Local Businesses to Get Expert Advice on Healthcare Solutions and Best Practices at Oct. 25 Forum in New Orleans

Oct. 5, 2016

NEW ORLEANS - On Oct. 25, local businesses and community organizations will have the chance to hear from both their peers and healthcare experts about how healthcare reform will affect their operations in 2017. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and Greater New Orleans, Inc. will hold a free half-day event to give Crescent City businesspeople the opportunity to talk with subject-matter experts on a variety of topics.

“The rising costs of healthcare, coupled with the ongoing need to improve the quality of care, are a concern for employers in the New Orleans area and across the state,” said Dr. I. Steven Udvarhelyi, Blue Cross president and CEO. “No one entity can effectively address this alone, so it’s important we all come together and work toward solutions.”

Udvarhelyi said that businesses must have information to make sure their employees are covered in compliance with the law. They should get input on best practices from their peers, subject-matter experts, government officials, healthcare providers and others.

“This forum will give businesses that opportunity,” Udvarhelyi said.

The Business to Business Forum on Healthcare Solutions is will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave. The free event will feature breakout sessions on a variety of healthcare topics, including trends, changes coming under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2017, Louisiana’s historic Medicaid expansion, worksite wellness and a discussion of how healthcare policy may be altered by the outcome of November’s presidential election. Presenters include subject-matter experts from Blue Cross, healthcare providers and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

Participants will be able to attend up to three breakout sessions during the forum, which will wrap up with a Healthy Economy speakers panel.

There is no cost for this event, and registration is open at www.bcbsla.com/B2BHealthForum. The forum is sponsored by Blue Cross and GNO, Inc. as a service to business owners, human resources professionals, nonprofit executives and anyone else interested in healthcare policy and the ACA—including those responsible for making healthcare decisions for employees.

Space is limited and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested should register as soon as possible at www.bcbsla.com/B2Bhealthforum to guarantee their attendance.

“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has been a partner to the Louisiana business community for nearly 75 years,” said Michael Hecht, president & CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “I would urge anyone responsible for making healthcare decisions for their employees to take advantage of this free resource and the expertise Blue Cross provides.”

To see an event agenda or register, visit the forum website, http://www.bcbsla.com/B2BHealthForum.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is a tax-paying nonprofit health insurer. We are a private company, mutually owned by our policyholders, with an independent Louisiana Board of Directors and no shareholders. We are an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to improving the health and lives of all Louisianians. With our subsidiaries, HMO Louisiana and Southern National Life, we provide group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products and administrative services to one out of four Louisiana residents. We’re the only Louisiana insurer that offers plans in every parish. We also provide every customer with comprehensive wellness education, programs and services to help them live healthier lives. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, we have eight regional offices to serve our customers around the state.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is dedicated to transforming the healthcare industry in Louisiana into one that delivers high-quality health outcomes for our customers with top-notch service at more affordable costs. Our reputation for exceptional service and prompt payments, as well as the hard work of our 200+ in-house doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and dietitians, keeps both customer and provider satisfaction high. Surveys by the Louisiana State Medical Society and the Louisiana Hospital Association consistently rank Blue Cross the best company providers do business with.

Blue Cross is deeply committed to the communities we serve. We invest both time and money in the health and wellbeing of Louisiana children by supporting more than 200 charitable organizations. We invite and encourage all Louisianians to visit our website at www.bcbsla.com or talk to us on social media through our online hub.

About Greater New Orleans, Inc.
Greater New Orleans, Inc. is a regional economic development alliance serving the 10-parish region of Southeast Louisiana.

OUR MISSION is to serve as the catalyst for wealth creation in the 10-parish region of Southeastern Louisiana. GNO, Inc. will accomplish this by pursuing an aggressive agenda of business development—marketing the region—and product development—improving regional business conditions through policy, workforce, and research initiatives.

OUR VISION is for the Greater New Orleans region to fulfill its potential as one of the best places in the country to grow a company and raise a family. The ultimate indication of success for GNO, Inc. will be the presence of a robust and growing middle class in Southeastern Louisiana.

OUR REGION is composed of the parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington.