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Now offering HRCI Continuing Education Credits and SHRM Professional Development Credits for eight events!

Jessica Brooks
Jessica Brooks CEO and Executive Director, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health

The promise of technology has long been cited in health care, but largely this has led to increased, not decreased, costs for employers and payors.

Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality bring the promise of redesigned workflows with everyone operating at "top of their license" and consumers receiving supportive, immersive experiences that rival any industry, but the landscape is littered with good ideas and promises that sound too good to be true, and unfortunately many will be; a few will be positively disruptive: how to make sense of all this?

Having previously fixed the most advanced (and unfortunately most expensive) population health platform in the industry, Guy will describe the lessons that were learned and are now fueling a new breed of low-cost, precision health solution that offers "bots not docs", that provide support in the moment a consumer/employee needs it not when they are the care clinic. He will describe how empathy and whole-person wellbeing are transforming previously siloed specialties such as mental and behavioral health, and why some including Guy argue the only way forward for innovation in these specialties is a rich combination of human-assisted artificial intelligence: AI + humans.

The outcomes are improved productivity and performance, reduced costs and improved health. Using "kind" technology that gets out of the way, human behavior is no longer something we accept and apologize for, but rather something that drives population health and itself becomes the proof of sustained impact.


Learning Objectives
1. Learn how artificial intelligence and augmented reality bring the promise of redesigned workflows with everyone operating at the "top of their license" and how to make sense of it all.
2. Learn about the new breed of low-cost, precision health solutions that offers "bots not docs" that provide support in care clinics.
3. Describe opportunities for employers to achieve outcomes that improve productivity and performance, reduce cost, and improve health.

HRCI Approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit

SHRM Approved for 1 Professional Development Credit

Guy Barnard
Guy Barnard Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, Synchronous Health, Inc.

Prevalence of High Deductible Health Plans is growing. Most members do not fully understand how to use the plans they choose. Health literacy in the US is extremely low, and many members in HDHPs are not putting the money they save in premiums into their Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).
This presentation shares the impact the combination of low health care literacy and complex plans like HDHPs has on utilization and the long term implications of reduced utilization on employer costs and member health. Included are recommendations for employers to help their members choose wisely and optimize their high deductible health plans.

Learning Objectives
1. Recognize the prevalence of high deductible health plans (HDHPs) and the lack of understanding most members have on how to use the plans they choose.
2. Define and identify the impacts of low health care literacy and complex plans like HDHPs has on utilization and longterm implications of reduced utilization.
3. Apply key employer recommendations to help members choose wisely and optimize their HDHPs.

HRCI Approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit

SHRM Approved for 1 Professional Development Credit

Lynn Zonakis
Lynn Zonakis Principal, The Zonakis Group

Presentation of key challenges facing employers in the management of the total cost of care for their employees in the face of escalating healthcare costs, and the use of innovative provider partnerships to manage access and the delivery of services inclusive of the following:

1. Creation of customized care delivery networks for key employee populations
2. Tailoring care management services to specific employee cohorts across employers in a geography
3. Creating access to comprehensive service line programs at target providers to direct employees to high quality programs
4. Innovative consumer-facing supports to influence care delivery decisions
Case studies will be presented followed by a question and answer session.

HRCI Approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit

SHRM Approved for 1 Professional Development Credit

Michelle Moratti
Michelle Moratti Director, The Chartis Group

Defining a critical set of health risk factors
Wheel of co-morbidities — spokes and hub
Healthy behaviors and the culture of health
Bio-Psycho-Social model of workplace lifestyle behavior change
Power of pre-disease: predicting and preventing the future
Undiscovered and unknown risks — half the picture of health
Managing health as a business asset
Measuring the link between better health and increased productivity v Producing a return on health as a human capital investment
Translating cardio-metabolic health gains into financial performance
Wellness to disease management: "tiered prevention" as a workforce health strategy
Metabolic Syndrome as a prime opportunity

Learning Objectives

1. Defining a critical set of health risk factors (i.e. wheel of co-morbidities).
2. Learn about healthy behaviors and the Bio-Psycho-Social model of workplace llifestyle behavior change.
3. Power of pre-disease: How to predict and the steps to preventing the future.
4. Managing health as a business asset and measuring the link between health and increased productivity.

HRCI Approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit

SHRM Approved for 1 Professional Development Credit

Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan Co-Founder, President and CEO of the Institute for Health and Productivity Management (IHPM) and its WorkPlace Wellness Alliance

During this session you will hear how CEO’s are looking beyond medical benefits at other factors that impact employees physical, mental, social and financial health. Hear how employers are learning more about the needs of their employees; difficult decisions facing employees and the community and how these influence life, health and socio-economic issues individually and our region as a whole.

Morgan O’Brien, CEO, Peoples Natural Gas
Michael Price, CEO, First Commonwealth Financial Corporation
David Malone, President and CEO, Gateway Financial Group, Inc.
Moderator: Diane McClune, Vice President, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health

Healthcare in America continues to evolve. Ascension, the nation’s largest nonprofit health system, is at the forefront of innovation for the benefit of those the organization serves. In this presentation, John Doyle will talk about Ascension’s efforts to achieve healthcare affordability through the development of new models of care. As the leader of Ascension Holdings International, he also will elaborate on the organization’s expanding efforts to join with international healthcare partners to help make care delivery in the U.S. and around the world more efficient, affordable and effective.

John Doyle
John Doyle Executive Vice President, Ascension

As the industry shifts from volume to value, it’s no surprise that finding cost reduction solutions has emerged as the #1 priority for healthcare providers. Traditional efforts designed to increase “top line” growth are quickly being replaced with strategies to improve the “bottom line” on a continual basis.
While “reducing costs” sounds like a straightforward task, it’s not so simple, as organizations can’t sacrifice outcomes for the sake of savings. To achieve true value, leaders must find ways to improve outcomes without raising costs.

Learning Objectives
1. Learn how driving value over volume will lead to cost savings, an increase in margin and most importantly, how it will help you enhance the care you provide.
2. Hear how Yale New Haven Health has saved more than $125M by implementing a process that includes providing and sharing cost data among clinical, financial and operational leaders.
3. Find out how you can identify opportunities to reduce costs on an on-going basis

HRCI Approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit

SHRM Approved for 1 Professional Development Credit

Dan Michelson
Dan Michelson Chief Executive Officer, Strata Decision

Smarter Healthcare Consumers and Lower Costs: It All Starts with The 5 Drivers of Quality™. How do employees really make medical decisions? How can employers achieve the highest Value on Investment (VOI) from a decision support program? Using proprietary new research supported by multi-year, claims-validated analyses, ConsumerMedical will showcase tangible business results achieved by employers who designed programs using its 5 drivers of Quality™.

Learning Objectives
1. Learn how to achieve the highest Value on Investment (VOI) from a decision support program.
2. Design programs using the 5 drivers of quality to get tangible business results.
3. Examine case study examples of employers who have benefited from the results.

HRCI Approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit

SHRM Approved for 1 Professional Development Credit

David Hines, CEO, ConsumerMedical
Sean McNulty, Director, Compensation and Benefits, Carmeuse Lime & Stone

In this roundtable discussion, John Sbrocco will facilitate discussion of the popular practices around health care cost transparency and vendor management that drive business decisions for employers every day. Jeff Leston, CEO of Castlestone, and Philip Valk, Vice President of Sales at Advanced Medical Pricing Solutions, will focus on the barriers to obtaining cost for services, fraud waste & abuse, and dispel the myths that are hazardous to your organization’s health. And, Marlin Woods, CEO at BenefitsPLUS, will drill into the traditional approaches to vendor management that are dismantling your efforts to manage your company’s bottom-line.

HRCI Approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit

SHRM Approved for 1 Professional Development Credit

Jeff Leston, President, Castlestone Advisors, LLC
Marlin Woods, CEO, BenefitPlus
Phil Valk, Vice President of Sales, Advanced Medical Pricing Solutions
Moderator: John Sbrocco CSFS, Healthcare Strategist, The Benefit Bureau

For nearly a century, Cummins Inc., a large global employer headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, that designs, manufactures and distributes diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, has demonstrated a penchant for innovation. However, in the area of health improvement the company believed it could do better and decided to address the prime factor –Lifestyle—the root-cause of the growing problem of chronic disease for its employees and their families. This presentation provides a glimpse into Cummins forward-thinking strategy and their early efforts to prevent, treat, and reverse common chronic diseases through lifestyle and lifestyle medicine.

Learning Objectives
1. Addressing health improvement by focusing on the prime factor of "lifestyles" as the root cause.
2. Examining the growing problem of chronic disease for employees and their families.
3. Using forward-thinking strategies to prevent, treat, and reverse common chronic diseases through lifestyle and lifestyle medicine.

HRCI Approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit

SHRM Approved for 1 Professional Development Credit

Dexter Shurney
Dexter Shurney, MD Chief Medical Director, Executive Director Global Health and Wellness, Cummins

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Event Speakers

Learn more about our regionally and nationally renowned leaders in business and health care

Full Profile Guy Barnard
Guy Barnard
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, Synchronous Health, Inc.
Full Profile Jessica Brooks
Jessica Brooks
CEO and Executive Director, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health
Full Profile Chris Chan
Chris Chan
Innovation Imagineer, Mercer Health Innovation Labs
Full Profile John Doyle
John Doyle
Executive Vice President, Ascension
Full Profile David Hines
David Hines
CEO, ConsumerMedical
Full Profile Jeff Leston
Jeff Leston
President, Castlestone Advisors, LLC
Full Profile David Malone
David Malone
President and CEO, Gateway Financial Group, Inc.
Full Profile Diane McClune
Diane McClune
Vice President, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health
Full Profile Sean McNulty
Sean McNulty
Director, Compensation and Benefits, Carmeuse Lime & Stone
Full Profile Dan Michelson
Dan Michelson
Chief Executive Officer, Strata Decision
Full Profile Michelle Moratti
Michelle Moratti
Director, The Chartis Group
Full Profile Morgan Obrien
Morgan O’Brien
CEO, Peoples Natural Gas
Full Profile Michael Price
Michael Price
CEO, First Commonwealth Financial Corporation
Full Profile John Sbrocco
John Sbrocco, CSFS
Healthcare Strategist, The Benefit Bureau
Full Profile Dexter Shurney
Dexter Shurney, MD
Chief Medical Director, Executive Director Global Health and Wellness, Cummins
Full Profile Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan
Co-Founder, President and CEO of the Institute for Health and Productivity Management (IHPM) and its WorkPlace Wellness Alliance
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Phil Valk
Vice President/Principal, Advanced Medical Pricing Solutions (AMPS)
Full Profile Marlin Woods
Marlin Woods
President and CEO, Benefits PLUS Consulting
Full Profile Lynn Zonakis
Lynn Zonakis
Principal, The Zonakis Group

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