2017 Morning Breakout Sessions
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Expert speakers will take a deeper look into a variety of healthcare topics. Breakout sessions involve active participation and are intended to create vigorous discussion and lively debate. Attendees have the opportunity to attend two breakout sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Should Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Pricing be Regulated?
Format: Debate
Moderator: Mike Huckman, Global Practice Leader, Executive Communications, W2O Group
Debate participants:
Dean Baker, PhD, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Laurel Todd, MBA, Vice President of Healthcare Policy and Research, Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Several jarring price hikes for pharmaceuticals and medical devices have attracted public scrutiny in recent months. Turing Pharmaceuticals infamously raised the price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill, while Mylan upped the price of the Epi Pen by 500%. These sudden price hikes infuriated many patients and drew objections from lawmakers. Yet, some pharmaceutical companies claim that these high prices fund the development of new, lifesaving drugs, and some economists argue that price controls would deter innovation. What is a “fair” price for novel and legacy drugs? What should be the government’s role in controlling pharmaceutical pricing? What other mechanisms, if any, should be employed to enable access to these medications at an affordable price? Join us for a debate!

Behind the Provider-Payer Deal: Essentials of Contracting
Format: Primer
Beth Honan, MHA, Chief Contracting Officer, Atrius Health
Theodore Prospect, FSA, MAAA, Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary, Enterprise Research and Development, UnitedHealth Group
Scott Hewitt, MPH, Vice President, Value Based Contracting Strategy, UnitedHealth Group
Emily Brower, MHA, Vice President of Population Health, Atrius Health
Payer contracting is complex. As alternative payment models emerge, the new landscape will require even more expertise to negotiate effectively. This lecture will dive deeper into the essentials of contracts between payers and providers. Covering the basics of developing a network, managing multiple providers, and incorporating value into new negotiations, our speakers will give you a greater understanding of the essentials of the process.

Educating and Employing the Next Generation of Healthcare Leaders
Format: Panel Discussion
Moderator: TBD
Howard Goldman, MD, Vice Chair (Quality and Patient Safety), Glickman Urologic and Kidney Institute, Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic
Marc Klau, MD, Regional Chief of Head and Neck Surgeries, Director of KP Medical Residencies, Southern California, Kaiser Permanente
Rick D’Aquila, MPH, President, Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System
Senior leaders across the healthcare spectrum find the scope of their responsibilities widening, with pressure to innovate in response to numerous regulatory and competitive forces. Clinicians are being asked to take on greater leadership roles, with a soaring emphasis on patient experience and cost-containment. In this increasingly complex healthcare landscape, successful leaders need more than just specialized expertise—they need to cross disciplines and think strategically. How are educational institutions innovating to reflect this complexity? What skills and capabilities are top healthcare industry employers looking for? What are the qualities of a successful leader in healthcare today?

Confronting Bias: How to Provide High Quality Healthcare to Minority and LGBT Patients
Format: Panel Discussion
Moderator: Darin Latimore, MD, Deputy Dean of Diversity, Yale School of Medicine
Marcella Nunez Smith, MD, MHS, Associate Professor, Yale School of Medicine
Harvey Makadon, MD, Director of Education and Training Programs, Fenway Health
Gabe Murchison, MPH, Senior Research Manager, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
An estimated two-thirds of primary care physicians harbor conscious or unconscious biases towards Black patients. Similar results have been found for other minority groups. Meanwhile, more than 50% of the LGBT patient population has experienced some form of discrimination when utilizing healthcare services. Among the consequences are reduced time with the patient and less shared decision-making, leading to worse outcomes. Admitting to and understanding the nature of the problem, however, is merely the first step. Organizations can take concrete actions to fight bias. Our panelists will share strategies of their trendsetting organizations to confront bias and provide high-quality care to minority and LGBT patients.

Health Policy and the Trump Administration
Format: Panel Discussion
Moderator: Zack Cooper, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Economics, Yale School of Public Health
Vince Ventimiglia, Vice Chair, Leavitt Partners
Eric H. Schultz, MBA, President and CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Paul Taheri, MD, MBA, CEO, Yale Medicine, Deputy Dean, Yale School of Public Health
The unexpected result of the U.S. Presidential Election has contributed to significant uncertainty about the future of healthcare policy in the United States. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is likely to be defunded, substantially modified, or wholly-repealed. An ACA repeal may be followed by a replacement statute, although there is little clarity as to the potential nature. With the uncertainty surrounding the ACA, what will happen to the Medicaid expansion and Medicare reforms? What is the future of MACRA and value-based reimbursement? What might replace the ACA? Healthcare organizations must make numerous decisions in the face of uncertainty. Our panel has the latest on U.S healthcare policy.

Challenges Facing the Patient/Consumer in a Turbulent Healthcare Environment
Format: Panel Discussion
Moderator: Maura Carley, MPH, CIC, Founder and President, Healthcare Navigation
Michael Bennick, MD, MA, AGAF, FACP, Medical Director of Patient Experience, Associate Chief of Medicine, Yale-New Haven Health System
Victoria Veltri, JD, LLM, Chief Health Policy Advisor, Office of Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman
How can the patient or consumer navigate the ever changing and increasingly complex clinical and insurance environment? Patients are already challenged in how to more effectively partner with their caregivers in making shared decisions and discussions about how patients can better partner with those that insure them have not yet even begun. More sophisticated patient data is being generated for physicians and patients but often not effectively shared. At the same time, the insurance environment is daunting. Most consumers remain fairly coverage illiterate. Many do not understand the impact of the Affordable Care Act or how recent Congressional proposals might disrupt insurance markets again. Who is responsible for patient/consumer education? This panel will discuss the objectives and limitations of healthcare advocacy in today’s complex world.