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Health Plan CEOs Converge in Chicago to Discuss Challenges, Market Changes and Opportunities

by Health Integrated | Aug 24, 2015
Health Integrated hosted the first CEO Roundtable in Chicago in August, with speakers from Qualcomm Life, Leavitt Partners and Walgreens.

Leading Precision Empowered Care Management company Health Integrated recently brought together more than 20 CEOs representing small- and mid-sized health plans from across the United States for candid discussions about the evolving health care landscape. CEO Roundtable: Market Signals and Payer Adaptations, held Aug. 12 in Chicago and sponsored by Leavitt Partners, served as a forum for topics like the implications of the shift from fee-for-service to value-based payment models, the need for connected, coordinated care and information delivery, and an increased focus on patient outcomes.

“The ability to sit in a room with your peers and participate in unfiltered discussion about shared issues your organizations are facing on a daily basis is invaluable,” said attendee Lance Hunsinger, CEO of Community Health Plan of Washington. “Though we’re all responsible for the bottom line, the majority of the day was focused on our collective mission in meeting the needs and improving the health of members. I left the day feeling optimistic because of the great thinking in the room, and with ideas I know my organization can act on.”

The Roundtable included presentations from esteemed industry thought leaders, including former Governor of Utah and Leavitt Partners founder and chairman Michael O. Leavitt, former acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Charlene Frizzera, Walgreens senior vice president, chief strategy and business development officer Brad Fluegel, and Qualcomm Life’s chief medical officer and vice president James R. Mault, MD.

“The rules of the game are rapidly changing amid a climate born from a combination of uncertainty and fear, and the Roundtable served as an intimate venue for health plan and industry leaders to talk openly with peers about the challenges they’re facing and strategies they’re implementing,” said Shan Padda, chairman and chief executive officer of Health Integrated. “It’s a rare opportunity to get this many CEOs together at one time. We were thrilled by the participation and lively conversations occurring throughout the day, and look forward to making this inaugural event an annual gathering.”

Some of the most popular discussions delved into:

  • Elements of international health care systems that may be achieving more value than the U.S. system
  • Attributes of organizations poised to win in the value economy
  • The imperative for improved data connectivity and the risks of cyber-security
  • Implications of the retail revolution
  • The potential for remote care management
  • CMS’ efforts to improve the health care system’s value

“Health Integrated should be applauded for facilitating industry discussions about better managing the health of members, while managing costs and improving quality and compliance,” said Keith Kudla, president and chief executive officer of Chicago-based Family Health Network. “This event is an example of the added value they’ve provided to our business.”

“It is always necessary to step back and look at the landscape and the road ahead,” said Peter Farrow, chief executive officer of Wisconsin-based Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire. “The Roundtable provided great perspective on what change might look like in the near future in the health care system and how our plan can prepare for what’s ahead.”

Health Integrated regularly shares the industry’s latest thinking and evidence-based results and statistics, and engages health plan leaders through live events, webinars and published resources. In addition to the first Roundtable, the company also hosts quarterly webinars and an Executive Leadership Summit (ELS) for care management leaders each Spring.

“We’re looking forward to replicating the CEO Roundtable annually, given the overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve received from attendees coming out of this year’s event,” Padda said. “Coupled with our annual ELS event, we’re privileged to offer exclusive thought leadership opportunities for health plan leaders to convene, share and learn from industry experts.”

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