Detecting the Unmet Needs of Employees: The First Step Towards Total
Health, Wellness and Healthcare Savings | HC1
Scott Wallace, Managing Director of the Value Institute for Health and Care,
Associate Professor, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin
Deborah Kennedy, CEO, NutritionOptions LLC
Wednesday, April 4 | 11: 30 a.m. - 12: 30 p.m.
Employer-sponsored insurance covers almost 56% of the U.S. population, and as such many employers
can consider themselves mini-insurance companies. A powerful new tool, the Experience Group
Methodology, has been developed to uncover the unmet needs of employees and patients. Through this
tool, employers can save resources by providing the services employees need and avoiding investing in
those they do not. Scott Wallace and Deborah Kennedy will detail what this innovative model entails,
how it works and the value it can deliver to your organization.
Determine the needs of your employees using the Experience Group Methodology
Uncover the major obstacle(s) for behavior change in your employees and increase engagement
Implement health and wellness services tailored to your employees’ work and life
Focusing on High-Cost Claimants: Innovative Employer Strategies for
High-Cost and High-Risk Members | HC2
Ronald Leopold, Chief Medical Officer, Lockton Benefit Group
Wednesday, April 4 | 2 - 3 p.m.
For the past decade, “Wellness will help you bend the cost curve” has been the mantra as employers
have been focused on behavioral and lifestyle change strategies intended to reduce health risks and
future medical costs. However, much of this mantra was based on studies utilizing Medicare rather than
employer-sponsored plan data. The chronic conditions (and risks for future medical costs) employers
have been focusing on, in fact, represent less than a quarter of their high-cost spend. The overwhelming
concentration of expenses for annual medical costs is found in this year’s employer high-cost claimant
experiences, such as back surgeries, cancers, substance abuse treatment and complications involving
hospitalization. Dr. Ron Leopold will explain what’s really driving your organization’s medical costs and
explore newer marketplace strategies that can enable you to better get them under control.
Understand what clinical conditions and medical treatments are driving higher medical costs
Identify specific strategies that can mitigate higher medical costs
Specify medical cost strategies and differentiate them from wellness solutions
DART’s Journey to ACO Direct Contracting and
Reference Based Reimbursement | HC3
Cheryl Orr, Vice President of Human Capital, Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Jack Tartaro, Consultant, Willis Towers Watson
Thursday, April 5 | 9: 15 - 10: 15 a.m.
In 2015, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) was challenged with having healthcare expenditures on an
unsustainable course. It needed to make a change that would improve quality and lower costs. Cheryl
Orr and Jack Tartaro will discuss how DART — which has 3,200 plan members — reached its decision
to move to a two-pronged strategy: a direct contract with a local Accountable Care Organization and
Reference Based Reimbursement. They will also detail how DART approached plan design, vendor
selection and benefits communication to ensure the initiative’s success.
Identify the key part data analytics plays in the decision-making process
Determine how to select vendors that can implement your healthcare strategy
Implement an innovative employee-communication strategy to introduce changes to your employees