2013 FORUM West General Sessions

Opening General Session – Day One

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 • 8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

“Making Health Care Consumerism Work”

The term health care consumerism is starting to gain wide-spread acceptance; but that is only half the battle. Our next initiatives should take the necessary steps to actually implement health care consumerism strategies – 1) to help employers save money on their health benefit management solutions for their employees and 2) to engage employees in practices that lead to better decision making regarding their health, productivity, and health care benefits.

Successful consumerism is not simply about who pays the bill; it is about a persistent search for better value. But what does it take to engage consumers in selecting high-value health care? To be true consumers, we all need better information, more transparency, and permission to be in charge of our own care. Employers need to become actively involved as consumers of insurance plans, and design coverage that empowers its workers. Similarly, when empowered, employees need to become educated consumers that select high-value health care solutions for their families.

In this session, learn about the ways consumers are changing the system, and where there is more work to do. Hear the latest results from employers using innovative approaches to activate their employees to select safe, appropriately-priced services, procedures and hospitals. Specifically, attendees will hear:

  • Ways consumers are actively involved today
  • The effects of involvement on choices and costs
  • What information consumers say they use to make choices

Speaker: Ron Bachman, Chairman, Editorial Advisory Board, The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism, and Leading Employer CEOs

Keynote Address – “Truly Human Leadership: Inspiring Wellbeing in a Caring Culture.”

As CEO and Chairman of $1.6 billion capital equipment and engineering solutions provider Barry-Wehmiller, Bob Chapman has seen the dramatic transformation of the company’s culture since adopting “Truly Human Leadership” more than a decade ago. This commitment to people-centric leadership has created an environment in which people can realize their gifts, apply and develop their talents, and feel a genuine sense of fulfillment for their contributions. Hear Chapman share the story of Barry-Wehmiller’s journey as well as the health and wellness initiatives the organization has undertaken to inspire a culture of wellbeing.

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Keynote Speaker: Bob Chapman, CEO, Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc.

Afternoon General Session – Day One

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 • 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

“Health Care Reform and Compliance Issues”

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is the law of the land and regulations are being issued at a record pace. What impact do these regulations have on Consumer Directed Health plans? What’s the future of HDHPs and HSAs or HRAs in the next three to five years? What design changes will be necessary to comply with new regulations?

These questions and more will be answered during this cutting-edge session. Panelists include Washington insider Roy “Mr. HSA” Ramthun and Alston + Bird LLP legal expert John Hickman. Both panelists will give you an inside look at the implications of the PPACA and its impact on consumer directed health. They will offer practical, actionable strategies your company can use immediately to be alert to the upcoming requirements and be prepared. Moderated by Jody L. Dietel, Chief Compliance Officer for WageWorks, Inc., the discussion will be directed toward health care reform and compliance issues, to be followed by an interactive Q&A session.

Moderator: Jody L. Dietel, AFCFCI, CAS, Chief Compliance Officer, WageWorks, Inc.

Panelists: John Hickman, Partner, Alston + Bird LLP, Roy Ramthun, Founder, HSA Consulting Services, LLC and “Mr. HSA”; Former Senior Health Policy Advisor to President George W. Bush

Closing General Session – Day One

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

“Defined Contribution and Public/Private Exchanges: a Panel Discussion with Leading Experts”

The health care law has changed the way brokers solicit health insurance and how employers provide health insurance to their employee population. The emergence of public and private exchanges and the concept of defined contribution, which encourages the philosophy of consumerism, is becoming a game-changer. Exchanges are meant to increase accessibility to affordable health care. Yet, employers and brokers need to examine how the different exchange models, whether private or public, best fit within the health benefit management strategies of the employer or brokers and consultants who are trying to remain relevant in an ever-changing, dynamic world of health insurance.

In this general session, panelists will explain the different exchange models, the benefits of these different models, the timeline for implementation, compliance issues and how the concept of defined contribution fits into the exchanges.

Moderator: John Young, President, Consumerdriven, LLC, Former Senior Vice President, Consumerism, CIGNA

Panelists: Christopher Covill, Exchange Product Leader and Partner, Mercer, Cindy Gillespie, Senior Managing Director, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Josh Hilgers, President, Health Partners America, and John Park, Chief Strategy Officer, Alegeus Technologies.

Morning General Session – Day Two

Friday, December 6th, 2013 • 8:50 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

“Helping Employers and Employees Become Better Consumers of Health Care and Health”

The health care market is in a flux, and employers are trying to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to coping with rising health care costs and maintaining the bottom line of the company. Luckily employers are not alone in the battle to educate and engage their employee population to make better choices about their health care spend. Innovative solution providers are developing cutting edge transparency tools to help employers select the best options possible and to help employees make better health care decisions.

In this general session, learn the latest trends and tools being designed to help promote the growth and acceptance of health care consumerism – trends and tools benefiting employers, employees and the entire community.

Moderator: Dr. Wendy Lynch, Co-director, Altarum Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care

Panelists: Jared L. Short, President, Regence Insurance Holding Corporation, Tom Russell, President and CEO, Adventist Medical Center, and Kyle Dean, Chief Financial Officer, Burgerville

Closing General Session – Day Two

Friday, December 6th, 2013 • Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Employer Panel: "What Leading Employers are doing to Make Health Care Consumerism Work!"

Skyrocketing health care costs, the health care reform law and compliance concerns, shrinking budgets, low employee participation and improper use of benefits are just a few of the issues plaguing employers. Employers are facing immense challenges, while attempting to retain their best employees and provide the very best in employee benefits possible, and still maintain the company’s bottom line.

In this general session, hear from a panel of the top national employers, who are practicing successful health care consumerism strategies that address these challenges head on! Receive proven strategies designed to make employees better, more educated consumers of health and wellness. Learn from mid- to large-size employers who have faced challenges similar to those you now face. Hear how they have successfully implemented health care consumerism plans, resulting in reductions in health care costs, increased employee morale and worker productivity. And get insights into how these employers engaged their personnel, resulting in well-informed health care decisions for employees and their families.

Moderator: Jon Comola, Founder, Wye River Group (WRG), and the Global Knowledge Exchange Network on Health Care (GKEN)

Panelists: Laura Lacomblé, Director of Human Resources, RFI Communications and Security Systems, Nate Randall, Manager, Global Benefits and Employee Experience, Tesla Motors, Jim Hertel, Vice President, Culture and People Development, Barry-Wehmiller and Mary Bradley, Director of Health Care Planning, Pitney Bowes Inc.

Want to become a Certified HealthCare Consumerism Specialist (CHCS)?

Learn more about the IHC Certification program and how to take credits at IHC FORUM West 2013 toward this designation.