IHC FORUM Panel Helps Employers Cut Health Care Costs, Not Coverage, in Down Economy

Leading executives from Coca-Cola, Goodwill, Vail Resorts and the State of Georgia offer innovative strategies for  managing employee health care costs in tough economic times

ATLANTA, Feb 23—Health care spend is one of the most pressing issues U.S. businesses face today. While most companies are loath to eliminate employer-sponsored health plans altogether, they struggle to find ways to effectively manage skyrocketing premiums without sacrificing the quality of care their workers receive. The “What Health Care Consumerism Means to You” general session of The Institute for Health Care Consumerism’s upcoming FORUM East conference explores the benefits of implementing cost-saving, consumer-driven health plans in a difficult economic climate. The session will be held on April 13 at the 12:30 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA.

The panel, comprised of several of the health care consumerism movement’s leading voices, will offer insights on how business of all sizes can reduce costs immediately, boost employee morale and productivity, and engage workers in making well-informed health care decisions for themselves and their families. The session will focus on forward thinking, consumer-driven solutions such as corporate wellness programs, health savings accounts, health reimbursement accounts and supplemental health plans.

Speakers include:
Trudie Nacin, division chief, State Health Benefit Plan Georgia Department of Community Health

Kristine Hackbarth-Horn, chief operating officer of people, Goodwill of North Central Wisconsin

– David Ganick, benefits director, Vail Resorts

– Kelly Keith, senior manager, Health and Welfare Plans, Coca-Cola Enterprises

– Panel Moderator Jon Comola, CEO and chairman, Wye River Group and Founder of Foundation for American Healthcare Leadership

“We’re thrilled at the prospect of having five of the country’s key health and benefits thought leaders in the same room,” remarks Doug Field, IHC FORUM founder and CEO. “These individuals are proven innovators in the health care consumerism space. I’m confident they’ll leave our attendees with valuable takeaways on consumer-driven health care, and real, actionable solutions that’ll have an immediate positive impact on their companies’ bottom lines.”

Other IHC FORUM East general sessions include:
– The Journey to HealthCare Consumerism—Opening Session
– Health Care Reform: A Potential Pothole on the Journey to HealthCare Consumerism
– Population Health Management Multi Stakeholder Panel
– Health Care Provider Panel

To learn more about the conference or to register, visit www.theihccforum.com.

The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism’s FORUM East and FORUM West are the only national events 100 percent dedicated to innovative health and benefits management. Through 24 cutting-edge workshops, five general sessions and numerous networking opportunities, attendees get relevant insights from industry thought leaders and policymakers on how to cut costs, engage employees and comply with current health care laws. FORUM-goers also have an unprecedented opportunity to learn from peers who have successfully adopted health care consumerism programs. The FORUM allows HR professionals, brokers, consultants and health plan administrators to share leading practices, exchange ideas and arrive at real, implementable solutions.

Rochelle Porter