Healthcare and Insurance Industry Leaders from Across the Country to Convene for UnitedAg’s Health Innovation Forum, March 17 in Napa

Focused on solutions for the agribusiness community and beyond, the forum will explore trends and implications of value-based reimbursement on consumers, providers and payers

IRVINE, Calif., (AgPRMarch 3, 2017 – UnitedAg, unitedag.org, a member-owned agricultural trade association representing more than 650 organizations and 35,000 insured members in California and Arizona, announced it will convene healthcare and insurance industry leaders from across the country for a Health Innovation Forum, to be held March 17 as part of UnitedAg’s Annual Conference at the Westin Verasa in Napa, Calif.

Focused on finding affordable healthcare solutions for the agribusiness community and beyond, the Health Innovation Forum will bring together innovators from across the healthcare spectrum to explore trends and implications of value-based vs. fee-for-service reimbursement on consumers, providers and payers. “This important healthcare forum, along with keynote events featuring California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross and political analyst and commentator Hugh Hewitt, are just a few of the highlights of our 37th Annual Conference,” said UnitedAg President and CEO Kirti Mutatkar.

In partnership with UnitedAg, the forum will be facilitated by The HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG), a national network of select healthcare executives and thought leaders that for 27 years have provided an open forum for relevant two-way discussions around the top issues facing the industry, and those who help lead it. Each year HCEG members identify the top 10 issues in healthcare from their perspectives. “HCEG is proud to bring our thought leaders to the table with UnitedAg for relevant and timely discussion on a topic that tops almost all industry lists,” said Ferris Taylor, Chairman of the Board of Directors and lead contributor to the forum’s discussion agenda.

Board members of HCEG will lead the discussions at the Health Innovation Forum, which will include participants David Cusick, Healthcare Technology Consultant, and Christopher Girod, Principal, Consulting Actuary, of Seattle-based Milliman; Nicholas Gambini, CEO of Visalia, Calif.-based Elite Corporate Wellness; Eric Dove, Chief Underwriting Officer of Woodbury, N.J.-based Excess Reinsurance Underwriters; Mike Biselli, Health-Tech Entrepreneur with Denver-based Catalyst HTI; Dr. Arjun Chanmugam, Vice Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore; Daniel Trencher, Senior Vice President, Product & Corporate Strategy, Purchase-N.Y.-based Teladoc; Ferris Taylor, COO, Salt Lake City-based Arches Health Plan; Dr. David Di Loreto, Senior Vice President, El Segundo, Calif.-based GE Healthcare Camden; and David Gallegos, Senior Vice President; Christopher Link, Consultant, of Nashville, Tenn.-based Change Healthcare Consulting; and Kirti Mutatkar and other leaders from UnitedAg.

Forum attendance is free and primarily by invitation: however, limited seating is available for interested healthcare and agriculture industry leaders and professionals. To inquire about attending the forum, contact Maribel Ochoa at UnitedAg at mochoa@unitedag.org or (949) 471-3206. For additional information about the forum and conference, visit www.unitedag.org/resources/37th-annual-meeting-conference.

About UnitedAg
UnitedAg has been providing affordable health benefit plans exclusively to the agribusiness community through the United Agricultural Employee Welfare Benefit Plan & Trust (UABT) since 1983. It has the experience and resources to tailor health benefit plans to meet the unique needs of agribusinesses and their employees. Today, its employer health benefit contributions total over $120 million. Founded in 1980, UnitedAg is a member-owned agricultural trade association dedicated to providing innovative solutions for a strong and healthy agricultural industry. UnitedAg represents more than 650 agriculture-affiliated member organizations, including agricultural companies (growers, shippers, coolers, processors, dairy and livestock producers, and supporting businesses); associates; cooperatives; and partner agricultural associations. UnitedAg helps its members meet their employee benefits needs, promotes their interests with lawmakers, and helps them comply with legislation and regulation. Based in Irvine, Calif., UnitedAg has offices in Oxnard, Corona, Salinas, Fresno and Santa Maria. For more information, visit www.unitedag.org or call (800) 223-4590.

About HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG)
The HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG) is a national network of select healthcare executives and thought leaders who navigate the tactical and strategic issues facing organizations today and provide a platform that promotes healthcare innovation and the development of life-long professional relationships. Originally the Managed Care Executive Group (MCEG), The HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG), was founded in 1988 by healthcare executives looking for a forum where the open exchange of ideas, opportunities for collaboration, and transformational dialogue could freely ensue, especially with respect to the annually identified HCEG Top 10 critical issues. For more information, visit www.hceg.org or call (954) 361-5236.

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