The 2019 Annual Forum of the HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG) takes place in HCEG’s birthplace – Boston, Massachusetts – on September 9th. Just over 30 years ago, a group of healthcare executives created the Managed Care Executive Group (MCEG), a ‘user group’ to share their ideas, ‘Best Practices’ and lessons learned. These healthcare leaders recognized the value of collaborating with like-minded individuals to solve challenges, deal with similar issues, and leverage opportunities together. Fast forward about 20 years and the Managed Care Executive Group became the HealthCare Executive Group. And in less than two months, the HealthCare Executive Group returns to its birthplace in Boston for its 31st Annual Forum!
Our annual forum planning team is pleased to share that the 2019 Annual Forum is shaping up to be one of our best forums ever. Three keynotes from prominent healthcare industry leaders with interactive sessions set in an intimate venue provide insight, ideas, and actionable information. The development of the 2020 HCEG Top 10 list enables all forum participants to have a role in identifying and ranking the challenges, issues, and opportunities they’re facing in today’s uncertain and rapidly transforming healthcare industry. And two unique networking events offer the opportunity for attendees to grow and expand their professional and personal networks.
Keynotes by Healthcare Industry Leaders
The DC Landscape: Policy Poised to Impact Health Plans in the Near Term
Matt Eyles, President & CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), will open the forum with an overview of the legislative and political landscape in Washington, D.C. Attendees will gain insights to help them:
- Cut through the noise in the upcoming election year
- Learn which policies may directly impact healthcare businesses and members in the next year
- Explore top-of-mind issues including the future of Medicare and the ACA, as well as bipartisan agreements to reduce the price of prescription drugs
- Consider new ways to keep costs down and simplify the healthcare system for members
Knowledge is Power: Cost Transparency as a Shared Strength and Responsibility
Niall Brennan, former Chief Data Officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and current President & CEO of Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), shares insight into how healthcare organizations collaborate to enable best-in-class data sets to provide greater value through transparency. Niall will share how:
- to understand cost and utilization trends in the commercially insured population
- to delve into the issue of cost variation in the US market and how it impacts the transparency movement at the regulatory level
- HCCI and health plans work together to share de-identified cost and outcome data, help their members navigate cost more easily and drive improvement in quality and value with robust analytics
- healthcare plans, health systems, provider organizations AND members, patients, and consumers can both benefit from and help fuel the transparency mission
The Changing Landscape and the Politics of Healthcare
While unable to share confirmed details about the keynote speaker, HCEG is working with two Massachusetts healthcare industry leaders with the expectation one or both of them will share their valued perspective on the changing landscape and political uncertainties impacting the healthcare industry. This keynote address will take place over dinner on the second day of the 2019 Annual Forum. We’re hopeful the schedule of the speaker we’re working with supports their ability to share their insight unique and ideas with the healthcare executive attendees of our 2019 Annual Forum.
This year’s Annual Forum includes eight presentations/panelist sessions addressing challenges, issues, and opportunities facing today’s healthcare leaders. HCEG sessions aim to enable significant interaction opportunities for our annual speakers, panelists, attendees, and all others involved to be able to network and share their respective thoughts and needs. A few of the sessions we’re developing to promote information exchange and networking opportunities include:
Digital Transformation: How Novel Technologies are Making a Tangible Impact
Panelists will present and discuss use cases of disruptive digital health innovation and attendees will…
- Hear first-hand examples of how technology successfully integrates into organizational workflow
- Learn of short and long-term impacts on their business, relationships with other stakeholders, and consumers.
- Better understand which technologies foster engagement between health care stakeholders
- Be able to assess the impact of disruptive digital health innovation on consumers, patients, outcomes, and costs
Beyond the Trend: Follow the Money to Identify Technologies Defining the Future of Healthcare
This panel of experts discusses the merger and acquisitions (M&A) landscape with a focus on technology investment. Attendees will…
- Gain insight into which advancements investors are betting on and why
- What’s driving the investment community toward M&A, and how the right technology factors into the decision to invest in a business or not
- Learn about top technologies poised to meaningfully support healthcare payment and delivery transformation in the next 3 years
Developing a Collaborative Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis
In this panel, experts discuss the current state of the opioid crisis and explore collaborative strategies for better managing the current opioid crisis:
- Strategies in play today that aim to prevent and treat opioid abuse including progress to-date and lessons learned during their implementation
- Next steps to move the needle in a positive direction including which efforts are making the most impact
- How healthcare organizations can collaborate to mitigate the opioid epidemic on a local and national level
Quizzify: So, You Think You Know Healthcare?
An interactive, fun, and compelling ‘Quizzify session’ led by Al Lewis, President of Quizzify, will help forum participants learn just how much they DO NOT KNOW about healthy behavior. This live quiz simulates an approach many employers are using to teach employees how to make healthier decisions and spend healthcare dollars more wisely. We think this will be an enlightening session.
2020 HCEG Top 10: Voting and Ranking
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 currently faced by healthcare executives. Starting with a list of 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 facing their organizations. After interactive discussion in roundtable format over lunch, forum participants rank the items to create the 2020 HCEG Top 10 list.
Networking Events at 2019 HealthCare Executive Group Annual Forum
Beyond the content presented at HCEG’s Annual Forum, our event aims to support new introductions and grow existing relationships between healthcare executives. Keynotes from industry leaders help set the context. Then informative sessions help flesh out – and flush out – the challenges, issues, and opportunities, facing healthcare executives. Some fun and structured opportunity to interact can go a long way.
And participants of the HealthCare Executive Group’s 2019 Annual Forum will enjoy two events providing support for meeting new people, sharing your knowledge, expanding your network, and perhaps rekindling stale relationships. Indeed you’ll meet new people, learn a lot, eat well, and experience new entertainment.
Forum attendees are invited to a private reception on the Coca-Cola Field Deck at Fenway Park – widely known as some of the Best Seats for Partying and Socializing at Fenway Park. Immediately following this private networking reception, all Annual Forum attendees will enjoy the Red Sox vs. Yankees Game.
Note: This special networking event is located directly across the street from the annual forum venue and is included with 2019 Annual Forum registration at no additional cost on a first-come, first-served basis.
IBM Watson Experience Center
Another unique event at this year’s annual forum is small group tours of the IBM Watson Experience Center. The tour includes an open discussion of technology applications in healthcare. Transportation to and from the forum venue and the IBM Watson Experience Center will be provided.
Exceptional Meals, Venue, C-Suite Participants, & Networking Opportunities
The HealthCare Executive Group’s Annual Forum is unlike any other healthcare conference event. In fact, our annual forum is pretty much the opposite of other healthcare events:
Intimate and Accessible vs. Impersonal and Crowded
The venue, sessions, and seating are all designed for maximum attendee comfort and interaction. Moreover, HCEG’s annual forum includes unique networking events so forum participants can expand their network and create meaningful relationships.
Participating in our Annual Forum can truly advance attendees professional and personal goals.
Healthcare Industry Leaders Addressing Today’s Challenges vs. Coin-Operated Speakers
Speakers at our annual forum are well-established, well-known healthcare industry leaders. They won’t be selling anything except great insight on the challenges, issues, and opportunities facing today’s healthcare leadership. In today’s uncertain and increasingly volatile healthcare industry it’s critical to get unbiased insight.
Some of the Speakers at HealthCare Executive Group’s 2018 and 2017 Annual Forums:
- David Shulkin, former Secretary of the Veterans Administration and Chief Innovation Officer of Sanford Health
- Karen DeSalvo, Assistant Secretary for Health at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Andy Slavitt, former Acting CMS Administrator and current leader of Townhall Ventures
- Craig E. Samitt, MD, MBA, President & CEO of BCBS of Minnesota
- Brandon Cady, President & CEO of Anthem/AIM Specialty Health
- Kyle Rolfing, Co-Founder & President of Bright Health
- Tony Miller, Co-Founder & CEO of Bind on Demand Health
- Donato Tramuto, CEO at Tivity Health
- Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow, NY Times Best Selling Author
Healthcare Executives & Leaders vs. Every Other Role Under the Sun
Participation in HCEG’s Annual Forum is limited to healthcare executives and leadership serving health plans, health systems, and provider organizations. The majority of attendees reside in the C-suite and all registrations are screened. Media, unscreened vendors of any sort, and ‘all-comers’ willing to pay the small registration fee are not allowed.
No 3rd Party Pitches vs. Vendor Salespeople and Booth Barkers
You won’t find any vendor exhibits at HCEG’s Annual Forum. And HCEG sponsor partners participate in the forum in a passive, consultative fashion. No sales pitches or vendor marketing materials are allowed.
Relaxing Venue with Great Food & Drink vs. Box Lunches and Waiting in Line for Coffee
Great content and insightful speakers alone do not make a conference worthwhile. Accordingly, HCEG places a lot of thought and effort into selecting an accessible venue. Our annual forum offers a comfortable environment supporting the exchange of information and ideas. Excellent food, drink, and refreshment is always available to forum participants.
Join Other Healthcare Leaders in Boston on September 9th
Come join other healthcare executives and industry leaders in Boston on September 9th-11th and be a part of a manageable, information-packed event. In addition to the keynotes, sessions, Top 10 ranking, and special networking events noted above, we’ve got some additional sessions and uncommon healthcare conference surprises in store. Contact Juliana Ruiz if you require any assistance.