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    November Monthly Business Meeting

    Date: November 18, 2014, 11:30am – 1:00pm
    Frontier Human Resources Assn.
    Little America Hotel and Resort
    2800 West Lincolnway
    Cheyenne, WY 82009

    ** Meeting Room Location: TBD

    $18.00 Members; $23.00 Non-Members
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    Tackling Healthcare Costs - Practical, Proven Programs

    Speaker: Ann Ladd, CEO, Wyoming Business Coalition on Healthcare

    Anne Ladd is the CEO of the Wyoming Business Coalition on Health - a state-wide organization whose main objective is to raise the visibility, viability and sophistication of conversations between employers – who are the ultimate payers of most healthcare expenses through their own insurance premiums and through taxes paid to the various levels of government – and those who deliver and influence the delivery of care. The organization’s ultimate goals are to make the system more transparent and to provide incentives that will improve the quality of care received while containing costs.

    In 2005 she served as the Executive Director of the Wyoming Healthcare Commission. She also has experience as a product manager on several healthcare related information technology projects, and was the Director of Strategic Planning for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado/Nevada. She started he career in healthcare in 1990 as the Director of Public Affairs for Kaiser Permanente in Sonoma County California.

    Before entering the healthcare arena Ms. Ladd spent six years as a reporter and writer for both broadcast and print media. Her last journalism assignment was covering San Francisco city hall for The Chronicle. She has also worked in Wyoming, Utah, Washington state and Washington DC, covering politics, natural resource and business issues.

    Born and raised in Wyoming, Ms. Ladd has an undergraduate degree in economics from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., a Master’s degree in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.

    Presentation Overview:

    Healthcare costs have become our most serious national economic concern. Even while average total employee compensation has risen, compensation net of health insurance has flat-lined. A 2011 RAND calculation showed that four of every five dollars of household income growth is now absorbed by health care.  Growing state health care expenditures are displacing funds for other critical needs, like education and infrastructure replacement. American businesses competing in international markets must overcome a7+ percent disadvantage on health care costs just to be on a level playing field with firms in other industrialized nations. If any other input to our businesses/government were increasing as fast as health plan premiums, it would get the white hot attention of senior leadership. But most organizations feel helpless. They've tried wellness programs and they've tried asking employees to absorb more of the costs - and yet the explosive growth in healthcare prices continues. Human resources professionals, who oversee benefits, can change this trajectory. They can provide cost and quality information to help "informal leaders" among their employees start an attitude sea-change. They can create economic incentives for their employees as well as the healthcare delivery system that rewards positive health outcomes rather than healthcare service volume.

    During the presentation, Ann will discuss why Healthcare costs are such an issue for employers, what drives those costs, tips on providing information and promoting transparency, leveraging market power as an employer, and proving HR’s impact on the company’s bottom line.



    This program has been approved for 1 hour of  (HR (General)) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR or GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.



    Turkey Dinner

    Tossed Green Salad - Tomato, Cucumber and Choice of Dressing
    Slow Roasted Turkey, Stuffing, Steamed Vegetables and Mashed Potatoes
    Chef's Choice Dessert
    Coffee, Decaf, Tea & Fresh Baked Rolls
    Please RSVP HERE

    RSVPs MUST be received by 12 PM (Noon) on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014. RSVPs received after that date and time will incur a $5.00 late fee

    Please Note: FHRA is required to pay for "No Shows" or late cancellations so please be responsible; late cancellations are considered to be after 5:00 pm the Wednesday before the event.



    • Members, please bring your business card to enter the free lunch drawing!
    • There will be a 50/50 raffle, with half of the proceeds going toward the SHRM Foundation. Tickets are $1.00/each or six (6) for $5.00.
    • If you have a nametag, please wear it to the meeting!



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