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Celebrating 20 Years of Leading Change and Creating Value

In 2023 we celebrated 20 years of employer community collaboration working toward a better, more sustainable health care system, culminating with a celebration event on November 15 at the Italian Community Center.

The event, attended by approximately 150 health care stakeholders from numerous organizations across the state, provided a great afternoon of impactful presentations, an enlightening panel discussion and the awarding of the BHCG Paul Purcell Leading Change, Creating Value Award. A cocktail reception and networking followed the meeting.

Program Highlights

  • We looked back at the successes of BHCG’s first 20 years – noting the critical contributions of our founders and early C-Suite champions – and I shared my vision of a bright future for our organization
  • Ashok Subramanian, Founder & CEO of Centivo shared results of the BHCG-Centivo high-performance health plan, offering primary care-centered network solutions
  • panel of physician leaders explored the key role of primary care in health care value creation. Panel members included:
    • Patricia Golden, DO, Clinical President, Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin
    • Paul Pritchard, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer, Prevea Health
    • Mark Lodes, MD, President, Froedtert & MCW Community Physicians
    • Wayne Jenkins, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Centivo
  • Wendell Potter, an American advocate for health insurance payment reform, New York Times bestselling author, and former health insurance industry communications director shared his observations, reactions and recommendations for driving health care insurance payment reform
  • The Paul Purcell Leading Change, Creating Value Award was presented by Dianne Kiehl, BHCG’s Executive Director Emeritus, to the Sojourner Family Peace Center in recognition of its work to improve the health of women, children and families by providing domestic violence prevention, safety and intervention services in our community. Carmen Pitre, President and CEO of Sojourner accepted the award on their behalf.
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A video recording of the program, presenters’ slides, a slide presentation providing a retrospective on BHCG’s 20 years of success and a photo gallery of the afternoon’s activities are also available for review.

A special thanks goes to Novo Nordisk, our educational sponsor for our anniversary celebration event!

Delivering Value Series Symposiums

On May 4 we conducted a Delivering Value Series symposium entitled, The Results Are In: Change Is Possible, highlighting the extraordinary results of the first year of the BHCG-Centivo high-performance health plan solution exclusively for BHCG member employers. The symposium featured a keynote from Ashok Subramanian, CEO and Founder of Centivo along with presentations from an employer, a benefit advisor and BHCG’s strategic consultant. A video recording, slide presentation and BHCG overview from the day are available on the BHCG website.

Educational Forum

In conjunction with Covering Wisconsin, Milwaukee Enrollment, Network Milwaukee Health Care Partnership and The Alliance, BHCG sponsored a webinar on May 18, entitled Medicaid Unwinding: What Employers Need to Know. With the Public Health Emergency related to the pandemic expiring, Medicaid enrollees are required to reapply for Medicaid coverage or look for another form of health care coverage.

Staff from Covering Wisconsin provided resources and guidance for employers as they prepare to assist employees in transitioning from, or reapplying for, Medicaid coverage. A video recording of the webinar and Covering Wisconsin’s slide presentation are available on the BHCG  website.

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Benefits Forum

Benefits Forums offer opportunities for member employers to gather periodically to learn from industry experts, BHCG’s best in class strategic partners and each other about pressing issues related to health care benefits. On December 6, BHCG member employers gathered at BMO’s facility in Brookfield for a Benefits Roundtable discussion. This meeting provided a great opportunity for member employers to share benefit plan information and strategies with colleagues. Member employers find this type of sharing invaluable, as it allows them to ask questions, get input from colleagues and hear lessons learned.

Staff from Covering Wisconsin provided resources and guidance for employers as they prepare to assist employees in transitioning from, or reapplying for, Medicaid coverage. A video recording of the webinar and Covering Wisconsin’s slide presentation are available on the BHCG website.


Annual Meeting

Our 2022 Annual Meeting, entitled Health Care Reimagined, was held on June 15 at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. The meeting focused on employer insights from both C-Suite representatives and human resource executives into Centivo’s high-performance, primary care-centered health plan solution designed to deliver quality, affordable health care in the state of Wisconsin.

The Paul Purcell Leading Change, Creating Value Award, was renamed in 2022 to posthumously honor Paul Purcell, former president, CEO and Chairman of Baird and a longtime member of BHCG’s CEO Committee who was instrumental in making BHCG’s mission a reality. Rodney Jones-Tyson, global chief human resources officer at Baird presented the award to Dr. John R. Raymond, Sr. President & CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin in recognition of his outstanding community leadership, clear and transparent communication and guidance during the challenging coronavirus pandemic.