12th Annual Kentucky Health Care and Wellness Conference Agenda


Day 1: Tuesday, March 24

8 a.m.     
Registration and Healthy Kick-Start Breakfast with Sponsors and Exhibitors

8:30 a.m.  
Welcome

Speaker TBD

8:35 a.m.
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.

9:45 a.m.
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.

11:00 a.m.
CONCURRENT SESSION ONE
Workshop A:

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.

Workshop B:
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.

12:00 p.m.
Lunch with Sponsors and Exhibitors

1:00 p.m.
CONCURRENT SESSION TWO
Workshop C:
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.

Workshop D:
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.

2:00 p.m.     
CONCURRENT SESSION THREE
Workshop E:
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.

Workshop F:
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.

3:15 p.m.    
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.

4:00 p.m.    
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.

5:00 p.m.     
Day one adjourns

 

Day 2: Wednesday, March 25

8 a.m.     
Registration and Healthy Kick-Start Breakfast with Sponsors and Exhibitors

8:30 a.m.     
Welcome

Speaker TBD

8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Legislative Overview    

Kate Shanks, Vice President, Public Affairs, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

8:45 a.m.    
Now Is Your Time – Work Life Balance (Time Management)

Robert Lemon, CFP, Believe Your Dreams Inc.

The demand on your time has never been greater. Working productively, making good decisions, and maintaining cooperative relationships with others enable you to stay energized and focused. Understand the importance of honoring your own time. Visualize your future, and make it happen now. Prioritize and choose your activities, and establish boundaries. Manage multiple priorities and focus on the important and valid. Recognize key components of effective goal setting through time management. Plan your way to success; Create clearly defined goals; recognize the key components of goal setting. Your confidence in time management will sky rocket. You will find yourself experiencing fewer struggles and stress immediately. Spectacular achievement is always preceded by spectacular preparation.

10:00 a.m.     
CONCURRENT SESSION FOUR
Workshop G:
Are Rising Healthcare Costs Keeping You Up at Night? Tips for Addressing Healthcare Affordability

Tiffany Cardwell, SHRM-CP, PHR, CCP, HR Advisory Principal, MCM HR Solutions Group (Invited)
Stephanie Clouser, MS, Data Scientist, Kentuckiana Health Collaborative
Randa Deaton, MA, Executive Director, Kentuckiana Health Collaborative (Invited)
DeAnna Hall, Corporate Health and Wellness Manager, Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities (Invited)

Healthcare affordability has become a top issue for Americans. Kentucky healthcare spending and growth is similar to the national average, but it continues to put strain on businesses and individuals. As healthcare purchasers, employers have leverage when it comes to changing the business of healthcare in this country. There are ways we can work together to address healthcare costs and make it sustainable for current and future generations. By collectively working to improve health, price, and waste, we can move together towards affordability. This session will introduce the components and trends of healthcare costs and the innovative strategies across the country that are addressing the issue.

Workshop H:
The House that Wellness Built – Turning Your Integration and Collaboration Keys to Open the Door to Success

Vicky Stevens, M.Ed., ODCP, WELCOA Faculty Certified, Director, Talent and Organization Development, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Stacy Ridgway, Sr. Manager of Accessibility Services, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

There are a multitude of theories as to what makes a workplace wellness program successful, but in our session, The House that Wellness Built, we are going to distill the onslaught of information down to two salient points: Integration and Collaboration. The Collaboration Key is essential to success because it helps to build the framework and the structure for your wellness "house" that give it the strength to withstand the challenges of today's organizational landscape. When you integrate your wellness initiative within your organization's mission, vision, and values, you are using the Integration Key to give your "house" the stability necessary for long-term sustainability. Through interactive exercises, participants will discover how to open the door to success of the wellness house they have built or are in the process of constructing.

11:30 a.m.     
Lunch with Sponsors and Exhibitors

12:30 p.m.     
CONCURRENT SESSION FIVE
Workshop I:
Data Analytics and Your Health Plan – Not Just Another Buzz Word

Christina Heckathorn, Benefit Advisor, Employee Benefit Associates, Inc.
Greg Humkey, GBDS, Benefit Advisor, Employee Benefit Associates, Inc.

Health care reform has altered the course of employee benefits and self insured employers are becoming far too familiar and accepting of the high cost of healthcare. As one of the top expenditures of an organization, typically just below payroll, an employer must employ strategies to lower costs, improve health and sustain results. This session will arm you with the ability to redefine your company's philosophy on managing claims and reducing risk within your health insurance plan by using data analytics to design benefit plans and reduce health care spending.

Workshop J:
Moving Your Wellness Plan to the Next Level: The Challenge of Maintaining a Culture of Health in the Workplace

Kelly VanHoose, Chief Operating Officer, KC Wellness, Inc.

Moving a worksite wellness initiative from programs, to health in every decision as a cultural norm, is best accomplished by relationship building in the workplace. A considerable number of cross-sectional studies demonstrate significant and salient correlations between culture of health elements and the health and safety of employees. Yet, leaders are constantly challenged to manage business needs with optimal conditions for promoting employee health. This presentation will highlight wellness plans strategies that support the three most frequently studied culture of health elements: The built environment, policies and procedures, and communications.

1:30 p.m.     
Optimizing Employee Health in the Precision & Digital Health Era

Kathie McDonald-McClure, JD, CHC, Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP
TBD, Sentry Health (Invited)

Employer wellness programs are not a one-size fits all proposition. Research has shown that workplace culture plays the biggest factor in employee physical and mental health and happiness. So how do you ensure that the benefits offered by your wellness program really engage your employees and make them feel supported at work? Does your program lead employees to believe you really have their best interests in mind or just your bottom-line? Is your program capitalizing on precision health data that will enable employees to gain a better understanding of their health while making positive strides on plan costs, absenteeism, productivity and employee satisfaction? This session, featuring panelists who specialize in population and precision health & wellness and moderated by a healthcare counsel who advises employer group plans, will address key factors in wellness program design that can make or break employee buy-in and that lead to effective and sustainable results.

2:30 p.m.     
Four Guiding Principles to Ensure Your Wellness Program Actually Improves Health

Travis Burgett, President, Integrated Corporate Wellness Solutions, LLC
Ryan Byars, Vice President, Integrated Corporate Wellness Solutions, LLC

Does your current wellness program contain all of the key components to actually help your employees improve their health status? Is your current program effective and focused on areas of true impact? With all of the new technology and devices out there it can be easy to get off track relative to true factors of health. This presentation will explore the factors of health that individuals can control (Nutrition, Sleep, Exercise and Mindset), will establish a priority system for those factors and will identify key truths within each factor. We will then discuss four guiding principles that you can apply to your wellness programs to improve the effectiveness of the program realtive to health improvement and to help your employees Eat Well, Sleep Well, Move Well and Think Well.

3:30 p.m.     
12th Annual Kentucky Health Care and Wellness Conference Adjourns

 

 

 

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