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Texas Business Group on Health 2015 Regional Health Benefits Forum
First and Ten: Quarterbacking Your Team to the Healthcare Goal Line!
August 27, 2015
Crowne Plaza Downtown
1700 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002

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Brought to you by:

abbvie Genentech Sanofi Merck

Sponsored by:

quantum teladoc hcms interactive groundronds

Register today for TBGH's 2015 Regional Health Benefits Forum, where you will learn effective benefits management strategies that drive efficient health care delivery, maximize health outcomes and control healthcare costs.

Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to connect with your peers and learn how employers are taking action to achieve healthier employees, better patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs through effective benefits design.

Registration fee includes a Lunch, Meeting Materials and Networking Reception.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Houston Crowne Plaza Downtown
1700 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002

Thursday's Agenda:

10:00 - 11:00
Pre-Game: Registration and Networking

11:00 - 11:15
Kick-Off: Welcome and Opening Remarks

Marianne Fazen, Ph.D., President & CEO, Texas Business Group on Health
Chris Skisak, Executive Director, Houston Business Coalition on Health

11:15 - 12:05
First Down: No Penalty Flags! Complying with ACA & EEOC rules for wellness incentives

Navigating the evolving legal landscape of PPACA, EEOC, HIPAA and other regulations that impact wellness programs is becoming more complex and challenging. This presentation will discuss new rules and regulations for Wellness Program incentives that employers must incorporate into their benefits game plan to promote health, prevent disease and encourage healthy lifestyle changes. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of these recent regulatory developments and a list of action items for tackling these new rules and regulations head on.

Ruben Reyes, Area Assistant Vice President, Compliance Counsel, GBS South Central Region, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Susan L. Welbes, SPHR, Director of Human Resources, The Woodlands

12:05 - 12:45
Time Out: Networking Lunch; Exhibits Open

12:45 - 1:35
Second Down: Forward Pass! Putting "big data", data analytics and transparency into play

This session will illuminate opportunities for employers to use "big data" data analytics to optimize their investments in human capital, health benefits and wellness programs. Join us to learn how to integrate disparate data sources to produce actionable information. Discover how other employers are using "big data" to reduce waste in health benefits costs. Examples of the following strategies will be presented:

  • Assessing and understanding population risk
  • Reforming health and lost-time policies
  • Promoting price transparency and improved consumerism
  • Identifying preferred providers
  • Targeting high-risk employees and dependents
  • Speakers:
    Justin Schaneman, Vice President of Data Analytics, HCMS Group
    Ted Barrall, Director, Compensation and Benefits, The Friedkin Group

    1:40 - 2:30
    Third Down: Touch Down! Scoring with convenience care in non-traditional settings

    Emerging convenient non-traditional models of healthcare delivery are rapidly encroaching on traditional delivery modes. Offering employees 24/7 access to quality care at an affordable cost reduces the need and high cost for emergency room visits and long waits to see a Doctor. But will convenience care, such as onsite & near-site clinics, non-physician care-givers, telemedicine personal health tracking devices and other technology marvels drive better outcomes, cost savings and higher productivity? Attend this session to find out!

    Special call-out: "Telehealth Tsunami---A Deep Dive into the Wave of the Future" Overview of the burgeoning telehealth trend, legislative update, and a look at the ROI.

    Dr. Bruce Hochstadt, National Lead for On-Site Health, Towers Watson
    Todd Heiserman, Executive Director, Teladoc
    Bethany Spurrier, Director, Global Benefits, Stewart & Stevenson

    2:30 - 2:50
    Time Out: Networking Break; Exhibits Open

    2:50 - 3:40
    Fourth Down: Blocking and tackling high cost medical conditions - Strategies for specialty Rx management, precision medicine, site care and adherence to drive better outcomes

    Many employers and their employees are suffering from unintended consequences of increasing employee cost-share for prescription drugs. High out-of-pocket costs seriously impacts medication adherence, prescription abandonment, and overall healthcare spend, not to mention the health of the patient. Join us to learn proven strategies for effective management of chronic care and high cost/low prevalence diseases, including Specialty Pharmacy benefits design and best use of Precision Medicine, leading to better outcomes.

    Kim Foerster, Vice President, Consultant Lockton Dunning Benefits
    Michael N. Dubroff, DO, Senior Director, Managed Care Support, Genentech
    Kembre Roberts, People Manager - Wellness, Southwest Airlines

    3:45 - 4:35
    Post-Game: The Final Score! Employee engagement wins the game!!

    Come learn more about trends in employee engagement and empowerment strategies that work. The discussion will cover effective incentives strategies for wellness programs, reducing health risks and preventing diseases and personal navigation and care coordination assistance to ensure that employees receive the right care at the right time for the right price.

    Brian Wenner, Director of Sales Operations, Quantum Health
    Mariela Smith, Health Management Consultant, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    4:35 - 4:45
    Coaches Huddle: Closing Remarks and Employer Key Take-Away/Calls to Action

    4:45 - 6:00
    Post-Game Tailgate Reception: Exhibits Open
    Sponsored by: Davis Vision

    Registration Form
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    TBGH/DFWBGH/HBCH/SWBA Members: $60
    Non-Members: $95
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    Cancellation Policy:
    Cancellations received on or before Friday, August 7, 2015 will receive a refund (less a $20 processing fee). After August 7, no refunds will be issued. Substitutions may be made at any time.

    For questions, call:
    Phone: (214) 382-3037 • Fax: (214) 382-3038

    TBGH is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization.
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