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The Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care

11th Annual Conference - November 2, 2018

The Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care connects you with the thought leaders of health care—executives who are leading their health care organizations in deliberate, innovative ways that yield new visions for the future of the industry.

We’ll explore topics relevant to moving the health care industry forward including:  

  • Finding ways to incentivize wellness
  • New and innovative methods of patient-focused delivery
  • Partnerships within the industry
  • Health policy

Join local and national health care executives to understand their vision for the future of the industry.

Curious about the topics covered at this conference? Read The future of U.S. health care has already begun, a recap of the 2017 conference topics written by St. Thomas faculty Dan McLaughlin and Joe White. The article was published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on December 2, 2017. 

Save the Date - November 2, 2018

Example Schedule - 2017 Conference

Get an idea of the type of topics covered with a sample from our most recent conference.


7:00 - 7:25 a.m.

Check-In and Continental Breakfast


7:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Functional Medicine and LeadHealth

Functional medicine models partner the patient with the provider to work together to address the cause of disease for each individual. It promotes optimal wellness with a systems-based approach to the prevention, diagnosis, and comprehensive management of complex chronic disease. Learn how The Institute for Functional Medicine has partnered with LeadHealth and The Cleveland Clinic to improve outcomes of chronic disease and lowered health care costs.

Tom Blue
Director of Strategy at the Institute for Functional Medicine

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

Break and Networking

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Strategic Alliances – AllianceRx Walgreens Prime

In 2016, Prime Therapeutics, a Minnesota-based pharmacy benefits manager, and Walgreens announced a unique collaboration. The relationship consists of two parts: A long-term agreement making Walgreens the core participant in Prime’s national preferred network, and development of a combined central specialty and mail services company. The collaboration helps both companies improve the member experience, pricing and health outcomes while reducing plan health care costs. AllianceRx Walgreens Prime launched in April 2017 as the third largest specialty pharmacy in the country and one of the largest home delivery pharmacies. Learn how this alliance began, how it furthered the strategies of both companies, what this collaboration means for patients, and initial results for the new company launched earlier this year. 

Alec Mahmood
CFO of Prime Therapeutics

Brad Fluegel
SVP of Walgreens

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Break and Networking

10:30  - 11:30 a.m.

Provider and Payer Partnership: Allina and Aetna

What is the business case for strategic partnerships – specifically those between a provider and a payer? Learn what prompted the partnership between Allina and Aetna, how collaboration between a for-profit payer and a non-profit provider is working and where there have been obstacles. Gain insight into how these types of partnerships can shape the future of health care.

Penny Wheeler
President and CEO of Allina Health 

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 

Luncheon Speaker: The Future of National Health Policy

From senior leader at United Health Group to overhauling after the initial roll-out to leading the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Andy Slavitt has first-hand knowledge of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. With continued focus in Washington on heath policy, hear about the future for health care from a policy perspective and what will be on the Congressional agenda in the foreseeable future.

Andy Slavitt
former Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 

12:45 - 1:15 p.m.

Health Care and the Internet of Things 

Connecting humans to the internet of things has led to wearable technologies – including those providing health related information and reminders. Discover how one wearable technology company, Myant, is designing everyday apparel to collect data and improve quality of life. Their products have many uses including heating up the clothing if cold, sending reminders to increase activity, measuring heart rate and other biometrics, recognizing signs of cardiac arrest and even connecting to the wearer’s calendar to correlate stressful events to biometrics. This information can be sent to the user’s doctor to aid in patient care. Learn how they are working to make a stronger connection between the user and their physician.

Myant Technologies 

1:15 -2:15 p.m.

Digital Innovation at the Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic is known for collaborative physicians who work together to provide an integrated experience and patient focused solutions. Learn how the Mayo Clinic is using this strength to advance its digital capabilities and partner with organizations inside and outside health care to advance patient care, research and education.  

Cris Ross
CIO of the Mayo Clinic 

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Break and Networking

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

Fairview's View of Macro Market Trends and the Role of Partnerships

Fairview Health Services is an award-winning, nonprofit, integrated health system providing exceptional health care across the full spectrum of health care services. Learn what macro market trends James Hereford, President and CEO of Fairview Health Services, envisions will define the delivery of healthcare tomorrow, how Fairview is responding to these trends, and how Fairview is thinking about current and future partnerships.  

James Hereford
President and CEO of Fairview Health Services 

3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Interested in Becoming a Conference Sponsor?

Get your company information in front of 200+ health care executives at this annual conference. Contact Brian Godfrey at 651-962-4608 or for more information about how you can sponsor this annual conference. 

Contact Us

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Executive Education
University of St. Thomas
Opus College of Business
TMH 166
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403-2005

Phone: 1 (651) 962-4600 or
1 (800) 328-6819 ext.2-4600

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