Track Topics

Commercial Health Track
The commercial health universe is evolving rapidly. The rise of consumerism, the growing shadow of data analytics in business decision making and patient treatment, volume-to-value reimbursement. The Commercial Health Track will take a deep look at these and other trends shaping healthcare today and into the future.

Session 1: No Longer Flying Blind: Price Transparency for Healthcare
The Trump administration and Congress are pushing for federal rules that make it easier for patients to understand the costs of their health care. And why not? Consumers make decisions about every other purchase at least partially if not totally based on cost. But will access to pricing actually lead to lower healthcare costs and smarter buying decisions? Session 1 takes a look.

Session 2: Is Total Consumer Health the Future of Healthcare in America?
Total consumer health has been defined as improving members’ overall medical, social, financial, and environmental well-being. What does that mean for payers and providers? For employers? How are all of those individual and family “risks” orchestrated to improve outcomes? What evolutionary changes are required for total consumer health to become the standard healthcare model? Session two explores these questions and more.

Session 3: Market Consolidation and the Commercial Health Provider

A recent Definitive Healthcare survey found that industry consolidation is the most important trend of the year, followed by consumerism. The 2019 pace of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity is expected to keep pace with last year when more than 800 mergers and acquisitions along with more than 850 affiliation and partnership were announced. What is the impact on healthcare professionals? How is all of this activity modifying the way they do business? Session three will offer insight into the strategies commercial health providers are employing.



Workers' Compensation Track
What keeps your organization up at night? Adapting to a changing workforce and workplace – aging workers, independent contractors, unskilled workers, shifting technology? Political volatility and the impact of new state legislation and regulation? The opioid epidemic? Medical marijuana? Big data, artificial intelligence, Blockchain? All of these topics and more will inform the discussion throughout next year. The Workers’ Compensation Track will explore their impact.

Session 1: Control at What Cost?
Network utilization is often cited as beneficial for containing costs and improving patient outcomes. Another view is that it is costly and ineffective. And what about provider contracting regulations? Do they infringe on providers’ ability to practice clinical care? Allow patients to be equal partners in managing their health? Create well-intentioned but unnecessary administrative burden in workers’ compensation? Session one will dig deep into both topics.

Session 2: Pointed in the Right Direction?
Who chooses the doctor in workers’ compensation depends entirely on where the injured worker resides. It could be the employer or insurance carrier, the injured worker, even divided between the employer and injured worker. Regardless, patient choice is a hot issue in the arena. Session two will provide a state of regulation and where the direction of care discussion is headed.

Session 3: Market Consolidation and the Workers’ Compensation Provider
A recent Definitive Healthcare survey found that industry consolidation is the most important trend of the year, followed by consumerism. The 2019 pace of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity is expected to keep pace with last year when more than 800 mergers and acquisitions along with more than 850 affiliation and partnership were announced. What is the impact on providers? How is all of this activity modifying the way they do business? Session three will offer insight into the strategies workers’ compensation providers are employing.