Ongoing uncertainty, the need to digitally transform operations, and external disruption are three of many challenges, issues, and opportunities facing today’s healthcare leaders. So how can healthcare executives find the information, collaboration, and networking opportunities, both in-person and virtual, to stay on top of things? Indeed, professional associations, many healthcare conferences and digital channels such as LinkedIn, newsletters, blog posts, and Twitter can be an effective way for healthcare leadership to quickly and cost-effectively advance their initiatives and programs.
The HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG) has existed over 30 years to help those championing the transformation of healthcare better understand the challenges, issues, and opportunities facing they face and to facilitate connections with others facing similar concerns. This post shares insight from a long-term member of the HealthCare Executive Group on how HCEG has differentiated itself from the noise, vendor sales pressure and overbearing crowds so common in today’s conferences and digital channels.
How the HealthCare Executive Group Supports Healthcare Champions
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your association with the HealthCare Executive Group?
I am Eric Decker, Chief Information Officer at Independent Health, a regional payer headquartered outside of Buffalo, NY. I have been a member of HCEG since 2015 and became a board member of HCEG in 2018.
Why did you join the HealthCare Executive Group?
I was promoted to CIO in early 2015, and being a ‘first-time’ CIO, I was looking for associations where I could meet and network with other healthcare executives at organizations similar to Independent Health. HCEG had been recommended to me by another CIO, and I was really happy with the networking opportunities and content provided at their annual forum.
What do you think makes the HealthCare Executive Group different than other healthcare associations and leadership organizations like HIMSS, CHIME, FACHE, etc?
The relatively small setting of the annual forum distinguishes HCEG from larger associations’ events. There is only one concurrent track, and the break times allow me to reconnect with peers who I had met at previous forum events, as well as make new connections.
How does HCEG solicit input from its members as to what content, events, and services they’d like HCEG to provide to them?
What unique networking opportunities and experiences does the HealthCare Executive Group offer?
HCEG offers more than the usual networking mixers. The extracurricular activities at the Annual Forum and the Executive Leadership Roundtables are very conducive to getting to know other healthcare professionals in a relaxed environment. Too many times the crowds, noise and commercial distractions get in the way of truly forming a meaningful relationship that lasts beyond the networking event itself.
What about the HealthCare Executive Group makes it different than other associations and organizations supporting healthcare leaders?
HCEG’s Annual Forum and Executive Leadership Roundtable events are a ‘safe space’ for healthcare executives to learn, discuss and inform – free from the distractions of large events and without vendors pushing sales pitches. I’m better able to gain perspective on challenges, issues, and potential opportunities.
HCEG events are very informal yet supportive. The friendliness and flexibility of their event and administrative staff was impressive. HCEG helps its members forge meaningful relationships that last long after any single event ends. Industry media that may share comments out of context are not allowed.
Nowadays, there are lots of ways to stay connected and communicate with peers and other business associates. How does HCEG support member connections and information exchange?
A single conference event over two or three days once or twice a year is not enough to keep up with challenges, issues, and opportunities in today’s fast-paced, uncertain healthcare environment.
HCEG provides a nice mix of in-person, physical gatherings throughout the year and also well-coordinated of virtual, digital channels to help stay informed and connected. And offers its members events, opportunities and support to share and acquire information and expertise outside of a single, transactional event.
HCEG’s develops its yearly Top 10 list during their Annual Forum. What can you share about the Annual Forum and the HCEG Top 10 list?
HCEG’s Annual Forum reinforced the information that I know and filled in some of the blanks I was not completely aware of. It has a good mix of sessions that presented a variety of perspectives. I was somewhat surprised by the candor and willingness to the panelists to engage with the audience.
The HCEG Top 10 provides a good overview of what’s happening in the industry. It helped me get a sense of what others are thinking and helped validate – and invalidate – some of my thoughts and assumptions.
Meet Eric and Other Healthcare Champions at HCEG’s 31st Annual Forum
The 31st Annual Forum of the HealthCare Executive Group takes place September 9th – 11th in Boston. Come join Eric Decker and other champions focusing on the healthcare and digital innovation necessary to transform the healthcare system in the United States. Interact with your healthcare peers, learn more about how others are addressing similar challenges, issues, and opportunities, and create new relationships to advance your company-focused and personal missions.
The HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG) is a professional association chartered to convene and support executive leaders of health plans, health systems, and provider organizations. Since the HealthCare Executive Group’sinception over 30 years ago, HCEG has offered membership to organizations providing direct insurance benefits and/or direct health services to groups or individuals, either as stand-alone entities or as subsidiaries under a commercial entity. Anoffid starting today, we’re announcing two new individual membership options for healthcare executives and leaders: Individual Membership and Alumni Membership. HCEG is retaining the existing Organizational Membership option for healthcare organizations preferring that option.
New Membership Options in HealthCare Executive Group
These two new membership options provide a pathway for more people to become part of the HealthCare Executive Group on a cost-efficient basis.
Candidates are executives from Payer/Provider Membership eligible organizations.
Past HCEG members who are unaffiliated with vendor organizations. Vendors provide products and services to HCEG member candidate organizations to better serve individuals.
For a very reasonable investment, healthcare executives and others leading the transformation of the healthcare industry can obtain benefits that can provide outsized returns on that small investment – only $99 dollars for a limited time!
Why Healthcare Leaders Should Join the HealthCare Executive Group
Individual Membership and Alumni Membership offer a variety of benefits all year round: Professional Networking & Relationships, In-Person/Live Events, Professional Development Opportunities, Resources, Research & News, and discounts to popular healthcare conferences.
Throughout the year, members can leverage HCEG’s platform, content, events, professional development, and networking opportunities to help them optimize their time, stay up to date on industry issues, enhance leadership skills, and obtain valuable resources to share with their staff and help transform their healthcare organization.
Professional Networking & Relationships for Healthcare Executives
Our members have unparalleled, year-round networking opportunities centered upon a calendar of events and content identified and defined by HCEG members and updated throughout the year via input and research from members and sponsor partners. Our mission and focus are to provide the platform, channels, content and on-going support for convening and connecting our members with their peers, industry thought leaders, and other resources critical to the transformation of the healthcare industry.
In-Person/Live Events for Healthcare Leaders Transforming Healthcare
HCEG offers its members various opportunities to connect with peers and other industry leaders in live, face-to-face venues throughout the year. These events are typically free to HCEG members or are discounted based on HCEG membership.
Executive Leadership Roundtables
Our quarterly Executive Leadership Roundtables(ELR) are bundled with popular healthcare conferences like the AHIP Institute and HLTH Forum. These ELR’s are intimate, participatory opportunities to learn from prominent industry thought-leaders, share ideas and obtain advice and real-world experience from others.
HCEG Annual Forum
As an Individual Member or Alumni Member, you’ll receive discounted registration to our Annual Forum held in September of each year. Our Annual Forum is our marquee event and includes not only prominent keynote speakers but also unique extracurricular networking opportunities. Check out thisrecap of the 2018 Annual Forumcelebrating HCEG’s 30-Year Anniversary.
Individual & Alumni Member Discount to 2019 Annual Forum
After registering as an Individual Member or an Alumni Member and paying the membership fee, new members receive a discount code (via pop-up window and email) to HCEG’s 2019 Annual Forum. This code can be used immediately or at a future date.
Also, and you’re hearing this for the first time here, HCEG members attending our 2019 Annual Forum in Boston, MA on September 9th through 11th will enjoy a very unique, uncommon extracurricular networking event. For more information on what this event includes, contact us.
Thought-Leadership & Professional Development Opportunities for Healthcare Executives
In addition to quarterly ELR’s, our Annual Forum, and partner events, HCEG also offers our members various opportunities for participating in webinars, research surveys, blog posts, and other knowledge sharing channels.
Webinars & Online Discussion Group Opportunities for Healthcare Executives
In addition to attending HCEG’s monthly Webinar-Series events, HCEG members have the opportunity to help define webinars and serve as panelists. In addition, HCEG hosts period online discussions and encourages member participation as an important way for members to demonstrate their thought leadership and grow their network.
Research Surveys for Healthcare Executives & Thought-Leaders
The Industry Pulse research survey is based on the HCEG Top 10 and administered in a partnership between HCEG and sponsor partner Change Healthcare. The 9th Annual Industry Pulse was just released last week and promises to be a source of many reviews, discussion, and elaboration over the coming months and year.
Knowledge Creation, Content Sharing & Promotion for Healthcare Executives
Our members enjoy the opportunity to share information, insight, and ideas with each other and the industry at large via various HCEG channels including our blog, bi-weekly eNewsletter, and social channels. In addition, HCEG promotes certain member insight and content to amplify member content on best practices, new ideas, breaking news, and key advancements.
Become a HealthCare Executive Group Member Today
As uncertainty continues its grip on healthcare in the United States and new digital technologies advance digital transformation opportunities, it’s more important than ever for healthcare leaders to stay abreast of important industry trends, challenges, and opportunities.
Value Well Beyond Conferences, Webinars, & Content
Individual membership in the HealthCare Executive Group is a very cost-effective way for healthcare leaders to reduce uncertainty, stay up to date on changes within their field, and help to transform their organizations.
Special Discount on HCEG Individual Membership
As an additional incentive to join HCEG as an individual, we’re offering a $50 discount off the regular $149 per year rate for a limited time. Use KickoffPromo to expand your knowledge and grow your professional network for only $99!
As January nears to a close and nearly all of us have already abandoned our New Year’s resolutions, we want to share what’s been going on in the last month or so with the HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG); and share about what’s in-store for HCEG members and associates over the next month.
Read on for more about the following:
Recap of Our Executive Leadership Roundtable at AHIP’s CX & Digital Health Forum
2019 HCEG Top 10 List in the News
The 9th Annual Industry Pulse Research Survey
Executive MindXchange – The Payor & Provider Ecosystem Evolution
2019 Annual Form of American Association of Payers, Administrators and Networks
2019 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition
Recap of Our Executive Leadership Roundtable at AHIP’s CX & Digital Health Forum
In December, we hosted an Executive Leadership Roundtable (ELR), Immediately after AHIP’s 2018 Consumer Experience & Digital Health Forum (AHIP CDF) adjourned in Nashville, TN. Brian Lobley, President, Commercial and Consumer Markets at Independence Blue Cross and Stuart Hanson, Managing Director, Head of Healthcare Payments at JPMorgan Chase & Co chaired the ELR with HCEG’s Executive Director Ferris Taylor moderating.
The roundtable leaders and about 30 participants shared insight on Consumer Experience & Digital Health – the theme of AHIP’s forum – on an intimate basis over the course of 2+ hours.
By the way, you can access additional information about HCEG’s 2018 Annual Forum including session materials, participant roster, and more here.
The 9th Annual Industry Pulse Research Survey
The results of the 9th Annual Industry Pulse – a research survey co-sponsored by HCEG and our sponsor partner Change Healthcare – will be released in the next month or so. This important healthcare industry survey is based on the 2019 HCEG Top 10 List and offers a deeper dive into the top challenges, issues, and opportunities facing healthcare leadership. Here’s last year’s 2018 Industry Pulse report.
Be sure to review the results of this in-depth research survey to stay abreast of industry trends, current leadership insight and the what others think are the opportunities, issues and challenges facing leaders in the American healthcare industry. Share your email here and we’ll be sure to send you a copy.
Executive MindXchange – Explore the Payor & Provider Ecosystem Evolution
Starting Sunday, January 27th, payers, providers and healthcare technology executives will collaborate for three days in San Diego, CA to discuss and advance a shared vision of the changing world within the healthcare ecosystem. Check out this page for more information and save $250 by using the “HCEG” discount code when you register.
2019 Annual Form of American Association of Payers, Administrators and Networks
At the same time as healthcare leaders are ‘Exploring the Payor & Provider Ecosystem Evolution’ in San Diego, the American Association of Payers, Administrators and Networks (AAPAN) 2019 Annual Forum is similarly bringing together leaders from health plans, provider networks, 3rd party administrators and care management organizations to collaborate on ideas that surely won’t stay in Vegas long.
2019 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition
Many HCEG members, sponsors, partners, and associates will be attending the granddaddy of all healthcare conferences – the 2019 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition – in Orlando, FL next month. We’ll be sharing information in an upcoming blog post including a list of who’s attending, speaking and exhibiting.
Whether you’ve already abandoned our New Year’s resolutions or not, don’t abandon the opportunity to connect with, share and learn about the challenges, issues, and opportunities facing healthcare leadership in 2019 and beyond. As the article on resolutions listed, don’t let Procrastination, not having a game plan, and/or ‘doing it alone’ prevent you from being ‘in the know’ during these uncertain times in healthcare.
It’s no surprise to anyone working in healthcare that healthcare consumerism and digitally enabled organizations that support healthcare consumers and patients are top of mind for today’s healthcare executive leadership. Indeed, Total Consumer Health and The Digital Healthcare Organization are ranked #2 and #5 respectively on the 2019 HCEG Top 10 list of challenges, issues, and opportunities facing healthcare executives.
Topics Discussed at HCEG’s Recent Executive Leadership Roundtable in Nashville, TN
As is the approach with all ELR’s hosted by the HealthCare Executive Group, the theme presented and the topics were aligned with and built upon the theme of the anchor event: Consumer Experience & Digital Health:
Catalysts for Healthcare Consumerism
Turning Passive Health Plan Members and Patients into Active Consumers
How Value-Based Relationships Change How Healthcare Stakeholders Engage with Their Members and Patients
Independence Blue Cross and JP Morgan Chase Perspectives on Member Engagement
Impact of New Competition and Innovations on “Healthcare Consumerism”
This is the first post of a two-part series recapping the information, insight, and ideas shared during the nearly three-hour long executive leadership roundtable event held on December 13th, 2018.
Helping Simplify Healthcare Decisions
One theme throughout the 2018 AHIP CDF was that most compelling opportunities to improve healthcare lie in making the complex simple. In healthcare, there are simply too many transactions that add friction and create misery for the very people who can ill-afford to experience them. These transactions must be imbued with both humanity & simplicity.
Ferris Taylor kicked off the discussion by asking panelists:
What is being done now or can be done soon to help people understand their healthcare options?
Brian Lobley noted the importance and value of healthcare consumers working with and through their PCP or other physician(s) primarily responsible for providing their care. He noted that many primary care physicians will only work within their own healthcare system and will often not suggest any services from other providers outside that healthcare system – even if it were in the patient’s best interest clinically and/or financially. Brian went on to state that until consumers bear more of the cost there will not likely be any appreciable change
Discussion ensued that short benefit periods preclude most health plans or other risk-bearing organizations from investing in people’s health. Everyone seemed to agree that longer benefit periods or some way of sharing individual healthcare costs over a period of multiple years and perhaps across multiple payers would go a long way toward improving individual outcomes and lowering overall costs.
Integrating Services into Physician Workflow and Patient Life Flow
Roundtable participates agreed that in order to maximize consumer and patient benefit and to minimize physician burnout, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures must be intelligently integrated into physician/clinician workflow and the patient’s life-flow.
Physicians and patients simply don’t want to be told what to do but rather provide and obtain needed services as conveniently as possible and as part of their individual, respective day to day workflow and life-flow. As Ferris stated: ‘Make the right thing the easy thing to do!’
Democratizing Healthcare Decision-Making and Control to Consumers and Patients
“Until healthcare is democratized, it’s going to be very hard for consumers to really take control. Right now, healthcare consumers really don’t have much choice because it’s the employers who choose the health plan and the employers who make all the contracting and payment decisions. Until consumers have more choice and can make more of the primary decisions, there won’t be any major improvement.”
Tipping Points to a Truly Consumer Driven Healthcare Industry
One roundtable participant asked:
“What are your predictions on what the tipping points are that would get us to the truly consumer-driven industry much like retail or other things?”
JP Morgan’s Stuart Hanson stated that consumers and employer groups are fed up and taking action on their own and not waiting for the government or health insurance plans to address high costs and inconsistent outcomes:
“I think we are there now with the current member populations of most health plans. Consumers are fed up. They’re asking their physicians harder questions. They’re challenging how their health plans adjudicate claims. They’re actually reading their EOB’s and trying to understand them. And now employer groups are demanding change.”
“But the industry has not adapted to employer and member demands so that’s why there are employer-driven initiatives like the Comcast-IBX initiative and the Amazon Berkshire Chase consortium that are driving employer-based change.”
Stuart and Brian went on to share information and insight on two nascent employer group consortiums they are each involved with:
The 50/50 joint venture between the parent company of Brian Lobley’s Independence Blue Cross, Independence Health Group, and Comcast.
Healthcare – Particularly Pharmacy – is a Huge and Growing Expense
One participant stated loudly: ‘Drug prices and their outcomes must be addressed!’
Stuart shared that, after salary and facilities (rent), healthcare is the 3rd largest expense for most employers. And that pharmacy is the largest and fastest growing part of overall healthcare expenditures. Brian noted that big pharma, and specialty drugs in particular, will eventually sink U.S. healthcare if pharmacy costs are not addressed soon.
The idea that a single payer or ‘Medicare For All’ movement can solve America’s healthcare crises was floated. Brian noted that many people fail to realize that these approaches are still based on a combined government-private solution and that many of today’s cost and outcomes challenges will not necessarily be fixed.
Increase in Home-based Care – Opening Opportunities for Non-Traditional Providers
As the home becomes more accessible physically and virtually via new technologies like voice, home-based medical and non-medical services provided in the home will help accelerate the tipping point. Brian pointed to the recent purchase of GreatCall by Best Buy and his own company’s partnership with Comcast. There was general agreement that the access that Best Buy’s Geek Squad and Comcast’s CATV installers have to the residential market offer great potential to engage with and influence healthcare consumer behavior.
Questions from Healthcare Leaders Participating in HCEG’s Executive Leadership Roundtable
Our roundtable events are free-flowing discussions and the eventual direction of each roundtable event is often dictated by where attendee interaction takes us. And participants at our ELR did ask questions and participate without being prodded:
Who do you think is the next Kodak in the Healthcare Industry?
ELR participant Dr. Kyra Bobinet, MD asked panelists: ‘Who do you think the next Kodak will be in the healthcare space?’
Stuart responded: “Health plans” and noted how there used to be 100+ BCBS health plans and now there are less than 40.
And Brian added: “Hospitals” and noted that there are way too many beds available and hospital facilities and real estate holdings are huge expenses. And the movement of more home-based care is only exacerbating this shift in care settings.
Where do you see benefit design going to actually support true prevention?
Participant Kristen Valdes, CEO of b.well, raised the topic of more and more employer groups wanting to offer preventive and other services that are not often available in many health plan benefit packages. Kristen shared:
‘We are seeing employers in our market wanting to pay for true prevention and we’re having to create programs. Employers are willing to pay (for preventive services) outside of their medical benefit.’
Kristen also noted that more healthcare organizations are offering their members and patients the opportunity to undergo genetic testing as part of a routine primary care visit. Increasingly, analytics are able to interpret these test results in terms of identifying the total cost of an individual based on providing care or not providing care.
The vision is that these services will provide physicians with relevant information to inform personalized treatment decisions for their patients, such as offering preventive steps to patients at risk for hereditary conditions.
Brian Lobley shared his opinion that the healthcare industry is a ways away from more widespread use of genomic and related testing because many individuals are afraid to use these tests based on a fear that the results may be used against them. Several participants shared that they find it hard to believe that someone will allow themselves to be exposed in terms of what their genomic testing reveals about their potential cost of care.
Why Have Health Plans, Physicians and Provider Organizations Not Partnered to Go Against Big Food?
Cate McConnell, Healthcare Change Leader at Appian, questioned why traditional healthcare constituents have not organized to lobby and make attempts to change the negative effect that many of the foods consumed in America have on an individual’s healthcare.
While no one offered an explanation, one participant did reference a recent article claiming that ‘gut health’ can be more important than ‘heart health.’ And Dr. Kyra Bobinet shared that nutrition and proper food choices are her passion and that anyone interested in learning more could reach out to her for more information.
Your Disease Does Not Define Who You Are
To illustrate the importance of how most people view their healthcare status and need, Ferris Taylor shared a description of one’s healthcare state does not define them:
“My wife has diabetes but she isn’t a diabetic. She’s a mother. She’s a grandmother. She sings in a choir. She has a life. She’s in the community. She wants to deal with that one element of her life but get on with all the rest of her life.”
The Four Constituents of Well-Being
In response to Ferris’s share that the state of our health does not define who we are as individuals, Dr. Kyra Bobinet shared that scientific studies have shown that four primary constituents rooted in neural circuits have a significant influence on our well-being:
Resilience: the rapidity with which we recover from adversity; some people recover slowly and other people recover more quickly.
Outlook: the ability to see the positive in others, the ability to savor positive experiences, the ability to see another human being as a human being who has innate basic goodness.
Attention: the ability to voluntarily bring back a wandering attention over and over again is the very root of judgment, character, and will.
Generosity: altruistic behavior activates circuits in the brain that are key to fostering well-being.
Kyra shared that practicing these four skills can provide the substrate for enduring change, which can help to promote higher levels of well-being in our lives. Turns out, well-being is a skill that can be practiced and strengthened.
More About Healthcare Consumerism & Digitally Enabled Organizations
In the second post recapping our Executive Leadership Roundtable, we’ll share insight and ideas on the following topics that were presented and discussed:
How social determinants of health are becoming a driver of consumer health business objectives
Three steps for jump starting digital transformation
What was not addressed at the AHIP CDF that participants thought should have been addressed
ELR participant responses to certain statements and claims during the AHIP CDF
The challenges, issues, and opportunities facing the United States healthcare industry change and grow every day. As part of our ongoing mission to support and serve healthcare executives and industry leadership, the HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG) is pleased to share some information on some of the programs, partnerships, and networking opportunities we have planned for our members, associates and sponsor partners in 2019 and beyond.
New Membership Model to Grow & Strengthen the HealthCare Executive Group
HCEG leadership have been working on evolving HCEG’s membership model to bring more value to the healthcare executives, decision makers, influencers and thought leaders who’ve made up HCEG’s membership for the past 30 years. Offering greater value to a wider range of individuals and companies in the most cost-effective way possible is our goal and our new model will be announced within the next several weeks. As with everything we do, we’ll be focusing on sharing information and supporting networking opportunities based on the HCEG Top 10 list.
Partnering with Other Healthcare Industry Conveners
Historically, HCEG has leveraged partnerships with complimentary associations and event organizers serving the needs of healthcare industry leaders. For instance, in previous years we’ve provided speakers, panelists, content, promotional and other support to the following organizations – and will be doing the same in 2019:
American Association of Payers, Administrators & Networks (AAPAN)
In 2019 and beyond, we’re working on expanding these existing – and new – partnerships to leverage and promote the mission, goals, strengths, and membership of our unique – yet complimentary – organizations.
More Intimate, Focused, Regional Events for Healthcare Executives
Beyond the Annual Forum and the Executive Leadership Roundtable (ELR) events we host throughout the year, HCEG is exploring opportunities to partner with some national and regional healthcare associations and member-based organizations to host s additional, informal information sharing and networking events.
It’s clear that leveraging a venue attended by healthcare executives and providing a supportive environment for those individuals to meet with each other and share information is a valued service.
Results of the 2019 Industry Pulse Research Survey
The results of the 9th Annual Industry Pulse survey will be released in the next month or so. This important industry survey is based on the 2019 HCEG Top 10 List and offers a deeper dive into the top challenges, issues, and opportunities facing healthcare leadership. Here’s last year’s Industry Pulse report.
For 2019, we’re actively identifying members, industry advisors, and sponsor partners who we feel have valuable knowledge, ideas and opinions to share via our webinars, blog posts, and other distribution channels. We’re also exploring the use of both live and pre-recorded audio and video as a means to provide an enriched approach for sharing on the 2019 HCEG Top 10 challenges, issues, and opportunities.
If you’re interested in learning more about contributing your thought leadership, or if you just have an idea for something you think may be of particular value and interest to healthcare leaders, please reach out to us here.
Next week, the 2018 AHIP Consumer Experience & Digital Health Forum (AHIP CDF) takes place in Nashville, TN – the Healthcare Capital of the United States. The 2018 AHIP CDF offers attendees about 40 sessions and presentations on the theme of healthcare consumer experience and digital health. And this healthcare forum is of particular interest to HCEG members, sponsor partners and associated because Total Consumer Health and The Digital Healthcare Organization are ranked #2 and #5 respectively on the 2019 HCEG Top 10 list of challenges, issues, and opportunities facing healthcare executives. Moreover, these two items and their closely aligned variations have consistently ranked in the HCEG Top 10 for the last decade.
While it’s likely that most or all of the sessions and presentations at the AHIP CDF will be of value in one way or another, we’d like to share a short list of those that we’re looking forward to attending. And extend an invitation to all AHIP CDF attendees – and other healthcare industry participants in the Nashville area who may not be attending the AHIP CDF.
Healthcare Consumer Experience & Digital Health Sessions
Ferris will set the stage for Brian and Stuart to share their perspective on healthcare consumerism and digital health organizations, but our roundtable events are free-flowing with heavy attendee participation and the eventual direction of the roundtable event will be dictated by where attendee interaction takes us. Anyone who wants to share will have a chance to do that.
Healthcare Consumerism & Digital Health Organization Topics at the Roundtable
And even better, a complimentary lunch is included. This is a great opportunity to recap and recharge after the AHIP CDF and network with others you may have missed during the previous few days. Attendees are free to depart on their own schedule.
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As America celebrates Thanksgiving, the HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG) is honored to thank our sponsor partners and acknowledge the support these leading healthcare companies have provided and continue to provide to our healthcare executive members, industry advisors, and associates throughout the year. Through the support of the companies highlighted below, HCEG is able to provide a comprehensive package of information, insight, and networking opportunities.
HealthCare Executive Group – Gold Sponsors
Appian delivers the speed of enterprise low-code and the power of industry-leading intelligent automation. It’s the secret weapon to put your Digital Transformation on the fast track.
Improve decision-making with real-time access to patient, member, and provider data. Appian helps healthcare payers and providers speed innovation, help consumers take control of their own health, and simplify the healthcare journey.
CareCentrix has developed purpose-built technology, analytics, and experience to guide care that keeps patients on the path to the ultimate site of care: home. To address the complexities of post-acute care, CareCentrix engages patients and caregivers, coordinate care transitions, improve clinical outcomes, and do all we can to help patients heal or age at home.
By finding new ways to break down the silos across the continuum of care, CareCentrix is able to identify and capture savings health plans can count on.
Solera connects patients, payers, and physicians to a network of partners who are preventing and managing chronic disease.
Working with Solera, health plans and other payers securely and efficiently leverage a network of community-based and digital health solutions.
Solera helps employers identify and engage those in their workforce with the greatest opportunity for obesity-related chronic disease prevention.
Change Healthcare consulting is a catalyst for your value-based healthcare system. Change Healthcare is a healthcare technology company that offers software, analytics, network solutions, and technology-enabled services to help create a stronger, more collaborative healthcare system. Change Healthcare helps deliver measurable value not only at the point of care, but also before, after, and in between care episodes.
Cumberland Consulting Group is a leading healthcare consulting firm providing strategic advisory, implementation, optimization and outsourcing services to some of the nation’s largest payer, provider, and life sciences organizations.
Health insurers must act quickly to launch new offerings targeted at member populations in specific market segments. Whether a government program, commercial or individual product, or dental or TPA offering, HealthEdge works with transformative health plans to create and maintain a competitive advantage.
HighPoint implements effective IT solutions for payers and providers. HighPoint Solutions tunes out the noise so you can focus on improving healthcare delivery.
InstaMed powers a better healthcare payments experience on one platform that connects consumers, providers, and payers for every healthcare payment transaction. InstaMed’s patented, private cloud-based technology securely transforms healthcare payments by driving electronic transactions, moving money and healthcare data seamlessly and improving consumer satisfaction.
RedCard helps health plans and TPAs use the power of secure data to build stronger, more effective communication with your members and providers.
Softheon delivers cloud-based solutions that create a retail-like, user-friendly experience and provide personalized communication and real-time support to boost member engagement. Cost effective, and configurable software that supports health plans and states with enrollment, member billing, and reporting for over 3.2M Americans.
Unlike what many organizations allow, our sponsor partners must check their sales and marketing interests at the door. HCEG sponsors participate as supportive thought leaders to HCEG members and associates. HCEG events and content exclude advertising and marketing-speak and participants at our events will never encounter vendor exhibits. Those reading our content and attending our webinars will not be bothered by sales pitches, pop-ups and banner ads.
For more information on the benefits of becoming an HCEG Sponsor in 2019, check out our Sponsorship Prospectus.
Join Digital Healthcare Leaders & AHIP Forum Attendees in Nashville
In addition to lunch and networking opportunities, participants will enjoy the unique perspective and long-running insight of two distinguished panelists: Brian Lobley, President, Commercial and Consumer Markets at Independence Blue Cross and Stuart Hanson, Managing Director, Head of Healthcare Payments at JPMorgan Chase & Co. HCEG’s Executive Director Ferris Taylor will moderate the roundtable.
The trend toward Healthcare Consumerism & Digital Health products and services is driving what healthcare providers, health systems and health plans are offering – or are planning to offer – individuals participating in the U.S. healthcare market. Whether covered by employer-subsidized insurance, government programs like Medicaid or Medicare, the individual commercial market, any other type of coverage or even not covered and paying for your healthcare with cash, healthcare consumerism and leveraging digital health products and services to decrease costs and improve outcomes are two important movements that can’t be ignored.
‘Indeed, Total Consumer Health and The Digital Healthcare Organization are both ranked in the top five items on the 2019 HCEG Top 10 list of challenges, issues, and opportunities:
#2: Total Consumer Health: Improving members’ overall medical, social, financial, and environmental well-being.
#5: The Digital Healthcare Organization: Health Savings Accounts, member and provider portals, member and patient health literacy, cost transparency, digital payment capabilities, CRM, wearables and other patient-generated data, health monitoring, and omnichannel information distribution and transaction access.
“Healthcare Consumer-centric companies accounted for 60 percent of the funding in Q3 2018, raising $1.9 billion in 111 deals compared to $1.7 billion in 138 deals in Q2 2018”
The HCEG Top 10 Challenges, Issues & Opportunities Over the Years
Over the 10 year period in which the HCEG Top 10 list has been published, ‘Healthcare Consumerism’ or a closely aligned similar category has been ranked on the HCEG Top 10 list a total of eight times. And ‘Digital Health’ has also ranked among the HCEG Top 10 challenges, issues and opportunities eight times. Only ‘Payment Reform’ and ‘Big Data & Analytics’ have been listed on the annual HCEG Top 10 list more frequently.
It should be no surprise to most people that healthcare consumerism has long been a top challenge, issue, or opportunity for healthcare organizations of all types. The rise of several factors have been identified by industry experts and trade media as the primary reasons for the growth if consumerism in the healthcare industry:
High-Deductible Health Plans
Employers Shifting Costs from to Employees
Rapidly Increasing Healthcare Costs
And while traditionally a laggard in the adoption of digital technologies, healthcare organizations are not immune to the need to digitally transform themselves. Ignoring the need to adopt digital health technologies can only result in serious disruption, or even extinction, of healthcare organizations both large and small.
Comments on Healthcare Consumerism & Digital Health from HCEG Top 10 Survey Respondents
The executives and industry thought leaders participating in defining the 2019 HCEG Top 10 list at our recent 2018 Annual Forum in Minneapolis, MN included notes and commentary on the specific challenges, issues, and opportunities listed in the survey worksheet. The following are some of those comments related to healthcare consumerism and digital health:
“Data & Analytics (ranked #1) are table stakes to any consumer-focused products and services. And foundational to all Digital Health initiatives.”
“Population Health (ranked #3) could be considered ‘Total Consumer Health’”
Note: A number of participants expressed opinions that “Population Health” and “Total Consumer Health” could be considered the same thing. After some discussion, everyone agreed that Population Health should be considered as population-centric as opposed to person-centered.
“Social determinants of health have a huge impact on health outcome but as a health system we lack the ability to control/impact these barriers.”
“Connecting with our members on a frequent basis is very challenging. We struggle with identifying and delivering the right message at the right time.”
“Different departments have their own goals and objectives and these often create a disjointed member experience.”
“We must move from deploying largely unconnected tactical approaches to a more holistic, coordinated customer experience strategy.”
“It’s not always clear to us what matters to individual patients and how we can measure those things.”
How to Learn More About Healthcare Consumerism & Digital Health
The HCEG Top 10 list drives the content HCEG creates and delivers to its members and associates via blog posts like this, our Webinar Series Events and our Executive Leadership Forums. Accordingly, we’re pleased to share several complimentary opportunities to learn more about opportunities for healthcare organizations to meet the needs of increasingly educated and proactive healthcare consumers AND how specific digital health products and services are supporting the creation, delivery, and consumption of medical and non-medical services and products that improve health outcomes.
Webinar Series Event: The New Engaged Digital Consumer
What Digital Healthcare Organizations Must Do to Survive and Thrive
On Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 2:00 pm ET, our sponsor partner HealthEdge will present a webinar that provides information from recent market studies and specific examples illustrating how engaged digital consumers regard the services provided by health insurers.
Attendees will learn:
The top organizational priorities health insurance executives are currently facing
Key challenges and solutions that enable health insurers to address these organizational priorities
The most important expectations that members have of their health insurer
How trust levels between members and health insurance organizations are being addressed by new disruptive entities entering healthcare
If you can’t make it, go ahead and register and we’ll send you the recording and slides after the event!
AHIP-ELR: Total Consumer Health & The Digital Healthcare Organization
On Thursday, December 13th, 2018 at 1:00 pm CT/2:00 pm ET, we’re hosting a special Executive Leadership Roundtable immediately after the 2018 AHIP Consumer Experience & Digital Health Forum convenes at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN. Lunch will be provided at no charge and the following topics will be presented and discussed by several healthcare industry leaders:
How competition from new entrants, cost containment pressures associated with value-based care programs, health/entitlement reforms, and technological innovations may impact ‘healthcare consumerism’
Approaches for turning passive health plan members and health system patients into active healthcare consumers
Catalysts for healthcare consumerism change: employer groups demanding better value and trend of health plan members and individuals directly engaging with plans and providers
How value-based relationships demand that healthcare organizations engage with their members and patients
Which tools and services healthcare organization can use to enhance member/patient engagement
Our executive leadership roundtable event is complimentary but registration is required (so we can make sure everyone gets lunch).
Also, you can receive a discount off registration to the 2018 AHIP Consumer Experience & Digital Health Forum by using “HCEG” when you register here.
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More Insight on the 2019 HCEG Top 10 Items Coming Soon!
As 2018 winds down and 2019 takes off, the HealthCare Executive Group will continue to create, curate and promote content and events addressing each of the items on our 2019 HCEG Top 10 list. We’ll be presenting numerous webinars, hosting Executive Leadership Roundtables in conjunction with popular healthcare conference events, and – of course – holding our popular Annual Forum. The 31st HCEG Annual Forum will take place in Boston, MA in September 2019. Stay tuned for more information!
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This second week of October is U.S. National HealthIT Week – a time for celebrating the essential role that health information technology plays in transforming health and healthcare in care in the United States. This week – and all year long – the HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG) actively focuses on the mission of National HealthIT Week:
To promote the exchange of information, ideas, opinions, and experiences among healthcare executives and senior leader to apply and transform innovation and technology in healthcare.
Our mission – established 30 years ago – clearly aligns with that of the U.S. National HealthIT Week. We’re pleased to partner with HIMSS in celebrating U.S. National HealthIT Week during our 30th Anniversary!
How HCEG Helps Transform Healthcare in the United States
The primary ways in which HCEG advances its mission is via our Annual Forum, our HCEG Top 10 list, the Industry Pulse research survey based on the HCEG Top 10, periodic Executive Leadership Roundtables (ELR), webinars and content – original and curated – from our members, sponsor partners, and industry thought leaders.
The HCEG Annual Forum
Last month, our 2018 Annual Forum celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the HealthCare Executive Group. Nationally-recognized healthcare thought leaders such as Andy Slavitt, former Acting CMS Administrator and current leader of Town Hall Ventures, Dr. David J Shulkin, MD, former Secretary of the Veterans Administration and current Chief Innovation Officer of Sanford Health, and Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow, NY Times bestselling author and principal at the Blue Zones Project were several of the healthcare leaders sharing their insight and ideas.
Note: The 2019 HCEG Annual Forum will be held in Boston, MA in September. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive additional information on this event and other content of possible interest to healthcare leaders
The 2019 HCEG Top 10 List
HCEG makes a unique contribution to the healthcare industry via the HCEG Top 10 list. Now in its 10th year, the 2019 HCEG Top 10 list identifies the challenges, issues, and opportunities facing healthcare executives and healthcare industry leaders. You can learn more about the 2019 HCEG Top 10 and hear what industry media and healthcare thought leaders have to say about specific items on the HCEG Top 10 list here.
The Industry Pulse Research Survey – Launched During NHITWeek
In addition to guiding HCEG’s overall thought-leadership, content development, and knowledge exchange initiatives throughout the year, the 2019 HCEG Top 10 list serve as the basis for The Industry Pulse, a research survey co-sponsored by HCEG and our sponsor partner Change Healthcare. You can learn more about The Industry Pulse here including results of the 2018 Industry Pulse.
As part of NHITWeek, HCEG and sponsor partner Change Healthcare are pleased to announce the opening of the 2019 Industry Pulse Research Survey. We urge all healthcare executives, thought leaders and others involved in transforming health and healthcare in care in the United States to complete this survey. Responses are strictly confidential and used for research purposes only. We don’t share information with third parties and individuals completing the survey receive a copy of the results if desired.
Executive Leadership Roundtables
HLTH.CO: HCEG Members Remain After ELR to Continue Discussion
Convening healthcare executives and thought leaders for meaningful discussion and interaction is a key part of HCEG’s mission. Our roundtables support opportunity for intimate discussion and sharing of insight and ideas. Scheduling these roundtables in conjunction with major healthcare industry events maximizes attendee value and minimizes overhead.
So far in 2018, we’ve hosted the following roundtables with another event scheduled for this coming December:
2018 HLTH.CO Future of Healthcare Forum – May 9, 2018 – Las Vegas, NV
2018 Blue Zones of Happiness – September 14, 2018 – Minneapolis, MN
Next Executive Roundtable at AHIP Consumer Experience & Digital Health Forum
Join Healthcare Leaders This December in Nashville
Our next roundtable event is planned for Thursday, December 13th, 2018 at 1:30 pm CT – the final day of the 2018 AHIP Consumer Experience & Digital Forum in Nashville, TN. In keeping with AHIP’s customer experience and digital health theme, HCEG will convene a panel of thought leaders in an open discussion on two of our 2019 HCEG Top 10 issues:
#2 – Total Consumer Health
#5 – The Digital Healthcare Organization
This ELR builds upon insight shared during the forum with discussion centered on the integration of consumer health and digital healthcare organizations. We’ll focus on the commonalities and differences of these two closely ranked items. And participants will all have an opportunity to interact with panelists.
This ELR is open to all AHIP attendees free of charge and lunch is served. Registration for the event will open next week and subscribers to our eNewsletter will be kept informed.
HCEG Webinar Series Events & Special Presentations
Additionally, HCEG members and sponsor partners also host live webinar events every other month. Information on previously hosted webinars – most including full recordings and presentation materials – can be found here.
Special Presentations & Networking Opportunities
Our members advance HCEG’s mission by attending and presenting at healthcare conferences and other gatherings throughout the year. They share information on HCEG’s Top 10, The Industry Pulse and other insight of value to those transforming healthcare. A sample of these include:
AAPAN Innovations Forum – January 2018
Health Plan Alliance – February 2018
HIMSS Conference & Expo – March 2018
UnitedAg Annual Meeting & Conference – March 2018
WEDI Annual Spring Conference – May 2018
AHIP Institute & Expo – June 2018
Original and Curated Content
In addition to in-person forums, live webinars and special presentations, our board leaders, members, and sponsor partners also share a variety of original and curated healthcare business, technology and healthcare-related content on a regular basis. Our website, blog, white papers and our social channels LinkedIn and Twitter provide the means for these healthcare thought leadership opportunities.
Learn, Share, Network & Make Your Voice Heard – National HealthIT Week
HCEG is part of transforming healthcare not only during National HealthIT Week but throughout the year. We’re thankful for our members, sponsor partners and those promoting the exchange of information, ideas, opinions, and experiences among healthcare executives, thought leaders and everyone else in the healthcare industry.
To receive insight, ideas and additional information on all our past and future events, webinars and other content of use for healthcare decision makers and those charged with transforming health and healthcare in the United States, please subscribe to our eNewsletter. Better yet, consider becoming a member of the HealthCare Executive Group today.
In celebration of our 30th Anniversary and the 2018 Labor Day holiday, the HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG) is offering a discounted rate on a special 2-hour breakfast roundtable event presented by Dan Buettner on Friday, September 14th
Add Purpose, Pride, and Pleasure to Create Joy in Your Life
Starting at 7:30 am at the Hewing Hotel, attendees will enjoy a full breakfast as Dan Buettner, NY Times Best-Selling author and National Geographic Fellow presents: “The Blue Zones of Happiness: ‘Lessons from the World’s Happiest People.’”
Dan will share his latest insight on the three strands of happiness: purpose, pride, and pleasure. Attendees will discover the many factors to bring joy to their lives as Dan shares important lessons learned about how the choices we make and the environment in which we live contribute to our happiness.
Network with Healthcare Leaders & Enjoy Breakfast
This event takes place on the final day of HCEG’s 2018 Annual Forum. Besides the presentation and full breakfast, attendees will enjoy opportunities to network with healthcare leaders participating in HCEG’s annual forum over the previous two days. Those wanting to attend can register here using discount code HCEGLaborDay to receive $20 off the $65 registration fee. Please contact Erin Branham at [email protected] if you need assistance with registering.
Registration for HCEG’s 2018 Annual Forum Closes Soon
The 2018 HCEG Annual Forum celebrating the HealthCare Executive Group’s 30th Anniversary closes on Saturday, September 8th. We have a unique agenda, prominent keynote speakers, insightful panelists, and a number of networking events planned; all in a supportive and intimate setting.
For more information on this unique event for healthcare executives, thought leaders and industry participants – including registration – click here.