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  • Emerging Topics Community: Anders vs. Shea, Part 4: A Champion is Crowned

    23/05/2022 Duración: 22min

    It’s time for the big reveal as we find out which of our two podcast hosts prevailed in the hotly contested 2021 Milliman Health Practice Hackathon. Was Shea able to leverage his years of machine learning and predictive analytics experience to guide his team to the victory? Or was Anders poised for a “student has become the teacher” situation after absorbing Shea’s wisdom over the last six years of recording podcasts together? In addition to discussing the much-awaited final score, the hosts talk about what key factors influenced the outcome. They wrap up the series by looking back at the competition as a whole, what they learned, and things to consider for others hosting or participating in a hackathon-style competition.

  • Health Section: Evaluating Healthcare Innovation

    16/05/2022 Duración: 20min

    Solutions in healthcare to drive better care at a reduced cost have grown significantly over the past 5 years.  Dave Dillon talks to Ed Pudlowski about the role health actuaries play to bring credibility to the claims made by these solution providers.

  • Emerging Topics Community: Anders vs. Shea, Part 3: Shea's Story

    09/05/2022 Duración: 44min

    Anders is back in the host chair as we hear from Shea and Tanner Boyle, who were on a competing team in the 2021 Milliman Health Practice Hackathon. Similar to the discussion in part two of the series, today’s discussion touches on high level topics like strategy, time management, and organization, but also gets into the weeds with some of the decisions Shea and Tanner’s team made regarding feature engineering, algorithms, and ensembling. Shea and Tanner talk about what went well for their team, as well as some areas where they felt they could have improved. The discussion provides an informative complement to part two, highlighting the ways that different groups actuaries and data scientists can approach the same problem.

  • Health Section: Heavy Metal Music

    02/05/2022 Duración: 23min

    For pricing actuaries working in the individual exchange market, the metallic plans created by the ACA – bronze, silver, gold, and platinum – have been anything but simple. Do new state mandates around actuarial sloping assumptions create better deals for customers, or do they make an already confusing problem even more challenging to understand?

  • Emerging Topics Community: Section Elections: How to Become an SOA Section Council Member

    28/04/2022 Duración: 12min

    Now is the time to become a candidate for an SOA Section Council. Current Section Council members Joe Alaimo and Kevin Duran walk you through why and how to volunteer for this important leadership position.

  • Reinsurance Section: Reinsurance Section Spotlight: Mike Green

    27/04/2022 Duración: 36min

    Mike Green, FSA, MAAA, Vice Present at Canada Life Re sharing his insights with podcast host Jing Lang, FSA, FCIA, MAAA, FLMI.

  • Social Insurance & Public Finance Section: Leadership Series interview with Tonya Manning.

    26/04/2022 Duración: 27min

    Tonya Manning, Buck’s Wealth Practice Leader & Chief Actuary, recent DOL appointee to Advisory Council and Former SOA and IAA President is interviewed. Tonya discusses her career, leadership at two major actuarial firms, public pensions, and her actuarial volunteer work.

  • Emerging Topics Community: Anders vs. Shea, Part 2: Anders' Story

    25/04/2022 Duración: 35min

    Shea plays the role of host today and talks shop with Anders and Nick Vander Heyden, who competed as part of a team in the 2021 Milliman Health Practice Hackathon. The gang covers a wide range of topics, including team strategy and organization, exploratory data analysis, feature engineering, and choice of algorithm. Although Anders and Nick were generally pleased with their team’s performance, they discuss what they wish they had done differently and what they would have done to refine their predictions with more time. The discussion illuminates the practical considerations involved in tackling a real-world predictive analytics project and why the human element is still a critical part of machine learning.

  • Health Section: Changing Landscape of Medicaid Pharmacy

    18/04/2022 Duración: 28min

    In this episode, Dave Dillon interviews Dustin Ryan, FSA, MAAA about the everchanging landscape of Medicaid pharmacy.  They discuss how the states pulling the levers in the pharmacy world to lower their drug expenditures.  They dive into the impact of state impacts on MCOs and the future of pharmacy.

  • M&A and Margaritas

    12/04/2022 Duración: 16min

    "Drink in the Details” is a podcast series featuring casual discussions with experts on a variety of financial reporting topics. In this episode, Chris Whitney and his guests Liz Millard and Kevin Piotrowski enjoy margaritas as they discuss financial reporting and valuation considerations associated with Mergers and Acquisitions.

  • Emerging Topics Community: Anders vs. Shea, Part 1: Setting the Stage

    11/04/2022 Duración: 34min

    Shea Parkes, FSA, MAAA, and Anders Larson, FSA, MAAA, are joined by the organizers of the 2021 Milliman Health Practice Hackathon: Riley Heckel, FSA, MAAA, Austin Barrington, FSA, MAAA, and Phil Ellenberg.

  • Retirement Section: Applying Predictive Analytics to Pension Plans

    05/04/2022 Duración: 25min

    This podcast interviews actuaries David Cantor and Kailan Shang, co-authors of the SOA research report titled Predictive Analytics: A Primer for Pension Actuaries. David and Kailan explain how pension actuaries can apply predictive analytics to forecast outcomes for defined benefit and defined contribution plans.

  • Product Development Section: Introduction to Inforce Management

    05/04/2022 Duración: 23min

    Chris Ryan and Jennie McGinnis discuss what Inforce Management means and provide an update on the Inforce Management Subgroup and its upcoming activities.

  • Health Section: A Conversation with CCIIO: Jeff Wu

    04/04/2022 Duración: 38min

    Dave Dillon interviews Jeff Wu who is the deputy director for policy of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO). Dave and Jeff discuss a wide-range of Affordable Care Act topics including Open and Special Enrollment periods, risk adjustment, induced demand factors, CSRs, and 1332 waivers.

  • Social Insurance & Public Finance Section: The new ASOP 4 and how we got here: A Magical History Tour

    22/03/2022 Duración: 44min

    We review the history of guidance on both market based disclosures and funding policy, and describe how the new ASOP 4 addresses both those topics.

  • Reinsurance Section: Tiffany Norman, career development in reinsurance

    21/03/2022 Duración: 46min

    Tiffany Norman, FSA, MAAA, Senior Vice President at Hannover Re sharing her insights with podcast host Jing Lang, FSA, FCIA, MAAA, FLMI.

  • Health Section: Member Advocacy

    21/03/2022 Duración: 28min

    Join Jackie Lee as she sits down with Mike Pacolay to discuss his article on the utilization of member advocates as a cost savings tool for employers to help lower claims costs for its employees.  With confusion at nearly every turn, consumers become some combination of scared, confused, angry and frustrated, but with improved transparency and guidance within the complex system, perhaps we can improve consumer health literacy.

  • Emerging Topics: Introducing the Emerging Topics Community

    18/03/2022 Duración: 17min

    Learn about the SOA's new emerging topics community.

  • Health Section: Structured Reinsurance for Health Products

    07/03/2022 Duración: 15min

    Dave Dillon interviews Dave Rowbottom on the topic of capital motivated reinsurance for health products – how it works, how it is evaluated, where it is commonly used, and what is involved in underwriting and implementing one of these reinsurance programs.

  • Health Section: Building a Transformation Change Office with Guest Roger Bauer

    21/02/2022 Duración: 29min

    Roger Bauer, Executive Director of the Transformation Change Office for the Atlanta market of Kaiser Permanente, speaks with host David Dillon, FSA, MAAA, about building a Transformation Change Office.  In this wide-ranging discussion, they discuss a TCO’s purpose and structure, and they further delve into project prioritization, example of success, approaches to reporting, and key success factors.

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