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8:30 AM
9:15 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:15 AM
9:16 AM

High Costs, Broken Promises: Healthcare in America (Summit Intro Video)

The high cost of healthcare has garnered major headlines over the last few years and politicians have reacted with Congressional hearings and promises to do something about it. But have they? This video will highlight the toll skyrocketing healthcare costs are having on patients and explore if the rhetoric from politicians matches the reality.

9:16 AM
9:20 AM

No More Excuses: Solving the Healthcare Crisis - All Hands on Deck: A Framework for Action and Accountability

Tim Lash, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer, West Health; President, West Health Policy Center (Summit Emcee)

9:20 AM
9:35 AM

High Costs, Broken Promises: The Time is Now

People are hurting and public outrage is swirling about the high cost of healthcare. The question is will this hurt and outrage finally inspire the action and political courage that is needed in Washington to make our healthcare system more affordable, sustainable and accessible? Shelley Lyford explores how this crisis evolved, who is responsible and what we can do to finally end decades of high costs and broken promises.

Shelley Lyford, President and CEO, Gary and Mary West Foundation and West Health

More than 30 years ago, entrepreneurs Gary and Mary West founded West Corporation, a technology-driven communications company based in Omaha, Nebraska and grew it to 30,000 employees. After selling their business and retiring, the Wests turned their passion, energy and sizable wealth to philanthropic initiatives dedicated to making a significant and lasting impact on lowering the cost of healthcare and improving care for older adults – specifically low-income seniors. The legendary Bob Schieffer, former Moderator of Face the Nation and CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent, conducts a candid interview with Gary about why lowering the cost of healthcare is so personally important to him, who is to blame for skyrocketing costs, and what reforms are desperately needed to create a healthcare system that works for patients and their families rather than corporate interests. 

An Interview with Gary West, Founder and Chairman of West Health by Bob Schieffer, former Moderator of Face the Nation and CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent (video)

9:35 AM
9:55 AM

Keynote: Healthcare in America Costs Too Much

Andy Slavitt, MBA, Board Chair, United States of Care; Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center; Former Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

9:55 AM
10:25 AM

Keynote Panel: Government Perspectives - Exorbitant Healthcare Spending Undermining Our Vital Needs

John Kasich, Former Governor of Ohio, 2011- 2019 & CNN Senior Political Commentator

Steve Beshear, Former Governor of Kentucky 2007 - 2015

Host: Andy Slavitt, MBA, Board Chair, United States of Care; Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center; Former Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

10:25 AM
10:40 AM

An Insider’s Perspective on Healthcare Pricing

John Bardis, Former Assistant Secretary of Administration for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Founder, MedAssets

10:40 AM
11:15 AM

Healthcare Costs - “The Tapeworm on American Business”

Adam Stavisky, Senior Vice President, U.S. Benefits, Walmart

Lauren Vela, MBA, Senior Director of Member Value, Pacific Business Group on Health

Peter Hayes, President and CEO, Maine Health Management Coalition

Host: John Bardis, Former Assistant Secretary of Administration for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Founder, MedAssets

11:15 AM
11:45 AM

Lunch

11:45 AM
11:55 AM

The Gallup and West Health National Survey on Healthcare Costs

West Health and Gallup have embarked on a major study of American opinions to find definitive answers to some of our most pressing questions about how healthcare costs are impacting citizens across the country – and what that means for our society. Hear highlights of the West Health/Gallup survey on healthcare costs from Mike Ellrich, the healthcare leader for Gallup.

Tim Lash, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer, West Health; President, West Health Policy Center

Mike Ellrich, Healthcare Portfolio Leader, Gallup

11:55 AM
12:15 PM

An Interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta

What factors are in play that are driving up America’s healthcare costs? Hear from CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, multiple award-winning journalist, author and practicing neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta as he and West Health President and CEO Shelley Lyford discuss common-sense solutions to stem the rising tide of healthcare costs, mobilize the public and explore what actions we can take to address the healthcare cost crisis before it’s too late.

Sanjay Gupta, MD, Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN

Host: Shelley Lyford, President and CEO, Gary and Mary West Foundation and West Health

12:15 PM
12:25 PM

Spotlight: Real People Caught in the Crosshairs of High Prices

When Gail deVore was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, the price for one vial of insulin was just $1.49. Over the last 47 years since her diagnosis, the rising price of insulin has been DeVore’s biggest hurdle in managing the disease. In the last 23 years alone, the price has increased by about 1200%. When insulin was discovered in 1921, researchers sold their patents for $1 each to make certain that it was always affordable and accessible to all. Today as a patient advocate, DeVore testifies on bills to help lower the cost of insulin, and has proposed legislation to elected officials. She also makes phone calls, writes letters, and publishes editorial opinion articles—all with the singular goal of making insulin accessible and affordable for all who rely on it to live.

Gail deVore, Type I Diabetes Patient; Healthcare Costs Advocate

As a patient with an incurable—but treatable—disease, David Mitchell depends on prescription drugs for his survival. Diagnosed with a form of blood cancer called multiple myeloma, Mitchell expected to be in continuous treatment for the rest of his life. Since Myeloma is known to find its way around drugs, Mitchell is a strong supporter of drug innovation and new medications to extend his life and the lives of other patients. But he says drugs don’t work if people can’t afford them. This session will detail Mitchell’s patient experience, and his focus and passion to help bring about policy change in service of patients across the country as President and Founder of the Patients for Affordable Drugs organization. This independent, nonprofit patient organization focuses exclusively on achieving policy changes to lower the price of prescription drugs.

David Mitchell, President and Founder, Patients for Affordable Drugs

12:25 PM
1:00 PM

Panel: Political Reporters and Pundits - The Politics of Reining in Healthcare Costs: Framers, Shamers and Gamers

The Politics Behind the High Cost of Healthcare will feature a lively discussion between top political strategists and journalists on who and what is really driving healthcare policy in Washington, who is influencing whom, what the politics are, and what needs to happen to see real action on lowering the cost healthcare in America. Moderated by CNBC’s John Harwood, who has been covering national politics for decades, panelists including veteran political strategists Donna Brazile and Mike Murphy and journalists Sarah Kliff, health policy reporter for Vox and Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, will provide the inside scoop on who is really calling the shots in Washington and whether or not the political winds will lead to real healthcare reform.

Donna Brazile, Veteran Democratic Political Strategist; Adjunct Professor; Author; and Syndicated Columnist

Mike Murphy, Political Strategist, Political Analyst for NBC News and Contributing Editor, TIME

Sarah Kliff, Health Policy Reporter, Vox

Julie Rovner, Chief Washington Correspondent, Kaiser Health News

Host: John Harwood, Chief Washington Correspondent, CNBC

1:00 PM
1:10 PM

Spotlight: Healthcare Costs Today

1:10 PM
1:35 PM

Panel: The Value-based Care Movement

Healthcare expenditures keep rising and are on pace to approach $4 trillion in 2019. But the U.S. is still stuck in a health system that rewards volume-based (fee-for-service) care that continues to drive up costs without providing better outcomes for patients. At a time when so many Americans are looking for new solutions to high prices and poor health outcomes, value-based care can not only slow the trajectory of high costs, but fundamentally reshape the way we deliver healthcare services. Moderated by Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, this panel will explore the momentum toward implementing value-based care and learnings from those attempting to achieve significant cost savings with alternative payment models. 

Roy Beveridge, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Humana

Mark Gwynne, MD, President and Executive Medical Director, UNC Health Alliance

Carolyn Magill, MBA, CEO, Aetion

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

1:35 PM
1:45 PM

Spotlight: Reducing Drug Spend Through Cost Transparency

Today, most employers and patients paying for healthcare in the U.S. don’t have access to information about the actual cost of their healthcare, whether it’s a medication, hospitalization, test, or surgery. Equally unacceptable is that physicians are also unable to understand the prices of the services and drugs they recommend for their patients and the existence more affordable alternatives. In this spotlight, Dr. Edward Fotsch, Founder and CEO of Gemini Health, will explore efforts to reduce drug costs through innovative efforts to deliver drug and alternative cost transparency at the point of prescribing.

Edward Fotsch, MD, CEO and Founder, Gemini Health

1:45 PM
2:20 PM

Panel: Pioneering Strategies for Lowering Drug Costs

Dan Liljenquist, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Intermountain Healthcare

John Arnold, Founder and Co-Chair, Arnold Ventures

Shelley Lyford, President and CEO, Gary and Mary West Foundation and West Health

Michael Peterson, Chairman and CEO, Peterson Foundation

Host: Tim Lash, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer, West Health; President, West Health Policy Center

2:20 PM
3:00 PM

Panel: What are the Prospects of Real Change and What is Doable for Fixing Healthcare Costs?

Rising healthcare costs place significant economic burdens on families, businesses, states, and the nation, threatening our financial security and our health, and endangering funding for vital public programs. Led by former Moderator of Face the Nation Bob Schieffer, this closing panel brings together both sides of the aisle to explore the ideas and common-sense reforms discussed throughout the day’s agenda and how we can best shape the path forward. The panel will discuss current and proposed policy proposals to curb costs and explore immediate and long-term actions that truly can deliver on the promise of improving healthcare quality and lowering costs in sustainable and meaningful ways, including the best ways hold our elected officials accountable.

John Kasich, Former Governor of Ohio, 2011- 2019 & CNN Senior Political Commentator

Mike Leavitt, Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 3-term Governor of Utah

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Kathleen Sebelius, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Former Governor; State of Kansas

Host: Bob Schieffer, former Moderator of Face the Nation and CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent

3:00 PM

Final Remarks: The Game Plan

Shelley Lyford, President and CEO, Gary and Mary West Foundation and West Health, issues a bold call to action and outlines a game plan to lower the cost of healthcare in America.

Shelley Lyford, President and CEO, Gary and Mary West Foundation and West Health

Gary West, Founder and Chairman, West Health

Join us on April 2nd to be part of the action to solve our healthcare costs crisis.

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