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Weight Control and the Workplace:  What Really Works?  
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Cost and prevalence make obesity one of the top health challenges for employers. How can they implement programs that make a real difference for their employees and their organizations?

Northeast Business Group on Health has just released a report based on a collaborative examination of this issue by 15 executives from large employers and health plans. The report, conducted by the organization’s Solutions Center, highlights the approaches employers are taking to tackle the high cost and serious health issues stemming from obesity, and the keys to making programs more effective in the future.

Join us on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 12:00 PM Eastern, for a lively and informative webinar presentation of the report’s findings, as well as an interactive discussion!
Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
  1. Understand the scope and implications of the obesity epidemic in the workplace for purchasers of health care and other stakeholders.
  2. Consider the findings from the Northeast Business Group on Health Solutions Center report on Weight Control and the Workplace.
  3. Ascertain the insights of fifteen large employer and health plan executives regarding approaches to obesity management.
  4. Identify potential strategies to improve the effectiveness of workplace based obesity management programs.
  5. 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 dedicated LinkedIn group.
Who Should Attend
Interested attendees would include:
  • C-Suite Executives
  • Medical Directors
  • Human Resource Executives and Staff
  • Care Management Executives and Staff
  • Case Management Executives and Staff
  • Wellness and Preventative Care Managers
  • Nursing Executives
  • Managed Care Executives and Staff
  • Health Benefit Managers
  • Planning and Strategic Executives and Staff
  • Business Intelligence Staff
  • Other Interested Parties

Attendees would represent organizations including:

  • Employers
  • Health Plans
  • Hospital Systems
  • Medical Groups
  • Provider Networks
  • Other Providers
  • Government Agencies
  • Third Party Administrators
  • Care Management Organizations
  • Pharmaceutical Organizations
  • Health Benefit Consultants
  • Solutions Providers
  • Associations, Institutes and Research Organizations
  • Media
Weight Control and the Workplace:  What Really Works?  
  Individual Registration Fee: $195. Audio Conference CD-ROM: $45 for attendees; $260 for non-attendees after the event. Register online or download the event brochure.
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Laurel Pickering, MPH
Laurel Pickering, MPH
President & CEO
Northeast Business Group on Health 


Laurel Pickering is President and CEO of Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH), a 200-member multi-stakeholder business coalition representing more than 2 million covered lives, committed to market-based health care reform, quality improvement and value-based purchasing. During her tenure at NEBGH, Ms. Pickering has focused on mobilizing employers, health plans, health systems, benefit consultants and other stakeholders to work together to improve healthcare quality and services while driving down costs. NEBGH provides the employer perspective on current health care issues to legislators and healthcare organizations.

NEBGH represents employer interests in a wide range of projects and initiatives, including those undertaken by the Solutions Center, the organization’s platform for generating new ideas and practical solutions for the nation’s critical healthcare issues. Recent NEBGH initiatives include Weight Control and the Workplace, Reducing Preventable Hospital Readmissions, the New York Metro Mental Health Collaborative One Voice, and New Jersey Gaps in Care. Ms. Pickering is Board Chair of the NEBGH subsidiary HealthPass, a health insurance exchange for small businesses.

Ms. Pickering currently serves on NCQA’s Standards Committee, the Board of Directors of The Leapfrog Group, National Business Coalition on Health, the Foundation for Art & Healing, CDC’s Business and Labor Responds to AIDS Board of Business and Labor Partners, the Commissioner of NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Advisory Council, and the Community Advisory Committee of the New York State Health Foundation. She was selected as one of New York’s rising stars by Crain’s and featured in the 2007 40 Under 40 issue.

Ms. Pickering received her BA in Anthropology from SUNY Albany and MPH from Emory University.

Jeremy Nobel, MD
Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Northeast Business Group on Health
Executive Director, NEBGH's Solutions Center

Dr. Nobel designs health care management and delivery systems that focus on cost and quality concerns as well as the reimbursement models and user engagement dynamics that sustain them. Working with employers, government, and other purchasers, as well as health plans and providers, he develops and evaluates approaches to value based care delivery that coordinate critical aspects of healthcare delivery, support optimal practice patterns, and improve quantifiable outcomes including patient satisfaction. His contributions to this field span twenty five years, and include providing health policy insight to a variety of transformative initiatives including the landmark Institute of Medicine of 1991 study addressing the automated patient record, which helped launch the Electronic Health Record (EHR) movement.

Nobel’s work focuses particularly on the use of technologies to better coordinate information flow between patients, providers, payers and purchasers, including electronic health records, personal health records, interactive web-sites, remote physiologic monitoring, hand-held devices, “smart” registries, and related software applications. At a practical level, Nobel’s work has been the basis of significant acute care and chronic care improvements including improvements in diabetes care, cardiovascular care, as well as improvements in hospital quality and safety.

His recent activities have involved integration of emerging technology deployment, with personalized health insurance benefit design, to encourage user engagement and behavior change on the part of healthcare consumers, as well as innovative provider reimbursement models to encourage physician participation. In addition to working with payers, purchasers, and providers, much of his effort is focused on care delivery at the community level and in particular, the health care safety net; including homes and workplaces, community clinics, public health departments, the VA, and public hospitals.

He has worked in consultation to several major health plans, corporations, not for profit organizations and foundations in the design and evaluation of effective health care management programs, including Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts, J&J, Mercer, Chrysler, GM, Safeway, Sanofi-Aventis, Pfizer, GSK, Verizon, Hannaford Bros., CAREMARK, IBM, iMetrikus, NaviNet, IHA, WebMD, SCAN Health Plan, Medtronic, McKesson, the Leapfrog Group, Blue Shield of CA Foundation, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) and the California Endowment. He is currently Medical Director for the Northeast Business Group on Health, (NEBGH) formerly known as the New York Business Group on Health (NYBGH) and is also on the Board of Directors of the Care Continuum Alliance (CCA) formerly known as the Disease Management Association of America (DMAA). Dr. Nobel is on the adjunct faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health where he teaches and does research on the health policy and management issues related to improving care delivery processes through better electronic information management.

Dr. Nobel is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine with Master’s Degrees in Epidemiology and Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University within the Science and Human Affairs program. He received his medical education at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his internal medicine residency at the Beth Israel Hospital, Boston.

Karen Smith-Hagman
Karen Smith-Hagman,
RN, MSN, Vice President, Medical Management EmblemHealth

Karen Smith-Hagman, RN, MSN is Vice President, Medical Management for EmblemHealth in New York. With over 25 years experience in the health care industry, Ms. Smith-Hagman has an extensive background in health plan operations, call center management, and health policy planning, programming, implementation and product development.

Her current responsibilities include oversight of the health information technology solutions for members, behavioral health program offerings and disease management functions for GHI, GHI HMO and HIP (EmblemHealth’s subsidiaries). In this role, she is responsible for the deployment of web-based wellness tools and solutions, the development of health, wellness, prevention, behavioral health and disease management initiatives (including high-risk maternity and chronic condition management) for plan members in commercial HMO and PPO product lines of business as well as for those in State Sponsored and Medicare Advantage plans. Ms. Smith-Hagman is also responsible for EmblemHealth’s award-winning Employee Health and Wellness program, which is delivered to over 4500 employees in 10 locations.

Ms. Smith-Hagman is an active board member of the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation and has served in various senior level capacities for Magellan Behavior Health, GHI, Health Net, Integra, Inc., and Managed Health Network, Inc.

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