SALGBA 2018 National Conference

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  • Sunday, April 29, 2018
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    8:00 AM  -  3:00 PM
    SALGBA Tour sponsored by Gehring Group
    St. Augustine Experience – Nation’s Oldest City Tour Enjoy your day in the Nation’s Oldest City! The various architectural styles, narrow brick streets, and European flavors combine for a unique escape. Your professional tour guide meets the group at the hotel dressed in period costume and weaves a tapestry of stories from the Ponce de Leon discovery period, the pirate days of Sir Francis Drake, the Spanish and English colonial years, and the Victorian Flagler era. The driving tour includes all the major sites including the Fountain of Youth, Spanish Mission Grounds, City Gates, Spanish Plaza, Castillo de San Marcos, Cathedral-Basilica, Flagler Memorial Church, Government House, and Henry Flagler Hotels. We stop at the Flagler hotel area to get an intimate view of how Henry Flagler transformed the city into the first winter resort for the rich and famous in 1888. Next, tour guests have a choice between 2 major attractions to explore: The Fountain of Youth park and the old Spanish fort (Castillo). After the attraction stop, the group is having lunch at the famous Columbia Restaurant. After lunch, you are welcome to shop and explore the historic district on your own. Your guide creates an interactive tour atmosphere which is fun for everyone. Includes lunch at Columbia in old town. Proudly sponsored by the Gehring Group.
    Fee  Optional  Closed 
    1:00 PM  -  7:30 PM
    Registration
     Optional  Closed 
     

    InviteOnly

    5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM
    SALGBA Board Reception
     Optional  Closed 
     

    Networking

    6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM
    SALGBA Opening Night Reception
     Optional 
  • Monday, April 30, 2018
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    Wellness

    6:00 AM  -  7:00 AM
    SALGBA Fun Run/Walk sponsored by ActiveHealth Management
    Group run/walk along the riverfront. Map provided.
     Optional 
     
    7:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
    Registration
     Optional  Closed 
    7:45 AM  -  8:15 AM
    Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
     Optional 
     

    General Session

    8:15 AM  -  8:30 AM
    SALGBA 2018 Opening Welcome
    SALGBA Welcome and Conference kick off with Emcee Jeff Havens.
    Speakers:
     Optional  Closed 
    8:30 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Opening Keynote--Shifting Sands in the Health Care Market Place
    Opening Keynote Presentation focusing on the current political and economic impacts on the health care market place. From DC to Wall Street, what is shifting the sands and how does that effect public sector health care?
    Speakers:
     Optional 
     

    Networking

    9:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Break in Exhibit Hall
     Optional 
     

    Roundtable

    10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Local Entities
    The local entity roundtable is open to public sector attendees only. The roundtable focuses on best practices, challenges and successes of smaller sized public entities.
     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    State Entities
    The state entity roundtable is open to public sector attendees only. The roundtable focuses on best practices, challenges and successes of larger public entities.
     Optional 
     
    12:00 PM  -  12:45 PM
    Lunch
    Open to all Public Sector, Business Entity, and Exhibitor registered attendees.
     Optional 
     

    Breakout Session

    1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Best Practices in Public Sector Wellness Programs
    Wellness panel, with 3 public sector health plans moderated by Humana Go365, discussing various points on their wellness journeys. Focus of discussion will be presenting key success factors, lessons learned, and critical engagement elements for launching a successful wellness program in the public sector.
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Driving Participant Retirement Savings
    A large-scale survey finds that governmental defined contribution plans need better service to improve the retirement outlook for millions of public workers. This session will highlight ways plan sponsors can work with their consultant, advisor and plan provider to better serve their participants. By understanding participants competing priorities, plan sponsors will learn how to drive positive retirement outcomes and increase retirement readiness
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Drug Problems - How to Prepare for the Next Wave of Pharmaceutical Innovation
    Biologics, orphan drugs, genetic propensity testing and other pharmacologic advances are improving care but are driving total medical cost skyward, often impacting very few patients within organizations. This program will discuss current and future pharma challenges and strategies that you should consider mitigating financial risk.
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Gaining Insights Through Cognitive Analytics: The New Frontier
    In today's environment, there is more healthcare data than ever before. But employers don't just need more data, they need actionable insights from their data. In the new era of analytics, cognitive technology and effective visualization can guide employers to more quickly understand cost drivers and opportunities to improve care that may be difficult to discern with the human eye.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
     

    Networking

    2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Break in Exhibit Hall
     Optional 
     

    Breakout Session

    2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM
    High Performance Networks: It's Not About the Size, It's About the Outcomes
    Broad networks provide broad choice, but also average performance on cost, quality, and overall experience.  Which provider is seen is the largest determinate of what happens next, and given the extreme variation in health care today, you want a sophisticated and thoughtful approach to how providers are selected and how referral decisions are made.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM
    Is Your Mental Health Benefit Design Increasing Costs?
    For decades, we have realized that poor mental health, whether induced by stress or chemical imbalances in the brain, impacts health care costs on broader scale than just the direct costs of treating mental health symptoms. While there have been significant new pharmaceuticals made available to treat various mental health conditions, access to mental health services such as regular visits with a psychiatrist/psychologist, in-patient and out-patient treatment centers, and mental health support for family members of the patient are very limited within most employers' benefit design and provider networks. This session will provide an overview of mental health benefits, cost, clinical issues, and legislative environment.
     Optional 
    2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM
    Journey to Better Health Benefits Communications
    The Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) has been on a journey over the past few years to significantly improve member health benefits communications. We have transformed cumbersome and confusing health benefits materials for annual open enrollment to year-round communications that engage and educate members so they can make important health benefit decisions. We also continuously make enhancements based on feedback from key stakeholders along the way.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM
    Using a Wrap Plan to Reduce Retiree Costs
    Starting in January of 2017, the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio (SERS) partnered with TPA HealthSCOPE Benefits to enroll SERS retirees under age 65 in the federal Marketplace. SERS retirees choose a plan with the assistance of HealthSCOPE Marketplace counselors, receive a federal subsidy and additional benefits from SERS that “wrap” the Marketplace plan. The Marketplace Wraparound pilot program created under the ACA appeals to SERS retirees with low household incomes. Premiums in the Marketplace for those eligible for a subsidy can be significantly lower than the cost of SERS group coverage. The additional wrap benefits help retirees afford the deductibles and co-pays charged by Marketplace plans. For SERS members, the program offers lower costs and more plan choices. For the SERS healthcare plan, the cost of providing limited wraparound benefits is significantly lower than the full cost of covering retirees enrolled in the group plan. We will discuss how the plan works in more detail, the financial results and the steps taken to extend or make this pilot program permanent.
     Optional 
    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    A Data-Driven Approach to Proactively Tackle the Opioid Epidemic
    The opioid epidemic in the U.S. has reached staggering new heights, resulting in over one thousand overdose deaths per month. With the crisis growing, public sector plan sponsors need better and more data-driven solutions to get out in front of this unnerving trend.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    Building Credibility with Key Stakeholders through Data-Driven Communications
    You're at a critical budget hearing and a Senator asks you to justify increased funding for your insurance program. Are you prepared with compelling facts and an amazing story about your program and the people it serves? Would everyone on your team have the same facts and the same story? To build credibility, you need the right information, at the right time, in the right format. This session provides a practical blueprint for building an internal data dashboard and using it to customize your data story for key stakeholders.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM
    Finding the Unicorn
    Find out how one City found the unicorn and transitioned retirees over 65 (hired prior to 1986) that never paid into Medicare and saved over $3 million the first year.
     Optional 
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018
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    Wellness

    6:30 AM  -  7:30 AM
    SALGBA Fun Run/Walk sponsored by ActiveHealth Management
    Group run/walk along the riverfront. Map provided.
     Optional 
     
    7:30 AM  -  4:00 PM
    Registration Open
     Optional  Closed 
    7:45 AM  -  8:15 AM
    Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
     Optional 
     

    General Session

    8:15 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Healthcare Reform: A Current Snapshot & Zooming in Through the Lens
    This session will review the state of affairs with regard to the ACA and HealthCare Reform including recent legislation, the marketplace effect, and its impact on public sector employers; as well as proposed legislation and the healthcare legislation outlook with the 2018 midterm elections in the field finder.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
     

    Networking

    9:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Break in Exhibit Hall
     Optional 
     

    Breakout Session

    9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Diabetes Value Benefit-Reducing Costs and Increasing Adherence
    Costs for diabetic treatment are on the decline, according to a review of 2016 healthcare data provided to the Kentucky Employees' Health Plan (KEHP). KEHP provides health insurance to more than 260,000 state employees, retirees and others, and spends more than one million dollars in diabetes claims each year. But KEHP is seeing the tide turn. With the implementation of several innovative programs, like Diabetes Value Benefit (DVB), which allows members with a diabetes diagnosis to receive maintenance prescriptions and supplies, such as diabetic strips, free or at a reduced copay or coinsurance, with no deductible. Data indicates that as members managed their diabetes, they were also able to reduce the use of other medications.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Retiree Health Care Exchanges: A Roadmap to Successful Transitions
    A step by step guide to implementing a successful transition from employer sponsored retiree health care programs to a private Medicare exchange. The presentation will include information about working with consultants, managing PR messaging for governing boards, data analysis models and HRA administration best practices. A significant focus of the presentation is around change management strategies and effectively communicating benefit changes to retirees using a consultative versus a transactional approach to Medicare policy purchase on a private exchange. A case study of a multi-agency government consortium’s successful transition with a 100% conversion rate and significant savings for the retirees and the government agencies will be included in the presentation.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Specialty Pipeline: Helping to Monitor and Identify New Challenges and Opportunities
    There are approximately 220 new specialty drugs anticipated to be released in the next two years and the high cost for innovative drugs continues to drive specialty trend. In this environment, continuous monitoring of the specialty pipeline as well as understanding unique trend drivers is essential to ensure the ability to quickly adapt and proactively manage these factors. This session will help familiarize attendees with the specialty pipeline and how our dedicated clinical teams leverage advanced analytics to stay on top of new drug approvals and prepare for the impact to management strategies
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM
    State Health Plan Benefits, Costs and Strategies: A Segal Study
    State leaders are always interested in how other jurisdictions structure their employee health benefits. Examining what other states offer is helpful when making difficult decisions about potential changes in coverage, such as the number and types of plans offered and how to share costs with employees. The 2017 edition of Segal’s State Employee Health Benefits Study presents an overview of plan designs, costs, employee cost share, as well as health management and wellness strategies. Information was collected and reported on all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This session will provide an overview of current practices and focus on emerging trends and new innovative strategies being employed by state employee plans.
     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Have Your Steak and Lose Weight Too ™️
    Obesity and related health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, burden employers with significant healthcare costs. Although behavioral weight loss programs have proven, in the clinical setting, to be the most effective method for long-term risk reduction, effective behavioral programs in the workplace are challenging due to issues of privacy, scalability, lack of engagement, access and interruptions to the workday. We'll show you how the State of Kansas engaged 19,000 employees in an obesity and metabolic syndrome reversal program, lowering diabetes risk in 58% of their participants.
     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Implementing Innovative Strategies
    Nevada has developed and implemented a series of strategies over the last six plan years to ensure members receive high access to high quality healthcare at affordable prices. These strategies include specialty drug management, reference based pricing, preventive drug lists, telemedicine virtual visits, incentivizing preventive/wellness, enhanced primary care, contract negotiations, and maximizing the utilization of centers for excellence. Nevada’s experiences resulted in overall flat medical trend for six years and minimal increased pharmacy trend offset with recent significant drug rebates. We will show you how to see opportunities and navigate the public sector to control your costs while providing the best care to your members.
     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  11:45 AM
    The Latest on Healthcare Reform and the Implications for Pre-65 and Post - 65 Retire
    While Healthcare Reform efforts remain fluid, United Healthcare leaders from their Government Affairs team in D.C. and their Group Retiree Solutions team will present their perspective on the latest developments regarding the ACA and broader healthcare reform efforts. This presentation will highlight the implications of various reform proposals for plan sponsors, with a focus on the implications for pre-Medicare and post-Medicare retiree plan sponsors and retirees.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Voluntary Benefits Customization 2.0: Beyond the Generations
    There is more to customizing benefits than age alone. Within the generations there are varying lifestyles and buying preferences that dictate what benefits are important to them. Learning about the eight personas within the generations and their varying preferences for voluntary benefits is a valuable exercise for benefits professionals to structure a benefit package that makes a difference in attracting and retaining talent
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    12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Awards Luncheon
     Optional 
     

    Breakout Session

    1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Communications=Compliance: How to Make Sure All Participants Can Access Plan Materials
    Making your communications accessible, that is, ensuring users with disabilities can access your content such as brochures, reports and especially your website is not only a smart practice, it's the law. Navigating these requirements takes a good deal of time and focus. Implementing the required changes takes double. What are these accessibility requirements and how does a government benefits administration put them into practice? This session will focus on how the Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS) recently completed the process of assessing its website and other communications and making the necessary changes to comply with the law.
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Innovative Health Strategies that Yield Proven Results
    Lexington County SC employees and their dependents struggle with obesity, high blood pressure, tobacco use, and diabetes at rates far greater than the national average. With these chronic conditions and other risk factors, healthcare costs for the County had been rising at unsustainable rates, at the same time, state funding cuts loomed. In 2014, the County opened a health center to address the declining health and increasing costs they faced. In three years of operation, the County has saved $4.5 million net of the health center costs on medical and pharmacy. In this session, you will hear what steps were taken to achieve these results, as well as the overall Healthy Workplace Framework that guides the strategy for improving the health and reducing the cost of healthcare for Lexington County.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Integrated Value-based Care Model
    Integrated value-based model of care shifts the paradigm of our healthcare system from a fee-for-service, volume-based and episodic care approach to one that places patients' health outcomes (value) at the center using a longitudinal, prevention-oriented and coordinated care approach. Integrated value-based model delivers best health outcomes at the lowest cost and simplifies the experience of care delivery, enabling a patient and physician-centric, sustainable healthcare system. Central to its success, the integrated value-based model requires actionable data and collaborative approach among the various stakeholders, including payors, and physicians and their practices. These efforts have led to improved health outcomes, such as better chronic care management, and reduced ED visits and hospital admissions, while at the same time significantly lowering the total cost of care.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
    TRS Pharmacogenetics Pilot for More Precise Medication Therapy
    The science of precision medicine already exists and can be used to help public purchasers of health and drug plans to deliver healthier outcomes for their populations, reduce adverse drug events, reduce drug-induced hospitalizations, reduce titration regimens and wasted drug product for those who may be a poor metabolizer or ultra-rapid metabolizer of certain drugs.
     Optional 
     

    General Session

    2:00 PM  -  2:45 PM
    State Employee Health Plans as Leaders and Drivers of Value
    As large health care purchasers with a statewide pool of patients, state employee health benefit plans are an often overlooked vehicle that states can use for improving their health care system and moving the commercial market forward on value-based reforms. This session will share the results of a recent Duke University study that surveyed value-based benefit and payment initiatives across state employee health benefit plans. The study included evidence about the impact particular initiatives had, along with challenges in implementing these initiatives in other states. To make the information actionable, the session will feature real world examples that state programs currently have underway.
     Optional 
     

    Networking

    2:45 PM  -  3:30 PM
    Break in Exhibit Hall and Door Prize Drawing
     Optional 
     
    3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Business Meeting
     Optional 
     

    Breakout Session

    4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Drafting the RFP Document--What Benefit Professionals Should Know
    For Human Resource and Benefit Professionals there are items that should be included in the Request for Proposal (RFP) document.  Drafting the RFP document starts the process in selecting the best product or service.  Providing a clear description of your needs and what is being procured in the RFP enables bidders to have a clear understanding of your needs and what is being procured.  This leads bidders to allocate the proper resources to deliver the service or product at the best price.  Learn how to draft a well written RFP document to get the best results and look like a star back at work!
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     Optional 
    4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Taking a Bite Out of Drug and Imaging Cost
    Both imaging scans and drug therapies eat up a large percentage of employers' total health care spend. This panel will showcase how two public entities are reigning in costs on both fronts. The City of Manchester will explain how they saved over half a million dollars on one drug. The North East Independent School District, 14,000 members strong, is reducing costs on imaging scans, like MRIs, CTs, PETs and Ultrasounds. In only the first year of the program, they're saving tens of thousands of dollars on these routine scans each month. They'll explain how they got the program off the ground with employees and the ongoing education and engagement programs they're using to grow savings month-over-month.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
     

    Networking

    5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM
    SALGBA Reception
    Networking reception.
     Optional 
    6:30 PM  -  10:00 PM
    SALGBA Tuesday Night Event
    Includes Buffet dinner and entertainment.
     Optional 
  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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    8:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Continental Breakfast
     Optional 
     

    General Session

    9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Roundtable Recap & Associate Q&A
    Open to all attendees and will provide an overview of discussion points from state and local entity roundtables.
     Optional 
     

    Breakout Session

    10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM
    Leadership Survey Results
    Leadership Series
    Speakers:
     Optional 
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