MBGH 2017 Wellness & Health Benefit Conference

Innovation As Strategy

We had a great conference on August 23, 2017 with approximately 200 attendees focusing on innovation as a strategy.

We all agree with that old adage that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Yet, many wellness and health benefit professionals find themselves relying on strategies that are familiar and safe, but are not producing the business results they need. 

If we want different results and better performance, then we must do things differently and do different things. This is Innovation and it is essential if you are to deliver in the rapidly changing wellness and health benefit environment (adapted from Maher and Plsek, 2009)

We heard first hand from national and regional employers and experts about innovations in wellness and health benefits that are producing improved performance in employee engagement, benefit design, provider accountability, and population health. Got the latest on the changing health policy/regulatory environment; heard from a panel of  Memphis’ own Fortune’s 2017100 Best Companies to Work For; and joined MBGH in an engaging discussion about trends in Mid-South health benefits.

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Agenda, Speakers & Presentations

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We were excited to have these bright minds, full of innovative ideas, join us at the conference. Click here to learn about the breakout sessions

Top Row: L to R: Laurie Lee, Executive Director, State of TN Employee Benefit Administration, Innovation: Paying for Value; Greg Mansur, Principal, PwC, Innovation: Next Generation Benefit Strategies; Roz Murray, Project and Research Manager, Catalyst for Payment Reform Innovation: Innovative Benefit Designs That Work

Middle Row: L to R Kristof Stremikis, Senior Manager, Pacific Business Group on Health, Innovation: Surviving Health Policy Changes (Again); Scott Conard, Physician, Author, Innovation: Creating Value Through Population Health Management; Michelle Thompson, Business Development Manager, Milliman, Innovation: Mid-South Health Benefit Trends

Bottom Row: L to R Barbara McClanahan, Faculty, University of Memphis, Innovation: Innovation as a Strategy; Laura Hammill, Chief People Officer, Limeade, Innovation: Moving from Wellness to Well-Being



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Claire Shapiro, President of MBGH Board, and Cristie Travis welcomed everyone Approximately 200 attended! Nancy Averwater. Corporate VP for Human Resources at Baptist Memorial Health Care, introduced our kick-off keynote address. Greg Mansur, Principal at PwC, challenged us to consider new benefit solutions to meet the changing needs of employees Bill Stafford, National Director for Pfizer, introduced our second keynote Scott Conard, physician, author, and consultant, laid out a framework for population health management to improve health and cut costs Scott reminded us that "disease is the enemy" and stakeholders working together can create win-win-win solutions Resolve MDx shared the power of pharmacogenomics in getting the right medications to the right patients as part of our Innovation Slam! WorkRight demoed their technology used to identify how to improve how workers get their job done to protect their health and safety as part of our Innovation Slam! Regional One Center for Innovation presented a concept for a genius bar and clinical technologists to help patient manage their own health in our Innovation Slam! And the winner of our Innovation Slam! was ResolveMDx Laurie Lee, Executive Director of the State of TN Benefits Administration, talked about paying for value. Roz Murray, Project and Research Manager at Catalyst for Payment Reform, talked about benefit designs that work. Laura Hamill, Chief People Officer for Limeade, challenged attendees to move from wellness to well-being Our panel of Memphis organizations on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list shared how culture is king in creating a workplace that employees want to come to work every day Kristof Stremikis, Associate Director of Policy for the Pacific Business Group on Health, gave an update on implications for employers re: national and regional health policy Michelle Thompson, Milliiman, presented the results of the Lipscomb & Pitts Mid-South health benefits survey Lipscomb & Pitts recognized Memphis Scholars as the "Best in Benefits" based on their responses to the health benefit survey

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