2011 Attendee Testimonials

"Attended to get insight into what other companies are doing for wellness, cost containment for healthcare, employee engagement and communications and education. Taking back lots of good ideas..."

"The presenters were very knowledgeable. I also appreciated the depth of the presentations. This was definitely information I’ll be able to use."
“Keynote speakers were great as well as the breakout sessions.”
“The sessions were timely and informative. Great networking opportunities.”

Travel & Venue Info

JW Marriott Desert Ridge
5350 East Marriott Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85054

Monday, September 10, 2012

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
1, 2, 3 Ways Compliance Makes Brokers Indispensible

As the push for greater fee transparency continues,brokers need to do more than just sell health plan options. Brokers are in a unique position to become indispensable to their clients by relieving their workload and stress concerning compliance. This presentation will discuss three ways to create a loyal customer by preparing them for: • Upcoming Health Care Reform changes • Planned increases in HIPPA audits • New compliance issues surrounding on-site clinics and wellness incentives

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Absence Management: How a Fully Integrated Program can Improve the Employers' Experience
Karen English, Partner and Senior Consultant, SPRING CONSULTING GROUP
Marge Savage, Director of Product/Market Development for Absence Management, THE HARTFORD, GROUP BENEFITS

When an employee is out of work due to an illness,injury and/or leave of absence, that absence can impact the organization’s productivity. The evolution of job-protected leaves and leave legislations like FMLA and state, county and city leaves can also increase an employer’s exposure to legal/regulatory issues. Integrating absence-related programs can be a great strategy for helping employers to combat potentially negative effects of employee absenteeism and provide administrative efficiencies along with better case management and experiences for employees.

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Applying Population Health Management to the MidMarket
John Kahle, Chief Wellness Officer, INTERCARE INSURANCE SOLUTIONS

2008 Employee Benefit Adviser of the Year, John Kahle, will explore the application of population health management to the midmarket. This presentation will cover: • The importance of engagement • Decision maker’s view of engagement as a business strategy • How to assess the value of plan design versus the cost of plan design • The convergence of emerging wellness plans & value based benefits • Decision makers demand for data: How do you use data to make decisions in a fully insured marketplace? • How do you measure results?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Real World Solutions to Keeping Employers in the Game
Moderator: George V. Duczak, President, THE AMERICAN WORKER PLANS

Most will agree that within these unchartered waters of HCR/PPACA, those consultants who are the most innovative and can craft unique or premium-saving health benefit plans within the mandated requirements of HCR will have a great advantage. This session will offer some unique ideas that can adapt health plans to the shifting healthcare paradigm.

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Self-Funding Health Benefits for Small and Mid-Sized Employers
Samuel Fleet, President and CEO, AMWINS GROUP BENEFITS

Self-funding health benefits is moving down market.This strategy used to be exclusively the domain of big companies with a solid cushion of assets and dependable cash flow, but is becoming much more attractive to small and mid-size employers. This session will investigate how brokers can help their clients initiate self-funding plans that will give them the flexibility to design plans that fi t their employee populations at an affordable cost. Topics to be discussed include coalition purchasing, alternative funding and managing selffunded risk.

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Leverage Health Care Reform to Increase Revenue
Nathaniel Peniston, Vice President – Specialty Benefits, FRINGE BENEFIT GROUP

For most brokers, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has become the bane of their existence. Thousands of hard to explain, ill-defined rules with confusing phase in periods, carrier loss ratio requirements and “commission compression” to name but a few. This interactive session will discuss the top three ways brokers can actually use the law to their advantage in everyday communications to engage prospective and existing clients.