FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2013
DALLAS/FORT WORTH – On the March episode of KERA’s CEO, host Lee Cullum talks with Bruce Sammis, CEO of Lockton Dunning Benefits, about sweeping changes facing employers brought on by health care reform. “The math would suggest that the companies who get out of health care would put a very large burden on their employees and I haven’t met a customer yet, or an employer, who wants to abandon their employees,” says Sammis. Although Sammis says that this doesn’t mean the way health care is delivered to employees won’t change dramatically. The Lockton Dunning Benefits executive also discusses the factors he sees as key to containing rising medical costs: “The holy grail of controlling cost and improving efficiencies of plans is behavior change…you can tie back a very large percentage of health care costs to behavior.” Learn how a trend toward paying providers for healthy patient outcomes may revolutionize the industry.
KERA’s CEO features insightful discussions with successful North Texas business leaders from the corporate and not-for-profit sectors about what it takes to make a company successful in today’s global marketplace and changing economy. The March episode featuring Bruce Sammis airs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013, on KERA TV with rebroadcasts at noon Sunday, March 3, and at 10:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, 2013. CEO also can be heard at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2013, on KERA 90.1 FM. Following the initial on-air broadcast, the half-hour program will be available on www.kera.org/ceo. Previous CEO episodes are available on demand at www.kera.org/ceo.
CEO is sponsored by Executive Education at the Naveen School of Management, The University of Texas at Dallas, Hodges Capital Management and Sewell Automotive Companies. More information about Lockton can be found at www.lockton.com.
ABOUT BRUCE SAMMIS
Prior to joining Lockton Dunning Benefits as partner/vice president in 1995, Bruce served as vice president of employee benefits for CIGNA HealthCare. He is a recognized thought leader in employee benefits and possesses extensive experience aligning various types of health and welfare plans to corporate business objectives. Since moving into the chief executive officer role of Dallas-based Lockton Dunning Benefits in January of 2007, Sammis continues to serve as a high-level strategic consultant providing leadership to client service teams while concurrently growing the Dallas book of business. As a result of Bruce’s leadership and expertise, Lockton Dunning Benefits continues to maintain its status as one of the foremost leaders in employee benefit solutions and corporate wellness consulting in the country.
Host Lee Cullum conducts insightful discussions with successful North Texas business leaders from the corporate and not-for-profit sectors about what it takes to make a company successful in today’s global marketplace and changing economy. CEO episodes are available on-demand at www.kera.org/ceo.
KERA is a not-for-profit public media organization that serves the people of North Texas. The station broadcasts to the fourth-largest population area in the United States. KERA produces original multimedia content, carries the best in national and international public television and radio programs, and provides online resources at www.kera.org. The station’s extensive coverage of the arts can be found at www.artandseek.org. KERA-TV broadcasts on Channel 13.1. KERA WORLD broadcasts on 13.2. KERA-FM broadcasts on 90.1 in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, 88.3 in Wichita Falls, 100.1 in Tyler and 99.3 in Sherman. The music station KXT 91.7 FM is also streamed online at www.kxt.org.