Insights for Healthcare Leaders & Change-Makers
Dear HCEG Colleagues and Friends:

If you’re like many people, it is easy to become “Zoomed Out!” But… If you’re a panelist on a topic that's a priority for you, engagement and stimulation typically follow. Our Focus Area Roundtables offer opportunities for insight and interaction to become “Zoom Engaged” with your peers and industry experts.

Read on for more about…

  • How HCEG members are engaging as active panelists in untangling issues associated with the focus areas of the 2021 HCEG Top 10+

  • Surescripts as our Focus Area Partner for Interoperability who joins HealthSparq on Price Transparency and Softheon on Healthcare Policy & ACA

  • HCEG’s new board chair Eric Decker, SVP of IT & Chief Information Officer at Independent Health

  • Sponsor and partner events including a special complimentary registration to the 2021 World Health Care Congress

  • Recaps of recent Focus Area Roundtables and a webinar I recently moderated for our partner WHCC

Best of health and have a great weekend!

Executive Director
The HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG)
Focus Area Partner for Interoperability - Surescripts
The HealthCare Executive Group is pleased to announce that Surescripts - The Nation's Most Trusted and Capable Health Information Network - has continued its support for the HealthCare Executive Group and will serve as the Focus Area Partner for Interoperability - Ranked #6 on the 2021 HCEG Top 10+ list of challenges, issues, and opportunities facing healthcare executives.

As the COVID-19 pandemic and overall industry trends drive home the importance of data sharing among all healthcare stakeholders, it is now more important than ever to leverage the knowledge, insight, and experiences of those leading the transformation of healthcare in collaborative, consultative, and non-competitive ways.
HCEG is fortunate to have Surescripts join other select sponsors in supporting our Focus Area Roundtables while also continuing as a sponsor throughout 2021.

See this announcement and contact us for more information on HCEG’s Focus Area Roundtables.
New Board Chair to Guide HealthCare Executive Group
HCEG is pleased to announce that Eric Decker, SVP of IT & Chief Information Officer at Independent Health will serve as HCEG Board Chair. After joining the HCEG board in 2014, Eric succeeds Kim Sinclair, Chief Information Officer at BMC HealthNet Plan, who has served as Board Chair since 2016. 

Ian Gordon, President of Operations at Elara Caring, is re-elected as Treasurer and Dee Cruz, Chief Operating Officer at Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, continues as Secretary.

Read more here.
Using Data & Analytics to Address Consumer Needs
HCEG Executive Director Ferris Taylor recently moderated “Use Data to Uncover Insights and Create Actionable Strategies that Address Member Needs,” a webinar hosted by our partner World Health Care Congress.

Senior leaders from BCBS of Tennessee, Anthem, and Wellframe shared information and insight about their strategic and tactical focus on using data and analytics to find new, actionable insights to facilitate access, improve outcomes, and reduce costs. A sample of the topics discussed include:

  • Importance of thinking about data from standpoint of the member, not the organization
  • Anticipating member needs & personalizing interactions via workflow
  • Importance of embedding data and AI insight into workflows
  • Earning the trust of members by giving them something in return
  • Applications having the greatest impact from data & analytics
  • Capturing insight from audio interactions & acting on that insight near real-time

Read and listen to details here.
Be a Panelist - Interact with Your Peers
Focus Area Roundtables for Costs & Transparency, Interoperability, and Healthcare Policy & ACA have been formed and we're in the process of forming additional roundtables for Data & Analytics, NextGen/Value Payment Models, and M&A/Joint Ventures.

If you’re a leader of a health plan, health system, or healthcare provider organization, we invite you to join our roundtable discussions on select HCEG Top 10+ topics. HCEG provides a thought leader with industry expertise along with a few topics for a 45-minute exchange of ideas, challenges, and opportunities. You will join a small group of your colleagues as panelists and HCEG will provide a summary of the roundtable discussion as shared below. If interested, please send us an email or use this tool to specify your 2021 HCEG Top 10+ area(s) of interest.
Recapping Recent Focus Area Roundtables
HCEG members share insight on specific 2021 HCEG Top 10+ priorities in our Focus Area Roundtables. In case you missed any, check out the following recaps of recent roundtables:

Special Complimentary Offer for HCEG Members
June 8 - 10, 2021

Our partner World Congress events is offering a special, complimentary registration offer to HCEG members. To apply for a complimentary pass to this multi-day, all-virtual event, register for the conference here using promo code HCEG.

Register here
Note: Complimentary passes are valid for new WHCC21 registrations only and are not valid for vendors or solution providers. All complimentary pass applications are subject to review and approval at the sole discretion of World Congress.
Upcoming Sponsor & Partner Events
May 17, 2021 11:00 AM - May 20, 2021 5:00 PM (EDT)

Four days of impactful content including keynote, general sessions, breakouts, and panels focused on various burden reduction elements, including health equity, compliance-driven innovation, patient-driven value, and data-driven care.

Pre-Conference sessions will focus on Prior Authorization updates on May 14 with a special spotlight on the Da Vinci Project on May 17.

Register here
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 1:15 PM (EDT)

Kevin Deutsch of Softheon and HCEG Executive Director Ferris Talyor present a special Tech Showcase at WEDI Spring 2021 conference. In this 30-minute session they'll present:

  • Key considerations for building or expanding your ACA footprint.
  • The compliance issues you might need to include in your strategy and solutions.
  • How to leverage technology for more success in the ACA markets. 

Register here
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 9:25 am (EDT)

Matt Parker, VP of Products at HealthSparq presents a keynote discussion at World Congress Health Care 2021. Our partner World Health Care Congress is offering HCEG members a special, complimentary registration to this multi-day virtual event. 

Register here
June 22-24, 2021

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) presents their 2021 AHIP Institute & Expo online. Free and discounted registrations for AHIP members end 5/14/21.

More info here
Wednesday, 6/23/21 at 10:40 AM ET

Mark Menton, CEO of HealthSparq and Scott Andrews, General Manager of Kyruus, present a Spotlight Session at AHIP Institute.

More info here
Recent Sponsor Information & News
HealthSparq's Mark Menton and Minal Patel of Abacus Insights offer insight into how new data transparency and interoperability mandates give health plans the chance to do more than just meet the “letter of the law.”

Read more here
Surescripts CEO Tom Skelton shares how COVID-19 and underlying trends accelerated patient data exchange and interoperability.

Read more here
Softheon shares insight gathered working with health plans entering or re-entering the Marketplace including specific considerations on Integration & Onboarding, System Scalability, Security, and Industry Trends.

Read more here
David Gallegos, SVP of Consulting at Change Healthcare joins Dr. Summerpal Kahlon, MD value-based care expert and assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Central Florida to discuss how the pandemic shows how value-based care can benefit everyone.

Read more here
Zelis' Eric Schaefer and Yusuf Qasim discuss differing payment models, the virtualization of healthcare, and how Zelis simplifies processes and increases efficiency for payers, providers and health plan members in this episode of Across the Table - A Healthcare Private Equity Podcast hosted by McGuireWoods

Listen here
Zipari announces the addition of Matthew Crumley as Chief Financial Officer and Julie Coviello as Chief Customer Officer.

Read more here
2021 HCEG Top 10+ Focus Areas
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