New Partnership: Deerwalk, A Cedar Gate Company

Prairie States Enterprises, the Sheboygan-based third-party administrator of self-funded employee health benefit plans, has announced a new partnership with Deerwalk, A Cedar Gate Company, a population health management, data management and healthcare analytics software firm.

Deerwalk’s platform gives Prairie States’ customers and their brokers deeper, more meaningful insights into plan performance. A dashboard view via an executive analytics portal provides a high-level summary of their healthcare data, in terms of cost, quality of care and potential risks.

Key features include the ability to track the impact of chronic conditions on population health and health spending, evaluate the quality and efficiency of care in terms of health outcomes versus cost, compare plan performance to national benchmarks by company size and industry and pinpoint savings opportunities across every aspect of the plan.

Calling the Deerwalk platform “revolutionary,” Prairie States founder and CEO Felicia Wilhelm is enthusiastic about the fit between the two entities. “We’ve always been known as the company with in-house health management driven by in-depth data reporting,” Wilhelm says. “With Deerwalk, we’ll be able to give our customers an even clearer understanding of the risk profile of their member population, and where and how their claims dollars are being spent. They’ll make more enlightened decisions based on what these tools reveal.”

Wilhelm points out that a great advantage of the Deerwalk offering is flexibility. For customers who “like to dig in” to their own plan data, financial and utilization dashboards provide on-demand, customized reporting. “The data can be from an extremely broad perspective down to the most granular,” she says, “and we work with each group, depending on their preference, to provide the data package that works for them.”


Prairie States Enterprises, Inc. is a third-party health benefits plan administrator that brings industry expertise and a clinical focus to self-insured companies. Our in-house claims administration, health management services, wellness programs, plan analysis and predictive modeling tools result in remarkable and unprecedented cost control for employers. We also provide the most compassionate and personalized level of service for plan members.
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