As a voice for the local employer-paid healthcare community, the Central Penn Business Group on Health wants to be your partner in accessing Lancaster County’s healthcare leaders and decision makers.The Central Penn Business Group on Health will have a number of exciting sponsorship investment opportunities available in 2017 and we hope you will consider one or more event sponsorships to distinguish your company and your marketing message.

Main Events

Legislative/Legal Update

Developing an effective employee benefit plan and managing it prudently requires constant vigilance. Changes in employee demographics can impact costs, while shifts in regulatory requirements can increase complexity. As an employee benefit plan sponsor or other plan fiduciary, you have a primary responsibility to ensure that the plan that is in place fully complies with all applicable rules and regulations, from federal and state labor departments as well as from the IRS.

Join us on Thursday, February 23, 2017 as the experts from McNees, Wallace and Nurick, LLC discuss the issues and priorities related to healthcare legislation and current regulations. Stephen Kern and Eric Athey will be on hand to address all of our benefit questions and concerns. As always, their emphasis will be on understanding the practical implications of the laws of the land and the key strategies that immediately can be implemented to deal with them efficiently and effectively.

Health Summit

The Health Summit is a partnership between the Central Penn Business Group on Health and LiveWell Lancaster. It is designed to bring together the business community and other community partners to promote better health and wellbeing in our community. In 2017, our focus will be on stress and wellbeing – developing better ways to deal with stress to minimize its impact on our health and the health of our community. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Robert Sapolsky, a noted science and nature writer, biologist and neuroscientist as well as stress expert. Scheduled for May 11, 2017 this event will be held at the Lancaster Convention Center. The goal of this event is to provide employers and community members with the tools they need to deal with stress in the lives of their employees and the community they are trying to serve. At this event, we will also be presenting the annual Well Workplace Awards in conjunction with LightenUp Lancaster. Awards will go to both large and small employers in our community who have focused on improving the health of their workforce as demonstrated through their completed CDC scorecard. We will also recognize two employers who have used innovation in the development of their programs and demonstrated the impact of their offerings.

18th Annual Healthcare Forecast Breakfast

Our 18th annual Forecast breakfast will be held in September of 2017 and will feature healthcare experts discussing key policy issues and trends that continue to impact the health benefits offered by area employers. We will also provide attendees with the results of the 2017 Survey of Health Benefits and Policies which is a joint effort between the Central Penn Business Group on Health and the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce. This program is designed to provide attendees with insight into what benefits area employers are offering to their workforce, provider response to escalating healthcare costs as well as the employer response to some innovative healthcare offerings now available in our market.

The 2016 breakfast attendees heard from our panelists: Jan Berger, CEO, LG Health/Penn Medicine; Tom Blue, Chief Strategy Officer, Lead Health; K. Nicholas Pandelidis, MD, OSS Health; and Steve Rainstein, Associate Director of Provider Services, United Healthcare on new models of care either available now or coming shortly to our area. Attendees also got an introduction to the Business Group on Health’s new data analytics initiative.

Member Networking Breakfasts

Member Networking Breakfasts are a great chance to meet and discuss relevant healthcare topics with member peers. These events host a short topical presentation then there will be open discussion between members on how the topic has impacted their organization. Members leave with insight into how their peers are handling the tough challenges and some tried and true techniques for success.

The first breakfast is scheduled for January 25th, 2017 and a second will be scheduled for August of 2017. The sessions are offered to EMPLOYERS and PROVIDER members only, free of cost. The events are held from 8-10 a.m. at the Southern Market Center/Lancaster Chamber.

Online Learning

New last year, the Central Penn Business Group on Health has added online education to give members easy access to resources designed to provide solutions to ongoing healthcare challenges and help educate members about the complexities of employer sponsored healthcare.

  • 1)Current events
  • 2)Vendor educational events
  • 3)Classroom/workbook events
  • 4)Senior suite interviews

Free Market Medicine

What is free market medicine? Simply stated, it is imposing price and quality transparency on healthcare so as to promote provider competition and thereby deliver increasingly more value to healthcare consumers. Free market medicine is more than theory. In 2009, The Surgery Center of Oklahoma began offering transparent bundled pricing for a wide array of surgical procedures` at pricing significantly below the “discounted” PPO network pricing that has resulted in $millions of saving for regional employers. Free market medicine is spreading across the country and now has come to central PA.

On Friday October 20, please join the PA Chapter of the Free Market Medicine Association and the Central PA Business Group on Health at the Hershey Country Club