TBGH 2016 Regional Benefits Forum - Austin

Friday, October 14, 2016
7:45 AM - 1:45 PM
Archer Hotel
3121 Palm Way
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 836-5700
Co-Hosted by the Texas Business Group on Health and the SouthWest Benefits Association

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Don't miss the exceptional opportunity to tackle your critical benefits challenges with information, guidance, and examples from leading employers and industry experts. Network and learn with your peers and colleagues. Walk away with actionable ideas and insights to meet these challenges.

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TBGH 2016 Regional Benefits Forum - Austin

Friday's Agenda:

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:20 AM - 8:30 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Session 1: Bridging Age and Wage Gaps with Innovative Benefits Strategies
Speaker: Bruce Sherman, MD
Medical Director
Employers Health Coalition

Regardless of generation or income level, employees need help with their benefits. Employers also need help with their benefits and communications strategies to bridge these gaps. Clearly, to meet the needs of a diverse workforce, benefits design and communication must be tailored for each group. In this session, using wage status as an example, you will learn how and why low and higher income workers use healthcare differently, and also why and how benefit designs should be tailored to address different utilization and compliance patterns. You also will discover the value of improving healthcare consumerism engagement regardless of an employee's age or income level. Don't miss this informative discussion of benefits and engagement strategies to more meaningfully support a diverse workforce.

9:25 AM - 10:15 AM
Session 2: Employer Strategies that Capitalize on the Health Industry's Changing Landscape
Speaker: Brian Silverstein, MD
Managing Partner
HC Wisdom

Consolidation among healthcare system, health plans and wellness vendors, the rise of ACOs, private exchanges and narrow networks, and the fall of public exchanges are creating havoc and uncertainty in the employer-sponsored healthcare market. At the same time, pace-setting employers, like Comcast, Walmart, and GE, are taking advantage of the market disarray and implementing innovative benefit plan designs, incentives, and employee engagement strategies that drive positive results. In this session, Dr. Silverstein will discuss these market trends and share ideas and insights about employer "plays" that give employers greater control over healthcare quality, costs, convenience, and employee satisfaction.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Networking Break

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Session 3: Coping with Regulation Mania - The High Cost of Non-Compliance
Speaker: Bill Fisher
Wilkins Finston Friedman Law Group

Faced with over 42,000 pages of ACA regulations and a myriad of regulations from other federal agencies, employers are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of guidance that impacts group health plans, reporting requirements, nondiscrimination, Mental Health Parity, and Wellness Program design and incentives. This session will focus on key ACA regulations, how to comply with them, and the consequences of non-compliance. ACA-related administrative challenges and penalties for non-compliance will also be addressed. Key takeaways for attendees will be a better understanding of how to cope with regulation mania and a road map to compliance.

11:25 AM - 12:15 PM
Session 4: Three Investments in Your Employees' Health that Pay the Biggest Dividends
Speaker: Lynn Zonakis
The Zonakis Group, LLC

Employees rank health benefits as one of the most valuable assets of their job, but how do companies value their investments in employee health and healthcare? Consider the value of the amazing innovations in healthcare to the US population, and then imagine how employers' thinking about healthcare value would change if they viewed direct medical costs and indirect organizational costs in terms of investment in human capital. In this session, we will explore how the health and productivity of your workforce could be improved with three critical human capital investments:

  • ▪ Prevention and wellbeing
  • ▪ Centers of Excellence
  • ▪ Limiting out-of-pocket costs for prescriptions

Your key takeaway will be a realization that all three of these human capital investments can deliver value in both direct and indirect costs for both the employee and the employer.

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Networking Lunch

12:45 PM - 1:35 PM
Session 5: Managing cancer in the workplace: Extracting the essence of the Employer and Employee experience
Andrea Cockrell, Administrative Services Manager, City of Plano
Julie Tatum, Senior Benefits Manager, Whataburger, Inc.
Lynn Zonakis, Former Managing Director of Health Strategy, Delta Airlines

Cancer care is complex, confusing and costly. Both the employer and the employee with cancer face extraordinary challenges and decisions about when and where to receive care, what's covered, what quality care looks like, what resources are available, and how to support the employee in the workplace during and after treatment. This session will provide a multimedia discussion of TBGH's Stage Production, The Quest for Quality Cancer Care - The Employers' Guide to Support the Employee Journey, presented in Dallas on Aug. 24th. The goal of this dramatization was to provide a roadmap for employers to support employees with cancer in their journey from diagnosis, to treatment, to return to work. Several members of the Cast will discuss the impact of this unique approach to learning about cancer treatment innovations, benefit design and care management strategies, workplace accommodation and navigation challenges, and access to resources.

1:35 PM - 1:45 PM
Closing Remarks/Actionable Takeaways

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