A review of dental actuarial hot topics presented by actuaries from around the industry.
Joanne Fontana, FSA, MAAA Consulting actuary in the Health Practice, Milliman
Joanne Fontana is a consulting actuary in the Health Practice of Milliman’s Hartford office. She has been with the firm since 2006. During that time, she has served insurance companies including several major dental carriers, employers, government entities, and other organizations. Joanne’s focus has been largely on managed care and dental, with experience in premium rate development, provider contract analysis, valuation of post-retirement health benefits, and health care reform. Over the past several years she has worked closely with the National Association of Dental Plans, the California Association of Dental Plans, the American Dental Association, and other dental clients to assess the impact of health care reform on the dental industry. She has worked with carriers and employer groups on the dental insurance procurement process, worked on Medicaid dental procurements with both state entities and bidders, and has done core actuarial dental pricing and underwriting work for many dental carriers. Joanne is considered an industry expert in dental product and pricing and has presented on dental-related topics at multiple industry forums. Prior to joining Milliman, Joanne spent more than ten years as an actuary with Cigna, where she held various healthcare financial leadership roles including Chief Actuary of CIGNA’s dental insurance business.
Adam Barnhart, FSA, MAAA Consulting actuary, Milliman
Tom Murawski, FSA, MAAAConsulting Actuary, Milliman
Tom provides consulting services to a wide variety of clients in the U.S. healthcare system including insurance companies, stop loss carriers, employers, provider groups, government entities, and advocacy groups.
Tom’s focus has been on advising clients in understanding the impact and strategic implications of the ACA. His experience includes pricing health benefits, estimating reserves, and projecting financial results. Tom has led projects to assist clients in these activities for many different health products including individual plans, small and large group plans, and stop loss products.
Tom also has significant experience with dental plan pricing for both commercial and Medicaid populations. He has been involved in studies and analyses of the impact of the ACA on dental insurance, experience analysis studies for large employers and insurers, and review of provider fee schedules.
Tom frequently presents at industry conferences and regional actuarial meetings on dental and other health benefits topics. Tom has also authored several research reports on the potential impact and implications of proposed healthcare law and regulations. As a result of his research, Tom has met with and advised members of Congress, Congressional Budget Office leadership, and Senior White House Policy Officials on healthcare reform proposals.
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