Health Care Management Conference

Monday, April 25 - Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Phoenix, AZ
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Health care is ever changing, and it can be hard to keep up and deal with issues and questions that arise. With so many changes and advancements, managing your fund requires action. The Health Care Management Conference will prepare you to make the tough decisions that will keep your fund moving forward, and it will give you the confidence to implement them. Register for this highly rated conference, and keep your fund moving in the right direction.

Topics/Agenda

  • Opening Session: Preparing for the Next Pandemic
  • Transparency and your TPA
  • PBMs, Negotiating Medicare Drug Prices and Pipeline Drugs
  • Preparing for a DOL Audit
  • Grandfathering Status—Is it Worth Keeping?
  • Interoperability and Data Sharing
  • Point Solutions and Telehealth
  • Aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Behavioral Health
  • The Future of Retiree Health Care and Defined Contributions
  • Oncology and Specialty Drugs—Advocating for Patient Experience
  • Where to Start with Cost Containment Strategies?


  • Available in person
  • Available virtually
  • Health
  • Retirement
  • Canadian
  • General
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Monday April 25, 2022
8:00-9:15 a.m. MT
Opening Session: Preparing for the Next Pandemic
8:00-9:15 a.m. MT

COVID-19 has changed much about the way we live and work. But history reminds us that it was not the first pandemic, and science tells us that it will certainly not be the last. So, what did we learn from COVID-19, and how can those lessons prepare us for the next pandemic? In this session, we will look at:

  • COVID-19’s effect on the systems and outcomes of our work in employee benefits
  • What we can do to safeguard our plans for the future
  • What the next pandemic might look like.
Category: Health and Welfare
Cheryl Nienhuis, MBA, CEBS, PHR
Co-Speaker
Cheryl Nienhuis, MBA, CEBS, PHR
Director, Complex Care Program
Mayo Clinic
Dr. Augustine Chavez, M.D.
Co-Speaker
Dr. Augustine Chavez, M.D.
Consultant/Associate Chair of Practice—Family Medicine Mayo Clinic, Assistant Professor
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and Science
9:30-10:45 a.m. MT
Transparency and Your TPA
9:30-10:45 a.m. MT

Transparency is a critical component in the relationship between a plan sponsor and a TPA. But state-based regulations, lawsuits and evolving legislation can muddy the waters of understanding. How do you know whether you have achieved transparency or when to expect more? This session will:

  • Outline the important role transparency plays in the plan sponsors/TPA relationship
  • Discuss industry-related barriers to transparency
  • Explore strategies to ensure a transparent relationship.
Category: Health and Welfare
Gene H. Price
Co-Speaker
Gene H. Price
Administrative Consultant
Carpenter Trust Funds
Larry P. McNutt, CPA
Co-Speaker
Larry P. McNutt, CPA
Senior Vice President, Corporate and Pension Administration
Northwest Administrators, Inc.
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. MT
PBMs, Negotiating Medicare Drug Prices and Pipeline Drugs
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. MT

When it comes to prescription drug pricing, there is a lot to consider. What can a PBM do to reduce costs? What does the most recent legislation tell us? And what can we learn about the costs and effectiveness of specialty drugs? This session will cover all three questions by reviewing:

  • Updates in the PBM marketplace, i.e., Amazon
  • Pipeline drugs to keep an eye on.
  • Legal and legislative updates coming out of D.C.
Category: Health and Welfare
Steven B. Miller, M.D.
Speaker
Steven B. Miller, M.D.
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Express Scripts, Inc.
1:30-2:45 p.m. MT
Preparing for a DOL Audit
1:30-2:45 p.m. MT

DOL audits can be intimidating. The goal of this session is to prepare attendees for a DOL audit by taking a look at two common areas of focus under mental health parity: nonquantitative treatment limitations (NQTL) and prior authorizations.

  • Assessing risks and opportunities
  • Strategies to prevent audits of these areas
  • How to prepare for an audit if it happens
Category: Health and Welfare
Rory Kane Akers
Speaker
Rory Kane Akers
Vice President, Senior ERISA Compliance Attorney
Lockton, People Solutions Group
3:00-4:15 p.m. MT
Grandfathered Status—Is It Worth Keeping?
3:00-4:15 p.m. MT

It has been 12 years since the ACA was enacted. In that time, standards for medical coverage have evolved, and plans have changed right alongside them. As a result, it may have felt much more critical to maintain “grandfathered status” early on than it does now. This session will:

  • Review the costs and benefits of keeping your grandfathered plan status
  • Provide attendees with a checklist to use when evaluating their own plans.
Category: Health and Welfare
Stacie M. Kalmer
Speaker
Stacie M. Kalmer
Shareholder
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
3:00-4:15 p.m. MT
Interoperability and Data Sharing
3:00-4:15 p.m. MT

Processing health claims is data-centric work. To do it well, plans must have systems that prioritize security as well as the flexibility to share information and make that information useful. This session will explore:

  • The state of the industry as processors of health claims
  • The use of combining care data and financing information
  • The roles of funds and potential opportunities to improve claims processing.
Category: Health and Welfare
Michael Stoyanovich
Speaker
Michael Stoyanovich
Vice President and Senior Consultant, Administration and Technology Consulting (ATC)
Segal
Tuesday April 26, 2022
8:00-9:15 a.m. MT
Point Solutions and Telehealth
8:00-9:15 a.m. MT

“Point solutions” like telehealth are specific services often offered by new, innovative companies. Solutions might address specific conditions, lifestyle change, technology to drive engagement or a specialized network to provide easy access to expert medical opinions. This session will take a broad look at point solutions—specifically in the telehealth market—to review:

  • How they work
  • Overall effectiveness
  • What to watch for as a purchaser of point solutions.
Category: Health and Welfare
Cameron S. Betts, MHSA
Speaker
Cameron S. Betts, MHSA
Senior Principal, Senior Health and Benefits Consultant
Mercer
9:30-10:45 a.m. MT
Aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Behavioral Health
9:30-10:45 a.m. MT

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health care system are far-reaching. They include deferred care and preventive screenings as well as difficulty scheduling appointments. What is the outcome of these effects on plans? This session will cover:

  • What to look for in your analytics
  • How to account for these effects on your plan’s budget
  • Effects on behavioral health.
Category: Health and Welfare
Aruna Vohra
Co-Speaker
Aruna Vohra
Senior Consultant
Horizon Actuarial Services, LLC
William F. Feyling
Co-Speaker
William F. Feyling
Administrator
Carpenter Funds Administrative Office
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. MT
The Future of Retiree Health Care and Defined Contributions
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. MT

Funding retiree health care can be a challenge. Could defined contributions be the solution? This session will review the benefits and risks of using a defined contribution model, including:

  • Alignment of incentives
  • Impact on preventive and care decisions
  • The potential savings of moving to a defined contribution model.
Category: Retirement
Marianne Steger, M.S., CEBS
Speaker
Marianne Steger, M.S., CEBS
Director of Public Sector and Labor Strategy
Via Benefits of Willis Towers Watson
1:30-2:45 p.m. MT
Oncology and Specialty Drugs—Advocating for the Patient Experience
1:30-2:45 p.m. MT

Navigating the world of specialty drugs, specifically those for oncology treatments, can be incredibly complex. Patients need support to make the best decisions for their treatment plan and their finances. This session will look at:

  • The role of nurse advocates
  • The risks and benefits of going it alone
  • Plan strategies to support specialty drug navigation
Category: Health and Welfare
Joanna Balogh-Reynolds
Co-Speaker
Joanna Balogh-Reynolds
Director of Clinical Consulting and Senior Consultant
Segal
Sadhna Paralkar, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Co-Speaker
Sadhna Paralkar, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Senior Vice President and National Medical Director
Segal
3:00-4:15 p.m. MT
Where to Start With Cost-Containment Strategies?
3:00-4:15 p.m. MT

For this session, attendees will go back to the basics to learn about cost-containment strategies for health plans. Whether you are new to your role or a seasoned professional, this session will help you review your strategies with a fresh perspective, ensuring that a strong foundation is in place for meaningful cost containment.

Category: Health and Welfare
Margaret C. Lemkin, Ph.D.
Speaker
Margaret C. Lemkin, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Client Services
Valenz Health

The content at the Health Care Management Conference was top-notch. As always, the conference was amazingly well-organized and ran as smoothly as can be imagined.

Linda J. Cahn Pharmacy Benefit Consultants

​Benefits of Attending

  • Comprehensive presentation materials and reference sources
  • Take-home action steps
  • Access to industry experts
  • Informal and facilitated discussions with your peers
  • Electronic handout materials

Who Should Attend

  • Trustees of multiemployer trust funds of any size
  • Third-party and salaried administrators and key staff
  • Members of bargaining committees
  • Fiduciaries, staff and trustees from governmental plans

Speakers

  • Rory Kane Akers Vice President, Senior ERISA Compliance Attorney Lockton, People Solutions Group
  • Joanna Balogh-Reynolds Director of Clinical Consulting and Senior Consultant Segal
  • Cameron S. Betts, MHSA Senior Principal, Senior Health and Benefits Consultant Mercer
  • Dr. Augustine Chavez, M.D. Consultant/Associate Chair of Practice—Family Medicine Mayo Clinic, Assistant Professor Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and Science
  • William F. Feyling Administrator Carpenter Funds Administrative Office
  • Stacie M. Kalmer Shareholder Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
  • Margaret C. Lemkin, Ph.D. Executive Vice President, Client Services Valenz Health
  • Larry P. McNutt, CPA Senior Vice President, Corporate and Pension Administration Northwest Administrators, Inc.
  • Steven B. Miller, M.D. Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Express Scripts, Inc.
  • Cheryl Nienhuis, MBA, CEBS, PHR Director, Complex Care Program Mayo Clinic
  • Sadhna Paralkar, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A. Senior Vice President and National Medical Director Segal
  • Gene H. Price Administrative Consultant Carpenter Trust Funds
  • Marianne Steger, M.S., CEBS Director of Public Sector and Labor Strategy Via Benefits of Willis Towers Watson
  • Michael Stoyanovich Vice President and Senior Consultant, Administration and Technology Consulting (ATC) Segal
  • Aruna Vohra Senior Consultant Horizon Actuarial Services, LLC

Speakers

Speakers for 2020 will be announced shortly. Please check back soon.

 

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Educational sessions at this program can qualify for CEBS Compliance credit. Visit www.cebs.org/compliance for additional information.

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Through 3/25/2022 US $1,595.00 US $1,925.00
After 3/25/2022 US $1,895.00 US $2,225.00
 

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