Insider Information - What To Expect at the 2017 Annual Conference

 

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Are you a director or manager of employee benefits and wellness programs who’s looking to reduce costs, stay compliant and get ahead of the curve? A business leader seeking insights into healthcare trends and the advancements of technology and innovation? Or an executive exploring the connection of business and health and the relationship between workforce resilience and customer care? If so, this is an event that you can’t afford to miss!
 
The 2017 Annual Conference Cleveland (February 15-16) will be here before you know it. Be sure to check out what past attendees are saying about this event, and then head over to the event page to register today!

Which emerging trends in employee benefits and wellness programs are you most excited about?

In benefits, narrow network plans, patient-centered medical homes and chronic disease management programs are most interesting to me. In wellness, incentive plans and effective communication strategies to engage employees interests me, along with tying wellness programs to disease management and health coaching.                                                              
-David Pastor, Cleveland State University

Comprehensive Wellbeing strategies - integrating physical, financial, emotional and cultural/social. How are companies addressing financial stress with physical and emotional impacts? What strategies are they implementing and incenting around? (Such as financial education/planning, student loan assistance, etc...)
-Donald Bell, Ohio Health

More awareness of the importance of other non-medical health benefits.This awareness has resulted in more integrated wellness and disease management programs, more transparency around cost and benefits, and more interest in using other ancillary benefits to enhance overall protection against risk.
-Ron Olesinski, MetLife

National dialog about healthcare and new technology has opened up opportunities for education and more consumer involvement in understanding and managing health.
-Cindy Kip, Nationwide Insurance                                                                    

What is the most important issue facing employer-sponsored healthcare right now?

Rising medical costs (fewer benefit dollars to go around) and uncertain regulatory environment.
-Ron Olesinski, MetLife

Dealing with/managing rising costs effectively while not shifting the burden to employees.
-David Pastor, Cleveland State University
 
Managing high-cost claimants.
-Cindy Kip, Nationwide Insurance
 
1) Specialty Rx - how to better manage cost/trend without negatively impacting members?  2) Trump Presidency - potential impact of changes he will try to make on ACA, HSAs, cross-state insurance, etc..?
-Donald Bell, Ohio Health

What are you looking to take away from the 2017 Annual Conference?

One to two strategies to reduce benefits costs that we can implement in the next annual enrollment period (or before).  Innovative ideas that can improve our overall benefits package.  New ways of looking at existing issues.  Contact information of other benefit/wellness managers with whom I can exchange ideas.
-David Pastor, Cleveland State University
 
Stay current on trends in the industry.
-Cindy Kip, Nationwide Insurance
 
Industry/employer trends, best practices, success stories, and peer networking opportunities.
-Donald Bell, Ohio Health
 
The ability to interact with our current customers, brokers and consultants; as well as potential future distribution partners from enrollment firms and software companies.
-Ron Olesinski, MetLife

What keeps you coming back to the Conference?

Strong content & networking.
-Donald Bell, Ohio Health
 
Interesting, passionate speakers with innovative thoughts on how to make a difference.  Interactions with vendors and their suggestions for improvement.  Networking with other benefits managers, sharing ideas, creating friendships.
-David Pastor, Cleveland State University
 
Opportunity to hear national, reputable speakers and network opportunity.
-Cindy Kip, Nationwide Insurance
 
The same as #3.
-Ron Olesinski, MetLife

What connections have you made as a result of attending past Annual Conferences?

Connections with benefits and wellness professionals in other industries who are dealing with common issues and are willing to share their successful strategies.  Connections with potential vendors.
-David Pastor, Cleveland State University
 
Introductions to new players in the industry such as enrollment firms and software companies, as well as new faces within the brokerage and consulting community.
-Ron Olesinski, MetLife
 
Broader peer network and extended industry contacts.
-Donald Bell, Ohio Health
 
Seeing colleagues that [I] have worked with in the past. Touch base with consultants and vendors.
-Cindy Kip, Nationwide Insurance

You don’t want to miss this premier educational and networking event.

We hope you will join us in Cleveland this February for a day and a half of learning and networking with some of the most brilliant, engaging, and successful innovators in the health benefits industry.
 
The 2017 Annual Conference Cleveland will feature nationally acclaimed speakers, multiple plenary presentations and concurrent breakout sessions for employers and other key stakeholders in the health benefits industry.
 
We’ve worked closely with our employer members throughout the year to develop relevant content that will help conference attendees learn, evaluate and then lead with their newly acquired knowledge. The conference also provides multiple opportunities to network with peers, vendors and others with an interest in healthcare and benefits.
 
For more information about the 2017 Annual Conference Cleveland including a full agenda, FAQs, accommodations and event registration – click the link below.
 

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Posted: 1/3/2017 9:00:00 AM
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