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At the SIR Annual meeting this year the Health track represented various topics from insurers as well as consulting and data management companies.

On Day 1 we heard from John Davia, Jr., BCBS of RI focused on the key components to an effective wellness program.  Next Jennifer Keenan, of Cambia Health Solutions/Regence discussed High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).  She shared Cambia’s journey with the HSA as well as future initiatives for consumer-centric design and their partnership with HealthEquity.

Erik Glitman and  Patrick Sturgeon of Fletcher CSI shared some specific components of a Win/Loss process that produce strategic decision support insight, and how to communicate those components using real samples of Win/Loss findings.  Finally to wrap up Day 1, Ogi Konstantinov Asparouhov, LexisNexis discussed the Integration of Medical/Rx claim-based data and Socioeconomic (SE) data to predict the level of future stress members in a health plan’s membership.

Day 2 continued to provide insights to the attendees with Phil Jackson of Decision Analyst, Inc. sharing the results of telephone interviews which asked how much effort marketers put in to position their own departments within their organizations as they do to promote their products in the marketplace. Next, Todd Guren from Regence BlueCross BlueShield discussed the next frontier of self-funded arrangements.

Following Todd’s presentation, Anne Elmlinger and Lisa Weber-Raley of Greenwald & Associates Health presented new research exploring how national samples of privately-insured Americans feel about their health insurance company.  In the final presentation of the conference, Eric Gulko of Summit Financial led a lively discussion around the impact of millennials in the workplace and their impact on the health insurance industry.