September 9 – 11, 2019
Boston, MA
Back to where it all began!

Join us for the 2019 HCEG Annual Forum

September 9 – 11, 2019 | Hotel Commonwealth | Boston, MA

Guiding Healthcare Executives through Innovation, Change and Growth

The HealthCare Executive Group was founded in Boston in 1988. It’s only appropriate we go back to our home-base and celebrate our 31st Annual Forum with an epic networker for the Red Sox vs. Yankees game on September 9th at Fenway Park
Join healthcare C-Suite executives and industry thought leaders in Boston, MA as accomplished healthcare executives and thought leaders navigate the strategic and tactical considerations for improving the experience and outcomes for ALL healthcare stakeholders, consumers and patients.
Registration includes tickets for the Red Sox vs. Yankees baseball game. In addition, an exciting networking event at the IBM Watson Experience Center is planned.
A few of the major themes of the 2019 Annual Forum include:
  1. Identifying Technologies Defining the Future of Healthcare including which technology advancements investors are betting on and why, how the right technology factors into the decision to invest in a business or not, and which technologies are poised to meaningfully support healthcare payment and delivery transformation in the next 3 years.
  2. Cost Transparency as a Shared Strength and Responsibility including first-hand examples of how technology successfully integrates into organizational workflow, which technologies foster engagement between health care stakeholders, and assessing the impact of disruptive digital health innovation on consumers, patients, outcomes, and costs.
  3. How to Develop a Collaborative Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis including strategies to prevent and treat opioid abuse including progress to-date and lessons learned during their implementation, steps to move the needle in a positive direction including which efforts are making the most impact, and how healthcare organizations can collaborate to mitigate the opioid epidemic on a local and national level
  4. How Washington, D.C. is Poised to Impact Health Plans in the Near Term
Creating the 2020 HCEG Top 10 list
In addition to other session themes and topics currently being developed, attendees of the 2019 Annual Forum will participate in developing the 2020 HCEG Top 10 list of challenges, issues, and opportunities facing healthcare leadership.
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What are HCEG’s Annual Forums all about?

Check out the HCEG Annual Forum Programs for 2017 and 2018, as well as our 2018 Annual Forum Recap to get an idea of the caliber of discussions HCEG is known for facilitating
Sunday 9/87:00 PM - 9:00 PMWelcome Reception at the Hotel Commonwealth
Monday 9/99:00 AM - NOONSmall Group Tours of the IBM Immersion Center & Open Discussion of Technology Applications in Healthcare
Monday 9/912:00 PM - 2:00 PMLunch + Quizzify: So You Think You Know Healthcare?
Monday 9/92:15 PM - 3:15 PMThe DC Landscape: Policy Poised to Impact Health Plans in the Near Term
Monday 9/93:15 PM - 4:00 PMChanging the Story: The Myths and Missed Opportunities for Connected Care
Monday 9/95:00 PM - 7:00 PMPrivate Reception on the Coca-Cola Field Deck at Fenway Park
Monday 9/97:00 PM - 9:00 PMRed Sox vs. Yankees Game
Tuesday 9/108:00 AM - 9:15 AMBreakfast + Knowledge is Power: Cost Transparency as a Shared Strength and Responsibility
Tuesday 9/109:30 AM - 10:15 AMPromote Health Equity and Remove Transportation as a Barrier to Care
Tuesday 9/1010:15 AM - 11:00 AMDigital Transformation: How Novel Technologies are Making a Tangible Impact
Tuesday 9/1011:30 AM - 12:15 PMBeyond the Trend: Follow the Money to Identify Technologies Defining the Future of Healthcare
Tuesday 9/1012:15 PM - 1:30 PMLunch + Top 10 Roundtables: Voting and Ranking
Tuesday 9/102:00 PM - 3:15 PMUnleash the Value and Innovation in Your Organization: Understanding the Problem You Don’t See
Tuesday 9/103:30 PM - 4:15 PMDevelop a Collaborative Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis
Tuesday 9/104:15 PM - 5:15 PMSustaining Outcomes and Savings Through Lifestyle & Behavioral Modification
Tuesday 9/107:30 PM - 9:30 PMDinner + Closing Keynote
"The Changing Landscape and the Politics of Healthcare"
Tuesday 9/109:30 PM - 10:30 PMLate Night Reception
Wednesday 9/117:30 AM - 8:00 AMBreakfast + Sponsor/Member Feedback
Wednesday 9/118:00 AM - 10:00 AMHCEG Executive Leadership Roundtable: Value-Based Relationships and Reimbursement: Why is the Transformation Taking So Long?

Oron Afek

CEO & Co-Founder at Vim

Niall Brennan

President & CEO at Health Care Cost Institute

Megan Callahan

VP of Healthcare at Lyft

Ray Costantini, MD

CEO & Co-Founder at

Matthew D. Eyles

President & CEO at America’s Health Insurance Plans

Mariya Filipova

VP of Innovation at Anthem Inc.

Selina Fuller

Market Intelligence & Engagement Consultant at Change Healthcare

Archelle Georgiou, MD

Physician, Healthcare Executive, Author, Public Speaker, Thought Leader

Eric Hamborg

Chief Commercial Officer at MOBE

Dave Henderson

Founder & CEO at Thrivee

Gregory LeGrow

Senior Director Technology Engagement Solutions at BCBS of MA

Al Lewis

CEO at Quizzify

Harry Merkin

Vice President of Marketing at HealthEdge

Ann Mond Johnson

CEO at American Telemedicine Association

Ricardo R. Johnson

Healthworx at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Kevin Pereau

Founder & CEO at TranscendIT Health

Michael Sherman

CMO & SVP at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Charles Stellar

President & CEO at WEDI

Ryan Stewart

Managing Director of Healthcare Technology Group at Leerink Partners LLC

Johanna Vidal-Phelan

VPMD of Care Centered Collaborative at Pennsylvania Medical Society

Marshall Votta

Operating Advisor at Nautic Partners

Jason Woo

Medical Officer at US Public Health Service

Mayur Yermaneni

Chief Strategy & Growth Officer at eQHealth Solutions

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Hotel Information

All sessions and most meals will take place at Hotel Commonwealth in Boston. We also have a group rate secured for Forum Attendees.

Hotel Commonwealth

“Unscripted Honest Hospitality | At Hotel Commonwealth, we begin with a simple premise. We take cues from each guest to help define how we can be distinctly ‘of service’ to them – it’s a guest-changing philosophy that doesn’t live in a manual, but rather within the DNA of our brand. Unscripted hospitality plays out daily in all we do. It empowers our employees to provide incomparable, authentic service. And it has earned Hotel Commonwealth the distinction of being Boston’s most beloved hotel on Trip Advisor for three consecutive years.”

  • How do I get to the hotel?  

The hotel is 6 miles from the Logan International Airport.  

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

500 Commonwealth Avenue. Boston, MA 02215

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

Yes!  We have a group rate of $289 per night for Hotel Commonwealth (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 at 4:00PM.  Check out time is 12:00PM

  • Do you allow pets?

YES!  (48 hours advance notice is required) Please see policy agreement for pets here.

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

Commonwealth Boston offers complimentary Wi-FI throughout the hotel to all our guests.

  • Do you have a fitness center?  What are the hours?

Yes! Open 24 hours

  • Do you have a business center?

Yes, with 24 hour access

  • Do you have a pool?  


  • Do you have a spa?

In-room spa services available by appointment

  • When will the 2019 Annual Forum be held?

September 9-11, 2019

  • Where will 2019 Annual Forum be held?

Hotel Commonwealth –  Boston, MA

  • How do I register?

You can register for the 2019 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 $289 per night at Hotel Commonwealth (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 Hotel Commonwealth.  This can be done during the registration process.

  • What are my transportation options?  

Once you arrive at Hotel Commonwealth, most places are within walking distance. As an added convenience, the hotel offers a car service within a 2 mile radius M-F from 7AM-9AM

  • When should I plan to arrive and depart?  

We encourage our guests to make this trip both a business and pleasurable trip to Boston!  Please make sure to arrive in time to attend the Welcome Reception on September 9th and allow yourself plenty of time after the networking  breakfast on Wednesday to enjoy some time in Boston.

  • What is the suggested attire for each event?

Sunday Welcome Reception:  Business Casual

Monday HCEG Forum:  Business

Tuesday Sponsor Keynote Dinner:  Business Casual

  • Where can I find more information about visiting Boston?  

More information can be found on the website:

  • What kind of sessions can expect this year?

Please check our speakers and agenda information section.

  • Who will be speaking?

To learn more about our speakers, please check our Speakers Information section.

  • 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]

Nine Reasons to Attend the 2019 HCEG Annual Forum

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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 andHCEG Top 10  other innovations will be shared along with select topics from the highlighted and discussed in detail.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. ROI

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.

7. 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.

8. Sponsors

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.

9. Opportunity to Get Involved

The 2019 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.

2019 HCEG Top Ten Infographic

Healthcare Executive Group HCEG at HIMSS Conference. Recapping HIMSS19. HCEG Top 10 list of challenges, issues, and opportunities. Digital health. Leadership.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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“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.”

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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

Attendee Titles

Chief Officers



Sr. Director / Director


For More Information

Juliana Ruiz
[email protected]