Health Care Changes: Employer Options, Incentives & Perspectives

Wednesday, November 6
7:30 am - 1:30 pm
Renaissance Seattle Hotel

Online Registration is Closed--Register at the Door--Look Forward to Seeing You There!


With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) three years ago , the health care industry has braced for change.  Most recently, the announcement that there would be a delay in implementation of ACA's employer mandate until 2015 but other provisions are moving ahead.  The ACA has added a layer of complexity and uncertainty for almost every employer and individual. Many questions are still unanswered leaving employers apprehensive.

Join us for current updates on the federal reform and state health exchange. Industry experts, special guests and member companies will discuss potential impacts for employers including:

  • Elements of the ACA: Fact or Fiction?
  • ACA: Key Dates for Employers
  • Washington Health Benefit Exchange Status Report
  • Impact of Wellness Programs on Profitability and Employee Productivity
  • What Will It Take to Cure America’s Health Care Crisis?
Agenda
7:00 a.m. Registration Opens
Networking and continental breakfast

7:45 a.m.
Welcome & Introductions
Jeff Gingold, Gingold Law Firm, LLC., Moderator

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Impact of the Affordable Care Act: Fact or Fiction
Joel White, President, Council for Affordable Health Care Coverage

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. A Conversation with Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange CEO
Richard Onizuka, Ph.D., CEO, State Health Benefit Exchange Board
Jeff Gingold, Gingold Law Firm, PLLC

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Opportunity for Employers. Can my Company Really Reduce Health Care Costs?
How effective are reform incentives for employers. Can wellness programs help employers reduce cost? Session will provide basic elements of a successful wellness program with necessary tools and processes necessary to create a successful program, including examples of effective programs for small and medium-sized employers.
- Better financial outcomes for employees and the company
- Setting realistic goals for my company’s program
- Designing a program to fit company culture
- Tying financial incentives to desired health outcomes
- How to engage employees and help them set and meet their goals
- Communication strategies and legal landmines
         
  • Lindsey Gregerson, Wellness Manager, Trident Seafood
  • Machelle Johnson, Director of Human Resources, Pearson Packaging Systems
  • Laura Pierron, Sr. Benefits Consultant, Premera Blue Cross
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Curing the Health Care Crisis
John C. Goodman, Ph.D., President & CEO, National Center for Policy Analysis, Kellye Wright Fellow
Americans are trapped in a dysfunctional healthcare system fraught with perverse incentives that raise costs, reduce quality, and make care less accessible. Dr. Goodman cuts through the politics and proposes dozens of bold reforms to free patients and caregivers to be empowered to chart their own lives with low-cost, high-quality healthcare.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis by John C. Goodman, Ph.D. Book Signing in the Foyer

12:30 p.m. Lunch  

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Consumer Driven Health Care Trends
Sarah de la Torre, Medical Advisor, MD, Health123
Rachel Lanham, Founder and CMO, Health123
Rebecca Norlander, Founder & CEO, Health123
Moderated by Jeff Gingold, Gingold Law Firm, PLLC

Members:
$145
$160, includes Priceless: Curing the Health Care Crisis signed by John C. Goodman, Ph.D.

Non-Members: $195
$215, includes Priceless: Curing the Health Care Crisis signed by John C. Goodman, Ph.D.

Sponsorships Available! Contact Anne Haller at 360.943.1600 or AnneH@awb.org

goodman_john_320x472Priceless: Curing the Health Care Crisis

John C. Goodman, Ph.D. President & CEO, National Center for Policy Analysis, Kellye Wright Fellow

John Goodman is widely known as the "Father of Health Savings Accounts" and Modern Healthcare named him as one of four people who have most influenced the modern health care system. Goodman cuts through the politics to think "outside the box" and propose dozens of bold and crucial innovations that, if adopted, would enable caregivers, entrepreneurs, and patients to use their knowledge and creativity to create access to low-cost, high-quality healthcare.

Read More (external website)

Goodman Book CoverAmericans are trapped in a dysfunctional healthcare system fraught with perverse incentives that raise costs, reduce quality, and make care less accessible. Now Priceless cuts through the politics and proposes dozens of bold reforms to free patients and caregivers to be empowered to chart their own lives with low-cost, high-quality healthcare.

What’s being said about Priceless:

“In Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, John Goodman explains why so many Americans—the sick, the healthy, consumers, employers, medical professionals and insurers—feel trapped by the U.S. healthcare system. Thankfully, he demonstrates that there are ways to escape the health-care traps, and his solutions deserve serious attention, regardless of one’s political persuasions.”

—John Engler, President, Business Roundtable; former Governor of Michigan

“In Priceless, John Goodman provides a much needed perspective on healthcare issues—he is the leading proponent of using market-based reforms to solve health policy problems.”

—Kevin M. Murphy, George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, U. of Chicago

Read a recent Forbes article featuring John Goodman and his thoughts on the Affordable Care Act.

A Conversation with Washington's Health Benefit Exchange CEO

Richard K. Onizuka, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Washington Health Benefit Exchange

On May 16, 2012, Richard was appointed as the first CEO for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (HBE). Washington’s HBE was authorized by state legislation in 2011 (ESSHB 2319) and 2012 (SSB 5445), and was the second state to receive federal Level 2 funding to meet federal certification as it prepares for operation in January, 2014. Richard brings extensive public and private sector executive level policy and health care experience to this position. He was Assistant Director for Health Policy for the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) for over nine years, where he was responsible for programs and initiatives related to Governor Gregoire’s five point plan to improve quality and cost efficiency in Washington’s health care system, and also served as the State Health Information Technology (HIT) Coordinator. Prior to his service to the State of Washington, he spent over eight years as a manager and clinic administrator with Kaiser Permanente in Colorado. He has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky, and is a licensed psychologist.

Impact of the Affordable Care Act: Fact or Fiction

Joel White, President, Council for Affordable Health Care Coverage

Joel spent twelve years on Capitol Hill as professional staff, where he helped enact nine laws, including the 2002 Trade Act, which created health care tax credits, the 2003 law that established the Medicare prescription drug benefit and Health Savings Accounts, the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act and the 2006 Tax Reform and Health Care Act, which reformed Medicare payment policies. Joel spent six years as staff on the Committee on Ways and Means, first as Professional Staff and then as Staff Director of the Health Subcommittee. As Staff Director, Joel had responsibility for advising Members of Congress, developing strategy, holding hearings and negotiating and helping to enact legislation into law. Joel helped to produce more than 100 hearings on various issues while working for the Committee. Prior to his work on the Committee on Ways and Means staff, Joel worked for Congressman Jim Greenwood (PA) for two years and Congressman Chris Shays (CT) for four years. Joel is on the Boards of Directors of America’s Health and the Newborn Foundation. He is a Member of BNA’s Health IT Law and Industry Report Advisory Council, and is the Chair of the Health Advisory Committee of Broadband for America.