2017 Annual Conference

Media Contact: Cary Conway

Email: cconway@nationalalliancehealth.org

Telephone: 972.649.4707

National Alliance Annual Employer Health Conference Slated for Nov. 13-15 in Arlington, VA

Event offers purchasers and key stakeholders practical solutions to improve health and healthcare


WASHINGTON – Sept. 29, 2017 – With no end in sight for health reform, employers – as the largest purchasers of healthcare outside of the federal government have an even greater stake in improving the value of the programs they provide while continuing to invest in the health and wellbeing of their employees, families and communities. To that end, the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions will bring together employers, coalitions and other key industry stakeholders at its annual conference on November 13-15, 2017 in Arlington, VA.

“Employers have been left with little choice but to chart their own course to support and improve the health, wellbeing and productivity of their workforce while managing the costs and value of a run-away system,” said Mike Thompson, National Alliance President and CEO. “We developed much of the content and invited thought leaders with this in mind. This year’s conference will offer insights and best practice strategies to enable employers and coalitions to collectively act as a national force to bring about meaningful change.”


The conference theme, Driving Innovation, Health and Value - Perspectives, Policy and Practices, reflects the combination of fresh perspectives and leading practices that will shape our health strategies in the next few years. Conference topics include:

  • Innovation  Employers Take the Wheel in Healthcare Marketplace; Innovation in Value-based Contracting; Re-framing Our Approach to Successful Obesity Initiatives
  • Health Benefits Strategy  Strategies and Insights from the UAW Trust; Bringing it Together for Health, Wellbeing and Value; Consumerism: The Next Generation
  • Health & Wellbeing  Population Health- A Fresh Look Across the Spectrum; Stepping Up on Opioids and Pain Management; Mental Health: Executing on our Collective Agenda
  • Value Based Marketplace  Health Policy Perspectives: What's Next? What's needed?; Getting out of the Box with Primary Care; Value in Drug Spend- Getting to the Heart of the Matter


Speakers include:

  • Rob Andrews, CEO, Health Transformation Alliance
  • Adam Beck, Vice President at America's Health Insurance Plans
  • Leah Binder, President & CEO, The Leapfrog Group
  • Todd Bisping, Compensation and Benefits Manager, Caterpillar
  • Ceci Connolly, President & CEO, Alliance of Community Health Plans
  • Suzanne Delbanco, President, Catalyst for Payment Reform
  • Dr. Jeffrey Durmer, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Fusion Health
  • Paul Fronstin, Director, Health Research & Education, Employee Benefit Research Institute
  • James Gelfand, Senior Vice President, Health Policy, The ERISA Industry Committee
  • Joel Hopper, Enterprise Data Management & Analytics, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Dr. Ivor Horn, Chief Medical Officer, Accolade
  • Andrew Hu, Director, Public Policy, Patient-Centered Outcomes and Research Institute
  • Mary Beth Kuderik, Chief Strategy & Financial Officer, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust
  • Dominic Lorusso, Director, Health Partnerships, Consumer Reports
  • Nick Macchione, Agency Director, County of San Diego, HHSA Agency
  • Brian Marcotte, President & CEO, National Business Group on Health
  • Benjamin Miller, Chief Policy Officer, Well Being Trust
  • Marcia Peterson, Manager Benefit Design and Strategy, Washington State Health Care Authority
  • Lynn Quincy, Director Healthcare Value Hub, Altarum Institute
  • John Schall, Chief Executive Officer, Caregiver Action Network
  • Mark Stadler, CEO, Bridge Health
  • Garen Staglin, Co-Founder and Chairman, One Mind


Registration is complimentary for all employers affiliated with a National Alliance member coalition. For additional details and to register for the conference, visit: https://www.nationalalliancehealth.org/2017annualconference/home.


About National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions

The National Alliance (formerly the National Business Coalition on Health) is a nonprofit network of business coalitions, representing more than 12,000 purchasers and 45 million Americans. The National Alliance is dedicated to driving innovation, health, and value along with its coalition members through the collective action of public and private purchasers. The organization seeks to accelerate the nation’s progress toward safe, efficient, high-quality healthcare and the improved health status of the American population. To learn more, visit nationalalliancehealth.org or connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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