selling MedicareBlueSM Rx coverage follow the Medicare Marketing Guidelines as established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

 

Wellmark requires all agents to complete an annual formal training & testing prior to sales or commission eligibility for MedicareBlue Rx products.  Please refer to the Training and Certification FAQ for details regarding this annual certification requirement.

MedicareBlue Rx (PDP) Certification

MedicareBlue Online Training Course 

 

There are two parts to the MedicareBlue Certification; the AHIP Medicare training and the MedicareBlue product specific training. You must successfully complete both parts to be certified, and certification for the specific product year is needed prior to selling that year's MedicareBlue product.

 

Wellmark will pre-register each appointed agent and set-up their log in information. To take the course, complete the following steps:

  • Review the MedicareBlue Solutions Certification Login Instructions and Technical Support Information PDF  
  • Review the Certification FAQ PDF
  • Access MedicareBlue Certification  to complete the online training  
  • Log in
  • Optional: Turn off or adjust audio by selecting the volume icon located in the lower right corner of your screen
  • Complete AHIP Medicare Training:  This course requires online payment of $100 to complete. (If you have completed the AHIP course through another carrier, you will still need to click on this module to access the AHIP site for Wellmark verification at no additional charge.)
    • You will have a total of three attempts to pass the exam.  After the third attempt, you will be required to take the entire AHIP course again including paying the $100 fee
    • 6 Continuing Education Credits are available at an additional cost of $28.50. Purchase instructions are included in the AHIP course.
  • Complete Compliance & Fraud Waste and Abuse Course and Exam
  • Complete MedicareBlue Rx Enrollment and Disenrollment Course 
  • Complete MedicareBlue Rx Products Course 

Important Passing Criteria

The AHIP online course includes the following lessons:

Part 1: Overview Medicare Programs Basics
Part 2: Medicare Health Plans
Part 3: Medicare Parts D Prescription Drug Coverage
Part 4: Marketing Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans
Part 5: Enrollment Guidance for Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans

Final Exam: 50 Question AHIP Exam

  • The AHIP exam requires a passing score of 90%.  You will have a total of three attempts to pass the exam.  After the third attempt, you will be required to take the entire AHIP course again including paying $100 fee.

The required courses for product specific training include the following lessons:

MedicareBlue Rx Enrollment and Disenrollment Course

Compliance & Fraud Waste and Abuse Course and 10 Question Exam
MedicareBlue Rx Products Course and 15 Question Exam

  • These exams require a passing score of 85%.  You will have unlimited attempts to pass the exams and there is no testing fee required.

 



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