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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$450 Early Bird rate ends June 30.

Book now to save up to $400.

$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:

  • State of the Industry by The Advisory Board
  • After the ACA: Predictions for the Future (Single-Payer, Medicare for All, and Other Transformative Ideas)
  • The Future of Risk-Sharing and Value-Based Care
  • Medicaid Managed Care: Best Practices and Unintended Consequences
  • Behavioral and Mental Health: New Models of Care and Financing
  • Political Pundit Point-Counterpoint featuring Karl Rove and James Carville
  • Additional topics to be announced soon

*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 is Oregon’s longest-serving governor, holding 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. Between 1978 and 1989, he continued to practice emergency medicine while simultaneously serving in the legislature, which gave him a unique perspective on the implications of public policy at the point of delivery..

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. 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.

During his third term as governor, he was the 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.

In 2013, he ranked second on Modern Healthcare magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in Health Care list and first on the list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives. In 2013, Governing magazine named him Public Official of the Year.


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

Paul Holden, FHFMA

Paul Holden is a partner with Moss Adams Health Care Consulting Practice, where he oversees the reimbursement group. Paul has been in public accounting since 2003. He provides reimbursement consulting and business assurance services to health care providers in acute and post-acute settings throughout the western United States.

Holden is well-versed in preparing Medicare and Medicaid cost reports, assisting clients during third-party audits, formulating appeals of audit issues in connection with cost reports, and assisting hospitals, sole community hospitals, critical access hospitals, rural health clinics, and federally qualified health centers with billing and reimbursement issues. He explores the role of the Medicare cost report and claims data in the DRG and APC rate setting processes; wage index cost finding and labor market definitions with a focus on wage index reform; and Medicare cost report datamining and benchmarking.

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.

Previously a regulatory and investigations attorney at Covington & Burling LLP, Leoncyzk is a health care attorney and public policy professional with experience in private practice and public service. He has significant experience defending health care industry organizations against congressional, FDA, criminal, and civil investigations.

Leonczyk has handled negotiations on behalf of Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies with 45 of the 50 state attorneys general and has prepared Fortune 500 executives for testimony in front of congressional investigative committees. Leonczyk also served as senior staff in the US House of Representatives. He’s a regularly-featured legal and policy expert on national radio and television shows, and previously co-hosted a SiriusXM talk show. He has published on a variety of legal and ethical issues and served as an Episcopal priest and Anglican canon.

Lawrence Vernaglia

Lawrence Vernaglia is a partner and health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he serves as chair of the firm’s Health Care Practice and Health Care Industry Team. Vernaglia represents hospitals, health systems, 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 CoN and DoN; survey and certification appeals; fraud and abuse and Stark law analyses; managed-care contracting; and general corporate and business planning in health care.

Vernaglia is the past cochair of the Boston Bar Association's Health Law. He serves on the editorial boards of JONA's Journal of Healthcare Law, Ethics, & Regulation; and Medicine & Health in Rhode Island. He’s one of nine members of the Medical Economics' Board of Legal Editorial Consultants and has been chair of MCLE's comprehensive Health Law Basics program and the advanced Health Law Conference for several years. In addition, he’s been cochair of the Health Care Compliance Association’s northeast regional annual meeting for the past decade.



Learn about the many benefits your organization can receive by becoming a conference sponsor.


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.