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Keynotes

WEDNESDAYSEPT. 17

8:00am – 9:15am

Creating a Sustainable Health Care Future

+ Charles Kennedy, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Accountable Care Solutions, Aetna

Charles Kennedy, MD

With government reimbursements declining at the same time the industry is moving away from fee-for-service to a value-based model, how do we ensure a sustainable future for health care providers in this new world? Dr. Charles Kennedy will talk about the environmental factors necessitating a business model change, the economic pressures facing providers and purchasers, and consumer expectations for health care value and a better experience. He will share how accountable care models are helping to address the necessary changes in how health care is delivered, including Aetna’s work to help providers succeed through effective payer-provider collaborations.


WEDNESDAYSEPT. 17

1:00pm – 2:15pm

Preparing for Excellence: Leading Your Team to Success

+ Captain Chesley B. (Sully) Sullenberger, III, Aviation and Safety Expert, Best-Selling Author

Victor Dzau

How you prepare, train and lead makes all the difference when you are confronted with a challenge. While many know about Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger's heroic actions on January 15, 2009, few have an understanding of the depth of Sully’s preparation, as lives depended on his training every day. From his early career as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, to his ongoing work in commercial aviation as a pilot and safety trainer, Sully’s life-long pursuit of learning and investing in himself shows the importance of education and preparedness, and illustrates that true leaders must always lead by example. Straightforward and humble, Sully’s story shows the positive outcomes of having a daily devotion to duty. Sully will challenge and inspire teams to establish a foundation of passion for their work, build trust in each other, and commit to always reaching for the highest standards.


THURSDAYSEPT. 18

8:00am – 9:15am

Surviving the Health Care Crisis: A Road Map for Employers

+ William Winkenwerder, Jr., MD, Recognized and Experienced Health Industry Leader; Former, President and Chief Executive Officer of Highmark Health (2012-2014)

William Winkenwerder, Jr., MD

The explosive cost of health care presents enormous challenges for corporate America and the average American family. Employers face a complex array of regulations and increased insurance costs. Employees and families are being squeezed by the rise in health care costs. As one of the country’s most influential health care leaders, whose experience includes being on both the provider and business sides of the debate and who has worked directly with major employers, Dr. Winkenwerder speaks candidly about the difficult choices that lie ahead for corporate America and the government in both the long and short terms. Audiences will benefit from his recommendations for companies to evaluate their long-term health care programs as well as his advice on:

  • How preventive health care can provide substantial long-term savings
  • How reforms involving new regulations, possible tax credits, and a national health exchange may play out in the future
  • What corporate managers should consider in adjusting benefit designs and new services to more fully engage employees in healthy behaviors and reduce health care costs

THURSDAYSEPT. 18

1:00pm – 2:15pm

Nutrition: The Forgotten Medical Science

+ T. Colin Campbell, MS, PhD, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry (Cornell),
Best-Selling Author, The China Study and WHOLE

T. Colin Campbell, MS, PhD

Nutrition, when properly done, has an amazing but little known capacity to maintain health, repair health gone bad, and prevent future health problems—all with the same dietary protocol, better known as ‘dietary lifestyle’. In short, this kind of nutrition not only prevents future disease (domain of preventive medicine) but also treats existing disease while restoring health. When sustained, it is a protocol that is relatively free of side effects.

This kind of nutrition is provided by a diet of whole plant-based foods with little or no added fat/oil, refined carbohydrates and salt (the taste enhancing ingredients of highly processed ‘fast foods’). Its nutritional composition approximates 80% carbohydrate, 10% fat and 10% protein. Although its biological activities within our bodies are infinitely complex, its application in the kitchen is surprisingly simple and user friendly. Its application also is far-reaching, including especially notable decreases in health care costs and environmental benefits.

FRIDAYSEPT. 19

8:00am – 9:15am

Solving America's Drug Problem

+ Peter Wickersham, Senior Vice President, Integrated Care and Specialty, Prime Therapeutics

Peter Wickersham

  • Discuss prescription drug use in the U.S. over the past 2 decades and assess its overall impact on public health
  • Address the greatest challenges and problems related to prescription drugs
  • Outline several steps to increase patient safety and access while maintaining sustainable cost growth into the future