Registration and Healthy Kick-Start Breakfast with Sponsors and Exhibitors
Opening Keynote:The Pervasive Growth of Mental Health in Wellness Programs: Get on Board
Kim Farmer, CCWS, Corporate Wellness Specialist, Mile High Fitness and Wellness
According to Mental Health America, workplace mental health problems result in as much as 500 billion dollars of lost productivity annually. Morale decreases as overworked and unhealthy employees aren’t performing at expected performance levels. Fortunately, for organizations that seek to improve workplace health, there are meaningful ways to provide support through environmental changes, written and verbal support, and of course a focus on engaging wellness initiatives. Survey results indicate that a handful of low-cost ways to provide verbal and written support is more meaningful than increasing salaries. According to the American Institute of Stress, 80% of people feel stress at work and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 75% of all doctors’ visits are stress-related. Come understand how to help employees manage stress levels through easy, practical and proven methods utilizing the latest science on mindset and behavior change in your wellness program.
The Future of Health Care and Wellness Plans
Sherry Porter, Partner, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs
Doug McSwain, Partner, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs
Employer-provided health and wellness plans have been the subject of numerous laws, lawsuits and regulatory changes. In this session, you will learn what laws currently apply to these plans as well as proposed changes in the laws and what you can do to make sure your plans are in compliance. An overview of litigation and what is going on in Congress will bring you up to speed on what to expect with regard to new laws that apply to your plans. We will also address the new HRA rules and how these rules can provide new opportunities to employers.
CONCURRENT SESSION ONE
Healthcare Policy Updates from 2020 General Assembly Session and Beyond
Anne-Tyler Morgan, JD, Member, McBrayer, PLLC
I will update attendees on late 2019-early 2020 health care policy work both in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and in the General Assembly. Additionally, I will provide vital updates on federal health care issues, such as the status of various states' waiver programs and the new Stark Law final regulations.
Cardio-Metabolic Testing in the Workplace
Travis Burgett, President, Integrated Corporate Wellness Solutions, LLC
Cardio-Metabolic Testing in the Workplace Travis Burgett, Integrated Corporate Wellness Solutions A single adverse cardiac event can cost up to $1M in healthcare expenses and lost productivity. What is most brutal about this, is that most cases are preventable through early diagnosis and personalized workout and diet. PNOÇ provides the only non-invasive and scientifically validated method for detecting latent cases of cardiovascular disease before they become life threatening. The portable breath by breath testing system allows for VO2 peak testing in the workplace. The American Heart Association in 2016 elevated VO2peak -one of the key biometrics measured by PNOÇ- to a vital sign and supported its institution in every routine health evaluation. This was a result of decades of scientific research which unequivocally justify VO2peak as the strongest predictor of overall and cardiovascular mortality and morbidity; stronger than blood pressure, cholesterol or tobacco use.
Lunch with Sponsors and Exhibitors
CONCURRENT SESSION TWO
How to Create a Culture of Health Through Physical Activity: One Dimension of Wellness
Carrie Davidson, Ed.D, ACSM EP-C, RYT200, MoveWell Fitness Manager, University of Kentucky
The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how University of Kentucky HR Health & Wellness used strategic planning, wearable devices, step challenges, and behavior change theory to create a culture of health among UK employees, retirees, and spouses.
Fighting the Rising Costs of Medical Expenses Arising from Work-Related Claims
Ronald Pohl, JD, Pohl & Aubrey PSC
Joel Aubrey, JD, Pohl & Aubrey PSC
There are two primary costs associated with work injury claims; indemnity (lost wages) and medical charges. Indemnity claims in Kentucky have their share of challenges; however, the primary cost driver over the past 10 years has been with respect to medical expenses/charges. The law provides certain protections for employers, but ultimately it is the responsibility of employers to ensure that medical costs are held in check. Knowledge of the law and good stewardship ensures that this is accomplished. Most recently, the Legislature enacted a new provision in the Kentucky Act which permits the KY Department of Workers' Claims the authority to create Rules to address medication delivery in Workers' Compensation matters. The particulars of this provision will be discussed, and discussion will also address the limitations placed on an employee's ability to treat and the safeguards in place for employers.
CONCURRENT SESSION THREE
Cumulative Trauma in Kentucky
Robert Ferreri, JD, MBA, Managing Partner, Ferreri Partners, PLLC
The presentation will be a discussion regarding cumulative trauma in Kentucky with a focus on the employers perspective. We will discuss what cumulative trauma means, briefly discuss the science behind degenerative conditions, legal standards and issues relevant to litigation and proactive steps employers can take to reduce exposure.
Symptoms of a Sick Wellness Program…and How to Heal It!
Terry Gehrke, MCHES, CHWC, EP-C, President and Founder, Balanced Wellness LLC
Employee wellness programs and discussions are at the forefront of many corporate HR Strategies, yet many organizations find low adoption or engagement of their Wellness Programs. Maslow’s Theory corroborates how REAL employee wellness ties not only to retention, but deep employee engagement. REAL Employee Wellness connects every employee to the organization through thoughtful consideration of their personal wellness journey, history, and obstacles. Employees who feel connected, who are healthy in mind, body and spirit bring their best self to each day’s work. Terry Gehrke, Founder and President of Balanced Wellness has more than 30 years of working with individuals and corporate leaders to build healthier people and healthier work environments. During this fast-paced 60-minute session, Terry will highlight the 10 Symptoms of a Sick Wellness Program and how to heal it.
Direct Primary Care – A Healthier Happier Workforce
Matt Dawson, MD, Founder/CEO, Wild Health
Jeremy Stich, MD, CMAO, Wild Health
In a complex world of medical benefits and workplace health, Doctors Stich and Dawson will discuss how direct primary care and personalized genomic-based medicine can be leveraged to improve the health, happiness, and productivity of your workforce. Both services can act as the foundation around which a more comprehensive health plan can be built or can act as a stand alone benefit. They will cite examples of how companies are embracing direct care locally and around the US. A 20-30min presentation will be followed by a town hall Q&A session.
Implementing Workplace Wellness Programs
Cassie Robinson, MBA, HR Manager, Toyota Motor Manufacturing
Christy Roe, Registered Nurse, Premise Health
Many organizations focus on safety in the workplace and this is great. We used to say, we wanted our workers to leave the workplace the same way they came to work. However, what if workers could leave the workplace better than they arrived. Our focus on employee wellness, combined with our safety program is having a tremendous impact on the long-term health of our employees and their families. Workplace wellness typically starts with a culture change and recognizing that you must take an integrated approach to wellness. Our integrated approach includes getting some of our primary vendors aligned to insure that wellness is not just a single phased approach. We have linked together our medical management team, food services team and our fitness vendor in a way to take wellness to our employees. Partnering wellness with safety is helping our employees to leave work better than they arrived.
Day one adjourns