The 2017 Healthcare Economics Summit

Concordia University Wisconsin will bring together an impressive roster of health care, business, and thought leaders from across the nation to engage Wisconsin executives in a discussion about the high costs of health care.


Designed for C-level executives, this one-day seminar will be held on April 11 beginning at 7:45 a.m. in the Concordia Center for Environmental Stewardship on the university’s main campus, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, Mequon. The event is hosted by Concordia’s Batterman School of Business.

“Wisconsin health care costs rank higher than most other states. Every Wisconsin business and organization is struggling with the high cost of health care,” says Dr. Dan Sem, dean of the Batterman School of Business. “We’ve designed this summit to equip and empower business leaders to make more effective health care decisions by learning about alternative strategies and health care models that eliminate non-value added middlemen and costs.”

Through a series of speakers and panel discussions, the Healthcare Economics Summit will present bold, alternative pay model solutions that have been successfully implemented by other companies, and introduce guests to practicing pioneers who are disrupting the current nontransparent pay-for-service financial model, saving companies millions of dollars.

Barbara McAnenySetting the tone for the summit will be keynote speaker Dr. Barbara L. McAneny, president-elect for the American Medical Association, the nation’s largest physician organization.

A clinical oncologist, McAneny is CEO and co-founder of New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants, where she still practices. In 2012, she was awarded a grant from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation to test how private oncology practices could reduce costs while improving quality. The model, known as the Community Oncology Medical Home, served as the basis for Medicare’s Oncology Care Model. McAneny is an outspoken leader who champions physician empowerment and the elimination of regulatory burdens that limit access to care and increase costs. She will speak on the future business model for health care delivery in the Unites States.

Other speakers include: John Raymond, president of the Medical College of Wisconsin; Craig Schedler, partner at the new $50 million Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures fund; Al Lewis, founder of Population Health Alliance and Quizzify; and Jeff Bernhard, president of Continental Benefits.

Al Lewis, a Harvard economist, regular contributor to Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and author of several books on health care reform, will be presenting a $4 million grand challenge to employers at the Summit, along with a chance to win an all-expense paid week at Martha’s Vineyard based on the health care cost questions that they submit. Company attendees will also receive an autographed copy of Dave Chase’s book, “A CEO’s Guide to Restoring the American Dream: How to Deliver World Class Health Care to Your Employees at Half the Cost.”

Last year’s inaugural Healthcare Economics Summit focused on the topic of market transparency and welcomed speakers including Gov. Scott Walker, Access HealthNet Co-founder and CEO Eric Haberichter and Serigraph, Inc. Chairman and author John Torinus, Jr.

The 2018 Healthcare Economics Summit is co-sponsored by the Remedium eXchange Think Tank, an effort of Concordia’s Batterman School of Business. The RX Think Tank (rxthinktank.org) is a consortium of Wisconsin business leaders who share a goal to consumerize health care by incentivizing, educating, and empowering consumers in transparent markets.

For more information contact Janet Mushall at Janet.Mushall@cuw.edu. For a complete list of summit speakers and to purchase tickets, please visit www.cuw.edu/healthcare-econ-summit.

— Lisa Liljegren is assistant vice president of strategic communications within the Office of Strategy and University Affairs.

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