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SOA Podcasts - Society of Actuaries
31 minutes | a day ago
Health Section: Bundling Medicare Supplement and Short-Term Care
Jackie Lee interviews Ken Clark and Robert Eaton about Medicare Supplement (Medigap) and short-term care products, including profits, pricing assumptions, and bundling opportunities for health carriers. Together, they explore how bundling the two products may provide a complementary hedge of certain policyholder behavior risks. Actuaries can better understand the risks involved with doing so, administrative components, and areas of analysis to consider.
14 minutes | 6 days ago
Social Insurance & Public Finance Section: It Didn’t Cost a Pennie
In a purportedly highly regulated environment, ACA individual market premiums are largely misaligned across the country. States that have enforced compliance have improved consumer value and strengthened local markets…at virtually no cost. Chris Merkel interviews Greg Fann on this podcast, asking him about his recent article on the ACA’s unique regulatory/market dynamics.
17 minutes | 11 days ago
Modeling Section: LDTI Experiences and Challenges
Join us as Tim Deitz, ASA, MAAA, and Tom Kim, FSA, FCIA, MAAA, discuss LDTI implementation/modeling experiences and challenges.
28 minutes | 11 days ago
Predictive Analytics and Futurism: Machine Learning in the Cloud, Part 2 – Platform Examples from Azure
Join hosts Anders Larson, FSA, MAAA, and Shea Parkes, FSA, MAAA, for the second in a series of podcasts focused on machine learning in the cloud. This episode focuses on some specific Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Machine Learning offerings in Azure. These offerings are used as examples and we discuss some general pros and cons and how/why users might choose between various PaaS offerings.
23 minutes | 15 days ago
Health Section: Specialty Drug Development, Costs and Solutions
Jackie Lee discusses specialty drugs with Kerri Miller, Pharm.D., and Sarah Hellems, FSA, as part of an ongoing series for the Pharmacy Strategic Initiative. Together, they discuss innovations in the approval process, and dissect the magnitude and drivers of high costs, including effective and potential cost controls, from prior authorizations to accurate diagnoses, to modifying rebate contracts by incorporating outcome-based [value-based] metrics. Actuaries are given insight into how they can move the needle in progressing efforts to expand access to specialty drugs in health plans, as well as making them more affordable.
47 minutes | 18 days ago
Reinsurance Section and Leadership & Development Section: Tracy Choka – Leadership through Actuarial Workplace Evolution and Disruption
Tracy Choka, FSA, MAAA, speaks with podcast host Jing Lang, FSA, FCIA, MAAA, on accelerations and major trends in reinsurance, leadership and actuarial workplace evolution.
28 minutes | 18 days ago
Long Term Care Section: The Impact of COVID-19 on Long-Term Care
Char Hu, Founder of Georgetown Living dementia communities and CEO of insurtech company The Helper Bees, sits down with us to discuss the implications of the coronavirus pandemic on long-term care including staffing, safety protocols, digital transformation, and the future of both facility and home-based care
28 minutes | a month ago
Joint Risk Management Section: the Risk Management Profession – a Rewarding Career Path
A view of the risk management profession from the viewpoint of a seasoned risk management professional. The story is anchored in the experience of the speaker with insights on the current state of the risk management and on the risk professional of tomorrow.
9 minutes | a month ago
Social Insurance & Public Finance Section: The Future of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care
Chris Merkel and Stephanie Entzminger discuss the external forces currently affecting nursing homes, with a focus on the impact on Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
42 minutes | a month ago
Health Section: Leadership Series: SOA President Roy Goldman
Join Jackie Lee for her chat with Roy Goldman, current SOA 2020-2021 President, for the Leadership Series. Roy shares his inspiring actuarial journey, lessons he learned, obstacles he overcame, ongoing motivations, and his term’s highlights. Hear his thoughts on the progress and challenges of the SOA’s Long-Term Growth Strategy, the SOA’s ongoing COVID-19 actions, and the importance of data science in the actuarial field.
27 minutes | a month ago
Product Development Section: Get to Know the Product Development Section
Join this conversation between current Product Development Section Council members and Friends of the Council to learn more about the many ways the section supports its membership and how you can get involved yourself.
11 minutes | a month ago
Long Term Care Section: A Conversation with Matt Winegar
John Hebig interviews Matt Winegar, the chairperson of the LTC Section Council, to discuss the council’s goals for this year and how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted his role as section chairperson.
19 minutes | a month ago
Modeling Section: Agile Executions of Modeling
Listen now as Lu Xue, FSA, CERA, MAAA, interviews Katherine Geller, FSA, MAAA, on the Agile principles, methodologies and executions for modeling and project management. Show Notes: If you'd like to reach out to our speaker and find out about Agile, please email email@example.com.
41 minutes | a month ago
Health Section: State Regulatory Impact on Prescription Drugs
Join Jackie Lee for the ongoing Pharmacy Strategic Initiative series, led by Gregory Warren, FSA, MAAA (SVP & Chief Actuary at Optum Advisory Services) who teams up in this podcast with Rebecca Owen, FSA, FCA, MAAA (Actuary at HealthCare Analytical Solutions, Inc.) to discuss the impacts states’ regulatory actions have on prescription drug benefits. Pharmacy is one of the fastest growing components of total cost of care and is currently an active area of state legislation. Understanding regulatory context and various policy environments that actuaries can advantageously affect will further progress in the design and execution of programs to align stakeholder goals, including mitigating total cost of care increases as well as access to care. Stay informed on state health policy at NASHP.org.
43 minutes | 2 months ago
Leadership & Development Section and Marketing & Distribution Section: Aree Bly – Align Mentally to Create Sustainable Success
Jing Lang talks with Aree Bly, actuary turned alignment coach, on navigating your unique career path and leveraging alignment as a tool to lead yourself and others to success.
20 minutes | 2 months ago
Investment Section: Derivatives: Integration in Insurance and Pensions
In this podcast, Steve Castleton (Chatham Financial) and David Murad (NISA Investment Advisors) discuss the use of derivatives in the insurance and pension industries. They cover their varied applications, recent trends, and touch on the market, operational, and other considerations that come with using these powerful tools.
32 minutes | 2 months ago
Health Section: Care Management Vendors
Listen to Rick Pawelski and Ryan Coblentz, actuaries at Highmark Health, discuss with Jackie Lee how care management vendors and insurers are becoming increasingly integrated in managing customer care. Understand these vendors’ role in providing medically effective and cost-effective care to customers as value-based contracts continue increasing, the insurer’s perspective on determining the effectiveness and savings for the vendors, and the changing methodology and difficulties of accurately and consistently quantifying data.
21 minutes | 2 months ago
Retirement Section: Social Security with Ron Gebhardtsbauer
Patrick Ring, ASA, EA, MSPA, MAAA speaks with Ron Gebhardtsbauer, FSA, MAAA on a variety of issues surrounding Social Security including, proposals for reforming it and the impact of COVID-19.
22 minutes | 2 months ago
International Section: The SOA Competency Framework
The SOA Competency Framework contains eight core competencies, which highlight all the technical and non-technical skills needed to become a well-rounded actuary. As the SOA creates professional development opportunities, they are aligned with one or more of these eight competencies so you can use them as a guide as you plan your career goals.
29 minutes | 2 months ago
International Section: Solvency II is Good for You
Podcast host Carlos Arocha, FSA, speaks with Professor Karel Van Hulle about his experience in the development of the Solvency II Directive. Van Hulle, served as head of insurance and pensions at the European Commission, where he was responsible for the development of Solvency II. In that capacity, he represented the European Commission within EIOPA (the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority) and was a member of the technical committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors. He is the author of Solvency Requirements for EU Insurers: Solvency II is Good for You
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