2017 Health Care Conference


Our 22nd annual health care conference was held at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas on November 16–17, 2017.

The exclusive conference brought together notable C-suite and executive teams from across the country to share industry knowledge, best practices, and new ideas. It also provided a forum for executives to discuss pressing topics including the Trump administration’s progress and platform for repealing and replacing the ACA and the impact of further reforming health care.

Conference sessions addressed the future of US health care—including Medicare—and how providers and insurers may be impacted. We also explored progressive provider models that are succeeding under value-based payment methodologies.


2017 Moss Adams Health Care Conference

Thursday, November 16, 2017
: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Reception with keynote speakers: 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m­­.

Friday, November 17, 2017 
: 8:00 a.m.–Noon


I thought it was a great dialogue. Joe (Lieberman) is such a thoughtful and honest guy—I always learn something from him. This health care conference is a great structure and the audience had thoughtful questions.

–The Honorable Newt Gingrich, 2016 conference keynote speaker

I thought it was a very stimulating discussion. It was thoughtful. I learned things. It’s a pleasure to be with Newt (Gingrich). Whether you disagree or agree, he’s thinking. He’s creative. He wants to get things done. The Health Care Conference is a unique opportunity with a room of people who live in the health care system.

–US Senator Joe Lieberman, 2016 conference keynote speaker

I’ve been coming to this conference for at least five years. It’s been outstanding—very informative. It’s a great conference. The point, counterpoint discussion with Newt Gingrich and Joe Lieberman was a standout.

–Rich Rico, CFO, Sky Lakes Medical Center (2016)

The conference is excellent. I’ve enjoyed the wide variety of topics. And what we love is that there’s only one track—everyone goes to all the same sessions. I really enjoy the good mix of multidisciplinary participants.

–Leah Vriesman, Director and Professor, Executive Programs in Health Policy & Management, UCLA (2016)

This conference is great—very professional. There’s a great lineup of talent with accomplished leaders in their field. This is definitely not a second-tier conference—it’s top notch.

–Marcus “Marc” Armstrong, Healthcare Cost Outcomes Director, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield (2016)

The conference was . . . the perfect combination of location, timing, and cost. I thought the speakers were great, and I’m leaving with a very hopeful feeling. I’m going back with the idea that we can do it better than anyone else and that we don’t need to have the millions of dollars that hospitals have if what we’re all about is demonstrating higher quality care for less.

–Dr. Sharon Crowell, Board Chair, The Vancouver Clinic (2015)

I’ve been to this conference eight times at multiple locations. It’s one of the best conferences I do every year from a content perspective. It’s great because it’s compressed into two days so I don’t have to miss much work. It’s my favorite conference to go to on any regular basis. I’d recommend it.

–Warren Maxwell, CFO, First Choice Health (2015)

The sessions were outstanding. I enjoy this conference; it’s my second year, and it won’t be my last.

–John Kirk, CEO, Pioneer Medical Group (2015)

Keynote Speakers


Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy® award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. Dr. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN's reporting on health and medical news for all of CNN's shows domestically and internationally and contributes to CNN.com. His medical training and public health policy experience distinguishes his reporting from war zones and natural disasters as well as on a range of medical and scientific topics—including health care reform, the Ebola outbreak, brain injury, disaster recovery, fitness, military medicine, and HIV and AIDS. Additionally, Dr. Gupta is the host of Vital Signs for CNN International and Accent Health for Turner Private Networks. He’s received many awards, including the Laureate Award for leaders in health and wellness by John F. Kennedy University.


Dr. Tom Coburn

The Honorable Tom Coburn is a physician, former US senator for Oklahoma, and two-time cancer survivor, who’s been described by newspapers as a budget hawk dedicated to reducing wasteful Washington spending, increasing accountability and transparency for all taxpayers, and making health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans. Senator Coburn was a member of the Committee on Commerce where he sat on the subcommittees on Health and Environment, Energy and Power, and Oversight and Investigations. Near the end of 2001, Senator Coburn was chosen to be cochair of the President's Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS.

Senator Coburn was one of the primary authors of the Patients’ Choice Act introduced in 2009. His goal was to introduce health care reform legislation that delivered on the shared principles of promoting universal access to quality, affordable health care without adding new debt or taxes. The Patients Choice Act was one of several proposals by the Republicans and a precursor to the most recent American Health Care Act introduced in 2017.


Wendy Davis

The Honorable Wendy Davis is a former Texas state senator and former candidate for governor of Texas. Ms. Davis has a reputation for tirelessly fighting for reproductive rights, equal pay for women, justice for sexual assault survivors, affordable quality education, and equality for the LGBTQ community. An attorney by trade, Ms. Davis’s public service career spans three decades. She’s recognized for her 13-hour filibuster on the floor of the Texas Senate to defeat a legislative effort to dramatically reduce women’s access to abortion care in 2013.

Noted for her talents as a legislative leader, in 2009 she was named the Texas legislature’s Rookie of the Year by Texas Monthly magazine and Freshman of the Year by the AARP. Ms. Davis was named to Texas Monthly’s Top Ten Best Legislators in 2013 and has received numerous awards, including the Texas Women's Health Champion Award from the Texas District (XI) of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She’s also the founder of Deeds Not Words, an advocacy initiative that empowers millennial women to channel their passion and energy on gender equality issues into actionable change. Ms. Davis graduated first in her class from Texas Christian University before graduating with honors from Harvard Law School. She was the first person in her family to attend and graduate from college.


Ken Leonczyk

Ken Leonczyk is a senior director for The Advisory Board Company. In this role, he advises health systems and health care industry companies on the strategic implications of health care reform, financing, and performance management. Mr. Leonczyk is a regularly featured legal and policy expert on national radio and television shows. He’s also published on a variety of legal and ethical issues.

Previously a regulatory and investigations attorney at Covington & Burling LLP, Mr. Leonczyk provided strategic and legal advice on matters that required substantial political, reputational, or government relations considerations. He has significant experience defending Fortune 100 pharmaceutical companies against congressional, FDA, criminal, and civil investigations. He’s handled negotiations on behalf of Fortune 50 pharmaceutical companies with 45 of the 50 state attorneys general and has prepared Fortune 500 executives for testimony in front of congressional investigative committees. Mr. Leonczyk also served as senior staff in the US House of Representatives. Mr. Leonczyk holds a JD from Yale Law School, an MAR from Yale Divinity School, and a Graduate Certificate in Anglican studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.


Dr. Lowell Catlett

Dr. Lowell Catlett is a futurist who’s been described as an enthralling presenter. He awakens our awareness to human potential even in changing times and shifting terrain. Dr. Catlett was a regents’ professor in agricultural economics and agricultural business and extension economics as well as the dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University until he retired in 2015. He won the university’s highest award for a professor, the Westhafer Award, and is the author of numerous books and articles. He works with national and international corporations and organizations doing futuristic planning for the impact of technology on careers, lifestyles, and the economy.

Dr. Catlett works with the US Departments of Agriculture, Labor, Interior, Defense, Education, and Energy as well as the World Bank. Dr. Catlett has also been a visiting professor or presenter at more than 50 universities including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and the University of Illinois.


Ron Brownstein, Moderator

Part journalist, part historian, and all shrewd political observer, Ron Brownstein explains the complexities of American politics with lucid precision. As editorial director of strategic partnerships for Atlantic Media Company, editorial director of National Journal, and a senior political and election analyst for CNN, he produces sharp analysis on health care, politics, policy, the electorate, media, and a range of other issues informed by his strong sense of American political and national history. He’s also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Price twice, cited for the “clarity, consistency, and quality of his political reporting.”

Session Speakers


Kevin Cable

Kevin Cable is the cofounder and managing director of health care and digital health for Cascadia Capital, building out its efforts in health care and digital health by drawing from a deep history in software, analytics, big data, and consumer applications. At Cascadia, Kevin focuses on a broad spectrum of health care transactions that include equity private placements, M&A mandates, recapitalizations, and buyouts. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Washington Research Foundation and formerly served as a director of the Washington Software Alliance, Washington State Technology Alliance, the Alliance of Angels, Innovate Washington Foundation, and several private technology companies.


Patrick Charmel

Patrick Charmel serves as the president and CEO of Griffin Hospital—an award-winning, innovative organization recognized as an industry leader—and its parent organization, Griffin Health Services Corporation. He’s also the CEO of Planetree Inc., a not-for-profit subsidiary of Griffon Health Services Corporation that supports an alliance of more than 500 health care organizations committed to patient empowerment. Patrick also serves on the board of Value Care Alliance, a collaboration between high-quality, low-cost health care systems in Connecticut that seek to enhance efficient, coordinated care and promote local governance.


Susan Coakley

Susan Coakley is the president of Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, where she’s responsible for leading overall strategy, managing day-to-day operations, developing programs and services to meet the needs of new and emerging markets, and preparing for future growth. Prior to this role, Susan served as the organization’s chief general counsel. A graduate of Connecticut College, she earned a master of public health from Yale School of Public Health and a JD from Northeastern University.


Jeff Conklin

Jeff Conklin serves as the vice president of payer and network strategies for Adventist Health Managed Care and the president and CEO of Adventist Health Plan Inc., a newly formed Knox-Keene Plan. An executive with extensive experience in senior leadership roles at a wide variety of health care organizations, Jeff possesses expertise in managed-care strategy and contracting, accountable care, independent physician association development and administration, medical group management, and business development.


Jake Dorst

Jake Dorst serves as the chief information and innovation officer for Tahoe Forest Health District. With a background in the biological sciences, Jake worked for both the US Fish and Wild Life Service and the US Department of Agriculture before switching to IT. Jake joined Tahoe Forest Hospital District in September 2014 as its chief information officer and served as interim CEO for eight months in 2015. Prior to joining Tahoe Forest Health District, he served as vice president and chief information officer of Meritus Health and chief information officer of Southside Regional Medical Center.


Deanna Kyrimis

Deanna Kyrimis is the CEO of Arch Health Medical Group, Pacific Accountable Management, and Pacific Accountable Care. As CEO of Arch Health Medical Group, Deanna has realigned the organization to focus on strategic initiatives paramount to the future of value-based health care. This focus has helped Arch Health Medical Group earn various industry accolades, including the Elite Status achievement from the California Association of Physician Organizations and an Excellence in Healthcare award from the Integrated Healthcare Association. As CEO of Pacific Accountable Management, she leads a team of nearly 100 employees with expertise in integrated and independent physician practice operations management.


Alan Lederman

Since 2011, Alan Lederman has served as the chief administrative officer for Community Health Plan of Washington, where he oversees the organization’s strategic plan, public policy, payer programs, internal audit, and claims operations. He has over 30 years of experience in health care and health insurance. He spent the first 20 years of his career at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle before moving to Community Health Plan of Washington in 2007 to become CFO. As CFO, he led the finance and accounting area for both Community Health Plan of Washington and its sister organization Community Health Network of Washington—a network of nearly 20 community health centers from across Washington.


Karl Rebay

Karl Rebay is a partner in the Health Care Consulting Group at Moss Adams. Active in the field since 1994, he leverages his deep expertise in provider operations and finance, strategic business planning, and capitation arrangements to assist hospitals, physician organizations, health plans, and management services organizations as they strive to succeed in the current environment. Prior to joining Moss Adams, Karl served in senior management positions in hospitals as well as physician organizations.


J. Michael Rona

Mike Rona is a partner in the Moss Adams Lean Consulting Practice (formerly Rona Consulting Group). He’s also an internationally recognized leader on the application of the Toyota Production System to health care. Mike, a former president of Virginia Mason Medical Center, has designed and led groundbreaking applications of the Toyota Production System to operations in the ER, OR, lab, clinics, and inpatient flow of a major medical center, which greatly improves patient safety and reduces lead times and associated costs. In addition to a master of public health, he’s also a student of Chihiro Nakao of Shingijutsu, Japan.


Todd Sandman

Todd Sandman serves as senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services. In this role, he leads the organization’s annual strategic planning cycle and plays a key role in business and market development for Presbyterian’s integrated system, which includes a statewide delivery system, health plan, and employed provider group. Working with other senior leaders and governance members, Todd is responsible for affirming that planning and development align with Presbyterian’s purpose to improve the health of the patients, members, and communities it serves.


Ryan Schmid

Ryan Schmid is the cofounder, president, and CEO of Vera Whole Health, an organization that offers on- and near-site primary care and wellness clinics to organizations and their employees. Vera was recently named one of Washington’s 100 Best Companies to Work For by Seattle Business Magazine. Ryan is also the cofounder and former board chairman for Hope Central Pediatric and Behavior Health Clinic, a not-for-profit that offers primary and wellness care to people in low-income areas, and the cofounder of Rainier Health and Fitness, a not-for-profit fitness center for people in low-income areas.


Jack Towsley

Jack Towsley joined Presbyterian Healthcare Services in April 2017 as president of one of its subsidiaries, Fluent Health. In this role, Jack focuses on enhancing the core operational functions and infrastructure of Fluent Health to better serve its health plan partners and plays a key role in Presbyterian Healthcare Services’ health plan expansion efforts. Jack has held executive roles in national and regional health plans and delivery systems. He also holds a master of public policy and master of public health from the University of California, Berkeley.


Craig Vercruysse

Craig Vercruysse is a partner in the Moss Adams Lean Consulting Practice (formerly Rona Consulting Group). Known as a leader for more than 20 years across multiple industries and functional areas, Craig served as a regional health care system executive for Sutter Health in COO and CIO roles, contributing to several awards and consistently high dashboard performance. He also served as chief process officer, pioneering the development of a lean management system—a specialty of his in conjunction with IT and electronic health record systems integration. Craig holds an MBA, which focused on systems theory grounded in organizational and interpersonal communication.


Lawrence Vernaglia

Lawrence Vernaglia is a partner and health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and serves as chair of the firm’s Health Care Industry Team. Lawrence represents hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, and a variety of other health care providers in regulatory and transactional matters; mergers, acquisitions and financings; state regulatory issues; survey and certification appeals; fraud and abuse; Stark Law analyses; managed care contracting; and general corporate and business planning. He also runs strategic planning programs for senior management and governing boards and regularly serves as legal counsel on health care transactions in New England for multistate projects.


David Wild

Dr. David Wild serves as the vice president of lean promotion at the University of Kansas Health System. In this role, he’s responsible for process, performance, and quality improvement work; development and deployment of improvement and management systems; applied analytics; clinical variation reduction programs; and clinical and operational redesign across inpatient and ambulatory enterprises. David is a practicing anesthesiologist and faculty member in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He’s also served as the president of the Kansas Society of Anesthesiologists and is active at the national level in the development of new delivery and alternative payment models for perioperative care.


Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson is the chairman and CEO of Healthcare Highways Inc. With more than 30 years of experience in health care, third-party administration, consulting, and managed care, Michael also has a successful entrepreneurial track record. He cofounded Equitable Plan Services Inc.; founded Corporate Health Plans of America Inc.; and founded Texas True Choice Inc., a statewide provider-friendly preferred provider organization. He’s also a majority shareholder in Century Healthcare LLC, a limited-benefit plan. Michael is a five-time All-American gymnast and University of Oklahoma NCAA champion who earned a spot on the 1980 US men’s Olympic gymnastics team.



Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. is an international insurance brokerage and risk management services firm headquartered in Itasca, 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.


United Healthcare

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. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. It contracts directly with 57,046 physicians and care professionals and 361 hospitals and other care facilities in California. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million people and is one of the businesses 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 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 U.S. 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 healthcare 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.


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.


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.

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