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FT Future of Healthcare Forum

Business Strategies and Solutions for a Shifting Landscape

New York |
Speakers include:
Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

Lanhee Chen

Lanhee Chen

Hoover Institution

Paul Fronstin

Paul Fronstin

Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI)

Overview

With a new president and Congress, the US healthcare system is expected to undergo a period of considerable upheaval. In particular, the administration’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with a system that may rely on tax credits raises considerable unknowns around the future of healthcare in this country. While plans have not yet been finalized, questions remain, such as how the changes will be financed. All of this has important implications for the employer-based insurance marketplace and leaves employers asking questions about their role in the healthcare market.

For companies, the main challenge remains how to provide quality healthcare for employees at sustainable costs. Forward-looking organizations are adopting a wide range of tools and innovative approaches to achieve this. These include employee-tailored healthcare programs, ‘pay for performance’ strategies, partnerships with other employers, providers and health plans, and use of technology, data and analytics. Other companies are investing in innovative technologies that are intended to disrupt the healthcare system to find solutions to drive better care. All of these efforts are enabling employers not only to better manage costs, but also to create a healthy, engaged and productive workforce at a time when healthcare is on the horizon of change.

Through a series of high-level interactive panel discussions, one-on-one interviews with leading health experts, innovators and influencers, and transformation case studies, FT Future of Healthcare Forum: Business Strategies and Solutions for a Shifting Landscape, organized by the Financial Times in partnership with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, provides a unique opportunity to review the latest trends in healthcare and their impact on the evolving healthcare system. Networking opportunities will provide a forum to exchange and collaborate with multiple players across the healthcare continuum.

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Speakers (10)

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

Founder, The Huffington Post and Founder and CEO, Thrive Global

Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet.

In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.

She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

Lanhee Chen

Lanhee Chen

Research Fellow
Hoover Institution

Lanhee Chen is the David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution; Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University; and an affiliate of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is also a Counsel at the law firm of Arent Fox.

Mr Chen was an adviser to Senator Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign. In 2012, he was policy director for the Romney-Ryan presidential campaign, as well as Governor Mitt Romney’s chief policy adviser and a senior strategist on the campaign.

In 2014, he was Senior Adviser on Policy to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He was deputy campaign manager and policy director of Steve Poizner’s 2010 California gubernatorial campaign, domestic policy director of Governor Romney’s first presidential bid in 2008 and a health policy adviser to the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign in 2004.

Mr Chen serves as a presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed member of the Social Security Advisory Board—an independent, bipartisan panel that advises the president, Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security on matters related to the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs. In the Bush administration, Mr Chen was a senior official at the US Department of Health and Human Services.

He has been an associate attorney with the international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he practiced business litigation. He was also the Winnie Neubauer Visiting Fellow in Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation and worked as a health policy advocate for a major business group in Washington, DC.

Mr Chen earned his PhD and AM in political science from Harvard University, his JD cum laude from Harvard Law School, and his AB magna cum laude in government from Harvard College. He is a member of the State Bar of California.

Paul Fronstin

Paul Fronstin

Director, Health Research and Education Program
Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI)

Paul Fronstin is Director of the Health Research and Education Program at the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to original public policy research and education on economic security and employee benefits. He also oversees the Center for Research on Health Benefits Innovation. He has been with EBRI since 1993. Dr Fronstin’s research interests include trends in employment-based health benefits, private health insurance exchanges, workplace wellness programs, consumer-driven health benefits, retiree health benefits, employee benefits and taxation, and public opinion about health benefits and health care. He currently serves on the board of trustees for Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions and for the Maryland Patient Safety Center. He also serves on the National Advisory Board for the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design. He is the Associate Editor of Benefits Quarterly and is also a TIAA-CREF Institute Fellow. From 2012-2016, Dr Fronstin served on the Maryland Health Care Commission. In 2010, he served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Determination of Essential Health Benefits. Dr Fronstin earned his Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Binghamton and his PhD. in economics from the University of Miami.

Sharon Cunninghis

Sharon Cunninghis

US Health & Benefits Business Leader
Mercer

Sharon Cunninghis is Mercer’s US Health Leader and is based in New York. She is also an actuary and Senior Partner. In this role, Sharon is responsible for Mercer’s consulting, brokerage, Voluntary Benefits, private exchange, Government Medicaid and Affinity businesses. In addition to her business responsibilities, Ms Cunninghis has developed innovative products and programs in the US and globally and also works with a number of Mercer’s key clients.

Ms Cunninghis has more than 20 years of experience in benefits. She has extensive knowledge in areas such as developing programs that promote better access and outcomes to health benefits; working with key clients on strategy setting and program design; design and implementation of innovative care and health management programs; and developing new approaches to global health management.

Prior to her current role, Ms Cunninghis was leader of the Global Mercer Marketplace 365 business, the world’s largest private exchange. She has also served as the North America Business Leader for Health & Benefits. Before joining Mercer, Ms Cunninghis worked for two major insurance companies.

Ms Cunninghis received a BS, cum laude, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She is an associate of the Society of Actuaries, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a member of the National Business Group on Health.

John Goodman

John Goodman

President
Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research

John Goodman is President of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research. He is author of the widely acclaimed book A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America, and the award-winning Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis.

Mr Goodman, who is frequently invited to testify before Congress on healthcare reform, served as President of the National Center for Policy Analysis for 31 years and has taught and completed research at Columbia University, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, Southern Methodist University and the University of Dallas.

Mr Goodman is author of more than 50 studies on health policy, retirement reform and tax issues, as well as 10 books, including Living with Obamacare: A Consumer's Guide; Lives at Risk: Single Payer National Health Insurance Around the World (with Gerald Musgrave and Devon Herrick); Leaving Women Behind: Modern Families, Outdated Laws (with Kimberley A. Strassel and Celeste Colgan); and the Patient Power: Solving America's Health Care Crisis.

He was the lead expert in the grassroots public policy campaign, “Free Our Health Care Now,” a national education effort to communicate patient-centered alternatives to a government-run healthcare system, resulting in the largest online petition ever delivered on Capitol Hill.

In 1988, he received the Duncan Black Award for the best scholarly article on public choice economics. He received his PhD in economics from Columbia University.

LuAnn Heinen

LuAnn Heinen

Vice President, Workforce Well-being, Productivity and Human Capital
National Business Group on Health (NBGH)

LuAnn Heinen is Vice President, Workforce Well-being, Productivity and Human Capital at the National Business Group on Health (NBGH). In this role, she leads the Group’s initiatives on employee, family and community well-being and workforce effectiveness. These initiatives aim to provide thought leadership and benchmarking for large employers on their well-being strategies and tactics, and include a Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® recognition program. They also highlight innovations and best practices related to employee engagement, benefit and leave policy, work environments to maximize well-being and the connection between employee health and business performance. Ms Heinen currently serves on AHRQ’s Evidence-Based Practice Center Expert Panel on Total Worker Health, the APHA Healthiest Cities & Counties Advisory Board, the Nemours National Advisory Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention, the National Academies Action Collaborative on Business Engagement in Building Healthy Communities, and the STOP Obesity Alliance Steering Committee. Ms Heinen earned a Master’s in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an A.B. in Human Biology with distinction from Stanford University.

Shawn Leavitt

Shawn Leavitt

SVP, Total Rewards
Comcast

Shawn Leavitt is the Senior Vice President of Total Rewards for Comcast, one of the world’s largest media and technology companies, including Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal and Spectacor. In this role, Mr Leavitt and his team are responsible for improving the wellbeing of the company’s 139,000 employees by enhancing their total reward experience and delivering customized products to drive better outcomes. Mr Leavitt has responsibility across the organization and its four large classes of programs – Financial Health, Health & Welfare, Health Services & Engagement, and Health Innovation & Product. This includes responsibility for benefit operations and finance and a strategic partnership with Comcast Connected Health. In addition, Mr Leavitt is responsible for Comcast Cable compensation strategy and design. Over his 20-year career – which has included strategic positions at Carlson, Safeway Inc, The Coca-Cola Company, and Knight-Ridder – Mr Leavitt has developed a reputation for innovation. He has implemented creative, integrated compensation and benefit strategies; managed rewards in complex global settings; developed effective employee total rewards and wellness campaigns; championed the development of leading-edge and award-winning portal solutions; and pioneered the “Health Advocate” model that is now a core function of any effective care management strategy. Mr Leavitt’s innovative approach to benefits continues with the creation of the Support System for Reality – Comcast’s always-on ecosystem that puts the employee experience at the center and ensures benefits fit into their everyday life. 

Katie Mahoney

Katie Mahoney

Executive Director, Health Policy
US Chamber of Commerce

Katie Mahoney rejoined the US Chamber of Commerce in June 2010. She is responsible for developing, advocating and publicizing the Chamber’s policy on health and works with members of Congress, the administration and regulatory agencies to promote the organization’s health policy. She also crafts regulatory responses for the Chamber and its member companies and addresses material areas as part of a comprehensive health policy.

Ms Mahoney was previously Assistant Director of Health and FDA Business at law firm Greenberg Traurig, where she was responsible for analyzing legislative and regulatory healthcare proposals and advising insurers, healthcare providers and employers on their business impact.

From 2004 to 2007, Ms Mahoney worked at the Chamber as Director of Healthcare Policy, focusing on access to health coverage for small businesses and the uninsured, health plan mandates, ERISA preemption and regulatory requirements, COBRA, Medicare payment systems, retiree health coverage, medical liability reform and health care quality improvement initiatives.

Ms Mahoney has consulted for state agencies and hospitals to maximize reimbursement and improve coverage among underserved populations, using public financing strategies. Her operational experience includes negotiating, implementing and monitoring managed care agreements with hospitals and health systems, large medical groups and ancillaries in Southwest Central Louisiana on behalf of the largest single health carrier in the US.

She completed a postgraduate fellowship with the Ochsner Health System. She graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with an undergraduate degree in English literature. She earned a law degree and a master’s degree in health administration from Tulane University’s Schools of Law and Public Health and Tropical Medicine, respectively.

Anne Phelps

Anne Phelps

Principal, US Healthcare Regulatory Leader
Deloitte

Anne Phelps is a Deloitte Advisory Principal in the Life Sciences and Health Care practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP. She has over twenty-seven years of health care policy experience in a broad range of legislative and regulatory issues. Ms Phelps serves as a strategic business advisor to numerous health care stakeholders - including providers, payers, employers, life sciences companies, and investors - to help them navigate the complex health care regulatory environment and how it will impact their organizations. This involves understanding the regulatory landscape, interpreting the impact on the various stakeholders, and helping organizations scenario plan, formulate priorities, and execute their strategies.

Prior to her career in professional services, Ms Phelps served in the Bush Administration as a Special Assistant to the President as the Chief Health Policy Advisor to the President for the Domestic Policy Council and as the Executive Director of the 2004 Republican National Platform Committee. Earlier in her career, Ms Phelps worked on Capitol Hill in the United States Senate and at the National Institutes of Health in a variety of health policy and legislative roles.

Maureen Sullivan

Maureen Sullivan

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Maureen Sullivan is Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies. The BCBS System is the nation’s largest health insurer, covering more than 106 million members – one-in-three of all Americans. Ms Sullivan has overall accountability for BCBSA’s strategy, brand, marketing, business and program development, research, strategic communications and educational programs. In this capacity, she leads several teams in providing wide-ranging services and strategic counsel to BCBSA leadership and BCBS Plans. Among the critical thought leadership initiatives Ms Sullivan drives on behalf of the BCBS System are efforts to effectively leverage BCBS data to bring new insights to healthcare. This suite of programs includes the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index, a first-of-its-kind measure of community and national health; the Health of America report series, which highlights data-driven information on timely health topics; and the Alliance for Health Research, a partnership with leading academic institutions. Ms Sullivan also supports BCBS companies in their efforts to transition care delivery to become more patient-focused and to succeed in all lines of business in an increasingly consumer-driven market. Her strategic guidance spans development of innovative solutions within BCBSA and across the BCBS System, as well as multiple initiatives to further strengthen the BCBS brand across all lines of business, from individual consumers to large national employers.  Ms Sullivan earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she was a Kennedy Fellow. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Chair (1)

David  Crow

David Crow

Senior US Business Correspondent
Financial Times

David Crow is a Senior US Business Correspondent for the Financial Times, covering telecoms, technology, and pharmaceuticals. He is based in New York. He previously worked on the FT's main news desk in London, where he edited the front page of the print edition. Before joining the FT he was Managing Editor of City AM, the London financial newspaper.

Mr Crow has an MA in English Literature from the University of Glasgow.

Agenda - 28th Feb

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Networking Breakfast
  • 8:30am
    FT Chair Opening Remarks

    David Crow, Senior US Business Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 8:35am
    Keynote Interview

    Paul Fronstin, Director of the Health Research and Education Program, Employee Benefit Research Institute

  • 8:50am
    Panel: US Healthcare Transformation - What’s on the Horizon?

    As new president opens to the door to sweeping changes to US healthcare, this panel will look ahead and assess what such changes might mean for employers.

    • President Donald Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act and apply a free market approach to the provision of health insurance, creating Health Savings Accounts. What might this mean for employer healthcare? Will the public and private exchange health insurance model survive? How does the new administration plan to fund healthcare?
    • While the election of a new president will bring legislative changes to healthcare provision, other forces are also driving changes. In particular, a shift from volume of care to value of care, requiring all stakeholders in the healthcare system to embrace new organizational structures, from reimbursement systems to team-based approaches to care and a greater focus on primary care and prevention. What are the implications of these changes in healthcare approaches for companies?

    Lanhee Chen, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
    John Goodman, President, Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research
    Katie Mahoney, Executive Director of Health Policy, US Chamber of Commerce
    Anne Phelps, Principal, US Health Care Regulatory Leader, Deloitte

  • 9:30am
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 9:50am
    Keynote Interview

    Maureen Sullivan, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

    In conversation with David Crow, Senior US Business Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:05am
    Employers’ Forum: New Approaches to Healthcare -- Minimizing Cost, Maximizing Outcomes

    This panel will assess the implications of the seismic policy shifts about to take place in the healthcare landscape, track innovations in the marketplace and highlight approaches top employers are taking to stay ahead of the curve in order to deliver higher-quality healthcare at lower costs.

    • What will changes in the healthcare landscape – both economic and policy-driven – mean for employers? How will the new US administration’s policies on healthcare provision affect the corporate sector? How will employer responsibility for healthcare shift in the years ahead?
    • Business model innovations will enable companies to bring new approaches into the workplace to maintain a healthy and productive workforce. Which strategies are proving most effective? What is the return on investment in employee health to business? And how is it possible to measure this in financial terms?
    • Digital technologies are giving consumers more control over their own healthcare. How are employers capitalizing on the revolution in technology, data and analytics to lower costs and improve quality of care?

    Sharon Cunninghis, US Health & Benefits Business Leader, Mercer
    LuAnn Heinen, Vice President, Workforce Well-being, Productivity and Human Capital, National Business Group on Health
    Shawn Leavitt, Senior Vice President, Total Rewards, Comcast

  • 10:45am
    FT Keynote Interview

    Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global, and Founder, Huffington Post

  • 11:05am
    FT Chair Closing Remarks

Why Attend?

  • Gain insight into the latest trends in healthcare and their impact on healthcare provisions in the workplace
  • Learn about the forward-looking strategies and initiatives to achieve high-quality healthcare for employees at lower cost 
  • Network, exchange and collaborate with top players from across the healthcare continuum
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Who Attends?

FT Future of Healthcare Forum is an invite-only event designed to bring together key senior executives from across the healthcare continuum. Limited places are available, free of charge, to the following professionals:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Administrative Officer
  • Chief Strategy Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Human Resources Officer
  • VPs of Health and Wellness

Additional senior applicants will be considered for invitation subject to availability of places and meeting the above criteria. If you match this profile, please register your interest here and we will get back to you regarding your attendance within 5 business days.

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Four Seasons Hotel
57 East 57th Street
New York 10022

United States of America

Tel: +1 (212) 758-5700

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Financial Times Live (FT Live) is the global conferences and events division of the Financial Times Group. Chaired by senior journalists from the Financial Times Group, the summits, conferences, awards and strategic forums organised by FT Live gather the world’s brightest minds and most influential decision-makers.

Exclusive on-stage interviews, stimulating presentations and lively panel debates – available on multiple content platforms – provide the cutting-edge insights, unique personalities and peer audience engagement that have the power to transform finance, business, politics, society and culture.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® companies. The Association owns and manages the Blue Cross and Blue Shield trademarks and names in more than 170 countries and territories around the world.

Operating and offering healthcare coverage in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, the 36 Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies cover about 107 million Americans. Nationwide, more than 96% of hospitals and 93% of professional providers contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies — more than any other insurer.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies offer a variety of insurance products to all segments of the population, including large employer groups, small business and individuals. The Blues® currently serve 85% of Fortune 100 companies and 76% of Fortune 500 companies. Moreover, the Blues have enrolled more than half of all U.S. federal workers, retirees and their families, making the Federal Employee Program the largest single health plan group in the world.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is an association of independent, locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies.

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