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September 20, 2019

Since the NC Chamber Foundation released its Roadmap to Value Driven Health study in 2016, significant gains have been made in the transformation of health care across North Carolina. With the goal of making NC a top 10 state for health care value, industry leaders have been tirelessly exploring best approaches to the overhaul, which will significantly impact job creators, business climate and talent supply throughout the state. This year’s Health Care Conference will provide the latest updates on the drive towards value-driven health care.

Check back soon for agenda updates and speaker additions!


Friday, September 20
7:30 amRegistration and Networking
8:15 amIntroductory remarks
8:30 amOpening Keynote

Dr. Patrick Conway, CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

9:00 amFireside Chat
  • Dr. Patrick Conway, CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary, NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • Facilitator: Aaron McKethan, PhD, CEO, NoviSci, Inc., and Adjunct Professor, Duke School of Medicine
9:30 amNetworking Break
10:00 amDriving Value-Based Health Care: The Employer Perspective
  • Robert Shaw, Head of Health Care Practice, Smith Anderson (moderator)
  • Tom Silinski, Vice President, Total Rewards and Human Resources Operations, Duke Energy
  • Dr. Gus Vickery, Medical Director, The Clinic at Biltmore and Vickery Family Medicine
  • Dr. Jerome Williams, Senior Vice President of Consumer Engagement, Novant Health, Inc

Employers are the largest single provider and purchaser of health insurance in the United States. In this session, North Carolina employers will discuss how they are managing rising health care costs and improving employee health by pushing for value in health care. Walk away with strategies that you can implement in your own organization.

10:45 amQuick Hits: Creating Value in Health Care

There are many ways to create value in health care.  During this Quick Hits session, experts will discuss how dental benefits, behavioral health and onsite employee health care can provide value and improved health to your employees.

Creating Value through Dental Benefits
Dr. Jeffery Johnston, Senior Vice President and Chief Science Officer, Delta Dental

The dental benefit increases utilization of dental services which improves oral health. Improvement in oral health has been shown to have a positive impact on systemic health, decreasing healthcare costs on the hospital, provider and pharmacy sides.

Behavioral Health
Dr. Diego Garza, Director of Telemedicine and Clinical Innovation, MindPath Care Centers

Dr. Garza will discuss what value-based care means for the behavioral health field and provide statistics on the impact behavioral health has on the health care system and the importance of access to care. He will also discuss how primary care physicians and behavioral health professionals can work together to improve care and value.

Onsite Employee Health Care
Dr. William Satterwhite, Chief Wellness Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Hospital

Dr. Satterwhite will tell the story of the key building blocks on improving health and decreasing cost in a case study of onsite personnel at one employer.

11:30 amLunch
12:15 pmCreating a Win-Win System: The Role of the Health Care Supply Chain
  • Sharon Lamberton, MS, RN, Deputy Vice President, State Government Affairs, PhRMA
  • Dr. Satish Mathan, President, Managing Partner, Raleigh Radiology
  • Steve Neorr, Senior Vice President, Population Health, Cone Health
  • Robert A. Eick, MD, MPH, Policy Fellow, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

Industry leaders from various links in the health care supply chain in North Carolina will discuss the opportunities and challenges our state will face as we work toward true value in health care.

1:00 pmNext Steps: Where Do We Go from Here?

Chuck Reynolds, President, Reynolds Insights LLC

1:30 pmClosing Remarks

Gary Salamido, President and CEO, NC Chamber