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Employers and Private Exchanges 2015: New Research and Perspectives 
 
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Overview
Private health insurance exchanges are gaining currency as a way for employers to cut health care costs, reduce their administrative burden and increase the benefit choices they offer to covered employees. Multiple studies now indicate that U.S. employers are increasingly looking at private exchange options for both active and retired employees. Brokers, consultants, payers and other intermediaries offer private exchanges, but a mix of vested interests is at play among these service providers.

A number of the private exchanges have begun to share the results of early adopters for their enrolled active employee populations and the survey underscores the importance employers place on the experience and track record of an exchange.

Employers have taken a step back to assess the early implementation results and are seeking greater transparency in administrative, and consulting or broker fees to assure that employers and employees get better value. Many are not yet ready to relinquish control of key stewardship roles such as funding, carrier, plan design, provider network choice and even their benefits consultant.

The second annual study by the Private Exchange Evaluation Collaborative (PEEC) affirms a continuing interest in private exchanges among employers. The national survey, based on the responses of 446 employers, reports heightened interest on the part of employers in private exchanges as a strategy for full-time active and retirees, but the potential transition must address a number of critical considerations. The survey is also the first national assessment that specifically captures the experience of early adopters of both private exchanges for active employees as well as retirees.

The Private Exchange Evaluation Collaborative (PEEC) is an initiative launched in 2013 by four leading nonprofit business coalitions, Employers Health Coalition, Inc. (Ohio), Midwest Business Group on Health, Northeast Business Group on Health, and the Pacific Business Group on Health – all independent coalitions representing employer health care interests –and PwC (not an exchange provider). PEEC will solicit and provide unbiased, comparative information and support on private exchange strategies and purchasing decisions.

Please join the Midwest Business Group on Health's Larry Boress and PwC's Barbara Gniewek on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 1PM Eastern as they share PEEC research results and discuss New Research and Perspectives for 2015 with Employers and Private Exchanges
 
Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
  1. Examine research findings from the Second Annual PEEC Private Exchange Employer Survey.
  2. Explore experiences from early adopters of private exchanges.
  3. Understand the major hurdles perceived by employers evaluating private exchange participation
  4. Identify the key elements important to employers considering private exchanges.
  5. Consider implications of increased employer emphasis on plan selection tools.
  6. Learn about the Private Exchange Evaluation Collaborative initiative, including their upcoming research and activities.
  7. Engage in interactive learning through online question submission, attendee feedback and opportunity for follow-up questions, and networking with attendees, faculty and other professionals through a dedicated LinkedIn group.
Who Should Attend
Interested attendees would include:
  • C-Suite Executives
  • Human Resources and Employee Benefit Managers
  • Regulatory and Policy Executives and Staff
  • Strategy and Planning Executives and Staff
  • Health Reform, Transformation and Innovation Executives and Staff
  • Sales and Marketing Executives and Staff
  • Business Intelligence and Research Analysts
  • Managed Care Executives and Staff
  • Business Development Executives and Staff
  • Operations Executives and Staff
  • Product Development and Innovation Executives and Staff
  • Actuarial and Underwriting Executives

Attendees would represent organizations including:

  • Employers
  • Benefit Consultants and Agents
  • Health Plans
  • Third Party Administrators
  • Health Insurance Exchanges
  • Provider Networks
  • Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Government Agencies
  • Pharmaceutical Organizations and PBMs
  • Specialty Benefit Organizations
  • Solutions Providers 
  • Associations, Institutes and Research Organizations 
  • Media
  • Other Interested Parties


Registration
Employers and Private Exchanges 2015: New Research and Perspectives 
 
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Faculty
Larry Boress

Larry Boress
President & CEO
 Midwest Business Group on Health
  Larry Boress is President & CEO of the Midwest Business Group on Health, one of the nation’s leading non-profit business coalitions. The Midwest Business Group on Health is a participating coalition in the Private Exchange Evaluation Collaborative.

Larry joined the coalition in 1991 and became its president in 2006. Founded in 1980, the Chicago-based MBGH is composed of over 100 major, self-funded, public and private multi-state organizations. MBGH's primary mission is to promote leadership, collaboration and knowledge among employers to continuously improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health benefits, health care and the health status of their communities.

Mr. Boress oversees MBGH’s research, educational, networking, group purchasing and advocacy activities, speaking out for the “Purchaser” perspective in health care. He assists member companies in formulating benefit designs, measuring the performance of providers and health plans, and worksite wellness and incentive programs. He leads MBGH’s community initiatives, including the Leapfrog Group’s patient safety activities in Illinois, efforts to reduce unnecessary early deliveries, assisting employers in their smoking cessation strategies and helping patients avoid adverse events.

He also serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Worksite Health Centers, an affiliate of MBGH, dedicated to expanding the knowledge and capabilities of employer-sponsors of onsite health, pharmacy, fitness and wellness centers.

In his formal training, he received a Masters in Public Administration from Roosevelt University and a Bachelors of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University. Larry also is a Certified Association Executive.

Prior to joining MBGH in 1991, he spent 17 years at the Illinois State Medical Society. During that time, he assisted physicians in their practices and represented the medical profession in its relationships with hospitals, regulatory agencies and affiliated professional organizations.

He served as a charter member of the NCQA Purchasers Advisory Council and currently participates as a member of the following organizations: National Business Coalition on Health’s Board of Directors, Advocate Healthcare’s Health Outcomes Committee, the Illinois Public Health Institute’s Board of Directors, the Corporate Health & Wellness Association Advisory Council, the AMA’s Ethical Force Program and the Metro Chicago-Health Information Exchange advisory board. Larry is a member of Managed Care magazine’s editorial Board.

Barbara Gniewek

Barbara Gniewek
Principal, Global Human Resource Services
PwC
  Barbara Gniewek is a Principal in PwC's Global Human Resource Services practice. Barbara practices nationally but resides in our New York City office consulting with large employers and health plans on strategy, operational excellence, product design, cost savings, funding, communications and health reform.

Barbara has over 25 years of health care consulting experience. Her broad experience includes a variety of consulting engagements focused on areas such as: developing health care plan design and strategies, evaluation and of private health exchanges (HIX), evaluating the impact of the Affordable Care Act on benefits, workforce and bottom line, providing vendor strategy and management services, performing claim, operational and customer service assessments, identifying cost reduction opportunities, and assisting with compliance activities. She has also worked on several health plan engagements providing claim and operational assessments / improvements, cost reduction strategies, product development, and turn around services.

Previous Experience - Deloitte Consulting (National practice leader for the Integrated Health Group and Human Capital Healthcare Industry leader). KPMG (New York practice leader). William M. Mercer, Home Life Insurance (Group Underwriter).
Affiliations – Founding member of PEEC, Past Board of EBRI, Past Board Member of National Committee for Quality Healthcare
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