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

This week I moderated two sessions at the World Health Care Congress 2021 Virtual: “Build Data Ecosystems to Maximize the Impact of Technology on Patient Care” and “The Perfect Storm: Keeping the Consumer Front & Center.”

In “The Perfect Storm for Consumerism,” HCEG board members Dee Cruz and Angela Perri joined Jon Burow of Independent Health to share their experiences as health plan executives advancing healthcare consumerism – the #1 priority of the 2021 HCEG Top 10+ list.

But this “Perfect Storm” is different, won’t quickly “blow-by,” and continues to impact everyone’s healthcare priorities.  Our Focus Area Roundtables are one avenue for healthcare executives to share their experience, expertise, and perspectives. Roundtable discussions are “open mic,” so everyone gets to connect with colleagues around the country to address 21st-century healthcare challenges.

Catch up on summaries of recent HCEG Top 10+ roundtables facilitated by our Focus Area Partners, choose topics of importance to you and your organization, and sign up to join us in upcoming discussions.

And at the very least, I hope you are planning some fun this summer to make up for what you likely missed out on last year. I know I will!

Executive Director
The HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG)
Price Transparency Roundtable #2 - June 16th
As health plans and health systems develop their compliance plans and the January 1, 2022 date for delivery of machine-readable pricing data draws near, the second Focus Area Roundtable on “Price Transparency” takes place on Wednesday, June 16th at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET. This discussion is supported by HealthSparq.

See proposed topics and request an invite to the roundtable discussion here.

Check out the recap from the 1st roundtable on Price Transparency here.
Interoperability Roundtable #1 - July 20th
As participants discussed in the second Healthcare Policy & ACA roundtable held May 26th, health plans, health systems, and hospitals are all focused on enhancing interoperability.

We're pleased to announce the 1st Focus Area Roundtable on Interoperability takes place Tuesday, July 20th.

Leaders of healthcare organizations are invited to attend this event facilitated by Surescripts. For more information on proposed discussion topics and to request an invite, please see this page.
Highlights - Healthcare Policy & ACA Roundtable #2
On Tuesday, May 26th, 2021, a dozen senior healthcare executives gathered for the 2nd Focus Area Roundtable on Healthcare Policy & the ACA. In this session moderated by HCEG Executive Director Ferris Taylor and supported by Kevin Deutsch, General Manager & SVP of Health Plan Cloud at Softheon – our Focus Area Partner for Healthcare Policy & ACA – attendees were presented with four questions on which to share their insight, ideas, and questions for each other:

1. What are your healthcare policy expectations regarding Medicare Buy-In, Public Option, Medicaid Expansion, Drug Pricing, etc.?

2. What challenges are you anticipating due to healthcare policy changes?

3. What do you see as the role of technology in addressing healthcare policy changes impacting the ACA?

4. What other areas of healthcare policy do you think will have the greatest impact on transforming healthcare?
See below for recaps of other Focus Area Roundtables
Focus Area Roundtables - Everyone's a Panelist
If you’re a health plan, health system, or healthcare provider organization leader, we invite you to join our roundtable discussions on select HCEG Top 10+ topics.

You can learn more about our Focus Area Roundtables here.

You can also send us an email or use this tool to specify your 2021 HCEG Top 10+ area(s) of interest.
World Health Care Conference 2021 - Virtual
Our partner World Congress hosted their 2021 World Health Care Congress Virtual event this week and HCEG’s Ferris Taylor moderated two sessions including “The Perfect Storm: Keeping the Consumer Front & Center”
HCEG board members Dee Cruz, Chief Operating Officer at BMC HealthNet Plan, and Angela Perri, Vice President, Strategic Alignment, Transformation & Innovation at UPMC Health Plan joined Jon Burow, VP Customer Experience & Digital Transformation at Independent Health to share their take as health plan leaders on the following – among other - questions:
  • How is the shift toward improved healthcare consumer experience playing out functionally in your organizations?

  • How should payers & providers prepare to deliver a more personalized, engaging, integrated member experience?

Look for additional information on this session, the other session moderated by Ferris titled “Build Data Ecosystems to Maximize the Impact of Technology on Patient Care," and other WHCC21 sessions in a future newsletter.
Recapping Recent Focus Area Roundtables
Upcoming Sponsor & Partner Events
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, June 23, 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
Tuesday, June 22, 3:30–4:15 p.m. ET

Learn how modern interoperability can help health plans and care providers close gaps in care, improve medication adherence and boost formulary compliance.

More info here
Recent Sponsor Information & News
HealthSparq's national survey of insured healthcare consumers on a variety of topics with a specific focus on healthcare transparency tools.

Read more here
Surescripts shares resources for health plans and other healthcare stakeholders to make cost-effective medication decisions, improve adherence and streamline prior authorization processes.

Read more here
Softheon's Josh Schultz shares information on the Transparency in Coverage Rule and explores what it may mean for health plans, health systems, and healthcare providers.

Read more here
A southeastern medical provider group engaged Change Healthcare Consulting to oversee the selection and procurement process for its new electronic health record (EHR) system. Learn how the Change Healthcare Consulting team aided the organization in selecting the best EHR system for their needs.

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
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