8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM: Healthcare Costs too much - Time to Act!

Shelley Lyford, CEO and President, West Health

Gary West, Founder, West Health

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM: Healthcare Costs: A Threat to American Business and Prosperity

Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM: 200 Years of Healthcare Costs and Value

Featured Speaker:

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, Surgeon, Writer, Public Health Researcher

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: PANEL 1 – Getting at Volume: Provider Payment Models – Where is the Value?


Elliott S. Fisher, MD, MPH, Director of the Dartmouth Institute and the John E. Wennberg Distinguished Professor of Health Policy, Medicine and Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Mark Miller, PhD, Vice President of Healthcare, The Arnold Foundation

Joining the Discussion:

Sarah Kliff, Senior Policy Correspondent,

Melissa Joy Cohen, Staff VP, Payment Innovation Strategy, Anthem

Lewis (Lew) G. Sandy, MD, FACP, Executive Vice President, Clinical Advancement, UnitedHealth Group

How much care is appropriate for ensuring the best possible healthcare outcomes? In this session, we’ll explore efforts and solutions to slow the trajectory of healthcare volume by eliminating inappropriate utilization and fueling solutions for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of care delivery with value-based payment models. We will discuss ways to accelerate the shift from payments based on volume to payments based on value and ensuring all stakeholder incentives and penalties are aligned with cost, quality, and better health outcomes.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Networking Lunch
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM: Sky-high Pricing – Where do We Focus and What Can We do About It?

Martin Gaynor, PhD, E. J. Barone University Professor of Economics and Health Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Excessive spending on healthcare is more than just a question of inappropriate use; prices paid by patients with private insurance and the uninsured frequently greatly exceed actual cost of efficiently providing their care.

In this session, Dr. Gaynor will share his perspective on how consolidation among all types of healthcare providers has contributed to non-competitive prices becoming more common. He will also explore state and federal government roles to address excessive prices for both the insured and uninsured.

1:00 PM –1:45 PM: PANEL 2 – The Power of the Patient


Mark Smith, MD, MBA, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; Co-chair, Guiding Committee of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network

Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, MA, Editor-in-Chief, Kaiser Health News, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Joining the Discussion:

Carol Raphael, Senior Advisor, Manatt Health Solutions; Board Chair, Long Term Quality Alliance; Former Board Chair, AARP, Inc.

Seth Sternberg, Co-founder & CEO, Honor

In a world of increasing unnecessary utilization and excessive prices, what can patients do to assure healthcare dollars are spent more wisely?

In this session, our panelists will provide key insights about how to motivate and empower patients to make choices that can reduce spending and improve their overall health. Topics including value-based insurance design, fuller transparency for costs and benefits of treatment options and incentives and options for self-care will be covered to highlight how patients can choose more economical treatment options and lower-cost providers.

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM: Networking Break
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM: A Conversation with Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Featured Speaker:

Sanjay Gupta, MD, Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Perspectives from Former CMS Administrators: The Path Forward


Joseph Smith, MD, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Reflexion Health


Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, Director and Professor, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy; Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Andy Slavitt, MBA, Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center; Former Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

With its oversight of Medicare and support to state governments in the administration of Medicaid programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plays a critical role in setting the standard for healthcare services and information in America.

Public payers, along with providers, patients, insurers and policymakers will all play a key role in changing the trajectory of the cost of healthcare in America. How can the ideas, innovations and practical policy prescriptions discussed throughout the day shape the path forward?

3:30 PM: Closing Remarks

Shelley Lyford, President and CEO, West Health

Tim Lash, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, West Health