Health Benefits Conference & Expo—Session Schedule and Handouts

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Tuesday, January 21

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

HBCE01  Wellness Works and Prevention Pays—If Done in the Right Ways

Ron Loeppke, M.D., M.P.H., FACOEM, FACPM Speaker
Vice Chairman
U.S. Preventive Medicine, Inc.
Brentwood, TN

By now, we have all seen the conflicting headlines about the effectiveness of wellness programs. Now, more than ever, you are being asked to make the business case supporting the development or continuation of these programs in your workplace. What we know for certain is that random acts of wellness do not work. In this session, you will hear about new validated and evidence-based wellness and prevention strategies yielding compelling clinical and financial results at companies around the globe. Learn why good employee health continues to be good business and how integrating features from other successful programs can result in lower health care costs and less absenteeism and presenteeism, with a measurable positive impact on your employer’s bottom line (#32—Health & Wellness)

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

HBCE02  Health Care Costs and Quality Measures—How to Find and Use Resources

Leah Binder, M.A., M.G.A. Speaker
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Leapfrog Group
Washington, D.C.

Employers are continually looking for transparency in the health care industry so they can effectively remove barriers for their employees receiving appropriate care. Do you know what resources are available? Hear about how to find data, and learn how employers have used provider cost and quality measures to impact the benefits offered to their employees. (#32—Health & Wellness)

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

HBCE03  City of Tampa Near-Site Wellness Centers

Dave Blasewitz Moderator/Co-Speaker
Benefits Manager, Human Resources Department
City of Tampa
Tampa, FL

Wendy White Co-Speaker
Director of Client and Clinical Services
CareATC, Inc.
Tampa, FL

Hear how the City of Tampa has partnered with CareATC to change the direct primary care model for employees, dependents and retirees in their health plan. Learn how the city leverages its wellness centers, online wellness portal, nurse liaison and health coach to avoid unnecessary health care utilization and spending and improve population health. Discussion will focus on how specific chronic conditions, such as diabetes, can be managed through this model of care. (#32—Health & Wellness)

HBCE05  Leading and Perfecting the Business Case for Your Wellness Program: Creative Methods to Improve Engagement and Sustainability

Kim Farmer, AES, CCWS, CPT Speaker
Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Wellness Specialist
Mile High Fitness and Wellness
Tampa, FL

Lydia L. Caraveo, GBA, M.S. Moderator
Wellness Program Manager
Grinnell Mutual
Grinnell, IA

According to business experts, a business case is intended to convince key decision makers of the merits of a particular course of action. The business case for your wellness program needs to contain key components to convince your leadership team to commit the proper amount of time and resources for a sustainable program. Significant results in a wellness program can help employers control health care costs, improve employee productivity and enhance workforce engagement. A holistic model incorporating all dimensions of wellness is necessary in order to see improved health outcomes. (#32—Health & Wellness)

HBCE06  Year-Round Benefits Communication Improves Employee Decision Making

Jennifer T. Benz Co-Speaker
Senior Vice President, Communications Leader
Segal Benz
San Francisco, CA

Paula A. Krupa, CEBS Co-Speaker
Director of Benefits
Roper Technologies, Inc.
Sarasota, FL

Teresa Michelle Padgett, CEBS Moderator
Senior Health and Benefits Compliance Consultant
First Florida Insurance Brokers
Tampa, FL

You've introduced a new benefit plan that you're super excited about, and you think your employees should be, too. Will your people embrace it or ignore it? Regardless of the size of your budget, it’s essential that you engage your people not only when you’re making plan changes, but throughout the year. A thoughtful plan rollout and employee engagement strategy are key to achieving high adoption rates and ongoing satisfaction. Because that’s what it takes for your people to use the programs you offer—effective communication. To see how it’s done, this session will look at a case study: the successful high-deductible health plan implementation at Roper Technologies. You will learn firsthand tips, tricks and tactics, and you’ll come away from this session with a strategy you can use for your next big benefit program launch. (#32—Health & Wellness)

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

HBCE07  Lighthouse Group’s Three-Year Focus on a Complete Wellness Program

Dawn Duffy Co-Speaker
Strategic Health Manager
Lighthouse Group
Grand Rapids, MI

Eleni Kontos, CWWPM Moderator/Co-Speaker
Account Manager
Chicago, IL

Lighthouse Group employees seek to understand and educate their clients by empowering them to make decisions that protect what matters most—their family, home, business and health. For the past three years, Lighthouse has offered a complete wellness program to its employees that does the same. With over 20 office locations, differing roles and variation in daily work routine, Lighthouse realized that a one-size-fits-all program would fail to engage all of its employees and wouldn’t create lasting behavior change. By partnering with WellRight, it could allow each employee to build a program that is custom to their needs while creating a workplace culture that is focused on happiness and healthy habits. Duffy, along with the wellness champions, uses the program as a central place to connect staff and build a positive culture that attracts and retains employees. Since implementation, they have experienced some amazing results in engagement and reduced health care costs. Dawn, along with the wellness champions, use the program as a central place to connect staff and build a positive culture that attracts and retains employees. Since implementation, they have experienced some amazing results in engagement and reduced healthcare costs. (#32—Health & Wellness)

HBCE08  Conducting a Self-Audit of Your Health and Welfare Plan

Marilyn A. Monahan Speaker
Monahan Law Office
Marian del Rey, CA

Nicolle L. Smith, G.B.A., SHRM-SCP Moderator
Director of Employee Benefits
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance
Grinnell, IA

Scrutiny of health plans—by both DOL and IRS—is increasing. Whether plans are self-funded or fully insured, employers need to be prepared. This program will take you through the essential steps every self-audit should include in order to ensure that employers are prepared for an audit and are satisfying their fiduciary obligations. The program will also feature a discussion of common pitfalls, practical compliance tips, and best practices. (#12—Health and Welfare)

HBCE18  Is Functional Medicine the Future of Health Care and Solution to Chronic Illness?

Brett R. Powell, B.A., CWPC Moderator
Vice President, Wellness Consultant
American Institute for Preventive Medicine
Farmington Hills, MI

Missy Chase Lapine Speaker
Nutrition Coach and Author
Sneaky Chef Foods
Tarrytown, NY

It’s taken a while, but we may finally be headed for a shift from our current sick care system—diagnose a disease and match it with a corresponding drug—to more of a functional medicine approach. Since one in two adults has at least one chronic health condition, and chronic diseases account for 86% of all health care costs, this may be the ideal time for a paradigm shift. (#32—Health & Wellness)

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

HBCE04  Learning From Best-in-Class Employers - Using Benchmarking Data Analytics to Attract and Retain Talent

Shannon L. Gilbert Speaker
Area Senior Vice President
Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.
Tampa, FL

A key element of maintaining competitiveness as an employer in talent markets and effectively managing human capital investment is knowing what other employers are doing with their rewards. The Gallagher annual Benefits Strategy and Benchmarking Survey is the largest in the U.S. In this session, we will bring you the latest 2020 benchmarking information and go way beyond data like deductibles and coinsurance to discuss the report's strategic insights, employers’ operational priorities, total rewards strategies and tactics for cost control. Just a few of our discussion points will include benchmarking data from over 4,000 employers across all industries, data on employer tactics for cost control, communication, engagement and technology. We will also explore the strategies used by our best-in-class employers—those employers that report lower turnover and a more engaged population as well as those that have managed their health care costs significantly better than their peers (#32—Health & Wellness)

HBCE11  Wellness and Value-Add Benefits: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished?

Erica N. Cordova Zinkie, J.D. Speaker
Vice President, Legal Counsel
OneDigital Health and Benefits
Atlanda, GA

Paula A. Krupa, CEBS Moderator
Director of Benefits
Roper Technologies, Inc.
Sarasota, FL

In an effort to encourage employee health and add value to their health and welfare benefit offerings, an increasing number of employers are exploring benefits such as wellness programs, telemedicine, employee assistance programs, on-site clinics, and specified illness and disease and other gap insurance. While these benefits may seems like a simple and cost-effective means to add value to your benefit plan, it is important to remember that these “simple” plans often come with not-so-simple compliance obligations that are frequently overlooked. (#32—Health & Wellness)

HBCE14  Creating a Culture That Is Well For Tomorrow

Lydia L. Caraveo, GBA, M.S. Co-Speaker
Wellness Program Manager
Grinnell Mutual
Grinnell, IA

Nicolle L. Smith, G.B.A., SHRM-SCP Co-Speaker
Director of Employee Benefits
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance
Grinnell, IA

Tracy A. Fennell, CEBS Moderator
Senior Benefits Analyst
NRG Energy Inc
Bradenton, FL

Worksite wellness is more than a step challenge, a health risk assessment, or a biometric screening. It is having an environment and culture that supports wellness through all facets of an organization, which goes beyond the physical dimension. Creating a wellness support network within a company can be a daunting task, but the outcome is invaluable. Learn how Grinnell Mutual transformed from an organization of checking the boxes to a culture that is Well For Tomorrow. (#32—Health & Wellness)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

HBCE10  Obtain Real Prescription Coverage Transparency and Take Control of Your Pharmacy Benefit Data

Kevin C. Lyons Moderator
Plan Administrator
New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association
Woodbridge, NJ

Linda J. Cahn, Esq. Speaker
President, Chief Executive Officer
Pharmacy Benefit Consultants, The National Prescription Coverage Coalition
Morristown, NJ

Does your health plan have access to all the data that can be obtained from your pharmacy benefit manager (PBM)? Hear tips from an industry veteran on how to leverage the request for proposal (RFP) process to obtain contract terms that provide real transparency and thus enable your plan to customize its coverage and avoid PBM’s “standard” formularies that often favor high-cost drugs. Learn best practices for managing prescription drug costs on an ongoing basis. (#32—Health & Wellness)

HBCE20  The Last Generation of Health Benefits Managers: Switzerland as a Solution

Colleen M. Murphy Speaker
The ClareFolio Company
Chicago, IL

Karen van Caulil, Ph.D. Moderator
President and Chief Executive Officer
Florida Health Care Coalition
Orlando, FL

Business leaders know that the cost of health care in the United States (18% of GDP) is unsustainable. They also bear the burden of providing coverage to half of all Americans through employer-sponsored insurance. But what choices do they have? Where might they find a solution? The answer: Switzerland. While “Medicare for All” gets front-page coverage, an alternative vision is to consolidate health insurance from four systems (employer, Medicaid, Medicare and Obamacare) to one. But what do employers think of a system where they have no role? We propose a conversation—over coffee and dessert—to learn about the Swiss system and discuss the future of health insurance in the U.S. (#32—Health & Wellness)

HBCE21  Itron Fit—Wellness Based on Community and Competition

Darren D. Rieger Speaker
Director of Benefits
Itron, Inc.
Liberty Lake, WA

Dave Blasewitz Moderator
Benefits Manager, Human Resources Department
City of Tampa
Tampa, FL

At Itron Inc., we believe that encouragement, community and competition help fuel success. In 2015, the initiative Itron Fit took shape to unite and engage Itron employees through healthy and fun physical activity. The program focuses on fitness to strengthen peer relationships across the company, reduce stress, and help improve overall health and well-being. The goal of Itron Fit is to help create a high-performing culture of employees in motion by promoting health and wellness through physical activity and community involvement. The Itron Fit program provides several options to stay fit and connected with fellow employees. (#12—Health and Welfare)