Employee Health & Well-Being Congress
July 18-19, 2022 * The Westin Boston Seaport District * Boston, MA

2022 Bundled Payments Summit

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COVID-19 Advisory: BRI Network holds above all else, the health & safety of our attendees and their families. Currently this event is scheduled as an in-person event. We will however, continue to monitor and follow recommendations regarding capacity from CDC and other health agencies.
About the Conference:

The last few years were wake-up call for employers. Fueled by global events ranging from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic and mass social movements combatting systemic racism, to the economic downturn and mass job losses in various sectors, employees are reporting increased anxiety, stress and physical ill-health.

Coupled with unpredictable working conditions across the global workforce, employee burnout is increasing and resignations are on the rise, with the U.S. seeing a record number of workers resigning from their jobs.

As a result, businesses are rapidly prioritizing workforce wellbeing by appointing chief health and chief medical officers to their boardrooms, with the mandate to build a culture of health in the workplace. And as remote working blurs the line between work and life, HR leaders are prioritizing employee wellbeing and mental health. This focus on nurturing employee wellbeing is critical to developing workplace resilience. Today, employee wellbeing has expanded beyond physical wellbeing to focus on building a culture of holistic wellbeing including physical, emotional, financial, social, career, community, and purpose. At the heart of this is the growing need for flexibility in where, when and how employees work. The pandemic has given employers increased visibility into the life struggles of their employees and has shifted the focus from just organizational issues to individual human life experiences. Leaders now view wellbeing not just as an employee benefit but as an opportunity to support employees in all aspects of their personal and work lives. This conference will explore how and why organizations with higher levels of wellbeing achieve better business outcomes; higher levels of employee engagement, improved revenue, greater customer satisfaction and fewer safety incidents.

Who Should Attend?
From Employers/Health Plans/Health Systems/Hospitals:

  • CEO’s
  • CMO’s
  • CFO’s
  • Wellness
  • Benefits Managers
    • Employee Wellness
    • Human Resources
    • COO’s
    • Wellness RN
    • Occupational Health
    • Employee Assistance Programs
    • Health Coaching
    • Total Rewards
    • Medical Directors
    • Disease Management
    • Health Management
    • Safety
    • Lifestyle Management
    • Corporate Care
    • Productivity
    • Risk Management
    • Wellness Coordinator
    • Fitness Instructors
    • Health Management

Also of interest to Vendors and Solution Providers

Conference Agenda

Day One - Monday, July 18, 2022
7:15am – 8:00am

Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast

 

8:00am – 8:15am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

 

8:15am – 9:00am

Meeting the Health and Wellness Needs of Both the Employer and Employee

As we move toward a new normal in the workplace, it’s more important than ever for employers to balance changing work models with the needs of their employees. 71% of consumers who use to work away from home would prefer to continue working from home after the pandemic is over. What does this mean for the future of workplace culture — and how can employers find new ways to support their employees’ wellbeing? This session will explore new ways employers can help meet the health and wellness needs of their workforce — no matter where they’re working.

 

9:00am – 9:45am

Strategies to Support Employees Mental Health

Each year, one in five adults in the U.S. will experience mental illness. Yet only one in three who need help will get it. Dealing with personal and professional stresses can be difficult for many working adults. Factoring in the pandemic, the country saw a rise in adults suffering from anxiety or depression. Though increased awareness of mental health issues came to the attention of business leaders during the peak of the pandemic, it is an ongoing issue that should remain a focus for employers as many return to office life. For company leaders, it is important to be conscious of employees’ mental health. Awareness, early detection and treatment of mental health issues can improve overall employee wellbeing and prevent a crisis. This session will explore ways companies can support their employees mental health along with the potential benefits of it, including increased productivity, increased retention, and decreased healthcare and disability costs.

 

9:45am – 10:15am

Networking & Refreshments Break

 

10:15am – 11:00am

How to Build a Culture of Employee Wellbeing

Nothing determines business success (or failure) more than workplace culture. This is especially true with employee health and wellbeing, where bad culture can sabotage even the most well-designed employee programs. Yet, employee wellbeing across America is at an all-time low. Low low employee wellbeing is leading to poor physical and mental health that’s eroding profits through lower employee engagement, higher turnover, poorer customer service and higher healthcare costs. This tells us that workplace cultures are not supporting employee wellbeing. Workplace cultures must be assessed and re-engineered to ensure they support employee wellbeing. This requires that culture itself must become the primary strategic priority, managed with objectives, timetables and accountabilities. Employee wellbeing must become a core value that infuses all organizational procedures, policies, leadership traits and even how managers and leaders are evaluated. Culture is not just an HR responsibility. It requires constant vigilance and thoughtful monitoring as a standing C-suite priority to safeguard and protect an organization’s most critical asset: its workforce and intellectual capital. Topics to be discussed will include:

  • Assessing current culture
  • Involving employees in program design and implementation
  • Encouraging workplace socialization
  • Nurturing cultures of wellbeing

 

11:00am – 11:45am

Combating Burnout, Isolation, and Anxiety in the Remote Workplace

Working from home full time during the pandemic is a very different experience than working remotely prior to COVID-19 — and it shows in burnout data. Employee burnout was a rising concern before the pandemic, with the workforce experiencing a significant increase in burnout from 2016 to 2019. Unsurprisingly, employee burnout levels in 2020 remained high throughout COVID-19 — with a major shift that we’ve never seen before: Fully remote workers are now experiencing more burnout than on-site workers. Employees who experience high levels of burnout are 63% more likely to take a sick day, 13% less confident in their performance and 23% more likely to visit the emergency room. Before the pandemic, the perks of working remotely — either part of the time or all the time — resulted in lower levels of burnout compared with employees who were on-site 100% of the time. Before, many employees had the flexibility and autonomy to show up in the office a few days a week or work remotely as needed. Now, working entirely from home during the pandemic might feel more like being trapped at home instead of a perk. This session will explore strategies for employers to combat burnout, isolation and anxiety in the remote workplace.

 

11:45am – 12:30pm

Making Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion a Part of Your Corporate Wellness Program

Diversity, equity and inclusion: For some companies, these are corporate buzzwords. Other companies, however, recognize that celebrating and encouraging differences, making success attainable to all, and creating supportive communities are not only the right thing to do, they’re the formula for a stronger, better workplace. The thing is, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) don’t just magically happen because of good intentions. For DEI to truly become part of an organization, it must be integrated into everything a company does, including corporate wellness programs. This session will examine ways to incorporate the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion into a corporate wellness program.

 

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Luncheon

 

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Virtual Healthcare Benefits for Both Employees and Employers

America’s businesses have always run on the mantra that employee health is important to the company’s bottom line, and that lost work time means lost productivity. Now they’re beginning to see that telehealth can play an important part in those outcomes. Businesses that used to send an injured employee to the local doctor are now using telehealth to bring the doctor to the employee, reducing travel and out-of-work expenses and improving – even enhancing – recovery time. The effect on both the company’s health and the employee’s health and wellness is quite noticeable. This session will explore the benefits of offering virtual healthcare to employees and employers, and how offering quick and effective access to healthcare contributes to a happier workplace, which in turn contributes to the bottom line.

 

2:15pm – 3:15pm

Panel: Enhancing Emotional and Mental Health Benefits

During the fall open-enrollment season, many employees will find that their companies have spruced up their wellbeing benefits, such as by offering programs that help workers monitor and reduce their stress levels, providing apps to support sleep and relaxation, and holding workshops on emotional resilience. Addressing employees’ emotional health and wellbeing can also mean providing onsite yoga, meditation and mindfulness sessions. Quiet rooms at work also are now more common. Further, employers are increasingly using telehealth programs to offer mental health counseling and being more generous with counseling sessions available through employee assistance programs, which some are now calling emotional assistance programs. It is also important for employers to communicate the value of these benefits year-round. This session will explore innovative ways employers are enhancing emotional and mental health benefits for their employees.

 

3:15pm – 3:45pm

Networking & Refreshments Break

 

3:45pm – 4:30pm

Ways to Improve Engagement and Wellbeing

Employee engagement has long been recognized as an important driver of employee retention and performance. And wellbeing — most often manifested as a wellness program — has been adopted by some organizations to drive down healthcare costs. There is a striking relationship between engagement and wellbeing, with major consequences for employee productivity and performance: Engagement and wellbeing are highly reciprocal, with each influencing the future state of the other to a similar degree. But they are also additive — high wellbeing enhances the benefits of engagement, lifting employee performance to levels not reached through engagement alone. Given the clear returns on investment for building workers who are both engaged and have high holistic wellbeing, leaders can make a substantial difference in their employees’ performance and lives by including wellbeing principles in engagement programs and making the most of their reciprocal, additive effects. This session will explore actions leaders can take to increase employee engagement and wellbeing and improve business outcomes — all at the same time.

 

4:30pm – 5:15pm

Workplace COVID-19 Vaccination: Challenges and Opportunities

As mass vaccination campaigns against COVID-19 began worldwide, the implementation of workplace vaccination programs could provide an effective strategy to increase community vaccine uptake. Vaccination campaigns in non-healthcare settings could represent a challenge for employers, resulting in additional costs. However, occupational physicians can provide valuable support for employers’ workplace vaccination campaigns. Vaccinations can be provided in existing occupational health clinics or in mobile clinics brought to the workplace. This session will explore how employers can work with Ops to identify suitable facilities for vaccination clinics, as well as how employers can help build confidence in COVID-10 vaccines among workers.

 

Day Two – Tuesday, July, 19, 2022
7:15am – 8:00am

Networking Breakfast

 

8:00am – 8:15am

Chairperson’s Remarks

 

8:15am – 9:00am

Effective Employee Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategies

From furloughs to stay-at-home orders to caring for sick family members, the COVID-19 pandemic has put the world’s workers under immense stress. Even for those who are healthy, the stress of disrupted business processes and social isolation have continued for far longer than many hoped. This session will explore approaches that leaders should consider including as part of their employee wellbeing and mental health strategies, including:

  • Expanding employee assistance program offerings
  • Using surveys to identify high-risk groups, and target communications to show you care
  • Using the strengths of individual employees to share resources internally
  • Upskill managers to have caring conversations
  • Being vulnerable about your struggles as a leader

 

9:00am – 9:45am

The Importance of Preventive Care to Employee Wellbeing

Preventive care plays a significant role in employees’ long-term health, helping them delay (or even avoid) the onset of conditions that can drastically affect their vitality and wellbeing. For that reason alone, companies should be encouraging preventive care. But, if another reason is needed, preventive care may help employees avoid the need for medical services, expensive medications, and surgeries—which can result in major cost savings for an employers’ health plan. This session will explore how to encourage employees to take advantage of the preventive care available to them and building it into workplace wellness programs.

 

9:45am – 10:15am

Networking & Refreshments Break

 

10:15am – 11:00am

How Organizations Can Support Employees with Chronic Health Conditions

Healthcare costs are expected to rise as plan members face long-term effects of COVID-19. Chronic care management is a complex and important priority for payors and plan members. Chronic conditions, when left unchecked and unmanaged – whether for weeks, months, or years – can result in serious illness, hospitalization and death. The financial impact should come as no surprise: Chronic illness, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, drives 86 percent of healthcare costs. Employers are well positioned to help fight chronic disease today and moving forward. This session will explore ways employers can help employees better manage and even prevent chronic conditions, including:

– Developing policies and programs that address the needs of workers affected by chronic conditions, and enabling alternative worksite arrangements and flexible work options

– Building a culture of health in the workplace, emphasizing the importance of managing stress and mindfulness, stretching and moving throughout the day and encouraging good nutrition

– Offering flexible work arrangements

– Elevating the visibility of employee assistance programs

 

11:00am – 11:45am

The Role of Data in Employee Wellbeing

Employers provide wellness programs as an investment in their workforce. And a happy, healthy workforce can be their most valuable asset. As the pandemic continues and affects employees in various ways, employers are looking for ways to address their workforce’s needs while keeping their wellness program costs sustainable. Leveraging data to gain a clearer picture of employers’ benefits spend, as well as employees’ evolving needs, can be a part of the solution. This session will explore how a properly designed, data-driven wellness strategy can help employers to personalize their offerings and allocate resources more efficiently – improving their wellness programs overall and leading to higher participation – driving better employee health outcomes.

 

11:45am – 12:30pm

How to Help Employees Prevent and Recover from Musculoskeletal Disorders

One in two adults are affected by musculoskeletal disorders, which is comparable to the number of Americans living with a chronic lung or heart condition. Musculoskeletal disorders can impact overall employee health in several ways at home and at work. This session will take a close look at what they include and how they can affect the workplace, and how employers can help employees prevent and recover from musculoskeletal disorders, including:

  • Proving employee health solutions that include tools and equipment that facilitate better body mechanics
  • Making sure that employees are properly trained to engage in safe practices at work
  • Ensuring that employees have adequate breaks to rest
  • Making sure that employees are rotating tasks so the same muscle groups aren’t engaged over extended periods of time
  • Offering employees your employees robust health resources to help them reduce workplace injuries

 

12:30pm

Conference Concludes

Workshop - Tuesday, July 19, 2022
12:45pm – 2:45pm

Workshop: Driving Health Equity in the Workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic and a national reckoning on racial injustice in the United States in 2020 drew attention to many disparities among Americans, including access to healthcare and outcomes in health. Those gaps continue to exist including for individuals who work for large US employers. Health equity in the workplace means that all employees have a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Large employers have long offered employer-sponsored health insurance, but now many are asking what more they can do to help employees access the healthcare and other benefits they need. To improve health equity, This session will explore actions employers can take in three areas, including:

  • Expanding benefits that help employees to meet basic needs (for example, housing and transportation)
  • Ensuring benefits are easy to access, understand, and use
  • Changing workplace culture to destigmatize receiving care

By taking action to support health equity among employees, employers can not only build a healthier and more productive workforce but also improve employee retention, broaden impact on families over generations, and help create a more just society. Additionally, increased engagement could help employers defray long-term costs.

Venue

Westin Boston Seaport District
425 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
617-532-4600

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FAQ

Are there group discounts available?

  • Yes – Register a group of 3 or more at the same time and receive an additional 10% off the registration fee

Are there discounts for Non-Profit/Government Organizations?

  • Yes – please call us at 800-743-8490 for special pricing

What is the cancellation policy?

  • Cancellations received 4 weeks prior to the event will receive a refund minus the administration fee of $225. Cancellation received less than 4 weeks prior to the event will receive a credit to a future event valid for one year.

Can the registration be transferred to a colleague?

  • Yes – please email us in writing at info@brinetwork.com with the colleague’s name and title

Where can I find information on the venue/accommodations?

  • Along with your registration receipt you will receive information on how to make your hotel reservations. You can also visit individual event page for specific hotel information. The conference fee does not include the cost of accommodations.

What is the suggested dress code?

  • Business casual. Meeting rooms can sometimes be cold so we recommend a sweater or light jacket
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