With the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), human resources and benefits professionals from across the country gathered to discuss the unchartered waters companies are facing and learn from their peers about how they are navigating the uncertainty of health care reform.
On September 5, 2013, 350 employee benefits and health care administrators - representing large and small national and regional companies - participated in the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health's (PBGH) 14th Annual Health Care Futures Symposium. The symposium provides a full day of education on leading-edge concepts, strategies, and perspectives regarding employee healthcare, benefits and wellness trends.
The PBGH Symposium is the largest gathering of employee benefits and health care administrators in the Pittsburgh region. It provides attendees the opportunity to hear a comprehensive group of presentations on innovative and results-oriented strategies to drive value and quality in corporate benefits.
The 2013 symposium, The FUTURE: It's All about CHANGE, featured discussions and presentations focused on the shifting sands associated with the changes occurring with health care and benefits, as well as the potential impact employers should anticipate. Regional and national speakers spanning industry innovators, though leaders and employers provided insights, experiences, and results about the opportunities and challenges employers are facing as they develop plans and strategies for the future.
"The symposium was a successful day of discussions about common issues of concern, and we were thrilled with the number of professionals who attended and exchanged ideas about innovative strategies and solutions to deliverable, high quality employee health care and benefits," said M. Christine Whipple, Executive Director of PBGH.
Issues discussed included:
"With the news changing daily about the Affordable Care Act, it is critical we learn how the country's largest companies are planning to address health care, wellness and benefits for their employees," said Kristen M. Miller, Manager, Global Health and Welfare Plans, Westinghouse Electric Company LLC. "PBGH's broad, national appeal helps bring together the true thought-leaders on this subject."
Symposium presentation topics and highlights included:
52-Card Pick Up: Reshuffling the Deck of Insurance Benefits and Care Delivery
Greg Scandlen, Founder, The Council for Affordable Health Insurance and Consumers for Health Care Choices, shared his observation that everything in health care is changing through shifting counter trends and new paradigms. Applying to both financing and service delivery, Mr. Scandlen emphasized how the pace of change is accelerating with the ACA being just one contributing factor.
Health Care Consolidation: Is It for Care or Price? Regional and National Implications
Stephen Foreman, PhD, Associate Professor, Economics and Health Administration, Robert Morris University, provided an academic perspective sharing his insights on the challenges of health care industry consolidation nationally and regionally. Dr. Foreman also discussed what impact employers could expect of the current market structure including the progression, critical drivers of cost, provider competition, regulation, and proposed economic and political solutions.
Benefit Designs Post ACA: New Considerations
John Neuberger, Director of Client Partnerships, Quad Graphics (Sponsored by Merck, a PBGH Associate Member) shared, from a corporate standpoint, scenarios, options, and opportunities employers are facing with the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act. He also commented on his company's innovative strategies to create value through incentive benefit planning and design, and advocated that innovation in employee purchasing of health care is a fundamental tenet of post-health care legislation.
Be a part of the premier health care and benefits symposium in the Greater Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area. Read more.