2019 Health Care Conference

Vision 2020: Preparing for the Future of Health Care

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.

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$650 Super Saver rate ends September 15th.

Book now to save up to $200 dollars.

$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.


Conference topics* will include the following:

  • After the Affordable Care Act: Predictions for the Future (Single-Payer, Medicare for All, and Other Transformative Ideas) featuring former US Senator Jeff Flake (AZ) and former Governor John Kitzhaber (OR)
  • Political Pundit Point-Counterpoint featuring Karl Rove and James Carville
  • Transformation Through Patient-Centered Care by keynote speaker Allison Massari
  • State of the Industry by The Advisory Board
  • Achieving Results for Post-Acute Care through Digital Innovation, Analytics and Care Coordination
  • The Future of Risk-Sharing and Value-Based Care
  • Medicare Managed Care: Best Practices and Unintended Consequences
  • How Lean Transformed the Patient Experience at PeaceHealth and UCSF: Results of Improved Quality, Safety, and ED Flow

*Conference topics and titles are subject to change

Thursday, November 7, 2019

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.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Conference: 9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.



James Carville

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

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.


The Honorable Jeff Flake

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

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

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

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.

Speakers and Panelists

Brian Conner

Brian Conner is a partner in Moss Adams Hospitals Practice. He’s 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 has extensive experience in providing advice and counsel in areas of audits, financial reporting, and tax-exempt financings. He performs technical reviews for other health care clients in the firm and has served as an instructor and lecturer for the firm’s Health Care Group.

He holds several leadership roles including national practice leader for hospitals and as a member of the firm’s health care executive committee. He’s the former chair of the firm’s health care business assurance committee, and served on the Health Care Financial Management’s (HFMA) national Principles and Practice Board. He’s a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, Health Care Financial Management Association, and California Association of Health Care Districts.

Paul Holden, FHFMA

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.

Eric Klein

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.

Ken Leonczyk

Ken Leonczyk is a senior director 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.

Allison Massari

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 a suffering patients and helping reinvigorate employees facing burnout in the workplace.

Lawrence Vernaglia

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.



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Sheppard Mullin

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.

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

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

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

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.


Union Bank

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.