Innovations in Benefits

May 15, 2019 at Kent State University at Stark Conference Center
This full-day program will focus on developing, promoting and implementing fresh strategies around the latest trends in employee benefits, wellness and more.
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Schedule

  • 15 May

Breakfast/Registration/Exhibits

07:30 AM 08:30 AM

A Great Place to Work for All

08:30 AM 09:20 AM

Michael C. Bush

Improving the Cost and Quality of Cancer Care

09:20 AM 10:10 AM

Gary J. Weyhmuller

Break/Exhibits Open

10:10 AM 10:30 AM

Excellence in Benefits Award

10:30 AM 10:45 AM

The Impact of Marijuana on the Workplace

10:45 AM 12:00 PM

Mark  Bolton J.D.

Jay Joshi M.D.

Christine  Samsel. J.D.

Lunch/Exhibits Open

12:00 PM 01:15 PM

The Big Picture: Specialty Drugs and Your Medical Benefit Plan - A Call to Action

01:15 PM 02:10 PM

Adam Hobgood

The Well-being Program Heard ‘Round the World: An AECOM and Blue Communications Case Study

01:15 PM 02:10 PM

Jessica Cogan

Sheilesha  Willis, Ph.D.

Innovative Approaches to Mental Health in the Workplace

01:15 PM 02:10 PM

Darcy Gruttadaro

Panel Discussion: Employer Plan Design Strategies

02:20 PM 03:15 PM

Wendy Hench

Susan Marsico

Mike Stull

Mike  Zucarelli

Disrupting Family Benefits: A Better System of Care for Women and Families

02:20 PM 03:15 PM

MaryAnne Hraba

State of the Union on Workplace Financial Wellness Programs

02:20 PM 03:15 PM

Glenn Kent

The Impact of PBM Program Elections on Spend and Trend

03:30 PM 04:20 PM

Matt Harman

Kevin  Wenceslao

Utilizing Telemedicine Clinics, Digital Health & Population Health Management Solutions for Improving Health Outcomes

03:30 PM 04:20 PM

Stewart  Levy

Darren Sommer, M.D.

Obesity: A Misunderstood and Undermanaged Workforce Disease

03:30 PM 04:20 PM

Kimberly Hutton

Sponsors

Speakers

Michael C. Bush

CEO
Great Place to Work
Michael is CEO of Great Place to Work (GPTW), the global analytical authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. GPTW provides analytics to 10,000 organizations in over 57 countries. It also produces several annual “Best Workplaces” lists including the popular FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list. Prior to GPTWFA, Bush was the CEO of Tetra Tech Communications, a billion-dollar global telecommunications infrastructure firm. Bush was also a member of President Obama’s White House Business Council. He earned his M.S. in Management from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

15 May

Gary J. Weyhmuller

Executive Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer
National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Gary joined the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) in February 2014. Working closely with the CEO, he is responsible for providing leadership and management to NCCN staff, helping to assure the development of new programs, as well as the continued efficient and effective operations of existing programs for NCCN member institutions and other constituencies.

Gary comes to NCCN with more than 35 years of experience at Fox Chase Cancer Center, most recently serving as senior vice president and chief operating officer, responsible for leadership and oversight of the daily operations supporting all research, clinical and operational activities for more than 2,400 employees. Prior to this role as SVP/COO, Gary held several other leadership roles within Fox Chase, including vice president of human resources and chief administrative officer.

15 May

Christine Samsel. J.D.

Shareholder
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Christine is a highly-respected labor and employment attorney with a comprehensive, coast-to-coast practice. Christine advises employers on virtually every aspect of employment law, from advice and counseling, training and contract negotiation, to litigation.

She conducts due diligence for companies and investors with respect to labor and employment issues in corporate transactions and financial restructuring. Christine regularly negotiates and drafts high-level executive employment agreements and ancillary documents. She assists companies in establishing employment policies, conducting employee/management training, negotiating severance agreements, conducting internal investigations and audits and implementing reductions in force.

15 May

Mark Bolton J.D.

Sr. Director, U.S. Public Policy and Public Affairs
Greenwich Bio Sciences
Mark serves as Senior Director, U.S. Public Policy & Public Affairs for Greenwich Biosciences. In his current capacity, Mark oversees all federal and state public policy issues for Greenwich. Prior to joining Greenwich, he was a partner in the government affairs and national political strategies groups at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck (BHFS) in Denver. Prior to joining BHFS, Mark served as senior deputy legal counsel for Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. As the governor's attorney, Mark developed policy initiatives for the administration and served as one of the primary strategists on several of the administration's legislative and regulatory priorities. Mark also served as Colorado's director of marijuana policy. In that capacity, he was responsible for managing all cannabis policy and regulatory issues for the state, overseeing Colorado's roughly $200 million in cannabis tax revenues, managing cannabis-related interactions between the State of Colorado and the federal government, and providing advice to numerous jurisdictions-at the federal, state and local levels-regarding implementation of legalized cannabis.

15 May

Jay Joshi M.D.

CEO and Medical Director
National Pain Centers
Jay is a nationally-recognized board-certified anesthesiologist and fellowship trained Interventional Spine and Pain Management physician who has distinguished himself via his solid reputation, education, experience and leadership roles in national activities, including advisory boards, educational and CME programs, publications, speaking events and consulting. He is considered a National “Key Opinion Leader” in pain management and he has presented to a variety of audiences, both large and small, over 600 times. Internationally, he has worked in the Department of Substance Abuse at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He has been featured on major TV networks, radio, print and the internet.

15 May

Adam Hobgood

Senior Vice President
Archimedes
Adam has over 20 years of experience in specialty pharmacy, population health and pharmaceutical research. He is the co-founder of EpiphanyRx and Archimedes. Adam has served as analytics lead for two specialty drug management companies and a predictive modeling and translational research lead for an international population health and wellness company. He holds a patent in predictive models and is a statistician and technical writer for Phase II and III clinical trials.

15 May

Mike Zucarelli

National Pharmacy Leader
CBIZ
Mike is a practicing pharmacist and leads CBIZ’s national pharmacy practice, a specialty pharmacy within CBIZ’s benefits and insurance group. He serves as the lead pharmacy consultant for clients, providing financial and clinical guidance to optimize an employer’s pharmacy program and create a benefit strategy that is cost-effective, compliant and sustainable.

His approach focuses on client satisfaction with the pharmacy benefit value and PBM relationship. He assists employers with financial models, pharmacy program analysis and clinical evaluation where he offers strategic recommendations.

15 May

Susan Marsico

Sr. Director, Total Rewards
Vertiv Co.

15 May

Matt Harman

Director of Pharmacy
Employers Health
As director of pharmacy, Matt works to monitor, evaluate and improve the pharmacy plan performance of the Employers Health $1 billion PBM group purchasing programs with CVS and OptumRx. He works proactively with the organization’s more than 215 member employers to provide clinical information and strategies to help reduce health care spend and positively influence the health of more than 3 million individuals.
Matt founded the Employers Health managed care pharmacy residency program and currently serves as the director. Additionally, he manages and executes the organization’s flu immunization program which administers flu vaccines to thousands of individuals annually at their workplace.

15 May

Kevin Wenceslao

Pharmacy Resident
Employers Health
In his role as a pharmacy resident, Kevin works closely with the director of pharmacy to serve as a clinical resource for our members’ benefits professionals on topics of new drugs, plan design recommendations and overall trends. Furthermore, he assists in delivering flu shots as part of the Employers Health flu immunization program, as well as mentoring pharmacy students completing their rotations at Employers Health.

15 May

Kimberly Hutton

Chief Medical Officer
CareATC
Kimberly has served as the medical director for CareATC since 2010. As a strong supporter of the employer-sponsored clinic model, Dr. Hutton continues to provide exceptional medical care at CareATC Clinics in the Tulsa area.

Prior to joining CareATC, Dr. Hutton worked for Utica Park Clinics in Tulsa for 10 years while continuing part-time emergency work. Serving on the Utica Park Medical Executive Committee for four years, she worked closely with physicians and administrators throughout the region.

Her professional interests include treating chronic disease to goal, as well as reducing the health risks of hypertension, hyperlipidemia and diabetes. In addition, she enjoys treating women’s health issues, mental illness and pediatric and adolescent health concerns.

15 May

Glenn Kent

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Glenn Kent splits his time between the academic and financial worlds. Academically, he works as an assistant professor of psychology at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, VA. He also devotes time to the financial services industry, helping others achieve their fiscal goals.
His speaking, research and career interests focus on the psychology of money and investing, financial literacy and working with individuals to help them plan their financial future.

15 May

Darcy Gruttadaro

Director
American Psychiatric Association Foundation Center for Workplace Mental Health
Darcy joined the APA Foundation in 2017 as the director of the Center for Workplace Mental Health. As director, she is developing and implementing the Center’s strategic direction in providing employers high impact tools and resources to support the mental health of employees and their families.Ms. Gruttadaro also serves as the National Co-Director of Right Direction, an education initiative for employers on effectively addressing depression in the workplace.

Before joining the Center, Ms. Gruttadaro served in multiple senior positions with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Ms. Gruttadaro has expertise in effective approaches to expanding evidence-based practices, improving early intervention, securing insurance coverage for mental health services and building a broader array of effective services and supports that promote resiliency and recovery.

15 May

Sheilesha Willis, Ph.D.

Director, Global Benefits
AECOM
Sheilesha is currently the Director of Global Benefits with AECOM, a global provider who designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets in more than 150 countries. She specializes in managing global benefit programs in large organizations with diverse, global populations at the corporate level including U.S. health and welfare plans, Canada health and retirement plans, international health and retirement plans, perks, wellness/well-being programs, analytics/reporting and benefits communication. Her experience extends beyond benefits and includes other areas of HR, including diversity and inclusion, HR operations, training & development, HR analytics and shared services. Sheilesha earned her Ph.D in Organizational Behavior from Claremont Graduate University, focusing on the areas of cultural diversity, inclusion and leadership.

15 May

Jessica Cogan

Senior Consultant
Blue
Jessica Cogan is a senior consultant at Blue. Jessica is passionate, enthusiastic and energetic, and brings a fresh perspective to the familiar to create clean, concise messaging that inspires action. She loves collaborating with Blue team members to solve communications challenges. One of Jessica’s greatest talents is her ability to wrap order and process around a complicated project, keeping stakeholders informed and involved, and guiding it to a successful conclusion. She excels at project management and has coordinated complex project implementations. With more than 15 years of experience, writing everything from movie reviews and cosmetics copy to recruiting websites and benefits communications for Fortune 500 firms, Jessica knows how to move ideas from blue sky to execution.

15 May

MaryAnne Hraba

Vice President
Maven
MaryAnne Hraba is Maven's east region vice president of sales, helping companies implement a modernized maternity program that reduces maternity costs, improves attraction/retention of key talent and supports diversity and inclusivity in the workforce. MaryAnne has over 28 years of experience in health care and benefits consulting. She spent over 20 years in HR consulting, helping clients improve the health and productivity of their workforces. As a working mother herself, MaryAnne is drawn to Maven's mission to help women return to the workforce and live lives that are fulfilling both personally and professionally.

15 May

Stewart Levy

Founder and CEO
HealthWell Solutions
Stewart is the president and founder of HealthWell Solutions (HWS) a health management company focused on evidence-based wellness solutions for the prevention, detection and management of chronic diseases. Clients include leading employers, insurance companies, health care systems and occupational health providers.

Stewart’s 30-year health care career includes 12 years in senior level sales and marketing positions in the pharmaceutical industry prior to founding HealthWell Solutions. He has published studies with the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association on the impact of evidence-based wellness initiatives to document outcomes. He has been a presenter at a number of national employer conferences on subjects including telemedicine, evidence-based wellness solutions, population health and stress and well-being initiatives.

Stewart is on advisory boards for Institute Health and Productivity Measurement (IHPM), National Association of Occupational Health Professionals (NAOHP), the Convenient Care Association (CCA), Northeast Business Group.

15 May

Darren Sommer, M.D.

Innovator Health
CEO
Darren was awarded his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master’s
of Public Health degrees from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at University Community Hospital in Largo, Florida in 2006. He later went on to complete his MBA with Health Sector Management Certification from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 2011 and is a Health Policy Fellow with the American Osteopathic Association.

Darren is a member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Ohio Osteopathic Association (OOA), Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI), Fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), and a Certified Physician Executive (CPE). Dr. Sommer has served on the ACOI’s technology council, the AMA’s Telemedicine Coding Committee and is the past President of the Columbus Osteopathic Association. And, as a combat veteran, he also continues to work with wounded veterans as a medical advisor to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation.

Currently, Dr. Sommer is the CEO of Innovator Health, a healthcare technology company based in Dublin, Ohio.

15 May

Wendy Hench

Account Management Executive
Employers Health
Wendy Hench is part of the account management team responsible for client support, vendor management, and strategic oversight. Wendy works closely with member organizations to understand their needs, expectations, and opportunities in managing benefit programs. Prior to joining Employers Health, Wendy worked for the Rx Ohio Collaborative (RxOC), the Ohio Bankers League and a local TPA. As a former plan administrator of a multi-million dollar trust, she is experienced in self-funded medical, dental, vision, life insurance plans, compliance, human resources, reporting, and training.

Wendy earned a BS in Human Ecology from The Ohio State University. She is currently working toward her CEBS (Certified Employee Benefit Specialist) designation.

15 May

Mike Stull

Chief Marketing Officer
Employers Health
As CMO, Mike’s primary focus is on strengthening the Employers Health brand and growing membership, particularly in the coalition’s 20-year, $1 billion group purchasing program for pharmacy benefits.

Outside of Employers Health, Mike represents employer and plan sponsor interests in the local community and regional efforts aimed at improving the health care delivery system. To that end, he serves as immediate-past board chair for the Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus and was recently elected to the board of directors of Delta Dental of Ohio.

Mike earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio and his MBA from Walsh University in North Canton, OH. He previously served as an adjunct instructor at Walsh University, teaching health care policy and has served in his local church as Elder, Finance Chair and was a leader for its Youth Ministries.

15 May

CVS Health

Annual
Ranked #7 on the Fortune 500 list, CVS Health is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States with integrated offerings across the entire spectrum of pharmacy care. Through our unique suite of assets, we are reinventing pharmacy to offer innovative solutions that help people on their path to better health. We are focused on enhancing access to care, lowering overall health care costs for members and payors, and improving health outcomes. We effectively manage pharmaceutical costs and improve health care outcomes through our pharmacy benefit management (PBM), mail order and specialty pharmacy division, CVS Caremark; our CVS Pharmacy® retail stores; and our retail-based medical clinic subsidiary, CVS MinuteClinic.

OptumRx

Annual
OptumRx is a focused, collaborative and innovative leader in the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) industry. Every day, we serve millions of people through our state-of-the-art home delivery pharmacy and a national network of community pharmacies. Our mission is to
he people live healthier lives and help to make the health system work better for everyone.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc.

Annual
Better Health, Brighter Future

Takeda is a patient-focused, values-based, R&D-driven global biopharmaceutical company committed to bringing Better Health and a Brighter Future to people worldwide. Our passion and pursuit of potentially life-changing treatments for patients are deeply rooted in our distinguished 238-year history in Japan. We are thrilled to be given a greater opportunity to make a significant difference in even more people’s lives.

Our values serve as our guiding compass. Takeda-ism (Integrity, Fairness, Honesty and Perseverance) grounds us as we deliver on our role to serve the public by ensuring integrity in our every action for and on behalf of patients.

We make decisions and take action by focusing on the following priorities, in this order:

  • Put the patient at the center;
  • Build trust with society;
  • Reinforce our reputation; and
  • Develop the business.

We aspire to bring our leadership in translating science into life-changing medicines to the next level, in our core focus areas: oncology, gastroenterology, neuroscience, rare diseases, plasma-derived therapies and vaccines.

Takeda’s world-class capabilities, increased scale, and active partnerships, combined with the expertise of our dedicated employees, will accelerate and expand our efforts to develop highly innovative treatments, while improving access to healthcare for patients worldwide. Recognized as a top global employer, we continue to foster a diverse and inclusive work environment, and together are committed to improving healthcare for many generations to come.

Lundbeck

Annual

Amgen

Executive
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Executive
As an active provider in the health community for over 75 years, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) is proud to support Employers Health. Anthem members benefit from access to the largest provider network with industry leading cost savings. The independently licensed Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) plans serve over 100 million Americans. Nationwide, more than 97% of hospitals and 92% of doctors contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies. Through our coverage and services, Anthem is committed to improving the health of our members.

  • Our Total Health, Total You clinical strategy leverages groundbreaking data and analytics, a sophisticated digital platform, seamless integration and our clinical resources to provide more holistic and highly personalized support for members. 
  • Engage, our health and wellness hub, seamlessly integrates benefits information and digital tools all in one place. It gives members the personalized health assistant they need to make well-informed health care decisions. 
  • Anthem Health Guide is a convenient and empowering customer advocacy program that helps members stay more involved in their health. 
  • IngenioRx, our new pharmacy benefits manager, will leverage our national scale, market-leading pricing and focus on a whole-population view to drive better member health outcomes and lower total cost of care. 
  • The Blue Distinction Total Care program addresses high-cost, highly variable and complex care across specific specialty areas. 
  • Integrated account teams serve as advocates for our clients, providing consultative guidance based on current and prospective market conditions.

Delta Dental

Executive
Delta Dental of Ohio began operations in 1960, and today with its affiliates, makes up one of the largest dental plan administrators in the nation. The Delta Dental plans are members of the Delta Dental Plans Association. Together, the plans provide coverage to more than 78 million Americans and operate two of the nation’s largest networks of participating dentists.

In addition to providing superior dental benefits, Delta Dental of Ohio is committed to building brighter futures for the people of our great state by investing in initiatives that support healthy, smart, vibrant communities.

EnvisionRx

Principal
EnvisionRx manages your pharmacy benefits. We’re here to help you get the medications you need at prices you can afford, and we want to make it fast and easy to manage your prescriptions—online and on the run. At EnvisionRx, we go to work every day trying to improve the quality of life and quality of care for people in need. Call us with any questions you have about your medications 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 800-361-4542, ext. 2 (TTY 711). Register for easy online access to information about copays, covered medications, pharmacies in your network, getting a replacement prescription card and much more at envisionrx.com.

Greenwich Biosciences

Principal
Greenwich Biosciences is focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing novel therapeutics from its propriety cannabinoid product platform. Our enduring commitment to scientific rigor and exacting pharmaceutical manufacturing standards enables us to bring forward plant-derived cannabinoid prescription medicines for patients. We are the first and only company to pursue and receive FDA approval for a plant-derived cannabinoid therapy that addresses difficult-to-treat conditions with significant unmet needs. It is our passion and purpose to continually seek solutions that transform the lives of those living with rare and severe neurological diseases.

Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals

Principal
At Novo Nordisk, we are driving change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic conditions.

Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with 95 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. This heritage has given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help people defeat other serious chronic conditions: rare bleeding disorders, growth hormone related disorders and obesity.

Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs approximately 42,700 people in 79 countries and markets its products in more than 170 countries.

Optum

Principal
Optum is a leading health services innovation company dedicated to helping make the health system work better for everyone. With more than 160,000 people worldwide, Optum combines technology, data and expertise to improve the delivery, quality and efficiency of health care. Optum uniquely collaborates with all participants in health care, connecting them with a shared focus on creating a healthier world. Hospitals, doctors, pharmacies, employers, health plans, government agencies and life sciences companies rely on Optum services and solutions to solve their most complex challenges and meet the growing needs of the people and communities they serve.

UnitedHealthcare

Principal
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 825,000 physicians and care professionals, and 5,640 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

AbbVie

Associate
We’re a company that takes on the toughest health challenges. But we do more than treat diseases—we aim to make a remarkable impact on people’s lives. We are AbbVie, a highly focused research-driven biopharmaceutical company.

Our more than 29,000 employees are scientists, researchers, communicators, manufacturing specialists and regulatory experts located around the globe. We come up with new approaches to addressing today’s health issues—from life-threatening illness to chronic conditions.

Alkermes

Associate
At Alkermes, we are colleagues united in our belief that our work can help change the lives of the people, families and communities impacted by some of the world’s most stigmatized, misunderstood and inadequately treated diseases: mental illness and opioid and alcohol dependence. While the CNS space is our primary focus, we also look to make an impact in other areas, like immuno-oncology, where significant unmet need persists. Our culture is shaped by
our mission and is embodied by our people. While our individual experiences
and motivations are distinct, we are all driven by an overarching sense of purpose
to serve patients and our community first, above all else. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Alkermes has an R&D center in Waltham, Massachusetts; a research and manufacturing facility in Athlone, Ireland; and a manufacturing facility in Wilmington, Ohio.

Businessolver

Associate
Since 1998, Businessolver has delivered market-changing benefits administration technology supported by an intrinsic responsiveness to client needs. The company creates client programs that maximize benefits program investment, minimize risk exposure, and engage employees with easy-to-use solutions and communication tools to assist them in making wise and cost-efficient benefits selections. Founded by HR professionals, Businessolver’s unwavering service-oriented culture and secure SaaS platform provide measurable success in its mission to provide complete client delight.

ComPsych Corporation

Associate
ComPsych® Corporation is the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs (EAP) and is the pioneer and worldwide leader of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR, FMLA and absence management services under its GuidanceResources® brand. ComPsych provides services to more than 50,000 organizations covering more than 109 million individuals throughout the U.S. and 160 countries. By creating “Build-to-Suit” programs, ComPsych helps employers attract and retain employees, increase employee productivity and improve overall health and well-being.

EyeMed Vision Care

Associate
Cincinnati, Ohio-based EyeMed Vision Care, the fastest-growing vision benefits company in the U.S., is dedicated to helping members achieve better, healthier vision by giving them access to qualified doctors and the most expansive network of providers including LensCrafters®, Pearle Vision® and Target Optical®. EyeMed’s client family is over 18,000 strong and covers more than 55 million Americans in funded vision plans.

As a proud part of Luxottica Group, a global leader in eye care and eyewear, EyeMed is also a sponsor of OneSight - a charitable program dedicated to improving vision through outreach, research and education - where associates share in their passion to preserve eyesight around the world.

HealthEquity

Associate
HealthEquity empowers Americans to build health savings by providing powerful tools for health savings accounts (HSAs) and other health financial services. We manage over $7.1 billion in deposits, which makes us one of the largest dedicated health account custodians in the nation. Our convenient solutions serve more than 3.7 million health savings accounts, owned by individuals at more than 40,000 companies across the country. With member support available every hour of every day, our team provides around-the-clock insight to maximize health savings

Maven

Associate
Maven
Maven is the leading women’s and family healthcare company, disrupting how the market
and employers, are approaching healthcare for working families. By offering high tech and high-touch support through Maven’s award-winning platform, global companies are able to attract and retain talent while improving the health and economic outcomes of their employees. Named one of Fast Company’s “10 Most Innovative Healthcare Companies,” Maven advances women’s health, family planning, and diversity in the workforce by empowering parents to plan or start a family while growing their careers. Maven offers three core elements of quality healthcare through their virtual clinic: care coordinators who advocate for users throughout their experience, on-demand access to the largest custom network of women’s and family health providers in over 20 specialties via video chat or messaging and, a supportive community of providers offering information,
expert support and resources.
Maven’s custom programs support every path to parenthood including: egg freezing, fertility, pregnancy, postpartum, infant care, adoption, surrogacy, return-to-work and breastmilk shipping.

Medical Mutual of Ohio

Associate
The overall health of your employees is a priority and you need outstanding healthcare coverage to make that happen. But it’s just as important to partner with a company that helps you improve the overall health and profitability of your business.

That’s why Medical Mutual plans are flexible to allow you to offer benefit packages that attract and retain talented employees and our comprehensive wellness programs help reduce absenteeism and increase productivity. As a mutual company, our products and services are priced to simply cover claims and administrative costs, not profit margins. This allows us to design products with your business’ best interest in mind.

Merck & Co.

Associate
We are not inventing for invention’s sake – we are on a quest to cure – and to have an impact on countless people’s lives worldwide.

Merck is inventing because the world still needs cures for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, HIV, and so many other causes of widespread suffering in people and animals.

We are taking on the world’s most challenging diseases to help people go on, unburdened, to experience, create and live their best lives.

Merck. Inventing for Life.

On Target Health

Associate
On Target Health achieves measurable results through a targeted intervention program. In our program, we address the root cause of most chronic conditions that are driving an employer’s healthcare spend. We believe in reversing those chronic conditions before the next claim arises. We do so by aggressively attacking the fatty tissue in a person’s body, which reduces inflammation, reduces claims and avoids hospital stays.

With the ongoing face to face support of our Health Coaches, we are able to deliver dramatic health improvements for participants. As individuals achieve success, employers attain a huge ROI – and happier employees. With our patented, algorithm approach, employees lose the right weight and achieve sustainable results.

Pfizer

Associate
At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products. Our global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world’s best-known consumer health care products.

Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared disease of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as one of the world’s premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expend access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who reply on us.

Quantum Health

Associate
Quantum Health is an award-winning consumer healthcare and benefits navigation company that delivers an unparalleled consumer experience based on empathy and trust, enabling employers to achieve industry-leading satisfaction rates and independently validated claim savings. Launched in 1999, Quantum Health’s model is based on years of consumer research and the insights learned from guiding millions of consumers and their providers through their healthcare journey. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Quantum Health has earned numerous awards and honors, including being named a Fastest-Growing Privately Held Company for the past nine years by Inc. 5000; one of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies for the past four years by the Women Presidents’ Organization; a Best Place to Work for the past 12 years by Columbus Business First; and a Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces by FORTUNE Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Sanofi

Associate
Sanofi is dedicated to supporting people through their health challenges. We are a global biopharmaceutical company focused on human health. We prevent illness with vaccines, provide innovative treatments to fight pain and ease suffering. We stand by the few who suffer from rare diseases and the millions with long-term chronic conditions.

Intuity Medical

Associate
Intuity Medical, headquartered in Fremont, CA, was founded with the mission of simplifying diabetes management for persons living with diabetes. We have developed the first automatic blood glucose monitoring system designed to make testing easy, convenient and discreet. Through innovative and proprietary technology, Intuity’s POGO® Automatic™ Blood Glucose Monitoring System aims to transform blood glucose testing. The meter is designed to give patients greater discretion and flexibility to test anytime, anywhere.

POGO® Automatic™ Blood Glucose Monitoring System is the first blood glucose meter and multi-test cartridge to provide automatic testing with lancing, blood collection and analysis in one easy step, providing a convenient and discreet solution for millions of patients who need to regularly test glucose. The seamless transmission of data into Intuity’s proprietary Patterns® Personal Wellness System gives patients immediate and actionable feedback with 24/7 coaching on their current and overall diabetes health.

Breakfast/Registration/Exhibits

07:30 AM 08:30 AM Kent State University at Stark Conference Center

General Session

A Great Place to Work for All

08:30 AM 09:20 AM Timken Great Hall

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn what the latest data show about organizations that prioritize a culture of inclusiveness.
  • Understand how the best workplaces outperform their
       peers in the stock market and in revenue growth. 
  • Hear inspiring stories about how creating a more equitable work environment pays off. 

Speakers

General Session

Improving the Cost and Quality of Cancer Care

09:20 AM 10:10 AM Timken Great Hall

This session is approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit through the Ohio Department of Insurance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of offering high-quality, evidence-based cancer care for employees receiving high quality, evidence-based cancer care.
  • Explore NCCN’s different model of engagement of employers, health plans, PBMs and health information technology vendors.
  • Learn more about how to promote the importance of continuous quality improvements and recognize the significance of following clinical practice guidelines.

Speakers

Break/Exhibits Open

10:10 AM 10:30 AM Kent State University at Stark Conference Center

General Session

Excellence in Benefits Award

10:30 AM 10:45 AM Timken Great Hall

General Session

The Impact of Marijuana on the Workplace

10:45 AM 12:00 PM Timken Great Hall

This session is approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit through the Ohio Department of Insurance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain perspective from Greenwich Bio Sciences on public health safety issues and the importance of an FDA approval processes for medicinal marijuana.
  • Understand the various laws implicated in state legalization of medical and/or recreational marijuana as it pertains to the workplace.
  • Identify relevant considerations for your company in determining how to handle marijuana legalization from an employment standpoint.
  • Review best practices in implementing effective policies with respect to marijuana usage.

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Lunch/Exhibits Open

12:00 PM 01:15 PM Kent State University at Stark Conference Center Cafeteria or Outside

Pharmacy Benefit Management

The Big Picture: Specialty Drugs and Your Medical Benefit Plan - A Call to Action

01:15 PM 02:10 PM Timken A

This session is approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit through the Ohio Department of Insurance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Deepen understanding of the specialty drug challenges facing plan sponsors and identify the differences for their employee benefit plans in the medical specialty drug benefit and the pharmacy benefit.
  • Provide knowledge and resources necessary to examine data and discuss case studies and the best opportunities for savings under the medical benefit for the plan sponsor and consumer.
  • Learn best practices and tactics for implementing solutions for a sustainable specialty drug benefit.

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Employer Showcase

The Well-being Program Heard ‘Round the World: An AECOM and Blue Communications Case Study

01:15 PM 02:10 PM Timken B

This session is approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit through the Ohio Department of Insurance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to gather information and socialize the idea of a global well-being initiative with benefits professionals and their leadership through interviews, surveys and focus groups to determine readiness for launching such an endeavor.
  • Employ a wide variety of tactics to successfully engage a global workforce and maximize global leadership, HR, global people managers, employees and well-being partners.
  • Overcome several common challenges including tight time frames, logistics, translating concepts globally and busy employees to yield extraordinary learning and engagement.
  • Explore communication barriers employers and insurance agents face and how the adoption of online engagement tools can help decrease the cost of communications services.

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Employee Well-Being

Innovative Approaches to Mental Health in the Workplace

01:15 PM 02:10 PM Timken C

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the resources available for employers to support employees suffering from a mental health disorder.
  • Discuss barriers employers face when implementing a mental health awareness initiative. 

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Pharmacy Benefit Management

Panel Discussion: Employer Plan Design Strategies

02:20 PM 03:15 PM Timken A

This session is approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit through the Ohio Department of Insurance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore decision making in terms of balancing lowering costs with minimizing disruption to participants while complying with all regulatory rules and regulations.
  • Highlight how high deductible plan designs have impacted patient affordability and adherence to prescribed treatment plans.
  • Enable employers, consultants and brokers to determine best practices in managing the high cost of specialty medications for both the plan and its participants.
  • Identify how brokers and consultants can better work with their clients to find quality and affordable provider partners.

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Employer Showcase

Disrupting Family Benefits: A Better System of Care for Women and Families

02:20 PM 03:15 PM Timken B

This session is approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit through the Ohio Department of Insurance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the drivers behind cost of fertility, c-sections and premature births and why they are among the highest claims for employers. Learn what employers, plan sponsors and their providers can do to reduce these claims and improve family benefits.
  • Learn the effects of high turnover and “presenteeism” within an employee population and how employers can implement recommend family benefits to impact the bottom-line for an organization.
  • Explore an employer’s journey to reducing health care costs, improving retention and building a resilient more productive workforce.

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Employee Well-Being

State of the Union on Workplace Financial Wellness Programs

02:20 PM 03:15 PM Timken C

This session is approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit through the Ohio Department of Insurance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify resources that frame the debate regarding the development of financial wellness offerings.
  • Determine the strengths and weaknesses from an unbiased third-party of financial wellness programs for employers.
  • Learn and develop questions that plan sponsors and their consultants can use to vet potential financial wellness vendors.

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Pharmacy Benefit Management

The Impact of PBM Program Elections on Spend and Trend

03:30 PM 04:20 PM Timken A

This session is approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit through the Ohio Department of Insurance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the importance of staying current with programs and strategies to control pharmacy benefit trend in the
    rapidly-changing health care environment.

  • Provide data analyses on the impact of formulary exclusions on book of business trends, share insights and techniques for plan sponsors and their advisors and present individual case studies on employer pharmacy benefit claims.

  • Highlight the various methods certain manufacturers are using to get low value products dispensed to plan participants and the strategies employers and plan sponsors can implement to minimize this type of spend.

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Employer Showcase

Utilizing Telemedicine Clinics, Digital Health & Population Health Management Solutions for Improving Health Outcomes

03:30 PM 04:20 PM Timken B

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the impact of telehealth and digital health (connect care) on healthcare delivery.
  • Define and outline the differences between telehealth vs. telemedicine vs. digital health
  • Review federal, state and provider association regulations and credentialing
  • Learn about the clinical applications of various telehealth technologies

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Employee Well-Being

Obesity: A Misunderstood and Undermanaged Workforce Disease

03:30 PM 04:20 PM Timken C

Learning Objectives:
  • Gain a better understanding of how obesity can impact the health of your employees and your organization.
  • Learn what can happen if obesity is not treated as a chronic disease and the financial implications associated with lack of treatment.
  • Hear actionable steps you can take to help your employees and why a comprehensive approach is critical for success.

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