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 Tuesday, October 25th, 2011Click Here for Detail 

11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ministerial Summit and Luncheon
( By Invitation Only)

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Exhibitor Move In & Registration

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and Welcome Reception

 Wednesday, October 26th, 2011Click Here for Detail 

6:00 am - 7:00 am
Morning Activities Yoga or Boot Camp
 

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Morning Yoga

Tara Lyons, renowned celebrity yoga fitness instructor will facilitate a Yoga session with the Chicago Yo-Fi Wellness Team!
 

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Morning Boot Camp

Pete Thomas, one of the winners of The Biggest Loser-Season 2, will facilitate an invigorating combination of cardio and resistance-training exercises to increase overall fitness and mental clarity, as well as increase agility and strength.

7:00 am - 9:00 am
Registration

8:00 am - 8:30 am
Networking Coffee & Tea in Exhibit Hall

8:30 am - 9:45 am
Opening Introduction and Keynote Speech, American Medical Association
Translation Provided in Spanish/Portuguese
 

Crossover Session with the Employer Healthcare Congress

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Jonathan Edelheit, CEO, Global Benefits Association; Editor-in-Chief, Global Benefits Magazine

The Future of Healthcare and Healthcare Reform in America

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Dr. Cecil Wilson, President, American Medical Association (AMA)

9:50 am
Global Benefits Leadership Awards

10:00 am - 10:50 am
Current Trends In Multinational Pooling
 

Multinational Pooling has been in use since its creation some 40 years ago. It has evolved today into commonly used method to reduce costs while at the time providing critical information back to corporate HQ. This session will cover real life case studies through a panel discussion. It will also cover newer elements of pooling including small groups pools, captive reinsurance, and harmonization of current pools.

 

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Phil Borden,   US Compliance and International Benefits, Kohler Co. 

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Maureen Kennedy-Harlan, Director of Global Benefits, Joy Global

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David Bryan, Marketing Consultant, Norfolk Mobility Benefits

 

Jack Heisler, International Compensation & Benefits, Zebra Technologies Corporation

   

11:00 am - 11:50 am
Educational Sessions
 

Track 1 Medical Tourism & Cross Border Healthcare

With rising healthcare costs employers are looking at costs savings approaches by allowing emmployees to travel to other hospitals within the country and in some cases outside the country in order to achieve more affordable costs for surgical outcomes. Learn why employers are implementing or looking at implementing medical tourism and how the ethnic employee plays a major role.

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Jacqueline Madrigal, Benefits Manager, American Apparel

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Jack Norton, Human Resources Manager, Blue Lake Casino

 

Avi Smith, Benefits Manager, B & H Photo

Track 2 Asian Healthcare and Insurance Regional Analysis
   
 

This session will define the similarities and differences in the three product categories of health insurance and describe the profile and eligibility of the insured in each of the three product categories. It will also provide an explanation of the benefits, i.e. included, N/A or a range of limits and exclusions.

   
   
  Kenneth Mays, Senior Director, Hospital Marketing and Business Development, Bumrungrad International
   
Andrew Thorburn, President / CEO, Global Benefits Group , Inc.
   
Track 3 Latin America and Caribbean Healthcare and Insurance Analysis
   
 

This session will examine the current status of health insurance, healthcare and benefits in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Key Leaders in these regions will provide their insights into current and future trends and where this marketplace is headed in the future.

   
 
  • Dr. Kevin T. Bowe, Deputy Director/VP-Medical Services & Claims, The National Insurance Board, Nassau, Bahamas.

  • Linda Merritt JP, Chairman, Bermuda Health Council

11:55 am - 1:00 pm
Pre-Arranged Networking Meetings in Exhibit Hall

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Networking Lunch in Exhibit Hall

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Educational Sessions
 

 

Track 1 Financial Management of Global Employee Benefit Programs
   
  Continuing turmoil in the financial markets and the never-ending pressure on multinational organizations to reduce employee benefit costs to remain competitive has resulted in a need for effective and proper management of the many risks associated with employee benefit programs around the world.

This session will discuss some of the approaches multinational organizations are taking to properly manage benefit risk and generate additional cost savings from its worldwide benefit plans. The discussion will encompass the use of multinational pooling of risk-related benefits and the effective use of captive insurers, global brokerage arrangements and proper governance of global benefits.
   

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Peter L. Godfrey FIA, EA, International Benefits Actuary and Principal, Aon Hewitt

   
   
Track 2
 Buyers Perspective: Russia, Ukraine and CIS Countries as Emerging Consumer Markets
   
 

This session will provide insight into the consumer markets Russia, Ukraine and CIS Countries and related to their need to send patients abroad.  While countries emerging in healthcare strive toward developing an inbound healthcare opportunity, there is still a need for development in the healthcare fields towards higher specialty procedures.  This panel of Buyers of Healthcare will provide their experience in handling outbound patient flow.

 
  • Oxana Lutsenko, Owner, MedVoyage, Ukraine
 
  • Other Speaker TBD

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Educational Sessions
 

 

Track 1
Women Health Issues and Benefits Around the World
   

Jean-Philippe Provost, U.S. International Consulting Group Leader, Mercer
 

   
Track 2 
Multinational Employer Perspectives
 

In this session employers with global operations around the world will discuss current trends, obstacles and key challenges in offering benefits in different countries throughout the world and also discuss where they see the future of multinational benefits headed and how they are attempting to streamline their global benefits programs.

   
Muna Almuallem, Manager, International Benefits, Mary Kay
   
  Michael Wesclitz, Director of Global Benefits, Phillp Morris International

3:50 pm - 4:10 pm
Coffee & Tea Break
Outside of Educational Sessions

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm
Educational Sessions
 

 

Track 1 Strategies for Success for Global Corporate Wellness Programs
   
   
   

 

Sandra Morris, U.S. Benefits Design, Procter & Gamble

 

   
   Pete Thomas, $100,000 Season 2 At-Home Winner, NBC's " The  Biggest Loser"
   
  Celina Moraes, Global Benefits, Hewlett-Packard
   
Track 2 From Making the Pitch to a Picture Perfect Execution: Using the Media to Promote Your Business for Free!
   
  Acquiring clients is the key to building your business and there's no better way to reach them than through the media. There exist more opportunities for media appearances today than ever before. Learn how to integrate traditional forms of media -- newspaper, magazine, promotional publications, television and radio -- with contemporary social media techniques and added-value media-oriented health services in order to maximize your outreach, recruitment and medical effectiveness. Led by a former healthcare executive, practicing physician and award-winning medical journalist, this session enables you to build a cutting-edge business by incorporating contemporary business development strategies where you outshine, outearn and outlast your competition.
   

Dr. Prerna Mona Khanna, Medical Contributor, FOX Chicago News

   
   
Track 3 Buyers Perspective: Middle East and GCC Countries as Emerging Consumer Markets
   
 

This session will provide insight into the consumer markets in Middle East and GCC Countries  and related to their need to send patients abroad.  While countries emerging in healthcare strive toward developing an inbound healthcare opportunity, there is still a need for development in the healthcare fields towards higher specialty procedures.  This panel of Buyers of Healthcare will provide their experience in handling outbound patient flow.

   
  Speaker TBD

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Networking Cocktail Reception with Entertainment and Pre-Arranged Networking Meetings in Exhibit Hall

 Thursday, October 27th, 2011Click Here for Detail 

6:00 am - 7:00 am
Morning Activities Yoga or Boot Camp
 

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Morning Yoga

Tara Lyons, renowned celebrity yoga fitness instructor will facilitate a Yoga session with the Chicago Yo-Fi Wellness Team!

 

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Morning Boot Camp

Pete Thomas, one of the winners of The Biggest Loser-Season 2 will facilitate an invigorating combination of cardio and resistance-training exercises to increase overall fitness and mental clarity, as well as increase agility and strength.

7:00 am - 9:00 am
Registration

8:00 am - 8:30 am
Networking Coffee & Tea in Exhibit Hall

8:30 am - 9:45 am
Opening Introduction and Keynote Speech Bill Rancic
Grand Ballroom Translation Provided in Spanish/Portuguese
 

Adaptability to Achieve Success in Today's Global Healthcare & Economic Climate

Bill Rancic, Winner of Donald Trump's The Apprentice, Season 1

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10:00 am - 10:50 am
Keynote Speech John Casey, Google Inc.
Grand Ballroom Translation Provided in Spanish/Portuguese
 

Creating the Healthiest Employee in the World

John Casey, Director of International Benefits, Google Inc.

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11:00 am - 11:50 am
Keynote Speech and Educational Session
 

 

Track 1 Keynote Speech: New European Healthcare Directive Boosts Cross Border Healthcare
   
 

Throughout the years the European Union has strived to create a stronger alliance within its 27 countries.  Last January 2011, the parliament approved the new cross border legislation in “health tourism” that will enable patients to be reimbursed at home for care received in a EU country.  This new legislation does not only benefit the patient itself, but lifts the tourism industry as a main contributor to the economy of each country.                             

Doctors as well as hospitals are now seeking to create alliances abroad in order to receive the incoming travelling patients.  Travel agencies are offering more options for medical tourism packages and destinations, new marketing campaigns are being created for leading hospitals and European entities are building alliances and associating with providers throughout the region.  Europe’s healthcare sector has never seen the opportunity that it does now under the healthcare directive.

   
Bernard Merkel, Minister Counsler, Head of Food Safety, Health and Consumer Affairs section of the Delegation of European Union/Commission  
     

Juliane Hasselmann, Marketing Manager, International Office
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

 
     

Dr. Horst Kunhardt, CIO, District Hospital Mainkofen

 
     
     
Track 2 Insurance and Healthcare in Extreme Environments
   

 

 

This session will examine the challenges, obstacles and opportunities with providing both insurance and healthcare in extreme environments affected by wars, natural disasters and other unexpected situations.  It will also examine that while challenging the opportunities in these emerging markets and how to enter the, especially since they have accounted for 3/4 of global real GDP growth over the past decade and continue to grow fast.    Specific Case Studies of the Libya crisis will be presented as well as the Iraq market.  While the Iraq market’s risks are high, with 30 million people and the worlds second largest oil reserves the rewards may be higher. Learn why you should look to emerging markets, the challenges that you can expect to face and how to manage your risks and protect your team on the ground.

Jonathan Biles, CEO, Iraq Gate Insurance Brokers

 

Dr. Abdelkarim Kamel, Assistant Chairman, Specialized Medical Centers- Ministry of Heath, Egypt

   
   
Track 3 Buyers Perspective: Africa and MENA Countries as Emerging Consumer Markets
   
 

This session will provide insight into the consumer markets in Africa and MENA Countries and related to their need to send patients abroad.  While countries emerging in healthcare strive toward developing an inbound healthcare opportunity, there is still a need for development in the healthcare fields towards higher specialty procedures.  This panel of Buyers of Healthcare will provide their experience in handling outbound patient flow.

   
  Speakers TBD

11:55 am - 1:00 pm
Pre-Arranged Networking Meetings
In Exhibit Hall

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Global Benefits Association Advisory Board Luncheon
Invitation Only

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Keynote Speech Mitch Joel Author of
Grand Ballroom Translation Provided in Spanish/Portuguese
 

How Marketing Connects in a Connected World

When Google wanted to explain online marketing to the top brands in the world, they brought Mitch Joel to the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. Marketing Magazine dubbed him the "Rock Star of Digital Marketing" and called him, "one of North America's leading digital visionaries." In 2006 he was named one of the most influential authorities on Blog Marketing in the world. Mitch Joel is President of Twist Image - an award-winning Digital Marketing and Communications agency.

Mitch Joel, President, Twist Image

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Educational Sessions
 

 

Track 1 Global Benefits Operations in the Middle East
   

  Shady Fawzy Nawar, Middle East Contracting and TPA Development   Manager, Bupa International

Dr. Saif AlJaibeji, MD, MBA, MHA, PhD,  Medical Director- Care Management Programs, Green Crescent Insurance Company- PJSC

 

   
  Dr. Hisham Diwani, General Manager Health Insurance, Ministry of Health –Syria
   

Track 2

Understanding the Benefits and Differences of Travel Medical, Student Medical and Expatriate Medical Insurance

 

This session will define the similarities and differences in the three product categories and describe the profile and eligibility of the insured in each of the three product categories. It will also provide an explanation of the benefits, i.e. included, N/A or a range of limits and exclusions.

   
  Jim Krampen, Co-Founder & Executive Officer, Seven Corners
   
  Jim Grace, President & CEO, InsureMyTrip.com
   
Chiranth Nataraj , President & CEO, International Services, Inc.

3:50 pm - 4:10 pm
Coffee & Tea Break in Exhibit Hall

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm
Educational Sessions
 

Track 1
Baby Boomer Healthcare and Retiring Abroad ( Grand Ballroom Translation Provided Spanish/ Portuguese)
   
  Moving from an age-ing to sage-ing mentality, the baby boomer generation has every expectation of a better quality and longer quantity of life.  What impact will this have on retirement living and assisted living communities?   The retirement of these individuals and other elderly people in the United States will have a direct negative impact on the healthcare system, and therefore affect the global healthcare industry positively. Their aging and simultaneous retirement will affect the US healthcare system and present many challenges which will result in those baby boomers turning to international alternatives which will be discussed in this session. We will see the impact on the global healthcare industry by the fact that many of these elders are realizing the benefits of retiring overseas to exotic, foreign locations where medical care is much cheaper without compromising on quality as compared to the services they would receive in the US.  Also, due to the recession, several elders have seen
   

Cheryl Matheis,  Senior VP of Policy Strategy & International Affairs Group, AARP

   

David Collins, Healthcare Division, Colliers International

  MODERATOR:

Glynna Prentice, Contributing Editor, International Living

 

Track 2   Understanding PPACA/Healthcare Reform: Short-term and Long-term Compliance and Planning Concerns

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires non-grandfathered group health plans to "strictly adhere" to all requirements of internal claims and appeals procedures to receive a favorable standard of review in federal court. The IRS, DOL and HHS have changed the rules a number of times since the passage of the Affordable Care Act though. So, what are the rules today? In addition to a general description of the legal requirements for benefit claims and appeals for non-grandfathered plans, a panel of experts will discuss the impact of recent regulatory guidance in the following key areas:

  • What are the internal appeal timelines?
  • What is a "culturally and linguistically appropriate notice," and who must receive one?
  • Must plans include diagnostic & treatment codes in claim denials?
  • How quickly must urgent care claims be decided?
  • What claims are eligible for external review?
  • What happens if a group health plan fails to "strictly adhere" to the new requirements?
  • How many IRO contracts are required?
  • Should group health plans retain discretionary appeal authority in light of the new requirements?

 

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Anne Wilde, Attorney & Principal The HR & Benefits Advisor, PLLC

Ben Conley, Attorney Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

Moderator

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Michelle Hicks, Director, Communications Buck Consultants

   

Track 3

Healthcare Benefits Programs for the Employees in Russia CIS, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan

   

Irina Nekliudova, HR Manager, Tupperware CIS

   
  Speakers TDB

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Networking Cocktail Reception with Entertainment
and Pre-Arranged Networking Meetings in Exhibit Hall

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Exhibition Closes and Tear Down Begins

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Networking Gala Dinner at the Medieval Times
 

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Step back in time into this 11th century style castle and enjoy a cocktail reception and then a four course feast while you watch Andalusian stallions perform feats of equine skill. Watch the Knights of the Realm do battle on horseback and by foot. Gala Dinner Tickets - $70 USD. Purchase must be made in advance at the registration desk. 

 Friday, October 28th, 2011Click Here for Detail 

8:00 am - 11:00 am
Exhibitor Tear Down Completed

8:30 am - 9:00 am
Networking Coffee & Tea outside Grand Ballroom

9:00 am - 9:50 am
Educational Sessions
 

Track 1: New Tools for Increasing Employee Engagement in Your Health and Wellness Programs

Low levels of employee engagement are the No. 1 obstacle to improving employee health and reducing health costs.  Plan sponsors need new tools of engagement that can help detect and address the unanticipated barriers that may be preventing many employees from engaging in healthier habits. 

The panel below will address key employee health engagement issues that JR Simplot and DTE Energy faced over the last three to five years, and will discuss best practices and new tools they have implemented to resolve these issues, and the results since implementing these new tools.
ented to resolve these issues and the results since implementing these new tools.

 

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Susan Bailey, Program Manager, Health & Wellness, DTE Energy Corporate Services

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Karen North, Director of Health and Wellness Benefits, JR Simplot

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Peter Saravis, Co-founder and CEO, Evive

   
Track 2 Value-Based Insurance Design: Returning Health and Wellness
   
 

Several managerial mechanisms have been employed by health care delivery systems to affect utilization and related expenditures. Some efforts have focused on monitoring clinical conditions, drug use and compliance, while other efforts have focused on consumer cost sharing and changing product-mix. Efforts focusing on improving quality of care by identifying untreated patients or by enhancing compliance can lead to appropriately increased short term costs, though perhaps reduced overall medical expenditures. In contrast, the cost-sharing mechanisms implemented to constrain costs raise concerns regarding missed opportunities to enhance clinical outcomes, and the possibility of higher medical expenditures.

 Explore the potential of a cost-sharing program for which copays are based on an intevention’s clinical benefit - not cost - to prioritize patients’ out-of-pocket expenditures and discuss real life examples of the implementation of Value Based Insurance Design programs.

 

   
  Mark Fendrick, Professor of Internal Medicine in the School of Medicine and a Professor of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan

10:00 am - 10:50 am
Buyers Perspective: China and Asia as Emerging Consumer Markets
 

This session will provide insight into the consumer markets in China and Japan and related to their need to send patients abroad.  While countries emerging in healthcare strive toward developing an inbound healthcare opportunity, there is still a need for development in the healthcare fields towards higher specialty procedures.  This panel of Buyers of Healthcare will provide their experience in handling outbound patient flow.

  Speaker TBD
   

11:00 am - 11:50 am
Understanding and Complying with Healthcare Reform
 

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Michael Zuckerman, AON

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Larry Boress, President & CEO, Midwest Business Group on Health

11:50 am - 12:00 pm
Farewell Address - Conference Concludes