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Health Meeting keeps you up to date on the changing times

by Dan Bailey, chairperson, 2012 SOA Health Meeting

Yes, the times are changing—again and as always—and you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.  But if you are a health actuary, don’t miss the 2012 SOA Health Meeting in New Orleans from Wednesday, June 13-15, where many of the 80-plus sessions will consider the manifold ramifications of health reform on our work.

The Health Section has teamed up with its subsections and related sections to bring you outstanding relevance and variety.  Continuing education is a critical part of what makes our profession continually better.  To this end, we have planned a wide range of practical sessions at multiple levels covering the everyday actuarial work of pricing, trending, underwriting, reserving, financial reporting, plan and forecast, risk management, risk adjustment/equalization, predictive modeling, provider reimbursement, alternative delivery systems, product development, etc.  Most of these sessions will consider the downstream implications of health reform.  There will be something for everyone, regardless of your background and professional experience level.

The meeting will also include subject sessions in discrete topics, such as Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, small group, individual coverage, pharmacy, self-funded employee benefit plans, disability, long-term care, group life, reinsurance, regulation, disease management, outcomes assessment, quality measurement, exchanges, accountable care and medical homes, complexity theory, research, public data sources and more. In addition, other sessions and activities have been scheduled on topics ranging from management of people and projects to effective communication and, of course, professionalism.

Join us at the Health Section Hot Breakfast for a presentation by Dale Yamamoto and Ted Prospect on the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI).  Be sure to attend the opening address by keynote guest speaker and thought leader, Tom Davenport, on business analytics.  Enjoy lunch with guest speaker, Mary Milla,on Wednesday, and Paul Ginsburg on Thursday.  Mary Milla is an executive coach on presentation and communications; Paul Ginsburg is an economist and health policy expert currently serving as president of the Center for Studying Health System Change.  There will be opportunities to meet old friends and make new ones.  And if you wish to join us a day early, you may attend the now famous Medical School for Actuaries.

On behalf of the army of volunteers and others who have worked earnestly to make this meeting a success, we look forward to seeing you in The Big Easy, a city of great historical import, where good food and music also await after each day’s diverse meeting activities are done.  Lagniappe.

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