2021 Virtual Conference Series & Expo Schedule

Every Thursday, January 21 – February 18

WEEK 1 - JAN 21 
10:30am - 11:00am ESTVirtual Exhibit Hall / Meet the Vendor
Meet our sponsors, get points, find valuable new resources for your organization.
11:00am - 12:00pm ESTKEYNOTE SPEAKER: DAN THURMON
President, Motivation Works
Leading Through Change to Drive Results
Sponsored by UnitedHealthcare

Change is an opportunity to create transformation. With the amount of change we’ve all been subject to in the last 12 months, it’s hard to be certain about how to press ahead. However, there are powerful and positive aspects of uncertainty that can be used to our benefit. Harnessing them allows us to perform at a higher level, growing both professionally and personally to sustain success. In this keynote session, Dan Thurmon will examine the spectrum of uncertainty and guide attendees to embrace the unknown, thereby creating more certainty through learning and growth. Known for transforming Fortune 500 teams to see change as an opportunity to lean into, attendees will be privy to a thought-provoking journey; one where getting beyond what’s comfortable expands that which is possible.
12:00pm - 12:15pm ESTBreak
Sponsored by Livongo Health
12:15pm - 1:15pm ESTBREAKOUT SESSION 1
Sponsored by Buoy Health
Leadership: Storytelling and the New Role of the CHRO
CHROs are working more directly with their CEOs, COOs and CFOs. With employee benefits packages and the decisions being made about them deemed critical for the success of the business, communication skills with senior leadership and employees are more important than ever. Such a skill set can establish clear goals that benefit employees, advance an agenda the C-suite can support and have a positive impact on the people and culture within an organization. In this session, we will examine why storytelling is a leadership necessity for today’s CHRO, as much for leading teams, attracting talent, and retaining best performers as it is for managing and mitigating career risk. It will further examine the role HR benefits professionals have played in keeping their workforce safe, healthy and productive including new approaches to behavioral health and wellbeing programs for both the on-site and work-from-home employee population.

Hosted by:
Ash Merchant, President and CEO, Lionheart Partners
Britt Provost, Vice-President, People and Culture, Accolade

BREAKOUT SESSION 2
Sponsored by EyeMed Vision Care
Eliminating Health Disparities to Build Healthy Communities
Empowering individuals to make more informed healthcare decisions has the potential to mitigate the advancement of chronic disease. Unfortunately, no singular organization has the capacity to provide a scalable, sustainable solution that can effectively address and navigate the social determinants of health; those conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Nowhere is this more obvious than in trying to combat diseases like diabetes, one that does not affect all segments of the population equally. This session will examine the social determinants as well as potential solutions to addressing health disparities including the effects of a real-life, multi-stakeholder, integrated community-based program.

Hosted by:
Sree Chaguturu, Senior Vice President, CVS Health and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark
Dr. Thomas Chamberlain, PharmD, Founder and CEO, EdLogics
1:15pm - 1:45pm ESTVirtual Exhibit Hall
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4:30pm - 5:30pm ESTVirtual Networking / Cocktail Hour
Sponsored by Accolade
WEEK 2 - JAN 28  
10:30am - 11:00am ESTVirtual Exhibit Hall / Meet the Vendor
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11:00am - 12:00pm ESTFEATURED SPEAKER: ALLISON MASSARI
Executive Coach, Entrepreneur, Artist
The Mindset for Success℠ Activating True Resilience and Inspiration
Sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Prepare to be taken on a journey. In her moving and thought-provoking resilience keynote, Allison Massari teaches listeners to find peace, purpose, and happiness and gives them the tools they need to rise above any obstacle. As the survivor of two life-threatening car accidents, and having suffered severe second and third-degree burns on over 50% of her body, she reveals her personal journey from absolute loss, to forgiveness and understanding, and finally to success and life beyond anything she could have imagined. Through the power of storytelling, genuine inspiration, and a unique perspective, Allison weaves humor, empathy, and potent life lessons, allowing the audience to study what she learned on each step of her path. You will hear and understand the keys to resilience and the answers to some of life’s biggest questions. Her dynamic and deeply moving presentation fortifies audience members with an inspired perspective on life and applicable tools for managing change and adversity.
12:00pm - 12:15pm ESTBreak
Sponsored by Modern Health
12:15pm - 1:15pm ESTBREAKOUT SESSION 1
Sponsored by Health Data & Management Solutions, Inc. (HDMS)
Wellness and Personalization in a Virtual World
The sudden shift to remote work has had an impact on the health of our employee populations, intensifying the need for employers to make their virtual workplace and benefits more personal. In trying to address that impact, one thing is obvious: employees are not all created equal, and their wellness needs are as diverse as they are. As many of our experiences interacting with others in and out of the workplace have become ‘remote’ in nature, it is imperative that employers focus on a more personal benefit program, one that understands the diverse and holistic wellness needs of their workforce, including those with chronic conditions. This session will examine the effects of remote work on overall health and present strategies to balance technology and the human connection. It will also review how employers can take a more personalized and holistic approach to their wellness program and benefit offering.

Hosted by:
Zoe Griffiths, RD, Global Director of Nutrition, WW/WeightWatchers
Jeff Ruby, Founder and CEO, Newtopia

BREAKOUT SESSION 2
Sponsored by Fitbit
Specialty Rx and Precision Prescribing
As medications for complex conditions are becoming increasingly expensive and difficult to manage, it is important for employers to understand blind spots in their pharmacy plans. This session will review what’s trending in specialty pharmacy in addition to an integrated approach to specialty management across the medical and pharmacy benefit. It will further examine the value of scalable precision medicine and the benefits of pharmacogenomics.

Hosted by:
Mike Zeglinski, Senior Vice President and CEO, Optum Specialty and Infusion Pharmacies
Scott Megill, President and CEO, Coriell Life Sciences
1:15pm - 1:45pm ESTVirtual Exhibit Hall
Meet our sponsors, get points, find valuable new resources for your organization.
4:30pm - 5:30pm ESTRoundtable Discussions
Roundtable 1 Topic: Specialty Rx

Roundtable 2 Topic: Re-Boarding Employees
Sponsored by Modern Health and Businessolver
WEEK 3 - FEB 4 
10:30am - 11:00am ESTVirtual Exhibit Hall / Meet the Vendor
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11:00am - 12:00pm ESTKEYNOTE SPEAKER: DR. PARTHA NANDI Keynote
Physician, TV Personality, Author
5 Steps to Longevity, Well Being and a Joyful Life
Sponsored by OptumRx

Beyond our careers, we all want to enjoy a long, healthy, happy life. But why do so many lives get cut short, overtaken by disease and discomfort? In this inspiring and practical presentation, Dr. Nandi shares best practices from both eastern and western medicine and delivers a clear roadmap on how you can take charge of your health to optimize well-being and longevity. This powerful, yet surprisingly simple system, will help you live, work, and play better. This is a can't-miss session that will forever change the way you look at wellness while arming you with the tools you need to take your health game to the next level.
12:00pm - 12:15pm ESTBreak
Sponsored by Businessolver
12:15pm - 1:15pm ESTBREAKOUT SESSION 1
Sponsored by EyeMed Vision Care
Polychronic Disease, Diabetes, and Musculoskeletal Management
At least 40% of Americans manage multiple chronic conditions, many of them with accompanying musculoskeletal and/or mental health issues in tow. In this fast-paced session, we will examine the benefits of a polychronic approach to disease and musculoskeletal management and the results of a new innovative approach to blood glucose stabilization in type diabetics. Participants will understand how chronic diseases and musculoskeletal conditions are closely related to behavioral and mental health issues. They will also take away insights on virtual solutions and combination approaches for a varied population that can empower employees to better care for themselves and their health.

Hosted by:
Chris Mosunic, Ph.D., Chief Clinical Officer, Vida Health
Raymond Hwang, Medical Director, Hinge Health
Dr. Amy Meister, Chief Executive Officer, Level 2

BREAKOUT SESSION 2
Sponsored by VSP Vision Care
Health Equity Panel Discussion
People of color experience worse health outcomes than the general population, even when income and other factors are controlled. These racial disparities stem from toxic stress caused by daily exposure to discrimination, implicit bias in medical care and structural inequities that impact health. Racism is a public health crisis, and it must be addressed. In this discussion, Health Action Council Member Nichole Bowman-Glover will lead a panel discussion on the impact health inequities have on employers today and what can be done.

Moderated by:
Nichole Bowman-Glover, Ph.D., Wellness Program Coordinator, Columbus State Community College

Panelists:
Wendy Amengual Wark, Founding Partner, Inclusion Strategy Solutions LLC
Johnnie (Chip) Allen, Director, Office of Health Equity, Ohio Department of Health
1:15pm - 1:45pm ESTVirtual Exhibit Hall
Meet our sponsors, get points, find valuable new resources for your organization.
2:00pm-3:00pm ESTHealthy Business Council of Ohio -- Healthy Worksite Award Ceremony
Sponsored by OhioHealth Employer Services
VIEW 2020 WINNERS HERE

4:30pm - 5:30pm ESTRoundtable Discussion
Roundtable 1 Topic: Employee Engagement & Communications
Sponsored by Hello Heart & Eargo, Inc.

Roundtable 2 Topic: Medical Navigation
Sponsored by Livongo Health & OhioHealth Employer Services
WEEK 4 - FEB 11 
10:30am - 11:00am ESTVirtual Exhibit Hall / Meet the Vendor
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11:00am - 12:00pm ESTFEATURED SPEAKER: HEATHER MEADE
Principal, E&Y
Healthcare Policy Update
Sponsored by Quantum Health

Specializing in healthcare and tax-exempt policy, Heather advises business leaders, policymakers, trade associations, and nonprofit organizations. She also provides strategic and legislative and regulatory advice on the ACA and employee benefits and works with a diverse group of healthcare payers, providers, and manufacturers. In this session, Heather will explore the 2021 legislative and regulatory landscape, sharing insights on a post-election-year America and the implications for employer-sponsored healthcare.
12:00pm - 12:15pm ESTBreak
12:15pm - 1:15pm ESTBREAKOUT SESSION 1
Sponsored by Accolade
Evolution of Benefit Design and the Employee Value Proposition

The pandemic of 2020 will reshape health care delivery and purchasing as well as the workforce experience. In this dynamic presentation from Willis Towers Watson and Deloitte, attendees will learn about specific actions they can take to maximize the value of care available to employees while maintaining affordability. It will further examine the human experience, and the value proposition employers establish when they invest in their workforce. Making work better for people makes them better at work, which allows organizations to drive business outcomes. Combined with a forward-thinking benefit design that will prepare employers for the new world of health care use and delivery, this session will place HR benefit teams in front of the coming changes to create and project value across their organization.

Hosted by:
Julie A. Stone, MPA, Managing Director, Health & Benefits North America Intellectual Capital Leader, Willis Towers Watson
Andy Coccia, Senior Manager, Deloitte

BREAKOUT SESSION 2
Sponsored by Headspace
Predictive Analytics
Predictive models are an amazingly powerful use of data. They can inform benefit design and help deliver personalized, meaningful user experiences. In this presentation, attendees will gain insight into predictive analytics and learn how to leverage health data sets, such as clinical, wellbeing, and social determinants of health information to transform their employee’s health journey, identify cost savings opportunities, and assess year-over-year population-based outcomes. In addition, the speakers will examine the use of these advanced approach analytics to navigate vaccine prioritization, deferred care risks and virtual care adoption. Although trend disruptions of 2020 have forced many to tune and adapt their current models, there are many opportunities to use existing data to create leading indicators employers can use now to set the stage for long-term change and growth with short-term benefits along the way.

Hosted by:
Heather Hagg, Vice president of Analytics and Operations, Castlight Health
Rani Aravamudhan, Senior Clinical Consultant, HDMS
1:15pm -1:45pm ESTVirtual Exhibit Hall
Meet our sponsors, get points, find valuable new resources for your organization.
4:30pm - 5:30pm ESTRoundtable Discussion
Roundtable 1 Topic: Benefit Design for the Future
Sponsored by Big Health & Gallagher

Roundtable 2 Topic: Mental Health
WEEK 5 - FEB 18 
10:30am - 11:00am ESTVirtual Exhibit Hall / Meet the Vendor
Meet our sponsors, get points, find valuable new resources for your organization.
11:00am - 12:00pm ESTKEYNOTE SPEAKER NICK WEBB
Healthcare Futurist, Entrepreneur, Professor
Leveraging Innovation for the Future of Healthcare
Sponsored by CVS Health

The U.S. is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but in healthcare, the nation spends its money and resources pursuing the wrong goal: curing people after they get sick. The future of healthcare depends on reversing this system, to chart a new path away from reactionary treatment to one focused on anticipation and prevention. To do this will require leveraging innovation including the abundance of new technologies across the healthcare continuum. Emerging digital technologies now make it possible to collect, analyze, and act upon the enormous quantities of health-related data that every individual generates every day. This data often foreshadows disease and can alert the healthcare provider to the existence of a life-threatening condition before there are any outward symptoms, thereby enabling caregivers to pivot from treatment after the fact to anticipation, prevention, and, when necessary, reduced treatment to correct a smaller problem. As top healthcare futurist Nick Webb will attest, directing resources and leveraging innovation will allow employers to improve wellness and lower costs across the board.
12:00pm - 12:15pm ESTBreak
12:15pm - 12:45pm ESTRESEARCH UNVEILING
Finding the Uncommon: Revealing Disparities in Care and Prescribing for Common Conditions
Common conditions can have a costly toll on a person’s well-being and an employer’s bottom line. In a first-of-its-kind joint venture, the Health Action Council and UnitedHealth Group have brought together data from UnitedHealthcare, UMR and OptumRx®. The purpose: to create insights into variances on common conditions that affect Health Action Council’s insured population.
12:45pm - 1:45pm ESTBREAKOUT SESSION 1
The Data-Driven Digital Revolution
2020 saw the expedited adoption of digital health across the entire country. With the use of these telehealth services comes a new and important stream of data with the potential to transform the workplace. Employers want access to this transparent, objective data to gain insight into not only the behaviors and health of their workforce but also to evaluate practitioners providing health services to them. In some cases, these types of data can help improve provider selection, referrals and patient outcomes. In others, the use of a virtual expert may steer a plan member away from unnecessary elective surgery. The fact of the matter is that 2020 saw the first giant step towards a digital-first healthcare landscape. This session will help employers understand some of the many lessons this data-driven digital revolution has taught.

Hosted by:
Matt Resnick, Chief Medical Officer, Embold Health
Andrew Le, MD, CEO, Co-Founder, Buoy Health
Marsha Hyslop. RN, MBA, Chief Clinical Officer, 2nd MD

BREAKOUT SESSION 2
Mental and Behavioral Health Solutions for 2021 and Beyond
The events of 2020 exacerbated an already existing problem — Research has shown rapidly increasing numbers of depression and anxiety across the country creating a mental health crisis. Fortunately, with the forced shift to telehealth, 2020 opened up the possibility of new mental health solutions readily available to tackle this challenge. With technology offering a smooth transition from episodic care to continuous remote care, new mental health solutions have the potential to prove themselves superior to more traditional routes of care. This session will examine some of the nuances of this transition and provide employers with strategies to meet the varying mental health needs of a diverse employee population. These strategies will buck the trend of one-size-fits-most by examining clinical and employee reality. It will further offer low-cost and no-cost strategies for when it’s time to unplug.

Hosted by:
Valerie Hoffman, MPH, Ph.D., Head of Research, Meru Health
Jenna Carl, Ph.D., Vice President, Clinical Development & Medical Affairs, Big Health
Helena Plater-Zyberk, Co-Founder, CEO, Supportiv

1:45pm - 2:15pm ESTVirtual Exhibit Hall
Meet our sponsors, get points, find valuable new resources for your organization.
4:30pm - 5:30pm ESTVirtual Networking / Cocktail Hour
Sponsored by VSP Vision Care