2023 Annual Health Care Conference

Join us for the 2023 Executive Health Care Conference—with the second annual Women’s Executive Health Care Leadership Forum kicking off the conference on November 1, 2023.

This year’s conference will address issues facing health care leaders, including strategies the C-Suite can employ to tackle financial challenges, consolidation, the future of reimbursement, and more.

Industry Influencers

Health care executives—from providers, payors, disrupters, and industry thought-leaders—will converge to discuss the value of transforming health care through collaboration, innovation, and risk-taking.

This year’s Political Point-Counterpoint session—a conference highlight—features:

  • Donna Brazile, former chair, Democratic National Committee; senior advisor, Purple Strategies
  • Karl Rove, former Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000-2007 and former Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004-2007; political pundit, and frequent author

Visit our Annual Health Care Conference page for more information or watch highlights from last year’s session.

Venue

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
221 North Rampart Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89145
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Conference Rate: $249 plus tax plus mandatory resort fee of $41*

The JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa is an upscale, Mediterranean-style hotel located in Summerlin, Nevada, just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and Red Rock Canyon.

All conference attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel reservations. Note that room rates are offered at a discount for conference attendees and are limited.

*The daily resort fee amenities are subject to change, but include internet, valet parking, spa and fitness center access, and more.

Agenda

Agenda at a Glance

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023
  • Women’s Executive Health Care Leadership Forum: 1 PM–6 PM
Thursday, November 2, 2023
  • Breakfast: 7:30 AM
  • Conference 8:30 AM–5:30 PM
  • Reception with keynote speakers: 5:30 PM–7 PM
Friday, November 3, 2023
  • Breakfast: 8 AM
  • Conference: 8:45 AM–12 PM

Day One | Wednesday, November 1, 2023

2023 Health Care Women’s Executive Leadership Forum (WE Lead)

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Time           
Session
Duration    

1:00 p.m.

Registration Check-in Opens for 2023 Health Care Women’s Executive Leadership Forum

30 mins

1:30 p.m.

Keynote Feature: Leading Through Transformation

Successful health care leaders are those who can lead through transformative times. Learn how to harness courage and authenticity to lead and elevate others in your organization.

Presented by Scharrell Jackson, CEO & COO, STJ Consulting; CEO & Founder, Leadership in Heels

60 mins

2:30 p.m.

Break

15 mins

2:45 p.m.

Pay it Forward!

A panel discussion of female leaders in health care who share their experience from the front line, leading their organizations and teams through transformation, while paving the way for future leaders.

75 mins

4:00 p.m.

How to Lift and Lead Through Transformation

Roundtable discussion to share best practices and war stories related to organization transformations.

30 mins

4:30 p.m.

WE Lead Networking & Happy Hour

90 mins

6:00 p.m.

Conclusion

 

Day Two | Thursday, November 2, 2023

2023 Executive Health Care Conference

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Time             
Session
Duration  

7:30 a.m.

Registration Check-in and Breakfast

60 mins

8:30 a.m.

State of the Industry: What Lies Ahead for Health Care in 2024

A review of the current environment across the continuum, market forces, competitive pressures, and untapped opportunities.

Presented by Ford Koles, Vice President and National Spokesperson, The Advisory Board

90 mins

10:00 a.m.

Networking Break

30 mins

10:30 a.m.

The Evolving M&A Regulatory Landscape in Health Care

Navigate how the FTC, DOJ, and states are scrutinizing transactions through increased regulations, and how it may impact future health care deals.

60 mins

11:30 a.m.

Investment Trends in Health Care

Hear from market leaders on investment strategies across the health care continuum as we prepare for 2024, including diversifying revenue streams, new technologies to eliminate costs, improving the patient experience, and more.

60 mins

12:30 p.m.

Buffet Lunch and Networking

60 mins

1:30 p.m.

Solving for Some of the Biggest Challenges in Health Care

Learn about transformational strategies for health systems, and how data at the fingertips of health system executives can point them in the right direction.

60 mins

2:30 p.m.

The Future of Reimbursement

Position your organization for the challenges ahead.

60 mins

3:30 p.m.

Networking Session and Break

30 mins

4:00 p.m.

Keynote Feature: Political Point-Counterpoint

Engage with this dynamic political powerhouse duo as they predict where health care policy and politics are headed in advance of the 2024 election.

  • Donna Brazile, Former Chair, Democratic National Committee; Senior Advisor, Purple Strategies
  • Karl Rove, Former Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush; and Former Deputy Chief of Staff; Political Pundit and Author
  • Julie Rovner, Chief Washington Correspondent, KFF Health News (Moderator)

90 mins

5:30 p.m.

Happy Hour Reception with Keynotes

90 mins

Day Three | Friday, November 3, 2023

2023 Executive Health Care Conference

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Time             
Session
Duration  

8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

60 mins

9:00 a.m.

Keynote: The Future of Health and Medicine: Where Can Technology Take Us?

Explore how game-changing technology is improving the practice of medicine.

Presented by Daniel Kraft, M.D., Physician, Scientist, Inventor, Entrepreneur, and Innovator; Chair, XPRIZE Pandemic & Health Alliance.

65 mins

10:05 a.m.

Break

25 mins

10:30 a.m.

The Changing Behavioral Health Market Landscape: Implications for Consumers, Providers, Payers, and Investors

Behavioral health is on a critical trajectory, and it faces new hurdles. From updating antiquated disparate payment models to integrating behavioral health in primary care, to leveraging virtual apps and care on demand, learn how the behavioral health landscape is evolving.

45 mins

11:15 a.m.

How Leaders Are Navigating the New Behavioral Health Landscape

Explore how market leaders are improving patient outcomes across the continuum.

45 mins

12:00 p.m.

Conclusion

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This agenda is subject to change without notice. Additional presenters and panelists will be announced in September.

Women’s Executive Health Care Leadership Forum

Our second annual Women’s Health Care Executive Leadership Forum (WE Lead) kicks off the conference on November 1, 2023.

Scharrell Jackson—former COO, CFO, and chief administrative officer across a wide range of industries—will present as our keynote speaker.

Jackson is known for her unconventional and custom approach that ignites the fire in leaders, converting ambiguity into clarity, insecurity into confidence, and fear into courage. Her insights help yield high-performance leaders through incredible breakthroughs.

The forum will also include a featured panel discussion, roundtable workshops, and a networking reception. This retreat is intended for female executives and leaders in health care. Come prepared to be motivated and inspired while making lasting connections. Space is limited.

Keynotes


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Donna Brazile

Donna Brazile is a veteran political strategist, Senior Advisor at Purple Strategies, New York Times bestselling author, Chair of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and sought-after Emmy- and Peabody-award-winning media contributor to such outlets as ABC News, USA Today, and TheGrio.

She became the first African American woman to serve as the manager of a major party presidential campaign, running the campaign of former Vice President Al Gore. She previously served as interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee and of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute. She’s also a member of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee.

Brazile is author of the 2004 best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics and the 2017 New York Times Bestseller Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump In The White House. She is a co-author of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics, which won the 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction. Brazile is also a contributor to the recently published 400 Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019.

She serves as an adjunct professor in the Women and Gender Studies Department at Georgetown University and served as the King Endowed Chair in Public Policy at Howard University and as a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School. She has lectured at nearly 250 colleges and universities on diversity, equity, and inclusion; women in leadership; and restoring civility in American politics.

Brazile is the proud recipient of more than ten honorary doctorate degrees from major colleges and universities, including her alma mater Louisiana State University.

In October 2017, Brazile was the recipient of the W.E.B Du Bois Medal, Harvard’s highest honor in African American studies. Brazile was the recipient of a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Program, Good Morning America (2016–2017) in connection with her work with ABC and she was a member of the Peabody Award-winning “Best Political Team on Television” on CNN during the 2008 election cycle.


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Karl Rove

Karl Rove, an iconic political strategist and one of the most sought-after political pundits of our time, is 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 2000–2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004–2007. Before the White House, he ran Rove + Co. a Texas-based public affairs firm that consulted on over 75 GOP campaigns for Senator, Governor, Congress, and statewide offices in 24 states. 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 bestseller Courage and Consequence. His latest book is The Triumph of William McKinley. A Colorado native, he attended the University of Utah, the University of Maryland-College Park, George Mason University, and the University of Texas at Austin.


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Daniel Kraft, MD

Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard-trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator, and is serving as the chair of the XPRIZE Pandemic & Health Alliance Task Force.

With over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research, and health care innovation, Kraft has served as faculty chair for Medicine at Singularity University since its inception in 2008, and in 2011, he founded Exponential Medicine, a program—now known as NextMed Health—that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and health care.

Following undergraduate degrees from Brown University and medical school at Stanford, Kraft was board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics after completing a Harvard residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital, and fellowships in hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplantation at Stanford.

Kraft is often asked to speak to the future of health, medicine, and technology and has given four TED and two TEDMED Talks and has delivered keynotes to a diverse array of organizations.


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Bradford Koles, Jr.

Bradford Koles, Jr. is the vice president and national spokesperson for the Advisory Board Company, a for-profit, publicly-traded research, technology, and consulting firm. The Advisory Board serves more than 4,400 leading hospitals and health systems.

Koles is one of the firm's preeminent thought-leaders in health system economics and strategy, heading the faculty at the annual series of CEO meetings. He’s also the keynote speaker at the annual series of Health Care Advisory Board meetings, the firm's flagship program.


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Julie Rovner

Julie Rovner is the chief Washington correspondent at KFF Health News and host of its weekly health policy news podcast, What the Health? She joined KFFHN after 16 years as a health policy correspondent for NPR, where she helped lead the network’s coverage of the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

A noted expert on health policy issues, Rovner is the author of the critically praised reference book, Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z, now in its third edition. In 2005, she was awarded the National Press Foundation’s Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress. Before working at NPR, Rovner covered health policy for National Journal’s Congress Daily and for Congressional Quarterly, among other organizations.


Speakers and Panelists

Alyssa Keefe

Alyssa Keefe HeadshotAlyssa Keefe, MPP, serves as system senior vice president of public policy and advocacy for CommonSpirit Health. Keefe joined CommmonSpirit in November 2020 and is responsible for leading all public policy efforts for CommonSpirit at both the state and federal level.

Prior to joining CommonSpirit, Keefe was vice president of policy and analysis at the Federation of American Hospitals. In that role, she was responsible for policy development and analysis of federal legislation and regulation impacting the nation’s investor-owned health systems.

Keefe has spent 25 years working with hospitals and health systems, including nearly 10 years providing regulatory and legislative analysis and expertise on numerous Medicare reimbursement and health policy issues impacting providers in her role as vice president of federal regulatory affairs for the California Hospital Association (CHA). In that capacity, she was responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships between member hospitals and federal agencies including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, FDA, CDC, and HRSA.

Prior to joining CHA, Keefe was the managing director of the Hospital Quality Alliance, a public-private partnership committed to improving quality. Keefe has held senior health policy positions at the American Hospital Association, Catholic Health Association of the United States, and the National Coalition on Health Care.

Anil Shankar

Anil Shankar HeadshotAnil Shankar, Esq., is a partner and health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, and a member of the Health Care Practice. He provides strategic counsel to health care providers as they navigate complex regulatory and reimbursement matters, with a particular focus on the Medicaid program and issues affecting safety net providers.

Shankar advises hospitals, clinics, health systems, managed care plans, and governmental entities on their participation in Medicaid programs. He has helped develop innovative new programs, including Medicaid supplemental payments, quality networks, state and local provider taxes or assessments, and public-private partnerships.

Shankar is a leading expert in the use of health care funding to address the social determinants of health and helped design and implement California’s Whole Person Care pilots, which operate innovative programs for vulnerable populations.

Shankar advises clients on numerous Medicaid reimbursement and compliance issues, including overpayment investigations and analyses. He has also assisted numerous companies seeking to enter the Medicaid program. Shankar has deep knowledge of Medicaid managed care and has helped plans and providers evaluate regulatory changes and structure alternative payment methodologies to meet their goals. He also heads the firm’s robust 340B Drug Pricing Program Practice.

Shankar has extensive experience advising clients on behavioral health reimbursement, operational, and compliance issues. He counseled hospital and health systems seeking to expand their behavioral health offerings, including strategic counseling to avoid licensing, regulatory, and reimbursement pitfalls. In addition, he helped design systems to protect and share confidential patient information, including behavioral health information.

Shankar has successfully obtained millions of dollars of funding for providers and mental health delivery systems through administrative appeals. He works with local behavioral health directors, providers, and managed delivery systems on issues related to funding, reimbursement, program development, and strategic implementation.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Shankar advised hospitals, health systems, governmental entities, nursing facilities, and other health care companies with regards to their application, receipt, and use of federal relief funds, including the Provider Relief Fund and Coronavirus Relief Fund. He has advised on the development of tracking and documentation systems, counseled providers on over- and underpayments of funds, and drafted policies and procedures for use and reporting of funds.

Anthony R. Masciotra, Jr., CPA

Anthony R. Masciotra, Jr. HeadshotAnthony Masciotra serves as the COO of Physician Group Practices (PGP) at Emory Healthcare. Masciotra leads the development of the ambulatory market strategy and implementation of the associated clinical care delivery operational plan of Emory Healthcare’s ambulatory footprint and its subsidiary’s physician practices. He also oversees high-quality patient care and services, including managing patient flow and access, coordinating ancillary services, and enhancing patient support and service improvement. Masciotra works closely with the Emory Healthcare Network CEO and hospital CEOs to drive population management initiatives and enhance patient support and services.

Masciotra’s experience includes strategic and operational planning, business and program development, fiscal management, administrative management of clinical operations, patient care management, environmental safety, and facilities management.

For the past fifteen years, Masciotra has focused on innovating the delivery models of care within academic medical centers. He identifies opportunities to improve wellness, manage risk, and focus on population health and innovative care with particular emphasis on physician compensation. He’s also focused on digital and home health and service line expansion.

Brian Conner

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

Conner holds several leadership roles as partner-in-charge of the firm’s Sacramento and Stockton offices, co-leader of the health care consulting group, and a member of the health care industry group’s leadership team. Previously, Conner served as the national practice leader for the Moss Adams Hospital Practice for over a decade.

Conner is the former chair of the Health Care Financial Management’s (HFMA) Principles and Practice Board and is a current member of the AICPA’s Health Care Entities Expert Panel and the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB’s) Not-for-Profit Advisory Council.

Conner also has the privilege of serving as the emcee of the annual health care executive conference for Moss Adams for nearly a decade.

Chris Pritchard

Chris Pritchard HeadshotChris Pritchard, CPA, MHA, is a partner and the national leader of Moss Adams Health Care Industry Group. He has practiced public accounting since 1991, serving integrated health systems, federally qualified health centers, managed care organizations, ambulatory surgery centers, Knox-Keene licensed health plans, rural and regionally integrated hospitals, rural and community-based primary care facilities, outpatient care facilities, outpatient surgery centers, large medical groups, independent physician associations, and third-party payers.

In addition to his experience auditing and supervising audit engagements of health care entities, Pritchard manages consulting engagements, including internal audits. He assists organizations with strategic management decision engagements, cash flow projections, budgeting projects, and other operational engagements.

Pritchard was an active member of the AICPA’s national Health Care Expert Panel, where he provided technical guidance on various publications. He’s published national articles and speaks frequently on health care financial reporting and other current topics.

Chris Schickling

Chris Schickling HeadshotChris Schickling is the managing director for the Gallagher Equity Mergers & Acquisitions Human Capital team. In this role, Schickling leads and assists the Private Equity and M&A (PEMA) Human Capital team in developing strategic partnerships to navigate the challenges that arise during M&A transactions. He focuses on developing multi-year strategic plans related to Total Rewards, identifying potential cost containment opportunities, and providing innovative solutions for the complex health care landscape.

Schickling partners with clients to build a stronger, more competitive businesses by driving objectives that maximize human capital investment and to develop benefits and retirement programs designed to attract and retain the best talent. He develops holistic human capital strategies for private equity benefits portfolio programs with a focus on harnessing the purchasing power of multiple portfolio companies to achieve optimal savings and program enhancements.

Schickling has over 10 years of population health management, health, and welfare consulting experience as well as experience in operational management in health care, human resources, and employee benefits. Prior to joining Gallagher, he was a vice president for a medication risk management company and a population health management company, and served as an Infantry Officer attaining the rank of Captain in the United States Marine Corps.

Dana L. Jacoby

Dana Jacoby HeadshotDana Jacoby is a national thought leader across various medical specialties participating billions of dollars in healthcare medical mergers and private equity transactions. Dana’s experience includes General Electric Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson, and Allergan where she launched Botox in Asia. Ms. Jacoby advises medical practices, hospitals and healthcare systems on strategic planning, alternative payment models, financial management, operational efficiencies, service line development, and process improvement. Determined to change healthcare, Dana’s results are measured in lives saved through advancing product market development, medical practice management, provider compensation strategies, efficiency metrics, and process improvement.

Dana is committed to philanthropy through the international healthcare organization Project C.U.R.E. Recently Dana joined TIGER21 colleagues to deliver COVID relief to Central America. She personally travels to recipient hospitals and oversee the donation of medical supplies and equipment in the developing world.

Ms. Jacoby graduated from Louisiana State University, holds a Master of Management from Tulane University, a Master of Health Systems from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is a Wharton Fellow and the author of several books, numerous articles and white papers. She is a recognized keynote speaker, panelist and moderator.

Dr. Kelly O. Elmore

Dr. Kelly O. Elmore HeadshotDr. Kelly O. Elmore, MD, MBA is a board-certified obstetrician gynecologist who navigated her MBA in 2013, while building a full-time practice and KOE Medical Consulting Incorporated.

Since 2016, Dr. Elmore has been a dynamic leader in the C-suite. She managed a $1 billion dollar budget and created a multicultural marketing and branding team. The team garnered 11,000 new followers on Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram, which saved $645,000 in health care costs.

As an angel investor, Dr. Elmore has assisted minority-owned businesses in turning the corner to profit in the fashion, vending, and early childhood education industries. A 23-year veteran of the United States Navy, Dr. Elmore has set her sights on guiding women into the C-suite while bringing forth and executing health technology innovations from the most hidden, diverse, and creative minds.

Dr. Elmore works avidly with local, national, and international organizations to make health and well-being the primary topic of discussion.

Dr. Mirene Winsberg

Dr. Mirene Winsberg HeadshotMirene Winsberg, MD, is a Stanford-trained psychiatrist with over 25 years of clinical experience. Dr. Winsberg has profound expertise in the application of digital tools and therapeutics that impact behavioral health. Dr. Winsberg leads and oversees Brightside Health’s psychiatry and therapy clinical programs, with a focus on optimizing engagement and outcomes in individuals with mental health conditions across the range of severity. Prior to Brightside, Dr. Winsberg applied her clinical skills in leadership roles at Ginger and Lyra, as well as serving as the on-site psychiatrist at the Facebook wellness center. Dr. Winsberg also holds a B.A. in Neuroscience from Harvard College and is on the leadership council of Brainstorm, the Stanford Laboratory for Brain Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Eric Klein

Eric Klein HeadshotEric Klein, Esq., is the team leader of Sheppard Mullin’s 200+ attorney national Health Care Practice. Klein is one of the nation’s most active hospital and health system, physician organization, and health plan M&A and joint venture lawyers and regularly leads the most innovative transactions in the industry, such as 2022’s largest healthcare services transaction for VillageMD’s $9 billion acquisition of Summit Health/CityMD. Over the past 15 years, Klein has created and leads the fastest-growing multi-sector healthcare law practice in the U.S at Sheppard Mullin, named multiple times as Law360’s Health Law Practice Group of the Year and growing from two partners to over 225 healthcare attorneys.

Klein is one of the most experienced lawyers nationally in population health management, physician alignment, and global risk transactions, helping hospitals and physician entities transition successfully to value-based and risk-based payment models. His deep knowledge of Medicare Advantage business models has helped clients add billions of dollars of value. Klein regularly leads physician alignment transactions for health systems, health plans, and investors. Klein has led more physician sale transactions opposite UnitedHealth’s Optum than any law firm. In the last year, Eric also has led purchase/sale transactions for more than 14 hospitals.

Klein helps clients launch and operate value-based and global risk initiatives for clients like agilon, Aledade, ChenMed and VillageMD. He also innovates for healthcare private equity funds like Welsh Carson, Clayton Dubilier & Rice, General Atlantic, Oak HC/FT and Chicago Pacific. For example, Klein helped create agilon health’s successful global risk joint venture model for CD&R.

Klein works with many healthcare clients on growth initiatives, including payor/provider alignment; hospital acquisitions and alliances; digital health, telehealth (including on national roll-outs) and data monetization; partnering with private equity; innovative joint ventures (such as the recent home health/hospice joint venture between AccentCare and Houston’s Memorial Hermann Health System); improving physician compensation systems; provider-sponsored health plans; and convergence transactions.

Eric Lucas

Eric Lucas HeadshotEric Lucas is a managing director for Moss Adams Provider Reimbursement Health Care Consulting Services and has worked in the health care finance industry since 1996. He serves health care organizations with government reimbursement matters.

Lucas’s areas of expertise include regulatory compliance, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, accounts receivable valuation and analysis, government financial reporting, and revenue cycle management.

Lucas has participated in multiple industry payment workgroups, has significant experience with advocacy groups related to major reimbursement matters, has represented hospitals in media discussions, and was a pioneer member in the California Medi-Cal Provider Fee development team and continues to maintain a role in its success.

Before joining Moss Adams, Lucas spent more than 20 years on the provider side, and most recently, was the system vice president of reimbursement and government programs at CommonSpirit Health, a 142-hospital health system with sites in over 16 states.

During his tenure, he built a centralized reimbursement department and standardized processes, managed government reimbursement and revenue analysis activities, collaborated with internal and external leaders to participate in various reimbursement program opportunities, and was a key member in the development and implementation of government payment methodologies and programs.

Jackie Ejuwa PharmD, MHL

Jackie Ejuwa HeadshotDr. Jackie Ejuwa is a health care futurist with a focus on health care transformation. Dr. Ejuwa’s three decades in health care have been in a variety of roles across sub-Saharan Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States, within both the health care delivery and managed health care and payor systems.

Dr. Ejuwa is currently vice president of health transformation at Blue Shield of California, where she leads piloting, evaluation, and scaling of new and innovative strategies in support of Blue Shield’s Health Reimagined strategy. She’s also responsible for setting the vision and implementation of Blue Shield’s clinical health data and virtual care strategies. Dr. Ejuwa has a proven track record for building teams from the ground up, taking teams from start-up through accelerated growth, and delivering successful results.

Dr. Ejuwa is passionate about affordable, high-quality, consumer-oriented health care, health equity, racial and social justice, and diversity and inclusion.

Jason Alvarez

Jason Alvarez HeadshotJason Alvarez is the executive vice president of Gallagher Re North America. He’s responsible for branch operations and is part of the leadership team for the North American Life, Accident and Health Reinsurance segment of Gallagher.

Alvarez provides strategic advisement and support for captives, health plans, and capitated physician and hospital groups to help them determine the optimal coverage structure and terms to manage risk exposures. Additionally, he helps clients to identify opportunities to reduce claim expenses and has coordinated with captive leadership, TPAs, and the employer groups to identify opportunities to improve cost on catastrophic claims.

Prior to joining Gallagher Re, Alvarez most recently worked for Martin’s Point Healthcare, a provider-owned health plan, as the manager of Medicare strategic programs.

Additionally, Alvarez has over eight years of experience in organizational transformation and lean process improvement and helped facilitate the launch of two new products. Alvarez has a unique skill set both as a clinician and as a leader. He started his career in health care 20 years ago as a Registered Nurse and has continuously grown to now have a broad and deep understanding of the health care industry, leadership, and organizational dynamics.

Jeff Conklin

Jeff Conklin HeadshotJeff Conklin, MPH, FACHE, SVP, is the chief payor strategy officer for Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) health. He is responsible for payor strategy, managed care contracting, and leading the Office of Health Services, which provides administrative services to value-based networks, including OHSU Health IDS, the system’s Medicaid entity under contract to Health Share of Oregon, and Tuality Health Plan Services, a clinically integrated network.

Conklin’s responsible for setting and implementing strategies to align with payors and employers by building and operating networks and managed care arrangements in support of the quadruple aim.

Before joining OHSU in 2019, Conklin served as senior vice president and payor and network strategies executive at Adventist Health for more than 10 years. He’s a health care executive with extensive experience in senior leadership roles for health systems, hospitals, physician groups, and management services organizations.

Jesse Tamplen

Jesse Tamplen HeadshotJesse Tamplen is the vice president of behavioral health at John Muir Health, a not-for-profit San Francisco Bay Area health system with three acute care hospitals with significant primary and specialty care ambulatory practices. Tamplen’s health care experience spans over 20 years as a clinician and executive in academic medicine, for-profit, and not-for-profit health care systems. He has led quality and financial turnarounds of emergency, hospital, and ambulatory services. Tamplen presents nationally on continuous improvement, culture change, leadership, and health care operations. He strives to inspire teams and medical staff to embrace innovation by fostering accountability, cultural humility, psychological safety, and collaboration.

Before joining John Muir Health, Tamplen served nine years at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Health and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. He was vice president of ancillary and support services, executive director of operational excellence, administrative director of lean and continuous improvement, service line director of children's mental health, and multispecialty practice administrator. He led critical enterprise initiatives in these roles, improving engagement, access, quality, and financial performance. He has also served in key leadership positions in behavioral health at Sutter Health and the Telecare Corporation, which is a national behavioral health company.

Tamplen is a licensed clinical social worker. He’s board-certified in health care management by the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a past board member of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders. In 2023, Tamplen was appointed to the American Hospital Association (AHA) Committee on Behavioral Health to advise AHA on advocacy positions, public policy issues, and behavioral health strategies. He has also published work in cancer research.

Tamplen has been awarded the American College of Healthcare Executives, California’s Regents Award in leadership, Alameda County’s Mental Health Award, University of California, Berkeley Paola Timiras Award for Research in Aging, and was a Harford Foundation gerontology Social Work Fellow.

John Carroll

John Carroll HeadshotJohn Carroll is a partner in the Antitrust & Competition Practice Group with Sheppard Mullin. Based in the Washington, D.C. office, Carroll’s practice focuses on civil and criminal antitrust matters, including M&A, strategic counseling and compliance, and global cartel investigations, where he represents clients before the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and international and state antitrust enforcement authorities.

Prior to private practice, Caroll was in the Mergers I Division of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition for several years. While with the FTC, he investigated, challenged, and negotiated settlements in a number of potentially anti-competitive business combinations in the aerospace, technology, consumer products, defense, health care, and pharmaceutical industries and received an Award for Meritorious Service for work on merger litigation.

Carroll frequently speaks and writes on antitrust issues and has held leadership positions in the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law and the American Health Lawyers Association Antitrust Practice Group.

Jon Eide

Jon Eide HeadshotJon Eide is the managing partner and COO at Echo Health Ventures. Eide leads operations and helps guide strategy to drive the execution and management of Echo’s strategic investments in innovative companies that are transforming the health care industry. Eide brings more than 20 years of deep investment transaction practice, as well as finance and accounting experience to his role as COO, including previously working on several Echo Health Ventures investment transactions as external counsel.

Prior to joining Echo, Eide was a partner in the corporate department of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson in Charlotte, North Carolina, where his practice included advising financial and strategic investors with respect to investments and joint ventures with companies in the health care, e-commerce, manufacturing, and software industries. Before attending law school, Eide was vice president, finance in the Corporate and Investment Banking division at Wachovia, a Wells Fargo company, and started his career in audit and assurance roles at Deloitte & Touche and Arthur Andersen.

Karl Rebay

Karl Rebay HeadshotKarl Rebay is a partner and leads Moss Adams Strategy & Integration Health Care Consulting Services. He has over 25 years of experience in the health care industry. He provides high-impact health care advisory services to help the firm’s industry clients navigate and succeed in the rapidly evolving national health care landscape. His clients include health systems, hospitals, health plans, long-term care organizations, and independent physician associations, among others.

Rebay is primarily responsible for the development and delivery of a broad range of strategy services in the areas of growth, planning, financial performance, provider operations, and achieving maximum effectiveness and efficiency in health care environments. His specific expertise includes full-spectrum financial and operational consulting, market strategy and intelligence, project and strategy feasibility, capitation and value models, negotiation and analysis of managed care contracts, and physician compensation consulting.

Prior to joining Moss Adams in 2011, Rebay held senior leadership positions within the health care industry—including serving as the chief financial officer of one of the largest associations of physicians in private practice and serving as the director of finance for a publicly traded health system. Rebay has also served as senior administrative director of a large academic medical center.

Rebay is a frequent speaker at health care industry conferences and provides and facilitates regular training, both within the firm and to clients.

Lawrence W. Vernaglia

Lawrence W. Vernaglia HeadshotLawrence W. Vernaglia is a partner and health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He’s the department chair for the firm’s Industry Teams Department, responsible for overall strategy and leadership across all industry teams.

Prior to that, Vernaglia served for eight years as chair of the firm’s Health Care Industry Team. He represents hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, and a variety of other health care providers.

Vernaglia's practice involves regulatory and transactional matters, including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement compliance advice and appeals; M&A financing; state regulatory issues including licensing, change of ownership, and CoN/DoN; survey appeals; fraud and abuse Stark Law analyses; managed care contracting; and general corporate and business planning in health care.

Vernaglia serves as outside policy counsel for the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association. He runs strategic planning programs for senior management and governing boards.

Michael Hunn

Michael Hunn HeadshotMichael Hunn is the CEO of CalOptima Health. He oversees its mission as the county organized health system for Orange County, California, serving more than 900,000 members, with a network of more than 10,000 providers. He works with the board of directors, board committees, members, and key community stakeholders to set and implement the mission, vision, and strategic priorities for the agency.

In addition, Hunn engages with the Orange County Health Care Agency, Orange County Social Services Agency, Orange County Board of Supervisors, state and federal elected officials, as well as state and federal regulators to administer the Medicaid CalAIM and Medicare programs through CalOptima Health.

Hunn has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience in president or CEO roles for large hospitals and health systems in Southern California.

Monica E. Oss

Monica Oss HeadshotMonica E. Oss, M.S. is the founder of OPEN MINDS and serves as its chief executive officer, executive editor of its publications and websites, and executive lead of its consulting engagements. For the past three decades, Oss has led the OPEN MINDS team and its research on health and human service market trends and its national consulting practice. She’s well known for her numerous books and articles focused on the strategic and marketing implications of the evolving health and human service field—and its focus on the verticals of the field serving consumers with chronic conditions and complex support needs.

Oss has extensive experience developing and implementing growth strategies for a wide array of organizations in the field. She has experience in industry trend analysis, in reimbursement and rate setting, and creating actionable plans for market success. Oss has led numerous engagements with state Medicaid plans, county governments, private insurers and health plans, service provider organizations, technology vendors, neurotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations, and investment banking firms—with a focus on the implications of financing changes on delivery system design.

Prior to founding OPEN MINDS, Oss served as an executive with a national managed behavioral health organization, with responsibility for market development and actuarial analysis and capitation-based rate setting. She also held a position as vice president of the United States risk management and underwriting division of an international insurance company.

Oss has been the keynote speaker at the conferences of dozens of national associations and has been published in a wide range of professional journals and trade publications. She has provided Congressional and state legislative testimony on issues as diverse as the financial impact of parity and payor medication access policies.

Oss has led a range of industry research and consultation initiatives, serving as principal investigator on research projects that include examination of national managed care enrollment and service patterns; development of provider rate structures for government entities; creation of return-on-investment models for technology investments; design of performance-based compensation models within public and private health plans; and analysis of the economic impact of changes in benefit design, adoption of evidence-based practices, and new technologies.

Richard Riter

Richard Riter HeadshotRichard has worked in health care financial management since 1996. He leads the revenue cycle consulting team, which helps providers improve revenue management functions while navigating technology and regulatory changes.

Most recently, Richard was the vice president of reimbursement for Providence, a health system with 51 hospitals and $26 billion in revenue. His previous experience also includes working in the Consulting Practice of a Big Four firm and in revenue and population health functions for MassGeneral Brigham.

Richard has worked with most of the largest integrated health systems in the US as well as standalone hospitals, physician practices, and sub-acute providers. He focuses on identifying achievable value and has helped providers realize over $2 billion in additional revenue over his career.

Robin Riske

Robin Riske HeadshotRobin Riske has been advising public, private, and not-for-profit boards and leaders on a wide range of business operations, growth management, and financial strategy issues for more than two decades. Her background includes leading procedures for completing an IPO, ensuring financial and accounting compliance for public companies, conducting M&A due diligence, and scaling multi-unit operations. In addition, she has participated in corporate and not-for-profit board governance including managing audit committees, compensation design, stock option analysis, investor reporting, and more.

Riske began her career as an audit manager with Arthur Andersen, helping to develop the firm’s Audit Practice in Bucharest and acting as the training coordinator for other audit professionals. Between 2000 and 2020, she served as a high-level consultant, head of finance, and corporate controller at public and private companies, including One Medical and Peet’s Coffee. Since retirement in 2020, Riske has served as an advisor and interim CFO to two growing health care companies.

At present, Riske serves as a board member and financial advisor for the Astoria Park Conservancy and as board member and treasurer of a residential improvement service district. The former is focused on community wellbeing and conservation of resources, while the latter manages the infrastructure for a residential community.

Sara Bennett

Sara Bennett HeadshotSara Bennett joined Marsh McLennan Agency (MMA) in 2003, and is a principal in the Business Insurance Division. Bennett currently leads MMA West’s Healthcare Practice and is also the leader of MMA’s National Healthcare Practice. She’s the former Chairwoman of GROW, MMA’s internal women’s initiative which helps to advance the role of women at MMA and serves as a springboard for leadership opportunities. Earlier in her career, Bennett was honored with the Women to Watch award from Business Insurance Magazine. This international award honors 25 women annually for their professional achievements, influence on the marketplace, and contributions to the advancement of women in business.

Bennett proudly serves several associations and not-for-profit organizations. She currently serves as secretary of the Sharp HealthCare’s System Board, is a director on Sharp’s Foundation Board, and is chair of the Sharp Mesa Vista Philanthropy Council. She is also chair of the Corporate Directors Forum Board, and is a board member for the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund and the Barney & Barney Foundation.

Scharrell Jackson

Scharrell Jackson HeadshotScharrell Jackson is an accomplished international keynote speaker and leadership coach. Leveraging over 25 years of executive experience, she elevates leaders to their highest level of success. She’s best known for her unconventional and custom approach that ignites the fire in leaders, converting ambiguity into clarity, insecurity into confidence, and fear into courage, yielding high-performance leaders through incredible breakthroughs.

Jackson has served as a chief operations officer, chief financial officer, and chief administrative officer across a wide range of industries, including fintech, manufacturing and distribution, not-for-profits, professional services, real estate, construction, technology, and wealth management. She drives strategy, profit improvement, mergers and acquisitions, operational efficiency, and human capital development—with diversity of thought and inclusion top of mind.

Jackson’s innovative model results in scalable and sustainable business success, leadership development, and cultural transformation. Her intimate approach through vulnerability and poise translates into atypical windfalls, growing organizations year over year at a rate of 25 %, top-line revenue from 3.5 to 400 million, retaining staff at a rate of 95%, headcount growth on average 5-times, operational expense reduction over 25%, and implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices.

Jackson's ability to lead with diversity of thought while navigating the waters in industries lacking diversity, inclusion, and belonging sets her apart. She has a unique approach that motivates, inspires, and captivates because of her offering prophetic insights, business acumen, connections with learning, and tangible tools.

Jackson has a proven track record of transforming employees into leaders with a voice and a seat at the table, while guiding individuals and organizations to outcomes that outpace the competition and create an ongoing legacy of high-performing leaders. Jackson's engaging and thought-provoking presentations leave audiences with actionable insights and practical tools they can implement to elevate their leadership to new heights.

Stacy Stelzriede

Stacy Stelzriede HeadshotStacy Stelzriede is a partner and national practice leader for the Moss Adams Hospitals and Health Systems Practice. She has worked in the health care industry since 1990. She provides audit and consulting services to not-for-profit and for-profit health care organizations, including hospitals, long-term care organizations, medical groups, and health plans with revenues ranging from $20 million to over $1 billion.

Stelzriede has vast experience in internal control risk management, revenue cycle, regulatory compliance, tax-exempt bond offerings and debt covenant filings, and providing client education training related to technical accounting issues and board governance.

Additionally, Stelzriede is experienced in conducting audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

Tomi Ryba

Tomi Ryba HeadshotTomi Ryba is an accomplished leader in the health care industry with more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in California, Oregon, Minnesota, and Washington. She recently served as the president and CEO for HCA Healthcare’s sister hospital, Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Prior to that, Ryba was the chief executive for Providence’s Southern Oregon region, CEO of El Camino Hospital in San Jose, senior vice president of Allina Hospitals and Clinics in Minnesota, and COO of UCSF Medical Center.

Throughout her career, Ryba served on various health care and community boards and was recognized for her leadership by several Bay Area publications and local political leaders. She has a notable reputation for developing strategic relationships with local organizations and programs to improve the employee, physician, and patient experience.

William Barcellona

William Barcellona HeadshotWilliam Barcellona serves as the executive vice president of government affairs for America’s Physician Groups, a national professional association of over 300 medical groups and independent practice associations across the United States. Physician group members share a common goal to provide accountable, value-based health care services.

Barcellona develops and advocates state and federal policy for the organization, manages litigation and appellate cases, and manages legislative and regulatory issues. He’s been with the association since 2005.

Barcellona is a former deputy director for plan-provider relations at the Department of Managed Health Care in Sacramento. He oversaw health plan operational issues and handled policy matters for the DMHC.

Barcellona has also practiced law since 1985 in California and, prior to his service at the DMHC, spent 16 years at two major law firms in Newport Beach and Sacramento, primarily as a civil litigator. He was first rated AV, the highest ranking for an attorney for legal expertise and ethical practice, while a partner at Greve, Clifford, Wengel and Paras, LLP in 2000.

Barcellona’s current legal experience includes general health law matters with an emphasis in Knox Keene Act and managed care issues. He enjoys teaching and lecturing across the country on health care management, operations, and policy matters, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the USC Price School since 2006, teaching health administration policy and management courses in the MHA, MPA, and MMM programs.

Barcellona serves on the University of Southern California (USC) Price School Health Advisory Board and has taught graduate courses in the program since 2006 as an adjunct associate professor. He was previously awarded the 2009 Alumnus of the Year award by the USC Health Services Administration Alumni Association. He currently serves on stakeholder advisory groups concerning Medicaid coverage expansion and managed care services under the Department of Health Care Services. He also served in the newly created California Provider Directory Collaborative.

Barcellona has been active in the community, serving as a planning commissioner and redevelopment agency commissioner for the City of Folsom; chairing bond measure campaigns to build new schools; serving as an officer of the Folsom Economic Development Corporation; and a director of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Promote your organization as a sponsor and health care thought-leader at the conference.

Sponsorship opportunities provide exposure before the conference through advertising, social media, video and email marketing, as well as on-site during the conference and through Moss Adams media platforms.

Contact Michele Abrams for sponsorship opportunities.

Sponsors


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Sheppard Mullin

Sheppard Mullin is a full-service Global 100 firm with over 1,000 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 Healthcare 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.


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Gallagher

Gallagher is a global leader in insurance, risk management, and consulting services helping clients face challenges and providing effective solutions. Health care is among 21 industries Gallagher 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. Gallagher can help you to face your future with confidence.


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White Oak Healthcare Partners

White Oak Healthcare Partners lends flexible and efficient capital directly to long-term care and senior-housing owners and providers.


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Hardesty

Founded in 2011, Hardesty provides best-in-class executive and senior leaders to growing companies through its nationwide network of partners and recruiters.

As a premier provider of C-suite leadership talent, we source the best in business strategy, finance, operations, marketing, and sales disciplines. We have a hard-earned reputation for rapidly delivering exceptional talent for interim, permanent, project, or transactional roles.

Hardesty is proud to feature a deep bench of top partner professionals at the CEO, COO, CIO, and VP levels to compliment the full range of senior executive talent we make available to clients across health care, consumer packaged goods, fintech, manufacturing, real estate, and other industry verticals.


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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 HealthCare 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 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.


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Marsh McLennan Agency

Marsh McLennan Agency (MMA) provides business insurance, employee health & benefits, retirement, and private client insurance solutions to organizations and individuals seeking limitless possibilities. With over 10,000 colleagues and 170 offices across North America, MMA combines the personalized service model of a local consultant with the global resources of the world’s leading professional services firm, Marsh McLennan (NYSE: MMC).


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JPMorgan

JPMorgan’s health care, higher education, and not-for-profit banking serves hospital systems, colleges and universities, and not-for-profit institutions across the United States, providing tailored financial solutions and access to J.P. Morgan’s global capabilities, including treasury and payment services, credit and financing, and asset management.


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