September 12 – 14, 2018
The Hewing Hotel, Minneapolis, MN


Dan Buettner
2018 Annual Forum Speaker

National Geographic Fellow, New York Times Best Selling Author and Founder of Blue Zones


Andy Slavitt
2018 Annual Forum Speaker

Former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


The Blue Zones of Happiness:
“Lessons from the World’s Happiest People”

HCEG’s Executive Leadership Roundtable with NYTimes Bestselling Author Dan Buettner
Friday September 14th @ 7:30am - 9:30am CT
The Hewing Hotel, Minneapolis, MN

Join us for the 2018 HCEG Annual Forum

September 12 – 14, 2018 – The Hewing Hotel, Minneapolis, MN

A Discussion Unlike Any Other, in Healthcare

Join healthcare C-Suite executives and industry thought leaders in America’s #1 Healthiest City – Minneapolis, MN – as we navigate the strategic and tactical considerations for improving the experience and outcomes for ALL healthcare stakeholders, consumers and patients.

Digitize. Connect. Transform. Improve.

Our 2018 Annual Forum celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the HealthCare Executive Group and includes nationally-recognized healthcare thought leaders such as Andy Slavitt, former Acting CMS Administrator and current leader of Town Hall Ventures, and Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow, NY Times bestselling author and principle at the Blue Zones Project.

In addition to Andy and Dan, other accomplished healthcare executives and thought leaders will participate at the 2018 HCEG Annual Forum as speakers and panelists.  Major themes include:

  • The Digitization of Healthcare
  • Connecting with Consumers and Patients
  • Addressing Health Outside the Exam Room & Hospital
  • Payment Innovation in Healthcare


Andy Slavitt

Former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

During his decades-long career as a private sector healthcare technology leader, including as group executive VP for Optum, Andy Slavitt drove some of the most significant and successful initiatives in healthcare, impacting millions of Americans as well as the shape of the healthcare system. He was the former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama. Prior to that he was the Group Executive Vice President of Optum, and before that a health care tech founder and entrepreneur. He is a columnist for USA Today and JAMA and is a frequent commentator on MSNBC, CNN, Fox and CNBC. He attended University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Business School.

Dan Buettner

National Geographic Fellow, New York Times Best Selling Author

Buettner now works in partnership with municipal governments, large employers, and health insurance companies to implement Blue Zones Projects in communities, workplaces, and universities.

Buettner has appeared on The Today Show, Oprah, NBC Nightly News, and Good Morning America, and has keynoted speeches at TEDMED, Bill Clinton’s Health Matters Initiative, and Google Zeitgeist.

David J. Shulkin, MD

Secretary Shulkin, Chief Innovation Officer, Sanford Health

Dr. David Shulkin is the current Chief Innovation Officer at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, SD. Sanford Health serves 2.7 million people in 300 communities, 1,398 physicians, 44 medical centers, and 291 clinics Sanford Health has 29,639 employees.

Craig E. Samitt, MD, MBA

President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

In his role as president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and its parent company Stella, Dr. Craig E. Samitt is responsible for overseeing the strategy and operations of the state’s first and largest health plan.

His record of collaborating across the health care system to deliver higher quality care at a lower cost led to him being named as one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders” by Modern Healthcare in 2018.


Alan Abramson

Senior Vice President of Information Services & Technology and Chief Information Officer at HealthPartners

Mr. Abramson is active as an advisor or board member to numerous regional and national organizations including: Normandale Community College, The Health Care Executive Group, University of St. Thomas Graduate Programs in Software, and BethelBiz mentorship program.
He currently co-chairs the Minnesota eHealth Advisory Committee which advises the Commissioner of Health and the Legislature on electronic health policy.

Justin Adams

Chief Executive Officer at Digitize.AI

Justin is the CEO of Digitize.AI, which is on a mission to use Artificial Intelligence to transform how healthcare is administered. Justin spent the past decade working with Artificial Intelligence and automation before co-founding Digitize.AI.

Previously, Justin was Practice Leader for Digital Transformation, Automation & AI at Independence Consulting Group, where he built the Digital/Automation practice from the ground up.

Brandon Cady

President and Chief Executive Officer of AIM Specialty Health (AIM)

Brandon joined AIM in 2002 and executed top-line growth initiatives that expanded the business into one of the largest and most successful specialty benefits management companies in the United States.

Brandon has held a variety of leadership positions within hospital systems, health plans, and emerging technology companies.

Eric J. Decker

SVP, IT and Chief Information Officer at Independent Health

Senior technology leader with 20 years of experience in leading information technology systems design and implementation with a heavy emphasis on business alignment, user satisfaction and team building. Strong experience in interfacing with business stakeholders, end users, vendors and technical resources to create and maintain technical solutions which align with existing or new business processes. Excel in budget management and analysis; effective control of costs through economical utilization of personnel, materials and tools. Persuasive communicator and committed to organization goals, mission and vision statements.

Chuck Divita

Executive Vice President & CFO, Commercial Markets of GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell)

As Chief Financial Officer, Divita has accountability for financial oversight of GuideWell and its various businesses. Responsibilities include accounting and financial reporting, actuarial, corporate development, investments, procurement, and corporate tax, among others.

Prior to becoming Chief Financial Officer, Divita was Group Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Accounting Officer.

Mike Gold

Immediate Past CEO at HMSA (BCBS Hawaii), Board Director for Blue Zones LLC

Mike Gold began his forty-three year career at the Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), the Blue Cross Blue Shield plan in Hawaii. Over the years, he held leadership positions throughout the organization, culminating in serving for ten years as COO and five years as CEO.

During his tenure as CEO, HMSA grew to more than 730,000 members, and was recognized as Hawaii’s top company in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Hawaii Business magazine.

Ian Gordon

SVP Health Plan Operations at Regence (Cambia Health Solutions)

Senior executive with broad background in health insurance, workers’ compensation, and financial services. Exceptional record of leading large and small organizations, creating sustainable change, and implementing transformational strategies that improve enterprise performance, service, and operating cost structure. Recognized as an innovative, strategic thinker with demonstrated leadership and motivational skills.

Eric Hamborg

Chief Customer Officer at MOBE

Eric Hamborg is Chief Customer Officer at MOBE. As the face of MOBE, Eric is responsible for all business development and client relationships. Prior to joining MOBE, Eric built a successful career in pharmaceuticals with Upsher-Smith Laboratories. Highlighted with over two decades of hands-on coaching and leadership, Eric has developed a broad range of strategic, award-winning programs and initiatives. He prides himself on being innovative, energetic and collaborative. Eric is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Business. He is an avid cyclist and simply enjoys being active and fit.

Matthew Hoffman, MD

Chief Medical Informatics Officer, UHIN

Dr. Matthew Hoffman is the CMIO at UHIN, Utah’s health information exchange. He earned a BS in Finance from Brigham Young University and his medical degree from the University of Utah. He also pursued a Master’s in Biomedical Informatics.

Tom Howard

Partner at Cumberland Consulting Group

Tom Howard is a skilled healthcare consultant with nearly two decades of experience leading payer and provider organizations through a variety of complex technology projects. He provides strategic counsel on issues ranging from data integration and Health Information Exchange (HIE) to population health management and IT system selection and implementation.
Howard has deep expertise in healthcare IT integration, including Health Level 7 (HL7) messaging and HIE projects. Prior to joining Cumberland, Howard was a manager at Accenture, where he helped architect a successful nationwide health information network prototype. In addition, his experience includes serving healthcare clients through roles at Capgemini and EY.

Richard Lungen

Managing Member, Leverage Health Solutions

Richard founded Leverage Health Solutions in 2007 (formerly The Lungen Group) as a means to effectively provide Healthcare Growth Services on behalf of leading healthcare service companies to the healthcare market..

Prior to founding The Lungen Group in 2007, Richard was SVP of Business Development at HealthPlan Services, a leading BPO firm servicing health plans where he was responsible for record sales.

Melissa Lyon

Public Health Director for Erie County (PA) Department of Health

She has been serving as the Director since 2014. Her main role and her passion are to engage communities in the decision making process to create a healthy, thriving community.

She strives to ensure that health is represented in every community conversation and decision. The national trend is to forge strong public-private partnerships to tackle the health priorities of a community.

Clay Marsh, MD

Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences West Virginia University

Clay Marsh, MD, is West Virginia University’s chief health officer, and serves as a member of President E. Gordon Gee’s leadership team. As WVU’s vice president for health sciences, he oversees five health sciences schools and three health campuses, and serves on the governing boards that determine policy and priorities for WVU Medicine and its component organizations.

Tony Miller

CEO at Bind

Tony Miller Bind CEO Tony Miller’s passion for the health care system to be designed by consumers comes from his mother. The matriarch of a blue-collar family, she would often tell physicians how she wanted all of her children to be treated while referencing her ever-present Grey’s Anatomy Handbook. His impatience and irreverence with the status quo led him to co-found Definity Health in the late 1990’s. He pioneered consumer-driven health care because he passionately believes that changing the financing of health care holds the key to redesigning our broken system.

Brendan O'Connor

Director of Business Development at Quantified Ventures

Brendan O’Connor is Director of Business Development at Quantified Ventures, where he brings deep healthcare consulting, project management, and advocacy experience, as well as a demonstrated track record of developing and advancing strategic relationships among parties with differing priorities — a necessity in the world of impact investing. In this role, Brendan focuses on identifying best-in-class opportunities that can tap into impact capital by way of outcomes-based financing strategies, in order to achieve scale and maximize outcomes for individuals and communities.

Joe O’Hara

Director at Healthcare Marketplace Innovations at Horizon BCBS of New Jersey

Upon Joining Horizon BCBSNJ, Mr. O’Hara served as the director of two innovations teams at Horizon BCBSNJ, building programs for Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) and Episodes of Care (EOC). These programs are designed to yield improved patient outcomes while efficiently using health care resources. Today, these programs include more than 750,000 Horizon BCBSNJ members, over 20 hospitals and thousands of physicians.

Dawn Owens

President at TripleTree

Dawn Owens is President of TripleTree, a healthcare investment bank and principal investor. Dawn leverages 25+ years of experience, including CEO of OptumHealth, to advise and invest in innovative and high-growth healthcare technology and services businesses.

Mike Riley

Chief Strategy Officer for the NCH Healthcare System

Mike is responsible for coordinating the strategic planning process for NCH working closely with the Board of Trustees, Senior Leadership and Physician Leadership in this development of short and long range strategic plans.

He is also responsible for executing and implementing major strategic initiatives which have included the Mayo Clinic Care Network affiliation with Mayo Clinic, the Blue Zone Initiative, and the development of several services including the growth of the NCH Physician Group and other products and service lines provided by NCH.

Keith Roberts

Vice President Engagement as a Service (EaaS) at Change Healthcare

Keith Roberts, Vice President –Engagement as a Service (EaaS) at Change Healthcare is responsible for leading the discovery, development and deployment of A.I. based innovations to inspire a better health healthcare system through consumer engagement. EaaS operates at the intersection of data science, behavioral science and experience design to deliver the last mile of desired consumer behavior on behalf of our payer and provider clientele.

Kyle Rolfing

Co-Founder & President at Bright Health

Kyle  is Co-Founder and President of Bright Health, a new health insurance startup serving the individual marketplace. Kyle was also the Founder of RedBrick Health and CEO of Definity Health. Kyle earned his M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota.

Justin Roth

Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking at TripleTree

Justin Roth leads Investment Banking at TripleTree. Justin joined the firm as a Managing Director in 2012, serving clients across the healthcare services and technology markets and leading the firm’s business development efforts. In addition to his M&A background, Justin held a number of executive leadership positions in healthcare and brings strong industry and operating experience to his role at TripleTree.

Mark A. Ryle, LCSW

Chief Executive Officer at Project Open Hand

MARK A. RYLE, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer – Project Open Hand: Mark Ryle is an astute businessman with the soul of a social worker. His globe-trotting, high-pressure years in corporate finance – juxtaposed with his heart-stringing-and-boot-strap-pulling together of the nonprofit vision and mission as current CEO of Project Open Hand — reinforce a career foundation as a skilled and results-driven executive. Mark’s devotion to serving the critically ill began while a University of Texas student in 1985, when his best friend was diagnosed as HIV-positive. Although the illness was new and frightening, a commitment to helping the vulnerable was familiar.

Jorie Soskin

Senior Director & General Manager at Medtronic Infection Control

Ferris Taylor

Executive Director at HCEG

Ferris Taylor was recently chosen as the Executive Director of the Health Care Executive Group (HCEG), where he has served on the board for 14 years. HCEG is a national network of select executives from across healthcare coming together to continually learn, grow, share and reshape the industry. Taylor until recently was Chief Strategy and Chief Operating Officer at Arches Health Plan, a non-profit member-governed health insurance company that had been providing health plan options to 80,000 individual and group members throughout Utah. Unfortunately, Arches is one of the many CO-OPs who are being shut down by CMS and he is working as a consultant to wind down the Arches operations. Taylor brings more than 40 years of business leadership including 30 years in health care, technology and consulting services to his executive roles.

Tom Vanderheyden

EVP & President of National Solutions for BCBSMN

Tom oversees strategies that bring new solutions to market; the BCBSMN Foundation; community health, social responsibility strategies & community relations initiatives.

Prior to joining Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota in 2017, Vanderheyden held multiple leadership roles over the course of 13 years at UnitedHealth Group (UHG).

Jim VanderMey

Chief Innovation Officer

Jim VanderMey is the Chief Innovation Officer for OST. As one of the founders of OST, Jim has provided technical and strategic leadership to the organization since the beginning. He specializes in seeing the “big picture” of technology, the computer industry, and the business objectives supported by IT. As OST has gained an international reputation, Jim has taught and spoken at conferences in Europe, Japan, and throughout North America.

Brenda Schmidt, MS, MBA

Founder and CEO at Solera Health

Brenda Schmidt is a social entrepreneur focused on improving quality and lowering healthcare costs through community-integrated healthcare. Solera’s technology platform connects patients, payers, and physicians with a curated network of community organizations and digital solution providers paid through medical claims. Brenda was recently recognized as the “Best Med-Tech CEO” by 2018 MedTech Breakthrough that recognizes the top companies, technologies, and products in the global health and medical technology market.

Rob Zeaske

Chief Executive Officer at Second Harvest Heartland

Rob Zeaske is the Chief Executive Officer of Second Harvest Heartland, one of the nation’s largest food banks and 2014 Food Bank of the Year. Rob has overall responsibility for leadership, planning, board development and management of Second Harvest Heartland. Under Rob’s direction, Second Harvest Heartland has not only grown in size and scale, but also has earned a reputation as a national innovator and thought leader in hunger relief and nutrition.

Tuesday 9/117:00 PM - 9:00 PMWelcome ReceptionHosted at the Revel Health Offices
Wednesday 9/127:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pre-Forum HCEG Board Meeting
Wednesday 9/1211:30 AM - 12:00 PMWelcome to MSP & HCEG 30th Anniversary Forum; 2-Day Agenda & HousekeepingKim Sinclair, Board Chairman, HCEG
Ferris Taylor, Executive Director, HCEG
Data & Analytics (VBP, Cost & Consumerism)
Wednesday 9/1212:00 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch + Is Anything Certain about Healthcare Uncertainty? with Andy SlavittFireside Chat with Dawn Owens, President, TripleTree
and Andy Slavitt, Former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Data & Analytics (VBP, Cost & Consumerism)
Wednesday 9/121:15 PM - 1:45 PMBreak
Wednesday 9/121:45 PM - 2:45 PMPayer/Provider Partnerships & Opportunities for the FutureTom Howard, Partner, Cumberland Consulting Group
Joe O'Hara, Director, Healthcare Marketplace Innovations, Horizon BCBS of New Jersey
Matt Hoffman, MD, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, UHIN
Data & Analytics (VBP, Cost & Consumerism)
Wednesday 9/122:45 PM - 3:45 PMValue-Based Payment & Implications for Healthcare StakeholdersEric Decker, SVP, IT and CIO, Independent Health
Jorie Soskin, Senior Director & General Manager, Medtronic Infection Control
Data & Analytics (VBP, Cost & Consumerism)
Wednesday 9/123:45 PM - 4:00 PMBreak
Wednesday 9/124:00 PM - 5:00 PMWrap UpFerris Taylor
Wednesday 9/127:00 PM - 9:00 PMOffsite Reception4Bells Rooftop in Downtown MNPopulation Health, Social Determinants & Clinical Data
Thursday 9/137:30 AM - 9:15 AM Breakfast + "Blue Zones: The Making of a Healthy City"Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow, New York Times Best Selling AuthorPopulation Health, Social Determinants & Clinical Data
Thursday 9/139:30 AM - 10:30 AMHealth & Behavior Change at the Community LevelMelissa C. Lyon, Public Health Director, Erie County Department of Health
Michael Gold, Former CEO of HMSA and Board Director for Blue Zones LLC
Mike Riley, Chief Strategy Officer , NCH Healthcare System
Clay Marsh, MD, Vice President & Executive Dean for Health Sciences, West Virginia University
Population Health, Social Determinants & Clinical Data
Thursday 9/1310:30 AM - 11:15 AMHealthcare Single Point of Workflow on Social Determinants of HealthBrenda Schmidt, Founder & CEO, Solera Health
Mark Ryle, CEO, Project Open Hand
Rob Zeaske, CEO, Second Harvest Heartland
Brendan O'Connor, Director of Business Development, Quantified Ventures
Population Health, Social Determinants & Clinical Data
Thursday 9/1311:45 AM - 12:30 PMHealth Plan Diversification: What Does it Mean?Ian Gordon, SVP Health Plan Operations, Regence (Cambia Health Solutions)
Chuck Divita, Executive VP, Commercial Markets & CFO, GuideWell
Brandon Cady, President & CEO, AIM Specialty Health
Tom Vanderheyden, EVP and President of National Solutions, BCBS of MN
Population Health, Social Determinants & Clinical Data
Thursday 9/1312:30 PM - 1:30 PMLunch + HCEG Top 10 & Industry Pulse RoundtablesPopulation Health, Social Determinants & Clinical Data
Thursday 9/132:00 PM - 2:45 PMVision and Perspective for Healthcare from a Washington, DC PerspectiveSecretary Shulkin, Chief Innovation Officer, Sanford HealthMobile & Digital Health
Thursday 9/132:45 PM - 3:45 PMIs Blockchain and/or AI in Healthcare's Future?Alan Abramson, Senior VP & CIO, HealthPartners
Jim VanderMey, Chief Innovation Officer, Open Systems Technologies
Keith Roberts, VP of Engagement, Change Healthcare
Justin Adams, CEO, Digitize.AI
Mobile & Digital Health
Thursday 9/134:00 PM - 5:00 PMTechnology: From Start to ScaleJustin Roth, Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking, TripleTree 
Kyle Rolfing, Co-Founder & President, Bright Health
Tony Miller, Co-Founder & CEO, Bind on Demand Health Insurance
Mobile & Digital Health
Thursday 9/135:00 PM - 5:30 PMHCEG Top 10 List & Participant Ranking + Wrap UpMobile & Digital Health
Thursday 9/137:30 PM - 9:30 PMDinner + Closing Keynote: State of Healthcare: "A Seasoned CEO's Perspectives 
on Where Healthcare is at and the Challenges and Opportunities Ahead"
Craig E. Samitt, MD, MBA, President & CEO, BCBS of MNMobile & Digital Health
Thursday 9/139:30 PM - 10:30 PMNightcap and Wind DownMobile & Digital Health
Friday 9/147:30 AM - 9:30 AMExecutive Leadership Roundtable: ''The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons from the World’s Happiest People'' with Dan Buettner - Separate Ticket Required.Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow, New York Times Best Selling Author
Friday 9/149:30 AM - 10:00 AMBreak and Farewell to the HCEG Annual Forum & Executive Leadership Roundtable Participants
Friday 9/1410:00 AM - 3:00 PM HCEG Board of Directors - Annual Strategy Session

Where will the 2018 Annual Forum be held?

The 2018 HCEG Annual Forum will be held at the Hewing Hotel, located in the North Loop of Minneapolis. Adjacent to downtown, the North Loop is ideally situated near theaters, parks, the Mississippi River, Target Field and more.

How do I register?

You can register for the 2018 Annual Forum by clicking the Register Now to Attend 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 rate of $239 per night for the Hewing 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?

To become a sponsor, 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 Hewing Hotel. This can be done during the registration process.

What are my transportation options?

Once you arrive at the Hewing Hotel, most places are within walking distance. If you would like to travel outside of the North Loop area, there are plenty of Uber and taxi cab options available to you as well as the METRO.

When should I plan to arrive and depart?

We encourage our guests to make this trip both a business and pleasurable trip to Minneapolis! Please make sure to arrive in time to attend the Welcome Reception on September 11 and allow yourself plenty of time after the networking breakfast on Friday to enjoy some time in Minneapolis.

What weather should I expect?

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

What is the suggested attire for each event?

Wednesday Welcome Reception: Business Casual
HCEG Forum: Business
Thursday Reception: Business Casual
Friday Sponsor Keynote Dinner: Business Casual

Where can I find more information about visiting Minneapolis?

More information can be found on the Meet Minneapolis website:

What kind of sessions can I expect this year?

Please check our speakers and agenda information.

Who will be speaking?

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

Will there be WiFi?

Yes, complimentary WiFi 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

Experience Minneapolis Like Never Before

Welcome to the Hewing Hotel. This century-old brick-and-timber warehouse in Minneapolis’s historic North Loop neighborhood has been reshaped into a truly unique, independent 124-room and 14-suite hotel. Neighbors and travelers can expect an authentic Minneapolis experience and a gathering place with unrivaled service. A cornerstone of the North Loop, the Hewing Hotel is close to it all but far from ordinary.


The Hewing Hotel occupies the Jackson Building, a former farm implement showroom and warehouse built in 1897. Trains once rolled directly into the building’s basement, were loaded with farm implements and continued on to farms around the Midwest. The building is a prime example of a brick-and-timber warehouse. As additional space was needed, the roof was removed and extra floors were added. These additions are apparent if you look up at the exterior of the building today.

Hewing Hotel’s name was inspired by the giant pine beams that abound in the interior of the hotel. They were logged in Minnesota, and floated down the Mississippi to the mills at St. Anthony Main just down the street.

Today, the Hewing Hotel is dedicated to crafting an unforgettable, high-quality experience for travelers and locals. Hewing Hotel guests can expect an authentic local experience that is truly one of a kind.

How do I get to the hotel?

Plan to fly to Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). From there the Hewing Hotel is a short Uber or taxi ride away (approx. 25 minutes).

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

300 Washington Avenue N Minneapolis, MN 55401

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

Yes! We have a group room rate of $239 per night for the Hewing Hotel (not including taxes and fees). To take advantage of the group room rate, register now and book your room during registration.

What is check-in/check-out time?

Check in time is 3:00 PM; check out is 12:00 PM.

Do you allow pets?

The Hewing Hotel is pet-friendly—thoughtful dog amenities are available.

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

The Hewing Hotel offers 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?

The Hewing Hotel has a state of the art fitness center that is open 24 hours a day on the top floor of the hotel.

Do you have a business center?

The Hewing Hotel does not have a business center.

Do you have a pool?

There is a pool on the top floor.

Do you have a spa?

The Hewing Hotel has a year-round Rooftop social club with a bar, sauna and spa pool.

2018 HCEG Top Ten Infographic

The HCEG Top Ten has been a pillar of the Healthcare Executive Group for over 10 years, providing extensive insight into primary opportunities, challenges and issues currently facing healthcare executives in the United States.

Based on HCEG member input gathered during the month’s leading up to HCEG’s Annual Forum, and ranked during several iterations of voting during the Annual Forum, the HCEG Top Ten encourages continuous and evolving dialog on the main issues and concerns facing member organizations. It also serves as the keystone for industry wide analysis and HCEG’s educational programming throughout the following year. The HCEG Top Ten also provides the framework for an annual research survey: The Industry Pulse.

Developed in partnership with Change Healthcare over the past eight years, the Industry Pulse research survey is used to gather additional, more detailed information on the opportunities, priorities and challenges faced by health plans and health systems across the country.

Pictures from the 2018 Annual Forum

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Nine Reasons to Attend the 2018 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 2018 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.

“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.”

COOMid-Market Healthplan in Midwest

exceptional networking, topic presentations and strategic information

Recent Attendees Include


  • Aetna
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • AIM  Specialty  Health
  • Anthem
  • Apperature
  • Arches Health Plan
  • Availity
  • AvMed
  • Bass,  Berry  &  Sims  PLC
  • BeHealth  Solutions,  LLC
  • Blue  Zones,  LLC
  • Bohemia  Health
  • Boston Medical Center Health Plan (BMCHP)
  • Bright Health
  • Brighton Health Plan Solutions
  • Cambia  Health  Solutions
  • CenterLight Healthcare
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Change  Healthcare
  • Clover Health
  • Colorado Choice Healthplans
  • Community  Health  Choice
  • Council  Capital
  • Cumberland Consulting Group
  • DNA  &  Associates
  • EmpiRx  Health,  LLC
  • Equality  Health
  • EviCore  Health
  • Gartner
  • GE  Healthcare
  • GEHA
  • Geisinger  Health  Plan
  • GoodRx
  • Group Health
  • Health  Alliance  Plan
  • Health Enterprise Partners
  • Health Plan Alliance
  • HealthEdge
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthSparq
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprises
  • HighPoint Solutions
  • Hometown  Health
  • Horizon BCBS
  • IMC  Health
  • Independence  Blue  Cross
  • Independent Health
  • Independent Living Systems
  • InstaMed
  • Intel
  • Leverage  Health
  • Loeb Enterprises
  • MarkLogic
  • Marwood Group
  • McKesson Health Solutions
  • Medica Health  Plans
  • Mosaic Health Solutions
  • Nashville  Health  Care  Council
  • Network Health
  • New Mexico Health Connections
  • North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA)
  • North Shore-LIJ CareConnect Insurance Company, Inc.
  • NTT Data
  • NYC Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations
  • Oxeon Holdings
  • Piper Jaffray
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Premier Mobile Health
  • Presence Health
  • RedCard
  • Regence
  • Select Health
  • SelectAccount
  • Softheon
  • Tivity  Health
  • TripleTree
  • U.S.  Department  of  Health  and  Human  Services
  • University of Maryland Health Plans
  • VA  Premier  Health  Plan
  • Vida Health
  • VirtualHealth
  • Walgreens  Co.
  • WEDI
  • xG Health Solutions

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Chief Officers



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AJMC Managed Markets Network


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Becker's ASC Review


Health IT Analytics


Journal of AHIMA


Managed Healthcare Executive


MedCity News


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MM&M, Medical Marketing & Media


Healthcare Informatics


Healthcare Dive


Health Economics




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