Taking on Mental Health in the Workplace — Challenges and Solutions | HC4
Moderator: Nancy Spangler, Senior Consultant, Center for Workplace Mental Health,
American Psychiatric Association Foundation
K. Andrew Crighton, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Prudential Financial
Kim Hauge, Director of Employee Wellness, Kent State University
Sandra Kuhn, Principal and National Lead for Behavioral Health Consulting Group, Mercer
Thursday, April 5 | 11: 30 a.m. - 12: 30 p.m.
Mental health conditions are having a huge impact on employers’ bottom lines, costing them, by some
estimates, more than $100 billion a year in medical costs, lower productivity, absenteeism and disability.
In response, many employers have started to make mental well-being a top priority, raising awareness
about the issue in the workplace and taking concrete steps to remove the stigma surrounding it. Yet despite
these efforts, most experts agree much more needs to be done. This panel will discuss the business case
for addressing the challenges associated with mental health, the state-of-the-art resources and tools now
available to employers, and proven workplace practices that can make a difference.
Make the business case for investing in mental well-being
Increase awareness about depression and the stigma that often accompanies it
Identify barriers to treatment — and how to help employees and their families surmount them
Do Workplace Health-Promotion Programs Work?
What the Latest Research Is Telling Us | HC5
Ron Goetzel, Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research, IBM Watson Health; Senior Scientist,
Johns Hopkins University
Thursday, April 5 | 1: 30 - 2: 30 p.m.
Wellness programs are well intentioned, but sadly, far too often aren’t very effective. As you might expect,
this has led many employers to ask, “Do wellness programs really work?” Ron Goetzel will address
the controversy head on by sharing new research on workplace health promotion programs and their
impact on employee health, medical costs and productivity. He’ll also review his “Top 10” list of best
and promising practices revealed from a benchmarking project supported by the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation, and introduce you to a free, new online engagement tool from CDC’s Workplace Health
Resource Center that offers credible and actionable workplace health resources.
Apply lessons from three recent studies that have strongly influenced workplace health promotion
Identify key factors to develop or expand an effective workplace health promotion program
Make a compelling business case for investing in workers’ health and well-being
The Rx Challenge: Getting Specialty Pharma Costs Under Control | HC6
David Dross, Partner and Managed Pharmacy Practice Leader, Mercer
Friday, April 6 | 9: 15 - 10: 15 a.m.
Prescription drugs — particularly specialty medications — are the top driver of healthcare cost increases
today. In 2016, pharmacy drug costs increased 10.2%, while specialty drug costs were up 19.2%,
topping out at an incredible $160 billion. With 40 to 50 new specialty drugs approved each year, it
is anticipated that figure could go up by as much as $20 billion annually for the next five years. While
these medications can be life-changing for your employees who need them, the cost is clearly on pace to
make them unattainable in the near future. David Dross will help you understand your organization’s risk
for unsustainable spending and offer you a prescription for successfully controlling these costs.
Understand the specialty pharma ecosystem
Recognize the impact specialty drugs are having on employer budgets
Adapt proven cost-savings activities being used by innovative organizations