Strategic Research Insistiture Release: Tiered Provider Networks - Strategies And Opportunities Forum, Dec. 2-3, Arlington, Virginia

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- With 6.8 million+ subscribers enrolled in tiered network health insurance products in the U.S. (Health Affairs), these networks are set up to save employers and insurers money if enrollees choose, for example, lower cost hospitals under provider networks. However, others criticize quality information is a necessary requirement, so tiering does not amount to cost shifting to consumers.

Chaired by Suzanne Paranjpe, Ph.D., Executive Director of the AFL-CIO, Employer Purchasing Coalition and set to take place December 2-3 in Arlington, VA, this forum will examine the promises and concerns of tiered provider networks -- the affect on consumer driven healthcare, sensitizing employees to health care costs, and how to incorporate and retain quality -- along with numerous case studies and a post-conference workshop on "Bringing Providers on Board to Tiered Networks"

  Key Agenda Sessions Include:
   -- The Tiering Debate: What Led us Here, What is the Promise and Concerns
      of Tiering?
   -- A New Solution to Contain Health Care Costs--A Top Priority of
      Employers
   -- How Can Tiering Synergize with Consumer Driven Health Plans?
   -- How Does Tiering Work and How Does it Stimulate Price Competition?
   -- Sensitizing Employees to the Real Cost of Health Care
   -- Provider Perspective on Tiered Networks
   -- Numerous Case Studies on Examining a Tiered Hospital Option in Tampa
      Bay, the CalPERS Experience in Developing an Exclusive Provider
      Network, and an Alternative to Tiered Networks: the Power Select HMO
      Program from Blue Cross of California

Keynote Speakers Include: AFL-CIO Employer Purchasing Coalition; The Center for Studying Health System Change; Wausau Benefits; Pacificare; National Business Coalition on Health; Novant Health Hospital System, NC; Patient Choice; Midwest Business Group on Health; Humana Central Florida Region; the Galen Institute, and many more.

Complete list of speakers and topics can be found on http://www.srinstitute.com/CH137 .

*For complete conference and registration information: Log onto: http://www.srinstitute.com/CH137 By phone: 888-666-8514 By e-mail: info@srinstitute.com *Please mention priority code DPR001066 when registering. CONTACT: Suzy Punj-Kendry Vice President Health Division Strategic Research Institute Phone: 212-967-0095 ext. 274 E-mail: SPunj@srinstitute.com Web site: http://www.srinstitute.com/CH137

Strategic Research Institute

CONTACT: Suzy Punj-Kendry, Vice President, Health Division of StrategicResearch Institute, +1-212-967-0095, ext. 274, or SPunj@srinstitute.com

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