We’re pleased to present our 24th annual health care conference at the Red Rock Casino & Spa in Las Vegas on November 7 and 8, 2019.
Our exclusive conference brings together C-suite and executive teams from across the country to share industry knowledge, best practices, and new ideas.
Our conference will explore the latest industry developments—including success stories and strategies for implementing value-based care, Medicare for All, as well as predictions from political pundits on the 2020 election and how it might impact health care.
Health care executives and thought leaders from around the nation will converge to discuss the value of transforming health care through collaboration, innovation, and risk-taking.
See highlights from our 2018 conference.
$850 per person.
$50 off group registrations for two or more registering at the same time.
This conference is intended for health care organizations, payers, and their affiliates. Because of limited space, vendors interested in attending will be waitlisted and admitted to the conference on a space-available basis.
CPE: Conference qualifies for 10 CPE credits.
Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
11011 West Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89135
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All conference attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel reservations via the link above.
Conference Hotel Rate: $189 + $20 resort fee
Daily resort fee includes in-room internet, daily newspaper, fitness center access, and scheduled shuttle service to the airport and The Las Vegas Strip.
Rate is available until October 15, 2019 or when block is filled.
The Resort is about 10 miles west of The Las Vegas Strip and provides a complimentary shuttle to both McCarran Airport and The Strip.
Check-in and breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.
Conference: 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Reception and dinner: 6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Conference: 9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
James Carville is among America’s best-known political consultants. His long list of electoral campaign successes evidences a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected victories and for re-making political underdogs into upset winners.
His early work with candidates led to victories for Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey, Kentucky Governor Wallace Wilkinson, New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, Georgia Governor Zell Miller, Pennsylvania Senator Harris Wofford, with his most prominent victory in 1992 when he helped William Jefferson Clinton win the presidency.
In recent years, Carville has focused on campaigns in more than 23 countries including those in South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Along with pollster Stanley Greenberg, Carville founded Democracy Corps, an independent, not-for-profit polling organization dedicated to making government more responsive to the American people. He’s also a best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker, and restaurateur. Of his prolific writings, his latest title is We're Still Right, They're Still Wrong: The Democrats' Case for 2016. Carville also serves as a professor of practice at Tulane University.
Karl Rove is an iconic political strategist and one of the country’s most sought-after political pundits, best known for his provocative and robust knowledge of the major political issues of the day.
Rove served as senior advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000 to 2007 and deputy chief of staff from 2004 to 2007. At the White House, he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was deputy chief of staff for policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.
Rove writes a weekly op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, appears frequently on the Fox News Channel, and is the author of The New York Times best-seller Courage and Consequence. His latest book is The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1886 Still Matters.
After serving six terms in the US House of Representatives, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) was elected to the US Senate, where he served for six years beginning in 2013. While in the Senate, he chaired the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology & the Law, which sits at the intersection of innovation and regulation.
With nearly two decades of experience on Capitol Hill, he’s able to candidly decode what to expect from the current administration and what is and isn't achievable in a divided Congress. Senator Flake has been described as taking a stand for principle and civility in an era of hyper-partisanship. Known for his ability to work across the political aisle, Senator Flake was the lead House Republican in the successful effort to prohibit spending earmarks, and the lead Senate Republican in the successful effort to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Senator Flake was a leading voice in Congress for the expansion of health savings accounts (HSAs) and a vocal supporter of the Graham-Cassidy health care amendment, sharing insights on the bill on the Fox News Channel, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Bloomberg Television, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and more.
Senator Flake holds degrees in international relations and political science from Brigham Young University. He’s the author of The New York Times best-seller Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle.
Susan Dentzer is one of the nation's top health policy thought leaders, and a frequent speaker and commentator. She has appeared on television and radio programs, including those on PBS and NPR, and she is an author of commentaries and analyses in print publications such as Modern Healthcare, the Annals of Internal Medicine, and the New England Journal of Medicine and NEJM Catalyst. She’s also the editor and lead author of the book Health Care Without Walls: A Roadmap for Reinventing US Health Care.
Dentzer is currently a visiting fellow at the Duke University's Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy, where she focuses on modernizing health care through greater virtual care and a reconfigured work force; improving health care in rural areas; and anticipating a future of effective treatments for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Dentzer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations; serves on the boards of Dartmouth Medical School, RAND Health, and the Population Health and Public Health Practice of the National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering; serves on the global public policy advisory committee for the international biopharmaceutical company Roche; and is a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Hastings Center. Previously, Dentzer was president and chief executive officer of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, and prior to that, senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and editor-in-chief of the policy journal Health Affairs, as well as a public member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
John A. Kitzhaber, MD, Oregon’s longest-serving governor, has more than 40 years of experience in health policy and politics, in both the public and private sectors. He practiced as an emergency physician for 15 years and served 14 years in the Oregon State Legislature and three terms as governor of Oregon.
For more than a decade, he practiced medicine while simultaneously serving in public office, which gave him a unique perspective on the implications of public policy at the point of delivery, as well as on collaboration, innovation and political and policy change. He has direct experience in leading delivery system transformation, creating new care models, and working though state and federal political and regulatory processes to implementation.
Kitzhaber earned national recognition as chief architect of Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), the first effort in the country created on a statewide basis to meet the Triple Aim—better health, better quality, lower cost—with a focus on community and population health. He earned the number two ranking on Modern Healthcare magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in Health Care in 2013, preceding President Barack Obama who ranked third that year. Additionally, Kitzhaber was first on the list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and was also recognized by Governing magazine as Public Official of the Year in 2013.
Kitzhaber held office from 1995–2003 and 2011–2015. Prior to that, he was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1978 and the Oregon State Senate in 1980, 1984, and 1988, serving as senate president from 1985–1993. As senate president, he authored the groundbreaking Oregon Health Plan, which challenged federal policy around categorical eligibility and sought to prioritize health services based on social values and clinical effectiveness. Hundreds of thousands of low and moderate-income Oregon families still have access to health care because of this work. He served as president of the Estes Park Institute from 2003–2010 and currently holds the chair of health policy position at the Foundation for Medical Excellence.
Donald H. Crane is the President and CEO of America’s Physician Groups (APG), the nation’s leading professional association representing more than 300 medical groups, independent practice associations, and integrated health care systems across the nation. Crane has helped grow and expand APG’s association in California to become a national organization built on the foundation and belief that patient-centered, coordinated, and accountable care offers the highest quality, most efficient delivery mechanism, and greatest value for patients. Under Crane’s direction, APG has become a leading voice for the value-based health care movement at the state and federal levels and the forefront of national health care reform
Crane serves on the board of directors of the National Coalition on Health Care. In 2016, he received the prestigious Mathies Award for Vision and Excellence in Health Care Leadership. Crane received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley and his JD from Loyola University of Los Angeles.
Allison Massari is an advocate for both patients and providers in her work as a motivational speaker. She has an intimate understanding of the demands and challenges of the medical profession and compelling authority to address the delicate nature of patient-centered care. She experienced firsthand the critical value of receiving personalized health care from committed leadership teams and empathetic providers after surviving two life-threatening car accidents, one in which she suffered second- and third-degree burns on more than 50% of her body.
Raised by her father, an oncology surgeon, and her mother, a nurse, she was mentored in the world of medicine from an early age. Captivated by her father’s compassionate work, she shadowed him in his practice and also worked in hospitals and medical office settings. Her riveting and courageous journey from loss to a triumphant and hope-filled life addresses sensitive topics, shining light on the provider’s immense value to suffering patients and helping reinvigorate employees facing burnout in the workplace.
David Merritt is the executive vice president of public affairs and strategic initiatives at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). He leads AHIP’s communications and coalitions, advocacy, and strategy on issues ranging from Medicare and Medicaid to health policy, value, and prescription drug costs. Through AHIP, he’s also a member of the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, an organization that aims to improve the areas of health care that work well and fix those that don’t.
Merritt has a proven track record in policy, politics, and press. He was a managing director for Frank Luntz at Luntz Global Partners, one of America’s best known and most respected public opinion and strategic communication shops, leading the firm’s political and policy strategy and research.
Previously, Merritt was partner and managing director at Leavitt Partners, the health care consulting firm led by former Department of Health and Human Services Secretary and Utah Governor Mike Leavitt. He led the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, advising clients on a wide range of issues including the Affordable Care Act and Washington politics.
Merritt was the leading fundraiser and a presidential campaign adviser to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. He worked closely with Speaker Gingrich for more than seven years, including as CEO of the Center for Health Transformation. He was also a health policy adviser to the 2008 presidential campaigns of Senator John McCain and former Senator Fred Thompson.
In addition to national TV and radio appearances, he’s widely quoted in national media and his writing has been widely published, including opinion columns in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
Alexis Bortniker is a partner and health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Her practice focuses on transactional and regulatory matters with an emphasis on counseling health systems, hospitals, and other providers in managed care, alternative payment model implementation, and physician alignment strategies. She also represents health plans in network development and compliance matters, and advises health care clients with respect to mergers, acquisitions, affiliations, and strategic transactions. She is a member of the firm’s Health Care Industry Team and co-chair of the firm’s Health Care Transactions Group.
Amy Runge is the National Practice Leader for Moss Adams Long-Term Care Practice. She has provided accounting, auditing, and consulting services since 1986. She focuses on managing audits of senior living organizations, including continuing care retirement communities, retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, as well as home health agencies, hospices, clinics, hospitals, foundations, religious organizations, voluntary health, and welfare organizations.
She has significant experience conducting audits in accordance with government auditing standards, the US Office of Management and Budget Uniform Administrative Requirements, cost principles, audit requirements for federal awards, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development audit guide, and the accounting and audit guide for health care organizations issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Services she provides to clients include financial statement preparation and analysis, internal control studies and system reviews with recommendations for system improvements, tax-exempt bond financing consents and agreed-upon procedures, and agreed-upon procedures for governmental entities and other organizations including contract reviews and grant and regulatory compliance. Additional services include preparation and review of organizational budgets and forecasts preparing, accounting and administrative policy and procedure documents and assistance with training clients’ staff.
She has participated in internal peer reviews and has been featured as a speaker at various health care association conferences on accounting and auditing topics.
Dr. Halliday is an accomplished neurosurgeon who has lectured and published extensively on the treatment of spine disease. She joined PeaceHealth after a successful career in academia and private practice and now serves as its chief clinical officer and the Oregon Network’s chief medical officer. She brings an exquisite attention to detail and patient focus to her leadership of PeaceHealth’s system-wide quality and patient safety programs.
Dr. Halliday graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency in neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in reconstructive and complex spine surgery at the University of New Mexico.
Bonnie Jacobson is a director in Moss Adams Health Care Practice. She began her career in 1997 as a clinical social worker in the state of California. She became immersed in lean in 2010 while working at California Pacific Medical Center, where she was selected for the inaugural class within the Quality Delivery Promotion Office (QDPO). She worked with the medical center to plan, implement, and facilitate kaizen workshops and events for emergency departments on four campuses to align with A3-T objectives, and to support executive leadership goals. As a member of the Quality Delivery System faculty, she also taught lean modules and developed QDPO promotional materials.
She served as a principal at Rona Consulting Group (RCG) until it combined with Moss Adams in 2017. RCG’s founders were early adopters of the Toyota Management System in the health care setting.
Brian Conner is at Partner at Moss Adams and National Practice Leader for the Hospitals Practice. He has practiced public accounting since 1993, providing audit, tax, and consulting services to integrated health systems, hospitals, ancillary providers, mental and convalescent health facilities, and medical groups. He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He also performs technical reviews for health care clients in the firm and has served as an instructor and lecturer for the firm’s Health Care Group.
Cassie McAllister is the health systems consultant for Marquis Companies. She has worked in health care for more than 20 years, including experience as a skilled nursing administrator. The methods and ideas she recommends and uses in her role are rooted in business reality and data analytics.
She joined the company in 2004, serving first as administrator at Marquis Silver Gardens. Her enthusiasm and natural aptitude for marketing and collaboration didn’t go unnoticed, and in 2006, she accepted the opportunity to share her expertise company-wide. She now assists Marquis’ 22 post-acute rehab and assisted living facilities, its home health business line, its long-term insurance plan, AgeRight, as well as rehab and pharmacy customers of Consonus Healthcare.
A humorous and engaging speaker, her focus is always on practical collaboration and real time data analytics. In one of her most popular presentations, she helps administrators and hospital C-suite learn to build census by building stronger relationships with physicians, managed care organizations, and other referral sources.
She was born in Kansas and holds a bachelor’s degree in social psychology and anthropology from Olivet College. She has two young, active children. She’s also active with the Vital Life Foundation and volunteers at her children’s schools, as well as with the Salem Child Development Center.
Cynthia Chiarappa is vice president of administration and chief of staff to the CEO for University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health, where she oversees the organization’s lean transformation and strategy deployment. She has more than 25 years of health care administration experience including leading and influencing large cultural transformations. While her early career is grounded in strategic planning, communications, and marketing, her passion for lean thinking and systems stems from her belief that a brand is only as good as the frontline people delivering on the brand promise. Through lean strategy deployment and a strong management system, health care organizations can continually improve to deliver the safest care possible and create better places to work. A large part of her current work focuses on developing strong leaders to be humble and curious.
Prior to joining UCSF, she was vice president of strategy at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, where she introduced and built a lean transformation culture. Before that, she was senior director of marketing and communications at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She began her career working for managed vision care benefit plans at LensCrafters in Cincinnati, Ohio, and at Vision Service Plan in Sacramento, California. She has a master of business administration degree with a concentration in marketing and lectures internationally on lean in health care, strategy deployment, and leadership development, frequently for the Tuscan health region in Pisa, Italy. She is certified in lean for health care, is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has received many awards and recognitions for her marketing and brand campaigns.
Darby Brockette is the chief executive officer of ClearSky Health. He has more than 30 years of leadership and health care management experience, including responsibility for operation of multiple rehabilitative and long-term acute care hospitals in the United States and Australia. He’s been passionate about health care since he was an undergraduate in college and takes pride in bringing together the best teams possible to provide quality rehabilitative and post-acute services to patients and communities. He has a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation science from University of Texas Health Center, Dallas and a master’s degree in health care administration from Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
Emily McGinty focuses on investments in health care companies in North America at TA Associates, one of the largest and most experienced global growth private equity firms. She serves on the board of directors of Behavioral Health Works and Healix. Prior to joining TA in 2007, she worked in the Consumer, Health Care, and Retail Group at JPMorgan Securities. She received a BA degree, summa cum laude, in economics from Boston College and MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She previously served on the Head’s Council for Hathaway Brown.
Eric Klein is a partner and team leader of Sheppard Mullin's national health care practice. He focuses his practice on the health care, technology, and related industries. Known in the business community for his creative solutions and deal-making ability, he uses industry knowledge, entrepreneurial solutions, sophisticated negotiation skills, and effective legal process to meet the complex business and legal needs of established and emerging companies.
He’s advised on more than 60% of all major managed care physician group transactions in the Western United States in the past five years. He represents physician groups, hospitals, health plans, ancillary service providers, and private equity and strategic investors. He works with publicly traded and privately held companies and advises for-profit and not-for-profit clients on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), strategic alliances and joint ventures, operational and contracting matters, strategic planning, health maintenance organization (HMO) licensing and compliance, regulatory matters, and IT transactions.
He’s led 60 hospital purchase or sale and joint venture projects in the last 13 years and has worked on hospital networks, conversion of not-for-profit hospitals into for-profit hospitals, credit facilities for hospitals, establishment and acquisition of outpatient treatment centers, outsourcing of hospital departments, and hospital syndications. He’s also assisted with payor contracting and disputes, governmental investigations and licensing, hospital-physician contracts and joint ventures, and revenue cycle management projects. In addition, he has deep experience in health care information systems and technology.
He’s helped to create, acquire, joint venture, and operate multiple health plans across the country. He’s led more than 30 health plan M&A projects in recent years. He’s also been working on innovative payor and provider initiatives to create downstream global risk-bearing entities. In the area of Knox-Keene HMO regulation, he’s working on multiple Knox-Keene applications. His firm represents half of all currently licensed restricted Knox-Keene HMO license holders in California, and obtained a majority of all restricted Knox-Keene health plan licenses granted in California in the past three years. He’s assisted Knox-Keene plans with licensure issues, compliance and corrective action plans, restructuring, acquisitions and disposition of plans, holding company structures, and credit facilities.
He’s been recognized as a leading healthcare lawyer in Best Lawyers in America, National Law Journal as a 2018 M&A Trailblazer, Chambers USA Guide to Leading Lawyers, 2019 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America Guide, Legal 500, Law360—twice named as Health Care Law National MVP, and Los Angeles Business Journal as Most Influential M&A Advisor.
Kamal Jemmoua is currently the CEO and COO for Universal Health Services, Inc.’s (UHS) health plan, Prominence Health Plan, and UHS ACO executive. He’s primarily responsible for the turnaround, restructuring, and growth of the health plan as a population health vehicle in UHS markets. He’s led numerous initiatives for UHS related to value-based care–most notably the acquisition and expansion of Prominence Health Plan Commercial, Medicare Advantage, and third-party administrator services and continued development of six Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) accountable care organizations (ACOs) across UHS acute care markets.
In his tenure with UHS, he’s held various roles driving value-based initiatives under the president of acute care including the health plan acquisition, turnaround, and expansion; MSSP ACO development and operationalization; cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) development; and bundled payments. Specifically, under Prominence Health Plan, he’s held a permanent role as COO and interim roles as the vice president of network management, CFO, and more recently CEO. He’s responsible for successfully driving restructuring of the health plan and losses in the high double digit millions to breakeven, launched a Medicare Advantage line of business in Nevada and Texas, and restructured the health plan—developing network management; analytics; performance improvement for risk adjustment and Students Thriving, Achieving, and Recognizing Success (STARS) departments; and outsourcing of key services.
Prior to joining UHS, he held various positions working in risk management, investment management, and analytics for Delphi Financial Group and SEI Investments.
He received his BS in finance and economics from LeTourneau University and MS in finance from Villanova University, holds his CPA license, and private pilot license.
Ken Leonczyk is an executive partner and international spokesperson for The Advisory Board. In this role, he advises health systems and health care industry companies on the strategic implications of health care reform, financing, and performance management. He’s been a featured legal and policy expert on national radio and television shows, and previously co-hosted a Sirius/XM talk show. He previously worked as a regulatory and investigations attorney at Covington & Burling LLP in New York and Washington, D.C., and has experience in private practice and public service, both in the United States and internationally. In public service, he served as senior staff in the US House of Representatives and as an Episcopal priest and Anglican Canon.
He was given the Episcopal (Anglican) Church title of Canon for his work in health care and education access in South Sudan and Kenya. He has also lectured and taught classes and colloquia at Yale University, Oxford University, and Southern Methodist University. He holds a JD from Yale Law School, a master’s of arts in religion from Yale Divinity School, and a graduate certificate in Anglican (Episcopal) Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. He received his bachelor’s degree in English literature from The University of the South: Sewanee.
Kevin Cable is cofounder and managing director of Cascadia Capital. He founded the firm’s efforts in health care and digital health, drawing from a deep history in software, analytics, big data, and consumer applications. He’s also responsible for cultivating strategic relationships for the firm.
He focuses on a broad spectrum of transactions that include equity private placements, merger and acquisition mandates, recapitalizations, and buyouts. Having built a career split equally between operating companies and investment banking, he brings a grounded and balanced perspective to help companies achieve their transaction goals. He maintains that making payroll is an experience everyone should achieve at least once in their life.
Prior to cofounding Cascadia, he served 14 years on the executive teams of several technology companies, including Numera Software, which he cofounded and led as CEO. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Washington Research Foundation and formerly served as a director of the Washington Software Alliance, the Washington State Technology Alliance, the Alliance of Angels, Innovate Washington Foundation, and several private technology companies.
He holds a BS in cell and molecular biology from the University of Washington. He resides in Spokane, Washington.
Larry Altman is a lead consultant at Premera Blue Cross, a health plan serving more than 2 million people–from individuals and families to members for Fortune 100 employer groups. He is a health care executive, strategic advisor, and thought leader on health policy and system transformation and collaborator for private and public health care organizations working together to succeed. His recent work has included developing primary care strategies and initiatives with NYC Health + Hospitals, the New York State Department of Health, and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Previously, he was a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton—now Strategy &, part of the PwC network.
He is a graduate of Yale School of Management and Princeton University, where he studied economics and was a teaching assistant to Professor Uwe Reinhardt. He recently relocated from New York City to Seattle with his wife and youngest son.
Lawrence Vernaglia is a partner and health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he’s the chair for the firm’s Industry Teams Department and responsible for overall strategy and leadership across all industry teams. Prior to that, he served eight years as chair of the firm’s Health Care Industry Team and Health Care Practice.
He represents hospitals, health systems, and academic medical centers, and a variety of other health care providers. His practice involves regulatory and transactional matters, including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement compliance advice and appeals; mergers, acquisitions, and financings; state regulatory issues including licensing, change of ownership, and certificate of need (CON) and determination of need (DON); survey and certification appeals; fraud and abuse and Stark Law analyses; managed care contracting; and general corporate and business planning in health care. He runs strategic planning programs for senior management and governing boards.
He’s the past co-chair of the Boston Bar Association's Health Law Committee. He serves on the editorial boards of The Report on Medicare Compliance, Journal of Nursing Administration’s (JONA) Journal of Healthcare Law, Ethics, & Regulation; and Medicine & Health/Rhode Island. He’s one of nine members of the Medical Economics' Board of Legal Editorial Consultants and for several years, he’s served as chair of Massachusetts’ Continuing Law Education’s (MCLE) comprehensive Health Law Basics program and the advanced Health Law Conference. He’s involved with several not-for-profit organizations as a board member and legal advisor. He’s served as a co-chair of the Health Care Compliance Association’s (HCCA) northeast regional annual meeting for the past decade.
Lisa Hynes is vice president of AgeRight Care Management Solutions. She has spent the majority of her professional life in managed care. From her first position with a small health maintenance organization (HMO) in Salem, Oregon, her career has included stops at Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and Legacy Health. She spent 12 years with Health Net Health Plan of Oregon, where she served as provider relations manager, provider contracting manager, and most recently, vice president of provider network management.
Currently, she oversees AgeRight Health Plan, Clinical Services, and Post-Acute Care Network. She’s responsible for driving transformative changes to miscellaneous charge order (MCO) payment methodologies and billing and payment efficiency. She also oversees coordinating hospital health system relationships as new post-acute care solutions and alternative payment models are developed.
While working with Marquis Companies leadership in contract negotiations over the years, she developed an appreciation for the company’s passion for the people they serve and its commitment to driving innovation and challenging the status quo.
Her charity work includes developing future agriculture leaders through Silverton High School’s Future Farmers of America program, and she served for nine years on the Children’s Cancer Association’s Ambassador Board. She’s also a board member of the Oregon Health Care Finance Management Association (HFMA).
Marnee Pierson Iseman is a partner in Moss Adams Lean Health Care Practice. She has more than 17 years of experience practicing lean health care, and brings firsthand expertise on the application of the Toyota Management System to health care organizations. She serves a wide range of health care clients, from those with ambulatory services to large integrated systems, guiding them on leadership development, kaizen, innovation, and access services. She has received several health care awards and has presented to the health care community nationwide on topics including lean and the Toyota Production System as it applies to ambulatory care, process improvement, patient access, supply and demand, and quality.
Her experience gives her a firsthand perspective of the challenges in transforming health care. She has managed the strategic planning, operations, and financial performance of multiple suburban satellites offering primary, specialty, ancillary, and ambulatory surgery services; department of medicine; department of pediatrics; and ambulatory surgery centers. She understands present day health care challenges, including the obstacles faced by providers in implementing successful electronic health records (EHR) programs. She provided leadership and direction for the accelerated development of EHR with Providence and its ambulatory partners. She has led employed-physician practices across a five-state system including more than 3,100 physicians and advanced practice clinicians.
She was previously on the faculty of the Institute for Health Care Improvement and held roles as chief of community outreach and business development, chief operating officer, and ambulatory vice president for regional medical centers. She served as a principal at Rona Consulting Group (RCG) until it combined with Moss Adams in 2017. RCG’s founders were early adopters of the Toyota Management System in the health care setting.
Paul Holden is partner at Moss Adams and leads the Cost Reimbursement Practice within Health Care Consulting and specializes in regulatory reporting. He has more than 15 years of experience providing reimbursement consulting and business assurance related services to health care providers in acute and postacute settings throughout the western United States.
His areas of specialties include Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement strategies; assisting clients during third-party audits; formulating appeals of audit issues in connection with cost reports; and assisting skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, health systems, sole community hospitals, critical access hospitals, rural health clinics, and federally qualified health centers with billing and reimbursement issues. He continually explores the role of Medicare cost report and claims data in the federal rate setting processes and Medicare cost report data-mining and benchmarking.
He is a frequent presenter for health care trade and lobbying groups. His topics range from federal and state regulatory updates to facilitating discussions between leadership and directors on strategic financial and reimbursement related issues.
Ryan Schmid is co-founder, president, and CEO of Vera Whole Health, a national leader in advanced primary care. His early work focused on community development, founding a not-for-profit community center, Rainier Health and Fitness, and a not-for-profit medical clinic, Hope Central Pediatric and Behavior Health, as well as leading the development of an affordable housing apartment building.
In 2008, he launched Vera Fitness, a boutique health studio, on the premise that empathetic listening could not only help unlock a person’s natural inclination to improve their health through behavior change but also be the driving force behind a successful business.
In 2012, drawing on what he’d learned through his work with low-income and marginalized communities—namely that the current healthcare system is ill-equipped to address social determinants of health—Schmid pivoted the studio into Vera Whole Health. In doing so, he combined behavior change with primary care, building a new model of advanced primary care uniquely designed to help people achieve optimum social, psychological, and physical well-being.
Dr. Tom Schrup is the executive vice president and chief physician officer at CentraCare, a health system with 13,000 employees serving Central Minnesota. As a pediatrician at CentraCare for 25 years, Dr. Schrup has served in a number of leadership roles while continuing his practice serving families across Minnesota.
Dr. Schrup co-led CentraCare’s Our Best Begins with Me culture transformation as the organization aimed to set a new standard for employees working together in meaningful ways. He also volunteers in his community, providing wellness visits and consults to homeless youth at Pathways 4 Youth, a newly opened resource center that serves youth ages 16-23 experiencing homelessness in the St. Cloud area. Dr. Schrup also serves as medical director for the St. Joseph Fire Department and is a member of the St. Cloud Rotary Club.
Dr. Schrup earned his BS and MD degrees from the University of Iowa and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Wisconsin. He earned his MBA at the University of Colorado, Denver.
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Sheppard Mullin is a full service Global 100 firm with over 800 attorneys in 15 offices located in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Since 1927, companies have turned to Sheppard Mullin to handle corporate and technology matters, high stakes litigation, and complex financial and property transactions. Its Health Care team is nationally recognized by US News & World Report, Chambers, Legal 500, Modern Healthcare, M&A Atlas Awards, Law360 and Los Angeles Business Journal for providing experienced legal counsel to health care providers, payors, institutions, and almost every form of health care related organization. The team delivers innovative solutions for population health management, global risk, vertical integration, strategic alliances, artificial intelligence, and game-changing transactions.
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. is an international insurance brokerage and risk management services firm headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. It has operations in 20 countries and offers client services in 140 countries worldwide through a network of correspondent brokers and consultants. Health care is among 21 industries it serves through separate practice groups. Through its health care practice, it offers risk management solutions for hospitals, physicians, and other organizations and helps them create rewards programs that enable the attraction and retention of top talent.
Cascadia Capital LLC is an independent investment bank providing middle-market entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses with merger and acquisition advice, capital raising expertise, and strategic advisory services. The firm’s Health Care & Digital Health team has more than 40 years of collective experience, performing over $1 billion in mergers and acquisitions and finance transactions in the health care sector. For nearly two decades, Cascadia has delivered positive outcomes for its clients through its extensive transaction experience, deep domain expertise, and commitment to building long-term relationships.
Lancaster Pollard helps health care, senior living, and housing providers expand and improve their services by delivering a full range of investment banking, mortgage banking, private equity, balance sheet financing, M&A and investment advisory services.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. UnitedHealthcare offers a full spectrum of health-benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. The company directly contracts with more than one million physicians and care professionals and more than 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves more than 45 million people in health benefits and is part of UnitedHealth Group, a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.
Foley & Lardner is a national law firm with a deep understanding of the business and legal challenges facing the health care industry. Its Health Care Industry Team was named Law Firm of the Year—Health Care Law for three of the last four years on the “Best Law Firms” list by US News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. The practice was recognized for its ability to provide value-added, pragmatic legal advice in an efficient and cost-effective manner to a broad range of participants in the health care industry. The firm provides counsel on a wide range of legal issues, including health care compliance and fraud and abuse matters; physician self-referral and anti-kickback laws; business transactions such as hospital-physician alignment, affiliations, private equity-capital formation transactions, and joint ventures; Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement; and health care finance.
MUFG Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service bank with offices across the United States that provides a wide spectrum of corporate, commercial, and retail banking and wealth management solutions to meet the needs of its customers. Union Bank also offers an extensive portfolio of value-added solutions, including personal and corporate trust, global custody, transaction banking, and capital markets.
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