Upcoming events of interest

Four events scheduled over the next several months should be of interest to our readers: 

The BHCG Annual Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday morning, September 30 from 8:00 – 11:00 AM.  The event, to be held at the Italian Community Center, will feature a keynote address by Dr. Roger Merrill. For nearly 25 years Dr. Merrill served in medical directorship roles at Perdue Farms, eventually serving as chief medical officer from 2003 until 2014.  A widely sought-after speaker, Dr. Merrill will share insights about how Perdue drove improvement in the delivery of health care. Their strategy, including onsite clinics, a rigorous, science-based wellness program and value-based insurance design, resulted in: 
• Health care costs at half the national average and;
• Measurably improved health status of employees. 

Don’t miss what should prove to be an enlightening and informative morning. Register today!


The Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) will conduct a Learning Forum on October 13 at 8:00 am at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Madison. The forum titled, Spotlight on Big Data, will offer an in-depth look at the benefits of big data and celebrate WHIO’s first 10 years.

More information about the forum and how to register is available at the WHIO website.


The BHCG will be conducting a program, Protecting the Future of Oncology Care – A Community Conversation on Wednesday, October 28 at Briggs & Stratton, beginning at 8:00 AM. With oncology care as a significant cost driver for employers’ benefit plans, BHCG is working to better understand the current challenges, thoughts and opportunities that affect cancer care in the southeast Wisconsin market. This half-day program’s objectives include:

  • Broadening diverse stakeholders’ understanding of the challenges and opportunities each faces in supporting patients with cancer in achieving the best possible health outcomes
  • Identifying steps that patients, clinicians, and purchasers can take to put patients on the best path, from diagnosis forward, while recognizing the needs and struggles of each
  • Discussing potential benefits of working together to realize care quality and affordability for patients and our community. 

Look for more information about this program, along with registration information, in mid-September.


The National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) will hold its 20th Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas on November 16-18. Entitled, Achieving Health Care Value: No Purchaser is an Island, the conference will feature industry experts who will share their insights on improving health outcomes and reducing excessive cost by benefit design, enhanced care management, payment reform and reducing waste.

The BHCG’s NBCH membership allows for all BHCG employers to have their registration fees waived for the conference. BHCG employers interested in taking advantage of this offer should contact Jennifer LaMere at jlamere@businesshealthgroup.org for registration details.

More information about the annual conference is available at the NBCH website

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