America spends more on healthcare than any other developed country; yet, it does not provide better health outcomes. Republicans and Democrats can't agree on a solution; yet, rational compromise is desperately needed.

What is the solution to America’s out-of-control cost curve?

The fourth annual Healthcare Economics Summit, an effort of Concordia’s Batterman School of Business and the Remedium eXchange Think Tank, will tackle the question on July 31.

The 2020 event has moved online this year to comply with coronavirus precautions. This year’s keynote, Steven Klasko, will be one of many leading experts from across the nation who will offer their informed opinions and expert solutions.

Healthcare Economics Summit

“Purple Solutions to Fixing Healthcare in America.”

July 31 | 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Featuring Steven Klasko

$35 ticket includes free book and supporting materials



Identified as No. 2 on Modern Healthcare’s list of “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare,” Dr. Steven Klasko is a transformative leader and advocate for a revolution in our systems of healthcare and higher education.

As president and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health since 2013, he has steered one of the nation’s fastest growing academic health institutions based on his vision of re-imagining health care and higher education.

Learn more about Klasko here.


Illustration by 2020 CUW graduate Taylor Oestreich

The Healthcare Economics Summit will also serve as the book launch for Batterman School of Business Dean Dr. Daniel Sem’s new book, “Purple Solutions: A Bipartison Roadmap to Better Healthcare in America.” In addition to receiving a copy, those who register for the morning session will have opportunity to hear from experts who contributed to its text.

Expert book contributors include the former president of the American Medical Association, policy and think tank leaders, healthcare executives, entrepreneurs looking to disrupt the current medical industrial complex, politicians, payers, providers, and legal experts.

“The solution to healthcare is in our hands, as consumers and voters, not in the hands of big government or corporate medicine,” says Sem. “Viable bipartisan solutions to healthcare reform are presented. We just need to change our mindset, and then convince our elected officials to compromise and work towards giving us better healthcare in America.”

Learn more about Purple Solutions here.


  • Listen to the Purple Solutions podcast. Dr. Sem kicks off the Purple Solutions podcast with an interview with Steve Klasko. Listen on or on Spotify.
  • Register for the FREE afternoon session on July 31. Extend your learning on July 31 by registering for a free afternoon session, titled “Telehealth in a Post-COVID World: The Future of Healthcare—Accelerated.” The afternoon session runs from 12-4:30 p.m. and will again freature Steven Klasko, as well as other leaders in the area of telehealth. REGISTER HERE.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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