Commercial/Government Health Track: Mega Innovations, Maximum Outcomes
Watson Health and big data analytics. Chronic care management. Social determinants of health. Cost transparency. Total consumer health. Value-based payments. Technocare and digital access. The commercial health space is swirling with change. How does it all fit together? Where do you place your business bets. What’s around the curve?

This track examines the top commercial health arena opportunities, challenges and issues everyone needs to be on top of to ride the wave.

Session 1: Analyze and Engage
From the iPhone to IBM, data and digital are revolutionizing access, treatment, clinical practice, patient compliance, outcomes, and more. Are they driving real value? Are diagnoses more accurate? Which health apps really are enabling patients to tightly control their chronic disease? What about cybersecurity? Will it all last? Session 1 will examine the technology solutions both in place and just over the horizon that are changing how we define healthcare.

Session 2: Targeting Value
Targeting specific medical conditions to manage cost and quality of care is the aim of value-based reimbursement. Making these models work in the self-funded marketplace is complicated at best. This session will offer strategies centered on successful adoption of this fast-growing, national trend.

Session 3: Operationalizing Population Health
It’s been defined as: “The health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. But what does Population Health really mean on a practical level? And how do total consumer health tenets – medical, social, financial, environmental – factor in? Session 3 will discuss both in detail and put into perspective why commercial health plans should care.

Workers’ Compensation Track: Regulation and Recovery
Every year, hundreds of thousands of American workers are hurt on the job, while constructing homes and buildings, performing woodworking activities, repairing airliners, providing nursing and home care and more. Workers in all 50 states have access to workers’ compensation insurance. But each state has its own regulations for coverages, benefits and premiums.

This Track will provide attendees with the latest ideas and actions that are regulating recovery in the workers’ compensation sector directly from state regulators and industry experts.

Session 1: Workers’ Comp Reform Clearly Stated
Workers’ compensation is the largest product segment in the U.S. commercial insurance sector. And with that distinction comes strong oversight and regulation that can inadvertently lead to increased costs, unnecessary administrative burden and access limits. Strong advocacy efforts have helped state regulators grasp the need for stabilizing reform. In this session, state regulators will discuss the top reforms that are addressing workers’ compensation market concerns.

Session 2: A Network of Approaches
Clarity and transparency in contracting is essential for building and maintaining strong workers’ compensation provider networks. But the variety of contracting language and approaches that tie payers to network arrangements often can create just the opposite. This panel discussion will examine the state actions currently underway to improve this imbalance and simplify provider contracting.

Session 3: I Want a New Drug
From preventing opioid abuse to state PBM formularies to fraud, drugs are a constant part of the workers’ compensation conversation. Session III will look at the latest prescribing guidelines, dispensing policies, and pricing transparency initiatives affecting pharmaceutical treatment of injured workers in the U.S.

Specialty Health Track: The Specialty Healthcare Continuum – A Lifetime of Age-appropriate Solutions
Dental care. Healthy vision testing and correction. Hearing tests. Physical medicine. Integrative care and other ancillary services. All are now considered fundamental components of vigorous treatment plans for full health. But not necessarily at all points of a patient’s life.

This track explores why specialty heath solutions should be fully incorporated into a holistic treatment plan and why they should be first-line treatment at specific points of a patient’s continuum of care.

Session 1: No Kidding: Specialty Health Should be First in the Treatment Line for Children
Forget head and shoulders, knees and toes. Parents should be singing eyes and ears, teeth and spine when thinking about the essential components of their child’s healthcare through high school. Regular visits to the dentist, eye doctor, hearing specialist and chiropractor can ensure children are ready to learn, maturing properly and free of serious chronic disease. Specialized treatment testing is often the way serious disease is diagnosed, usually early in the disease progression. Session 1 will examine why parents should be thinking outside the traditional doc in a box approach to achieving maximum health.

Session 2: What’s Your Alternative?
Finding a good dentist is pretty easy. Your eye doctor probably practices in the same center as your supermarket. But what if you need a certified physiatrist? Or acupuncturist or shiatsu therapist you can trust? Feeling a little down or that your life is not centered? Where do you turn? Psychiatrist? Yoga? Meditation? Weight loss? Session 2 will take a deep dive into taking control of your health to battle the pains and strains that start annoyingly appearing in middle age.

Session 3: Senior Moments: Geriatrics, Integrative Medicine, Techno care
Face it, we’re getting older. And living longer. But with different mind sets than ever before. The doctor-patient relationship is still the gold standard. But what doctor(s)? And what treatments to keep seniors spry and active in their golden years? Session 3 looks at specialty health’s role in geriatrics; caring for the body, mind, spirit, and community, not just flesh, bones, and organs, in older populations; and the growing use of technology to improve access to care and treatment outcomes.


David DiLoreto, MD, MBA

Senior Vice President, GE Healthcare-Population Health
Tamara Hall
Avant Garde Pioneer, Tamara4Health
Robert Holden, Esq.
Senior Vice President, Stateside
Martha Lawrence
CEO & Co-Founder, AccendoWave
Kelsey Lovell
Senior Director of Health Care Issues, Stateside
Thomas Novelli
Vice President of Government
Relations and Public Affairs, One Call Care Management

Constance Sjoquist
Chief Content Officer, HLTH
Eric Sorenson
Chief Information Security Officer, doTERRA
International LLC

Joe Sowerby
CEO, Armored Online
and ITUS Med.

Michael Weiner, DO MSM MSIST
Chief Medical Information Officer, IBM Healthcare & Life Sciences

Tom Wiffler,
Chief Executive Officer, UnitedHealthcare Specialty Benefits

Peter Wong
CEO, DNA & Associates and Best-selling Author of The Caregiver's Toolbox