Benefest 2018 is less than a month away and I wanted to reach out and let you know about some of the amazing participants we have at the conference this year. The theme of Benefest 2018 is disruptive innovation and we’re looking at how it's reshaping the entire healthcare industry, from the way employers purchase coverage to the impact of increasing premiums on the economy. Carrier panelists will include executives from BlueCross Blue Shield MA, Fallon Health, Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan, Tufts Health Plan, Neighborhood Health Plan, and Aetna. Make sure you join us for a series of discussions on the future of the industry! For more details and to register, click here (website).
Additional Details:The healthcare industry experts and practitioners that MassAHU is showcasing during this one day dynamic program will include:The data is clear...one of the biggest drivers behind wage stagnation and middle class wealth erosion is healthcare. The cost of healthcare is quickly approaching 20 percent of our GDP. We continue to see employee out of pocket shares balloon while premiums increase (which means we are paying more for less). Medical bills account for a staggering number of bankruptcies in the U.S. - with nearly 75 percent of those people having had health insurance. Traditional brokers, showing traditional options, getting paid in traditional ways, are not only failing to solve the problem ... may be facilitating it. In this session, learn about why this is happening in the opening program presented by David Contorno: To Deliver Real Value in this Business - You Have to Become Uncomfortable.In a world where the healthcare industry is more concerned about how many patients a doctor can see every day, rather than the quality of medicine practiced, we need a change. That change needs to start at the provider level, but it needs to have the insurance industry behind it. Get an introduction to the concept of Direct Primary Care from featured Benefest Speaker, Dr. Jeffrey Gold entitled A Model of Primary Care that is Innovative and Affordable. Learn how making an investment in high-quality primary care along with self-insured plans can reduce cost, improve outcomes, and result in happier employees/employers.As President Trump approaches his 500th day in office, and we get closer to the 2018 mid-term elections, major changes could still be in store for the employer based health insurance system. States are back in the Court system challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, there will soon be new rules governing Association Health Plan, and new players have announced they will be entering the health insurance marketplace. Buckle Your Seats: Preparing Your Clients for A (Potentially) Bumpy Ride Ahead with James Slotnik
By Adam V. Russo, Esq.
(As published in Thompson Information Services’ Employer’s Guide to Self-Insuring Health Benefits)