Trends in Benefit Design Evolution
Kentuckiana Health Collaborative Employer Round Table

Join the KHC for an intimate discussion with the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH). As one of the nation’s leading non-profit business groups of mid- and large, self-insured public and private employers, MBGH is a known leader in analyzing and reporting on the health benefits management activities of employers and their impact on the health of covered populations. MBGH has over 130 members who provide health benefits to over 4 million lives and spend more than $4 billion annually on health care benefits.

KHC members will have the opportunity to interact with the energetic duo of Larry Boress, MBGH President & CEO, and Cheryl Larson, MBGH Vice President. Larry will discuss the strategic national perspective of healthcare benefits, potential impacts, and key considerations for implementation. Cheryl will provide an update on the landscape of specialty drugs and the MBGH specialty toolkit project for employers.

Meet, network and explore how we, the employer community, can come together to deal with the major systemic challenges we are currently facing or will in the future. The KHC encourages employers to become more actively engaged in influencing the direction of healthcare in our community.

DATE: Thursday, February 16, 2017

TIME: 7:30 – 10:00 a.m., Breakfast at 7:30

AUDIENCE: Employers, Trust Fund Personnel, Benefit Professionals

REGISTRATION: Email rdeaton@ford.com for eligibility and password to register for this event.

lboressLarry Boress, President & CEO, Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH)
Larry joined the coalition in 1991 and became its president in 2006. Founded in 1980, the Chicago-based MBGH is composed of over 130 self-funded, large, public and private multi-state organizations providing health benefit for over 4 million covered lives. MBGH focuses on enhancing the value of health benefits, increasing the productivity and health of covered populations and enhancing the safety, cost and quality of local health care marketplaces. Prior to MBGH, he spent 17 years at the Illinois State Medical Society.

Today, Mr. Boress advocates for the “Purchaser” perspective of health care. He assists employers in their health benefit designs, worksite wellness and incentive programs. He leads MBGH’s community initiatives, including the Leapfrog Group’s patient safety activities in Illinois, efforts to reduce early elective deliveries and promoting the Choosing Wisely initiative to reduce unnecessary medical care.

He oversees MBGH’s group purchasing and health benefit services activities, providing information, fee negotiation and performance reviews for employers on health plans, condition management services, pharmacy benefits, transparency services and private exchange stragegies, being a co-founder of the Private Exchange Evaluation Collaborative (PEEC), an entity offering unbiased, objective information, advice and services on private health insurance exchanges.

He also serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Worksite Health Centers, an affiliate of MBGH, dedicated to expanding the knowledge and capabilities of employer-sponsors of onsite health, pharmacy, fitness and wellness centers.

cheryllarsonCheryl Larson, Vice President, Midwest Business Group on Health
Cheryl leads MBGH’s educational and networking activities focused on health benefits management, health improvement and health care reform. Additionally, she oversees several major employer research projects including: National Employer Initiative on Specialty Pharmacy, Value-based Benefit Design Research Series and Preventive Benefits & the ACA. Founded in 1980, MBGH is a leading national employer coalition with over 120 self-insured public and private employers represented by human resources/benefits professionals, who provide health care benefits for more than 4 million individuals.

Cheryl joined MBGH in 1983 and served as the Director of Membership Development. In 1996, she went on to work for a population health management company, serving as the Director of Employer Services. She returned to MBGH in 2006. She is a national speaker on MBGH research, offering expertise on employer best practices in value-based benefits, incentives, consumerism, engagement, wellness, communications and biologic/specialty drug management.

She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Employee Health Studies at the University of Illinois/Chicago School of Public Health and in recent years has served on various industry boards.