Speakers and Sessions: Keynotes

Welcoming Remarks

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 6:30 PM–9:30 PM (Lincoln Hall)  Add to Calendar 2017-02-09 18:30:00 2017-02-09 21:30:00 America/New_York Welcoming Remarks by David Blumenthal, M.D. - President, The Commonwealth Fund Lincoln Hall, The Union League of Philadelphia

David Blumenthal, M.D.

David Blumenthal, M.D.

The Commonwealth Fund

David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., is president of The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues.

Dr. Blumenthal is formerly the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief Health Information and Innovation Officer at Partners Healthcare System in Boston. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, with the charge to build an interoperable, private, and secure nationwide health information system and to support the widespread, meaningful use of health IT. He succeeded in putting in place one of the largest publicly funded infrastructure investments the nation has ever made in such a short time period, in health care or any other field.

Previously, Dr. Blumenthal was a practicing primary care physician, director of the Institute for Health Policy, and professor of medicine and health policy at Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Healthcare System and Harvard Medical School. He is the author of more than 250 books and scholarly publications, including most recently, Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and serves on the editorial boards of the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation. He has also served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research and is the founding chairman of AcademyHealth, the national organization of health services researchers.

Dr. Blumenthal received his undergraduate, medical, and public policy degrees from Harvard University and completed his residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. With his colleagues from Harvard Medical School, he authored the seminal studies on the adoption and use of health information technology in the United States. He has held several leadership positions in medicine, government, and academia, including senior vice president at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and executive director of the Center for Health Policy and Management and lecturer on public policy at the Kennedy School of Government. He served previously on the board of the University of Chicago Health System and is recipient of the Distinguished Investigator Award from AcademyHealth, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Rush University and Honorary Doctors of Science from Claremont Graduate University and the State University of New York Downstate.

Morning Keynote Address

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 8:30 AM–9:20 AM (Lincoln Hall)  Add to Calendar 2017-02-10 08:30:00 2017-02-10 09:20:00 America/New_York Morning Keynote Address by Robert J. Henkel, FACHE - President and CEO, Ascension Health Lincoln Hall, The Union League of Philadelphia

Robert J. Henkel, FACHE

Robert J. Henkel, FACHE

President and CEO
Ascension Health

Robert J. Henkel, FACHE, is the President and CEO of Ascension Health. He also serves as an Executive Vice President of Ascension. Before being named President and CEO, he served as the President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer at Ascension Health. Prior to 2004, he served as President of the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic States Operating Group at Ascension Health.

Mr. Henkel has held executive positions with numerous other healthcare organizations, including the Daughters of Charity National Health System, St. Louis; Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Fla.; SSM Health Care in St. Louis; and Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York.

He currently serves as Board Chair of the Catholic Health Association; Board member with the United Way of Greater St. Louis; Board member with the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care; Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives; and member of the Healthcare Executives Network. He is a University of Pittsburgh Legacy Laureate.

Mr. Henkel received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh, where he now serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Public Health.

Afternoon Keynote Address

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 3:10 PM–4:00 PM (Lincoln Hall)  Add to Calendar 2017-02-10 15:10:00 2017-02-10 16:00:00 America/New_York Afternoon Keynote Address by Craig Sammitt, M.D. - Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Anthem Lincoln Hall, The Union League of Philadelphia

Craig Samitt, M.D.

Craig Samitt, M.D.

Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Craig Samitt is executive vice president and chief clinical officer for Anthem, Inc., and is responsible for establishing, leading and executing Anthem's overall clinical vision and strategy. He is also responsible for advancing Anthem’s industry-leading portfolio of provider partnerships focused on improving patient outcomes and delivering value-based care to Anthem’s 38.6 million medical members. Additionally, he has responsibility for HealthCore, Anthem’s clinical outcomes research subsidiary, and AIM Specialty Health, Anthem’s specialty benefits management subsidiary focused on promoting evidence-based care in high-risk, high-cost areas such as imaging, oncology, and specialty pharmaceuticals.

Prior to Anthem, Dr. Samitt served as partner and global provider practice leader of Oliver Wyman’s Health & Life Sciences, and president and CEO for HealthCare Partners, a subsidiary of DaVita HealthCare, one of the largest physician-centric delivery systems in the country. Much of Dr. Samitt’s leadership career was spent as president and CEO of Dean Health System, Inc., one of the largest integrated health systems in the Midwest. He led a transformation of Dean’s performance, resulting in the health system receiving recognition by CMS as a 5-star Medicare Plan, and by JD Power as No. 1 health plan in the Midwest for three consecutive years.

Dr. Samitt is a nationally recognized health care policy expert and thought leader with a record of collaborating across the health care system to develop and advance solutions that deliver higher-quality health care at a lower cost. He serves on the Board of Directors of the NCQA and is currently serving a second three-year term as a Commissioner for MedPAC, an independent agency established and appointed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office to advise Congress on policies governing health plans and health care providers serving Medicare beneficiaries.

He lectures extensively about the transformation of U.S. health care and was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders.”

Dr. Samitt earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University, medical degree from Columbia University, and MBA in health care management from the Wharton School of Business. He completed medical residency in Internal Medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Capstone Discussion & Debate

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 4:10 PM–5:00 PM (Lincoln Hall)  Add to Calendar 2017-02-10 16:10:00 2017-02-10 17:00:00 America/New_York Capstone Discussion & Debate by Carolyn Magill - CEO, Remedy Partners and Seth Blackley - President & Co-Founder, Evolent Health Lincoln Hall, The Union League of Philadelphia

Seth Blackley

Seth Blackley

President and Co-Founder
Evolent Health

Seth oversees overall company strategy, product design, sales, marketing and business development for Evolent Health. Prior to Evolent Health, Seth was the Executive Director of Corporate Development and Strategic Planning at The Advisory Board Company, where he oversaw partnerships and acquisitions, key elements of new product development and other strategic growth initiatives. Prior to joining The Advisory Board, Seth was an Associate at Bain Capital Partners, where he helped execute the 2006 buyout of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Seth started his career as an analyst in the Washington, D.C. office of McKinsey & Company. He earned a BS from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with Highest Honors, and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Carolyn Magill

Carolyn Magill

Remedy Partners

Carolyn Magill is the CEO of Remedy Partners, the Episodes of Care Company. Carolyn sets the strategic direction and manages daily operations of Remedy, which has more than 300 employees and manages more than 2,200 bundled payment programs in partnership with leading healthcare organizations.

Carolyn brings significant leadership and healthcare experience to Remedy. She was the Executive Vice President of Payer Strategy and Operations at Evolent Health (EVH) prior to joining Remedy. There she led the team responsible for operationalizing value-based payer contracts and provider-led health plans serving populations enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, Commercial, and Exchange programs. During her four-year tenure, Evolent grew from a start-up with fewer than 50 employees and $8 million in annual revenue to a public company with more than 1,000 employees and $150 million in revenue.

Carolyn has also served in several leadership roles within the Medicare and Medicaid businesses of UnitedHealth Group (UNH). As Chief Operating Officer of UnitedHealth Group’s Community and State plan in New Jersey, Carolyn drove a financial and cultural turnaround and grew membership to more than 400,000 beneficiaries. Prior to that, she was the Vice President of Medicare Special Needs Plans, serving as the national product lead for health plans tailored to individuals with chronic illnesses and limited incomes.

Early in her career Carolyn was a management consultant both in the Strategic Change Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers and in the health and life sciences division of Silverline Technologies.

Carolyn earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and her MBA in healthcare management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dan Diamond

Dan Diamond


Dan Diamond is the author of “POLITICO Pulse,” the must-read morning briefing on health care politics and policy. He’s also the creator of PULSE CHECK, the popular podcast that features weekly conversations with some of the most interesting and influential people in health care.

Before joining POLITICO, Dan edited the Advisory Board Daily Briefing, served as the Advisory Board’s senior director of news and communications and created and hosted the popular Weekly Briefing health care podcast. He also covered health care policy, business, and strategy for FORBES. His work has appeared at Vox, Kaiser Health News and other publications.

Dan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has been a guest on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” the BBC, the NBC Nightly News, the Dan Patrick Show, KQED’s “Forum” and other programs. He was recently named a 2015-2016 fellow of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

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