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To succeed in today’s uncertain and tumultuous healthcare environment, health plans, health systems and provider organizations must develop a clear strategic identity supported by a distinctive portfolio of platforms, products, and services that transform their chosen strategy into a winning business model. Change, Innovation and Growth are imperative to survive in today’s healthcare environment.
This September 18th though the 20th, the 29th Annual Forum Healthcare Executive Forum takes place in Nashville, TN at the Thompson Hotel Nashville. Leading experts in health care policy, operations, reimbursement and digital health will examine the opportunities, challenges and issues healthcare executives must face in 2017 and beyond. This blog post provides some details on the speakers and presenters, more detail on the opportunities, challenges and issues that will be discussed, and more on what participants in our 2017 Annual Forum can expect to enjoy.
Keynote Speakers at 2017 Annual Forum
Karen DeSalvo Opening with Interactive Q & A
A great line-up of keynote speakers, moderators and panelists are on tap for the Annual Forum. On Monday the 18th, Karen DeSalvo, Assistant Secretary for Health at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide the opening keynote address which will be immediately followed by an interactive Q & A session as lunch is served. The interactive Q & A format offers forum participants a unique opportunity to interact among themselves and with a leading healthcare policy executive.
Open discussion on important topics with a diverse set of peers all actively working to address healthcare outcomes and costs in the United States is a distinctive feature of all HCEG events – particularly the Annual Forum.
Donato Tramato, CEO of Tivity Health, Life’s Bulldozer Moments
During breakfast on Tuesday, Donato Tramato, CEO of Tivity Health (formerly Healthways), will provide a motivational keynote address: “Life’s Bulldozer Moments:”How Adversity Leads to Success in Life and Business.” Donato will recount business and life lessons learned and show that adversity can lead to success – how anyone bulldozed by life can pull themselves out of the rubble, dust themselves off and find meaning and purpose.
Later on Tuesday, another Nationally and Internationally recognized healthcare executive speaker will address forum participants as dinner is served.
As with all HCEG forums and executive leadership events, participants will be able to interact with speakers and other forum participants – asking questions and sharing viewpoints, with the objective to develop actionable strategies to each of their organizations.
Unparalleled Mix of Moderators & Panelists
In addition to the keynote speakers, a select group of healthcare industry leaders which includes some HCEG members will serve as moderators and panelists sharing their unique insight and perspective on a number of carefully selected topics. Some of these individuals include:
A complete list of these moderators and panelists can be found here.
Certain Strategies for Uncertain Healthcare Times
The following are a sample of the sessions planned for the Annual Forum:
Payer Provider Operations – CMS Mandates & Provider Data Management Initiatives
Recent CMS call letters, proposed mandates and new state and federal level regulations regarding provider networks underscores the value and importance of addressing data quality via effective communication and collaboration between health plan payers and providers. Hear from panel members on approaches for ensuring network adequacy, complying with real-time provider directory updates and related impact of No Surprise Bill legislation sweeping the country.
Leading Edge Technology / Disease Management / Population Health
Disease management and Population Health has struggled in the past and now is giving way from identifying and matching people living longer with multiple chronic conditions to providing cost-effective, scalable mitigation and support services/products needed by this rapidly changing population. Panelists will discuss opportunities, challenges, and issues for improving clinical and costs via services and technologies addressing access to care, supporting interaction among constituents, and reducing costs via analytics, artificial intelligence and alternative/virtual reality services.
Pharmacy Costs / PBM and Rx Transparency
Prescription drugs are a fast-growing part of most large employers’ total medical spend and the increasing prevalence of high-deductible health plans have put on spotlight on the importance of Rx price transparency, benefit design and pharmacy benefit management practices. This panel will examine opportunities for managing the financial and non-financial/clinical aspects of prescription drugs, working in revolutionary ways with PBM’s, while ensuring optimal outcomes and member/patient satisfaction.
Specialty Networks and Risk Sharing at Scale
Value-based care programs and risk-sharing in accountable care organizations are core components for delivering and paying for care more effectively and efficiently. This panel will discuss and explore how opportunities and issues with specialty networks and support for risk-sharing at scale.
Precision Medicine and Behavioral Health Aspects of Substance Abuse/Opioids
As the use and abuse of opioids skyrockets, precision medicine technology that successfully stratifies patient risk by analyzing genetic and non-genetic (environmental & lifestyle) risk factors to accurately predict prescription opioid abuse show promise of helping physicians choose more effective treatments and reduce addiction risk while lowering cost. This panel will explore how health plans and providers can utilize precision medicine to achieve a new standard in healthcare delivery based on evidence-based insights and predictive analytics.
Digital Health & Consumer Engagement
Certain digital health technologies are rapidly becoming an integral way of connecting to and engaging with the healthcare consumer. Though still being decided, this panel will explore the digital technologies most likely to gain consumer acceptance, engagement and lead to real improvements in overall well-being, outcomes and cost-reductions.
Technology Innovation and Healthcare M & A Market Trends
Achieving scale via M & A deals and through dedicated ‘innovation programs” have been a popular way for health plans and health systems to create “quick-win” value. And health plan/health system leaders must employ a smarter, more sophisticated scale equation to derive the most value from these approaches. This panel will review current trends in healthcare innovation and M & A activity and discuss risks and benefits of various value creation strategies.
Additional Forum Events and Opportunities
In addition to a knowledgeable group of healthcare visionaries and thought-leaders exchanging information, ideas and opinions with forum participants, participants at the 29th Annual Forum will enjoy other critical networking and perspective sharing events and opportunities including:
- Meet and Greet at Thompson Hotel – Sunday night
- Off-Site Reception with great Nashville music on Monday the 18th
- Catered breakfasts, lunches and dinners each day of the forum
- Nashville Late Night Party – Tuesday the 19th
- Participate in identifying and selecting the 2017 HCEG Top 10*
- Networking and open discussion with all speakers, moderators, panelists and forum attendees
For more information on the 2017 Annual Forum of the Healthcare Executive Group including registration, visit this page.