(subject to change)

MAY 31, 2023

3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Registration Open
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception

JUNE 1, 2023

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Program Preview


Elizabeth Midtlien
Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA)

8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Cell & Gene Therapy - The Basics
Discussing cell & gene therapy can be complicated.  Before addressing specific industry trends, implications and perspectives throughout the day, this session will cover CGT basics, including definitions and how treatments come to the marketplace.


Dr. Surya Singh
Chief Medical Officer
Emerging Therapy Solutions

9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

The Manufacturers Perspective 
This panel discussion will feature some of the leading CGT manufacturers who will provide an overview of CGT treatments now available and those in the pipeline.  The panel will also address pricing implications existing as well as pending approvals, value-based payments, patient access considerations and development updates for rare diseases.  


Dr. Surya Singh
Chief Medical Officer
Emerging Therapy Solutions


                                                                            Susan Serrano
Director, Market Access
bluebird bio 

                                                                             Jay Newman
Head of Commercial Development, Pricing & Reimbursement
Spark Therapeutics, Inc. 

Robert Rouse
Head of Market Access
CSL Behring

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Plan Document Considerations for CGT Coverage
As self-insured group health plan sponsors decide whether and how to cover CGT, it is critical that their plan documents are structured properly - don't assume that standard plan document language accounts for CGT.  A leading industry expert tells you what you need to know.  


Jennifer McCormick
Senior Vice President, Consulting
The Phia Group

11:15 a.m. to Noon

The Physician and Patient Perspectives 
Physicians and patients obviously have important perspectives on the CGT that could be useful in helping plans make coverage decisions while also assisting their risk partners in making underwriting decisions.  A sampling of those perspectives will be provided during this session.


Dr. Paul Orchard
Medical Director of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Program & Professor of Pediatric BMT & Cellular Therapy
University of Minnesota

Erica Barnes
Executive Director
Minnesota Rare Disease Advisory Council

Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Hosted Luncheon & Networking Time

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Talking to Employers About CGT
Whether you are a broker/advisor, TPA, stop-loss carrier or other service provider, you may have to have "the talk" with your self-insured employer clients about CGT you know what to say?  Get some tips during this session from those who have had successful talks with employers, as well as from an employer representative.

Ward Humphreys
Senior Vice President, National Healthcare Practice 
Risk Strategies   


Cameron Deml
Vice President of Strategic Business Relationships
Brown & Brown

                                                                         Jason Ellison
National Healthcare Practice – Employee Benefits
Risk Strategies

Marty Laskowski
Vice President of Risk Management   
Allied Benefit Solutions    

Luke Prettol, CEBS
Lead Benefits Strategy Consultant
AT&T Services, Inc.

2:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.


2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Paying the CGT Tab
As costs continue to increase, risk-takers are taking a closer look at long term solution strategies that will allow for ongoing CGT coverage - both from a stop-loss and reinsurance perspective.  This session will feature an interactive panel discussion - including audience participation - exploring how industry thought-leaders are approaching this challenge.


Robby Kerr
Senior Vice President
Tokio Marine HCC


Kristi Bohn
Vice President of Reinsurance

Jeremy Freestone
SVP, Medical Stop-Loss
Symetra Financial

Kelly Munger
Head of US Health
Partner RE

Shaun Peterson
Head of Health Solutions Pricing

Tasha Barbour
Managing Director, Reinsurance Solutions

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Share, Ask, Answer
By now we will have covered a lot of ground.  This last hour has been reserved for a "freestyle" discussion where attendees can interact with the speakers and each other to share their experiences, ask questions and help answer questions from others.  


Dave McClean
Emerging Therapy Solutions

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Closing Networking Reception


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