American Health Policy Institute

Fundamentals of U.S. Health Care

Building robust benefit packages is one of the many ways employers set their organizations apart as desirable places to work and health care benefits are often at the center of these offerings. This program is designed for CHROs and other senior HR professionals who may not have a background in benefits, but need a fundamental understanding of the design and operation of employer-sponsored health care and its role in the employment value proposition.

A unique offering for senior leaders who need to master   
the basics of employer-sponsored health care in the U.S. 

This unique virtual training offering is designed exclusively for CHROs and senior HR leaders who need to need to develop a fundamental understanding of employer-sponsored U.S. health care. Consisting of three 3-hour sessions, this course will guide participants through the essentials of a very complex system.

Check our event calendar(Opens in a new window) for upcoming session dates. Space is limited to 30 attendees, so enroll as soon as a session opens!

An introduction to the course from Monique Herena, HR Policy Vice Chair and American Express Company Chief Colleague Experience Officer. 


Expert instructors include HRPA's American Health Policy Institute team: Mark Wilson, Margaret Faso, and Shelly Carlin. The course also features interviews with leading CHROs, skilled benefits professionals, and other experts in the field.

D. Mark Wilson

President and CEO, American Health Policy Institute
VP, Health and Employment Policy and Chief Economist, HR Policy Association

Margaret Faso

Senior Director, Public Policy, HR Policy Association
Executive Director, American Health Policy Institute

Michele A. Carlin

Executive Vice President, HR Policy Association and Center On Executive Compensation

Subject Matter Experts

Todd N. Bisping

Global Benefits & Health Manager, Caterpillar Inc.

Lee Lewis

Chief Strategy Officer & GM Medical Solutions, Health Transformation Alliance

George A. Murphy

Executive Vice President, Commercial Marketplace, 4C Digital Health

Agenda & Preview

The course will consist of three sessions, three hours each, on consecutive days:

Day One – Introduction and Context

  • U.S. health care – unique, complex, and costly
  • Employer plan designs: medical and pharmacy
  • Spotlight: mental health and wellness

Day Two – Public Policy and Administration

  • The role of government in the U.S. health care system
  • Major legislation affecting employer-sponsored plans
  • Administering employer health plans – an overview

Day Three – Innovation Landscape and Strategies

  • The role of innovation in your health care strategy
  • Employer collective action
  • Disruptors and new entrants
  • Navigating the innovation landscape