Health Reform Update: Implementation, the Deficit, and Bending the Cost Curve 

This workshop is a great way to complete the elective requirement for Fellow, Health Insurance Advanced Studies Designation (FHIAS). The FHIAS designation is designed for experienced health insurance industry professionals who are focused on gaining a deeper knowledge of how various topics work together in an evolving health care system. With a more detailed look at products like disability, long-term care, dental, and Medicare, this designation will give you an upper hand with the knowledge of these important health insurance topics. The Advanced Studies Workshop enables you to test at the Institute after the workshop or later at your convenience online to receive credit towards completion of FHIAS.  

Registration Rates:
Members: $250
Non-members: $325 


11:00 am  Welcome and Introductions   
11:05 am  Overview of Challenges and Topics to be Addressed   
11:15 am  Education Session 
Taming the Deficit - Role of Prevention and Wellness in Meeting Deficit Challenges + Elements of Successful Program  
12:10 pm Lunch  
1:25 pm Education Session 
Taming the Deficit - Role of Value-Based Design Programs  
2:20 pm Education Session 
ACA Implementation – Medicare ACOs: What They Are and How They Will Impact the Healthcare System + LTC: Now That CLASS Is Gone What’s Next 
2:45 pm Education Session 
Implementing ACA + Taming the Deficit – Healthcare Identity Fraud Initiatives  
4:00 pm Education Session 
Taming the Deficit – Social Security, Disability, and Private Plan Rehabilitation Initiatives  
4:40 pm Education Session 
Taming the Medicare Deficit – Twin Evils: Smoking & Obesity   
4:45 pm Education Session
Taming the Deficit – Role of Senior Wellness Programs & Medicare   
5:30 pm Closing Remarks  


Speakers Include: 

Holly K. Ackman
Currently the VP of Sales Performance for Scan Health Plan in Long Beach, CA, and previously an industry consultant, Holly leverages her vast industry experience with senior issues and her in-depth understanding of the options available for people on Medicare as she brings a lively sense of FUN to her seminars and presentations. 

She has worked with sales teams and sales leaders across the nation to instill the importance of regulatory compliance as an integral part of the sales process.  Helping insure that sales organizations understand and abide by all federal and state regulatory requirements as they interact with Medicare beneficiaries is foundational to her approach.  As more and more “boomers” start the journey toward  a healthy and productive Medicare experience, her expertise is especially timely. And as a “boomer” herself – she has an in-depth understanding of the special circumstances of this age wave! 

Michael Samuelson
Over the past 35 years Michael Samuelson has lectured on leadership, health promotion, patient experience, health policy, disease prevention and the dynamics of behavior change.  An author of five books and numerous articles on leadership and behavior change, his work has been featured on the ABC News program, 20/20, The CBS Morning Show, CNN and MSNBC as well as numerous national print publications including The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Lancet, Employee Benefit News, Business Week and USA Today.  

Brett Hanson
Brett Hanson joined American Specialty Health (ASH) in 2006 and currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Fitness Network Management.  Mr. Hanson is responsible for the recruitment and contracting efforts for fitness providers throughout all fitness lines of business at ASH that includes their Medicare, Commercial, and Affinity discount programs.  In addition Brett works very closely with ASH’s health plan sales teams on the presentations for all fitness business in addition to operations, account management, contracts, customer service, and provider relations departments, along with product development at ASH. 

Currently Mr. Hanson is also completing two Master’s Degrees in the areas of Business Administration and Entrepreneurship.  

Cindy Gillespie
Cindy Gillespie, Managing Director with McKenna, Long & Aldridge, will discuss long term market opportunities, proactive business strategies, what steps health insurers should take to prepare for health insurance exchanges, and how events of the past year could impact their efforts.

Kelli Garvanian
Kelly Garvanian, Vice President at Emdeon will discuss the impact of the recently implemented medical loss ratio (MLR) regulation on insurance companies and their in-house initiatives to combat fraud.

Craig Gussin
Craig Gussin of  Auerbach & Gussin Insurance and Financial Services, Inc. and 2011-2012 President of the International Disability Insurance Society (IDIS), will discuss the impact of the health care law reform on disability insurance and voluntary products including  integration, regulation, opportunities, and threats.

Thomas Parry
Thomas Parry is President of the Integrated Benefits Institute, a San Francisco-based independent, not-for-profit, national organization incorporated in 1995.  Dr. Parry serves as IBI’s Chief Executive Officer. In addition to directing IBI’s activities, he also is strategically involved in IBI’s research and measurement/modeling and benchmarking programs. He also is the chief architect of IBI’s disability/absence benchmarking and health and productivity measurement programs. Dr. Parry speaks on integrated benefits and health and productivity issues at conferences and symposia both in the United States and abroad.  He also served for five years as research advisor to the Roadway Express Inc. Medical Board. Before co-founding the Integrated Benefits Institute, Dr. Parry served 11 years as Research Director at the California Workers’ Compensation Institute.  His research at CWCI encompassed a wide variety of topics in workers’ compensation. While at CWCI, Dr. Parry was engaged in some of the earliest research and analysis on 24-hour coverage and integrated benefit issues.


Gregory F. Dean
Gregory F. Dean, JD, MBA, CLU, ChFC, LTCP, PAHM  serves as Special Advisor, Curriculum Development  for AHIP insurance education program.  During his professional career Greg has authored numerous publications including five books on topics ranging from ethics to estate and financial planning for seniors. He is a regular contributing author to AHIP’s health insurance advanced studies series, the Academy for Healthcare Management, and long-term care training materials. Greg also serves as a contributor to AHIP’s anti-fraud, disability, and wellness course series.

Greg’s experience includes more than twenty years of work within the insurance and training fields.  In addition to his work in the insurance and training fields, Greg has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation for his association work and knowledge.