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The Real Cost of COVID - 2021 Healthcare Trends and Insights  - April 20, 2021
2:00pm - 3:00pm
With so much healthcare disruption in 2020 and early 2021, benefit leaders are looking for guidance on the best path forward post COVID. While there is much we still don’t know about the long term downstream cost impact of the pandemic, we do know that as hospitals and health systems look to overcome huge financials losses from delayed non-emergent procedures, consumers are making hasty high-cost healthcare decisions based on escalating critical need. In this webinar, Bill Kampine, healthcare economist and Healthcare Bluebook co-founder, and one of Bluebook's employer clients took a deep dive into rising healthcare costs and the importance of healthcare navigation, specific employer challenges, and macro-trends powering the need for healthcare transparency — plus what to anticipate in terms of cost and utilization for the remainder of 2021 and beyond.


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Get the Medications Right: How Employers Can Avoid Medication Overuse, Underuse and Misuse - April 15, 2021
3:00pm - 4:00pm
GPBCH has been working with several of our sister coalitions, advising the Get the Medications Right Institute on development of an employer toolkit to help employers implement Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM). CMM is a pharmacist-led intervention shown to significantly improve medication management and patient outcomes, and lower costs, for individuals with multiple co-morbidities being treated by multiple drugs. This webinar discussed the opportunities to improve value, the CMM approach and evidence that it works, and strategies for employers to target CMM to their populations in need.
Pharmacy Market Trends and Impact on Employer Strategy - April 13, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm
GPBCH welcomed back Mike Stull, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer for Employers Health, for an update on key trends shaping the pharmaceutical and PBM market, and implications for employer strategy and cost management. Topics included supply chain dynamics, clinical management, rebates and specialty drugs. The discussion also featured an employer case study.


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2021 Virtual Wellness Summit - March 30, 2021
8:00am - 12:00am
The GPBCH Wellness Summit – Engaging Consumers in Wellness Post COVID-19: One Size Does Not Fit All – drew over 200 attendees. We would like to thank everyone who attended, our session speakers, and all of our sponsors! The entire program was recorded and can be viewed by . We also encourage all of you to review the , which includes the conference agenda, speaker bios, and sponsor listings.

We have made each individual session accessible on the GPBCH YouTube page. You may access the sessions below:
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks – Neil Goldfarb, President and CEO, Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health:
  • Applying a Population Health Framework to Employer Health and Well-being Initiatives – Michael Kobernick, MD, MS-PopHealth, Medical Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan: |
  • Addressing Racism and Healthcare Disparities – Jessica Brooks, MPM, PHR, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health: |
  • Addressing Social Determinants of Health to Improve Health Program Impact – Michael C. Sokol, MD, MS, Senior Vice President of Clinical Strategy, Quantum Health: |
  • A Holistic Approach to Obesity Management –Amy Hall, PharmD, Medical Account Director, Population Health, Novo Nordisk: |
  • Healthy Stretch Break sponsored by HealthWell Solutions:
  • Engaging Consumers through Digital Platform – Emily Landgraf, Head of Employee Digital Health, Data and Product Management, Johnson & Johnson and Mike Cook, Senior Regional Director, Castlight Health: |
  • Pharmacists: Personalizing Care within Mental Health, Wellness, and Disease Prevention – Martie Fankhauser, RPh, M.S. Pharmacy, BCPP, FASHP, FAzPA, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Psychiatry at SinfoníaRx, Tabula Rasa: |
  • Heart Health Home Monitoring and Digital Therapeutics: A “Must Have” in the Post-COVID Era – Terri Bogen, Health Plan Alliances, Senior Director, Hello Heart and Joel Brill, MD, Medical Advisor, Hello Heart: |
  • Changing Outcomes with Mental Health, Tobacco Addiction, and COVID-19 – Jennifer Gendron, Head of Development, EX Program by Truth Initiative and Jarma Frisby, Coordinator, Tobacco Treatment and Wellness Programs, Get Healthy Philly, Philadelphia Department of Public Health: |
  • CDC Foundation’s Perspective on Employers as National Health Change Agents – Ben Bluml, Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation, American Pharmacists Association Foundation and Michele Bildner, MPH, MCHES, Project Manager, CDC Foundation: |
Understanding CMS' Efforts to Advance Hospital Price Transparency - March 02, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Did you know that as of January 1st 2021 hospitals are required to publish on their websites their prices and payor-negotiated rates for 300 "shoppable services" such as elective surgeries and diagnostic tests such as colonoscopies? In this webinar, Dexter Glasgow, Office of Program Operations and Local Engagement, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), discussed CMS' hospital price transparency initiatives and how the new regulations are intended to support consumers in seeking out affordable care. We also discussed implications for employers as purchasers.

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Cancer Won't Wait For the Pandemic to End: Employer Strategies to Promote Timely Cancer Screening - February 23, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health, the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health, the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare, and the Central Penn Business Group on Health are partnering to raise employer awareness about the cancer screening crisis and, with our members, mobilize effective outreach to the workforce. This webinar briefly reviewed epidemiologic and economic data about preventable cancers, and discussed relative risks of cancer in relation to COVID-19, making the case for stepping up efforts to help employees access age- and gender-appropriate cancer screening. We also held a roundtable discussion with representatives of employer, provider, payer, and public health organizations who identified best practices for promoting cancer screenings.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Biosimilars, and How to Make them Work for You - February 09, 2021
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Biologics are the single biggest driver of prescription drug spending. They account for just 2 percent of prescriptions filled, but close to 40 percent of all drug spending. However, biosimilars for these drugs have achieved a small fraction in the US marketplace, and for employers, this represents a huge missed opportunity. The purpose of this webinar was to provide education on the value proposition of biosimilars and current barriers to savings and access. In addition, our speakers provided details of how employers can implement a biosimilars initiative and also heard from an employer and patient about the impact of biosimilars.

Speakers included:
  • Neil Goldfarb, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health
  • Juliana Reed, President, Biosimilars Forum -
  • Pam Traxel, Vice President for Alliance Development and Philanthropy, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network -
  • Margaret Rehayem, VP National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions -

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Delaware Health Care Webinar Series: Mitigating Fear and Promoting Employee Engagement in a Pandemic - January 26, 2021 to February 18, 2021
Our FREE webinar series included experts and peers discussing issues and solutions to address employee health in a pandemic environment.
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm: Employer Strategies to Address Employee Mental Health in the Actual and Virtual Workplace. and .
  • Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm: Return to Care: Strategies to Promote Employee Access to Care in a Pandemic. and
  • Thursday, February 11, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm: How to Lower Risk of Harmful Healthcare: Patient Safety Tools for Employees and Families. and
  • Thursday, February 18, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm: Addressing Musculoskeletal Issues in the Employed Population During a Pandemic. and
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Best Practices for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates - January 12, 2021
In advance of Colorectal Cancer Screening Month (March, 2021), GPBCH hosted a webinar focused on how employers can help to ensure that eligible employees and dependents receive guideline-appropriate colorectal cancer screening. The webinar reviewed recommendations and screening alternatives, discussed employer strategies to drive screening rates, and included an employer case study. This webinar was sponsored by Exact Sciences. Speakers included:
  • Kim Hutton, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CareATC -
  • Tim Bartholow, MD, Chief Medical Officer, WEA Trust -
  • David Hines, Executive Director, Benefits, Metro Nashville Public Schools -

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Obesity: It’s Your Chemistry, Not Your Character - December 16, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has once again reminded us of the significant health consequences of obesity, and the importance of helping employees achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Angela Fitch, MD, Associate Director of the Weight Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, and faculty member at Harvard Medical School, shared her thoughts on medical management of obesity. Dr. Fitch discussed growing recognition that obesity is a serious medical disease, driven largely by genes and biology, and explained why diets and lifestyle modification don’t work for everyone. Dr. Fitch also offered her thoughts on how employers can implement comprehensive strategies to address obesity.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Distribution - December 09, 2020
1:00pm - 2:30pm
As several pharmaceutical manufacturers appear to be crossing the finish line in developing vaccines for COVID-19, many questions are arising about how vaccines are developed, how safety and effectiveness are confirmed, what the timetable is for FDA approval and for mass production and distribution, and what the employer’s role will be in the various stages of dissemination and vaccination. This webinar included a presentation from Arsalan Kahn, PharmD, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson on the vaccine development and testing process. We then held a panel discussion addressing employer strategy which included Dr. Kahn, David Swerdlow, COVID vaccine Global Medical Lead at Pfizer; and Amber Tirmal, MPH, Immunization Program Manager for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

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Leapfrog Group Annual Meeting: A 20/20 Vision for American Health Care Post-Pandemic - December 07, 2020 to December 08, 2020
Keynote speaker, retired Navy Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, former director of the Defense Health Agency and COVID-19 recovery lead in Washington state, will discuss what she has learned about hospital preparedness in a public health emergency and the implications for patient safety. Register here:
Why Dental Health Can't Wait for the Pandemic to End - December 01, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Our presenter, Quinn Dufurrena, DDS, JD, is the Chief Dental Officer of United Concordia Companies, Inc. With more than 30 years of clinical and management experience, Dr. Dufurrena is responsible for providing clinical oversight of United Concordia’s quality assurance/grievance, utilization review/special investigations unit, dental directors/dentist advisors, and dental policy.

During this webinar, we learned:
  • How the combination of the novel coronavirus, artificial intelligence and medical/dental integration has created a new normal for dentistry
  • Why employees and their families, especially those with comorbidities, should not delay dental care during the pandemic

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Walk With Ease: An Employer’s Experience - November 19, 2020
GPBCH has been partnering with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the Health Promotion Council, and MedWorks to promote Walk With Ease, a low-cost, self-guided program designed by the Arthritis Foundation to increase physical activity and health in more sedentary populations. Resources for Human Development (RHD) was the first GPBCH employer member to implement the program. Over 200 employees completed the program. In this educational webinar, we recapped the Walk With Ease program features, discussed implementation options, and presented the very positive results achieved by RHD. Speakers included: Neil Goldfarb, President and CEO, GPBCH, Gina Trignani, Director, Training and Capacity Building, Health Promotion Council, Art Taft, Managing Partner, MedWorks, and Teneka Williams, Benefits Director, Resources for Human Development.

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National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions 2020 Annual Forum - November 09, 2020 to November 10, 2020
Be sure to register today for the National Alliance’s 2020 Virtual Annual Forum! This event brings together over 400 people from across the country (employers, coalition leaders, and other healthcare stakeholders) to learn and network with one another and discover effective approaches to managing their overall healthcare strategy. Complimentary registrations are available for GPBCH employer members. Contact Eric Croft ( for details. To view the conference speakers, agenda and register, click here:
The Impacts of COVID-19: Re-envisioning How You Manage Workforce Health - November 04, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Employees are relying on their employers to be a resource as they work remote, are faced with stress and anxiety, and learning to navigate new ways to access care, like virtual health. In this webinar, Cerner Chief Medical Officer David Nill, MD will discuss how organizations can plan for employees who are returning to work, execute testing and vaccination strategies, address delays in care and navigate the future of virtual health care. You’ll also hear about Cerner’s approach and results with its own workforce.

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Introduction to New Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange - October 29, 2020
8:30am - 9:30am
Co-sponsored by the Central Penn Business Group on Health, the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health, the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Health and the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health, this program provided information about the new Pennsylvania State Health Insurance Exchange for individuals seeking to buy health insurance for the 2021 plan year.

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Managing MS: Resources to Improve Outcomes and Resource Use - October 27, 2020
Multiple Sclerosis is increasingly prevalent in the workforce, and a recent study showed that the population prevalence was much higher than was previously believed. In this webinar we'll review the epidemiology and economics of MS and discuss practical strategies for employers to consider in order to support workers who have MS or serve as care partners for people with MS, and to manage productivity, disability, and costs of care. The webinar will include a case study from a large employer and one of their employees with MS.

Speakers include:
  • Gina Murdoch, President and CEO, Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
  • Ron Lachell, Vice President & Process Improvement Director and President of Enable ERG, PNC
  • Mike Hoffman, Senior Wealth Advisor, First Commonwealth Bank

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2020 Annual Conference - September 22, 2020 to September 24, 2020
Philadelphia, PA
Conference Booklet
The GPBCH 2020 Annual Conference, “Driving Toward Value: The Employer Roadmap”, was held September 22, 23, 24, 2:00pm-4:30pm each day. Local and national experts spoke on topics about health policy, high deductible health plans, building cultures of well-being, driving waste from medical and pharma spend, hospital quality and safety, and impact of climate change on employers. HRCI and CEBS credits were made available. Contact Eric Croft ( with questions.

Conference Materials:

For our 2020 Virtual Annual Conference, we produced a Program Guide where you will find the conference agenda, speaker bios, and conference sponsor listings. Please be sure to take a moment to review the sponsor listings section.

DAY 1 Presentations & Recording:
  • Welcome and Introductory Remarks - Neil Goldfarb, President and CEO, GPBCH:
  • What Does a Turbulent Health Policy Environment Mean for Employers? - James Gelfand, Senior Vice President, Health Policy, The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC):
  • Emerging Evidence on High Deductible Health Plans: What’s an Employer to Do? Paul Fronstin, Ph.D., Director, Health Research and Education Program, Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI):
  • . Due to technical issues, we suggest you begin at minute 1:09 and skip minutes 46:55 – 54:40.
DAY 2 Presentations & Recording:
  • Welcome and Reconvening - Jill Hutt, Vice President of Member Services, GPBCH:
  • Building Cultures of Well-being in the Age of COVID-19 - Ray Fabius, M.D., Co-Founder/President, HealthNEXT; Consulting Medical Director, GPBCH: , Cathryn Gunther, Vice President, Global Population Health at Merck & Co Inc: , and Karen Personett, Manager of Wellness & Health Promotion at DTE Energy:
  • Driving Waste from Your Medical and Pharmacy Benefits Spend - Lauren Vela, MBA, Senior Director, Pacific Business Group on Health:
DAY 3 Presentations & Recording:
  • Welcome and Reconvening - Neil Goldfarb, President and CEO, GPBCH:
  • Putting Hospital Quality and Safety Data to Work for Your Workforce - Jill Berger, Director, Employer and Payor Engagement, The Leapfrog Group, The Leapfrog Group (Moderator): , Jason Parrott, Senior Manager, Global Healthcare and Well-being Strategy, Boeing, Samuel Peik, MD, Corporate Medical Director, Comcast NBCUniversal, and Aaron Schrader, Human Resources Manager, State of Delaware:
  • Stormy Weather Ahead: Impact of Climate Change on Employers - Mark Goldberg, CEO, The Climate Institute:
GPBCH Educational Webinar: How to Lower Your Risk of Receiving Harmful Health Care - September 01, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Did you know?
  • Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States (U.S.)
  • 250,000-440,000 people are estimated to die in the U.S. each year from medical errors
  • Only 34% of Americans had heard of medical error and could actually identify the common definition of the term, according to an April, 2020 Patient Safety Movement Foundation survey
In this era of heightened concern about safety and in advance of World Patient Safety Day on September 17th, GPBCH is presenting a webinar on September 1st, 12:00pm-1:00pm, on “How to Lower Your Risk of Receiving Harmful Health Care”. Presented by GPBCH President and CEO Neil Goldfarb, the session will include a range of resources to help consumers identify care providers who deliver higher-quality care, and engage in more effective conversations with providers. Highlighted tools include the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and Hospital Safety Grade, CMS’ Compare websites for hospitals, physicians and nursing homes, the Choosing Wisely Campaign to reduce unnecessary care, and the Joint Commission’s Speak Up Campaign.

GPBCH employer members also can request a customized version of this session to offer to their employees, or can share a recorded version of the session, so be sure to check it out on September 1st.

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Employers Only Forum - August 11, 2020
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 ( with questions and WebEx information.
The EX Program: An Innovative Approach to Help Employees Quit Smoking, Vaping, and Chewing - July 30, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
The EX Program by Truth Initiative, built in partnership with Mayo Clinic, offers digital support through live chat coaching, tailored text messaging, the largest active online community, and more to help more tobacco users quit for good, which is especially important right now. The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 attacks the lungs, and could be a particularly serious threat to tobacco users, both smokers and vapers.

In this webinar, we learned about the high costs of nicotine addiction on your organization and employees. We also heard new research on the surprising impact of vaping on your workforce—even if just a few employees vape. And finally, we saw how the EX Program works to help your organization inspire more tobacco-free lives, and find out what's involved in making the program available to your workforce.

The EX Program has demonstrated high rates of user engagement and a 34% long-term quit rate. GPBCH members receive a negotiated discount program rate to offer the EX Program to employees. To learn more about this program and see if it fits with your organization please contact Jenn Gendron, Head of Development, Innovations, Truth Initiative ( and/or Lauren Higgins, Managing Director, Partnerships & Strategic Accounts, Innovations, Truth Initiative (

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*POSTPONED* Managing MS: Resources to Improve Outcomes and Resource Use - July 22, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Multiple Sclerosis is increasingly prevalent in the workforce, and a recent study showed that the population prevalence was much higher than was previously believed. In this webinar, we'll review the epidemiology and economics of MS and discuss practical strategies for employers to consider in order to support workers who have MS or serve as care partners for people with MS, and to manage productivity, disability, and costs of care. The webinar will include a case study from a large employer, and one of their employees with MS.

Speakers include:
  • Gina Murdoch, President and CEO, Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
  • Ron Lachell, Vice President & Process Improvement Director and President of Enable ERG, PNC
  • Mike Hoffman, Senior Wealth Advisor, First Commonwealth Bank
COVID-19 and Return to Care: Employer Strategies to Support Access to Needed Services - July 14, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Increasingly, concerns are being raised that the ongoing pandemic has not only curbed consumer demand for elective procedures, but also reduced care-seeking for important preventive, acute care, and chronic disease management services. In this webinar, our panel of clinical experts will discuss what is known about changing patterns of care-seeking, potential short and long term impacts on health outcomes and costs of care, and what employers can do to monitor utilization data, and to promote "return to care" for high-value services such as immunizations, cancer screenings, and diabetes care. Our speakers will include:
  • Mark Angelo, MD, MHA, FACP, Interim CEO and President, Delaware Valley ACO:
  • Abbie Leibowitz, MD, FAAP, Executive VP, Chief Medical Officer, and Cofounder, HealthAdvocate:
  • Ray Fabius, MD, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, HealthNEXT, Consulting Medical Director, GPBCH:
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Educational Webinar - An Important Update on COVID-19 and the Impact on Forecasting Employer Health  - July 08, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
In this program, we heard hear from a leading physician and actuarial teams on the current and future financial/human impact of COVID-19 on employer sponsored health plans.

Our speakers included:
  • Dr. Neal Mills, Chief Medical Officer, Aon
  • Bob Tate, Senior Vice President, Aon
  • Mark Scarafone, Senior Vice President, Aon
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Educational Webinar: So What? Deriving Value from Data - June 25, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Employers often struggle with getting too much data from their health plans, consultants, and vendors, and/or not enough meaningful or actionable data. In this webinar, viewers gained a basic understanding of:
  • How to define unique value
  • How to create a list of objective and comprehensive measures
  • Data sources and interpretative considerations
  • How to present data that makes the “so what? And “now what?” evident
  • Examples were be shared to further make objectives and processes relevant
Our guest speaker was Leah Malof, Principal in Mercer's Data, Technology and Analytics practice. Leah brings practicality to her consulting, engaging all influential parties within the health care ecosystem toward common goals that center around her clients. She has more than 30 years of experience within the health care industry.

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National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions Leadership Summits - June 15, 2020 to June 16, 2020
The virtual National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalition Leadership Summits 2020 was a success! This event showcased unique, actionable solutions to addressing today's toughest challenges and offered exclusive opportunities to learn from distinguished subject-matter experts. David Blumenthal, MD, President of The Commonwealth Fund, offered the keynote address: Getting Back to Business in the COVID-19 Era.

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2020 Annual Member Meeting - June 10, 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm
During the meeting we discussed accomplishments over the past year, plans for the coming year, and Coalition finance and administration. We also addressed how we are adapting educational programming and project activities to the COVID-19 environment. If you would like to access the recording

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates with Dr. Ray Fabius - May 27, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dr. Ray Fabius, GPBCH's Consulting Medical Director, provided updates on topics including: advancing knowledge about the virus, preventing its spread, and treatment; best practices for return to work planning; and effectiveness of masks in reducing spread.

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GPBCH: Educational Webinar - Addressing COVID-19 on the Front Line in Philadelphia - May 13, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
In partnership with the Health Care Improvement Foundation, the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health hosted this webinar for members to learn more about efforts in Philadelphia to address COVID-19. Attendees heard about what the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, HealthShare Exchange (our regional health information organization), and two of our largest provider organizations -- Temple and Jefferson -- are facing and doing in response to the pandemic. Featured speakers included:
  • Steven Alles, MD, MS, MFA, Director, Division of Disease Control, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Bill Marella, Director, Data Analytics and Quality, HealthShare Exchange
  • Jonathan Gleason, MD, Chief Quality Officer and Executive Vice President, Jefferson Health
  • Tony Reed, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Temple University Hospital

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Addressing Musculoskeletal Issues in the Employed Population - May 07, 2020
9:00am - 10:30am
During our May 7th webinar, we examined employer considerations in managing musculoskeletal health. Our three presentations and presenters were:
  • Data driven approaches to managing MSK health, Pam Owen, Principal, Health & Productivity Consultant, Buck
  • Clinical and financial benefits of worksite therapy, Jeanne Griffin, Principal, National Health Intelligence Practice Lead, Buck
  • Advancing musculoskeletal health strategy: lessons from COVID-19, Mark Mulray, Vice President, HealthWell Solutions

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Navigating Employees to High-Value Care: Using Provider Quality and Cost Data to Drive Patient Outco - April 21, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Large employers are battling rising healthcare costs and dangerous gaps in the quality of care. Todd Wilkinson, Regional Sales Lead, Healthcare Bluebook & Stephanie Capaccio, Director, People Team Operations, Wawa, discussed the challenge of engaging thousands of members across multiple locations with a transparency tool designed to improve care, curb upward trend, and reduce employee out-of-pocket spending by teaching benefit plan members to become smarter healthcare consumers.

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Q&A with the Experts: A COVID-19 Update - April 16, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Based on the popularity of our recent COVID-19 webinars with Dr. Ray Fabius, GPBCH's Consulting Medical Director, and Brian Pedrow, Brian Pinheiro, and Ed Leeds of Ballard Spahr, we invited these experts back to answer your questions about the latest advances in clinical knowledge, population health strategy, and managing the legal/regulatory environment.

Attendees were asked to e-mail Neil ( their questions in advance.

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Employers Only Forum - April 07, 2020
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 ( with questions and WebEx information.
Educational Webinar - Paid Leave and Other Legal Considerations for the COVID-19 Pandemic - April 02, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am
The GPBCH member webinar focused on the rapidly evolving legal environment regarding paid leave and employee benefits resulting from the current pandemic. Our featured speakers from Ballard Spahr included:
  • Brian Pinheiro, Practice Leader, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • Brian Pedrow, Practice Leader, Labor and Employment Group
  • Ed Leeds, Counsel,Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation, Health Law, and Privacy and Data Security Practice Groups

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Impromptu Educational Webinar - COVID-19 Medical Brain - March 27, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
We recently learned of a new tool, COVID-19 Medical Brain, that may be of help to employers in triaging and tracking employees during the pandemic. We provided an impromptu webinar, March 26th, for those who would like to learn more.

The COVID-19 Medical Brain provides:
  • Complete real-time picture of each employee’s Covid-19 symptoms and exposure
  • Guided chats to easily capture information – real-time and on-demand
  • Ongoing chats for monitoring with updates and changes
  • Navigation for action - testing and/or medical care, according to guidelines
  • Company command center with real-time feeds for complete view of employee status

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The Employer’s Role in Preventing Colorectal Cancer - March 17, 2020
Special thanks to Wendy Nickel, Vice President of Prevention at the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, for joining us for a GPBCH webinar on The Employer’s Role in Preventing Colorectal Cancer. Wendy will reviewed the epidemiology and economics of colorectal cancer, and discussed employer strategies to improve screening rates along with an employer case study.

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  • Wendy Nickel, Vice President of Prevention at the Colorectal Cancer Alliance:
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Sightlines: A Clear Look at Pharmacy Benefits - Strategies to Reduce Cost and Maximize Value - March 10, 2020
Philadelphia DoubleTree Hotel
Philadelphia, PA
8:00am - 11:00am
GPBCH welcomes back Mike Stull, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer for Employers Health, for an update on key trends shaping the pharmaceutical and PBM market, and implications for employer strategy and cost management. We’ll also hear from Jeff Green, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy, and Evan Coglizer, Strategic Account Executive, both from Rx Savings Solutions, about pharmacy cost management strategies to benefit employers, support employees, and improve adherence. Mark your calendars!

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  • Mike Stull, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer for Employers Health:
  • Jeff Green, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy, and Evan Coglizer, Strategic Account Executive, of Rx Savings Solutions:
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Review & Recommended Best Practices for Corporate Response - March 09, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
In response to employer questions and concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), Dr. Ray Fabius, GPBCH's Consulting Medical Director, provided an impromptu webinar on this topic. Among his many credentials in employee and population health Dr. Fabius was Chief Medical Officer for GE during the SARS outbreak and had to manage the company's global response. On the webinar, he reviewed basic virology, discussed containment strategies, and recommended best practices for corporate response.

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  • Dr. Ray Fabius, GPBCH's Consulting Medical Director:
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Innovative Tools for Advancing Workforce Mental Health - February 25, 2020
Philadelphia Airport Marriott - One Arrivals Road Terminal B
Philadelphia, PA 19153
8:00am - 11:30am
In response to member requests for more information on how to move beyond traditional approaches such as offering an EAP, GPBCH partnered with Archetype Solutions Group and HealthWell Solutions to spotlight new resources, especially digital solutions, to support workforce mental health.

At our February 25th program we provided an overview of the impact of mental health on employers and solutions, with presentations and panel discussion with several of the most promising innovative service vendors, including Credible Mind, Joyable, Lyra Health, MeQuilibrium, NeuroFlow, and Wisdom Labs. We also distributed the first edition of the .

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  • Scott Dahl, CredibleMind:
  • Jerry Jarvis, Joyable/AbleTo:
  • Sally Smith, Lyra Health:
  • Alanna Fincke, meQuilibrium:
  • Adam Pardes, NeuroFlow:
  • Parneet Pal, WisdomLabs:
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Webinar - Preventing Diabetes: An Essential Employee Wellness and Cost Containment Strategy - January 28, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health is partnering with the American Medical Association and the Jefferson College of Population Health to prevent diabetes in our region and nationally. The CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program is a proven, highly-cost effective, evidence-based strategy that can be implemented with minimal effort, and can have huge results.

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  • Dr. Neha Sachdev, Director of Health System Relationships, American Medical Association:
  • Shannon Haffey, Director of Systems and Payer Strategies, American Medical Association:
  • Krista Yoder Latortue, Executive Director, Family Food:
  • Megan Mulka, AVP, Total Rewards, Lincoln Financial Group:
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On-Site and Near-Site Clinics Educational Forum and Expo - January 14, 2020
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City
Philadelphia, PA
8:00am - 12:00pm
We hope that you can join us for our January 14th, 2020 program, On-Site and Near-Site Clinics Educational Forum and Expo. We are working with the National Association of Worksite Health Centers on this half-day, morning program to highlight employer experiences and best practices in implementing on-site and near-site clinics and related strategies to bolster high-quality, continuous primary care.

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PDF Presentations:
  • Larry Boress, Executive Director, NAWHC:
  • Joe Kasztejna, VP of Business Development, Crossover Health:
  • Mason Reiner, Co-Founder and CEO, R-Health:
  • Ed Schwartz, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CareHere:
  • Justin Joffe, CEO and Founder, Henry the Dentist:
  • Flip Steinour, Assist. to the Executive Director/Chief Operations Officer, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13:
  • Jessica Bergey, Director of HR Operations, Clemens Food Group:
  • Tine Hansen-Turton, CEO, Woods Services:
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GPBCH Year in Review - December 12, 2019
Ballard Spahr - 1735 Market Street, 51st Floor
Philadelphia, PA
8:30am - 11:00am
We hope you can join us for the last program of 2019 where we will spotlight GPBCH accomplishments, products, and projects we’ve been working on throughout the year, and preview and seek member input on the 2020 agenda. We also will distribute copies of the 2019 Annual Report. Registration and a networking breakfast will begin at 8:30am and the program will start promptly at 9:00am.

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2019 Wellness Summit - Social Determinants of Health: Implications for Workforce Health & Well-Being - September 17, 2019
Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19131
8:00am - 4:00pm
The GPBCH Annual Wellness Summit addressed the growing body of evidence that social determinants of health such as financial well-being, social activity, health literacy, community health, housing, and access to healthy food options affect workforce health, well-being and costs. Presentations emphasized how employers can address social determinants in their health & well-being program offerings.

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PDF Presentations:
  • Mary Jane Osmick, MD, Population Health and Social Determinants of Health Consultant:
  • Cheryl Bettigole, MD, Director, Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Philadelphia Department of Public Health:
  • Martha Romney, JD, RN, MPH, Associate Professor, Jefferson College of Population Health:
  • Stephen Linder, PhD, University of Texas School of Public Health:
  • Diana Harris, PhD, Research Scientist, The Research & Evaluation Group at PHMC:
  • Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, Founder, The UnLonely Project; Faculty, Harvard Medical School:
  • Susan Cosgrove, MPA, Director, Health Literacy, Health Care Improvement Foundation:
  • David B. Muhlestein, PhD, JD, Chief Research Officer, Leavitt Partners:
  • Jeanne Griffin, RN, MPH, Principal, Health Intelligence Practice Lead, Buck:
  • Jessica Wyckoff, Deputy Director, Programs, Philabundance:
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Best Practices in Diabetes Management - July 23, 2019
Day & Zimmerman
1500 Spring Garden St. Philadelphia, PA 19130
8:30am - 10:30am
At this program, we discussed GPBCH's diabetes initiative and the potential for a new member interest group, and how it relates to the Cities Changing Diabetes initiative now launching in Philadelphia. We also distributed copies of the new GPBCH employer resource guide on diabetes management and heard from selected vendors featured in the guide.

PDF Presentations:
  • Introduction:
  • Livongo:
  • One Drop:
  • Virta Health:
  • Roche Diabetes:
  • Welldoc:
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Employers Only Forum - July 23, 2019
Day & Zimmerman
1500 Spring Garden St. Philadelphia, PA 19130
10:40 - 11:30
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 ( with questions.
2019 Annual Conference - June 06, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City
237 S Broad St (Broad and Locust Streets) Philadelphia, PA 19107
The theme of the 2019 Annual Conference was "Moving Toward a 2020 Vision of Health Benefits Best Practices".

PDF Presentations:
  • Stuart Clark, Managing Director, The Advisory Board Company:
  • Roger Francoline, Executive Vice President, Remedy Partners:
  • Karen van Caulil, President and CEO, Florida Health for Healthcare Value:
  • Jill Personett, Senior Director, Benefit Design & Strategy, Comcast
  • George Murphy, Vice President, Total Rewards, Lincoln Financial Group
  • Kate Farley, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Employee Benefits Trust Fund
  • David Blumenthal, MD, President, The Commonwealth Fund:
  • Bill Green, CEO, Homestead Smart Health Plans:
  • Dave Kelleher, Past President and CEO, Employers Forum of Indiana:
  • John George, Senior Reporter, Philadelphia Business Journal
  • Maiken Scott, Host and Creative Director of The Pulse, WHYY
  • Charlotte Sutton, Health and Science Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Melissa Hutchinson, System Director, Employee Benefits, Main Line Health System:
  • Lynn Haney, Manager, Benefits, AmeriGas:
  • John Tate, Director, Transportation/Mental Health Diplomat, Johnson & Johnson
  • Peter M. Shubiak, Executive Vice President/Chief Culture and Integration Officer (CCIO), Woods Services:
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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
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
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
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
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 ( 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

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    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
    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:

    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
    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, (, 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 (, to create the Assisting Caregiving Employees (ACE) Program (, 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.
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    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
    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.

    • 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:


    * 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
    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 ( 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
    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
    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
    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
    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 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
    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
    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
    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

    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.

    View Full Presentation Here.
    GPBCH Webinar: Specialty Drug Cost Impact on Pharmacy and Medical Benefit Plans - October 21, 2015
    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
    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 or Patrick Croft

    Register Now

    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
    GPBCH 2015 Annual Conference  - May 13, 2015
    Preventing Shingles: What an Employer Needs to Know - April 30, 2015
    What Employers Need to Know about Direct Contracting with High-Quality Providers - April 16, 2015
    Consumer Directed Health Plans: What Does the Research Evidence Tell Us? - March 26, 2015
    ACA Update and Employer Reporting Requirements - February 19, 2015
    Behavioral Economics: The key to better wellness outcomes - January 29, 2015
    Employer Strategies for Managing COPD - January 21, 2015
    Telemedicine: Improving Care or Just Phoning It In? - December 04, 2014
    Addressing Health Literacy from the Employer Perspective - November 18, 2014
    Stress Reduction in the Workplace: The Role of Mindfulness - October 16, 2014
    Bringing Healthcare Innovation to Delaware - September 18, 2014
    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
    Employer Member Open Forum - August 07, 2014
    No Slides Available.
    GPBCH Annual Wellness Summit - July 09, 2014
    GPBCH 2nd Annual Conference - May 21, 2014
    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
    Affordable Care Act Update & Latest Implications for Employers - March 31, 2014
    The Value of Population Health: Why Chronic Conditions Still Matter to Employers - February 19, 2014
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