2019 HCEG Annual Forum
Held September 9 – 11, 2019 | Hotel Commonwealth | Boston, MA
Guiding Healthcare Executives through Innovation, Change and Growth
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- How Washington, D.C. is Poised to Impact Health Plans in the Near Term
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|DATE||TIME||SESSION / EVENT||SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS|
|Sunday 9/8||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM||Welcome Reception at the Hotel Commonwealth|
Participants arriving Sunday can attend an HCEG Welcome Reception at Fenway Terrace
|Monday 9/9||9:00 AM - 12:00 PM||IBM Watson Experience Center Session|
"During the Watson Experience Center session, IBM will share its innovation and impact across healthcare through the use of AI, big data, and blockchain. IBM is a founding member of the Blockchain Health Utility Network, which aims to improve transparency and interoperability in the health care industry. IBM's Watson Health unit builds on the latest research in technology and health to commercialize and scale offerings that improve health plan member experience, enable more informed decision making among providers and patients, and accelerate complex processes to drive down costs.
Participants will explore:
- The Blockchain Health Utility Network
- IBM's approach to machine learning, with a strong focus on payer use cases
- Overview of chat-based applications, including Watson Assistant for Health Benefits (consumer-facing tool for health plans)
- Overview of additional Watson Health offerings, with a focus on consumer health
9:00 AM Meet in the lobby of Hotel Commonwealth & Lyft to IBM Watson
Whether departing the hotel or coming directly from the airport use code: HCEG2019 & enter address 75 Binney St, Cambridge MA 02142 (enter the address exactly as stated)
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Arrival, coffee/light snacks in the atrium. Ask guests to move into auditorium 5 minutes before 10am.
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Intro to IBM Watson Health - Groups A, B, C, D
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Immersion room & interactive demos - Groups A & B
Auditorium presentation on Health Utility Network (blockchain) - Groups C & D
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Immersion room & interactive demos - Groups C & D
Auditorium presentation on Health Utility Network (blockchain) - Groups A & B
11:15 AM- 11:30 AM
Wrap-up and networking
11:30 AM Lyft back to Hotel Commonwealth
Use Code: HCEG2019
NOTE: Since each code is good for two rides per user, we suggest Lyfting with a group of other HCEG attendees when possible.
|Dr. Kyu Rhee - VP & Chief Health Officer; IBM Watson Health;
& Dr. Paco Curbera - Director, Blockchain & Consumer Health Development; IBM Watson Health
|Monday 9/9||12:00 PM - 2:00 PM||Welcome to Boston + Lunch + Quizzify|
Quizzify: So You Think You Know Healthcare? Join your peers for a compelling, fun, and interactive Quizzify session led by Quizzify CEO, Al Lewis, and learn just how much you do not know about healthy behavior. This live quiz simulates an approach many employers are using to teach employees how to make healthier decisions and spend healthcare dollars more wisely. Increase your own awareness as you engage in a friendly, team-based competition, and experience first-hand how wiser consumers make healthier decisions.
|Al Lewis, CEO, Quizzify|
|Monday 9/9||2:15 PM - 3:15 PM||Keynote | |
The DC Landscape: Policy Poised to Impact Health Plans in the Near Term
In a busy political year, this Keynote Address from Matt Eyles, President and CEO of AHIP, helps business leaders understand which conversations in DC are most essential as they form their business strategies for future years. Attendees gain necessary insights to:
- Cut through the rhetoric in an election year
- Learn which policies may directly impact their business and members in the next year
- Explore top-of-mind issues including the future of Medicare and the ACA, as well as bipartisan agreements on price transparency, the price of prescription drugs and other timely issues
- Consider new ways to keep costs down and simplify the healthcare system for all stakeholders.
Matt Eyles, President and CEO, AHIP
Charles Stellar, President and CEO, WEDI
|Monday 9/9||3:15 PM - 4:00 PM||Telehealth -mHealth-Digital Health: Transforming Healthcare Delivery|
Digital and telehealth use is climbing dramatically, but there are still barriers to broader adoption. In her first year at the helm of the American Telehealth Association, the premier organization focused on advancing the adoption of telehealth, Ann Mond Johnson has a keen eye to the future, leveraging connected care technologies to improve care, engage patients in their health and wellness, and reduce inefficiencies across the health care system. Join an open dialog with the panel to discuss:
- Breaking down the barriers to help health systems move telehealth/mHealth/digital health and the transition to value-care forward
- Advances at the Federal and State level that are opening the doors for telehealth, digital health and mHealth
- New and consumer-friendly care delivery opportunities and remote monitoring technologies
- The role of emerging technologies – how AI, voice and others are changing care delivery
Ann Mond Johnson - CEO; American Telemedicine Association
Greg LeGrow - Sr. Director of Consumer and Provider Solutions, BCBS of Massachusetts
& Kris Joshi - EVP and President - Network Solutions; Change Healthcare
|Monday 9/9||5:00 PM - 7:00 PM||Evening of Peer-to-Peer Networking and Entertainment – Left Field Deck at Fenway Park|
Join us for good food, drinks and networking with forum speakers and attendees. A sample of the fare you’ll enjoy includes Kayem Fenway Franks, Yankee Lobster Co. Lobster Rolls, Barbeque Chicken, Vegetarian Pasta Salad, Gourmet House Made Mini Desserts and 2 Hour Hosted Beer and Wine Bar.
|Monday 9/9||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM||Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Baseball Game|
The fun and networking continues as Annual Forum attendees enjoy an exciting match between two of baseball’s greatest teams.
|Tuesday 9/10||8:00 AM - 9:15 AM||Breakfast Keynote Address | Knowledge is Power: Cost Transparency as a Shared Strength and Responsibility|
In this Keynote Address, discover how health plans and the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) collaborate to enable best-in-class data sets and provide greater value to both the business and member through transparency.
- Understand cost and utilization trends in the commercially-insured population
- Delve into the issue of cost variation in the US market and how it impacts the transparency movement at the regulatory level
- Examine initiatives to narrow cost variation
- Hear how HCCI and health plans work together to share de-identified cost and outcome data, help members navigate cost more easily, and drive improvement in quality and value with robust analytics
- Discover how your organization can both benefit from and help fuel the transparency mission
|Keynote and Moderated Panel:
Niall Brennan, CEO, Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI)
Marshall Votta, Operating Advisor, Nautic Partners
Dr. Michael Sherman, SVP & Chief Medical Officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Lecturer, Harvard Medical School
|Tuesday 9/10||9:30 AM - 10:15 AM||Logistics & Transportation Panel Discussion | Promote Health Equity and Remove Transportation as a Barrier to Care|
This panel discussion examines the role of transportation in ensuring access to critical health services, with an emphasis on improving care and experience for underserved Medicaid and Medicare populations. Attendees explore:
- How rideshare can improve health outcomes and transform the member and patient experience
- Partnerships and infrastructure necessary to support transportation services for members and patients
- Challenges in targeting services to optimize impact in Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial populations and how to navigate them
|Megan Callahan, Vice President, Healthcare, Lyft
Erika Pabo, Chief Health Officer at Humana Edge
Rob Garnett - President ; Amerigroup TN
|Tuesday 9/10||10:15 AM - 11:15 AM||Panel Discussion | Digital Transformation: How Novel Technologies are Making a Tangible Impact|
Panelists discuss use cases of disruptive innovation in digital health including short- and long-term impacts on their business, relationships with other stakeholders, members, and patients.
- Explore technologies that foster engagement between health care stakeholders
- Assess the impact on consumers, outcomes, and costs
- Hear first-hand examples of how technology successfully integrates into a payer workflow including results and lessons learned
Kevin Pereau, Founder and CEO, TranscendIT Health
Mariya Filipova, VP Innovation, Anthem Inc
Oron Afek, CEO and Co-Founder, VIM
Ray Costantini Costantini, MD, CEO and Co-Founder, Bright.MD
Abner Mason, CEO, ConsejoSano
|Tuesday 9/10||11:30 AM - 12:15 PM||M&A Panel Discussion | Beyond the Trend: Follow the Money to Identify Technologies Defining the Future of Healthcare|
This panel of experts discusses the merger and acquisitions (M&A) landscape with a focus on technology investment. Attendees gain insight into which advancements investors are betting on and why.
- Which types of technology are worthy of investment in healthcare?
- What is driving the investment community toward M&A, and how does the right technology factor in to the decision to invest in a business or not?
- What top technologies are poised to meaningfully support healthcare payment and delivery transformation in the next 3 years?
|Ricardo Johnson - Senior Director, Healthworx; CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield;
Tuoyo Louis - Co-Founder | Managing Partner; Bambü Global Healthcare Advisors;
& Vinay M. Shah - Principal & Founding Team Member ; LTP
|Tuesday 9/10||12:15 PM - 1:30 PM||HCEG Top 10 Roundtables | Top 10 Roundtables: Voting and Ranking|
For more than a decade, a highlight of the HealthCare Executive Group’s annual forum is the development of the HCEG Top 10 list of challenges, issues, and opportunities that healthcare executives are facing. Starting with a list of approximately 25-30 items identified by the HCEG Board, members and partners, forum participants interact with each other to identify the 2020 Top 10 challenges, issues and opportunities for their organizations.
Candidate items on the HCEG Top 10 list will be reviewed in a roundtable format facilitated by key sponsor partner thought leaders. The objective of the luncheon discussions will be to clarify the overall voting list, add any critical issues that may have been missed and provide an opportunity for deeper insight into the critical issues for the coming year. The final list of items will then be ranked by forum participants and formally shared with attendees.
|Ferris Taylor, HCEG Executive Director
Steve Sisko, HCEG Digital Strategist
Selena Fuller, Market Intelligence and Engagement, Change Healthcare
|Tuesday 9/10||2:00 PM - 3:15 PM||Unleash Value and Innovation in Your Organization: Understanding the Problem You Don’t See|
“Innovation” is a healthcare buzzword often cited as a must-have for any organization that wants to succeed, or merely exist, in the near-term. But, what are the precursors for real innovation in an organization? And, what is the real barrier to lasting change? This keynote from Jason Woo, examines how organizations can avoid falling back into the same challenges in communications, collaboration, teamwork, and culture, and open the door to innovative thinking and change. In an interactive environment, attendees:
- Identify the hidden barrier that keeps leaders from creating a workplace culture that supports long-term success
- Examine how the factors that lead to personal success (expertise, knowledge, technical skills) may actually distort our ability to see a problem clearly and truthfully over time
- Learn how to create greater accountability and collaboration in our people to unleash their expertise and innovation
- Explore the causes of self-deception in an interactive setting through vignettes and individual and group exercises
|Jason Woo, MD, MPH, FACOG, Medical Officer, US Public Health Service and Founder, Learning Core Leadership Through Service
|Tuesday 9/10||3:30 PM - 4:15 PM||Opioid Epidemic Panel Discussion | Developing a Collaborative Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis|
In this panel, experts explore where organizations are today in dealing with the opioid epidemic and collaborative strategies to move forward. Panelists and attendees explore:
The current state of the opioid crisis
- How did we get here? – A look at overprescribing and alternative options for pain management
Strategies in play today that aim to prevent and treat opioid abuse
- Progress to-date and lessons learned during their implementation
Next steps to move the needle in a positive direction
- Which efforts are making the most impact?
- How might health plans collaborate to mitigate the opioid epidemic on a local and national level?
|David Henderson - CEO; Thrivee
Gregory Marotta - President and CEO; CleanSlate Centers Inc.
& Ian Gordon - President and COO; Solera
|Tuesday 9/10||4:15 PM - 5:15 PM||Sustaining Outcomes and Savings through Lifestyle & Behavioral Modification|
Even with more access to information, specialized medicine, and technology than ever before, we're not always healthier – what’s the culprit?
Eric Hamborg, co-founder and chief commercial officer at MOBE will be joined by highly regarded panelists. They will explore the complexities of health care and discuss how services with sustainable cost saving models can be designed and delivered to address the challenges of a growing hidden population of members with complex health profiles. By taking a whole-person approach that promotes behavioral modifications in concert with medical care, long-term outcomes dramatically improve.
|Eric Hamborg, Chief Commercial Officer, MOBE
Archelle Georgiou MD, President, Georgiou Consulting
Johanna Vidal-Phelan, VP Medical Director, Pennsylvania Medical Society, Care Centered Collaborative
|Tuesday 9/10||7:30 PM - 9:30 PM||Closing Keynote | On the Bleeding Edge – Healthcare Policy and Reform in New England |
Many firmly believe all healthcare is local. At the same time, we know states lead the charge in piloting new programs later adopted at the national level. Our closing dinner will address critical inflection points in the evolution of US healthcare, some of which were foreshadowed in New England. Join us to explore how local policy and initiatives have influenced (and may continue to influence) reform on a national level. Attendees hear:
- A recap of how local health care delivery and policy has evolved and why
- Perspective on what the next round of healthcare reform might look like
- A robust discussion on how the collaborative nature of New England healthcare may continue to influence national policy
- Insights from New England healthcare experts – How are they thinking about many of the - HCEG Annual Forum topics as they shape their own strategies?
|Tuesday 9/10||9:30 PM - 10:30 PM||Late Night Reception|
|Wednesday 9/11||7:30 AM - 8:00 AM||Breakfast + Sponsor/Member Feedback|
|Wednesday 9/11||8:00 AM - 10:00 AM||Executive Leadership Roundtable - Value-Based Relationships and Reimbursement: How can Industry Collaborate to Speed the Move to Value?|
The U.S. healthcare system remains predominantly fee-for-service, despite considerable investment, evolving regulation, and prolific conversation aimed at moving to value. In reality, few are incentivized to provide value-based care, and most have varying definitions of what value means. Panel experts kick off a conversation about top challenges and opportunities in transitioning from FFS, and which realistic next step they plan to take to make real progress in the move to value.
- Persistent challenges in the move to value, and thoughts on overcoming them
- Recent successes in new payment models and lessons-learned
- Collaborating for value-based care – a look at cross-industry partnerships
- What key decisions need to be made to move forward on this HCEG Top 10 issue?
David Di Loreto, Principal, Sg2
Jeff Micklos, Executive Director, Health Care Transformation Task Force
Harry Merkin, VP of Marketing, Healthedge Software, Inc.
Mayur Yermaneni, Chief Growth and Strategy Officer, eQHealth Solutions
All sessions and most meals will take place at Hotel Commonwealth in Boston. We also have a group rate secured for Forum Attendees.
“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: https://www.boston.gov/visiting-boston
- 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.
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.
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
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.
“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
Recent Attendees Include
- Affinity Health Plan
- AIM Specialty Health
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- Bright Health
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- Cambia Health Solutions
- CenterLight Healthcare
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- Change Healthcare
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- Cumberland Consulting Group
- DNA & Associates
- EmpiRx Health, LLC
- Equality Health
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- GE Healthcare
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- Group Health
- Health Alliance Plan
- Health Enterprise Partners
- Health Plan Alliance
- Hewlett Packard Enterprises
- HighPoint Solutions
- Hometown Health
- Horizon BCBS
- IMC Health
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- MOBE, LLC
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- Nashville Health Care Council
- Network Health
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- 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
- Select Health
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- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- University of Maryland Health Plans
- VA Premier Health Plan
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