The Medicare Advantage market is currently in the middle of a multi-year transition from the existing Risk Adjustment Processing System (RAPS) to the new Encounter Data System (EDS) for calculating risk scores. CMS has stated that ultimately EDS will be the sole diagnosis data source for Medicare Advantage organizations’ risk scores and revenue. Dave Dillon, FSA, MAAA, interviews Deana Bell, FSA, MAAA, on the topic and they discuss how the transition has shown to have a financial impact on Medicare Advantage revenue and how actuaries are well equipped to help.

Direct download: SOA17_22_Health_06_Medicare_Advantage_Risk_Scores.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 2:49pm CDT

During this podcast, Dave Dillon interviews Andrew Sykes about his non-traditional path to actuarial work and helping actuaries to develop the skills to influence other people to take specific actions based on their work.

Direct download: SOA17_28_Health_10_Influence_Training_for_Actuaries.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:45am CDT

In this episode the winning Financial Wellness essays in the Individual Strategies category are discussed.


Considering combo products?  Listen in to hear Joe Wurzburger, SOA staff fellow and Dennis Martin, senior vice president of product & business development at OneAmerica Financial partners discuss perspectives on risk management for this rapidly growing product category.

Direct download: SOA17_23_LTC_03_LTC_Combo_Products.mp3
Category:Long Term Care -- posted at: 7:56am CDT

This podcast discussed 2 recently released reports:

Climate, Weather and Environmental Sources for Actuaries

This report was prepared in response to the Society of Actuaries’ request for a set of data, analysis and discussion sources pertaining to climate change, environmental risks and weather. The report is a collection of sources that deal with the questions of how do scientists know, and what could actuaries do.

Climate Sources for Actuaries

This research initiates the development of a repository of information regarding existing climate and environmental sustainability research of interest to actuaries. The repository, which is referred to as the Climate Sources for Actuaries Resource Index (or Resource Index), will be of use to the SOA and the Climate & Environmental Sustainability Research Committee in developing their future environmental research programs; to actuaries practicing in the area of climate change and environmental sustainability; to actuaries and their employers, who need to understand the implications of climate change to their existing areas of practice; and to climate researchers interested in improved financial projections associated with climate change.


Bayes’ Theory has been used to find a lost hydrogen bomb, break the German WWII code, identify smoking as a cause of lung cancer and heart disease, establish merit rating in insurance, and enable computers to “learn” and “make decisions.” But each time it was used, the techniques were not published, and the theory was allowed to die.  Actuaries played a prominent role throughout history in originally discovering Bayes’ Theory and resurrecting it to solve practical problems. Roy Goldman brings to life this actuarial history in his Contingencies article “Bayes’ Gift,” based on the book The Theory that would not Die by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne.

Direct download: SOA17_20_Health_05_Roy_Goldman.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:19am CDT

In this introductory episode, Dale Hall, FSA, MAAA, CERA, CFA, Managing Director of Research discusses the Living to 100 Monograph with Ronora Stryker, ASA, MAAA, Research Actuary.

***Please note, this podcast was recorded prior to the cancellation of  the Valuation Actuary Symposium due to Hurricane Harvey.***                   

Direct download: Research_Insights_-_Living_to100_Challenges__Opportunities.mp3
Category:Research Insights -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

In this episode the winning Financial Wellness essays in the Workplace Initiatives Category are discussed.


Mike Boot, Managing Director, Sections and Practice Advancement and Joe Wurzburger, Health Staff Fellow provide tips and ideas for moderating a session at an SOA meeting.

Direct download: SOA17_30_PD_01_Tips_for_Moderators.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:07am CDT

During this podcast, Joe Wurzburger interviews Dave Dillon about the Health Section Council’s initiative concerning healthcare reform. They discuss how the SOA is addressing education and research concerning the important issues in the ever changing health insurance landscape.

Direct download: SOA17_21_Health_Commercial_Healthcare_Whats_Next.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:26am CDT