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Is When, Where and How We Eat More Important than What We Eat For Long-Term Health Improvement?  - May 15, 2019
Webinar
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Like most employers, American Airlines was struggling with the effect of obesity and its related health conditions on their employee population. Tim Church, MD, MPH, PhD, Chief Medical Officer at Naturally Slim, and Susan Campbell, Wellness Strategy Leader at American Airlines, discussed how building healthy habits, and learning when and how to eat, instead of what to eat, has helped American Airline employees not only improve their health but boost their overall quality of life. Dr. Church discussed the clinical evidence behind behavioral counseling as the most effective means for reversing metabolic syndrome and reducing diabetes risk. Susan Campbell, PhD, explained how American Airlines addressed this complex issue using a simple concept guided by behavioral science to generate significant clinical outcomes.

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“To Err Is Human” Documentary Screening, Panel Discussion and Reception - May 09, 2019
WHYY, 150 North 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
2:00pm - 5:30pm
GPBCH, in partnership with the Health Care Improvement Foundation and WHYY, scheduled a screening of the patient safety documentary To Err Is Human. 1.7 million Americans experience a preventable mistake during care, and these errors lead to as many as 440,000 deaths annually. To Err is Human takes an in-depth look at this silent epidemic and those working behind the scenes to create a new age of patient safety.

Following the screening of the one-hour film, a stakeholder panel, moderated by Maiken Scott, Host and Creative Director of The Pulse, WHYY, reflected on the documentary’s content, and how local efforts can enhance efforts to improve patient safety. If you would like to view the film, please visit the .

To view the program Introduction and Panel discussions please click on the links below.

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Umbilical Stem Cell Storage as a Potential Employee Benefit - March 26, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City
Philadelphia, PA
On March 26th, GPBCH convened a small group education program and discussion on umbilical cord blood and tissue harvesting and storage as a potential voluntary employee benefit offering. The meeting sponsor, ViaCord, a division of PerkinElmer, presented an overview of the emerging science on stem cell therapy, including new treatment for diseases such as cerebral palsy and autism. A select group of employer and benefit consultant members of GPBCH attended the presentation and offered their thoughts on how ViaCord could structure a family benefit offering that would appeal to millennials. To learn more, contact Neil Goldfarb.

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The Impact of Personalization in Corporate Wellness Nutrition Programs - March 20, 2019
Webinar
12:00pm - 1:00pm
In this webinar, we celebrated National Nutrition Month during the month of March by learning which work-based nutrition interventions are most effective and have the greatest ROI for companies, including evidence-based methods for increasing participation rates.

GPBCH Affiliate Member, Family Food Corporate Wellness Nutrition, led the discussion by Executive Director and registered dietitian, Krista Yoder Latortue, MPH, RD, PMP, PBA, FAND, and included case studies presented by Faith Simmons, MS, CHES, Corporate Wellness Coordinator at Holman Enterprises and Joseph Kolakowski, CEBS, CBP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, ChFC, CLU, Director of Benefits at Community College of Philadelphia.

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Primary Care – The Holy Grail?  - February 27, 2019
Philadelphia DoubleTree Hotel
237 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
8:00am - 11:00am
Primary Care continues to be viewed as the keystone for achieving quality and value in healthcare and health benefits management. In this program, through individual presentations and panel discussion, we’ll look at the latest evidence of the impact of high-quality primary care on population health, explore different modes of driving consumer access to the primary care system, and identify best practices for employers in promoting, paying for, and measuring the impact of primary care.

Speakers include:
  • Jed Constantz, DBA, Healthcare Strategy Consultant, Member Primary Care Innovators Network (session moderator):
  • Dawn Tice, RN, BSN MS-HA, Division Vice President, Clinic Operations, Main Line Health/DVACO:
  • Mason Reiner, Co-founder and CEO, R-Health:
  • Steve Rainstein, VP, National Sales Leader, 98point6:
  • Lee Buttz, MD, Vice President, Utilization Management and Care Coordination, Tandigm Health:
  • Clay Elder, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Premise Health:
To review the recording, please use the following link. The audio is choppy so be sure to turn your volume up.
 
Webinar - Reducing Colorectal Cancer through Early Detection - February 21, 2019
Webinar
12:00pm - 1:00pm
In preparation for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, Wendy Nickel, Vice President of Prevention at the Colorectal Cancer Alliance offered our members a webinar focused on how you can improve colorectal cancer screening in your workforce.

This webinar reviewed the epidemiology and economics of colorectal cancer, benefits of screening and early detection, and strategies that employers can implement to raise awareness and improve screening rates. Kim Newcomer, a cancer survivor, and Barb Colaizzi, an employer who has implemented a colorectal cancer screening initiative, presented as well.

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Webinar - Promoting Physical Activity for Workers with Musculoskeletal Conditions - February 19, 2019
Webinar
12:00pm - 1:00pm
GPBCH, in partnership with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, MedWorks, and the Health Promotion Council, is launching an initiative to help employers offer the “Walk With Ease” CDC-endorsed evidence-based program from the Arthritis Foundation to their work force. Walk With Ease is a low-cost, highly-effective intervention shown to lower pain and improve function, with implications for improved workplace safety and productivity.

In this webinar, Art Taft and Chris Lovell from MedWorks provided an overview of the widespread presence of arthritis and related conditions in the older workforce, how these conditions impact on function, cost, and productivity loss, and how the Walk With Ease program has been shown to significantly improve outcomes. We also reviewed the costs and logistics for GPBCH members who are interested in implementing the program.

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Employers Only Forum - January 29, 2019
Lincoln Financial
150 N Radnor Chester Rd, Radnor, PA 19087
9:00am - 11:00am
Employers are invited to join us in an informal setting to discuss challenges, best practices, and trends on topics of your choice. Contact Eric Croft (ecroft@gpbch.org) with questions.
 
Time to Plan Your New Year’s Resolution – Drive Waste out of Your Specialty Drug Benefits - January 17, 2019
Philadelphia DoubleTree Hotel
237 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
8:00am - 11:30am
The speakers for the day included: Brenda Motheral, BPharm, MBA, PhD, CEO and Co-Founder, Archimedes, Heather Sundar, PharmD, Senior VP, Consulting and Employer Solutions, Archimedes, and Robin Kahn, Associate Director, Employer Marketing, Abbvie.

A brief overview of the morning agenda:

Part 1: The Big Picture: Specialty Drugs and Your Benefit Plan – A Call to Action, Brenda Motheral

Part 2: Going Deeper: Specialty Drugs and Biosimilars – What You Need to Do Now, Heather Sundar

Part 3: Co-Pay Accumulators – What Are They and How Could They Impact Adherence? Robin Kahn, Abbvie

PDF Presentations:
 
2018 Year in Review: Key Accomplishments and Project Findings - December 12, 2018
Ballard Spahr
1735 Market Street 51st Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103
8:00am - 11:00am
Join us for our last program of the year, when we will spotlight key accomplishments in 2018 and share results of employer-relevant studies completed during the year. Registration and a networking breakfast will begin at 8am and the program will start promptly at 9am.

Presentations will focus on four topics:
  • Migraine: More prevalent and more costly to employers than previously thought (results of GPBCH claims analysis funded by Amgen)
  • Does the health of an employee’s community of residence influence their use of health services and total claims cost? (results of project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
  • National Diabetes Prevention Program: summary of GPBCH employer experience in addressing obesity and diabetes risk
  • The Leapfrog Hospital Survey: are we moving the needle on hospital safety?
We’ll also preview our plans for 2019 and seek your input.

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GPBCH: Employers Only Forum - October 24, 2018
123 South Broad Street, 8th Floor Conference Room
Philadelphia, PA 19109
9:00am - 11:00am
Join us in an informal setting with other GPBCH employer members to discuss challenges, best practices, and trends on topics of your choice. Employers who have attended previous sessions found them very valuable. Please send me an email with particular topics you want to be included in the discussions.

An Employers Only Forum will also be scheduled in the Philadelphia Suburbs at a later date.

 
Innovative Solutions to Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace - October 11, 2018
Archetype Solutions Group office
2124 Race St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
8:00am - 11:30am
Our October GPBCH educational program will be focusing on how to manage mental health in the workplace. Our host for the event will be GPBCH Affiliate Member, Archetype Solutions Group located at 2124 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. This program will provide attendees with broad ideas and specific innovative solutions to address mental health needs in the workforce.

An expert panel will include:
  • Chetan Bagga, Managing Director of Archetype Solutions Group (moderator)
  • Ryan Picarella, President of WELCOA
  • Hazel Wheldon, CEO of Multi-Health Systems
  • Jake Coniglio, CCO of Sibly
  • Tom Tegler, President of WellWorksForYou
Program Agenda:
  • 8:00 - 9:00 – Registration and Networking
  • 9:00 - 10:30 – Panel
  • 10:30 - 11:00 - Q&A/discussion
  • 11:00 - 11:30 – Adjournment/Additional Networking and Discussion


 
Willis Towers Watson’s Health Care Financial Benchmarks Survey: GPBCH-Specific Findings - September 27, 2018
Webinar
3:00pm - 4:00pm
In this webinar, presenters Kevin Fyock and Dan Dotzert of Willis Towers Watson will review Willis Towers Watson’s Health Care Financial Benchmarks Survey providing insight into key drivers in employer health plan spend and benchmarks plan performance. GPBCH employer members were invited to participate, and 10 did complete the 2018 survey. In this webinar, we’ll also review the aggregate findings for the GPBCH population in relation to benchmarks and discuss implications for the region’s employers, whether or not they participated in the survey.

Please be sure to login to the webinar 5 minutes prior to the event. You may use the following link to access the webinar: https://gpbch.webex.com/gpbch/onstage/g.php?MTID=e56724d53395601d574ea161de1797ccd

You will be prompted to provide your first/last names along with your email address before attending the webinar; a password is not required. The Dial-in phone number is +1-415-655-0002 and your Attendee ID number is provided after you login by clicking the “I Will Call-in” tab. The event number/access code is 663 021 082.
 
2018 Wellness Summit - September 14, 2018
The Radnor Hotel
591 Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087
8:00am - 3:30pm
The theme of this year’s Annual Wellness Summit is “Best Practices for Engaging Consumers.” Dr. Kevin Volpp, Director of Penn’s Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics will kick off the day with a keynote presentation discussing “Behavioral Economics as a Guide to Consumer Engagement.” Subsequent sessions will address the role of price and quality transparency in engaging consumers in seeking high-value care, engaging consumers in the Choosing Wisely campaign to reduce use of low-value services, and the role of apps, trackers and other technologies in engaging and empowering consumers. During lunch, we’ll demo “The Hello Game” as a strategy to engage in discussions about care preferences, and the day will conclude with an employer round robin, where we ask attendees to reflect on the day’s presentations and discuss their successes and frustrations in seeking to engage consumers.

PDF Presentations:
  • Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD - University of Pennsylvania: , , , and visit -
  • Daniel Wolfson - ABIM Foundation:
  • Al Charbonneau - Rhode Island Business Group on Health:
  • Anand Iyer - WellDoc:
  • Ofer Leidner - Happify Health:
  • Rob Schwietzer - 98point6:
  • and visit for slide 8 video
  • Hal Rosenbluth - New Ocean:
  • John Rentz - Workforce Wellness Solutions:
  • Rakesh Mathew - HSX MarketStreet:
 
Caregivers in the Workplace (Webinar) - September 06, 2018
Webinar
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presenter: Jane Meier Hamilton, MSN, RN. Contact - O: 215-646-6177, C: 215-802-9341, or

A nurse for over 40 years, and a family caregiver for 20 years, Jane is the Founder of Partners on the Path, LLC, (www.PartnersonthePath.com), a certified Women’s Business Enterprise which provides caregiver support programs to businesses and non-profits, health-care and faith-based organizations. Jane has partnered with the non-profit Caregiver Action Network (www.caregiveraction.org), to create the Assisting Caregiving Employees (ACE) Program (http://www.workingfamilycaregivers.org/), a turn-key, online tool for promoting the well-being of working family caregivers. A content expert on managing caregiver stress, building resilience and preventing compassion fatigue, Jane has created research-based resources that help professional and family caregivers remain healthy and compassionate, effective and productive. Her book, The Caregiver’s Guide to Self-Care is available in print, 1-hour audio, and e-book formats.

PDF Presentation:

Did you know? Nearly 20% of all employees in your workplace have a “second-job.” That’s right, during “off-work” hours, they’re family caregivers, helping loved ones who are ill, disabled, elderly or special-needs children.

Providing this care for others is important, but isn’t easy. That’s especially true after a long day at work. Over time, giving care often takes a toll on health, finances, family and work-life.

Are you, or is someone you know a caregiver? Would you like to learn more about how to help employees stay healthy when juggling work and caregiving? Please join us for Caregivers in the Workplace, a lunchtime webinar for GPBCH members. During this 45-minute webinar, we’ll focus on three objectives:
  • What you need to know about caregivers
  • Why it matters if caregiving employees are stressed
  • How best to support caregivers in the workplace
You’ll receive helpful handout materials and answers to your questions during the closing Q & A portion of the program.
 
Opportunities for Managing High-Cost Claimants - July 12, 2018
Convene Commerce Square - Hadron Room: 2001 Market Street, 2nd Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103
Philadelphia, PA
7:30am - 11:30am
As the cost for specialty pharmacy therapies for rare, chronic conditions continues to rise, balancing benefit designs and care coordination strategies is becoming more complex for employers.

To help you navigate these challenges, the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health, in conjunction with the National Hemophilia Foundation, invites you to attend Opportunities for Managing High-Cost Claimants. This meeting is open to employers, benefit consultants, and health plans and will demonstrate how you can maximize your health care brainpower to lower costs while ensuring your employees receive the quality care they require and deserve.
  • PDF Presentation:
  • Employer Fact Sheet:
  • Cost Savings Worksheet:
  • Copay Accumulator Handout:
 
GPBCH Annual Conference 2018 - June 05, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City
237 S Broad St (Broad and Locust Streets) Philadelphia, PA 19107
7:30am - 4:00pm
We have lined up a GREAT agenda. Keynote speakers include Jim Klein, President of the American Benefits Council, discussing the impact of federal policy and politics on employers, and Dr. Jaan Sidorov, President of the Care-Centered Collaborative of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, discussing best practices for promoting high-quality primary care. Leapfrog Group President & CEO Leah Binder, the Healthcare Improvement Foundation and Capital Blue Cross will share advances on driving improvement in patient safety. Other sessions will focus on the latest advances in direct contracting from Boeing and other employers, and value-based pricing of pharmaceuticals from Aetna. We’ll also have presentations from regional and national employers who are demonstrating success in implementing innovative approaches to benefits management, and reversing or slowing cost trends. PLUS, we will recognize GPBCH employer and affiliate members for their successes with the Healthcare Innovation Award.

PDF Presentations:
  • James Klein - American Benefits Council:
  • Gaye Fortner - HealthCare 21 Business Coalition:
  • Rosanne Braslow - Capital Blue Cross:
  • Pam Braun - The Health Care Improvement Foundation:
  • Michele Wentworth - The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):
  • Jacquelyn Ajose - The City of Philadelphia:
  • Ben Hackett - Accolade:
  • Lynne Pyne - Vanguard: Presentation coming soon!
  • Jaan Sidirov, MD - The Care Centered Collaborative at the Pennsylvania Medical Society:
  • Annual Member Meeting Presentation:
 
Delaware Employer Summit - Improving Workforce Health and Health Benefits Value - May 21, 2018
Sheraton Wilmington South Hotel, 365 Airport Rd
New Castle, Delaware 19720
7:30am - 12:00pm
Co-hosted by GPBCH and the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, the Delaware Employer Summit is being convened to discuss the challenges facing employers and the State of Delaware in lowering healthcare costs, improving healthcare quality and safety, and increasing the overall value of health benefits. Join us as we discuss the role of employers as change agents in helping to drive healthcare transformation in Delaware. We will discuss where we are, where we need to be, and how we can get there, working with providers, health plans, government, and other key stakeholders. For Summit highlights click here:
  • PDF Presentation: Neil Goldfarb -
  • PDF Presentation: Kara Odom Walker, MD -
 
Health, Presenteeism, & Employee Engagement: Role of Migraine & Other Workplace Condition Management - May 17, 2018
Philadelphia DoubleTree Hotel, 237 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Migraine is the third most prevalent chronic disease in the world. In the US, 12% of the population suffers from migraine, with prevalence greatest in working age women. Employers typically do not address migraine in their disease management strategies because it doesn’t show up in claims review as a significant cost driver. However, migraine is vastly under-diagnosed, and much of the economic impact is on indirect cost (lost productivity), especially presenteeism – employees showing up for work but not performing to their typical standard due poor health.

In this session, we’ll discuss the epidemiology and economics of migraine, and how workplace management programs can measure and address presenteeism for migraine and for other common chronic conditions that significantly impact productivity. Our speakers include:
  • Wayne Burton, MD, Former Chief Medical Officer for American Express
  • Maureen McCluskey Health/Wellness Disease Education Specialist
  • Carole Mendoza, Executive Director of Benefits, Amgen
With a new generation of migraine prevention specialty drugs on the horizon, it’s crucial that employers and consultants take a fresh look at migraine as a prevalent chronic condition. This program is made possible through a sponsorship from Amgen.
  • PDF Presentation:
 
Minding Vendors; Minding the Law: Two-for-one review of developments in vendor audits and the ACA - April 26, 2018
Ballard Spahr - 1735 Market Street, 51st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7599
8:00 am - 10:30 am
At this GPBCH educational program hosted by Ballard Spahr you will learn the latest on changes to the ACA and related federal legislation and regulation, and what these changes mean to employer sponsored health plans and wellness program offerings. We’ll also take a look at fiduciary responsibility for ERISA plans, and best practices for vendor audits to ensure appropriate utilization and maximize recovery.

Speakers include: Edward Leeds, Counsel, Ballard Spahr; Phil Yannella, Co-Practice Leader, Privacy and Data Security Group, Ballard Spahr; Pieter van Hoeven, Principal, TFG Partners.
  • PDF Presentation: Pieter van Hoeven (TFG Partners) & John Cratin (Consova) -
  • PDF Presentation: Phil Yanella (Ballard Spahr) -
  • PDF Presentation: Edward Leeds (Ballard Spahr) -
 
GPBCH Employers Only Forum - April 12, 2018
GPBCH, 123 South Broad Street, 8th Floor Conference Room
Philadelphia, PA
9:00am - 10:30am
In an informal setting, get together with other employer members and GPBCH staff to discuss challenges, best practices, and trends on topics of your choice. Attend one or both sessions. Outlook invitations were sent. Contact Eric Croft with questions.
 
PBM Trends: Strategies to Maximize Benefits Plans - April 12, 2018
GPBCH, 123 South Broad Street, 8th Floor Conference Room
Philadelphia, PA
11:00am – 12:00pm
In this session, open to all GPBCH members, Mike Stull, Chief Marketing Officer for Employers Health, will review the latest trends in drug utilization and cost, and management practices. The session will cover:
  • Market forces impacting pharmacy trend
  • Strategies to manage specialty pharmacy
  • Insights into transparent pricing models
  • Changes in the supply chain affecting plan sponsors
  • Benchmarking data to compare the performance of your plan
This program will immediately follow the April 12th Employers Only Forum in the same conference room. It will also be simultaneously broadcast as a live webinar for those who cannot join us in person.
  • PDF Presentation: Mike Stull (Employer's Health) -
  • Video Recording: Mike Stull (Employer's Health) -
 
GPBCH Employers Only Forum - April 10, 2018
VWR International, 100 Matsonford Rd., Bldg. One, Suite 200
Radnor, PA
9:00am - 10:30am
In an informal setting, get together with other employer members and GPBCH staff to discuss challenges, best practices, and trends on topics of your choice. Attend one or both sessions. Outlook invitations were sent. Contact Eric Croft with questions.
 
GPBCH Educational Program – Managing High Cost and Relatively Rare Conditions  - March 27, 2018 to March 28, 2018
Convene Conference Center, Commerce Square, 2001 Market Street, Suite 201
Philadelphia, PA
8:30am - 10:30am
Convene Conference Center, Commerce Square, 2001 Market Street, Suite 201, Philadelphia This program will examine Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, and Hemophilia as examples of relatively rare, but very high-cost, high-impact conditions. We’ll review the epidemiology and functional and economic impact of these conditions and discuss the employer’s role in supporting the employee (or dependent) with the condition, as well as best practices for ensuring that care is appropriate and that resources are being managed efficiently. Speakers will include Gina Ross Murdoch, President and CEO, Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, Erich Fasnacht, Vice President of Development, Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, Michelle Rice, Sr. VP, External Affairs, National Hemophilia Foundation, Holly Maddams, Executive Director, Arthritis Foundation of Eastern PA, and Lauren Ruffalo, Community Engagement Director, Arthritis Foundation of Eastern PA. Outlook invitations were sent. Contact Eric Croft with questions or to RSVP.
  • PDF Presentations: Gina Ross Murdoch (MSAA) - , Michelle Rice (NHF) - , Holly Maddams (AF) -
  • Video Recordings: Gina Ross Murdoch (MSAA) - , Michelle Rice (NHF) - , Holly Maddams (AF) -
  • Concluding Remarks: Neil Goldfarb (GPBCH) -
 
How Fertility and Family Building Fits Into Your Total Rewards Program - March 20, 2018
Webinar
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
With the US unemployment rate at its lowest in two decades, companies are looking for innovative ways to stand out in the race for talent. Offering a fertility benefit is quickly becoming one of the ways companies are differentiating their total rewards programs from the competition. In this presentation, you will learn: the prevalence, psychosocial and economic impact of infertility; market trends and how to stay competitive; unintended consequences of the conventional approach to fertility coverage; and best practices in implementing a fertility and family-building benefit to attract and retain talent, support diversity and inclusion, and the overall culture of health initiatives.

This webinar is sponsored by Progyny.
 
National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions - Leadership Summits  - March 13, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West
1590 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy Dallas, TX 75234
Refer to Link for Pricing
The Leadership Summits will feature sessions on Healthy Minds, Obesity, Caregiving, and Culture and Community. Experts and thought leaders from across the U.S. are on the agenda, including GPBCH CEO Neil Goldfarb, who will moderate a panel in the Obesity Summit – “National Diabetes Prevention Program - Learnings from the Front Line”- which includes Melissa Hohenberger, Health and Productivity Manager, VWR Scientific Products, a GPBCH employer member. The Caregiver Summit includes a panel – “Supporting Caregivers across the Spectrum” – featuring GPBCH Affiliate members Jane Hamilton and John Schall of Caregiver Action Network. GPBCH Consulting Medical Director Dr. Ray Fabius will speak at the Culture and Community Summit about an “Evidence Based Model for a Culture of Health and Performance”.
 
Healthcare Innovation Breakfast: Digital Navigation and Driving Utilization of Your Benefits Program - February 27, 2018
Convene Cira Centre 2929 Arch Street Mezzanine Level Philadelphia, PA 19104
Philadelphia, PA
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Start your day right with breakfast and a side of innovation! Connect with Philadelphia’s most progressive HR executives as we explore ways to maximize engagement of digital solutions and employer-sponsored health care programs.

Please join benefits leaders from top, local employers including Andy Rosa, Director HR, Benefits & Workforce Health, AmeriGas and John Lasky, CHRO, Temple University Health System, as well as leaders from Limeade, Livongo, Ovia Health, and Teladoc, as they discuss strategies to increase employee engagement, satisfaction, and well-being while reducing trend.

Agenda:
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Networking Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 10:00 Panel Discussions
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Visit Healthcare Ecosystem Pavillion Stations
At this event, sponsored by Accolade and co-hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health (GPBCH), you'll learn more about Accolade’s integrated platform, connect with leaders transforming the healthcare experience and network with GPBCH’s members and leadership – all while enjoying breakfast in the heart of the City of Brotherly Love!
 
Genetics, Genomics, and Personalized Medicine – and What it All Means for Employers - January 25, 2018
Convene conference center, Commerce Square, 2001 Market Street, Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
8:00 am - 10:30 am
At our January program, we’ll examine the proliferating field of genomic testing and personalized medicine, and discuss how testing, when used appropriately, can help to potentially improve outcomes and lower net costs of care. After a general introduction of the subject, we’ll hear from vendors working in this space, including: Color Genomics, which offers genetic testing to identify risk; Genomic Health, which offers genomic tests to help guide selection of appropriate chemotherapy for oncology care; and Genomind, a company specializing in personalized medicine for mental healthcare (a fourth vendor in the maternity care space also has been invited). Through presentations and discussions we’ll consider whether, when, and how employers should cover genomic testing, and how to ensure appropriate use.

Thank you to Color Genomics, Genomind, and Genomic Health for their presentations. You may view the presentations below by logging into your GPBCH Member account.
  • Color Genomics:
  • Genomind:
  • Genomic Health:
 
National Health Care Ratings Summit - December 06, 2017 to December 07, 2017
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia
Discounted rate for GPBCH - $995
Arlington, VA. GPBCH employer members qualify for a special discounted rate of $995 ($800 off) to attend the Summit. Hosted by The Leapfrog Group, this first-ever National Health Care Ratings Summit will bring together purchasers, providers, payors and consumer advocates to explore best practices for engaging consumers in using health care ratings effectively, as well as strategies for providers that use ratings for improvement.

Speakers include leaders of the 5 ratings agencies themselves as well as quality measurement experts, health system leaders, purchasing executives from Fortune 100 companies and disruptors driving positive change. Some sessions include: Designing Ratings to Engage Consumers, Leading with Transparency: A Purchaser Perspective on the Future of Health Care, and Using Ratings for Quality Improvement. Visit the Summit website to view the full agenda.
 
GPBCH Member Education Program: Applying a Population Health Approach to Diabetes Management - November 08, 2017
Philadelphia DoubleTree Hotel (Broad and Locust Streets)
Philadelphia, PA
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Please join us for our November member education program, focused on a topic of great importance to employers – how to apply a population health approach to managing diabetes. Our guest speaker is Dr. Scott Conard, a physician executive nationally known for his work in advancing population health management and health outcomes improvement.

Dr. Conard will review the principles of population health and then discuss how employers can support diabetes management initiatives in a population health framework. The population health section of the presentation is being sponsored by Merck.

 
How Are Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) Changing Healthcare in Greater Philadelphia? - October 11, 2017
Philadelphia DoubleTree Hotel (Broad and Locust Streets)
Philadelphia, PA
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s) have the potential to transform healthcare delivery, improve quality of care, and lower costs, by improving the provider community’s focus on service coordination, patient engagement and improvement of population health. At this session we’ll learn more about the ACO model and how it is being implemented by several of the region’s leading healthcare provider organizations and health insurers. We’ll also discuss implications for employers, including new health plan models, payment models, and potential for direct contracting. We’ve assembled a stellar panel for what is sure to be an informative and important discussion:
  • Katherine Schneider, MD, President, Delaware Valley ACO
  • Steve Kolesk, MD, Senior Vice President, Clinical Integration, Virtua
  • Dan Elliott, MD, Medical Director, Christiana Care Quality Partners
  • G. David Cronan, Vice President, Reimbursement Strategy and Contracting, Children’s Hospital of -Philadelphia
  • Randy Solomon, Vice President, Network Strategy and Value-based Contracting Growth, Aetna
  • Richard Snyder, MD, Senior Vice President Health Services, IBC
Thank you to Aetna for sponsoring the event. Hope to see you there.

 
GPBCH Annual Wellness Summit - Stress and Pain - September 14, 2017
Convene (formerly The Hub) - Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA
7:30am - 4:30pm
The GPBCH Annual Wellness Summit will focus on “Stress and Pain”. The first half of the program will examine the role of stress on physical health and well-being and on service utilization and costs, and will then showcase employer solutions to managing stress, including mindfulness training, Mental Health First Aid, and web- and app-based technologies. The “pain” portion of the agenda will review information on the impact of pain and opioid abuse on worker health, and provide practical advice for employers for looking at their data, offering effective treatment programs and resources, and identifying community-based resources to support their efforts. Click on the Eventbrite link below to register.

Introduction and Welcoming Remarks: Neil Goldfarb, President and CEO, GPBCH

Stress: Epidemiology, Impact and Mitigation Strategies: Jeffrey Greeson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Rowan University

Mindfulness: Cara Bradley, Founder, Verge BodyMind Center

Managing the Workplace Impact of Caregiver Stress: Jane Meier Hamilton, MSN, RN, Founder and CEO, Partners on the Path

The Role of the EAP in Supporting Stress Management: Matt Verdecchia, Senior Trainer, Organizational Development, Health Advocate

Lunch Activity: So You Think you Know Wellness?: Al Lewis, CEO and Quizmeister-in-Chief, Quizzify

Overview of the Opioid Epidemic: Epidemiology, Economics, and Strategies: Harry Kovelman, MD, Vice President for Medical Affairs, Pacira Pharmaceuticals

Opioid Prescribing Issues in the Workforce: David Singer, PharmD, Janssen Outcomes Research Fellow

Movement Break: Kelli McIntyre, Physical Activity Coordinator, Get Healthy Philly & Anna Petruncio Nelson, Health Educator, Get Healthy Philly

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic - Public Health and Employer Perspectives in Philadelphia: Jeffrey Hom, MD, MPH, Policy Advisor, Philadelphia Department of Public Health & Marsha Greene-Jones, Deputy Director, Human Resources, City of Philadelphia

 
Best Practices in Care Coordination - July 19, 2017
AmeriGas, 460 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA
8:00am - 10:30am
Join us on July 19th in the Western Suburbs to hear from Health Advocate and Accolade on Best Practices in Care Coordination.

The Issues

-Poor care coordination can result in lower employee productivity, poor health outcomes, and higher costs

-The US has the highest rate of poor primary care coordination in 11 countries surveyed*

-Adults with poor primary care coordination are more likely to be hospitalized or visit the ER*

-Inadequate management of care transitions was responsible for $25 to $45 billion in wasteful spending in 2011 through avoidable complications and unnecessary hospital readmissions**

What You'll Learn

Healthcare Navigation organizations offer employers solutions utilizing personalized patient advocacy, data and technology to provide clinical support and care coordination for their employees and dependents. This approach can result in improved outcomes, reduced costs and increased employee productivity and satisfaction. Our presenters from Health Advocate and Accolade will discuss their best practice approaches and case studies from Severn Trent and AmeriGas for employers to address problems with care coordination and take away actionable solutions.

Contact Eric Croft at about registration.

Full Presentations

- Accolade:

- Severn Trent:

- Health Advocate:

References:

* J. Penm, N. J. MacKinnon, S. M. Strakowski, J. Ying, and M. M. Doty, “Minding the Gap: Factors Associated with Primary Care Coordination of Adults in 11 Countries,” Annals of Family Medicine, March/April 2017 15(2):113–19.

** Health Policy Brief: Care Transitions,” Health Affairs, September 13, 2012.
 
GPBCH Annual Conference -  - June 13, 2017
Philadelphia Airport Marriott
Philadelphia, PA
7:30am - 4:00pm
Sessions will highlight the work of organizations including the Health Transformation Alliance, the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, Health Share Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Better Medicare Alliance and The Leapfrog Group, and employers including Campbell Soup, GE, and Pepsico, as they seek to drive health system and payment reform, and improve the value of the health benefits spend.



Conference Agenda (Presentations Included)

7:30am – 8:30am: Registration and Continental Breakfast; exhibits open

8:30am – 8:45am: Welcome and Overview of the Day -- Neil Goldfarb, President and CEO, GPBCH

8:45am – 9:25am: How the Health Transformation Alliance Hopes to Shake Things Up – Rob Andrews, CEO, Health Transformation Alliance

9:25am – 10:00am: How the Philadelphia Region’s Data Collaborative is Expediting Improvement – Marty Lupinetti, CEO, Health Share Exchange

10:00am – 10:30am: Networking Break; exhibits open

10:30am – 11:00am: The Role of Employers and Business Coalitions in Promoting Change – Mike Thompson, CEO, National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions

11:00am – 12:00pm: Panel Discussion: Disruption in Washington and Implications for Employers

• Allyson Y. Schwartz, CEO, Better Medicare Alliance

• Rob Andrews, CEO, Health Transformation Alliance

• Mike Thompson, CEO, National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions

• Ed Leeds, Counsel, Ballard Spahr

12:00pm – 12:45pm: Lunch and exhibits

12:45pm – 1:30pm: Advancing Hospital Safety: Lessons from Top Performers – Jill Hutt, Director of Member Services, GPBCH, and James Brexler, President and CEO, Doylestown Hospital

1:30pm – 2:20pm: Panel Discussion: Unhealthy Communities, Unhealthy Employees

• Kim Fortunato, President, Campbell Soup Foundation

• Robert Wells, Executive Director Healthymagination Strategy, GE

• Lawrence Bowdish, Director, Research and Food Security, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

2:20pm – 3:15pm: Employer Showcase: GPBCH Health Benefits Innovation Award Winners

• AmeriGas, Andy Rosa, Director HR, Benefits and Workforce Health

• Camden County, Jim Rhodes, Deputy County Administrator

• Drexel University, Monica Fauble, Wellness Administrator

• Toll Brothers, Diane Hoff, Senior Benefits Manager

3:15pm – 3:30pm: Break

3:30pm – 4:30pm: GPBCH Members Only: Annual Meeting and Strategic Discussion

4:30pm: Adjournment

 
Drug Utilization Management Strategies for Employers - June 06, 2017
Webinar
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
At our recent College for Value-based Purchasing Program on Determining Drug Value from the Employer’s Perspective, our faculty consultants suggested that employers consider carving out prior authorization activities for specialty pharmaceuticals, in order to improve appropriate utilization and manage drug spend. In order to learn more about the rationale for this approach, and the evidence of impact on utilization on cost, we've arranged this webinar with Health Information Designs, one of the leading prior authorization vendors. The presentation is intended to provide an educational overview, not a sales pitch. All are welcome.

In case you were unable to attend the webinar, Health Information Designs wanted to provide our members with their .
 
Cancer Survivors in the Workplace - May 10, 2017
DoubleTree Hotel, 237 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
8:00am - 10:30am
Cancer is rapidly changing from a terminal illness to a chronic disease. As the number of cancer survivors in the workplace continues to grow, there is increased need for resources and support that will help survivors manage work-life balance, and help employers manage employee health, productivity, and well-being. Our guest speaker, being provided through a sponsorship from Pfizer, will be Christine Brennan, Associate Director of Programs at Cancer & Careers (www.cancerandcareers.org). Chrissy oversees many of the organization’s educational programs and events. John Dornan, Executive Director of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, will speak about the CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation program which recognizes employers that implement a comprehensive approach to cancer prevention and quality care. Karen Walters, Clinical Services Support Director at Independence Blue Cross, will share her organization's experience in attaining CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation.
 
National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions Mental Health & Well-Being Summit - April 25, 2017 to April 26, 2017
Infinity Park Event Center
Glendale, CO
In collaboration with the Colorado Business Group on Health, the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions – the organization representing coalitions like GPBCH – has announced two one-day back-to-back national summits on subjects of interest to many employers and healthcare system stakeholders: mental health, and wellbeing. April 25th will focus on workplace mental health and how employers can address the cost of healthcare through workplace programs. April 26th will focus on getting beyond “wellness” and into “wellbeing” - how employers can help themselves by taking a bigger, broader approach to health. GPBCH members can register at a discounted rate of $375 for both events, or $275 for either day’s program.
 
PBM Trends: Strategies to Maximize Benefit Plans - April 20, 2017
Webinar
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Join Employers Health for this popular session that explores common challenges in managing pharmacy benefits.

Gain insight on PBM trends, such as:

- Market forces impacting pharmacy trend

- Strategies to manage specialty pharmacy

- Insights into transparent pricing models

- Changes in the supply chain affecting plan sponsors

- Benchmarking data to compare your plans performance

Speaker: Mike Stull, chief marketing officer, Employers Health

As CMO, Mike's primary focus is on strengthening the Employers Health brand & growing membership, particularly in the coalition's 22 year, $1 billion group purchasing program for Rx benefits. Outside of Employers Health, Mike represents employer and plan sponsor interests in local community and regional efforts aimed at improving the health care delivery system. To that end, he serves as Board Chair for the Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus.

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

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Determining Drug Value from the Employer's Perspective - April 12, 2017
Philadelphia DoubleTree Hotel
Broad and Locust Streets 237 S Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
8:30am - 4:30pm
Offered by the College for Value-based Purchasing of Health Benefits, this one-day advanced course, "Determining Drug Value from the Employer's Perspective," provides knowledge and skills for determining value for pharmaceutical products, and applying this information to pharmacy benefit program design and management. The registration fee includes meals (breakfast and lunch), materials, and the opportunity to hear and seek guidance from a national expert faculty. HRCI credits are available. Space is limited.
 
GPBCH Fifth Year Anniversary Celebration - April 06, 2017
Comcast Center - 43rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
5:30pm - 8:30pm


Please join us on Thursday, April 6th, as the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health (GPBCH) holds our 5th Anniversary Celebration at the Comcast Center. We will commemorate our first five years of working with employers and other healthcare system stakeholders to improve population health and healthcare quality, safety, and value. We will recognize our founding employer members -- AstraZeneca, Comcast, Day & Zimmermann, Merck, Public Health Management Corporation, Stradley Ronon, Vanguard, and Wawa -- as well as our founding affiliate members -- Boehringer-Ingelheim, Johnson & Johnson, the Healthcare Improvement Foundation, Mercer, Pfizer, the Trion Group, and United Healthcare.

Welcome remarks will be offered by David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, and The Honorable James Francis Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia. Our guest of honor is Leah Binder, President and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, a national organization promoting safer healthcare. Ms. Binder has been repeatedly recognized in Modern Healthcare's listings of the 100 most influential people in health care, 25 top women in healthcare. GPBCH serves as the Leapfrog Regional Leader for Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware, and through our efforts, nearly two-thirds of the region's hospitals are now publicly disclosing important information on patient safety, and demonstrating continued improvement.

Don't miss out on this opportunity for networking and celebration!

 
Employers Only Open Forum - February 28, 2017
Lincoln Financial
150 Radnor-Chester Road Radnor, PA 19087
9:00am - 10:30am
In an informal setting, get together with other employer members and GPBCH staff to discuss challenges, best practices, and trends on topics of your choice.
 
GPBCH Program - Benefits and the Beltway - February 22, 2017
Radnor Hotel, 591 E Lancaster Ave
St. Davids, PA 19087
8:00am - 10:30am
Radnor Hotel, Wayne, PA. Our guest speaker will be Tami Simon, JD, a nationally recognized health, wellness and workforce strategy leader. Recently named one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Benefit Consulting by Employee Benefit Adviser, Tami is the Global Practice Leader of Conduent’s HR Services Knowledge Resource Center. The Knowledge Resource Center is responsible for the firm’s cross-practice legal compliance consulting, government relations, thought leadership, publications, research, surveys, and training. Tami has testified before the US Congress and Federal Government agencies. She has served as a faculty member for numerous programs, including those of the Harvard Business School, American Law Institute, American Benefits Council, ERISA Industry Committee, Society for Human Resource Management, and the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists. Tami will share her insights on the federal policy climate, the regulatory environment for employee health benefits post-ACA, and the role employers can plan in influencing policy. This program is being sponsored by Conduent.
 
GPBCH Program Links Between Dental Health & Physical Health: Can Dental Cleanings Prevent Diabetes - January 05, 2017
The Double Tree
Philadelphia, PA
8:00am - 10:30am
The cost of managing chronic diseases is staggering, accounting for ~84% of the U.S. healthcare budget. Inflammation is linked to the onset and progression of many chronic conditions such as periodontitis, diabetes and heart disease.

This program will:

1. Examine the growing body of evidence linking oral health to chronic diseases and the potential cost saving impact

2. Explore strategies that employers can leverage to reduce their healthcare costs

3. Discuss a concrete program that integrates genetic testing, professional education and tailored employee engagement to optimize existing benefits and maximize healthcare cost savings

Our Panel of Speaker includes:

• Marjorie Jeffcoat, DMD

Dr. Jeffcoat is Emeritus Professor of Periodontology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where she served as the Morton Amsterdam Dean from July 2003 through June 2008. Dr. Jeffcoat has held numerous professional positions and specializes in clinical trials, with a focus on the relationship between dentistry and medicine.

• Greg Fisher

Director of Sales, United Concordia Dental

Gregory J. Fisher, Director of Sales, located in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, is responsible for new client opportunities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and West Virginia, in addition to managing sales staff in our Mid-Atlantic division. He joined United Concordia in 2007 and has 12 years of industry experience. Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts in History/Secondary Education from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania.

• Mark Carbeau, CEO, Interleukin Genetics

Mr. Carbeau is a transformative healthcare leader who brings to Interleukin Genetics more than three decades of business expertise in the life science industries, with a proven track record of building high growth diagnostic and pharmaceutical businesses.

 
Achieving Financial Well-being: Links to Employee Health - December 08, 2016
Independence Live (1919 Market Street, 2nd Floor)
Philadelphia, PA
8:00am - 10:30am
Employers increasingly are recognizing that financial concerns including managing debt, paying for tuition, and retirement planning are a source of anxiety for many employees; this stress impacts physical and mental health, and lead to reduced workplace productivity and employee engagement, as well as higher health service utilization and direct medical cost.

Join us for a program exploring these issues and how employers are addressing them through financial wellness programs and benefits.

Our speaker panel includes:

• Heather Coughlin, Director of Financial Wellness, Mercer

• Kevin Crain, Head of Workplace Financial Solutions, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

• Soneyet Muhammed, Director of Education, Clarifi

• Emeka Oguh, Chief Executive Officer, PeopleJoy

 
Webinar - Wage Matters: Emerging Evidence on the Impact of High Deductible Plans. - November 29, 2016
Webinar
Philadelphia, PA
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Free to GPBCH members through the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, this webinar will address: 1) current and expected future growth in HSA-eligible high deductible health plans, 2) how overall spending and healthcare usage is being impacted both positively and negatively related to office visits, preventive services, emergency departments and medication adherence among individuals with chronic conditions, 3) how demographics and finances are highly impacting outcomes under HDHPs, and 4) implications for value based design for distinct populations. Featured speakers: Tom Parry, President, Integrated Benefits Institute, Paul Fronstin, PhD, Director of Health Research, Employee Benefits Research Institute, Bruce Sherman, MD, FCCP, FACOEM, Medical Director, Population Health Management, Exchange Solutions, Buck Consultants, Xerox.

 
GPBCH Webinar – Oncology Trend Report - November 21, 2016
Webinar
Philadelphia, PA
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Melissa Gonzalez, Associate Director of the Payer Value Team at Genentech will share information on national

trends in oncology care, as reported in the 2016 Oncology Trend Report. The presentation will

emphasize findings of relevance to employers, including how health plans are managing

oncology, trends in use and management of specialty pharmaceuticals, and survey findings on

how a national sample of employers are redesigning benefits and services to improve oncology

care management.

Genentech Oncology Report
 
The Evolving Role of Telemedicine – Driving Quality, Access and Cost Savings - November 04, 2016
Virtua Barry Brown Health Education Center, 106 Carnie Blvd
Voorhees, NJ
8:00am - 12:00pm
Free
8am – 12 pm, Virtua Barry Brown Health Education Center, 106 Carnie Blvd., Voorhees, NJ

Presented by Virtua, this forum brings together thought leaders from the telehealth industry, state policy makers, healthcare providers and business leaders to discuss innovations in telemedicine and opportunities moving forward. To register, email Maribel Maldonado at MMaldonado@virtua.org. Click here for more event details.
 
GPBCH Program - Trends in Benefit Design - November 01, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA
8:00am - 10:30am
Maximizing value in healthcare purchasing requires a thoughtful and sometimes innovative approach to both supply-side and demand-side tactics. This presentation will provide an overview of employer benefits trends, and also present new ways employers can more meaningfully and effectively direct their investments to improve workforce health and performance. In this session, you’ll learn about differences in healthcare use between low and higher wage workers, and how benefit designs can be tailored to address the different utilization and cost patterns. You’ll also hear a clear – and perhaps a bit different – business rationale for employers to address well-being.

About the speaker:

Bruce Sherman, MD, FCCP, FACOEM, is the Medical Director, Population Health Management for the RightOpt private exchange offering for Buck Consultants at Xerox. In this role, he provides strategic client support for development, implementation and ongoing management of integrated, value-based health and performance management strategies for exchange clients. Additionally, Dr. Sherman is the Medical Director for the Ohio-based Employers Health Coalition, Inc. Previously he was the consulting corporate medical director for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Whirlpool Corporation, and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Dr. Sherman has particular interests in the areas of the business value of workforce health and evaluation of quality and efficiency in health care delivery. Dr. Sherman is a member of the leadership board for the Integrated Benefits Institute, and also has committee leadership roles with the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the Population Health Alliance. A speaker at both local and national levels, he has presented workforce health and performance management strategies to diverse audiences, and has published numerous related articles. Dr. Sherman received his MD from New York University School of Medicine, his MA from Harvard University and his bachelor's degree from Brown University. He is board-certified in internal medicine. Dr. Sherman continues as a member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Medicine at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

This program is made possible through a sponsorship from Merck.

Full Presentation

 
2016 NBCH Annual Conference Will Again Offer FREE Registration for Employers - September 26, 2016 to September 28, 2016
Orlando, FL
The 21st Annual Conference of the National Business Coalition on Health (the coalition of regional coalitions, including GPBCH) will take place September 26 - 28, 2016 in Orlando, FL. The conference theme is 'High-Value Health Care: Making the Dream a Reality - What's the Magic Formula?’ Conference topics include:

National and Local Initiatives to Promote High-Value Care

The Employer’s Role in Promoting Community-based Population Health

Accelerating the Performance of Health Plans and their Stakeholders

Delivering Advanced Primary Care

The Purchaser Value Network and Direct Contracting Strategies

The Mental Health System We Need

Appropriate Obesity Treatment through Value-based Benefit Designs

Employer Initiatives on Managing Cancer in the Workplace

Employer Role in Specialty Pharmacy Management

Navigating and Leveraging the Political and Regulatory Landscape

Launching Next Generation Opportunities in Well-being

To view the entire agenda CLICK HERE, and to view the list of speakers CLICK HERE. Employer members of GPBCH will again be eligible for a FREE registration. For registration instructions, contact Rick Adams at radams@gpbch.org.
 
SmartCEO Healthiest Company Awards - September 20, 2016
Punchline Philly
Philadelphia, PA
6pm - 9pm
The program honors companies that have demonstrated a commitment to their employee populations through health and wellness programs.
 
GPBCH Annual Wellness Summit - September 14, 2016 to September 16, 2016
The Hub Commerce Square
Philadelphia, PA
7:30am - 4:00pm
The theme of this year’s Wellness Summit is “Preventing The Big Three – Diabetes, Cancer, and Heart Disease.” Naturally, that means there will be a major focus on effective employer strategies to support smoking cessation and healthy weight. The agenda, planned with input from the GPBCH Employee Health and Wellness Work Group, includes speakers, panel discussions, employer case studies, an overview of national and local resources available to employers at no charge, and an energizing round robin discussion with attendees.

-Introduction: The national and local pictures for “The Big Three”

Neil Goldfarb, President and CEO, GPBCH

-Promoting Smoking Cessation in the Workforce: What Every Employer Needs to Know

Frank T. Leone, MD, MS, Director, Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program, University of Pennsylvania/Penn Lung Center

-Employer Case Studies: Prevention in the Workforce

Kay L. Coup, RN, COHN-S/CM, Wellness Coordinator, SEPTA

Mark Mulray, MBA, MEd, Wellness Program Manager, Nemours

Jennifer Yakey-Ault, Lead Wellness Consultant, Aetna Inc., and Jeff Ruby, Founder and CEO, Newtopia

-Prevention Resources for Employers

Alesia Mitchell-Bailey, MPH, CHES, Health Systems Manager, American Cancer Society

Kevin J. Kelly, Ed.D., Area Executive Director, Eastern PA and DE, American Diabetes Association

Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

-Employer Case Study: Putting it all Together

Marsha Greene-Jones, Deputy HR Director, City of Philadelphia

-Promoting Healthy Food Choices for the City of Philadelphia Work Force

Niraj Jetly, CIO/COO, NutriSavings

-Employee Engagement in Wellness Programs: Results of a Pilot GPBCH/PHMC Survey of Employees for Three Member Organizations

Livia Greenbacker, MS, Project Manager, Research and Evaluation Group, Public Health Management Corporation

-Results of the GPBCH Employer Survey on Weight Management Benefit Design, followed by Participant Round Robin Discussion on Best Practices for Engaging Employees and Preventing Chronic Disease in the Workforce

Brian Po-Han Chen, Outcomes Research Fellow, Jefferson College of Population Health

Martha Romney, JD, RN, MPH, Assistant Professor, Jefferson College of Population Health

 
Show Them the Money: Cash Incentives Drive Behavior - August 10, 2016
Webinar
11:00am - 12:00pm
Because many of our employer members are focused on transparency and incentives to engage employees in making informed healthcare decisions, we thought you would be interested in this case study. In this webinar presented by Vitals, you will learn about innovative strategies to empower employees to use transparency services to become better consumers of healthcare, and view an employer case study that used a comprehensive employee engagement strategy, cost and quality transparency, and cash incentives that resulted in lower costs for the health plan, self-insured employer, and employees. An Outlook invite has been sent to members. For more information, contact Rick Adams at

 
FINAL Option for Employers Only Open Forum - July 14, 2016
Western Suburbs
Philadelphia, PA
9:00am - 10:30am
Free to GPBCH Employers
In an informal setting, get together with other employer members and GPBCH staff to discuss challenges, best practices, and trends on topics of your choice. The July 12th program will take place in central Philadelphia, and the July 14th program in the western suburbs. Outlook invitations including meeting locations will be issued shortly, but mark your calendars now.
 
ONE of TWO Options for Employers Only Open Forum - July 12, 2016
Central Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
9:00am - 10:30am
Free to GPBCH Employers
In an informal setting, get together with other employer members and GPBCH staff to discuss challenges, best practices, and trends on topics of your choice. The July 12th program will take place in central Philadelphia, and the July 14th program in the western suburbs. Outlook invitations including meeting locations will be issued shortly, but mark your calendars now.
 
2016 GPBCH Annual Conference - June 14, 2016 to June 15, 2016
Philadelphia Airport Marriott
Philadelphia, PA
7:45am - 4:30pm
The GPBCH 2016 Annual Conference will be held on Tuesday, June 14th, at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott. A stellar line-up of national speakers will discuss strategies for improving employee health and well-being and improving the healthcare system, and how these efforts could positively impact corporate performance while improving population health.

The speaker list includes:

- Neil Goldfarb, President and CEO, GPBCH

- Tom Parry, PhD., President of the Integrated Benefits Institute

- Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH, Director, Office for Total Worker Health, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

- Larry Boress, Executive Director of the National Association of Worksite Health Centers

- Denise Moyer, Corporate Benefits Manager, B. Braun Medical

- Ann Greiner, Vice President for Public Affairs, National Quality Forum

The program will include a panel discussion on “High-Quality Provider Networks – What’s Next?”

 
Identifying Medication Risk in an Employee Population – What it Means, and What to Do About It - May 26, 2016
AmeriHealth Administrators
1900 Market St., Philadelphia, PA
8:00am - 10:30am
On May 26th, our educational program will focus on the significant issue of polypharmacy, unsafe prescribing, and impact on health service utilization and cost. Our guest speaker is Cal Knowlton, BS Pharm, MDiv, PhD, CEO of Tabula Rasa Healthcare. Dr. Knowlton has won numerous awards for his leadership in pharmacy, business, and philanthropy in his career of over 30 years, including the 2003 and the 2013 Ernest and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Greater Philadelphia Region, and the 2004 Walter M. Aikman Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He was selected as the Most Influential U.S. Pharmacist in 1997. He has been elected and served as the national President for the American College of Apothecaries, President of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) for two terms, and President of the American Pharmacists Association Foundation. Cal will provide an overview of medication safety as a national epidemic, the impact of unsafe prescribing on medical utilization and health outcomes, and employer strategies for examining data to improve health and safety and lower costs. We’ll also be presenting results from a pilot study conducted by Tabula Rasa with a GPBCH employer member, examining prevalence of potentially unsafe drug combinations. Outlook invitations will be e-mailed shortly for this morning program.

View Full Presentation Here.
 
Weight Watchers: Beyond the Scale - May 19, 2016
Webinar
12:30pm
Please join GPBCH for an interactive session as we take a look at Weight Watchers - Beyond the Scale! This lunch and learn webinar will take place at 12:30 pm on Thursday, May 19th, and feature Dr. Gary Foster, Chief Science Officer for Weight Watchers. Learn about Weight Watchers’ approach to healthy and long lasting weight loss, the role activity and behavior change, and the rationale behind their new SmartPoints™ food plan. We hope everyone can join us!

View Full Presentation Here.

 
CDHPs: Options, Choices and Key Considerations - March 17, 2016
Center City DoubleTree by Hilton - 237 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
Philadelphia, PA
8:00am - 10:30am
“CDHPs: Options, Choices and Key Considerations.” We’ll explore the rapid evolution of consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs) including structure, design, and the often undiscussed implications for employee medical outcomes and healthcare system utilization. We’ll then discuss best practices for CDHP design and implementation, the issue of ‘benefit illiteracy’ and key considerations employers should make as they evaluate the CDHP option for their employees. Attendees will receive a monograph summarizing the key messages and content from the speaker deck.

Our speaker for this program is Sandra G. Morris, RN, MSN, CHC, Senior Manager of U.S. Benefits Design for Procter & Gamble. Ms. Morris, has 24 years of experience with P&G in a variety of lead HR roles, including responsibility for the strategic design, development, deployment and administration of total benefits for P&G's U.S. employees and retirees.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this important and informative program.

View Full Presentation Here.
 
Overview of the Population Health Movement, and Implications for Employed Populations - February 25, 2016
Courtyard by Marriott, Philadelphia Downtown, 21 N Juniper Street, Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
8:00am - 10:30am
Join us for our February event, when our topic will be the Population Health Revolution. Learn more about how thinking about health from a population health perspective can change the approach to employer-sponsored health and disease management programs. We’ll also discuss how provider organizations are retooling their missions and programs, moving from individual patient management to population health management, and what this means for employee health and productivity management. The presentation will include presentation of specific tactics and interventions for improving population health, as well as case studies.

Our speaker is Ray Fabius, MD, Consulting Medical Director to GPBCH, and Co-founder and President of HealthNEXT – the emerging leader in building Cultures of Health. Dr. Fabius spent the better part of two years researching benchmark employer, organizational, and governmental efforts to shape HealthNEXT’s products and services. Previous positions include serving as Chief Medical Officer of Truven Health Analytics (Thomson Reuters), and President and CMO of CHD Meridian/i-TRAX Healthcare. Dr. Fabius was global medical leader at General Electric, responsible for the health and safety of over 330,000 employees. He also served as medical director of utilization, disease and quality management for Aetna/US Healthcare. Dr. Fabius is a faculty member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the Jefferson College of Population Health, and the American College of Physician Executives, where he is recognized as a Distinguished Fellow. He is author and editor of three books on population health – the latest being a graduate school textbook, Population Health: Creating Cultures of Wellness.

Support for this GPBCH member education program is being provided by Merck.



View Full Presentation Here.

**Please note: While these are NOT the original slides Dr. Fabius presented (copyright of Merck), the content does reflect what was covered in the session.**

 
GPBCH/Novo Nordisk Employer Focus Group on FREE Diabetes Care Education and Management Tools - February 10, 2016
2005 Market Street, 26th Floor, Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Novo Nordisk, a GPBCH affiliate member, has been expanding its web-based resources to support employers’ efforts to improve diabetes care education and management and control utilization and cost. We invite you to attend a session to see a demo of these tools, and to offer feedback to Novo Nordisk on how the tools could be improved to best serve your needs. Lunch will be provided.
 
Deriving Value from your GPBCH Membership - January 27, 2016 to January 26, 2016
Center City DoubleTree by Hilton - 237 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
Philadelphia, PA
8:00am - 10:30am
Join us on Wednesday, January 27th as we kick off our programming schedule for the year with a presentation spotlighting unique opportunities open to GPBCH employer and affiliate members.

You’ll learn more about:

• Group purchasing opportunities for PBM, EAP, and other services, available through our affiliation with Employers Health (an Ohio based Coalition). One of our affiliate benefit consultants recently reviewed the PBM offering from Employers Health and judged it one of the best deals she had ever seen, in terms of price and level of service. Learn more from Mike Stull, Vice President of Employers Health.

• Discounted member access to NutriSavings’ program that promotes healthy food choices at the supermarket. GPBCH members now have access to best available pricing for NutriSavings through the Coalition. Dave Dintenfass, Vice President of NutriSavings, will present an overview of the program, and evidence to date of its effectiveness.

• Discounted member access to the Call a Doctor Plus telemedicine program – a unique product offering combining the Teladoc platform with member engagement strategies and performance guarantees. Learn more from Hank Christiansen, Senior Vice President.

• Finally, Jill Hutt, GPBCH Director of Member Services, and Neil Goldfarb, CEO, will present an overview of other special offers and opportunities for GPBCH members.

Help the Coalition help you, by planning to have at least one representative at this important and informative program.

View Full Presentation Here.
 
ACA Update: Tax Strategies and Reporting Requirements - December 01, 2015
Ballard Spahr Offices
Philadelphia, PA
8:00am - 10:30am

Our next in-person education program will be held on the morning of Tuesday, December 1, (8:00 – 10:30am) hosted by Ballard Spahr at their offices. The program will focus on practical strategies to help employers comply with ACA reporting requirements and reduce tax burden and penalty risk. Speakers will include Ed Leeds, Counsel for Ballard Spahr, and Ron Arculeo and Judith Mester, Directors of Global Employer Services for Deloitte Tax LLP. In advance of the program, GPBCH employer members will be asked to submit questions they would like to have addressed during the presentation.



View Full Presentation Here.
 
Implementing an Effective Health Coaching Strategy - November 24, 2015
Webinar
12:00pm

Individualized health coaching interventions targeted to individuals based on level of health risk have been shown to have the potential to significantly improve health outcomes and reduce costs of care. For example, in one recently published study (Jonk et al, Medical Care, 2015), the estimated cost saving associated with a risk-stratified health coaching intervention was $412 per person per month. Learn more about the components of health coaching, what to look for from a coaching vendor, how to identify the population most likely to benefit, and how to implement an employment-based health coaching strategy in this webinar. The webinar is being hosted by GPBCH employer member Wellness Coaches USA. An outlook invitation with log-in details will be sent to GPBCH members shortly, but mark your calendars now.

 
Orthopedics Direct Contracting Presentation for GPBCH Benefit Design Work Group from Rothman Institu - November 05, 2015
123 S. Broad St, 8th FL
Philadelphia, PA
9:00am - 10:00am
This presentation was open to members of the GPBCH Benefit Design Work Group and other GPBCH employer members who have expressed interest in learning more about the Rothman Institute’s direct contracting offerings for employers.

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GPBCH Webinar: Specialty Drug Cost Impact on Pharmacy and Medical Benefit Plans - October 21, 2015
Webinar
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Rapidly rising Specialty drug costs affect every employer that sponsors pharmacy and medical benefit plans. The focus of this presentation is on identifying the underlying factors driving up Specialty drug costs and formulating an employer strategy to manage these costs under both the pharmacy and medical plans.

Our guest speaker will be Robert Kalman, Principal, National Pharmacy Practice, Buck Consultants. Bob has over 30 years of pharmacy benefit consulting experience spanning the full array of issues facing corporate, international, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations. He is a Subject Matter Expert on the economics of the rapidly changing pharmaceutical landscape and its impact on pharmacy benefit plan costs. Bob has worked closely with clients to achieve optimal results in the design, pricing, funding, vendor evaluation, administration, and implementation of pharmacy benefit programs covering active employees and retirees.



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GPBCH Program: Addressing Disparities in Care Access, Quality, Utilization, and Health Literacy - October 08, 2015
Courtyard by Marriott, 21 North Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA
8:00am - 10:00am

Join us for our October Member Education Program as we explore the evidence of racial and ethnic disparities in health care, discuss the impact of disparities and cultural competence on health care quality, and provide guidance for employers on how to identify and eliminate disparities and improve health literacy, in order to improve care outcomes and reduce unnecessary and costly service utilization.

Our guest speaker is Dr. Joseph Betancourt, Director of the Disparities Solutions Center, and Senior Scientist at the Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Betancourt, an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, is nationally known as an expert on disparities, cultural competence, and health literacy, and their impacts on population health. We’ll also hear from Susan Cosgrove, MPA, of the Health Care Improvement Foundation, about local efforts to improve health literacy through a Pennsylvania statewide multi-stakeholder initiative, and what it means for our members.

Please note that starting with this program, we will be recording educational programs and making them available electronically, after the event…but we still hope to see you on October 8th!

Support for this program has been provided by Merck.

Health Literacy: Why It Matters & What You Can Do - Susan Cosgrove

 
GPBCH 2015 Wellness Summit on Behavioral Health - September 17, 2015
The Hub Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA
7:30am - 4:30pm
GPBCH 2015 Wellness Summit Tickets

On September 17, 2015 the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health held The 2015 Annual Wellness Summit: Employer Strategies for Addressing Behavioral Health Needs in the Workforce.

Introduction: The national and local pictures for behavioral health status Neil Goldfarb, President and CEO, GPBCH, and Christine Simon, GPBCH Drexel Intern.

GPBCH Behavioral Health Profile

Role of a healthy lifestyle in addressing inter-related physical and behavioral health needs James Early, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita.

Dr. James Early's Presentation

Right Direction: Tools to help employers address depression in the workplace Clare Miller, Director, Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association Foundation.

Clare Miller's Right Direction Presentation

Early identification of behavioral health issues in the workforce: The Mental Health First Aid program. Maria Boswell, Philadelphia Mental Health Corporation.

Maria Boswell's The Mental Health First Aid Program Presentation

Legal and regulatory issues in managing behavioral health with Ed Leeds, Counsel, Ballard Spahr Chris Welsch, Associate, Ballard Spahr

Shannon Farmer, Partner, Ballard Spahr.

Ballard Spahr Presentation

Increasing vitality as a behavioral health improvement strategy

Lynn Seth, Human Performance Institute, and Ralph Lardieri, Wawa.

Corporate Athlete Course Presentation
 
Walgreen's Webinar - Cost Savings - August 25, 2015
Online
Philadelphia, PA

Recent data indicates that retail health clinics are here to stay. Increasingly, health plans are covering copays for clinic visits and employers are offering incentives to improve utilization. What’s more, as demand for primary care services increases, retail clinics may turn out to be the most convenient way for your employees to access quality care. In this webinar, Tom Sondergeld, VP Global Benefits and Mobility for Walgreens, will talk about this trend and how Walgreens has saved over $3M by implementing a retail clinic benefit strategy.



August 2015

Should Retail Clinics Be Part of Your Cost Savings Strategy?
 
Building and Deriving Value From a Coalition Data Warehouse - July 14, 2015
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA
Gaye Fortner of HealthCare21's presentation on Building and Deriving Value From a Coalition Data Warehouse.

Data Warehouse Presentation

 
College for Value Based Purchasing of Health Benefits - July 13, 2015 to July 14, 2015
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA

The College for Value Based Purchasing of Health Benefits (CVBP) was created in 2004 and has since helped over 600 employee benefit managers meet the growing challenges of providing high quality health benefits while managing rising benefit costs. Working together, faculty from the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health (GPBCH), and HealthCare 21 Business Coalition (HC21) deliver the curriculum in a 1.5 day program that targets benefit decision makers such as Human Resource Managers, Chief Financial Officers, Health Benefits Managers, Insurance Brokers, and Benefits Consultants. Employers will learn strategies for cost management and value improvement without shifting more cost to employees or reducing benefits. CVBP regional programs are limited to 40 participants so that attendees can closely interact with faculty and customize learning to their company’s needs. The July 13 – 14, 2015 program, convened by the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health and the Northeast Business Group on Health, will be hosted by Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.

Anyone interested in more information can contact Neil Goldfarb NGoldfarb@gpbch.org or Patrick Croft PCroft@gpbch.org.



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Employer members of GPBCH, NEBGH, or another NBCH Member Coalition $150.00

Other Employers $300.00
 
Hepatitis C Education Program & GPBCH Annual Member Meeting - June 16, 2015
 
Balance Rewards: An Alternative Employee Incentive Program - May 20, 2015
Balance Rewards: An Alternative Employee Incentive Program - Walgreens
 
GPBCH 2015 Annual Conference  - May 13, 2015
Payment Reform as a Critical Imperative for Achieving Value and What Employers Can Do About It - Suzanne Delbanco

CMS' Perspective on Payment Reform and Value-based Purchasing - Barbara Connors

Why a Culture of Health Needs to Extend Beyond the Workplace into the Community - Donald Schwartz

The Choosing Wisely Campaign - Daniel Wolfson
 
Preventing Shingles: What an Employer Needs to Know - April 30, 2015
Understanding the Risks and Consequences of Herpes Zoster - Merck
 
What Employers Need to Know about Direct Contracting with High-Quality Providers - April 16, 2015
Top Seven Lessons in Twenty Five Years - Cheryl DeMars
 
Consumer Directed Health Plans: What Does the Research Evidence Tell Us? - March 26, 2015
CDHPs: What Does the Research Evidence Tell Us - EBRI, Fronstin

Health Insurance and You - Merck, Ed Slaughter
 
ACA Update and Employer Reporting Requirements - February 19, 2015
Reporting Requirements for the Affordable Care Act Mandates - Ed Leeds
 
Behavioral Economics: The key to better wellness outcomes - January 29, 2015
Webinar
Behavioral Economics
 
Employer Strategies for Managing COPD - January 21, 2015
The Burden of COPD - Ruchir Parikh

COPD in the Workplace - Jamie Sullivan

 
Telemedicine: Improving Care or Just Phoning It In? - December 04, 2014
Call A Doctor Plus

Health Advocate

TelaDoc
 
Addressing Health Literacy from the Employer Perspective - November 18, 2014
Merck Health Literacy Toolkit

Erie Vital Signs Toolkit
 
Stress Reduction in the Workplace: The Role of Mindfulness - October 16, 2014
Diane Reibel
 
Bringing Healthcare Innovation to Delaware - September 18, 2014
Jan Lee - DHIN

Bettina Riveros

 
Improving Medication Adherence - An Employer Perspective - September 09, 2014
No Slides Available.
 
Assessing Your Smoking Cessation Benefits for Compliance with ACA and Mental Health Parity Regulatio - September 04, 2014
Providing a Smoking Cessation Benefit - Marcia Wright
 
Employer Member Open Forum - August 07, 2014
No Slides Available.
 
GPBCH Annual Wellness Summit - July 09, 2014
Christian Moreno

HMR Aurora Case Study

Vic Tringali - Drexel

NutriSavings

Dr. Tichansky

 
GPBCH 2nd Annual Conference - May 21, 2014
Non-member attendees can request slides by contacting Patrick Croft pcroft@gpbch.org.

Dr. David Nash

Ray Fabius

Mike Critelli

Al Lewis

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, University Community Health Services, Continuance Health Solutions

Virgin Pulse - Dianne Miller

Annual Member Meeting - Neil Goldfarb
 
Improving the Nutrition of Your Employees At Home - May 06, 2014
Webinar. No slides available.
 
Creating Transparency on Value...and Getting Employees to Use It - April 23, 2014
Healthcare Bluebook Presentation

Aetna Presentation

HealthQX Presentation
 
Affordable Care Act Update & Latest Implications for Employers - March 31, 2014
Employers Health History

What Employers Need to Know
 
The Value of Population Health: Why Chronic Conditions Still Matter to Employers - February 19, 2014
 
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