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2016 Executive Forum Speakers


 Speakers as of 12/2/15

speakers and topics subject to change

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

8:30am - 10:00am: Keynote 

An Insider's View on President Obama's Public Policy and Its Implications for the Election of 2016

presented by: Senator Tom Daschle

Born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Tom Daschle graduated from South Dakota State University in 1969.  Upon graduation, he entered the United States Air Force where he served as an intelligence officer in the Strategic Air Command until mid-1972.

Following completion of his military service, Senator Daschle served on the staff of Senator James Abourezk.  In 1978, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he served for eight years.  In 1986, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and eight years later became its Democratic Leader.  Senator Daschle is one of the longest serving Senate Democratic Leaders in history and the only one to serve twice as both Majority and Minority Leader.  During his tenure, Senator Daschle navigated the Senate through some of its most historic economic and national security challenges including a Presidential impeachment, 9/11, the anthrax attack in his Senate office, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

In 2003, he chronicled some of these experiences in his book, Like No Other Time: The 107th Congress and the Two Years That Changed America Forever. His most recent book The United States Senate: Fundamentals of Government was published in January, 2013.

Senator Daschle is the Founder and Chairman of The Daschle Group, A Public Policy Advisory of Baker Donelson. The Daschle Group provides strategic advice on key national issues including health care, energy, transportation and the environment.  Since leaving the Senate, he has distinguished his expertise in health care through the publications of two books: Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis and Getting It Done, a chronicle of the efforts to enact the Affordable Care Act. He has been published in Health Affairs, The New England Journal of Medicine, most major daily newspapers as well as many other respected publications.

He is a member of the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health in addition to the Global Policy Advisory Council for the Health Worker Migration Initiative. 

In 2007, he joined with former Majority Leaders George Mitchell, Bob Dole, and Howard Baker to create the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), an organization dedicated to finding common ground on some of the pressing public policy challenges of our time.  Senator Daschle has co-chaired several BPC health task forces and issued numerous reports on health related, consensus driven health policy.

Senator Daschle is Chair of the Board of Directors at the Center for American Progress and serves as the Vice Chair of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
In addition, Senator Daschle’s board memberships include the Blum Foundation; the Energy Future Coalition, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Sindicatum Sustainable Resources, Accumen, and the Advisory Boards for Accenture and Zoc Docs.

Senator Daschle has been awarded four honorary doctorate degrees from universities in Massachusetts and South Dakota.  He is married to Linda Hall Daschle and has three children and five grandchildren.


10:15am - 11:10am: Session 

Employers and Telemedicine: A New Frontier

presented by: Arjun Chanmugam MD, MBA, Vice Chair, Integration and Health Care Transformation   Department of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dr. Chanmugam joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 1992 and served as the residency director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program from 2000 to 2010.
He is associate editor for the 4th edition of the textbook Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine and is a regular contributor and administrative editor for Practical Reviews in Emergency Medicine, a monthly publication.

His primary interest is medical education. In 1994, he developed and introduced the required clerkship in emergency medicine, making it the first time that Johns Hopkins medical students were required to have exposure to EM. He has also participated in the development of a novel program - masters in medical education and has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards.  Outside of Hopkins, he is on the Board of Directors for Maryland ACEP and serves as the vice chair for the Governor’s Council on Heart Disease and Stroke. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and is an instructor in the martial art Aikido.

11:10am - 12:00pm: Session 

Healthcare in the Crosshairs: Managing the Persistent Threat of Cyber Attack

presented by: Serge Solski - VP, Business Development of Watsec Cyber Risk Management


Serge Solski is the VP of Business Development for Watsec Cyber Risk Management, a firm that specializes in understanding the cyber risk exposures of businesses of every shape and size, providing their clients with guidance and support to become cyber resilient. Since joining Watsec in 2012, Serge has spoken at several insurance and health conferences and events across North America as a cyber risk management subject matter expert.
Serge’s experience ranges from working for technology start-ups to large corporations. Prior to joining the fight against cyber criminals, Serge worked at Research in Motion (now Blackberry) as their Corporate Security Awareness Specialist, teaching employees how to protect company assets by recognizing the tricks of those looking to steal their secrets.  Serge has an Bachelor’s Degree in History with a Major in English from Wilfrid Laurier University. 

1:05pm - 2:05pm: Session 

2016 and Beyond - Increase Your Self Insured Opportunities Through Innovative Cost-Containment and Creative Alternatives

presented by: Adam Russo JD, The Phia Group

Adam V. Russo, Esq. is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Phia Group LLC; an experienced provider of health care cost containment techniques offering comprehensive claims recovery, plan document and consulting services designed to control health care costs and protect plan assets. The Phia Group’s overall mission is to reduce the cost of plans through its recovery strategies, innovative technologies, legal expertise, and focused, flexible customer service.

Attorney Russo is also the founder and managing partner of The Law Offices of Russo & Minchoff, a full-service law firm with offices in Boston and Braintree, MA. Attorney Russo’s practice is devoted to representing employers, plan fiduciaries, third-party administrators and carriers in employment and employee benefits matters throughout the United States.  

He is a frequent speaker and author on health care and employee benefits topics at webinars, conferences and seminars across the country. Attorney Russo’s industry leading blog, is regularly updated with news and information relevant to the entire healthcare industry.  

Attorney Russo obtained a Juris Doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School and a Masters Degree in Finance from the Frank Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.  He also acquired an undergraduate degree from Suffolk University, where he double majored in Political Science and Public Relations. He was recognized by Suffolk University with the 2005 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.  
Attorney Russo is the Contributing Editor to Thompson Publishing Group’s Employer’s Guide to Self-insuring Health Benefits.  He is on the Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA) Board of Directors and is on the Board of Directors at JFS of Metro-West, a non-profit agency that provides social services, elder care, adoption services, and domestic violence assistance. Attorney Russo is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Adam and his wife Kelly have two wonderful young girls named Soli and Maeve.  In addition to spending his spare time with his family and friends, Adam enjoys paddle boarding, swimming, jet skiing and watching his beloved Cleveland Indians baseball team.  

2:05pm - 2:50pm: Session 

Tools to Enhance Participant Consumerism

presented by: Bill Kampine of HCBB, Nick Fitzsimmons of Global Excel, and Ann Mond Johnson, CEO of Zest Health

Bill is the SVP of analytics and co-founder of Healthcare Bluebook.  An economist by training, Bill leads client analytics, healthcare economics and product development at Bluebook. 
Mr. Kampine is an experienced healthcare executive having more than 20 years of expertise new venture development, mergers and acquisitions, strategy and advanced analytics. Mr. Kampine is the co-founder of Healthcare Bluebook and currently serves as SVP of Analytics where he oversees client analytics and healthcare economics. 

Previously, Mr. Kampine was Vice President of Innovation & Insight and a key architect of next generation employer solutions at Healthways, a global leader in providing Disease and Lifestyle Management services. Mr. Kampine served in a number of executive roles at Healthways, including the founding of the internal strategy and M&A function where he led several key strategic acquisitions, as well as the establishment of Healthways business outside the United States.

Prior to Healthways, Mr. Kampine assisted in the development of CareSteps Inc., a predictive modeling and disease management company that successfully merged with Healthways in 2001. Mr. Kampine also served as an economist and consultant to global Fortune 1000 companies in the healthcare, insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Mr. Kampine conducted graduate work in economics at George Washington University and holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Nick’s early roots with Global Excel date back to 1996, when he joined the third party liability department to investigate accidents, coordinate recoveries and redirect costs to other payers. Nick successfully applied these skills to create Global Excel’s managed care department.

At present Nick’s primary focus is on research and development. He works to match Global Excel’s products to the demands of the rapidly changing field of medical cost containment services. In addition to this he is responsible for the development of strategic partnerships with a variety of vendors and providers, with the goal of optimizing Global Excel’s relationships (and its value) in the current market.  His ability to adapt to a changing healthcare system and his extensive knowledge of the inner workings of the U.S. healthcare system have enabled him to help make Global Excel an industry leader in the field of cost containment.

With more than 20 years of experience, Mond Johnson is a nationally recognized leader in healthcare consumerism and has built her career managing innovative healthcare technology companies. Previously, she served as Chairman, Board of Managers and Advisor for ConnectedHealth, LLC, which provides private health insurance exchanges.

She was instrumental in developing the company’s strategy and guiding business development and fundraising. Prior, Mond Johnson served as Senior Vice President at WebMD after selling Subimo to the healthcare information giant in 2006. Mond Johnson was CEO and co-founder of Subimo, which provided healthcare decision support applications to large employers, health plans and financial institutions. She also served as senior vice president at Sachs Group (now part of Truven Health), and currently advises several early stage companies including Conversa Health and is on the board of Ludi, Inc.


3:05pm - 4:00pm - Session

Everything You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask About PBM Pricing Offers and Contracts

presented by: John Adler, Adler Rx Consulting, LLC

John has 25 years of experience in pharmacy benefit management working for PBM’s, insurance entities, audit/analytics, and consulting firms. John is a nationally recognized PBM RFP and contract expert and has been the PBM RFP consultant and contract negotiator for clients ranging in size from 2,000 to 1.2 million lives.
In his role as a PBM RFP and contract expert, John has spoken at national conferences for the Self Insurance Institute of America (SIIA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the International Federation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP), and the Society of Professional Benefit Administrators (SPBA). 

John is published and quoted on PBM contracting issues and cost containment strategies in a number of publications, including Employee Benefit News, Human Resource Executive, Risk & Insurance, and A. M. Best Week Magazine.

4:00pm - 4:55pm - Session

Value Based Reimbursement (VBR) – Is it the Right Answer?

presented by: Paul Forte, VP of Strategic Planning, Health Plans, Inc.

Paul Forte is Vice President of Medical Management and Health Strategies at Health Plans, Inc., New England’s largest Third Party Administrator and subsidiary of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. For the past 20 years, Paul has been actively involved in developing innovative approaches that direct efficiency of care to the front of the healthcare industry including Accountable Care Organization development, patient-centered medical home initiatives and clinical data integration strategies.

His work with the CareGroup Occupational Health Network, the Enhanced Care Initiative, and the Emblem Health High Value Medical Home Project, focused around the re-engineering of traditional provider reimbursement methodologies as well as development of patient steerage programs through primary care facilities to achieve sustained improvements in clinical and performance outcomes. Currently, Paul oversees HPI’s total health management program including population health and wellness, data integration solutions, performance reporting and predictive analytics.

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

8:10am - 9:45am - Keynote

The Future of Health & Medicine: Where Can Technology Take Us?

presented by: Dr. Daniel Kraft, Founder and Executive Director, Exponential Medicine and Faculty Chair for Medicine Singularity University

Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and innovator.

Dr. Kraft has over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation.  Daniel chairs the Medicine track for Singularity University and is Founding Executive Director for Exponential Medicine, a program which explores convergent, exponentially developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare. His various TEDTalks have over 1 Million Views.

Following undergraduate degrees at Brown University and medical school at Stanford, Dr. Kraft was board certified in the Harvard combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. He went on to complete Stanford fellowships in hematology/oncology & bone marrow transplantation, and extensive research in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.  He has multiple scientific publications (Nature and Science) and medical device, immunology and stem cell related patents through faculty positions with Stanford University School of Medicine and as clinical faculty for the pediatric bone marrow transplantation service at University of California San Francisco.

Dr. Kraft is the inventor of the MarrowMiner, an FDA approved device for the minimally invasive harvest of bone marrow, and founded RegenMed Systems, a company developing technologies to enable adult stem cell based regenerative therapies.

Daniel is an avid pilot and has served in the Massachusetts and California Air National Guard as an officer and flight surgeon with an F-16 fighter Squadron. He has conducted research on aerospace medicine published with NASA, and was a finalist for astronaut selection.

Dr. Kraft named as one of the 40 Smartest People in Healthcare by Beckers’ Hospital Review. named Dr. Kraft one of The Top Ten Internet-Smart Doctors in the World 2013.  Daniel Kraft was recognized as one of the most inspiring leaders in Life Sciences, as determined by the readers of Pharma Voice 100.


9:55am - 10:50am - Session

Positioning Your Company Amid the Expanding and Consolidating Industry

presented by: Orlo (Spike) Dietrich, Ansley Capital Group, LLC

Orlo “Spike” Dietrich is a Principal of The Employers Health Network (EHN) and a Managing Director of Ansley Capital Group. Prior to joining Ansley, Spike owned and operated a consulting business working with small to mid-size healthcare companies, providing strategic, operational and business development services, including serving on the Boards (often as Chairman) of the portfolio companies of several venture capital groups.

Prior to that, Dietrich worked in a series of senior executive roles that began when he founded Burgett &
Dietrich (“B&D”) in 1985. B&D developed and managed over 140 managed care networks in 33 states, representing
over 40 of the Fortune 500. To support the management of these networks, Spike developed a third-party administrator, a population health management subsidiary, a workers compensation subsidiary, and a data integration/data warehouse subsidiary designed to provide decision support data analytics. He was also the founding Chief Operating Officer of CoreSource and the CEO of CNA HealthPartners.

Prior to founding B&D, Spike spent 11 years with Baxter Healthcare Corporation, which he joined in 1974. At Baxter, Spike developed and implemented a workers’ compensation management program, developed and taught labor relations training programs to all domestic manufacturing facilities, and developed and implemented a community-based managed care program for Baxter’s domestic manufacturing facilities which replaced the existing employee benefits program.

Before joining Baxter, Spike spent five years as a pilot in the United States Marine Corps. Spike holds a BA from the University of Arkansas and a Commercial Pilot’s License.


10:50am - 11:40am - Session

ACA Information Reporting - A Business Opportunity

presented by: Cori Cook JD, CMC Consulting LLC 

Cori M. Cook, J.D. is a corporate strategist specializing in corporate, insurance, employment and health care law. She graduated from Gonzaga School of Law and is a national speaker on topics related to health and benefits, and healthcare reform.

Ms. Cook serves on various industry committees including: the Health Care Committee of the Self-Insurance Institute of America (SIIA); the Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Health Care Administrators Association (HCAA), where she represents the legislative and regulatory interests of the industry; and recently served as a board member for the Society of Professional Benefit Administrators (SPBA).

Ms. Cook previously served as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Employee Benefit Management Services, Inc. (EBMS) and recently founded CMC Consulting, LLC where she will continue to assist employers, patients, providers, TPAs and Carriers with the complexities of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other health care, employment, and benefit compliance matters.


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