66th Annual Employee Benefits Conference—Health Session Schedule and Handouts

All times listed are in Eastern Time.

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Session handouts will be available to registered attendees Tuesday, October 27, 2020 through Thursday, December 31, 2020.

Show Date:  

Tuesday, November 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

VH00  Test Your System

Access this session before attending the virtual conference to familiarize yourself with all of the features in the environment.

(#12—Health and Welfare)

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

VH01  New Trends: Health Care Strategies That Curb Costs

Linda K. Vincent, R.N., CITRMS, PI Co-Speaker
Vincent & Associates/Affiliated Health Funds
San Pedro, CA

Margaret Lemkin, Ph.D., Ph.D. Co-Speaker
Med-Care Management Inc.
West Palm Beach, FL

  • Medical trends after the first wave of the pandemic
  • Primary care as a methodology: How does it work? How effective is it?
  • How plans use value-based designs to impact savings
  • Pharmacy strategies that can deter costs rather than shift costs
  • Incorporating integrated well-being and ways to measure effectiveness
  • Engaging participants
(#12—Health and Welfare)

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

VH02  Next Evolution in Virtual Care

Cameron S. Betts Speaker
Director, Health Management Practice
Willis Towers Watson
Los Angeles, CA

Marianne Steger, M.S., CEBS Moderator
Director of Public Sector and Labor Strategy
Willis Towers Watson
Hilliard, OH

  • Telehealth defined and utilization to date
  • Overview of the various platforms
  • Survey of plan designs with virtual care
  • Wearables and digital devices—Practical uses
  • Outlook for virtual care after the pandemic
  • Cost comparisons for telehealth/virtual care vs. in-person care
  • Is what the vendor is offering too good to be true? Discerning fact from fiction.
(#12—Health and Welfare)

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

VH03  Addressing Mental Health through Innovations

Peter J. Kaehler, CLU, REBC, RHU Moderator
Labor Health Consulting
St. Paul, MN

Thomas R. Young, M.D. Speaker
CEO and Co-Founder
Nview Health Inc.
Meridian, Idaho

In light of concern about participants' mental health and stress, this session covers the following:

  • Making the case for fund involvement
  • The evolution of care
  • Cost implications
  • Pandemic aftereffects
  • Social and workplace concerns
  • Useful digital tools and resources
  • Addressing advanced illness and dementia.
(#12—Health and Welfare)

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

VH04  Marijuana Law Update

Katherine A. Hesse, CEBS Compliant, ISCEBS-Fellow Speaker
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP
Boston, MA

  • Overview of the state marijuana laws
  • Drug testing programs
  • Workers who may self-medicate
  • Safety and licensure regulations
  • Pain management protocols
  • Emerging issues
(#12—Health and Welfare)

6:00 PM – 7:15 PM

VH05  Emerging Trends in Health Care: COVID-19 and Beyond

Aruna Vohra Co-Speaker
Senior Consultant
Horizon Actuarial Services, LLC
Miami, FL

Ruth S. Marcott Co-Speaker
Of Counsel
Kutak Rock LLP
Minneapolis, MN

  • Current cost trends
  • Status of vaccine development, dispersion, testing and who pays
  • Plan restructuring and design
  • Worker's compensation vs. health plan coverage (regarding COVID-19)
  • Recovery and disparities
  • How to deal with renewal rates/negotiating with providers
(#12—Health and Welfare)