Forum Program

Monday, February 27, 2023

3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration Open
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Exhibits Open
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception with Exhibitors

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. SIPAC Axe Throwing/Reception
  Blade & Timber – 1303 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City
Help support the Self-Insurance Political Action Committee (SIPAC), and compete against colleagues and other SIIA members during a fun and interactive axe throwing competition and reception. Network with other industry participants, throw axes, and support our industry’s political advocacy activities as we begin the 2024 election cycle.

9:00 p.m. SIIA Future Leaders Meet-Up Mixer
  Yard House Brewery– 1300 Main Street, Kansas City
Join other younger attendees for an on informal “on your own” after-dinner networking event.


Tuesday, February 28, 2023
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Registration Open
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Exhibits Open
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.   Networking Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.   Welcome & Opening Remarks
Elizabeth Midtlien
Vice President, Emerging Markets
AmeriHealth Administrators, Inc., SIIA Chair


8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Price Transparency: Policy & Regulatory Update
  SIIA’s Government Relations Team will provide insights and need to know analysis on current federal price transparency activities, ranging from the Hospital Price Transparency and Transparency in Coverage Rules to the ongoing implementation of the No Surprises Act.

Chris Condeluci
Washington Counsel
Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA)

Ryan Work
Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA)


9:30 a.m. -10:15 a.m. Conversation with Regulators: Federal Price Transparency
  Key federal agency regulators will discuss details on federal transparency rules, in addition to insights into future guidance and implementation recommendations. 

Deborah Bryant
Senior Policy Advisor
Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO)
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services 

Janny Frimpong
Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO)
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services

David Sydlik

Senior Advisor & Employee Benefits Specialist

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Networking Break

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Price Transparency Collaboration: Working with TPAs, Brokers, Advisors &
Stops Loss Carriers
  Price transparency mandates and reporting requirements mean an increasing need for collaboration from entities working on behalf of a self-insured plan. This panel will explore best practices in working across entities in compiling, reporting, and submitting plan-related requirements in the price transparency space and assist in navigating roles and responsibilities.

Dennis Charland
Senior Vice President

Ed Doherty
VP, Legal Consulting Group

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Chris Moyer
HealthNow Administrative Services

Kelly Wage
VP, Consumer Experience and Market Solutions
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina


11:30 a.m. –  12:15 p.m. Taking Advantage of Pricing Transparency for a Healthcare Consumer-Minded Member Strategy
  Federal Price Transparency has unlocked more consumer information than ever before, which can potentially transform the delivery of healthcare services by allowing patients to proactively make informed, cost-conscious decisions about their health. What can the self-insured industry do to educate patients, and effectively access and utilize service information and cost before receiving care? Further, our panelists will explore how to handle the claims once the care is received and what can be done to control costs on behalf of the member and self-insured plan.


Katy Brant
6 Degrees Health


Bill Kampine
Co-founder & Chief Innovation Officer
Healthcare Blue Book

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Hosted Luncheon & Networking 

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Data Accessibility & Price Transparency: Understanding Exposure
  A legal and industry take on data accessibility issues, exposure, and other issues related to NSA and TiC Rules, including real-world legal and contract issues faced by plan service providers.


Dawn Cornelis


Nick Welle
Foley & Lardner, LLP

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. No Surprises Act: IDR/ Arbitration Best Practices & Lessons Learned
  With one year since plans started implementing NSA programs and the Open Negotiation and IDR process began, this session explores what industry participants need to know, lessons learned, and how to tackle the open negotiation and IDR/ arbitration process.

Tim McConville
Managing Attorney
ClearHealth Strategies

Troy Sisum
Chief Legal Officer
Imagine 360


3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.   Networking Break

Afternoon Quick Fire Rounds
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. A Fair Price: Getting to & Understanding Hospital & Provider Pricing
  Federal price transparency often hinges on provider and hospital pricing, billing and QPA calculations. What do self-insured entities need to know about evolving hospital billing practices, what are key lessons learned, and how can you use hospital data to assist in surprise billing and beyond.

Douglas Aldeen, Esq.
Attorney at Law

David Cardelle
Chief Strategy Officer
Advanced Medical Strategies (AMS)


4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Air Ambulance: The Other Side of Surprise Billing
  An often-overlooked piece of the No Surprises Act, air ambulance claims are increasingly costly for self-insured plans. This panel will delve into recent air ambulance claim trends, and what self-insured entities need to understand about the unique treatment of it under the NSA.

Jennifer Hill
AVP, Complex Claims
Lockton Companies

Mark Gamber, M.D.
Medical Director

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Price Transparency Town Hall
  This closing interactive session will allow participants to ask questions from the day’s topics, talk about experiences, challenges and opportunities, and provide a forum on all things healthcare transparency.

Christine Cooper
SIIA Price Transparency Committee Chair

Ryan Work
Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA)


5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Closing Networking Reception
*Program schedule is subject to change.

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