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


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


Andy Slavitt
2018 Annual Forum Speaker

Former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Dan Buettner
2018 Annual Forum Speaker

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

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

Please contact Juliana Ruiz at jr@hceg.org if you have any questions or need assistance with registration

Interested in speaking? Enter speaker submissions here

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.


TBD N/A  Welcome Reception


TBD Data & Analytics (VBP, Cost & Consumerism) Welcome & Housekeeping
TBD Data & Analytics (VBP, Cost & Consumerism) Lunch + Opening Keynote: Is Anything Certain about Healthcare Uncertainty with
TBD Data & Analytics (VBP, Cost & Consumerism) Andy Slavitt
TBD Data & Analytics (VBP, Cost & Consumerism) The Digital Consumer: Where to Begin
TBD Data & Analytics (VBP, Cost & Consumerism) Value-Based Payment & Implications for Healthcare Stakeholders
TBD Data & Analytics (VBP, Cost & Consumerism) What Matters to the Consumer: Where is the Brand Differentiation?
TBD Data & Analytics (VBP, Cost & Consumerism) Wrap Up
TBD Data & Analytics (VBP, Cost & Consumerism) Offsite Reception


TBD Population Health, Social Determinants & Clinical Data Breakfast + Blue Zones Session led by Dan Buettner
TBD Population Health, Social Determinants & Clinical Data Health & Behavior Change at the Community Level
TBD Population Health, Social Determinants & Clinical Data Payer/Provider Partnerships & Opportunities for the Future
TBD Population Health, Social Determinants & Clinical Data Health Plan Diversification: What does it Mean?
TBD Population Health, Social Determinants & Clinical Data Lunch + HCEG Top 10 & Industry Pulse Roundtables
TBD Mobile & Digital Health Is Blockchain in Healthcare’s Future
TBD Mobile & Digital Health Real World Implications in Healthcare for Artificial Intelligence/Machine
TBD Mobile & Digital Health Language
TBD Mobile & Digital Health Technology: From Start to Scale
TBD Mobile & Digital Health HCEG Top 10 Results & Ranking + Wrap Up
TBD Mobile & Digital Health Dinner + Closing Keynote
TBD Mobile & Digital Health Late Night Party


TBD N/A Breakfast & Departures

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 eb@hceg.org 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 eb@hceg.org.

How can I become a sponsor?

To become a sponsor, please email Juliana Ruiz at jr@hceg.org.

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: https://www.minneapolis.org

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 eb@hceg.org
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 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.

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 2017 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
  • Hazeldenbettyford.org
  • Health  Alliance  Plan
  • Health Enterprise Partners
  • Health Plan Alliance
  • HealthEdge
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthSparq
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprises
  • HighPoint Solutions
  • HLTH.co
  • 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

Attendee Titles

Chief Officers



Sr. Director / Director



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