Population Health Strategies for Employer-Based Coverage: Thought Leaders in Population Health Speaker Series

August 26, 2014 at 12:00pm
Webinar (ET)

Epstein Becker Green and EBG Advisors, as part of the Thought Leaders in Population Health Speaker Series, will host a complimentary webinar in August on emerging trends in value-based purchasing in health care. The session, Population Health Strategies for Employer-Based Coverage, will assess how employers and other health plan sponsors are developing new programs to promote enhanced clinical and financial outcomes for the groups and populations they manage. In particular, speakers will highlight how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is influencing population health management strategies for employer-based coverage. The webinar, scheduled for August 26, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. ET, will be led by two thought leaders from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HCI3): Francois de Brantes, MS, MBA, Executive Director; and Douglas Emery, MS, Program Implementation Leader, Western Region. Gretchen K. Young, Senior Vice President, Health Policy, The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), will also serve as a panelist and Adam Solander, Associate, Epstein Becker Green, will moderate the session.

During the webinar, the panelists will discuss:

  • How ACA’s Cadillac tax on health benefits is changing the way employers pay for insurance coverage and how employees access and use insurance and wellness benefits.
  • How employers are creating and implementing new incentive programs to align prudent purchasing with proper care management techniques.
  • Emerging legal and reporting requirements based upon ACA and state requirements.

The Thought Leaders in Population Health Speaker Series offers participants informative and insightful guidance on how population health strategies are transforming the health care paradigm as the industry moves towards measurement and management of integrated delivery systems such as accountable care organizations (ACOs). All previous webinar programs can be viewed online.

“The Population Health Webinar Series attempts to find some common ground for health care professionals and other health care stakeholders by identifying best practices and creating a call to action for collaboration and outcomes improvement nationwide,” says Mark Lutes, Chair of Epstein Becker Green’s Board of Directors. “From the Affordable Care Act and data analytics to advancement in health IT systems, a number of factors are having a significant impact on the health care delivery system.”

The Speakers

Francois de Brantes, MS, MBA, Executive Director, Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute As Executive Director of HCI3, Mr. de Brantes is responsible for setting and implementing the strategy of the organization. This includes supervising the implementations of Bridges To Excellence and PROMETHEUS Payment pilots, leading the development of new programs, and designing incentive efforts for employers, health plans and provider organizations. Previously, Mr. de Brantes was the Program Leader for various health care initiatives at GE Corporate Health Care Programs, responsible for developing the conceptual framework and the implementation of GE's Active Consumer strategy. Mr. de Brantes attended the University of Paris IX - Dauphine where he earned a MS in Economics and Finance. After completing his military service as a platoon leader in a Light Cavalry Regiment, he attended the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, where he graduated with an MBA.

Douglas Emery, MS, Program Implementation Leader, Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute Mr. Emery serves the Operations Manager for the Western Region for HCI3. He has been working in health care reform policy for over 15 years. Beginning in 1991, at the Institute of Political Economy, he and other colleagues began to work out a new microeconomic model for health care economics and episode of care purchasing. Since then, Mr. Emery has worked in the public sector (Public Employees Health Program of Utah) and the private sector as an executive and consultant (Oxford Health Plans, HealthSouth, HealthMarket, Medstat, Definity Health, and others).  Mr. Emery has published many articles and two books on moving toward a more consumer-directed model and episode purchasing.

Gretchen K. Young, Senior Vice President, Health Policy, the ERISA Industry Committee Ms. Young is the Senior Vice President, Health Policy, for the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC). She works in Washington, D.C., where her primary responsibilities include working as a registered Congressional lobbyist on federal health issues and monitoring the work of Congress and the executive agencies with respect to health benefits. Her primary focus over the past two years has been the Affordable Care Act and the accompanying regulations. She also has devoted considerable time and attention to employer wellness programs and the threats to them posted by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Prior to her work at ERIC, Ms. Young covered both retirement and health issues for several large consulting forms. She has worked for over 25 years in the employee benefits field, including stints at three federal agencies that regulate ERISA plans – IRS, PBGC, and DOL.

Adam Solander, Associate, Epstein Becker Green Session moderator Mr. Solander is an associate of Epstein Becker Green’s Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC office. Mr. Solander advises health care clients on issues concerning ERISA preemption, obligations of plan fiduciaries and breach of fiduciary duties, prohibited transactions, and denial of benefits. He is also has experience advocating on behalf of health care trade associations and disease-specific patient advocacy groups, to the Congressional and Executive branches. Mr. Solander received a 2014 Burton Award for Legal Writing for coauthoring the article "For Employers with High Turnover and Large Numbers of Seasonal Workers, the ACA Creates Unique Compliance Issues," which was published in Bloomberg BNA's Daily Labor Report on July 10, 2013. The award, which is given in association with the Library of Congress, was presented to only 30 authors from entries submitted by the nation's 1,000 largest law firms. The winners were selected by a distinguished panel of judges and law school professors from Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, and Stanford Law School.