Where is the medical cost trend headed in 2019? PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) annually projects the growth of medical costs in the employer insurance market for the coming year and identifies the leading factors expected to impact the trend. The report evaluates the opportunities and obstacles that will impact the industry in the coming year and can be used as a guide as you contemplate and discuss your business strategies for 2019.

Uncover the factors impacting medical cost trend - from provider megamergers and physician employment trends to health advocacy and the increasing customer centricity of healthcare - and what it means for providers, payers, pharma/life sciences companies and employers.

Featured Speakers

Benjamin Isgur

Health Research Institute Leader
PwC

Benjamin Isgur leads PwC's Health Research Institute. HRI is a dedicated research group that provides new intelligence, perspective, and analysis on major health-related business issues. In this role, he oversees thought leadership and research initiatives for the firm and clients. He also consults with healthcare systems, trade associations, and policy groups on strategic planning, and industry intelligence and trends.

Ingrid Stiver

Senior Manager, Health Research Institute
PwC

Ingrid Stiver is a senior manager at PwC's Health Research Institute. Ingrid leads HRI's analysis of major trends impacting health insurers, employers and providers. A former consultant in PwC's assurance practice, Ingrid recently returned to PwC after a five year hiatus in which she held positions at Catholic Health Initiatives and the Denver Health Medical Plan.

Rick Judy

Management Consulting Leader, Health Industries
PwC

Rick Judy is a Principal in PwC's Health Industries Advisory practice. He began his career in PwC's Boston office working with the Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions Group where he focused on large financial due diligence and feasibility studies for major payers and providers. In 1997 he moved to the West Coast and has worked with the Healthcare Operations Improvement and Information Technology practices. During his 20 years of healthcare consulting experience, he has worked in many segments of health care, serving primarily large national payers and providers in the areas of strategy, M&A, operations, technology, and risk.

Dr. Kulleni Gebreyes, MD

Principal, Health Services - Value Based Purchasing (VBP) and Care
PwC

Dr. Kulleni Gebreyes is a Principal at PwC. She is a physician leader with more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry across the commercial and public sector. During this time, she has helped organizations drive care delivery transformation through financially sustainable strategies for value-based care, clinical optimization, and asset rationalization. She has expertise in physician engagement and education, adoption and implementation of HIT, quality and performance improvement, and compliance/assurance. She has also dedicated much of her time to addressing healthcare disparities and social determinants of health with executives and leaders of health plans, providers, patient advocacy groups, and government leaders.

Barbara Gniewek

Principal, Global Human Resource Services (GHRS)
PwC

Barbara Gniewek is a Principal in PwC's Global Human Resource Services practice. Barbara is the national Health & Welfare practice leader and resides in our New York City office. She consults with national employers, providers and health plans on strategy, operational excellence, product design, sourcing / private exchanges, cost savings, funding, communications and health reform.


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