Karen DeSalvo
2017 Annual Forum Speaker

Assistant Secretary for Health at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Guiding Healthcare Executives through Innovation, Change and Growth

since 1988

The HCEG Annual Forum provides the setting and platform for senior level executives from across the healthcare spectrum to come together for 2-3 days each year to discuss the continuous innovation, evolution and transformation of the industry.

Attendees are granted direct access to over 80 peers, thought-leaders and solutions providers from around the country; facing similar obstacles and providing opportunities, while engaging in real, relevant and productive dialog.

Pictures from the 2017 Annual Forum

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Karen DeSalvo

Assistant Secretary for Health at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Donato Tramuto

CEO at Tivity Health
President & Founder at Health eVillages

Ian Gordon

SVP Operations at Regence Insurance Holding Company

David Di Loreto MD

SVP Population Health at GE Healthcare

Dunston Almeida

EVP Strategy and Business Development at eviCore Health

Hayley Hovious

President at Nashville Health Care Council

Richard Popiel MD MBA

EVP & Corporate CMO at Cambia Health Solutions

Brandon Cady

President & CEO at AIM Specialty Health

William Resnick

Chairman & CEO at EmpiRx Health

Charles Stellar

President & CEO at Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI)

Justin Roth

Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking at TripleTree

Charlie Falcone

CEO at Aperture Credentialing

Ben Leedle

President & CEO Blue Zones

Brad Fluegel

SVP, Chief Healthcare Commercial Market Development Officer at Walgreens

Nichole White, RPh, MBA

Vice President, Pharmacy Services at Medica

Jim Sheninger

Pharmacy Strategy Officer at GoodRx

Peter Wong

CEO at DNA & Associates

Justin Lanning

CEO at 180 Health Partners

Jonathan Morphett

Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at Avondale Partners

Hugh Lytle

Founder & CEO, Equality Health


6:30PM – 8:30PM Meet and Greet at Thompson Nashville Bar


0.375 Registration Open
11:00AM – 11:15 AM HCEG Annual Forum Kickoff
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM Welcome to Nashville by the Nashville Healthcare Council
11:30AM- 12:00PM Opening Keynote: Karen DeSalvo
12:00PM – 12:45PM Lunch/ Q & A: Karen DeSalvo
12:45PM – 1:00PM Break
1:00PM – 2:00PM Value-Based Reimbursement/Relationships
2:00PM – 3:15PM Precision Medicine and Behavioral Health Aspects of Substance Abuse/Opioids
3:15PM – 4:30PM Specialty Networks and Risk Sharing at Scale
4:30PM – 5:15PM HCEG 2018 Top 10 & the Industry Pulse
5:15PM – 7:00PM Break
7:00PM – 9:00PM Offsite Sponsor Reception at ACME


7:30AM Registration Open
8:00AM – 9:15AM Breakfast and Motivational Keynote “Life’s Bulldozer Moments” – Donato Tramuto
9:15AM – 9:30AM Break
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM Pharmacy Costs / PBM and Rx Transparency
10:45AM – 12:00PM “What was Missed in Two Decades of Population Health – Today’s Opportunities for Disruptive Innovation”
12:00PM – 1:15PM Lunch & “What’s Next for Healthcare”
1:15PM – 1:30PM Break
1:30PM – 2:45PM “Healthcare & Consumers Going Digital – Is it Disruption or Opportunity?”
2:45PM – 4:00PM Payer Provider Operations – CMS Mandates & Provider Data Management Initiatives
4:00PM – 4:15PM Break
4:15PM – 5:15PM Technology Innovation and M&A Market Trends
5:15PM – 5:30PM Wrap Up
5:30PM – 7:30PM Break
7:30PM – 9:00PM Dinner with Keynote
9:00PM – 11:30PM Late Night After Party: Hosted by emids at Sambuca


42963.3125 Registration Open
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Sponsor Debrief (Breakfast Provided)
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Networking and Forum Debrief with Members (Breakfast Provided)

Explore Downtown Nashville as you never have before.

Nestled between Music Row and the downtown honky tonks that line Broadway sits luxury Thompson Nashville in The Gulch. One of the best walkable areas in the city, The Gulch is the destination for locals and travelers alike with restaurants, bars, breweries and nightlife. Whether you’re looking to shop, enjoy a meal or a place to listen to the music that makes Nashville the Music City, Thompson Nashville is a great place to be.

Thompson Nashville Hotel

A downtown Nashville luxury boutique hotel. There’s no place like Nashville, the perennial Southern crossroads that refuses to be typecast. And at the heart of this little big town’s explosive growth, The Thompson, a luxury boutique hotel in The Gulch, is the place to be.

Sharing the block with beloved bluegrass and roots music icon The Station Inn, Thompson Hotels celebrates this city’s creative spirit, with Nashville’s own Hastings Architecture Associates and James Beard Award-winning chef John Besh weaving an energetic new neighborhood luxury hotel destination into the local fabric.

Enjoy an evening on the rooftop bar for porch sippin’ cocktails, twenty regional brews and spectacular views from downtown Nashville to SoBro. Then head down to Marsh House restaurant for a seafood-focused, Gulf-to-Gulch take on Southern cooking, driven by the bounty of our local farmers and makers.

How do I get to the hotel?

Plan to fly to Nashville International Airport (BNA). From there the Thompson Hotel is a short uber or taxi ride away (approx. 15 minutes).

What is the best address to put in to my GPS?

401 11th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203

How can I reserve a room at the hotel? Do you have a group rate

Yes! We have a group room rate of $282 per night for the Thompson Hotel (not including taxes and fees). To take advantage of the group room rate, register now and book your room during registration.

Is there onsite parking? How much is parking? Is it included in my room rate?

The hotel offers valet parking. The cost of valet is $34 for an overnight stay (per night).

What is check-in/check-out time?

Check in time is 4PM; check out is 11AM.

Do you allow smoking on property?

Thompson Nashville is 100% smoke-free facility.

Do you allow pets?

We welcome your pets. Upon check-in, a signed pet agreement will be required.

How much do you charge for high speed/Wi-Fi internet access?

We offer complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel to all our guests.

Do you have a fitness center? What kind of equipment does it have? What are the hours?

We have a state of the art fitness center that is open 24 hours a day, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking 11th Avenu

Do you have a business center?

We do not have a business center; however at the front desk a guest laptop is available for guest use free of charge.

Do you have a pool?

We do not have a pool.

Do you have a spa?

We do not have a spa however we will be able to provide in-room spa services and there are nearby spas as well. Please ask the front desk.

Where will the 2017 Annual Forum be held?

The 2017 HCEG Annual Forum will be held at the Thompson Nashville in the Gulch area of Nashville. The Thompson is centrally located, within walking distance of a variety of local attractions.

How Do I Register?

You can register for the 2017 Annual Forum by clicking the “Register Now” link.

I Registered, but have not received my confirmation email. How do I get this sent to me?

You may email the Manager of Conferences and Events, Erin Branham, at [email protected] to confirm your registration.

How can I reserve a room at the hotel? Do you have a group rate?

Yes! We have a group room rate of $282 per night for the Thompson Hotel (not including taxes and fees). To take advantage of the group room rate, register now and book your room during registration.

May I Bring my Spouse or Guest to any events?

Yes. However, spouses and guests must register and are only allowed at the evening networking events. 

How Much Does This Cost?

The actual Forum will cost members nothing to attend; however, you are responsible for hotel and travel accommodations as well as a $5 processing fee.

Is Food Included?

Yes, food and drinks will be provided at each event.

Can I Transfer My Registration to Someone Else?

Yes, to do so please email Erin Branham at [email protected].

How Can I Become A Sponsor?

If you have any questions, please email Juliana Ruiz at  [email protected]

How Do I Book a Hotel?

We encourage our guests to book within the HCEG hotel block at the Thompson Nashville.  This can be done during the registration process.

What Are My Transportation Options?

Once you arrive to the Thompson most places are within walking distance.  If you would like to travel outside of the Gulch area, there are plenty of Uber and taxi cab options available to you as well as train options from Penn Station.

When Should I Plan to Arrive and Depart?

We encourage our guests to make this trip both a business and pleasurable trip to Nashville!  Please make sure to arrive in time to attend the Welcome Reception on Sunday, September 17th and allow yourself plenty of time after the networking breakfast on Wednesday to enjoy some time in Nashville.

What Weather Should I Expect?

The weather in Nashville can fluctuate quite a bit so make sure to check the forecast before your arrival!

What is the Suggested Attire for Each Event?

Sunday Welcome Reception:  Business Casual
HCEG Forum:  Business
Monday Rooftop Reception:  Business Casual
Tuesday Sponsor Keynote Dinner: Business Casual

What Kind Of Sessions Can I Expect This Year?

Please check our speakers & agenda information

Who Will be Speaking?

To learn more about our speakers, please check our Speakers information 

Will There Be Wi-Fi?

Yes, complimentary Wi-Fi will be provided both in your rooms and in the meeting space.

Who Can I Contact with Additional Questions?

Please contact Erin Branham, Manager of Conferences and Events, at [email protected]
Erin Branham, CSEP
HealthCare Executive Group
C. 561.255.5308

2017 Forum Discussions

Value-Based Relationships Leading to Payer/Provider Integration
Payer Provider Operations – CMS Network Mandates & Provider Directory Initiatives
Innovations in Risk Management & Benefits
Pharmacy Costs / PBM’s
Precision Medicine impacting Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse
Leading Edge Technology / Disease Management / Population Health
Technology Innovation and M&A
Competitive Landscape Bootcamp
Plan Provider Business Model Innovations

Nine Reasons to Attend the 2017 HCEG Annual Forum

C-Suite Peers 

The HCEG Annual Forum offers an exclusive opportunity to get to know better, learn from, share with and network with a select number of invited healthcare leaders. Forum attendees are healthcare executives serving healthcare’s supply side: technology and innovation leaders, health systems, health plans, and provider organizations.

What’s the Focus?

“Guiding Healthcare Executives through Innovation, Change and Growth” is the theme of this year’s Annual Forum. Given uncertainty surrounding healthcare reform, escalating costs and the importance of digital transformation as a means of survival, it’s important for healthcare executives to zero in on the key strategies and ‘de-risking’ approaches most likely to provide value over the next 8-16 months.

Topics and Presentations

The theme, topics and presentations for the Annual Forum are developed by HCEG’s leadership and members based on the challenges and issues their organizations are currently facing. A mix of keynotes, industry thought leaders on panels, and HCEG member in discussions of best practices, case studies and other innovations will be shared along with select topics from the HCEG Top 10 highlighted and discussed in detail.

Expressive Environment

The setting and structure of the HCEG Annual Forum encourages and supports candid and confidential exchange between forum participants. Press and media are not allowed to attend and ensures that thoughts and opinions expressed are not taken out of context or show up in print.

Networking Opportunities

Formal and informal networking opportunities are woven into the two+ day event across various relaxed settings. You’ll get to know your peers without being lost in a crowd.  And HCEG sponsors participate as thought leaders, checking their specific business interests outside the door.


Membership includes participation in the HCEG Annual Forum, HCEG Webinar Series and seasonal HCEG Executive Leadership Forums. The relaxed yet facilitated atmosphere allows learning and comparing notes with your peers. You’ll obtain information, test ideas and forge relationships beyond what’s possible at other healthcare conferences and events.

Worth Your Time?

The forum is intended to address key opportunities and challenges of today’s rapidly changing environment. You’ll be able to see if your company is ahead or behind the bell curve… and where best to find solutions specific to your market and focus. And the contacts you make at the Annual Forum will continue to provide on-going value long after the event is over.


HCEG’s Sponsor Partners are carefully selected based on their ability and willingness to share ideas and solutions with forum attendees on a collaborative basis. Only ten sponsors are allowed each year and aggressive selling is not allowed at the Annual Forum or any other leadership events and learning opportunities throughout the year.

Opportunity to Get Involved

The 2017 HCEG Annual Forum offers healthcare leaders the venue, thought leadership, peer interaction and networking collaboration to improve how your healthcare organization performs during these uncertain times.  HCEG has four functioning committees where you can have an impact on the educational calendar, health care innovation, member selection and all programs throughout the year and be actively involved with other innovative leaders across the country.

“HCEG’s Annual Forum was a great opportunity to connect with many industry leaders and to get updated on the latest and greatest in the health care arena.”

—  CIO, Regional Healthplan West

exceptional networking, topic presentations and strategic information

Our Sponsors

“The Annual Forum is a ‘can’t miss’ event for those seeking an in-depth understanding of where the industry is headed; The thought leadership, networking, and content is unparalleled.”

— COO – Mid-Market Healthplan in Midwest

Recent Attendees Include


  • Aetna
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Arches Health Plan
  • AvMed
  • Boston Medical Center Health Plan
  • Bright Health
  • Brighton Health Plan Solutions
  • CenterLight Healthcare
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Change Healthcare
  • Clover Health
  • Colorado Choice Healthplans
  • Cumberland Consulting Group
  • Gartner
  • GE Healthcare
  • Geisinger
  • Group Health
  • Health Enterprise Partners
  • Health Plan Alliance
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthSparq
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprises
  • HighPoint Solutions
  • Horizon BCBS of NJ
  • Horizon BCBS of MN
  • Independent Health
  • Independent Living Systems
  • Leverage Health
  • Loeb Enterprises
  • Marklogic
  • Marwood Group
  • McKesson Health Solutions
  • Medica
  • Mosaic Health Solutions
  • Network Health
  • New Mexico Health Connections
  • North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA)
  • North Shore LIJ CareConnect
  • NTT Data
  • NYC Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations
  • Oxeon Holdings
  • Piper Jaffray
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Premier Mobile Health
  • Presence Health
  • Regence
  • Select Health
  • Softheon
  • University of Maryland Health Plans
  • Vida Health
  • xG Health Solutions

Attendee Titles

Chief Officers



Sr. Director / Director