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


9:00 am

The Main Event: Truth Through Transparency


Dr. Mark Cunningham-Hill

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


Craig Anderson

Regional President - Northeast
UnitedHealthcare Networks


Niyum Gandhi

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Mass General Brigham

Simeon Schindelman

Brighton Health Plan Solutions

Adam R. Stracher, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer
Weill Cornell Physician Organization

Mark L. Wagar

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


Smita Mehta, M.D.

Associate Corporate Medical Director
Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems Inc.


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?


Al Lewis

Founder and CEO

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


Marco Diaz

Senior Vice President, Global Head of Benefits
News Corp


Andrew W. Gregg

Vice President, Health & 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

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


Shari Goldfarb

Director of Benefits for the Americas
Deutsche Bank


Michelle Martin

Sr. Vice President, Total Rewards

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

Global Health and Well-being Leader
Former VP Global Health, Prudential

Debra Nussbaum, PhD, LCSW

Senior Director, Behavioral Health Product

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


Sandi Stein

Managing Director – Global Head of Total Rewards
Brown Brothers Harriman


Jared Lewis

Senior Director, Total Rewards
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


Claire Levitt

Deputy Commissioner
New York City Mayor's Office of Labor Relations


A. Mark Fendrick, MD

University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design

Suzanne Taranto, EA, MAAA

Principal, Consulting Actuary

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.