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| 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.
|Participants will be able to:
- Examine research findings from the
Second Annual PEEC Private Exchange Employer Survey.
- Explore experiences from early
adopters of private exchanges.
- Understand the major hurdles perceived by employers evaluating
private exchange participation
- Identify the key elements important to employers considering
- Consider implications of increased employer emphasis on plan
- Learn about the Private Exchange
Evaluation Collaborative initiative, including their upcoming
research and activities.
- 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.
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
- 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
- Other Interested Parties
Individual Registration Fee: $195.
Post-event materials, with video syncing slides and recorded
audio, plus presentation pdf file: $45
for attendees; $260 for non-attendees after the event.
Register online or
download the event brochure.
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
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
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
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
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
Principal, Global Human Resource Services
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
Affiliations – Founding member of PEEC, Past Board of EBRI,
Past Board Member of National Committee for Quality
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