Last year was a very busy year for the HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG.) In addition to hosting our 31st Annual Forum in our birthplace of Boston, Massachusetts, HCEG hosted two Executive Leadership Roundtables, presented the CIO & CTO Strategy Track at the 16th Annual World Health Care Congress, delivered seven webinars in conjunction with our sponsor partners, published 35 blog posts addressing challenges, issues, and opportunities facing healthcare leadership, and presented at several of our partner’s conferences and events.
Moreover, in 2019 HCEG became an Educational Partner with America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and a Collaboration Partner with the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS.) For 2020, we have an equally insightful and interesting agenda of live, in-person and virtual events and content in store.
Looking Back at HCEG Events – Live, In-Person & Virtual Healthcare Innovation & Transformation
31st HCEG Annual Forum
Our 2019 Annual Forum marking our 31st annual event since HCEG was founded in 1988 took place in Boston, Massachusetts – the birthplace of the HealthCare Executive Group. Check out this page for the agenda, photos, and some proceedings from the forum. You can also view video interviews of various speakers and attendees here.
In addition, HCEG presented the CIO & CTO Strategy Track at the 16th Annual World Health Care Congress. This track consisted of six separate sessions over two days. See the recap of the WHCC event and the CIO & CTO Strategy track presented by HCEG here.
2020 HCEG Top 10 List & 10th Annual Industry Pulse Survey
The 2020 HCEG Top 10 list of challenges, issues, and opportunities facing healthcare industry leaders, innovators, and change-makers was created by participants of our 31st Annual Forum. This list was then used as the basis for the Industry Pulse research survey sponsored by HCEG and sponsor partner Change Healthcare.
Webinars & Blog Posts Advancing Healthcare Innovation & Transformation
One of the ways we share healthcare information, insight, & ideas is via our Webinar Series Events and blog posts. Our blog posts share insight, information and ideas on items in the HCEG Top 10 list, recaps of webinars and HCEG hosted events, and other information of interest to healthcare industry leaders, innovators, and change-makers.
Check out this blog post for information, insight, & ideas presented in our webinars and blog posts in 2019.
Looking Forward to HCEG Events & Content in 2020
For 2020, the HealthCare Executive Group has a full schedule of live, in-person and virtual events and a full calendar of content throughout the year. In addition to releasing the results of the 10th Annual Industry Pulse research survey conducted in partnership with Change Healthcare next month, we’ll be creating the 2021 HCEG Top 10 list at our 32nd Annual Forum this coming September.
We’re also looking forward to our new Educational Partnership with America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and acceptance a Collaboration Partner with the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS.)
32nd HCEG Annual Forum
Our 32nd Annual Forum will be held in Boston, MA on September 21-23, 2020. We’re planning our best forum ever and have some interesting speakers, special events and new information-sharing opportunities planned. Sign up here to receive Annual Forum updates and registration details.
In addition to our Annual Forum, we’re planning to host several Executive Leadership Roundtables at major healthcare industry conferences:
The results of the 10th Annual Industry Pulse survey will be released next month. This important industry survey is based on the 2020 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.
Every year, HCEG events – including live, in-person events and virtual events like webinars and blog posts – are driven by items on the current HCEG Top 10 list. In addition, HCEG hosts and presents a Webinar Series Event nearly every month on the 3rd Thursday of the month. And publishes blog posts on a bi-weekly basis. In addition to topics centered on specific events and HCEG Top 10 items, content created and curated by HCEG will be focused on the following themes in each month of 2020:
2019 Recap & 2020 Preview
2020 HCEG Top 10 List
2020 HIMSS Conference
10th Annual Industry Pulse Results
2020 World Health Care Congress
32nd HCEG Annual Forum Agenda
AHIP Institute & Expo 2020
HCEG Top 10 Mid-Year Review
32nd HCEG Annual Forum
2020 HLTH Forum
2021 HCEG Top 10
11th Annual Industry Pulse Survey Opens
2020 HCEG End of Year Recap
Connect with Healthcare Industry Executives, Leaders, Innovators & Change-Makers
The HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG) offers value to the healthcare industry aimed squarely at its health plan roots – and to forward-thinking, still emerging health systems and ‘value-based providers’ transitioning to ‘risk-bearing providers.’ One of the ways we share healthcare information, insight, & ideas is via our Webinar Series Events and blog posts.
Webinars for Healthcare Industry Executives, Leaders, Innovators & Change-Makers
In 2019, the HealthCare Executive Group hosted and presented the following webinars:
Social Determinants of Health: A Payer’s Strategic Advantage
Kim Ingram and Harry Merkin of HealthEdge joined healthcare industry veteran Constance Sjoquist to share examples of Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) in practice and provide guidance on how healthcare organizations can get started addressing and overcoming challenges organizations face with regards to SDoH. Watch the recording here.
We Can Stop Diseases, But Can We Stop The Fax?
Jeff Sponaugle, CTO of Surescripts was joined by associates Ashley Fifield and Melissa Warnke to review technologies that enhance prescribing and inform care decisions, to get patients the right prescription at the right cost, the first time. View the recording here and access the presentation deck here.
The Doctor Can’t See You Now: New Ways to Speed Up and Improve Provider On-Boarding
Appian, a leading vendor of low-code application development platforms, shared best practices and tools to automate and standardize provider onboarding while minimizing risk to the revenue cycle and operations. View the recording here and access the presentation deck here.
Using People, Process & Technology to Grow Your Business
Sal Gentile, CEO of Friday Health Plans, and Dannette Coleman of HealthEdge shared insight on the art and science of people, process and technology to successfully grow their respective health insurance businesses both from the ground up as well as within an established organization. View the recording here.
Solving the Rubik’s Cube of Payer Data
Mayur Yermaneni and Marina Brown of eQHealth Solutions discussed why it isn’t the volume of payer data that makes it so valuable – it’s the unique view that payer data offers into member/patient health. View the recording here.
The Pulse of the Healthcare Industry for 2019
HCEG Executive Director Ferris Taylor and David Gallegos of Change Healthcare reviewed the analysis of the latest Industry Pulse survey and offered insights into the thoughts and opinions of surveyed healthcare leaders exploring how healthcare leaders are preparing for the future. View the recording here and access the presentation deck here.
HCEG’s 2019 Top 10 List & 9th Annual Industry Pulse Report
HCEG’s Executive Director Ferris Taylor and Digital Strategist Steve Sisko share an overview of the 2019 HCEG Top 10 list and how the 9th Annual Industry Pulse Research Survey builds upon specific items of the HCEG Top 10 list. View the recording here.
Popular Blog Posts for Healthcare Industry Executives, Leaders, Innovators & Change-Makers
In 2019, the HealthCare Executive Group published 35 blogs posts that can be accessed here. The following are some of the more popular blog posts:
The 2nd Annual 2019 HLTH Conference – billed as the event to “Create Health’s Future” – took place in Las Vegas last week. In true Las Vegas fashion, the HLTH organizers created an event that was brighter, shinier, informative and certainly more entertaining than last year’s inaugural HLTH event. Unlike some conferences that lean toward specific sub-groups of attendees – like health plans, providers, and investors – the HLTH conference offers something for all of healthcare’s constituents. Over 6000 attendees, speakers, and others representing healthcare providers, payers, life sciences, investors, and government – converged on the MGM Grand hotel to share their insight, ideas, and opinions about creating healthcare’s future.
As is the case with most healthcare conferences nowadays, sessions at HLTH were organized into tracks whose content varied each day. Over the four-day long HLTH conference, a total of 19 different track themes were presented. Like last year’s HLTH event, organizers assigned all sessions in each track to the same room location; making it easy to navigate between tracks and sessions. Also similar to last year, there were a few crowded sessions and some rather sparsely populated sessions. An interesting addition to this year’s sessions was the closed captioning displayed on a large screen in front of the presenters.
Based on a review of the HLTH conference agenda and some of the early recaps shared by other attendees and media, a few common threads dominated the HLTH event:
Cost & Transparency Needed to Create Health’s Future
Given the unabated rise in costs, it was no surprise that greater financial transparency was a dominant theme in HLTH keynotes and sessions. Many of the sessions at the HLTH event addressed the importance of providing cost-effective services and products to three groups of people:
People with multiple chronic conditions – particularly diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, asthma, and depression.
Patients who drive a large percentage of total health care costs
Patients discharged from the inpatient setting
Social Determinants of Health – aka ‘Barriers to Health’
As has been quite popular over the past 5-6 years, quite a few speakers and panelists spoke of the need to extend health services beyond the walls of the treatment room and out into the local community.
Not surprisingly, Uber and Lyft – and a number of companies seeking to sit between these non-emergency medical transportation giants – had a significant presence in the sessions and the exhibit hall. Several sessions mentioned other non-medical services that Medicare Advantage and some other plans are offering members – like personal emergency response systems, home safety assessments and modifications, home environmental services like pest control and air conditioning.
Voice Technology Will Be Huge – Just Add Trust to Create Health’s Future
The ‘Voice First’ approach to improving customer and patient experience in the healthcare industry was shared by presenters in the Voice.HLTHtrack. And voice technology was observed as a key aspect of the product and service offerings from more than a handful of HLTH exhibitors.
It should be no surprise to anyone reading this that ‘Building Trust is Essential to Transforming the Healthcare System.’ This sentence was shared over and over and over again in many of the sessions. And the HealthCare Executive Group did its part in promoting this all-important quality that the healthcare industry needs more of.
In the “Unlocking Voice Tech’s Power” session on Tuesday, October 29th, Dr. Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA of Atrium Health, shared the following in regard to consumer adoption of voice technology:
“Think about trust as perhaps the most valuable currency that exists in healthcare and trust is really difficult to build and to nurture and grow but it’s really easy to break” – Dr. Rasu Shrestha, MD
Read more about how ‘Building Trust is Essential to Transforming the Healthcare System’ in this recent HCEG post.
Non-Traditional Innovators & Return to Bricks and Mortar
It was clear from all the sessions and exhibitors that healthcare is witnessing an insurgence of non-medical providers and a resurgence of traditional, physical locations where health care is delivered:
Larry Merlo of CVS Health shared how CVS is opening up 1400 “Health Hubs” and that traditional and non-traditional ‘providers’ serving health plan members and healthcare patients need to ‘consider all the activities before and after a patient is in a physician’s office.’
Marcus Osborneof Walmartthen went on to echo Merlo’s point by sharing a virtual tour of Walmart’s new Health Center conceptwhere primary care services, diagnostic tests, mental health services, dental, optical, hearing, fitness, and other community health benefits are offered. And then a ‘health navigator’ walks the healthcare recipient through Walmart’s store where they can obtain many of the products they need.
In addition to the above, executives from Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Oracle, Samsung, and Apple also shared their insights.
Thinking Outside the Hospital Room to Create Health’s Future
Similar to the return of bricks and mortar service care settings previously mentioned, many of the keynotes, conference sessions and products/services offered by exhibiting vendors at the HLTH conference addressed the growing movement to provide more healthcare in the home. Many of the vendors aspiring to enter this space between traditional hospital places of service and the patient’s home are focusing on coordinating services between established large companies and individual health plan members and patients.
In addition to a focus on coordinating non-medical services and addressing determinants of health impact outcomes and costs, the challenges, issues, and opportunities for providing home-based and telehealth services were the dominant themes.
More than a few HLTH sessionsspoke to the need for increased focus on collaborating, integrating, and developing products and services that put individuals – specifically females – and their health needs at the center of improved outcomes and lower costs. With women making the clear majority of healthcare’s buying and usage decisions, it’s no surprise that “gender parity’ was a general theme. Some ways that parity for women in healthcare was advanced at the event include:
One aspect of the HLTH conference that sets it apart from most all other healthcare conferences – at least those with multiple 1000’s of attendees – is the meals provided by HLTH. Serving a varied, hot meal to 5000+ people is no trivial matter and HLTH did a remarkable job in that regard. Some other interesting ‘accompaniments’ to the HLTH conference – apparently intended to create a relaxing and energizing atmosphere included:
Dark hallway illuminated with neon signage – to transition attendees from the shiny, glittery hotel-casino to the shiny, glittering HLTH venue
Mimosa’s in the registration line – to calm those early morning nerves and get attendees in the mood for networking
Musical jazz quartet at lunch – pleasant sounds from a quartet of young women
Patio Lounge – a great place to get fresh air and network with fellow attendees
Coffee, tea, and water all day long – to save time waiting in lines and keep the dry desert air at bay
The Bumbys– a very entertaining couple of people who silently and humorously judge your appearance
Docents to guide your way – ever-present individuals to help you find your way and answer your question
Executive Leadership Roundtable – HCEG, CHI, IAIOP and WEDI
Like last year, HCEG partnered with the Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI), the International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP), and the Workgroup Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) to present a special three-hour-long roundtable event.
In an effort to Create Health’s Future, HCEG co-hosted a special HCEG Executive Leadership Roundtableat the HLTH conference. We partnered with the Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI), International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP), Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) and special guests,Dr. Jason Woo, MD, MPH, FACOG, Dr. DeLeys Brandman, MD, andDr. Sunnie Giles to present a three-hour roundtable on the last day of the forum. See “Flying the Plane While Building a Plane: Do you have what it takes to pilot the transformation of healthcare?” for a recap of that special roundtable event.
This event, titled ‘Flying the Plane While Building the Plane: Do You Have What It Takes to Pilot the Transformation of Healthcare?’ offered the opportunity for session attendees to discuss the following:
How the digital revolution makes leadership, transformation and innovation more challenging, especially for healthcare organizations transitioning to a consumer-centric focus
Identifying hidden barriers that keeps leaders from creating a workplace culture that supports long-term success and leading-edge technologies
Personal success factors (expertise, knowledge, technical skills) that distort your ability to see problems clearly and truthfully
Approaches to adopting the values required for digital transformation while recognizing the value of legacy businesses
Ideas on addressing the public’s declining trust in US health care systems
Seventy people attended this session hosted by our sponsor partner Appian. For more info on this roundtable, see this post.
Other Recaps of the 2019 HLTH Conference
Over the past week, several other healthcare thought leaders and industry participants have shared their insight on the HLTH event.
Journalists Help Create Health’s Future – Power Press Party
Dennis Dailey, the publisher of mHealthTimes, held the 4th annual Power Press Party at the 2nd Annual HLTH Conference. The Power Press Party showcased the latest, brightest and very best of healthcare journalism from national healthcare reporters, influential trade journalists, industry publishers, editors, social media ambassadors, and analysts. And great food and drink were served to all!
More Insight and Ideas for Healthcare Executives to Create Health’s Future
HCEG invites healthcare leaders from across the nation to participate in the 10th Annual Industry Pulse research survey. Please consider sharing your insight, experiences, and opinion to help define the issues facing healthcare. Your insight will help to reveal how the industry is responding in today’s uncertain environment. Learn more about this survey and share your insight here.
Health plans and providers have historically been at odds with each other but are now starting to enter various types of formal and informal partnerships. Healthcare vendors who’ve fiercely protected their intellectual property and data for decades are just starting to open up their products and services via API’s and shared processes. And the individuals at the center of the healthcare industry – plan members and patients – have a growing multitude of digital health technologies from which to pick and choose from to improve their health at the lowest possible cost – and with the greatest protection for their privacy and security. All of these actions – essential to truly transforming the healthcare system – require building trust.
Building Trust is the First Step to Meaningful Outcomes
Trust, is defined by Merriam-Webster as: the assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something, was a common theme and topic of discussion at the 2019 HLTH Conference taking place in Las Vegas this week.
Importance of Trust in Unlocking Voice Tech’s Power
In “Unlocking Voice Tech’s Power,” a session held on Tuesday, October 29th, trust was identified as a key consideration to address the privacy, accuracy & relevancy of voice-enabled patient services and care delivery. Moderator Daniel Kraft, MD, Founder of Exponential Medicine and panelists Missy Krasner of Amazon, Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA of Atrium Health, and Jennifer Schneider, M.D., M.S. of Livongo all shared comments about the importance of building trust with the patient to advance digital health adoption.
“Think about trust as perhaps the most valuable currency that exists in healthcare and trust is really difficult to build and to nurture and grow but it’s really easy to break”
“How do we make sure that we use technological capabilities like Amazon Alexa skill sets to build trust, to nurture trust, and to grow trust? And in doing so to really start a revolution”
“How do we up the trust element? How do we make sure that we’re able to contextualize some of the interactions to me the person when I might have several other members in my family also in that household that use the same Alexa device?
“How do I make sure that I’m able to get those right nudges to move my behavior towards where I need to start moving towards so that I can lead the best life possible?”
In addition to insight from other panelists on how to address the public’s declining trust in US health care system, Lynn Hanessian, Chief Strategist at Edelman and Board Member of the Center for Healthcare Innovation will present select findings from the 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer – a research study on the levels and impact of trust among today’s consumers.
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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