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International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

Evidence, Insight and Strategy for Optimizing Health Benefits

Optimize Your Health Benefits
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New insights into the social determinants of health, consumer behavior, care delivery models and reimbursement strategies are offering benefits professionals a new set of tools to engage employees and providers and make benefit designs more effective.

This program, taught by Harvard Medical School faculty will use improved consumer architecture, population health management methodologies and value-based purchasing strategies to help employers and other group health plan purchasers make better benefit design and purchasing decisions.


  • Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance and Value-Based Reimbursement
  • Managing Oncology Care
  • Provider Care Management
  • Behavioral Health
  • Using Cost-Effectiveness Data to Redesign Pharmacy Benefits
  • Maternity Care
  • Evaluating Clinical Programs
  • Behavioral Science and Patient Adherence
  • The Social Determinants of Health
  • Managing Vendors Effectively
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Telemedicine: Promise vs. Reality
  • Primary Care Innovation
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Provider Consolidation

Innovation Spotlights

Topics presented by industry experts carefully selected by Harvard Medical School faculty to showcase their cutting-edge practices.

  • Implementing Bundled Payment Programs
  • Using Big Data to Curate Provider Networks
  • The Investor Perspective on Health Care Delivery Transformation

Who should attend

This program is structured to fit the educational needs of senior-level group health benefit decision makers.


Aaron Kesselheim MD JD MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a faculty member in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Within the Division, Aaron created and leads the Program On ...
Rushika Fernandopulle is a practicing physician and co-founder and CEO of Iora Health, a venture backed, national de-novo primary care group based in Boston MA. He was the first Executive Director of the Harvard Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement, and Managing Director of the Cli...
François de Brantes serves as Senior Vice President of Commercial Business Development at Remedy Partners. He leads customer development of the Medicare Advantage, Self-Insured Employer, and Commercial Payer markets. He has spent close to two decades working to transform the U.S. healthcare syste...
Niteesh K. Choudhry, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physician in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics and the Hospitalist Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His research focuses on the impact of medication costs and drug ...
One of the country’s foremost experts and thought leaders on payment reform, Suzanne F. Delbanco is the executive director of Catalyst for Payment Reform, an independent, non-profit corporation working to catalyze employers, public purchasers, and others to implement strategies that produce highe...
Nancy L. Keating, MD, MPH, is a professor of health care policy and medicine at Harvard Medical School and a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Keating’s research examines provider, patient, and health system factors that influence the delivery of high-quality care for individuals wi...
Joe Kimura, MD MPH is Chief Medical Officer of Atrius Health and an internist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a medical practice of Atrius Health. He has broad experience leading ambulatory care delivery system improvements with specialty expertise in clinical informatics and healthcare d...
Jeff is the national co-leader of the Health Management practice of Willis Towers Watson, a global human resources consultancy. In this role, he leads development of intellectual capital and provides consultation to large employers to guide them in making strategic investments in the health and...
Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH, is an associate professor of health care policy and medicine at Harvard Medical School and a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Mehrotra’s research focuses on interventions to decrease costs and improve quality of care. Much of his work has focused ...
Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, designs, implements and evaluates health care management and delivery systems that focus on cost and quality concerns as well as the reimbursement models and user engagement dynamics that sustain them. Working with employers, government, and other purchasers, as well as hea...


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