Annual Health & Wellness Benefits Conference

Knock Out Waste in Healthcare Spending: Employer Strategies That Pack a Punch!

Are you getting value from each healthcare dollar you spend?  Do you feel confident your employees are getting the right care early on, and not cycling through unnecessary treatments and visits?  How do you figure out where to start when it comes to identifying unneeded expenditures?

Recent estimates indicate that waste — which includes services that offer little or no clinical benefit to your employees — accounts for as much as 30% of healthcare spending.

Join us for our 7th Annual Conference and learn how you can deliver a big “one-two punch” to healthcare waste in your organization!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

7:30 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 am

Welcome

9:00 am

The Main Event: Truth Through Transparency

Introductions

Mark Cunningham-Hill, M.D. - Medical Director

Keynote Speaker

Marty Makary, M.D.

Surgeon and Professor of Health Policy
Johns Hopkins University

Marty Makary, MD, has been accused of exposing the “medical code of silence.” He’ll give us the blow-by-blow on why and where wasteful spending occurs and how to deliver a successful counterpunch!

9:45 am

Round I General Session: Going the Distance: Delivery System Accountability

Moderator

Craig Anderson

Regional President - Northeast
UnitedHealthcare Networks

Panelists

Niyum Gandhi

Executive Vice President & Chief Population Health Officer
Mount Sinai

Simeon Schindelman

CEO
Brighton Health Plan Solutions

Adam R. Stracher, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer
Weill Cornell Physician Organization

Mark L. Wagar

President
Heritage Medical Systems

Health plans and purchasers are turning to ACOs, narrow networks and patient-centered medical homes as alternatives to a broken traditional healthcare delivery system. By definition, the aim is reducing costs, waste and harm to patients. How’s it working?

10:45 am

Networking Break with Exhibitors

11:15 am

Round II General Session: Make Your Employees Contenders: Choosing the Right Care at the Right Time

Moderator

Smita Mehta, M.D.

Associate Corporate Medical Director
Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems Inc.

Panelists

Barbara A. Brickmeier

VP, Benefits, IHS, HRBD and Global Administration
IBM Corp.

Peggy Snow Flores

Executive Director, Global Benefits
Laureate Education Inc.

Sarah Freitag

Director, Corporate Benefit Plans
The Kroger Co.

Jane Gerhard

Managing Director, Head of Human Resources
Cowen Inc.

Employees need information – and often a trusted champion – to navigate a complex healthcare delivery system. Mistakes can be costly for them and for your organization. How can you help employees make the right choices – especially when they are down for the count?

12:15 pm

Lunch Buffet

12:45 pm

Game Show Trivia Contest: So You Think You Know Healthcare?

Speaker

Al Lewis

Founder and CEO
Quizzify

Al Lewis is a bestselling healthcare author and a host of various quiz shows. Join us for some fun with a live health care trivia contest!

1:45 pm

A. Knock Out Pharmacy Waste

Moderator

Marco Diaz - Vice Chair

Senior Vice President, Global Head of Benefits
News Corp

Panelists

Andrew W. Gregg

VP, Employee Benefits
Prudential Financial Inc.

Constance Perry, Pharm.D.

Sr. Consultant, National Pharmacy Integration Leader
Willis Towers Watson

Dexter Shurney, M.D., MBA, MPH

Chief Medical Officer and SVP, Clinical Affairs
Zipongo

Don’t throw in the towel on pharmacy waste! There are steps you can take to make sure your PBM is effectively managing the dollars you spend on drugs – and giving you the transparency you need to understand what’s happening and why. Come away from this session with a list of questions you need to be asking your PBM!

1:45 pm

B. Get Care That Matters for Behavioral Health Issues

Moderator

Shari Goldfarb

Director of Benefits for the Americas
Deutsche Bank

Panelists

Michelle Martin - Chair

Vice President, Employee Engagement
CBS Corporation

Pamela Corson, Ph.D., LPC, CADC, CEAP

Prudential Financial Inc.

Debra Nussbaum

Senior Director of Behavioral Health Solutions
Optum

Employees with mental health issues or those suffering from drug addiction often deal with “care” that is high cost and low value. So what can you do to make sure people access the help they need without paying for unnecessary services, uncoordinated care and low-quality providers? Employers tell us what works!

1:45 pm

C. Help Your Global Travelers Go Toe-to-Toe with Unexpected Expenses

Moderator

Sandi Stein

Senior Vice President, Global Head of Benefits
Brown Brothers Harriman

Panelists

Jared Lewis

Senior Manager, Global Benefits
Curtiss-Wright Corp.

Caitlin Cirelli

Director, Client Management, Eastern Region
Cigna Global Health Benefits

Jeffrey Walsh

VP, New Business Development, Eastern Region
Cigna Global Health Benefits

Are you prepared for unexpected injuries and illnesses that may occur while your employees travel on international business? Where can they get appropriate care? Will they need transportation? Do they speak the local language? How will international providers get paid? What other pitfalls and dangers do global travelers face? In this session you will learn how to enhance your travel program to protect global business travelers.

2:30 pm

Transitions to Next Breakout

2:45 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions Repeat

3:30 pm

Networking Break with Exhibitors

3:45 pm

General Session: Make Sure Low-Value Clinical Services Go Down for the Count

Moderator

Claire Levitt

Deputy Commissioner
Mayor's Office of Labor Relations

Panelists

Suzanne Taranto, EA, MAAA

Principal, Consulting Actuary
Milliman

Where do you start when it comes to identifying categories of clinical services that you are paying for – but deliver little or no value to your employees? Here are action plans you can put in place NOW to make sure you’re not contributing to the more than $25 billion in avoidable annual healthcare expenditures.