2023 Healthcare Leadership & Executive Conference


Hospital Performance Improvement Roundtable

Tuesday, September 12th

Handel Conference Room

1:00 PM — 3:30 PM

Hospital Performance Improvement: Keys to Optimizing Hospital Revenue and Cost Reduction

Hospitals are facing unprecedented financial challenges driven by many factors, including:

  • Post-COVID impacts on patient behavior, volume, and workforce
  • Payer mix erosion and reimbursement challenges
  • Reduction of government subsidies
  • Rising costs
  • General difficulties for organizations in navigating financial headwinds (i.e., change management)

This session will discuss approaches and case studies related to implementing a financial turnaround in a proactive manner where the hospital organization can control the process and make changes before ending up in an emergent situation (e.g., bankruptcy, “fire sale,” or closure).

Specific themes in this interactive session will include:

  • Considerations in pursuing a formal financial turnaround.
  • Lessons learned from actual case studies – both successful and unsuccessful (dos and don’ts)
  • How to re-educate your management team to run the organization more effectively.
  • Areas of opportunity beyond the usual suspects (e.g., labor, supplies, and cutting programs), including automated revenue cycle solutions, non-labor costs such as equipment maintenance and support services, pharmacy/PBM, and benefits.
  • Tackling cost reduction opportunities on the employed medical group side.

Panel includes a former hospital CEO, CFO, and multiple experienced advisors who have overseen hospital turnarounds.


Eric Themm

Zephyr Healthcare Advisors


Stephanie Dorwart

Chief Executive Officer
Altius Healthcare Consulting Group

Wade Eckman

Senior Vice President, B2B Business

Kevin Murphy

CFO Extender
KGM Health Ventures

Chad Wable


6:00 PM

Private Speaker & Sponsor Dinner


Wednesday, September 13th

General Sessions in Beethoven 2 Conference Room

7:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:15 AM

Welcome & Introductions

Eric Themm

Zephyr Healthcare Advisors

8:30 AM

UCSF Health: Transforming Health Care Delivery Through Growth, Partnerships, and Innovation

This session utilizes a case study to highlight how a world-renowned health system has approached clinical, geographic, and diversified growth to address market challenges, cost constraints, consumer demands, and community needs. This case study will serve as a jumping-off point for a broader discussion regarding lessons learned, the importance of flexibility and pivoting, and the pros and cons of collaborations.

Shelby Decosta

UCSF Health and UCSF Health Care Network

Jill Gordon

Nixon Peabody

9:30 AM

Addressing Industry Challenges Through Emerging Partnerships, Innovative Models of Healthcare Delivery, and Acquisitions

Hear from the US’s largest health plan and two prominent providers on how doing business is changing with rapidly evolving expectations among provider, payer, and purchaser stakeholders. As the focus is on total cost of care and meaningful member service value, the session will offer a beneficial discussion involving a panel of payer, physician, and hospital representatives.

Stacey Hrountas

Chief Executive Officer
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers

Ernie Schwefler

Chief Contracting, Managed Care and Payer Relations Officer
Keck Medicine of USC

Greg Siebert

SVP, Network Management

10:30 AM


10:45 AM

How Health Systems Are Accessing Venture Investing and Innovation- Current and Future Trends

Health systems are facing disruptive changes from many directions requiring new approaches to the business model. What is driving the rise of innovation investing in healthcare and what are some of the different models available to hospitals and health systems? Hear from 2 key leading experts on how strategic approaches to private investment can provide access to innovative technology and service businesses while generating positive balance sheet returns. Multiple models for innovative partnerships exist including de novo start-ups, direct investments and limited partner stakes in venture capital or growth equity funds. As each of these options presents opportunity and risk for health system executives and their organizations, we will present a framework for evaluating and pursuing these kinds of initiatives.

Ken Downey

Operating Partner
Claritas Capital

Jonathan Phillips

Managing Director, Head of Private Equity
First Trust Capital Partners

11:45 AM

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM

How to Leverage Big Data to Optimize Value-Based Strategies

“Alternative Payment Models (APMs) differ from the traditional fee-for-service (FFS) approach, in which healthcare providers are paid primarily based on the volume of services they deliver, regardless of patient outcomes. The transition from FFS to value-based care is critical to ensure continued delivery of high-quality, cost-effective care and has become one of the largest drivers of change within the healthcare industry. The combination of front-end strategy and data-based analysis to inform program participation, with ongoing real-time analytics and risk management are some of the tools needed within the healthcare ecosystem to succeed in this rapidly changing reimbursement landscape.”

Jerry Frye

EVP, Data Analytics
Alliant Insurance Services

Vince Micucci

National Director, Value-Based Solutions
Alliant Insurance Services

2:15 PM

Ventegra and Mosaic Life Care: Lowering a Health System’s Employee Health Plan Drug Costs through Full Control of the Pharmacy Benefit

The traditional PBM industry is riddled with conflicts of interest, misaligned goals, and perverse incentives. A differentiated business model that focuses on giving back control to Plan Sponsors through true transparency, integrity, and decision-making authority is needed to stop the seemingly never-ending increases in drug costs.  Hear the transition story from Dr. Ed Kammerer at Mosaic Life Care who went from little control and high spend with a traditional PBM to a Ventegra partnership that has enabled them to overcome the typical PBM inertia, gain control of all aspects of their pharmacy plan, and reduce their plan spend by over 60%.

Edward Kammerer, M.D.

340B Administrator and Internal Medicine Physician
Mosaic Health Systems

Brian Vossler

VP, Strategic Business Development

3:30 PM


5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Hosted Reception

Thursday, September 14th

General Sessions in Beethoven 2 Conference Room

7:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM

Trends and Innovations in Cancer: Best-Practices and Models of Care from Two Industry Leading Organizations

Hear from two leading organizations in Cancer care that are constantly innovating to boost their performance and stay ahead in the competitive landscape. In addition to their regular operational improvements, they are exploring exciting avenues to capitalize on the value generated by pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and medical device companies. This pursuit involves tackling intricate challenges, but it’s a thrilling endeavor that cancer centers are increasingly spearheading, shaping the future of cancer solutions.

Annette Morgan

Chief Administrative Officer
City of Hope Orange County

Chris McKee

SVP, Strategy & Business Development
MD Anderson Cancer Center

9:30 AM

Solving the Behavioral Health Crisis: Emerging Partnerships and Delivery Models

The nationwide behavioral health crisis has put a burden on emergency departments, health workers, and systems as one in seven cases seen in US hospital emergency departments (EDs) are becoming stuck ‘boarding’ for long hours, even days, in EDs, untreated, waiting for an elusive inpatient psychiatric bed. Hear from two behavioral health experts who have addressed these challenges and discuss helpful and impactful solutions for hospitals and health systems. One model discussed will be the EmPath unit (Emergency Psychiatric Assessment, Treatment and Healing unit which has stellar peer-reviewed outcomes and can be implemented in any size hospital, whether urban or rural.

Larry Blitz

Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board

Scott Zeller, M.D.

Vice President for Acute Psychiatry

10:30 AM

Health System Evolution - Direct to Employer Programs

As most health systems struggle financially, post COVID, many are looking for new revenue sources and ways to control their commercial patient flow. Direct to Employer programs provide many competitive advantages and are a natural next step in health system delivery and growth. In this session we will explore all the facets of these exciting new programs.

Larry Thompson

Chief Executive Officer
Benefit Systems Inc.

11:30 AM