What’s Data Got to Do With It?

Using Valid Intel to Drive Vital Change


Presenters: Beth Umland and Tracy Watts, Mercer

Original Program Date: May 2018

Program length: 60 minutes

There are three challenges facing employers today that affect health benefit programs today:

  • The health care system is in flux, both in the market and at the federal policy level.
  • With the economy booming, there’s a war for talent -– which mean benefits need to support attraction and retention goals like never before.
  • Health care cost remains sky-high -– to the point that many employees can’t comfortably handle an unplanned medical expense.
Drawing on results from Mercer’s National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans, Beth Umland and Tracy Watts from Mercer talk about the current state of health benefits and the strategies that employers are using to both manage costs and help their employees thrive. Based on data generated from scientific sampling and weighting methodology, you will get an accurate picture of what U.S. employers –- from the smallest to the largest -- are doing and thinking, including:

  • Health care benefit trends and benchmark data
  • Best-practice strategies that are helping employers manage cost and improve the care that employees and their families receive
  • Steps employers are taking to improve the U.S. health care system from the inside out

Learn about our speaker About the Presenters: Beth Umland is director of research for Mercer's Health & Benefits (H&B) business. She oversees all employer survey research conducted by H&B, including Mercer's flagship National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans, which is used widely by employers, the health care industry, the media and health policymakers. Umland also serves as an editor and contributor to Mercer’s U.S. Health News blog and is a member of Mercer’s Center for Health Innovation.

Tracy Watts is a senior partner and the U.S. leader for health care reform at Mercer. A consultant with Mercer for 30 years, Watts works with employers on the design, evaluation, and ongoing management of health and group benefit plans for active and retired employees, with special expertise in health care cost management. She has authored articles on the impact of health care reform on employer-sponsored health plans, and she also frequently represents employer interests to policymakers in Washington, DC.

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This webcast is sponsored by Mercer



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