Rein in Diabetes Costs Using Plan Design – Now and Post-COVID

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Presenters: George Huntley and John Anderson, Diabetes Leadership Council; Marissa Town, Children with Diabetes; Robin Richardson, Moda Health; and Geoffrey Brown, Oregon Educators Benefit Board

View live: March 18, 2021, 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT (available for on-demand viewing through June 2021)

Program length: 60 minutes

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Diabetes is one of the most common and expensive chronic conditions in your workforce. Links between COVID-19 and diabetes make it even more important for employers to get a handle on their plan designs to maintain a healthy, productive workforce and minimize risk. 

Diabetes treatment complexity and common misconceptions about the disease can create perverse incentives hidden in traditional plan designs. These mismatched incentives can leave employers paying for benefits that reduce employee health and productivity, and potentially expose the organization to catastrophic claims. 

In this program led by the Diabetes Leadership Council (DLC), attendees will:

  • Understand how diabetes impacts employees and drives overall health plan risk and costs
  • Learn from employee benefit experts who redesigned their health plans to align incentives for their employees, insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers
  • Take away key health plan design features and concrete steps your organization can take to rein in diabetes costs

About the Presenters: 


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George Huntley is a founding member of the Diabetes Leadership Council and currently serves as CEO of both the Diabetes Leadership Council and its affiliate, the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition. He has been living with Type 1 diabetes since 1983 and has three other family members also living with Type 1. Huntley, who served as the National Chair of the Board of the American Diabetes Association in 2009, is also the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Theoris Group, a professional services firm headquartered in Indianapolis that provides engineering and information technology solutions. In his corporate role Huntley has been the plan administrator of a self-insured health plan for over 20 years.

John E. Anderson, MD, is a medical advisor to the Diabetes Leadership Council. He practices internal medicine and diabetes at the Frist Clinic in Nashville, Tennessee. He has served as President of the multi-specialty clinic, chair of the department of medicine and chair of the Board of Trustees for Centennial Medical Center, a 740-bed tertiary care referral hospital. . Anderson has been a longtime volunteer for the American Diabetes Association (ADA), serving two separate terms on its National Board of Directors, and as chair of National Advocacy Committee and co-chair of the Health Reform Task Force. In 2013, he received the ADA’s Banting Medical for services as president, medicine and science.

Marissa Town, BSN, RN, CDCES, is the clinical director of Children with Diabetes. She has had Type 1 diabetes for over 30 years and has a passion for helping families living with diabetes. Town has worked in clinical diabetes care, at an insulin pump company and as a clinical research manager for the Artificial Pancreas Research Team at Stanford University. She currently works as the Diabetes Educator for ECHO Diabetes in the Time of COVID-19 at Stanford and as Clinical Director for Children with Diabetes. She has volunteered at many support groups, diabetes camps and other diabetes organizations.

Robin Richardson is a senior vice president at Moda Health. He has led a variety of areas within Moda Health including behavioral health, human resources, pharmacy and its hospital and physician networks. Currently, Richardson is the senior executive responsible for leading Moda Health’s Medicaid, coordinated care organization and sSystems of care initiatives. He is also the key relationship manager of Moda Health’s major state accounts, the Oregon Educators Benefit Board, the Public Employees Benefit Board and the Public Employees Retirement System Health Insurance Program. He volunteers for the American Diabetes Association, where served as the 2016 Chair of its National Board of Directors. Currently he serves as Chair of the Board of the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization.

Geoffrey Brown, CCP is the current chair of the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB), a benefits exchange providing benefits to school districts and local governments in Oregon. Currently the OEBB covers nearly 165,000 Oregonians for health benefits. Brown also chairs the newly formed Innovation Work Group (IWG), a joint collaboration of the Public Employees Benefit Board and OEBB that explores opportunities for both boards to drive health care transformation. Before retiring in 2013, Brown worked as a senior consultant with Willis Towers Watson for seven years and Mercer Human Resource Consulting 20 years prior. During his career, he consulted to several fortune 500 companies in technology and numerous hospitals.

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SHRM CertificationRecertification Credit

SHRM Certification has approved this webcast for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification. A program code will be provided at the end of the webcast. The program also meets recertification credit standards set by the HR Certification Institute and other HR certifying bodies, but candidates must manually enter their activity into their records.

Webcast Sponsor

This webcast is sponsored by Diabetes Leadership Council

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