HealthCare Executive Group & Sponsor Partners at the 2019 HIMSS Conference

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The 2019 HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition kicks off this coming Sunday in Orlando, FL and runs through Friday, February 15th. 45,000+ professionals from 90+ countries, 1300+ exhibitors, 300+ education sessions spanning 24 topics and 100’s of special programs and networking events will converge to offer comprehensive insight into the current state of the healthcare industry. In addition to many of our members and sponsor partners in attendance, board members of the HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG) and a couple support staff will be gathering content of interest to share, networking and supporting our sponsor partners.

Items on the 2019 HCEG’s Top 10 List Dominate

Not long after last year’s HIMSS Conference came to an end, industry thought leaders, prominent analysts, and media outfits covering the digital healthcare space started predicting the major themes and top trends expected to dominate this year’s HIMSS conference.  These themes and trends include…HCEG Top 10. Industry Pulse Survey. Challenges, issues, opportunities healthcare industry. Data & Analytics, Total Consumer Health, Population Health Services, Value-based Payments, The Digital Healthcare Organization, Rising Pharmacy Costs, External Market Disruption, Operational Effectiveness, Opioid Management

Not surprisingly, these major themes closely align with the challenges, issues, and opportunities ranked by HCEG’s members in the 2019 HCEG Top 10 list:

Learn more about themes and trends addressed at the HIMSS Conference in this 2019 Healthcare Trends Forecast.

HCEG Members & Sponsor Partners at the 2019 HIMSS Conference

If you’re at the HIMSS Conference, be sure to check out our sponsor partners exhibits, sessions and the special events they’re hosting. Here are those we know about at this time.

Appian

Visit Booth 6543 to learn about Appian’s leading platform for low-code enterprise development. Appian will be providing live demos of their platform HCEG Healthcare Executive Group. Appian. Enterprise low-code. industry-leading intelligent automation. Digital Transformation Patient, member, and provider data. healthcare payers and providers innovation, consumers, healthon Tuesday, February 12th at 11:30 am – addressing topics such as Clinical Trials Intake, Clinician Onboarding and Credentialing, Home Health Manager, Provider Payment Reconciliation, Utilization Management, and more!

Be sure to Refresh and Rejuvenate Yourself – and your phone – as Appian will be offering complimentary healthy smoothies throughout booth hours each day, along with a relaxing device charging station area for you to take a break. And while you’re at the Appian booth, be sure to have your badge scanned for a chance to win a Vitamix to create your own smoothies at home or an Apple Watch Nike Plus Series 4 to track your healthy habits.

For more information and to schedule a meeting with Appian at HIMSS, contact Appian

SurescriptsSurescripts. HCEG Healthcare Executive Group. Health plan health system payments pharmaceutical pharmacy member engagement

Visit Booth 6158 to learn about the offerings of our newest sponsor partner Surescripts. Surescripts will also be sharing information on their products and services in Booth’s 9100-44 and VHQ8659

On Wednesday, February 13th at 8:30-9: 30 am, Tom Skelton, Surescripts CEO will participate in an event titled “Transparency in Prescription Drug Costs to Help Patients Save Money.” Attendees can participate in this event in room W304A. It will also be one of this year’s live-streamed events.

Click here for more information on Surescripts at HIMSS – and click here to schedule a meeting with Surescripts at HIMSS.

Change Healthcare

Visit Booth 3679 to meet with Change Healthcare to learn about their wide range of products and services.HCEG Healthcare Executive Group. Change Healthcare consulting. value-based healthcare system. healthcare technology company. software, analytics, network solutions, and technology-enabled services.

On Wednesday, February 13th at 12:30-1:30pm, Change Healthcare hosts a Blockchain in Healthcare Luncheon where like-minded health information and technology professionals can better understand and share their experiences with blockchain technology. This event takes place in Room W110A and separate registration is required.

For more information, contact Change Healthcare

InstamedHCEG Healthcare Executive Group. InstaMed healthcare payments experience. Consumers, providers and payers. payment transaction. private cloud-based technology electronic transactions

Visit Booth 1987 to learn more about InstaMed’s healthcare payments products and services.

For more information, contact Instamed

ZipariZipari. HCEG Healthcare Executive Group. Health plan claims payment administration systems platforms. Digital health solutions. Customer Relationship Management CRM

Visit Booth 5483 to learn more about how Zipari’s has pioneered consumer experience technology exclusively for health carriers.

For more information, contact Zipari

Other HCEG Sponsors & Partners at 2019 HIMSS Conference

In addition to the above, our other sponsors and partners will be represented at the 2019 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in some capacity. Check out their leading healthcare products/services and reach out to them for more information.

Solera Health Network. HCEG Healthcare Executive Group. Network partners preventing and managing chronic disease. Health plans, payers securely efficiently network of community-based digital health solutions. Diabetes.HealthEdge. HCEG Healthcare Executive Group. Health plan claims payment administration systems platforms. Digital health solutions.HCEG Healthcare Executive Group. RedCard health plans TPAs secure data communication members providers.
Contact SoleraContact HealthEdgeContact Redcard
HCEG Healthcare Executive Group. Softheon. cloud-based solutions. retail-like, user-friendly experience. personalized communication. Real-time support member engagement. enrollment, member billing, ACA. Direct EnrollmentEQ Health Solutions. HCEG Healthcare Executive Group. Health plan claims payment administration systems platforms. Digital health solutions. Customer Relationship Management CRM
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Resources to Help Conquer the 2019 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition

Live-Streamed Sessions

This year, HIMSS will be live-streaming a number of sessions. Whether you’re attending or not, consider checking out these live-streamed sessions.

Vendor/Exhibitor Search

Learn more about the companies exhibiting at the conference here. Also, HIMSS has a comprehensive list of all the vendor/exhibitor categories and subcategories to help you refine your list of must-see vendors and exhibitors.

Popular Hashtags at the 2019 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition

Whether you’re attending the 2019 HIMSS Conference or not, you can stay connected with the popular themes and topics – and general HIMSS19 subject by using the following hashtags:

#HIMSS19 = The official hashtag for the 2019 HIMSS Conference

#Analytics, #BigData, #AI, #artificialintelligence#machinelearning

#PatientEngagement, #DigitalHealth, & #healthtech

#sdoh

HIMSS has also defined some HIMSS and conference-specific has tags in The Official #HIMSS19 Hashtag Guide

Special ‘HIMSS19-edition’ eNewsletter

Keep your eyes peeled for more information, insight, and ideas that HCEG members, sponsor partners, and advisors will be gathering from Orlando this coming week. A special ‘HIMSS19-edition’ eNewsletter will be shared later next week including major takeaways, insights from conference thought leaders and some pictures capturing HCEG member and sponsor partners experiences at the conference. If you aren’t already a subscriber to our newsletter, you can sign up here.

Save the Date – 2019 HCEG Annual Forum – Boston, MA

HCEG’s 2019 Annual Forum takes place in Boston, Massachusetts on September 9 – 11, 2019. We’re working on developing an interesting agenda and lining up some great speakers. To learn a bit about last year’s annual forum and see some pictures, check out this recap. And click here to be added to a list to receive the latest information on our 2019 Annual Forum as it becomes available.

Leaders Share Insight on Healthcare Consumerism & Digitally Enabled Organizations

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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.

Immediately after AHIP’s 2018 Consumer Experience & Digital Health Forum (AHIP CDF) adjourned in Nashville, TN last month, HCEG hosted an Executive Leadership Roundtable (ELR) for approximately three dozen participants. 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.

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.

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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

ELR participant David Gallegos shared:

“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:

Healthcare – Particularly Pharmacy – is a Huge and Growing Expense

Healthcare consumerism and digitally enabled organizations. Total Consumer Health. The Digital Healthcare Organization. 2019 HCEG Top 10 list. Pharmacy Expense. Specialty Drugs. Cost. RXOne 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:Healthcare consumerism and digitally enabled organizations. Total Consumer Health. The Digital Healthcare Organization. 2019 HCEG Top 10 list. Prevention. Preventative Medicine.

‘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.”Healthcare consumerism and digitally enabled organizations. Total Consumer Health. The Digital Healthcare Organization. 2019 HCEG Top 10 list. Prevention. Preventative Medicine. Well-being

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:

  1. Resilience: the rapidity with which we recover from adversity; some people recover slowly and other people recover more quickly.Healthcare consumerism and digitally enabled organizations. Total Consumer Health. The Digital Healthcare Organization. 2019 HCEG Top 10 list. Prevention. Preventative Medicine. Well-being Resilience. Outlook. Attention. Generosity
  2. 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.
  3. Attention: the ability to voluntarily bring back a wandering attention over and over again is the very root of judgment, character, and will.
  4. 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

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Announcing Speakers & Sessions for 2018 HealthCare Executive Group Annual Forum

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The 2018 HealthCare Executive Group Annual Forum celebrating our 30th-anniversary serving healthcare executives and industry leaders kicks off Wednesday, September 12th at the Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis, MN – the #1 Healthiest City in the United States.  The HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG) has the following planned for the 125+ healthcare executives, thought leaders and industry leaders who will participate in the two and half day forum.

Keynotes from Healthcare Industry Executive Leaders

On Wednesday at noon, Andy Slavitt, Former Acting CMS Administrator and current leader of Town Hall Ventures, provides the opening keynote and is expected to share his unique insight about the uncertainty in today’s healthcare environment and where he sees progress being made.

Thursday morning, Dan Buettner, explorer, National Geographic Fellow, award-winning journalist, producer, and New York Times bestselling author starts the day by presenting “Blue Zones: The Making of a Healthy City.” Dan will also present “The Blue Zones of Happiness: ‘Lessons from the World’s Happiest People’” during a special HCEG Executive Leadership Roundtable event Friday morning at 7:30 to 9:30. Breakfast will be served.

Thursday evening, Dr. Craig Samitt, just days into his new role as President & CEO of BCBS of Minnesota, shares his insight on the current state of health care: “A Seasoned CEO’s Perspectives on Where Healthcare is at and the Challenges and Opportunities Ahead.”

Each of the above keynotes will be provided while annual forum participants enjoy what’s expected to be a delightful breakfast, lunch and dinner service presented by Hewing Hotel staff.

Connect Personally, Professionally and Productively 
Build Long-Term Relationships

Nine Interactive Sessions for Healthcare Executives

Annual forum participants will benefit from nine interactive sessions covering topics selected and developed by HCEG leadership, session moderators and panelist participants. Each of these sessions are intended to provide actionable insight into current topics of value to the health plan, health system and healthcare provider executives attending our annual forum.

“Payer/Provider Partnerships & Opportunities for the Future”

Are health plans, providers and/or consumers equally prepared for the transformation of healthcare that is underway? Compelling health insurance products are being launched today, based on an expectation of a closer partnership involving clinical and financial changes, enhanced member experience, and market transitions that a multi-system approach typically cannot provide. Hear what payers and providers are doing and how technology is the key enabler.

  • Tom Howard – Moderator (Payer Division Partner at Cumberland Consulting Group)
  • Joe O’Hara (Director of ACO Solutions at Horizon BCBS of NJ)
  • Dr. Matt Hoffman, MD (Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Utah Health Information Network)

“Value-Based Payment & Implications for Healthcare Stakeholders”

Medical device and pharmaceutical companies are looking at new business models as demands to focus on rising costs are made by consumers and government agencies. Hear what companies are actually doing in the movement toward ‘Outcomes-based’ reimbursement. Gain new insights on why value-based payment and pharmacy costs have been HCEG Top 10 items over the last few years.

  • Jorie Soskin (Value-based Investments at Medtronics)
  • Other panelists currently being formally engaged

“Chronic Care and Challenges Dealing with High-Cost, Multiple Morbidity Patients”

Panelists will present their experience, insight, and opportunities for using clinical measurement and metrics, payer-provider transparency and clinical improvement to improve outcomes and lower costs for individuals having chronic, co-morbid conditions.

  • Eric Hamborg (Chief Customer & Revenue Officer at MOBE)
  • Invited (Chief Medical Officer at Major Health Plan)

“Health & Behavior Change at the Community Level”

Community engagement, efficacy, and empowerment are keys to communities being able to adopt and sustain new behaviors. Panelists will discuss current approaches and strategies to integrate community mobilization and activities more effectively with conventional healthcare strategies, aimed at individual behavior change. Audited results will be shared and discussed as to impact and future implications.

  • Ben Leedle – Moderator (President, CEO & Board Director at Blue Zones, LLC)
  • Melissa Lyon, MPH (Public Health Director at Erie County Dept of Health)
  • Mike Gold (Immediate Past CEO at HMSA – BCBS Hawaii)
  • Mike Riley (Chief Strategy Officer Naples Community Healthcare System)
  • Clay Marsh, MD (VP & Executive Dean for Health Sciences West Virginia University)

“Healthcare Single Point of Workflow on Social Determinants of Health”

Focus on the social determinants of health is no longer a sideline conversation and needs a whole new framework of thinking. The reality is SDOH programs are in everyone’s self-interest and there are ways to effectively focus and coordinate efforts for everyone’s benefit. Hear what health plans and provider groups are doing to change the common perspective of SDOH being a public good with limited medical impact.

  • Brenda Schmidt (Founder & CEO of Solera Health)
  • Additional session participants are being engaged

“Health Plan Diversification: What does it Mean?”

Panelists share the challenges and opportunities for health plans, health systems, and hospitals to diversify beyond their traditional offerings and the financial, clinical and operational implications of those decisions.

  • Ian Gordon – Moderator (SVP Health Plan Operations at Regence BCBS)
  • Tom Vanderheyden (EVP & President of National Solutions at BCBS of MN)
  • Chuck Divita (EVP Commercial Markets & CFO at BCBS of FL/GuideWell)
  • Brandon Cady (President & CEO of AIM Specialty Health – Anthem Subsidiary)

“Vision and Perspective for Healthcare from a Washington, DC Perspective”

We’re working to engage the leader of a nationally recognized healthcare association to share insight on the current state of affairs from a Washington, DC perspective.

“Is Block Chain and/or AI in Healthcare’s Future?”

Blockchain and artificial intelligence technologies are catalyzing the pace of innovation and introducing radical shifts that WILL change the business of healthcare. This panel of experts will discuss the potentialities realized at the intersection of AI and Blockchain and the challenges and benefits healthcare executives must understand to not be disrupted by game-changing technologies.

  • Alan Abramson – Moderator (Senior VP & CIO HealthPartners)
  • Emily Vaughn (Product Development Director at Change Healthcare)
  • Justin Adams (CEO at Digitize.AI)

“Technology: From Start to Scale”

Leading healthcare visionaries share their unique insight on the key opportunities and challenges facing healthcare incumbents, especially with potential new market entrants that intend to disrupt healthcare.  Is it time to partner or compete with them and how to get to scale the fastest?

  • Justin Roth – Moderator (Managing Director at TripleTree)
  • Other panelists are being engaged

A Few Surprises for Participants are Likely!

We’re working on a couple other bits and pieces that we think will be valuable to healthcare executives, industry leaders and others working to advance healthcare in the United States. Unlike most other healthcare conferences that lock down their speakers and content a year – or even more – in advance, we’re focused on bringing the most current, insightful and actionable information, ideas and opinions to our members and forum participants!

Voting and Ranking the 2019 HCEG Top 10 List

2018 HealthCare Executive Group Annual Forum. HCEG Top 10 Challenges, Issues and Opportunities. HealthIT. Digital health. Industry Pulse.Over the last decade, a highlight of the HealthCare Executive Group’s annual forum is the development of the HCEG Top 10 list of challenges, issues, and opportunities that healthcare executives are currently facing.  Starting with a list of approximately 25-30 items identified by HCEG members and sponsor partners, forum participants interact with each other to identify the top 10 challenges, issues and opportunities their organizations are facing. After interactive discussion in a roundtable format, the participants rank the items to create the 2019 HCEG Top 10 list.

A new approach this year is that candidates for the HCEG Top 10 list will be reviewed in a roundtable format facilitated by key sponsor partner thought leaders. The objective of the luncheon roundtable discussions will be to clarify the list of challenges, issues, and opportunities facing healthcare executives. Participants can add critical items that may have been missed and have an opportunity for deeper insight into the critical issues for the coming year. The final list of items will then be ranked by forum participants and formally shared with attendees prior to Thursday nights dinner. HCEG Executive Director Ferris Taylor and Chris Link, Sr Consultant at Change Healthcare, will orchestrate the process with assistance from HCEG support staff.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner – Supporting Opportunities to Connect

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One of the hallmarks of HCEG’s Annual Forum events is the quality of the venue, the opportunity for intimate interaction among other healthcare executives, and well-planned food, beverage and entertainment accompaniments. Participants can expect to enjoy the following:

  • Welcome Reception Tuesday Evening
  • Lunch on Wednesday – With a keynote by Andy Slavitt
  • Offsite Dinner Reception on Wednesday
  • Breakfast on Thursday – With a keynote by Dan Buettner
  • Lunch on Thursday
  • Dinner + Closing Keynote on Thursday – With a keynote by Dr. Craig Samitt
  • Nightcap + Winddown on Thursday
  • Breakfast + Farewell on Friday

Special Executive Leadership Roundtable

In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, the HealthCare Executive Group is hosting a special Executive Leadership Roundtable on Friday, September 14th. Dan Buettner will present “The Blue Zones of Happiness: ‘Lessons from the World’s Happiest People’” during a special Friday morning breakfast event starting at 7:30am. Dan’s presentation will build on and provide additional color and clarity from his “Blue Zones: The Making of a Healthy City” presentation shared the day before.

This event requires individual registration and is limited to executives from health plans, health system, health care providers and local employer organizations. Contact us if you have any questions.2018 HealthCare Executive Group Annual Forum. Special Executive Leadership Roundtable. Dan Buettner “The Blue Zones of Happiness: ‘Lessons from the World’s Happiest People’”

HCEG Members and Sponsor Partners at the HIMSS Conference in Las Vegas!

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The behemoth of all healthcare conferences started today: the 2018 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition.  Few healthcare conferences garner the attention of healthcare industry executives and professionals as the annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition. And HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG) members, sponsor partners and advisors are among the approximate 45,000 healthcare professionals descending upon Las Vegas this week to network with others, attend sessions addressing topics of interest, cut through the clutter and and jockey for position among 10’s of 1000’s of others in the cavernous exhibit halls of the HIMSS conference.

How Big is the HIMSS Conference?

To get an idea about the sheer size of the HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, consider the following statistics provided by HIMSS:

  • Number of Attendees: Approximately 45,000 people – equal to a capacity crowd during a Cubs game at Wrigley Field
  • Geography: attendees from 40 countries will be represented.
  • Exhibitors: About 1300+ vendors – most all of them flush with shiny handouts and branded tchotchke battle each other for the attention, contact information and budget of the attendees from around the globe.
  • Carpet: More than 10 miles of carpet cover the aisles of the exhibit hall
  • Connectivity: About 18 miles of cabling provide internet connectivity throughout the convention center.

HCEG’s Top 10 Mirror Popular HIMSS Themes

Historically, industry executives, media, thought leaders, speakers, influencers and brands predict major HIMSS conference themes in the months and weeks leading up to the conference. Not surprisingly, this year’s major themes closing align with the opportunities, challenges and issues ranked by HCEG’s members in the 2018 HCEG Top 10. These include the following:

Advanced Analytics (Ranked #1 on HCEG Top 10 List)

Clinical, operational and financial processes supported by ever-improving artificial intelligence, machine learning and natural language processing applications have been identified by many as a primary way to make everyone more proactive to improve outcomes and lower costs. And the importance of non-traditional data sources such as social determinants of health, consumer-generated data and data purchased from 3rd parties provide tangible cost savings, time savings and quality of care improvements.

Value-based Payment & Care (#3)

In spite of recent pullback by CMS on bundled payment initiatives and some delays in implementing certain regulations regarding value-based payment programs, information, products and services aimed at accommodating our aging population and increasing levels of chronic conditions are legion in the sessions, exhibit booths and hallway conversations at HIMSS.

Population Health Programs & Services (#2)

Results from the 8th Annual Industry Pulse report, based on the HCEG Top 10, make it is clear that the industry can’t get to value-based payment (VBP) without significantly enhanced clinical data, analytics and agreed upon measures.  And VBP won’t succeed unless there is more focus on bringing communities together to change behaviors and how we think about approaching population health.

Sorting through all the overlapping platforms, data trends, and tools needed to complement the care team and provide patients with optimal outcomes at the lowest cost are no easy feat. Attendees exploring the exhibit hall in search of achieving efficient implementations, streamlined operations, scaled delivery across large markets have their work cut out for themselves this week.

Engaging Healthcare Consumers & Patients (#10)

Whether you agree or not, healthcare services and products are moving from a B2B to a B2C and B2B2C delivery model.

Recent announcements from non-traditional healthcare market participants like the Amazon-Berkshire Hathaway-JP Morgan Chase partnership and the CVS- Aetna merger make it clear that massive change in the traditional healthcare market – lead by the digitization of everything – is imminent. Duplicating the consumer engagement models these new healthcare market entrants have proven in other industries and markets makes it apparent that significant cultural and organizational changes are required to adapt to the digital transformation sweeping the healthcare industry.

Popular Hashtags At the 2018 HIMSS Conference

You can zero in on popular HIMSS-related themes using the following hashtags:

#patientengagement – Being used over 80% more this year in comparison to last year

#AI and its variants #artificialintelligence, #machinelearning and #bigdata

#VR, #AR and #IoT are trending upwards of 100-200% over last years conference

#Aim2Innovate, #TransformHIT, and #EmpowerHIT

Check out this eBook from HIMSS on some of the innovation that will be on display at this year’s conference.

HCEG Sponsor Partners at HIMSS

If you’re at the HIMSS Conference, be sure to check out our sponsor partners exhibits, sessions and special events are hosting. Here are those we know about at this time. We’ll share more as they become known.

Instamed

Visit Booth 5062 to get some water, soft pretzels, Tastykakes and learn more about Instamed’s offerings.

Also, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:30pm, InstaMed is also hosting a reception at TAO in The Grand Canal Shoppes of the Venetian Hotel & Casino. See here for more info.

Cumberland Consulting Group

Cumberland Consulting Group is hosting a happy hour on Wednesday, March 7 at 4:00-7:00pm at the Public House in Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian. For more information, contact Brigid Turrittin.

Change Healthcare

Visit booth 4202 to meet with Change Healthcare – a HIMSS featured exhibitor.

On Tuesday, March 6th at 9:30, Change Healthcare, Intel and other vendor will present “Blockchain Reset – Seeing Through the Hype and Starting Down the Path.” Location is Sands Hall G Booth 11955ET.

Special ‘HIMSS18-edition’ eNewsletter

Keep your eyes peeled for more information, insight and ideas that HCEG members, sponsor partners and advisors will be gathering from Las Vegas this week. A special ‘HIMSS18-edition’ eNewsletter will be shared later this week including major takeaways, insights from conference thought leaders and some pictures capturing the event. If you aren’t already a subscriber to our newsletter, you can sign up here.

Population Health, Value-Based Care, & The Engaged Digital Consumer – An Executive Leadership RoundTable

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On the 2018 HCEG Top 10 list, Clinical and Data Analytics, Value-based Payments and The Engaged Digital Consumer were ranked #1, #3 and #10 respectively by health plan, health system and healthcare provider executives who participated in identifying and ranking the 2018 HCEG Top 10. It seems fair to say that these three topics are front and center on the mind of executives and thought leaders in the healthcare industry.

Leverage Your AHIP Event & Nashville Connection

If you’re attending AHIP’s 2017 Consumer Experience & Digital Health Forum in Nashville or if you’re a healthcare leader in Nashville the afternoon of Thursday, December 7th, consider joining other healthcare executives and thought leaders at our Executive Leadership Roundtable. A panel of prominent healthcare leaders will meet at Nashville’s Center for Medical Interoperability at 1:00pm CT to accelerate the seamless exchange of information to improve healthcare for all by exploring emerging and high-priority healthcare opportunities at the intersection of population health, value based care, and the engaged digital consumer.

Join Healthcare Leaders & Forum Attendees in a Boardroom-like Setting

HCEG Executive Leadership Roundtable events are held in an intimate, informal and free-flowing setting where the free exchange of ideas, questions and comments are encouraged. This roundtable event will be moderated by Dr. David Diloreto with three distinguished panelists sharing their unique perspective and insight:

Dr. David DiloretoBen LeedleFerris TaylorDavid Gallegos
Senior VP of Healthcare-Population Health at General ElectricPresident & CEO at Blue Zones and former President & CEO of HealthwaysHCEG Board Chair and COO/Consultant at Arches Health PlanSenior VP of Consulting Services at Change Healthcare

Timely Topics for Healthcare Leaders

A timely and valuable set of topics – with a special focus on Social Determinants and Clinical Data Impacting Population Health – are planned for panelists and attendees:

  • Innovative strategies health plans, health systems and provider organizations are using to reduce downstream spending while improving overall health outcomes by addressing social determinants of health.
  • How state-of-the-art data and technologies and opening new opportunities to move consumer health forward.
  • Opportunities to work with community leaders to identify the factors having the most influence on individual health and quality of life.
  • Considerations for tailoring specific approaches and investment to address the needs of health plan members and healthcare patients in their communities.
  • How ground-level community stakeholders can guide health plans and health systems to where funding creates the most effective SDOH improvements.

Extend the Value of Your AHIP Consumer Experience & Digital Health Forum Attendance

In addition to the value described above, this Executive Leadership Roundtable event will include a tour of the Center for Medical Interoperability, lunch and the opportunity for professional networking with roundtable panelists and participants. The Center for Medical Interoperability is a ten-minute ride from the AHIP Consumer Experience & Digital Health Forum being held at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN.

Reserve Your Seat Today!

Attendance at the roundtable is free for current and former HCEG members, attendees of the AHIP Consumer Experience & Digital Health Forum and local healthcare executives.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

Healthcare Executive Leadership Forum at Guidewell Innovation Center