Our 2018 Agenda has the innovators and change agents. From Self-Funded Employers, Brokers, Insurers, TPA’s, Governments, and Hospitals, leading organizations showcase and share success stories, case studies and their vision of the future.  With over 250 speakers you can customize your agenda with our app, to choose from over 100 sessions, workshops, and summits and schedule your networking meetings all within the conference App.

Attend our “new” thought-provoking Summits led by industry visionaries, a track of inspiring IGNITE (TED-style) talks, Brain Exchange Forums, and Think Tanks. Each contributes the most disruptive ideas, strategies, technology, and products that will pulverize the current healthcare landscape, accelerate healthcare at remarkable speeds, and completely redefine the word ‘innovation’.

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07:00 - 18:00
The Early Bird Catches the Worm: Registration Open

Get to the registration desk early, sign in, grab your swag, start your meetings and secure new business!

08:00 - 15:00
Moving On In: Exhibitor/Sponsor Set-up
08:00 - 17:00
Corporate Health & Well-being Training | Core CCWS

What you learn

Becoming a Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® sends a clear message to the business community, prospective clients, colleagues, and potential candidates for employment.

A Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist knows:

  • How to successfully implement and manage a wellness program
  • The best practices in wellness programs including the future of well-being trends and most up-to-date case studies on the pillars that make up a robust program
  • How to tailor a wellness & well-being program to meet the needs of specific corporate culture and how to analyze that culture, plan for change and incorporate next steps for top-down training strategies
  • The latest rules and regulations issued by the Department of Labor
  • How to restructure company policy to remain compliant with guidelines issued by the EEOC, HIPAA, ACA, and ADA
  • How to drive an organization’s health care costs down by providing the tools, education, and motivation to make employees live healthier and more productive lifestyles.
  • The strategies to gain timely and relevant information about driving engagement across the generations
08:00 - 17:00
Medical Tourism Workshop | Core CMTP

The Certified Medical Tourism Professional® Workshop is a comprehensive body of knowledge that covers core competencies required of individual professionals in various roles in the Medical Tourism and Medical Travel Industry. Through an online exam, participants will have the opportunity to earn the CMTP Professional Designation after covering the 9 core modules of the workshop. Upon passing the CMTP exam and earning the CMTP Designation, participants will be awarded a 3 Year Designation and complimentary individual MTA membership. Both benefits will provide ongoing education resources and individual discounts.   Learn More

08:30 - 12:00
Global Women’s Leadership Summit* (Pre-reg Required)

We neglect the source of our strength – which lies within to focus our energies on taking care of others however, as women, we can embrace our relentless drive to stay ahead of the curve. As we anticipate complex challenges and unleash our creativity, ingenuity and visionary thinking we must put our own well-being first to succeed.

How does leadership manifest itself in the workplace and the home? As women imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect and then work every day toward that distant vision, that goal or purpose

Join us for an inspiring event where you will be in the presence of power. Through interactive discussions and engaging networking activities, the Global Women’s Leadership Summit will have you leaving transformed, energized and empowered!

Summit Highlights Include:

  • Women, representing all phases of life, sharing experiences that transformed their foundation with resilience and growth
  • Influential, high profile speakers who have excelled in leadership positions
  • Experienced business experts & coaches lead discussions on how achieving your goal in the workplace and in life
  • Informative fireside chats from women sharing strategies for success
  • Collaborative discussions and networking activities to with other accomplished women leadership
  • Practical strategies on conquering the ongoing quest for work-life balance

The 2018 Global Women’s Leadership Summit recognize a select group of Executive Women each year who have demonstrated excellence in their career, professional achievements that have enhanced and brought innovation to the health, benefits, medical travel or wellness industry and who display leadership, generosity of spirit, commitment to integrity and diversity, and connectedness with others in the healthcare community.  The 2018 Women Leadership Luminary Awards honors HR, wellness or benefits and healthcare professionals, consultants, agents & brokers who are making an impact. During the 2018 Annual Global Women’s Leadership Summit we will celebrate the contributions of these remarkable, executive women in the healthcare space that continue to inspire us all to be our personal and professional best. APPLY OR NOMINATE TODAY

President - Medical Tourism Association
10:00 - 12:00
MARKET DISRUPT: A VENTURE PITCH EVENT | Healthcare Startups Looking Connect with Investors

Global Healthcare Ventures joins forces with Global Healthcare Resources to showcase early/mid-stage companies with high-growth market potential. This annual event attracts up to 2,000 participants from all areas of medical industry including top executives.

During the Early/Mid-Stage Venture Pitch Event, presenting Startup Healthcare companies will have the opportunity to compete for a valuable prize package, exposure and first-hand insight from our experienced panelist of judges. LEARN MORE.

Managing Director - Merging Traffic
Director of Healthcare Investment - GE Ventures, Healthcare
Principal & Co-founder - Global Healthcare Resources
President - Medical Tourism Association
Director, University of Florida Incubation Services - UF INNOVATE | Sid Martin Biotech and The Hub
11:30 - 12:00
2018 Women Leadership Luminary Awards Ceremony

HEALTHCARE ЯEVOLUTION, in conjunction with the Global Healthcare Resources (GHR), recognize a select group of Executive Women each year who have demonstrated excellence in their career, professional achievements that have enhanced and brought innovation to the health, benefits, medical travel or wellness industry and who display leadership, generosity of spirit, commitment to integrity and diversity, and connectedness with others in the healthcare community.  The 2018 Women Leadership Luminary Awards honors HR, wellness or benefits and healthcare professionals, consultants, agents & brokers who are making an impact. During the 2018 Annual Global Women’s Leadership Summit we will celebrate the contributions of these remarkable, executive women in the healthcare space that continue to inspire us all to be our personal and professional best. APPLY OR NOMINATE TODAY

12:00 - 14:00
Genomics Exploration Executive Forum (Invite Only)

Genomic medicine is changing the face of healthcare. By helping to personalize nutrition and lifestyle choices, medication prescribing and cancer treatment, DNA-based tests are improving lives and saving healthcare dollars.

As thought leaders in advancing top quality healthcare, medical directors understand that physicians need education and training to support the latest scientific advancements in healthcare.  However, it can be challenge to sort through the science versus the hype.  In this session, you will gain an insider’s perspective from clinicians who have been on the front lines of genomic medicine for more than 17 years.

You will learn:

  • Current State and Future Trends of Personalized Genomic Medicine
  • Scientific Advancements in Personalized Genomic Medicine
  • The Difference Between Genetics and Genomics
  • Pharmacogenomics in Action
  • Nutritional Genomics in Action
  • How You Can Start Changing Lives with Personalized Genomic Medicine
Co-Founder & CSO - Genoma International
Co-Founder & CEO - Genoma International
13:30 - 15:30
MARKET DISRUPT: A VENTURE PITCH EVENT | Startups Looking to Reach Employers

Global Healthcare Ventures joins forces with Global Healthcare Resources to showcase early/mid-stage companies with high-growth market potential. This annual event attracts up to 2,000 participants from all areas of medical industry including top executives.

During the Early/Mid-Stage Venture Pitch Event, presenting Startup Healthcare companies will have the opportunity to compete for a valuable prize package, exposure and first-hand insight from our experienced panelist of judges. LEARN MORE.

Vice President HRIS, Global Benefits & Mobility - Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA)
VP, Global Benefits and Employee Mobility - Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
VP, Global Benefits - AECOM
HR Director, Corporate Services & Wellness - Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Wellness Team Lead, Human Resources & Benefits – Baylor College of Medicine (BCM)
14:00 - 17:00

This by-invitation-only event welcomes top Government Officials from across the globe, covering topics such as attracting foreign investments, positioning for economic growth, optimization of the healthcare infrastructure, destination attractiveness, addressing the immediate health concerns, success stories, and challenges different countries face. LEARN MORE.

14:00 - 17:00
Global Healthcare Accreditation Board Meeting
15:00 - 16:30
Voluntary Benefits Association Board Meeting

The VBA Executive & Advisory Board will host their annual meeting and also the presenting of the Hall of Fame and Leadership awards to VBA Board nominated recipients. All active VBA members are welcome to attend as well as prospective members. Topics will include VBA year in review, legislative updates, industry trends and the future of Voluntary Benefits and the VBA as well as the introduction of new advisory board members. Please join the 15-member board for an exciting 75 minutes of industry collaboration, hosted by the Chairman & CEO of the VBA, Rob Shestack and executive officers Warren Benoit and Nelson Griswold. If you are interested The 2018 VBA board meeting and awards are sponsored by TBD.

President, Health & Productivity - Global Healthcare Resources and Chairman & CEO - Voluntary Benefits Association
15:30 - 17:30
MARKET DISRUPT: A VENTURE PITCH EVENT | Startups Looking to Reach Consultants

Global Healthcare Ventures joins forces with Global Healthcare Resources to showcase early/mid-stage companies with high-growth market potential. This annual event attracts up to 2,000 participants from all areas of medical industry including top executives.

During the Early/Mid-Stage Venture Pitch Event, presenting Startup Healthcare companies will have the opportunity to compete for a valuable prize package, exposure and first-hand insight from our experienced panelist of judges. LEARN MORE.

Lead Innovation Imagineer - Mercer Labs
AVP & Managing Director, Innovation Lab Practice - Arthur J. Gallagher
Chief Medical Officer - Lockton Benefits Group
Senior Consultant & Director of Strategic Opportunities and Alliances for Health & Benefits – Willis Towers Watson
18:00 - 20:00
Global Healthcare Accreditation Dinner (Invite Only)
07:50 - 08:50
“Know your Genome” Employer/Broker Workshop
Chief Medical Officer - Genome Medical
08:00 - 08:30
5 Simple Ways To Become a More Mindful Leader

Executives have to navigate a myriad of responsibilities and challenges at work. But with mindfulness practices, they can drastically reduce stress and improve their focus, awareness, and relationships at the workplace. In this session, Puja will introduce you to five quick and easy techniques to incorporate mindfulness that will result in faster and more impactful decision-making, increased productivity, and a more motivated, energized staff.

Leadership & Mindfulness Coach. Author. Speaker
09:00 - 10:00
Exhibitor Access Only | Must have Exhibitor Badge for Exhibitor Hall Access
09:00 - 09:50
09:00 - 09:20
Opening Keynote: Is Healthcare Bankrupting Your Business? 9 Steps to Financial Recovery with Health-Wealth Strategies
Healthcare Futurist, Former Hospital CEO and Best-selling Author "Health-Wealth: 9 Steps to Financial Recovery"
09:20 - 09:50
Keynote: Healthcare Revolution – Disruptive Innovators Live Here, A Carrier & Employer Fireside Chat on the Future of Healthcare
Vice President, US Markets - CIGNA
CFO, Southeast Region - Aetna
President & CEO - Consortium Health Plans
Director, North America Total Rewards - SAP
10:00 - 18:00
EXHIBIT HALL OPEN | “Networking is more about farming than it is about hunting.” – Ivan Misner
10:00 - 10:50
Educational Breakout Sessions
10:00 - 10:50
THE BUSINESS OF GENOMICS SUMMIT | Precision Medicine: Next Generation Healthcare

The field of genomics and precision medicine is set to alter the foundation of how we administer healthcare. By examining an individual’s genome, we create customized medical plans tailor made for them. This is a solution for real engagement, beyond health and wellness by creating informed healthcare consumers with detailed information about their unique health.

Advances in genomic testing have lowered the cost of testing making it affordable for everyone. This has led to an awakening of the potential of genetic information. Using an individual’s DNA a determination of proper and most effective medications ideal dosage and what conditions – if any – you are predisposed. These advances will make modern diagnosing look like a guessing game.

Yet, many genomic companies are having difficulty procuring enough samples to create a diverse dataset.

In an effort to help advance this exciting field and bridge the gap between genomic companies and providers and employers we are excited to bring you the Precision Medicine & Predictive Health Summit.  Employers can improve their predictive power by providing genetic tests for their employee population. The results will improve the healthcare employees receive while reducing the company healthcare costs overall.

This Summit will give the attendees the opportunity to meet and network with VIPs from these companies to begin their collaboration right away!

  • An overview of the genomics industry
  • How genomics will affect the healthcare delivery system.
  • How including a genomic testing benefit can lower healthcare costs, improve employee health and wellness
  • Learn the best way to approach and pitch genomic testing to large employers
10:00 - 10:50
MENTAL & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SUMMIT | State of Marijuana Legalization & Where We Go From Here

A panel of experts in marijuana policy and science will discuss strategies and predictions for the rapidly changing landscape on this issue. Learn why this issue is gaining in prominence in the media and how you can be involved at the local level.

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to

  • Understand the importance of marijuana policy in the U.S.
  • Be informed on what is going on at all levels of decision-making on this issue
  • Get involved by advocating in their community
President & CEO- Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)
10:00 - 10:50
INNOVATIONS IN HEALTH TECH | Innovations in Wearables & Body Motion Sensors

Wearables have gained massive popularity over the past few years, and wearable tech market shipments are forecast to exceed 240 million by 2021. This effectively bolsters the Big Data paradigm shift, with wearables becoming an increasingly essential source of personal data to be leveraged for a range of purposes. Wearables are bound to have significant impact specifically on healthcare – shifting from being a cool device to a clinical imperative – where data aggregated can drastically reform the way in which patients and care providers interact.

Interactions with physicians traditionally involve on-demand visits to clinics, or meeting doctors face-to-face when something goes wrong. This is already changing and is set to evolve to 24/7 relations in the imminent future. Doctors and caregivers – continuously “fed” medical parameters on patients on the go – will be able to view and validate general wellbeing, and determine illnesses and other irregularities, even before those under their care become aware of them.

The switch from curing to caring will significantly enhance healthcare. It will also produce massive healthcare-related cost savings – an objective well acknowledged by regulators increasingly investing in improved reimbursements that incentivize remote patient monitoring and new telemedicine codes.

  • We are now at a stage in which sensor-rich wearables have evolved into a new and crucial information aggregation channel – an automated way to collect vital, previously untapped, data without requiring users to manually log and record information
  • Wearables have shifted from being a cool device to a clinical imperative, presenting invaluable potential for a range of healthcare applications, set to transform and revolutionize the Digital Health
  • These applications enable advance diagnosis and early detection of health-related symptoms. Caregivers can be notified and alerted on a patient’s health status and intervene, in real-time, when needed
  • The potential of leveraging wearable technology to precisely track body motion and detect hand gestures can be key to understanding a range of indicators representing the physical and emotional state
CEO & Co-founder - Somatix
10:00 - 10:50
Pitching Your Healthcare Start-up: Best Way to Get a VC to Say No

In this session, Jessica A. Zeaske of GE Ventures will walk through different methods of pitching to a venture capital firm.  After reviewing thousands of companies over her career, she will share some of her favorite moments and provide suggestions on how to improve your company’s pitch.  Even if not pitching to VCs, the core topics on sharing the value of the company are relevant.

The session will cover how to:

  • Get the meeting you want
  • Set up the pitch document for maximum impact
  • Avoid certain Words/Topics
  • Have an impactful VC pitch
Director of Healthcare Investment - GE Ventures, Healthcare
10:00 - 10:50

PBGH is leading the charge on a “waste-free formulary” initiative and is active with the National Task Force on Low Value Care. Sure there are plenty of innovative, world changing ideas. But the truth is, the REAL innovation is right in front of us…low fruit rotting on the ground. Employers have , for a multitude of reasons, allowed themselves to throw money away. But honestly, it’s bigger than that. We have a responsibility…to our employees and to our healthcare system, to be better stewards. And, funny thing is…it’s not that hard.

  • Key facts about what and how much waste there is
  • “Take home” actionable ideas for addressing it
  • Compelling reasons to act
Senior Director, Member Value - Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH)
10:00 - 10:50
Working Within Coalitions to Disrupt and Innovate

Employers are the second largest purchaser of health care services after the federal government and the second largest line item of their budget is their healthcare spend.  Now more than ever, employers are taking the wheel to drive towards improved quality and value in healthcare.  When employers collaborate in coalitions, they become a force to be reckoned with. Forward-thinking employers and coalitions have moved assertively to provide benefits and services that improve the health, well-being and productivity of their workers.  Onsite and near-site health centers, patient safety and quality improvement efforts, pharmacy cost control measures, and patient and caregiver support programs are a few of the ways employers are extracting significant value from the health care system.

  • Increase the level of understanding of the power and influence employers can have when working together in a market
  • Obtain real-world examples of disruptive and innovative work being done by a public sector employer, a private sector employer and a multiple employer benefits association
  • Identify opportunities for moving to value-based health care.
President & CEO - Florida Health Care Coalition
Director of Risk Management - Rosen Hotels & Resorts
President & CEO - Independent Colleges & Universities Benefits Association (ICUBA)
Senior Director, Risk Management - Orange County Public Schools
10:00 - 10:50
Medical Travel Excellence through Accreditation
CEO - Health Care Informed (HCI)
10:00 - 10:50
Building a Medical Travel Brand
10:00 - 10:50
Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace: Celebrating the Authentic You
HR Director, Corporate Services & Wellness - Hallmark Cards, Inc.
10:00 - 10:50
Dirty Little Secrets: What’s Not Being Said About Medical Travel
11:00 - 01:00
MARKET DISRUPT: A VENTURE PITCH EVENT | Healthcare Startups Looking to Scale Globally

Global Healthcare Ventures joins forces with Global Healthcare Resources to showcase early/mid-stage companies with high-growth market potential. This annual event attracts up to 2,000 participants from all areas of medical industry including top executives.

During the Early/Mid-Stage Venture Pitch Event, presenting Startup Healthcare companies will have the opportunity to compete for a valuable prize package, exposure and first-hand insight from our experienced panelist of judges. LEARN MORE.

Principal & Co-founder - Global Healthcare Resources
President - Medical Tourism Association
11:00 - 12:50
Global Healthcare Accreditation Symposium

Global Healthcare Accreditation (GHA) invites you to participate in the Global Healthcare Accreditation Symposium to be held on October 29th at the Orange County Convention Center during the HEALTHCARE ЯEVOLUTION conference, an integrated conference of the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress, and the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress.

Medical travel is a growing industry yet one that is currently underserved. There is little data regarding healthcare outcomes and patient experience, and oftentimes a lack of understanding by healthcare providers respecting the unique needs and expectations of medical travelers.

The Global Healthcare Accreditation Symposium will bring together key industry thought-leaders to discuss how accreditation can enhance patient experience, mitigate risk and improve an organization’s operational performance.

Topics will include

  • Medical Travel: From the “Wild West” Unaccountable to Maturity
  • Accreditation as a Differentiator in Medical Travel
  • How to Develop your Medical Travel Care Continuum™
  • Designing the Patient Experience for Medical Travelers
  • Strategies for Risk Mitigation in Medical Travel
  • Driving Patient Engagement across the Medical Travel Care Continuum™
  • Knowledge vs. Anecdotes: Featuring Case studies from GHA Accredited Providers

Who should attend?

  • Hospital CEO’s, CMO’s COO’s, CFO’s, and Department Heads
  • Key staff responsible for the medical travel or global patient services program
  • Government representatives, Insurers, employers, medical travel facilitators and others interested in understanding how accreditation can impact patient experience and healthcare outcomes.


11:00 - 11:50
Educational Breakout Sessions
11:00 - 11:50
THE BUSINESS OF GENOMICS SUMMIT | Innovating Prevention through Genetics: Cancer, Heart Disease and Beyond
Cheif Operating Officer - Color Genomics
Director, North America Total Rewards - SAP
11:00 - 11:50
Medical Travel Potential: From Hype to Reality
11:00 - 11:50
MENTAL & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SUMMIT | Driving Engagement in Behavioral Health through High-Tech, High-Touch Partnerships

One in five people experience a mental health issue best resolved by treatment in any given year, yet a very small fraction of the population access care due to the barriers in behavioral therapy – access to a therapist they feel comfortable with, cost, ability to schedule and attend recurring appointments and stigma. Featured employers will share how they eliminated those barriers for their employees along with the successful outcomes that were achieved.

In this session attendees will learn:

  • How an employer worked collaboratively with an innovative technology solution to improve employee engagement in behavioral health.
  • What combination of high-tech, high-touch works to improve employee productivity
  • How technology is removing the stigma in behavioral healthcare and increasing access to care


Chief Commercial Officer - Talkspace
11:00 - 11:50
No More Cost Shifting! The Employee Benefits of Reference-Based Pricing

Employers, especially those with self-funded health plans, have a great responsibility to ensure the plan’s funds are spent wisely and judiciously. In fact, for the self-funded community, employers have a fiduciary responsibility to effectively manage the plan’s costs. Companies nationwide are searching for new solutions to provide great healthcare at a reasonable cost. This is evidenced by the recent announcement of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, who are exploring the creation of a new company to provide high quality, low-cost healthcare. For many companies, traditional insurance plans are missing the mark and therefore more companies are coming to the forefront in their recognition of the need for pricing transparency, fairness and affordable healthcare.

Kelly will address how reference-based pricing solutions not only empower employers to be good stewards of their health plans, but also provide many benefits to employees. While many in the healthcare industry hold the notion that reference-based pricing is too disruptive for employees, a deeper look will prove otherwise. Kelly will summarize what reference-based pricing is, how it works for employers and the many ways it can benefit employees, such as supporting reduced out-of-pocket costs, more robust benefit plans and promoting utilization of more affordable care options.

To illustrate and validate the value of this approach, Kelly will share actual client case studies of companies who adopted reference-based pricing to reduce their healthcare spend and deliver improved healthcare coverage to their workforce.

  • Gain insight into the financial burden of high-deductible health plans for the more than 150 million Americans who receive coverage through their workplace
  • Understand reference-based pricing and how employees can benefit from this plan/model
  • Hear actual client case studies of companies who utilize reference-based pricing to reduce their healthcare spend and turned those savings into rich benefit plans for their employees
  • Learn how to improve employee adoption and engagement on health plans
Co-founder & CEO - ELAP Services LLC
Senior Vice President for Talent and Team Development - MarineMax
11:00 - 11:50
INNOVATIONS IN HEALTH TECH SUMMIT | Digital Health – A Consultant Debate
11:00 - 11:50
Emergency Medical Preparedness Globally

Today there is increased scrutiny on emergency management. In order to minimize it’s negative impact, oversight agencies globally have increased their resilience efforts. Top experts will share case studies covering disaster impact solutions, proven strategies and challenges for before, during and post-disaster.

Top experts, will share case studies on developing disaster management plans; partake in exclusive panel discussions where you get the chance to brainstorm with experience disaster management experts and get your concerns answered regarding best practices in four phases:

Topics discussed:

  • Mitigation
  • Preparation
  • Response
  • Recovery
Global Medical Director - General Electric
Manager, Global Health & Safety - GeoBlue
CEO - WellWorld Consulting; formerly Head of Global Health Services, and Chief Medical Officer, Health & Wellness Solutions - Johnson & Johnson
Operations Leader, Employee Health Services - General Electric
11:00 - 11:50
CARE FINANCING THE SUPPLY SIDE OF HEALTHCARE | Catch Me if You Can: How to Outsmart Those Who Can Swindle Your Health Plan

– Did you know members can borrow medical ID cards as easily as they can borrow Netflix passwords?

– Did you know that medical billing codes are sold on the dark web every day for many multiples of a credit card number?

– Did you know that switching a single number on a baby birth code makes it increase in value by 10x, and that almost no audit can detect it?

AVP & Managing Director, Innovation Lab Practice - Arthur J. Gallagher
Benefits Strategy Manager - American Airlines
12:00 - 12:50
Educational Breakout Sessions
12:00 - 12:50
INNOVATIONS IN HEALTH TECH SUMMIT | Telemedicine: The Employer Benefit that Pays Big Dividends
12:00 - 12:50
CARE FINANCING THE SUPPLY SIDE OF HEALTHCARE | Supply Side Reorganization – Total Cost of Care

The last 20 years of wellness, engagement and cost transparency tools has failed corporate America by most measures. Not for lack of effort – but rather due to structural realities in the health care supply chain- and the financing mechanisms behind it. Clear, demonstrable, longitudinal data sets show the history of these failures and the multiple iterations of various vendor/trends that have attempted to stem the health care “cost” tide.

This session will highlight the flaws behind many of the historical missteps – and how we may be at the precipice of real health care change due to “big data”; and the organization of care around this data. TPA’s, insurance carriers and consultants have access to data that can demonstrate the “total cost of care” for a population – and more specifically, which health systems are more effective in treating/keeping patients healthy.

For the first time since the days of the HMO, the “supply side” of the health economics equation is getting in the mix. Moreover, the data/technology, and incentive structure may align to give these organizations a real shot at success. The data is being used currently to create high performance/narrow networks across the United States. Employer sponsored health plans/HR Executives will be faced with tout questions about access vs. costs for their employee populations – as these new networks tout significant savings while sacrificing some choice/freedom from the typical PPO style network.

The emergence of high performance/narrow networks in the last few years shows a completely different approach to disease/clinical risk management. Further, as these networks begin to take actual financial risk via performance based reimbursement payments, there appears to be a large shift in the risk mix in health care financing. This will likely trigger a complete rethinking of employer vendor mix in the wellness/engagement space – as the clinical side begins to take ownership of these areas. We will use data and case studies to quickly demonstrate the “edge” of this trend – and how employers need to prepare themselves in the coming years.

  • Understand how “Total Cost of Care” data is putting pressure on carriers – and in turn will push employers – to make value judgments on the “choice and unfettered access” for the members.
  • Explain the cost/quality implications of TPA’s and carriers are being pressed to work with the supply side to create high performance/narrow networks.
  • Detail the “cracks in the foundation” of the PPO carrier/TPA model of organizing care – 90+% of all hospitals and doctors contracted is not a network, it is a retail funding mechanism
  • Understand the value/supply chain consequences – and what they mean to your organization (ie. Wellness, stop loss, network performance etc)
Vice President, Health Risk Solutions - Lockton
Director, Benefits & Compensation - NCH Corporation
12:00 - 12:50
Medical Tourism Policy Sustainability at the Government Level
12:00 - 12:50
THE BUSINESS OF GENOMICS SUMMIT | PGx: The New Kid on the Block in Reducing Costs in High Risk Populations

Join Industry Precision Medicine Disruptors and learn how pharmacogenomics is the right path to take for better health and lower cost on multiple platforms. Get ahead of the curve by leveraging diagnostic technology and innovation beyond treatment – toward precision health. Learn strategies to get the treatment for your employers.

  • Why genomics is becoming the top line item to consider when looking at cost savings and overall preventive health strategy
  • Why pharmacogenomics is a need to know not a nice to know concept (medications vs. ancestry)
  • The impact a genetic testing program has on employers and their employees not only for their health but their families, attendance and morale


CEO - Rx-Precision
Chief Medical Officer - Genome Medical
12:00 - 12:50
Medical Director - Aetna International
Senior Medical Director - Aetna International
12:00 - 12:50
Corporate Wellness and the Platform War for More Data
12:00 - 12:50
Embracing, Engaging and Leading the Evolution of Employee Health & Well-being

Approaches to employee health are changing as characteristics of what composes employee health are rapidly evolving. The employers who are leading this evolution are embracing employees as valuable assets to overall company success and creating programs with a broad approach to all aspects of well-being. Today, innovative employer programs are incorporating the latest tools, technology, vision and strategy; with a laser focus on prevention, education and engagement.

This session will bring together leaders who are part of creating the innovation in employee health and wellness. From technology that can evaluate an employee’s ability to safely perform their work to chronic condition management; from personalized digital genetic testing to customizing fitness and nutrition, this fireside chat will offer the attendees the opportunity to share in the experiences of the panel.
These fireside chat participants are leaders in the field of work and health. The programs they represent are leading edge, visionary and successful approaches to creating the balance needed in driving and achieving business goals while building a workforce environment of productivity and health promotion.

Topics that may be covered in the fireside chat:

  • Brief overview of unique and innovative program components
  • The challenges and strategies experienced in driving leadership adoption of program innovation
  • Business and workforce trends and experiences that drive choices in program elements
  • Prevention strategies that reduce injury, disability, absence and attrition
  • Engaging wellness while running a business – addressing the balance
  • The benchmarks for success in these programs and the outcomes measured
Director of Health Management Services - Trion Group, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC
Vice President & CHRO - Harley-Davidson Inc.
Chief Medical Officer - GE Appliances
Vice President - BTE Workforce Solutions.
13:00 - 14:00
13:00 - 14:00
Networking Lunch in Exhibit Hall
14:00 - 14:50
Educational Breakout Sessions
14:00 - 14:50
EMPLOYER ONSITE HEALTH & WELLNESS SUMMIT | Employer-Led Direct Contracting and High-Performance Health Care Strategies to Control Costs & Improve Outcomes
14:00 - 14:50
14:00 - 14:50
Corporate Social Responsibility
Senior Director, Health Care Initiatives - Detroit Regional Chamber
Manager, Employee Health & Wellbeing - Crowley Maritime
co-CEO - IO Sustainability
14:00 - 14:50
BIOLOGICS SUMMIT | Economics of Specialty Drugs
14:00 - 14:50
MENTAL & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SUMMIT | Realizing the Promise of Personal Growth and Psychological Resilience in the Workplace

“The body always keeps the score.”  The stress and insomnia that runs rampant with Americans — along with the depression, anxiety and trauma realized by 50% of the population during their lifetimes — will inevitably place a heavy toll on physical health. It is a fact that if people are healthy, mental illness will make them less able to deal successfully with daily life and make them far more susceptible to physical illness. For those who are already sick, mental illness will make them sicker and far less able to do what is necessary to heal.

Employers increasingly understand that where they can make the biggest impact on the overall health and productivity of their employees is to raise the overall psychological resilience of their workforce. Thought-leading companies like Salesforce are deploying new technology-based solutions that can scale to deliver affordable, evidenced-based behavioral health and psychological resilience skills training programs to their entire U.S. and international workforce.

As Fik Issacs states, “There is no health without behavioral health.” Come learn about Salesforce’s deployment of psychological resilience training programs that combines the benefits of evidence-based treatment; online learning; the healing power of groups; and advanced analytic capabilities.

In this session attendees will:

  • Understand the structural limitations of traditional behavioral healthcare delivery methods, including the impact of a critical national shortage of skilled behavioral healthcare providers
  • Understand the economic impact of treatable mental illness on employees and employers
  • Understand the inextricable link between employees’ psychological resilience to anxiety, depression, trauma, insomnia and other behavioral health challenges and employers’ healthcare utilization costs
  • Understand the emerging behavioral healthcare landscape, including mobile apps; onsite/near site care delivery models; and digital therapeutics for behavioral health
  • Understand how new behavioral health solutions with powerful advanced analytic capabilities are revolutionizing the role that corporate Human Resources and employee
benefits groups play in making data driven decisions to actively manage the health, productivity, and psychological resilience of their workforces
  • Examine the positive impact of a large technology company integrating scalable, evidence-based psychological resilience training programs into its employee onboarding process and employee benefits program, including empirical usage, clinical outcomes, and productivity data.
Founder and CEO - Tiatros, Inc.
CEO - WellWorld Consulting; formerly Head of Global Health Services, and Chief Medical Officer, Health & Wellness Solutions - Johnson & Johnson
C-Suite Executive TBD - SalesForce
14:00 - 14:50
INNOVATION & SELF-FUNDING SUMMIT | Leading the Way: How Employers are Improving America’s Healthcare System

Healthcare costs aren’t lowering themselves. See how innovative employers are taking control.

Slowing healthcare spending while improving healthcare experience is a tall order. It requires thinking outside of the box — something for which US companies are renowned. There is a long history of employers innovating in healthcare to bring about positive change. Join us to learn what leading employers are doing differently to provide:

  • Better care for the buck,
  • The right site for care,
  • Personalized help,
  • Targeted solutions, and
  • Better engagement through technology

This panel will discuss what employers are doing as well as the importance of employer advocacy for health policies with lawmakers and regulators in Washington DC.

Attendees will learn:

  • Broad spectrum of employer actions to manage health care costs
  • You don’t have to be a jumbo employer to benefit from innovation
  • Why employer advocacy efforts are important in Washington DC
  • Health policies needed to further support employer innovation in health benefits



Senior Partner, National Leader for U.S. Health Care Reform - Mercer
Senior Vice President, Health Policy - American Benefits Council (ABC)
Vice President, Global Benefits & Wellness - PepsiCo, Inc.
14:00 - 14:50
Angels Over Seas
President - Medical Tourism Association
14:00 - 14:50
From Hospitality to Healthcare Best Practices for a Quality Patient/Guest Experience
15:00 - 15:50
Educational Breakout Sessions
15:00 - 15:50
INNOVATIONS IN SELF FUNDING SUMMIT | Big Three Talk Innovations in Self Funding & Employer Plans

Join three of the industry’s top innovations leaders as they discuss the healthcare landscape, emerging trends and promising solutions benefit strategies and health plans. This fireside chat will discuss how various employers are launching clinically-impactful programs that focus on improving the health of their employees and their families.  We’ve brought some of the smartest minds with a twist of humor and most importantly innovation to move the needle of change for self-funded employers! 

Principal & Co-founder - Global Healthcare Resources
Chief Medical Officer - Lockton Benefits Group
Senior Consultant & Director of Strategic Opportunities and Alliances for Health & Benefits – Willis Towers Watson
Lead Innovation Imagineer - Mercer Labs
15:00 - 15:50
EMPLOYER ONSITE HEALTH & WELLNESS SUMMIT | How Failing Made Us Successful: Lessons Learned On the Way to Creating an Onsite Clinic
PA-C/Wellness Director - Nabholz Construction
15:00 - 15:50
Consumer Engagement in Healthcare Among Millennial’s, Baby Boomers, and Generation X
15:00 - 15:50
BIOLOGICS SUMMIT | New Approaches to Plan Design in Pharmacy Benefit Management
15:00 - 15:50
Grant Writing and Alternative Funding Sources for International Healthcare Programs
15:00 - 15:50
MENTAL & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SUMMIT | Beyond Emojis: Emotional Resilience that Lasts a Lifetime

Former Oprah Show Producer, Erin Barbossa, knew that there had to be a better way. After observing how high performing individuals struggled with intense stress in the workplace, she left the television industry and became a therapist. She knew that psychotherapy was clinically proven to increase sleep quality, concentration and self-awareness…all things that would enhance a person’s effectiveness, satisfaction and resilience at work.

Consider this. We all think it’s important to go to the dentist twice year and brush our teeth regularly to take care of our oral hygiene. Why don’t we take the same proactive approach to maintaining our mental and emotional health? Managers have the opportunity to be great coaches, but they can’t be therapists. True sustainable resilience is most effectively achieved through a confidential, intimate relationship with a licensed clinician. Erin will describe the benefits of providing these therapeutic services onsite during the workday.

Evidence-based talk therapy is a strategic and clinically-proven approach to keep your team emotionally resilient. When individuals have the capacity to handle the inevitable ups and downs of the workplace, they project a positive impact on all those around them. A sense of strength and trust will ripple throughout your organization, thereby improving your culture.

Your team is thirsting for meaningful, internal growth beyond the what we typically offer with technical, job-specific training, or one-size-fits-all personal development. Erin talks about how you can provide a growth opportunity that will last even beyond the time an individual works at your company. Imagine being able to offer that in a way that’s clinically proven to be effective. How much more dedicated to your people could you be? In this session, Erin shares her observations and experience with companies who are ready to take investment in their employees to the next level.

  • The critical components of effective psychotherapy and how it enhances the your team members’ emotional and mental resilience
  • The difference between what a manager or coach can offer versus a licensed clinical therapist
  • The difference between employee support delivered through an EAP, traditional medical benefits versus onsite therapeutic sessions during the workday
  • How the effects of psychotherapy can extend beyond the participant to those around her in a positive ripple effect throughout an organization
  • How you can implement an onsite therapeutic program at your company
15:00 - 15:50
15:00 - 15:50
DESTINATION DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT | Business Development in China
15:00 - 15:50
Investment & Funding in Medical Tourism
16:00 - 16:50
Educational Breakout Sessions
16:00 - 16:50
BIOLOGICS SUMMIT | Opportunities in Pharmacogenomics
16:00 - 16:50
Human Capital, Personal Value and the Health-Wealth-Performance Portfolio

Employers must relentlessly drive attention to the member experience and take a holistic view of all health, wealth and performance. Investing early in quality data management and measurement strategies pays big dividends, because then you don’t waste time chasing bad data. During this session, you’ll learn how employers have built a “Health to Wealth” strategy into their benefits plans, maximizing employee Health through innovations in benefit plan designs, incentives, employee engagement initiatives, productivity and performance. You will learn best practices and trends in strategic program development and communication plans useful especially when addressing Millennials. This session will go beyond just benefits and provide a more strategic approach and one that is focused on personalization. We will explore the value of personalization and its potential impact on workforce engagement and business performance.

  • Employer Challenges and Key Questions
  • How Typical Business Strategies Fit Together
  • Use of Data Evolves with Strategies
  • Health/Wealth/Performance Portfolio – Key Linkages
  • Personal Value Strategies
  • VOI versus ROI – Personalization


co-Founder - McSwain Group, LLC
Medical Director, Population Health Management - Conduent HR Services (formerly Xerox)
16:00 - 16:50
DESTINATION DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT | Middle East GCC: Global Patient Management and Population Health
16:00 - 16:50
HEALTHCARE REFORM & TRUMPCARE SUMMIT | Potential ACA Reform Efforts Post 2018 Election
16:00 - 16:50
Dynamics of Middle Market Consulting
16:00 - 16:50
Medical Tourism Facilitation and the Patient Care Continuum
17:00 - 18:00
Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
17:00 - 18:00
18:00 - 21:00
Market Disrupt Awards Ceremony & Networking Reception (Invite Only – Offsite Event) | Guidewell Innovation Center)
08:00 - 08:30
Rise & Shine Tibetan Healing Meditation with Puja

Research has proven that 20 minutes of meditation a day is not time lost; it’s time gained. A daily meditation practice can be life-changing for executives in dealing with power stress. Join Puja Madan as she leads a Tibetan healing meditation specifically designed to improve focus and concentration, release stress, and expand the capacity to feel calm and centered through daily challenges faced by leaders and executives.

Leadership & Mindfulness Coach. Author. Speaker
08:00 - 08:50
Wellness @ Work Workshop
09:00 - 10:00
Exhibitor Access Only | Must have Exhibitor Badge for Exhibitor Hall Access
09:00 - 09:50
09:00 - 09:30
Keynote: How to Speak So People Want to Listen

Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening? Join in on this exclusive opportunity to hear from one of the world’s most listened to TED Talk speakers and pioneer on the studies of sound, advising businesses on how best to use it. In this Keynote: How to Speak So People Want to Listen,  Julian demonstrates the how-to’s of powerful speaking — from vocal exercises, to tips on how to speak with empathy, to a public speaking masterclass.

Julian Treasure is the chair of the Sound Agency, a firm that advises worldwide businesses — offices, retailers, airports — on how to design sound in their physical spaces and communication. He asks us to pay attention to the sounds that surround us. How do they make us feel: productive, stressed, energized, acquisitive?

Treasure is the author of the book Sound Business, a manual for effective sound use in every aspect of business. His most recent book, How to be Heard: Secrets for Powerful Speaking and Listening, based on his TED Talk, offers practical exercises to improve communication skills and an inspiring vision for a sonorous world of effective speaking, conscious listening and understanding. He speaks globally on this topic.

Founder - The Sound Agency, Five-time TED Speaker and Author of "How to be Heard" and "Sound Business"
09:30 - 09:50
Keynote: To Be Announced
10:00 - 10:50
Moving from a Vendor to a Partner Strategy

Winning together: turning vendors into partners to improve workforce health and productivity!

Employers traditionally organize their health-related benefits programs in independent silos. The result is a patchwork of overlapping vendors often targeting the same group of people with chronic health conditions. As employers try to integrate their health-related programs with a more focused strategy, the question arises: how can I get my vendors to follow me in this more integrated approach?

In this session, Chris will share the innovative strategies and tactical plans that transform vendor relationships into true business partnerships. The goal is to improve health and productivity of the workforce through coordinated vendor activities.

This is a must-attend session for any benefits leader, no matter the size of your company. You will walk away from this session with practical tools you can immediately implement back at your office.

  • Employer Challenges and Key Questions
  • Employer Strategy and Use of Data
  • Vendor / Supplier / Partner Differences
  • Supplier Management Roadmap and Speed Bumps
  • Examples and Lessons Learned
  • Supplier Management Tools and Checklist
co-Founder - McSwain Group, LLC
Medical Director, Population Health Management - Conduent HR Services (formerly Xerox)
10:00 - 16:00
EXHIBIT HALL OPEN | “Networking is more about farming than it is about hunting.” – Ivan Misner
10:00 - 10:50
Chasing One Medicine – The Community Centric Healthcare System
10:00 - 10:50
Educational Breakout Sessions
10:00 - 10:15
IGNITE TALK | TGIM Thank God It’s Monday
  • The science behind investing in a happier workplace and the data that can be gathered about the emotional wellbeing of employees
    • The next steps that result from analyzing that data
  • An overview of the elements in a workplace that actually can lift employee wellness immediately
  • How collaboration between generations and divisions can drive employee wellness
  • How the bottom line benefits from investing in key elements that drive employee wellness/engagement
  • The MISOGI Method and how it can be applied to increase employee wellness, productivity and idea innovation in the workplace
“The Work Happiness Expert"; Bestselling Author - "From DRIFT to SHIFT: How Change Can Bring True Meaning and Happiness to Your Work & Life"
10:00 - 10:50
VOLUNTARY BENEFITS INNOVATION SUMMIT | Game Changing Benefits in Ancillary
10:00 - 10:50
From Taboo to True You: Filling the Holes in Whole Wellness & Those Sensitive Subjects We Pretend to Not Talk About

The current trend in workplace wellness is to embrace employees in a more holistic manner by recognizing that they are multi-layered in their wants and needs.  However, as we expand from the traditional biometric view of an employee and open up these multi-dimensional floodgates, it leaves many employers anxious and confused on where to draw the line.  How do we address if someone is upset about national politics, struggling with their sexuality, living in their car, scared to admit that they are hooked on opioids, feeling marginalized or bullied at work?  These are the real issues plaguing our employee’s wellbeing and if we want them to show up to work authentically, then we have to prepare our leaders and wellness team with the tools and skills to address them.

In this fun and interactive panel discussion you will get to hear from leading experts and what they are doing at their organizations. The audience will also put these experts to the test by throwing practical issues at them to address.  Together we will practice what we preach by making this session unrehearsed, honest and real so you can bring meaningful solutions back to your workplace. If you are looking for a quick-fix pill, skip this session. If you are looking to build an authentic wellness program, this will not disappoint.

In joining this session, attendees will:

  • Understand how to improve connections with employees
  • Learn techniques to build and foster an environment that supports authentic employees
  • Identify ways to approach difficult/uncomfortable conversations
  • Recognize and address gaps in your current wellness program
Administrator, Employee Wellness – Cedars-Sinai Health System
Wellness Coorindator - teleflora
Ombudsman Director - Baylor College of Medicine
Benefits Manager - Boulder County
10:00 - 10:50
BENEFITS REVOLUTION TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT | Benefits Enrollment Technology 4.0

Every employee should be an educated consumer of their health insurance plan. Now more than ever, it’s important for Human Resource and Benefit Professionals to be in front of their employees. With all of the different stories in the media on healthcare reform, it is up to us to weed through the regulations, explain them to the employees and show them the new face of healthcare in America. How do you effectively communicate with your employees, and get them to listen during open enrollment? Why should you spend the time to explain it to them and teach them to understand what their plan means?

  • How to take the ACA rules and convert them to “plain English”
  • What should you tell your Employee with the changing political landscape
  • How do you teach your employees to monitor their own claims, read an EOB, ask questions of their physician, etc.? (plus why they should be an educated consumer and how it may help them save money)
  • Effective communication strategies across generational lines- from Baby Boomers to Millennials- how do you reach the masses?
  • Why your C-suite should care what you tell the employees- claims trends & premium renewals, potential cost savings to the bottom line


Head of Human Resources - SatCom Direct
10:00 - 10:50
PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGEMENT SUMMIT | End the Monkey Business in Rx Management: Rebates, Accumulator Programs & Direct Contracting
President & CEO - Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH)
10:00 - 10:50
AVP & Managing Director, Innovation Lab Practice - Arthur J. Gallagher
10:00 - 10:50
CHRONIC DISEASE & LIFESTYLE MEDICINE SUMMIT | Biometric Screening & Future Employer Medical Costs – Is It Worth It?

Is biometric screening a part of your wellness program? Do you know if your wellness program is beneficial to your employees and you as an employer? How do you measure effectiveness of your program? This educational webinar will explore biometric screening as part of wellness programs and how to understand its impact of your organization.

During this interactive webinar, we will:

  • Discuss the growth of wellness programs despite limited research
  • Identify problems with current evaluations of wellness programs
  • Explore the true value of biometric screening


Corporate Health Director - Kalispell Regional Health Care
10:25 - 10:50
IGNITE TALK | How to Survive 369 Days: A Year of Worst-Case Scenarios

Do you feel as if your burning the candle at 3 ends?  You can change this and have the ability to do more by doing less. The world needs the best version of you. Are you going to give that to them? What are you waiting for?

Author, storyteller and inspirational speaker Michael Levitt brings people back to life. Focused on helping individuals and leaders within corporations (Re)Learn BOUNDARIES in their own work and personal lives – So that they can accomplish more, by doing less, which will save their careers and possibly their lives. After 369 Days of loss: Heart attack, job loss, car repossession and home foreclosure, Michael teaches people on how that happened to him so that they can make the crucial changes in their lives today to prevent having to face these same very situations. happening to them.  During this IGNITE TALK, Michael will share how he lost everything yet, he never gave up or accepted being a victim. He has been strengthened by his experience and is willing to share his message of hope and faith with you.

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to gain valuable strategies and tactics that can be immediately implemented into YOUR own life to see instant and sustainable change:

  • The need for boundaries in your work and home lives, so you can prevent a year of worst-case scenarios
  • 4 Traits That Will Exponentially Increase Your Productivity
  • Discovering your organizational style, and creating a system around it
  • How to rebound from losses, and come out of the experiences stronger
  • How to change how you approach your daily tasks and work life, to prevent burnout and even worse health scares
11:00 - 11:50
Educational Breakout Sessions
11:00 - 11:50
PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGEMENT SUMMIT | The Rx Brexit: How to Leave the PBM Model Behind
AVP & Managing Director, Innovation Lab Practice - Arthur J. Gallagher
11:00 - 11:50
DIRECT CONTRACTING & BUNDLED PAYMENT SUMMIT | Outlook on Medical Travel as a Cost-Saving Strategy

Medical travel, if executed the right way, can reduce medical expenses and ensure employees have access to quality care. In this session, learn how HSM Solutions leveraged medical travel to impact their bottom line and significantly improve employee health.

  • Gain strategies to efficiently launch a medical tourism health care delivery model for employees
    • What are the key factors to consider while choosing an appropriate international facility?
    • What are the nuances of a medical travel arrangement?
  • Learn how HSM adopted medical travel for treatments including hip and knee replacements, bariatric procedures, and gastric surgeries
    • Measure savings and assess long-term benefits
  • Address employee hesitation to travel abroad for care
    • Incentivize employees: Consider waived deductibles and copays
Director of Benefits - HSM Solutions
President & CEO - BridgeHealth
11:00 - 11:50
Measurement and Evaluation: How to Use Data to Change Behavior and Build Organizational Support

L.L. Bean has had a wellness program in place for over 35 years and, throughout that time, they’ve learned a lot! One of their greatest lessons has been the importance of data and, even more important, sharing that information with leaders and employees throughout the organization.

Whether you are measuring participation, health risks or return on investment, there are ways to use that information to education your people and help them understand the impact of employee well-being on your workforce.

This session will give you real examples of how L.L. Bean has measured and used their population’s data – as well as ways you could potentially apply this information to your organization.

Occupation Health & Wellness Manager - L.L.Bean
11:00 - 11:50
11:00 - 11:50
CHRONIC DISEASE & LIFESTYLE MEDICINE SUMMIT | Diet Wars: The Latest Skinny on the Diet Landscape & Ketogenic Diet for Diabetes
  1. Review Sexy Six Nutrients
  2. Water
  3. Vitamins
  4. Minerals
  5. Fat
  6. Protein
  7. Carbohydrates
  8. Discuss Standard American Diet (SAD)
  9. Plate Method-pros and cons
  10. Percentages of Carbs, Fats, and Proteins on a plate
  11. Breakfast
  12. Lunch
  13. Dinner

III.  Describe the 3 types of diets

  1. Food Restriction (examples)
  2. Adkins
  3. Whole 30
  4. Ketogenic
  5. Raw Food
  6. South Beach
  7. Portion Control
  8. Nutrisystem
  9. Counting Macros
  10. Plate method
  11. Weight Watchers
  12. Plexus
  13. Intermittent Fasting and Intuitive Eating
  14. Diet Myths
  15. Eating late at night causes weight gain
  16. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
  17. Eat more frequently to lose weight
  18. Eating fat makes you fat
  19. Eating fat causes cardiovascular disease
  20. What does the research say about the diets above?
  21. Conclusion and Q&A
PA-C/Wellness Director - Nabholz Construction
11:00 - 11:50
11:00 - 11:50
The Rise of Consumerism and Employee Accountability – Rethinking Your Organization’s Approach
People Manager, Benefits Strategy - Southwest Airlines
11:00 - 11:50
Ethical , Legal & Regulatory Remarks about Medical Travel
12:00 - 12:50
Educational Breakout Sessions
12:00 - 12:50
BENEFITS REVOLUTION TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT | Employee Engagement Technology & Self-Service Tools
12:00 - 12:50
CHRONIC DISEASE & LIFESTYLE MEDICINE SUMMIT | How to Separate the Wolves from the Sheep Among the Super Doctors
AVP & Managing Director, Innovation Lab Practice - Arthur J. Gallagher
12:00 - 12:50
Sharpening the Knife – How to Exceed Expectations Patients Physicians and Payors
12:00 - 12:50
Becoming a Destination Employer
Southeast Region Sales & Marketing Area President, Benefits and HR Consulting - Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
12:00 - 12:50
DIRECT CONTRACTING SUMMIT | Employer-Led Innovation for Healthcare Delivery & Payment Reform
12:00 - 12:50
VOLUNTARY BENEFITS INNOVATION SUMMIT | Human Machine Learning and Balancing Artificial Intelligence
12:00 - 12:50
PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGEMENT SUMMIT | Disrupting the PBM World – What Leading Employers are Doing
Vice President HRIS, Global Benefits & Mobility - Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA)
President & CEO - Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH)
12:00 - 12:50
Progressive Approaches to Preventative Care
Vice President & Employee Wellness Plan Manager - BankUnited
13:00 - 14:00
13:00 - 14:00
Networking Lunch in Exhibit Hall
14:00 - 14:50

The opioid epidemic has catapulted employee substance abuse and treatment issues to the top of list of priorities for employees. One recent study found that prescription painkiller abuse is costing employers nationwide an estimated $25.5 billion a year in missed workdays and lost productivity, according to one study. With the rise of drug addiction related costs to the employer – employee productivity, absenteeism, disability costs, workers’ compensation claims and overall medical expenses, HR professionals walk a fine line when trying to have early intervention and provide the help an employee needs to help minimize the overall risk to the organization.

During this interactive Summit, we will explore:

• Current statistics and trends around opioid misuse and abuse in the workplace
• How employers can work with health plans and pharmacy benefits managers to address the issue
• Alternative treatment options to non-opioid pain management
• Carrier, Employer, Provider and Rehabilitation/Treatment Facility Perspectives
• Best Practices on the Interventions and Treatment of Employees
• Destigmatizing of Addiction in the Workplace and Shift to Disease Management Approaches
• Employer strategies to help keep top talent and get them the treatment they need to have sustainable recovery and success

President & CEO - Florida Health Care Coalition
14:00 - 14:50
Delivering Transformation Job Satisfaction Through Family Friendly Workplace
14:00 - 14:50
FINANCIAL WELLNESS SUMMIT | Financial Wellness: Are you there yet? How to Evaluate your Current Approach and Improve Impact

Stress regarding finances has become a worldwide epidemic. Employees dealing with rising healthcare expenses, the risk of financial security and retirement plans, Employee Financial Wellness programs could not have come at a better time.

Employees stressed by finances are more likely to be distracted, miss work and cite health issues. Employers have now implemented programs and tools to support their workforce to ease financial concerns. Although employee financial wellness is a goal many companies struggle in achieving successful programs.

Walk away from this summit equipped to tackle the foundational challenges facing your organization.

  • Effective financial wellness program and the benefits to employers and employees
  • How to structure your program and its offerings
  • Employees- understanding the importance of financial wellness     
  • Empower employees to work toward financial wellness
  • Baby Boomer and millennial employees
  • Measuring the success of your program
Executive Director, Global Benefits – Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
14:00 - 14:50
SLEEP WORKS SUMMIT | How Much Is Employee Sleep Deprivation Costing Your Company? The ROI of Sleep Initiative

Sleep impacts your bottom line. Scientific evidence continues to reveal that how employees sleep directly impacts how they function at work, on virtually all levels. Be it productivity, performance, safety, health, engagement, health or health care costs, sleep deprivation has a significant impact on employees, and in turn, on their employer.

Corporations spend billions on training and development but if an employee gets insufficient sleep, their skills and acumen are compromised.  Sleep education and training offer a core corporate investment with ROI benefits across a broad spectrum of performance, risk, and cost related measures.  Optimizing sleep can support the optimization of your human capital.

Panelists will share why sleep is essential to their workforce and clients as well as what they are doing to integrate sleep initiatives for their workforce. Research on why sleep matters and the economic costs of insufficient sleep will be highlighted and discussed. The causes, consequences, and risks of not addressing insufficient sleep for employers and employees will be presented. The goal is to provide attendees with information to make informed decisions as to how, if and when they will address sleep for their workforce.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Acknowledge statistical data and evidence-based research to support the impact of sleep deprivation on employees at all levels of an organization
  • Understand why sleep deprivation is a risk management issue and the attendant risks/costs
  • Recognize how employee sleep education and training can improve productivity, safety, health and health care costs, support work/life balance, and offer a competitive advantage
  • Identify approaches to corporate sleep programming
14:00 - 14:50
Digital Medical Tourism
14:00 - 14:50
ACA for employers is here to stay-now what?

It appears that Congress has determined that the ACA for employers will likely stay in play.  This year you’ll hear from Employee Benefits Attorney and HRCPI Advisory Board Member, Benjamin Conley as he moderates a highly interactive fireside chat with three forward-thinking small, medium and large-sized employers. Hear three employers varying approaches to evaluating the pro’s and con’s of the various proposals, the implications to their business and strategies to prepare for potential fines associated with the A or B penalty and what other implications may be on the horizon.

In this interactive discussion, we will explore:

  • Managing the employer shared responsibility rule:
    • Who is a full-time employee in a seasonal workforce?
    • Union plan issues
    • Reporting issues and A and B penalties from the IRS
    • Plan design changes
  • Possible “asteroid hit” type provisions—Cadillac Tax and cap on employer exclusion for health coverage
  • Health insurance reforms are costly (dependent child to age 26, no annual or lifetime dollar limitations on essential health benefits


Head of Human Resources - SatCom Direct
Attorney, Employee Benefits, Legal Dept. – United Parcel Service (UPS)
14:00 - 14:50
Caregiving in the Workplace

Paid family leave, wellness programs and financial wellness have all been topics of conversation with HR executives. With working caregivers having an average age of 49 and demonstrating higher instances of depression, high blood pressure and obesity it is no wonder why many large organizations are trying to address this workplace issue.

Two leading insurers report that caregivers who go out on Family Medical Leave to care for an adult family member are four times more likely to file a Long Term Disability claim and five times more likely to file a Short Term Disability claim. Many employers are working to address wellness at the workplace but many may not realize that caregiving can be a silent “wellness killer”.

Today, caregiving causes the largest number of lost days on Family Medical Leave second only to maternity leave. Addressing this topic head on by providing working caregivers with a roadmap of what to expect when caregiving can make a difference in outcomes. Many employers are finding free tools and resources, including their Caregiving Exchange website, a way to simplify and enrich the lives of older adults and their families by uniting eldercare education with access to local, regional, and national support service, which is available anytime.

Related to this issue is providing a financial solution to help. Long-Term Care insurance was cited by Willis Towers Watson as a voluntary benefit that employers are looking to add this year. But is it still a viable solution? How does it help with the caregiving issue?

In this session attendees will learn:

  • Caregiving’s Impact to Health and Wellness Programs
  • How To Help Employees Recognize Caregiving Challenges Early
  • Keys to Minimizing Negative Health Outcomes
  • Does Long-Term Care Insurance Coverage Help and is Long Term Care insurance still a viable workplace benefit
14:00 - 14:50
Putting Healthcare First
Founder - M Powered Benefits
Managing Principal - Mitigate Partners
14:00 - 14:50
CHRONIC DISEASE & LIFESTYLE MEDICINE SUMMIT | The Impact of Chronic Disease on Workplace Productivity and Absenteeism: Effective Management for Improved Performance

Research shows that 80% or more of all healthcare spending in the U.S. can be contributed to the treatment of conditions stemming from unhealthy lifestyle choices. Preventable conditions and diseases with a change in lifestyle include: hypertension, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and multiple types of cancer.

The Chronic Disease & Lifestyle Medicine Summit will address topics including:

  • Nutrition whole food and plant-based diet
  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Stress Management
  • Alcohol moderation
  • Tobacco disruption
  • Healthy relationships
  • Scientific Evidence Supporting Lifestyle Medicine
15:00 - 15:50
WORKFORCE PREPAREDNESS: OPIOID & SUBSTANCE ABUSE SUMMIT | New Frontiers in Pain Management: Hold the Knife & Opioids
15:00 - 15:50
Call to Excellence: Next Generation Facilitation 3.0
15:00 - 15:50
FINANCIAL WELLNESS SUMMIT | Overcoming the Gender Divide in Financial Well-being
15:00 - 15:50
SLEEP WORKS SUMMIT | Are Your Employees Stressed Out & Losing Sleep?

It’s the middle of the night. You’re still awake, tossing and turning, thinking about what you need to do at work tomorrow or how much you need to go to bed right now. We’ve all been there. What we don’t think about, however, is the impact these sleepless nights are having on employee health and productivity.

Join this session as we explore the options employers have –and are currently implementing – when it comes helping their employees get rested, relaxed and ready for a productive workday!

This session will explore:

  • The impact that stress and sleep deprivation have on employee health and the company’s bottom-line
  • How stress and slack of sleep cause missed days of work, burnout and increased turnover
  • What employer can do, and are doing, to help their employees get the sleep they need to succeed
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