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High Costs,
Broken Promises:

Healthcare in America.

West Health's Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit (HCI Summit) was held on April 2nd in Washington D.C. to focus on advancing three common-sense reforms to address the healthcare cost crisis in America and drive accountability for progress.
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John Arnold
Founder and Co-Chair, Arnold Ventures
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John Arnold is Founder and Co-Chair of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. LJAF’s core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Mr. Arnold is also Founder of Centaurus Capital LP, a family office investment fund with a specific focus on the energy industry.

Previously, Mr. Arnold founded and was CEO of Centaurus Energy, a multi-billion dollar energy commodity hedge fund. Prior to founding Centaurus Energy, he held various positions within Enron’s Wholesale Division, including Head of Natural Gas Derivatives. In May 2012, John announced his retirement from Centaurus Energy to concentrate on philanthropic activities.

Mr. Arnold serves on the boards of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, an investor-led venture capital firm dedicated to funding transformational technologies that will reduce global greenhouse gas emissions; Civica, Inc., a nonprofit generic pharmaceutical company; and The City Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting new governance models in K-12 education. He holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and lives in Houston, Texas with his wife and three children.

John Arnold
Founder and Co-Chair, Arnold Ventures
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John A. Bardis
Chairman and Founder, Hire Heroes U.S.A.; Former Assistant Secretary for Administration , U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Founder, MedAssets
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Mr. Bardis founded Hire Heroes U.S.A. in 2006. Hire Heroes has grown to be the nation’s largest and most successful non-profit veteran employment and training organization in the United States. In January 2019 Hire Heroes achieved a major milestone of 30,000 veterans hired into jobs since its inception. The national nonprofit is a leader in the veteran employment space, providing personalized job search assistance to transitioning U.S. military members, veterans and military spouses. As a result of their proven success and transparency, HHUSA has been recognized as best-in-class by the Call of Duty Endowment, the George W. Bush Institute, the USO, and several additional impactful organizations.

In 1999 John Bardis founded MedAssets (NASDAQ:MDAS), one of the leading public healthcare performance improvement companies in the United States, serving four out of every five hospitals and over 100,000 healthcare providers.  He served for 15 years as its Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until he retired in 2015. As a result of his distinguished leadership as MedAssets Chief Executive, Bardis is nationally recognized as an influential leader in the healthcare industry and healthcare technology sector.  Bardis was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Leaders in Healthcare” for four consecutive years (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).  In 2012, Bardis received recognition from Ernst & Young as the Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in the Southeast.  In 2013 he was the recipient of Becker Healthcare’s Annual Healthcare Leadership Award, which named him as one of the “Thirty Top Leaders in Healthcare in the U.S.”

From 1992 to 1997 Bardis was President and Chief Executive Officer of TheraTx (NASDAQ:THTX), a leading operator of skilled nursing facilities and provider of rehabilitation services.  In 1995, in recognition of his successful leadership at TheraTx, Bardis was named Entrepreneur of the Year by INC. Magazine. The publication further named TheraTx as the second fastest growing public company in America, growing from $15 million to over $500 million in revenue in five years. In 1995 Bardis was honored by Ernst & Young as Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year, Southeast National Finalist.

From 1987 to 1992 Bardis was at Kinetic Concepts (NASDAQ: KCI), the nation's largest specialty bed and medical equipment rental company where he served as President. From 1984 to 1987 Bardis was vice president of the Baxter Operating Room Division and general manager of the Eastern Zone at Baxter International (NASDAQ:BAX).

Mr. Bardis has served on several boards. He is currently the founder and Chairman of Hire heroes U.S.A., the nation’s largest veteran job placement organization.  He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of Jackson Healthcare in Alpharetta, GA. In 2015 he was appointed to the Strategic Planning Committee of the board of Scripps Health in San Diego, CA.  In 2011 Mr. Bardis was appointed to the board of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).  In 2012 USADA investigated and later suspended Lance Armstrong for his use of banned substances dating back to 1996.

In 2018 Bardis served on a 6-member delegation selected by the President of the United States to represent the U.S. at the Paralympic Winter Games. The delegation was led by The Honorable Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security.  In 2008 Bardis served as Team Leader of the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team and was Team Leader in the 2007 World Championships where Team USA won the world team title for the first time in wrestling history.  In 2012 Bardis served as a member of the distinguished Committee to Protect Olympic Wrestling (CPOW).  In 2013 he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as an Outstanding American.  He served for 12 years on the Board of USA Wrestling from 1998 to 2011.

Bardis served on the Board of Advisors of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. He served on the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce for 2014 and 2015.

Mr. Bardis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Arizona.

Bardis is a frequent presenter at healthcare conferences and meetings and has made live appearances on several occasions on the CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business networks. He has published a variety of healthcare related articles in national publications including articles in Forbes, Market Watch, Institutional Investor and Investor’s Business Daily.

Mr. Bardis is married and has three children. He and his wife Judy are actively involved in a variety of philanthropic endeavors, including Mully Children’s Family International (MCF), founded to manage residential homes for the feeding, care, education and reintegration of orphaned children in Kenya. In 2015 the Bardis’s completed executive production of the documentary film entitled “Mully” to chronicle the remarkable life works of Charles and Esther Mully.

John A. Bardis
Chairman and Founder, Hire Heroes U.S.A.; Former Assistant Secretary for Administration , U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Founder, MedAssets
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Steve Beshear
Former Governor, Kentucky
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Steve Beshear served as the 61st Governor of Kentucky from 2007-2015. He also served as Attorney General from 1979 to 1983, Lieutenant Governor from 1983 to 1987 and was a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1974 to 1979. ·

As Governor, he expanded the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act and launched the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, benefiting over 500,000 Kentuckians. These actions together reduced the state's uninsured rate from over 20% to 8% and ensured that for the first time in history every Kentuckian would have access to affordable health insurance.

Beshear also successfully brought Kentucky through the historic recession by making Kentucky a leader in job creation. Under his leadership, Kentucky's unemployment rate dropped from 10.7% to 4.9%, and the state set export records four years in a row. In all, his administration announced almost 2,300 new and expansion projects that created $19.3 billion in investment and more than 87,000 jobs when full employment is attained. The economic turnaround culminated in 2014 and 2015 by Kentucky winning Site Selection magazine's coveted Governor's Cup, meaning Kentucky finished first in the nation two years in a row in economic development per capita.

In addition, during Governor Beshear's administration Kentucky became a national leader in education reform. Beshear successfully raised Kentucky's dropout age from 16 to 18 years old and moved the state into the top ten states in the country in high school graduation rates. Under his leadership, Kentucky's college/career readiness rate rose from 32 percent to 64 percent. As a result of his efforts, he was named Education Governor of the Year by the National Education Association.

Governor Beshear holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he served as an editor for the Kentucky Law Journal.

He is the author of People Over Politics, a book about how to make our broken system of government work again. He served as a Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and as a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics in 2017

Steve Beshear
Former Governor, Kentucky
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Roy Beveridge, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Humana
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Dr. Roy Beveridge is Humana's Chief Medical Officer, where he is responsible for developing and implementing the company's clinical strategy and advancing its integrated care delivery model. He is known for creating collaborative environments among physician communities and providing thought leadership, publishing extensively in the fields of medical oncology, quality design, ethics, and population health. Previously, Dr. Beveridge served as Chief Medical Officer for McKesson Specialty Health and as Executive VP and Chief Medical Officer for US Oncology. He practiced for more than 20 years in medical oncology and stem cell transplant in northern Virginia.

Roy Beveridge, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Humana
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Donna Brazile
Fellow, Harvard's Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
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Donna Brazile is the former Chair of the Democratic National Committee and fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Ms. Brazile has been a contributor to ABC News and CNN, and has worked on every presidential campaign since 1976. In 2000 she became the first African American to serve as campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore.

Ms. Brazile has worked passionately in the rebuilding and recovery efforts in her beloved hometown of New Orleans. Additionally, she loves working with young people, encouraging them to vote, to run for office, and to work within the system to strengthen it. Since 2000, Ms. Brazile has lectured at over 200 colleges and universities across the country on such topics as “Inspiring Civility in American Politics,” “Race Relations in the Age of Obama,” “Why Diversity Matters,” and “Women in American Politics.”

She first got involved in politics at the age of nine when she worked to elect a City Council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood; the candidate won, the swing set was installed, and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited. That led eventually to Ms. Brazile’s work on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she became the first African-American to manage a presidential campaign.

In addition to her work an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, Ms. Brazile is the best-selling author of Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House, as well as the best selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics. She is especially pleased to have made three cameo appearances on CBS’s The Good Wife, and two cameo appearances on Netflix’s series House of Cards. She most recently appeared on BET's Being Mary Jane. Ask her and she’ll tell you that acting, after all, is the key to success in politics.

In 2013, Ms. Brazile was appointed by President Obama to serve on to the board of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. She is also proud the recipient of more than 10 honorary doctorate degrees from major colleges and universities, including her alma mater Louisiana State University.

In August 2009, O, The Oprah Magazine chose Ms. Brazile as one of its 20 “remarkable visionaries” for the magazine’s first-ever O Power List. In addition, she was named among the 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian magazine, Top 50 Women in America by Essence magazine, and received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s highest award for political achievement. In 2016, Ms. Brazile was awarded Wonk of the Year from the Kennedy Political Union at American University.

Ms. Brazile is the founder and director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, DC. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University.

Last but never least, she is a proud native of New Orleans, Louisiana. In the aftermath of the two catastrophic hurricanes that made landfall in the Gulf region, Ms. Brazile was appointed by former Governor Kathleen Blanco to serve on the Louisiana Recovery Board to work for the rebuilding of the state and to advocate for the Gulf recovery on the national stage. Ms. Brazile was also appointed by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to serve on the Tricentennial Commission.

Donna Brazile has spent a lifetime working for progressive change, responsible governance, and the advancement of all people in a society that is fair and equitable.

Donna Brazile
Fellow, Harvard's Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
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Gail deVore
Diabetes Patient Advocate
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Gail deVore was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1972 when she was a young child. At that time she was told she would not live to be 40 years old. Despite that dire warning, Gail has lived a full life without any complications from diabetes as she now approaches the 47th anniversary of the diagnosis. Gail has earned a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from the University of Denver and is the President of 2Degrees, LLC, an I.T. consulting company. Gail has served as an advocate for all people with diabetes since she was a teenager. She regularly testifies about health-related legislation at the Colorado State Capitol, sits on several Boards of Directors for organizations that assist people with diabetes, and she fights to make insulin and healthcare affordable and accessible. She and her husband live in Denver, Colorado, with their two designer mutts.

Gail deVore
Diabetes Patient Advocate
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Mike Ellrich
Healthcare Portfolio Leader, Gallup
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Michael Ellrich is a Principal Consultant and Portfolio Manager providing strategic advice to Gallup’s healthcare clients.  He has over 20 years of research, consulting, and project management experience within the public and private healthcare sectors. He has led many large-scale healthcare research projects involving study design, qualitative/quantitative research, methodology, data analysis, interpretation, and program implementation.  Mr. Ellrich’s research emphasis includes, policy analysis, health system delivery, patient experience, and caregiver safety.

Much of Ellrich’s work emphasizes policy influence on healthcare delivery models, performance, and the resulting impact on business outcomes (e.g. patient & caregiver safety, clinical measures, and financial impact).

Mike Ellrich
Healthcare Portfolio Leader, Gallup
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Edward Fotsch, MD
CEO, Gemini Health LLC
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Edward Fotsch, MD is the CEO of Gemini Health LLC, a health IT firm that reduces drug cost by providing Drug-Cost Decision-SupportTM services to healthcare providers at the point of care integrated into electronic health records (“EHR”).  Dr. Fotsch has over ten years experience in the clinical practice of medicine, while for the past twenty-five years he has lead organizations that provide Internet-based healthcare applications, networks and communications services integrated into EHRs.

Prior to founding Gemini Health, Dr. Fotsch was CEO and Executive Chairman of PDR Network LLC providing drug information to all U.S. prescribers via EHRs, electronic and print formats, including the iconic Physicians Desk Reference.  Dr. Fotsch led the integration of PDR drug information at the point of prescribing into dozens of EHRs used by hundreds of thousands of U.S. physicians.  Prior to his tenure at PDR Dr. Fotsch was the founder and CEO of Medem Inc.; a CA-based Health IT firm created in collaboration with the AMA and other national medical societies, that created the iHealthRecord- a Patient Portal integrated into personal health records and EHRs.  He is the inventor of multiple health information technology patents, and was the author of the now-approved CPT code for e-consults used in telemedicine.

Dr. Fotsch is a nationally recognized expert in healthcare and the application of information technology.  He authored Planning and Implementing Your Healthcare Internet Strategy, the eHealth liability chapter in Medical Malpractice, A Physician’s Sourcebook, and the Personal Health Record chapter of Newt Gingrich’s book, Paper Kills.

Edward Fotsch, MD
CEO, Gemini Health LLC
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Sanjay Gupta, MD
Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy award winning Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN. Gupta is also a practicing neurosurgeon at the Emory Clinic and the Associate Chief of Neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital. Since 2001, Gupta has reported health and medical news for all of CNN’s shows domestically, internationally and digitally. His medical training, public policy experience and literary style have informed his reporting and made his dispatches some of the most distinctive on television.

Since 2001, Gupta has reported from nearly every war zone and natural disaster in the world. From the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and the middle east to the earthquake in Haiti, Tsunami in Japan and Hurricane in Puerto Rico, to name just a few. As one of the first doctors to arrive in these disaster areas, Gupta is often asked to provide medical assistance, as he is done all over the world – including five battle field brain operations in Iraq.

Dr. Gupta was also the first western reporter to cover the Ebola outbreak in the west African country of Guinea in the throes of the outbreak.

Gupta has hosted dozens of documentary films often presenting issues to the global public about topics such as concussions, opioids, climate change -- and medical marijuana, through his multiple part, DuPont Award winning series, Weed.

Over the years, Gupta has written three books, all of which were NYTimes best sellers. He is set to publish his fourth, a book around brain training and Alzheimer’s Disease, early next year.

This March, Gupta will release a new documentary film on HBO, called “One Nation, Under Stress.” In April, Gupta will release six additional documentary films on CNN, called Chasing Life, where Gupta travels the globe looking for remarkable health practices around the world and bringing the remarkable and intimate stories to his viewers back home.

Gupta is a proud Michigan Man, having completed his Medical School and 7 year Neurosurgical training program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He delivered commencement to an audience of 70,000 people in Michigan’s “Big House” in 2012. He worked in the Clinton White House as a White House Fellow, and served as a White House speech writer. Gupta also contributes to 60 Minutes on CBS, and serves as an executive producer for HBO.

Gupta was named one of People Magazine’s sexiest men alive, a pop culture icon by USA Today, and one of the ten most influential celebrities by Forbes Magazine.

Sanjay Gupta, MD
Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN
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Mark Gwynne, DO
President and Executive Medical Director, UNC Health Alliance
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Dr. Mark Gwynne is the President and Executive Medical Director of UNC Health Alliance, UNC Health Care’s Clinically Integrated Network and UNC Senior Alliance, UNC Health Care’s Next Generation Accountable Care Organization. Dr. Gwynne is also an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at UNC School of Medicine where he has served on faculty for the past 15 years. In addition to actively practicing inpatient and outpatient medicine, Dr. Gwynne has spent significant time developing new models of population health care delivery that enhance value by improving quality while decreasing total cost of care. Dr. Gwynne has a particular interest in transitions of care between health care settings, clinically integrated care among ambulatory providers and hospital systems, continuous quality improvement and innovative models of care within the Patient Centered Medical Home and Neighborhood. He firmly believes in the mission to serve North Carolinians by improving health and decreasing suffering throughout the state.

Dr. Gwynne received his medical degree from the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001. He completed his residency and fellowship in family medicine and faculty development at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Gwynne has published more than 25 peer-reviewed articles about care redesign. He is board-certified in Family Medicine.

Mark Gwynne, DO
President and Executive Medical Director, UNC Health Alliance
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John Harwood
Editor-at-Large, CNBC; Host,  "Speakeasy with John Harwood"
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Harwood was born in Louisville, Ky., and grew up in theMaryland suburbs outside of the nation's capital. He has been around journalismand politics all his life; his first trip on a presidential campaign pressplane came when he was 11 years old and accompanied his father, then apolitical reporter for The Washington Post.

While still in high school, he began his journalism career asa copy boy at The Washington Star. He studied history and economics at DukeUniversity and graduated magna cum laude in 1978. Harwood subsequently joinedThe St. Petersburg Times, reporting on police, investigative projects, localgovernment and politics. Later he became state capital correspondent inTallahassee, Washington correspondent and political editor. While coveringnational politics, he also traveled extensively to South Africa, where he covereddeepening unrest against the apartheid regime.

In 1989, Harwood was named a Nieman Fellow at HarvardUniversity, where he spent the 1989-90 academic year. In 1991, he joined TheWall Street Journal as White House correspondent, covering the administrationof George H. W. Bush. Later Harwood reported on Congress. In 1997, he becameThe Wall Street Journal'spolitical editor and chief political correspondent.

While at The Wall Street Journal, Harwood wrote thenewspaper's political column, "Washington Wire," and oversaw the WallStreet Journal/NBC News poll. In March 2006, he joined CNBC as Chief WashingtonCorrespondent.

In addition to CNBC,Harwood offers political analysis on NBC and NPR, among others. Harwood hascovered each of the last nine presidential elections.

John Harwood
Editor-at-Large, CNBC; Host,  "Speakeasy with John Harwood"
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Peter Hayes
President and CEO, Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine
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Peter Hayes currently the President and CEO of the Maine Health Management Coalition and formerly a principal of Healthcare Solutions and Director of Associate Health and Wellness at Hannaford Supermarkets has been in innovative, strategic benefit design for the past 20+ years. During the past several years Hannaford has received numerous national awards in recognition of the company‘s commitment to working collaboratively with healthcare providers and vendors in delivering health benefits that are focused on value (high quality efficient care). Hannaford Supermarkets has been successful in this arena by focusing on innovative solutions for patient advocacy, chronic disease management, and health promotion programs. Hannaford has been recognized for the past three years by receiving the National business Group on Health Platinum Award for the Health Promotion and Wellness programs. These programs along with heath care delivery strategies have contributed to a flat trend line over the past 5 years.

Peter has also been involved in health care reform leadership roles on both the national and regional levels with organizations like Center for Health Innovation, Care Focused Purchasing, Leapfrog, co-founder of the Maine Health Management Coalition, and been appointed by two different Maine Governors to serve on Health Care Reform Commissions to recommend public policies to improve the access and affordability of health care for Maine citizens.

Peter Hayes
President and CEO, Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine
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John Kasich
Former Governor of Ohio, 2011- 2019 & CNN Senior Political Commentator
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Two-term former Ohio Governor John R. Kasich is a politician, a New York Times best-selling author, a former FOX television host, and ultimately an American citizen who believes that unity is the answer to our most common problems.

As Governor, Kasich closed an $8 billion budget shortfall without a tax increase, reduced taxes by $5 billion and outpaced the nation’s job growth with 557,600 new jobs in the Buckeye State. Under his tenure, Ohio budget reserves grew from 89 cents to $2.7 billion. The Governor was a leading voice in promoting bipartisan solutions to health care reform, immigration and international trade. He has been one of the few Republicans to advocate for Medicaid’s expansion.

Kasich has had a storied career in both the public and private sectors. He served as a member of Congress from central Ohio for 18 years. He was elected to the U.S. House at just 30 years old, after having become the youngest state senator in Ohio history. He went on to become the chairman of the House Budget Committee and balanced the Federal Budget four times—a feat not accomplished since. After leaving Congress in 2000, Kasich worked as a managing director in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers, where he helped companies secure the resources they needed to succeed and create jobs.

He was a FOX television commentator for two shows, Heroes and Heartland with John Kasich, in addition to being a stand in host for both Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews. In January of 2019, Kasich made his debut as a Senior Political Commentator for CNN, where he will appear across a variety of programs.

Kasich is the author of four New York Times best-sellers: Courage is Contagious; Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul; Every Other Monday; and most recently Two Paths: America Divided or United, which reflects on 2016 run as Republican Primary Presidential candidate and his hopes for America’s future.

Kasich is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he also served as a Presidential Fellow. No longer Ohio’s Governor, he continues his roles as husband, father and American Citizen, eager for the next chapter.

John Kasich
Former Governor of Ohio, 2011- 2019 & CNN Senior Political Commentator
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Sarah Kliff
Senior Policy Correspondent, Vox.com
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Sarah Kliff is one of the country's leading health policy journalists, who has spent seven years chronicling Washington's battle over the Affordable Care Act. Recently, her reporting has taken her to the White House for a wide-ranging interview with President Obama on the health law—and to rural Kentucky, for a widely-read story about why Obamacare enrollees voted for Donald Trump.

Kliff is a senior policy correspondent at Vox.com, where she focuses on the Republicans' effort to repeal Obamacare—and what that will mean for the millions of Americans who rely on the law for coverage. At Vox, she is also a co-host of The Weeds, a policy podcast with Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias. She is developing a second podcast, also about policy, that will launch in summer 2017.

Prior to joining Vox, Kliff covered health policy for the Washington Post, where she was a founding writer at Wonkblog, a blog dedicated to making complicated policy easily understandable. She has also covered health policy for Politico and Newsweek magazine.

Kliff's work has impact: the Supreme Court cited her work in their 2012 decision upholding the health care law. She is the recipient of multiple reporting awards, including fellowships from the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California.

Kliff is a frequent television guest and has appeared on CBS, PBS, Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC. She enjoys public speaking and, most recently, has presented at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and the Colorado Health Institute.

Kliff resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and a very friendly beagle named Spencer.

Sarah Kliff
Senior Policy Correspondent, Vox.com
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Timothy Lash, MBA
Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, West Health; President, West Health Policy Center
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Tim Lash oversees the development and execution of West Health’s successful aging portfolio across its nonprofit applied medical research, policy and advocacy initiatives and outcomes-based philanthropy. This work supports the organization’s mission of lowering healthcare costs and enabling seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence.

Lash has extensive experience in shaping and advancing innovative and disruptive healthcare models, establishing collaborations across a diverse group of stakeholders and organizations, creating new growth platform strategies, and executing acquisitions/equity investments. Prior to joining West Health, he held leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson and several other healthcare companies.

Lash holds an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business, with a concentration in finance and marketing. He earned his B.S. in biology from Union College. Lash also serves on the advisory board of the d.health Summit and board of directors for Reflexion Health.

Timothy Lash, MBA
Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, West Health; President, West Health Policy Center
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Mike Leavitt
Founder, Leavitt Partners; Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; 3-term Governor of Utah
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Mike Leavitt is the founder and general partner of Leavitt Partners where he helps clients navigate the future as they transition to new and better models of care. His professional life has been divided into the three distinct chapters.  His early career included nearly twenty years building businesses in the risk management sector.  Then, sixteen years in public service.

Governor Leavitt served as Governor of Utah for three terms (1993 to 2003) before occupying two roles in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush: Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (2003 to 2005) and Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (2005 to 2009).  Currently, he is focused on the advancement of value-based health care through Leavitt Partners, a family of businesses that provides investment support, data and analytics, member-based alliances, and direct services to clients to support decision-making strategies in the value economy.

Mike Leavitt is a noted author, and routinely appears as an opinion leader in TV and print media. Mike grew up in Cedar City, Utah, the oldest of six sons. He a husband of more than 40 years, father of five children and proud to be called Saba, by his fifteen grandchildren.  Despite his imperfections at golf, it remains his hobby of choice.  After 45 years, Mike finally scored his first hole-in-one on this sixtieth birthday.

Mike Leavitt
Founder, Leavitt Partners; Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; 3-term Governor of Utah
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Dan Liljenquist
Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Intermountain Healthcare
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Dan Liljenquist is a Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Intermountain Healthcare. He is responsible for helping Intermountain’s Executive Leadership team in setting and achieving its strategic priorities, overseeing Intermountain’s Enterprise Initiative and Market Intelligence & Planning Offices. Prior to joining Intermountain in 2012, Dan served in the Utah State Senate and was nationally recognized for his work on Medicaid and public-sector pension reforms. He is a former strategy consultant with Bain & Company, Inc.

Dan is the lead architect and Board Chair of Civica Rx, an initiative to create a not-for-profit generic drug company to “ensure that essential generic medications are available and affordable to everyone”. He is the lead author of Addressing Generic-Drug Market Failures – The Case for Establishing a Nonprofit Manufacturer, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in May 2018.

Dan received his Juris Doctorate from The University of Chicago Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Brigham Young University. Dan and his wife, Brooke, are the parents of six children and reside in Bountiful, Utah.

Dan Liljenquist
Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Intermountain Healthcare
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Shelley Lyford
President and CEO, Gary and Mary West Foundation and West Health
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Shelley Lyford is president and chief executive officer of West Health, the Gary and Mary West Foundation and the West Health Institute. Solely funded by philanthropists Gary and Mary West, West Health is a family of nonprofit and nonpartisan organizations including the Gary and Mary West Health Institute and Gary and Mary West Foundation in San Diego, and the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center in Washington, D.C. West Health is dedicated to lowering healthcare costs and enabling seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence. The organizations use a combination of applied medical research, policy, advocacy and outcomes-based philanthropy to improve healthcare for seniors and lower costs.

Lyford played a critical role in helping establish the Gary and Mary West Foundation in 2006. Under her leadership, the Gary and Mary West Foundation has awarded more than 500 grants totaling nearly $200 million for applied medical research and community support and social services for seniors and their caregivers. Lyford also leads the Gary and Mary West Health Institute as it conducts applied medical research on a wide range of issues affecting seniors and their families. The research generated is used to provide the evidence needed for healthcare providers, policymakers and communities to make more informed decisions about healthcare delivery models and support services that enable successful aging in America.

Lyford has spearheaded the development of innovative healthcare delivery systems that serve as national care models of excellence, including San Diego’s first Geriatric Emergency Unit; and the first of its kind Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center in downtown San Diego, which provides high-quality, affordable dental care integrated with health and wellness services for lower-income seniors. These and other care models are supported by various research initiatives with collaborators that include the American Geriatrics Society, University of California San Diego Health System, Mount Sinai in New York, Brown University and Northwestern University.

As President and CEO of the Gary and Mary West Foundation, Lyford serves on the Board of Directors for Civica Rx, a not-for-profit generic drug company that will help patients by addressing shortages and high prices of lifesaving medications. Additionally, Lyford is board chair for the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center; vice-chair of the board of directors for Grantmakers in Aging (GIA); a board member of Generations United; and sits on the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors focused on promoting San Diego as an epicenter for successful aging research. Lyford holds a master’s degree in international relations and political-economy from the University of San Diego.

Shelley Lyford
President and CEO, Gary and Mary West Foundation and West Health
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Carolyn Magill, MBA
CEO, Aetion
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Carolyn is the CEO of Aetion, the technology company delivering the real-world analytics and evidence needed to inform health care’s most critical decisions: which treatments work best, for whom, and when.

Carolyn brings decades of experience in executive positions with top payer, population health and digital health companies. Over a period of 8 years at UnitedHealth Group (UHG), Carolyn served in multiple executive roles, including the national Vice President for Medicare Special Needs for individuals with chronic illnesses and for Dual Eligibles. She was also the COO of New Jersey's Medicaid and Medicare plan, covering over 400,000 lives. Subsequently, Carolyn served as EVP of Payer Strategy and Operations at Evolent Health.  In this role, Carolyn led the team operationalizing value based payer contracts and health plans on behalf of health system clients. Most recently before joining Aetion, Carolyn served as CEO of Remedy Partners, a bundled payment company serving payers and providers.  

Carolyn earned her BA at Harvard University and MBA in Health Care Management from Wharton. She is on the Board of Directors of Parity.org, which advocates for gender parity in the c-suite and board rooms, and of the Center for Health Policy Development, which oversees the National Academy for State Health Policy.

Carolyn Magill, MBA
CEO, Aetion
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Sylvia Mathews Burwell
President, American University; Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
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Sylvia Mathews Burwell was sworn in as the 22nd Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on June 9, 2014.

A results-driven executive, Secretary Burwell has led large and complex organizations across the public and private sectors.

As the Secretary of HHS, Burwell oversaw more than 77,000 employees in a department with a broad spectrum of vital responsibilities, in work that touches the lives of Americans at every age, from every background, in every part of our country. She is committed to the mission of ensuring that every American has access to the building blocks of healthy and productive lives.

Secretary Burwell called for the Department to operate under three guiding tenets: to deliver results on a wide range of complex issues, to strengthen the relationships that drive progress, and to build strong teams with the talent and focus needed to deliver impact for the American people.

Previously, Burwell served as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where she worked closely with Congress to help return to a more orderly budget and appropriations process that brought needed stability to the economy and middle-class families. She led the Administration’s efforts to deliver a smarter, more innovative and more accountable government. She oversaw the development of the President’s Second-Term Management Agenda, including efforts to expedite high-impact permitting projects, drive efficiencies, and improve customer service. Additionally, she worked to ensure that our regulatory system protects the health and safety of Americans while promoting economic growth, job creation, and innovation.

Prior to serving in the Administration, Burwell served as president of the Walmart Foundation, where she led efforts to fight hunger in America, empower women around the world, and leverage Walmart’s presence in local communities to reach millions of people. During her tenure, the foundation surpassed $1 billion in total giving.

Before joining Walmart in 2012, she was president of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she spent 10 years working on some of the world’s most pressing challenges, from global health to agricultural development and financial services for the poor. She also served as the foundation’s first chief operating officer.

During the Clinton Administration, Burwell served as deputy director of OMB, deputy chief of staff to the President, chief of staff to the Secretary of the Treasury, and staff director of the National Economic Council.

Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, Burwell worked for McKinsey & Company. She has served on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, MetLife, and the University of Washington Medical Center, among other organizations.

Burwell received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

In 2017, Burwell was named as the first female president of American University. She also serves on the National Advisory Council of the Aspen Institute's Future of Work Initiative. A second-generation Greek-American, Burwell hails from Hinton, West Virginia. She and her husband Stephen live in Washington, D.C., with their two young children.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell
President, American University; Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
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Mark McClellan, MD, PhD
Director and Professor, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, is the Robert J. Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine, and Health Policy, and Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University with offices at Duke and in Washington DC. The new Center will support and conduct research, evaluation, implementation, and educational activities to improve health policy and health, through collaboration across Duke University and Health System, and through partnerships between the public and private sectors. It integrates the social, clinical, and analytical sciences to integrate technical expertise and practical capabilities to develop and apply policy solutions that improve health and the value of health care locally, nationally, and worldwide.

Dr. McClellan is a doctor and an economist, and his work has addressed a wide range of strategies and policy reforms to improve health care, including such areas as payment reform to promote better outcomes and lower costs, methods for development and use of real-world evidence, and more effective drug and device innovation. Before coming to Duke, he served as a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he was Director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiatives and led the Richard Merkin Initiative on Payment Reform and Clinical Leadership. He also has a highly distinguished record in public service and in academic research. Dr. McClellan is a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he developed and implemented major reforms in health policy. These include the Medicare prescription drug benefit, Medicare and Medicaid payment reforms, the FDA’s Critical Path Initiative, and public-private initiatives to develop better information on the quality and cost of care.

Dr. McClellan is the founding chair and a current board member of the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and chairs the Academy’s Leadership Council for Value and Science-Driven Health care, co-chairs he guiding committee of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, and is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has also previously served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and senior director for health care policy at the White House, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Department of the Treasury. He was previously an associate professor of economics and medicine with tenure at Stanford University, and has twice received the Kenneth Arrow Award for Outstanding Research in Health Economics.

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD
Director and Professor, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
@dukemargolisView Bio
David Mitchell
Founder and President, Patients For Affordable Drugs
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David Mitchell has an incurable blood cancer called multiple myeloma. The price of his current drugs is $450,000 per year. Like millions of others, David needs innovation and new drugs for his survival, but he believes drugs don’t work if people can’t afford them.

After more than 30 years at a D.C. policy communications firm, he retired in December 2016 to devote his full energy to helping change policy to lower prescription drug prices. Patients For Affordable Drugs mobilizes patients and allies at the federal and state levels and does not accept funding from any organizations that profit from the development or distribution of prescription drugs.

David Mitchell
Founder and President, Patients For Affordable Drugs
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Michael Murphy
Political Strategist; Political Analyst, NBC News' Meet the Press; Contributing Editor, TIME
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Mike Murphy is one of the Republican Party’s most successful political consultants, having handled strategy and advertising for more than 26 successful gubernatorial and Senatorial campaigns, including 12 wins in “blue” states that have consistently voted Democratic in Presidential elections. Murphy has been called a “media master” by Fortune magazine and the leader of a “new breed” of campaign consultants by Congressional Quarterly. His past campaign experience includes serving as senior strategist for John McCain’s first campaign for President in 2000, both Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush’s successful campaigns for Governors and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s election as Governor of California.  He has advised political leaders in six foreign countries. A partner in the Washington DC based Revolution Agency, Murphy works as a strategy and communications consultant for a variety of Fortune 500 companies and leading trade associations.

Murphy is also a well-known opinion journalist; both in print and as a longtime panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press. He’s written for TIME Magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post and the Weekly Standard. In 2016, his podcast — Radio Free GOP — averaged more than 100,000 downloads a week and was reviewed by Vanity Fair’s James Wolcott as “… a weekly inside baseball bullpen conversation about polling, tactics and candidates' foibles so funny and informative that even a dyed-blue liberal Dem such as myself is addicted.”

Murphy also works as a writer/producer in the entertainment industry having written screenplays for HBO television, HBO films and Twentieth Century Fox. Murphy was born in Detroit, Michigan and attended the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Murphy and his wife Tiffany live with their young daughter Audrey in Los Angeles California.

Michael Murphy
Political Strategist; Political Analyst, NBC News' Meet the Press; Contributing Editor, TIME
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Michael A. Peterson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
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Michael A. Peterson is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a non-partisan organization dedicated to addressing America’s fiscal challenges and building a stronger economic future. The Foundation engages in grant-making, partnerships and research to educate citizens and foster solutions to put America on a sustainable fiscal path. Michael sets the Foundation’s policy direction and strategy, shaping its major programs and initiatives.

In 2014, the Foundation established the Peterson Center on Healthcare, a non-profit organization dedicated to making higher quality, more affordable healthcare a reality for all Americans. The Center is working to transform U.S. healthcare into a high-performance system by finding innovative solutions that improve quality and lower costs, and accelerating their adoption on a national scale.

Michael combines his dedication to public service with extensive private sector experience as an entrepreneur, operator and investor. In 2007, he co-founded Evolve IP, an award-winning telecommunications company named as one of America’s 50 best places to work (Inc. Magazine), best entrepreneurial companies (Entrepreneur Magazine) and fastest growing technology companies (Deloitte Fast 500). Michael also co-founded GPX Enterprises, L.P., which makes direct investments in operating businesses and real estate. Previously, he held a number of corporate finance positions, leading and executing transactions totaling several billion dollars. Michael also currently serves as the CEO of Peterson Management, LLC, which manages the Peterson family investments.

Michael is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and serves on the boards of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Partnership for New York City. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, and Business Executives for National Security. He has received the Corporate Community Achievement Award from the Northside Center for Child Development and the Visionary Award from the Committee for Economic Education. Additionally, he has established his own foundation, which focuses on a variety of philanthropic areas.

Michael graduated Magna Cum Laude and with Honors from Brown University, where he was awarded the Taubman Prize for his thesis. He received his Master's degree from the London School of Economics. Michael lives in New York with his wife, Tara Peters, and their two children.

Michael A. Peterson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
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Elisabeth Rosenthal
Editor-in-Chief, Kaiser Health News
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Elisabeth Rosenthal, M.D. spent 22 years as a reporter, correspondent and senior writer at The New York Times. The capstone of her journalistic career was an award-winning 2-year-long series about the cost of American healthcare called “Paying Till it Hurts.” Dr. Rosenthal’s reporting “has changed the way we think about health care,” wrote Dr. Andrew Boozary, editor of the Harvard Public Health Review. Paul Raeburn, of the MIT Knight Science Journalism Tracker, called the series “the clearest dissection to date of the health system’s pricing ills.” He added: “It should galvanize the country.”

In her new book An American Sickness, Dr. Rosenthal expands on her reporting to take a hard look at the history and current state of our nation’s healthcare. At this moment of sweeping political change, Dr. Rosenthal exposes the limitations of our healthcare system by breaking down the monolithic business into its various components—and reminds us what is at stake.

Drawing on her book and work as a journalist, Elisabeth Rosenthal’s lectures penetrate right to the heart of our healthcare problem. She has keynoted healthcare conferences for Consumer Reports, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American College of Physicians and the Mayo Clinic, to name a few. An enlightening speaker, Dr. Rosenthal tackles this difficult topic with remarkable clarity, whether addressing healthcare providers, doctors, or patients.

A frequent contributor to the New York Times’ Sunday Review, Dr. Rosenthal has made national appearances on media outlets such as MSNBC Morning Joe, C-Span, This American Life, NPR’s Fresh Air, and The Diane Rehm Show among others.  Her awards include the Association of Health Care Journalists’ 2014 beat reporting prize, the 2014 Victor Cohn Prize from the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, the 2014 Online News Association’s topical reporting prize and the Asia Society’s Osborn Elliott prize, as well as multiple citations from the Newswomen’s Club of New York.

Born in New York City, Dr. Rosenthal holds an M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School, trained in internal medicine, and worked as an E.R. physician before becoming a full-time journalist. She has been a Poynter Fellow at Yale, a Ferris Visiting Professor at Princeton, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University. Currently, Dr. Rosenthal works as the editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, an independent foundation-funded reporting project providing health and health policy news to media partners like NPR, PBS, The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today.

Elisabeth Rosenthal
Editor-in-Chief, Kaiser Health News
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Julie Rovner
Chief Washington Correspondent, Kaiser Health News
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Julie Rovner is Chief Washington Correspondent for Kaiser Health News and host of the all-women panelist podcast, KHN’s “What the Health?”

Prior to joining KHN in 2014, she spent 15 years as health policy correspondent for NPR, specializing in the politics of health care. Rovner served as NPR's lead correspondent covering the passage and implementation of the 2010 health overhaul bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

A noted expert on health policy issues, Rovner is the author of a critically-praised reference book Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z. Rovner is also co-author of the book Managed Care Strategies 1997, and has contributed to several other books, including two chapters in Intensive Care: How Congress Shapes Health Policy, edited by political scientists Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann.

In 2005, Rovner was awarded the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress for her coverage of the passage of the Medicare prescription drug law and its aftermath.

Rovner has appeared on television on the PBS NewsHour, CNN, C-Span, MSNBC, and NBC Nightly News. Her articles have appeared in dozens of national newspapers and magazines.

Prior to NPR, Rovner covered health for National Journal’s CongressDaily and before that for the Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, specializing in health care financing, abortion, welfare, and disability issues. She has been a regular contributor to the British medical journal The Lancet, and her columns on patients' rights for the magazine Business and Health won her a share of the 1999 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award.

Rovner has a degree in political science from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Julie Rovner
Chief Washington Correspondent, Kaiser Health News
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Bob Schieffer
Former Moderator of Face the Nation, Former CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent
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Emmy-winning journalist Bob Schieffer is one of the nation’s most-revered reporters of all time. With 58 years in the news business and 46 years at CBS News, the former moderator of Face the Nation served as a steady on-air presence while other television personalities came and went. He was declared “the last of the old school anchors from the heyday of network TV news” by NPR, and is a beloved Washington insider who, as USA Today said, “has been on a first-name basis with key DC figures for decades.” Schieffer, who held every major job at CBS News, served as the lynchpin of the network and led Face the Nation to its highest ratings in decades. He is currently the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

With a career that has dealt almost exclusively with politics, Schieffer is one of few journalists who have covered all four major beats in the nation’s capital – the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Capitol Hill. He has interviewed every president since Richard Nixon and moderated three presidential debates – 2004, 2008, and 2012. With a unique style that’s “equal parts folksy inquisitor and experienced political insider,” according to NPR, “no one can ask a tough question quite like Bob Schieffer.” Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, he offers an insightful look at today’s political climate told through insider stories about the most fascinating aspects of politics – how politicians operate behind the scenes. Named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, Schieffer harnesses his enduring appeal as he shares what could only have been learned from his more than five decades of on-the-job experience.

Jack-of-All-Trades. USA Today said Schieffer’s career reached “hall-of-fame levels, thanks to his consistent, jack-of-all trades approach to his profession and his diligent shepherding of Face the Nation,” and his expertise truly is wide-ranging.

He has authored three books: Bob Schieffer’s America, Face the Nation: My Favorite Stories from the First 50 Years of the Award-Winning News Broadcast, and This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV. He has also co-authored Ronald Reagan, The Acting President. Schieffer made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry alongside his country music band Honky Tonk Confidential and appeared in a cameo beside Harrison Ford in the 2010 film Morning Glory.

Before joining CBS News, he was a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and, in 1965, became the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to report from Vietnam.

A Living Legend. Schieffer has won virtually every award in broadcast journalism, including eight Emmys, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence, and the Edward R. Murrow Award. He received an Emmy for lifetime achievement and was named “Broadcaster of the Year” by the National Press Foundation. He was also inducted into the Broadcasting/Cable Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. He feels his greatest honor, though, was his alma mater, Texas Christian University, creating the Schieffer School of Journalism.

Bob Schieffer
Former Moderator of Face the Nation, Former CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent
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Kathleen Sebelius
Former Secretary, United States Department of Health & Human Services; Former Governor; State of Kansas
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Kathleen Sebelius, is one of America’s leading voices on health policy, health care reform, and human service delivery. From April 2009 through June 2014, she served in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet as Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, where she oversaw a trillion-dollar budget and a staff of nearly 90,000 employees. The agencies in the Department include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Institutes of Health, the CDC, the FDA, the Office of the Surgeon General, the Office of Head Start, and numerous others. As secretary, Kathleen led the President’s charge for the passage of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), the most significant health reform in half a century. From 2003 to 2009, Kathleen served as Governor of Kansas, where she was named one of America’s Top Five Governors by TIME magazine. Forbes named her one of the 100 most powerful women in the world.

Kathleen Sebelius
Former Secretary, United States Department of Health & Human Services; Former Governor; State of Kansas
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Andy Slavitt, MBA
Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center; Former Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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Andy Slavitt has decades of private and public sector leadership in health care. Over his career, Andy has shaped some of the most significant and successful initiatives in health care impacting millions of Americans and the direction of the health care system. From 2015 to 2017 he served as the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under President Obama, overseeing the Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Under his leadership, the U.S. health care system saw record reductions in the uninsured rate, nationwide improvements in quality, record low cost growth, and a major upsurge in value-based payment models.

Andy currently serves as Board Chair of United States of Care, a non-partisan non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care, and that policies to make progress toward that goal are politically feasible and fiscally responsible. Andy is also the senior partner in a venture firm focused on investments in the most under-served parts of health care. In addition, he is a Senior Advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center, and co-Chairs the BPC's Future of Health Care effort, and serves on a number of health care boards.

Andy lives in Minnesota with his family. He is a graduate of the Wharton School and The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Andy Slavitt, MBA
Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center; Former Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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Adam Stavisky
SVP U.S. Benefits, Walmart
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Adam Stavisky is the Senior Vice President of U.S. Benefits at Walmart. Stavisky joined Walmart in 2018 and is responsible for the strategy, design and delivery of the health and welfare, retirement, group insurance and integrated absence management benefits for Walmart’s 1.5 million U.S. associates. He works closely with business leaders to ensure the benefits meet the needs of Walmart’s evolving workforce. Prior to joining Walmart, Adam spent more than 20 years building benefits consulting businesses at a number of leading national firms. In these roles, he sold and led strategic benefit reviews at many of the Fortune 500. In building businesses, he championed a requiring and trusting culture that enabled team members to deliver their best.

Adam Stavisky
SVP U.S. Benefits, Walmart
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Lauren Vela
Senior Director, Pacific Business Group on Health
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Ms. Vela is a Senior Director for the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH).  Lauren works directly with the large purchaser members of PBGH to facilitate collaboration and to support their purchaser-driven initiatives impacting healthcare delivery in the US. In addition to translating PBGH’s ground-breaking work in transparency and accountability into workable solutions for PBGH member organizations, Lauren identifies opportunities to apply market leverage for improvement, currently focusing on the business model supporting pharmacy benefit management and low value care.  

Prior to this role, Lauren was the Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Employers Forum (SVEF), a coalition of high tech employers that benchmark benefit designs and collaborate for improvement. During her SVEF tenure, Lauren systematized the group’s benchmarking practices and served as a facilitator and strategist for their joint projects with regard to both US-based and international employee benefit programs. To this day, SVEF and PBGH maintain a strategic alliance and Ms. Vela works closely with purchaser members of both groups.

Prior to the SVEF role, Ms. Vela enjoyed a twelve-year tenure with PBGH serving in three distinct areas; multi-stakeholder health information exchange, provider group organization improvement, and employer value-based purchasing.  

Prior to her work with SVEF and PBGH, Ms. Vela was employed by organizations in the workers comp, TPA, and mental health fields where she held positions in product development, operations, marketing, and provider relations.  Ms. Vela earned an MBA from the University of Houston and has completed all necessary coursework for her Dr.PH. with a focus on managed health care and health economics from the University of Texas.

Lauren Vela
Senior Director, Pacific Business Group on Health
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Gary West
Chairman and Co-Founder, West Health
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Gary West began his career as a hospital administrator and went on to build one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. Along with his wife Mary, Mr. West has founded numerous companies over the last four decades – beginning with WATS Telemarketing in 1978 and followed by West Corporation in 1986.

West Corporation became one of the largest customer relationship management providers in the world with more than 35,000 employees and $3.5 billion in annual sales. Since West Corporation was taken private in 2006, Mr. West and his wife have started and now lead a range of enterprises based in Southern California and the Midwest, including West Development and West Partners, a private equity firm.

Mr. West and his wife, Mary, formed the Gary and Mary West Foundation in 2006 to pursue their philanthropic interests. The Gary and Mary West Health Institute and the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center is an extension of their philanthropy. These organizations share a singluar mission, dedicated to lowering the cost of healthcare and making successful aging a reality for seniors.

Gary West
Chairman and Co-Founder, West Health
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ABOUT 2019 SUMMIT: LET'S TAKE BOLD ACTION

WHEN
TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2019
9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
WHERE
AMPHITHEATER AT RONALD REAGAN BUILDING AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTER

1300 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20004
The country is in the midst of a critical political and policy debate that could reshape healthcare in America for generations to come. Some people are focused on who will pay for healthcare and whether or not we can afford it. However, fewer are focused on why healthcare costs so much in the first place and what we can do about it.

West Health's Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit focused on solving America’s healthcare cost crisis. Convening leaders from many sectors of healthcare, the goal was to fuel the best ideas, innovations and practical policy solutions to change the trajectory of the cost of healthcare in America.
Who Should Attend the Summit?
If you’re a leader or simply an interested party from one of the many sectors of healthcare - policymakers, providers, health systems, researchers, economists, insurers, government, industry advocacy groups and patients - then join us on April 2nd to take bold action.
Why this Summit Matters
The Summit pulls together diverse stakeholders to create plans for accountability, advance critical success factors and inspire action in specific areas that offer the greatest opportunity to lower the cost of healthcare. Hear from industry leaders, network and strategize. Now is the time.
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3 Common-sense Reforms
Three common-sense reforms – allowing Medicare to directly negotiate prescription drug prices with drug companies, accelerating the move to a value-based care system and requiring greater price transparency – are key to lowering healthcare costs and improving health outcomes.
What is HCI?
Join us in 2020!
HCI is completely free of cost and open to everyone. For the full experience of making change and networking with colleagues, attend in person in Washington D.C. If you are still interested and cannot make it, we will live stream the event for those that are remote.
NEW ANALYSIS OF CALIFORNIA HOSPITALS SHOWS PRIVATE INSURERS PAY MORE THAN DOUBLE WHAT MEDICARE DOES FOR SIMILAR SERVICES
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May 20, 2019
A new analysis of financial data from general acute care hospitals in California reveals that private insurers paid on average 209 percent more than what Medicare paid for similar services in 2015 and 2016.
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HCI2019 Graphic Recordings
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April 3, 2019
Explore the talks with these graphic summaries of our 2019 Summit key talks and findings.
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Press Release: The Great Disconnect Between Perceptions and Realities of the U.S. Healthcare System
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April 2, 2019
West Health-Gallup Survey Finds High Cost of Healthcare Causes Significant Worry, Financial Strain for Many Americans, but Political Party Affiliation Colors Views of System at Large
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Press Release: U.S. SPENDING MORE THAN $420 MILLION PER HOUR ON HEALTHCARE, ON TRACK TO SPEND IN EXCESS OF $12 TRILLION BY 2040
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April 2, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC – April 2, 2019 – The United States currently spends upwards of $420 million per hour on healthcare, a number that is increasing by the minute, and if current trends continue, the nation’s total healthcare spending will top $12 trillion by the year 2040, according to HealthCostCrisis.org, a new interactive website and crisis clock that tracks and forecasts healthcare spending in America in real time.
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