The 2020 Healthcare Economics Summit
America spends more than any other developed country on healthcare, and yet does not provide better health outcomes.
Why is healthcare so expensive in America, and what is the solution to this out-of-control cost curve? Republicans and Democrats can’t agree, and yet rational compromise is desperately needed. Perhaps the best solution to better healthcare in America lies between all this political hyperbole.
At this year’s Healthcare Economics Summit, entitled Purple Solutions to Fixing Healthcare in America, a collection of healthcare experts have come together to share their thoughts and expertise on how to reform healthcare in America. The solution to healthcare is in our hands as consumers and voters, not in the hands of big government or corporate medicine. 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.
Participants receive a free copy of the book, Purple Solutions: A bipartisan roadmap to better healthcare in America and supporting materials, including content from the presentations, and helpful infographics that explain healthcare policy.
Attend the event virtually, and hear from book coauthors and other thought leaders, who our nationally recognized experts in healthcare policy from across the country.
Event Date: July 31, 2020, 8 am – 4:30 pm
Venue: Online/virtual (limited in-person attendance; inquire for more)
Hosts: Concordia University and Rx Think Tank
Dean & Director, Rx Think Tank
Daniel S. Sem, Ph.D., MBA has over 20 years of experience in healthcare entrepreneurship and innovation, first in the biotechnology industry, then in academia. He is the Dean of the Batterman School of Business and Professor of Business and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Concordia University Wisconsin, and Director of the Remedian Exchange (Rx) Think Tank.
Dr. Sem has over 60 published papers and book chapters, 10 issued patents on drug discovery and development techniques, and has co-founded several companies. Dr. Sem received his B.S. in Chemistry from UW-Milwaukee, his Ph.D. from UW-Madison in Biochemistry and his MBA and JD from Marquette University.
President of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health
Dr. Stephen Klasko is an advocate for a transformation of health care and higher education. He has been a pioneer in using technology to build health assurance, not just sick care.
As President and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health since 2013, he has led one of the nation’s fastest growing academic health institutions based on his vision of re-imagining health care and higher education.
Under his leadership, Jefferson Health expanded from three hospitals to 14. His 2017 merger of Thomas Jefferson University with Philadelphia University created a pre-eminent professional university that includes fashion, design, architecture and health.
In 2020, he was named the first Distinguished Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and will co-chair the WEF Board of Stewards for The Future of the Digital Economy and New Value Creation.
In 2020, he has published two books: Un-Healthcare: From Sick Care to Health Assurance, with Hemant Taneja. And Patient No Longer: Why Healthcare Must Deliver the Care Experience that Consumers Want and Expect. His best-selling 2018 book is titled, Bless This Mess: A Picture Story of Healthcare in America.
President Klasko has served as dean of two medical colleges, and leader of three academic health enterprises before becoming President and CEO at Jefferson. For three years he has been listed among the Top 100 most influential people by Modern Healthcare – in 2018 he tied for #2.
His work on healthcare in a digital economy includes his 2009 colloboration with Apple Inc on digital media in healthcare, the 2012 building of one of the nation’s largest medical simulation centers (CAMLS), and the development at Jefferson of his vision of “healthcare with no address.” He is working with several digital health companies on the vision of “health assurance,” using new technology to keep people well, instead of waiting to provide sick care.
Morning Event ($35 Registration Fee)
8:30 am – 1 pm, Includes lunch and keynote
- Opening remarks: TBD
- Purple solutions to empowering the physician-patient relationship: Dr. Susan Bailey, President of the AMA
- Introducing the Red and Blue Perspectives: Dr. Daniel Sem
- Price transparency and Competition: Cynthia Fisher, Patient RightsAdvocate.org/
- Transparent, direct, bundled pricing – a successful case study for better healthcare, at the Oklahoma Surgery Center: Dr. Keith Smith, Founder of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma and the Free Market Medical Association
- Direct care – empowering patients: David Balat, Director of the Right on Healthcare Initiative, Texas Public Policy Forum
- Rethinking medical licensure: Dr. Murray Feldstein, Visiting Fellow, Goldwater Institute
- Consumerizing healthcare and expanding licensure in a retail setting: Ed Kaleta, VP of US Government Relations, Walgreens; Amanda Deegan, Director of Global Public Policy, Walmart
- Trump administration policies on transparency, choice and competition: Dr. Brian Blase, Former special Assistant to the President, White House National Economic Council
- Wisconsin’s attempt at universal healthcare with private market competition: Former representatives Curt Gielow (R) and Jon Richards (D) with Author/policy expert David Riemer, Senior Fellow of the Community Advocates Public Policy Inst.
- The Economist perspective on healthcare safety nets – what would Friedman and Hayek say? Dr. Tyler Watts, Economics Prof. at Ferris State University; Adjunct, Concordia University Wisconsin
- Argument against universal government-sponsored healthcare: Dr. Michel Accad, Cardiologist and co-host of the Accad and Koa Report podcast
- Argument for a limited healthcare safety net: Charlie Stevens, Partner at Michael Best; James Tarasovich, South Region CFO at Ascension-Wisconsin
- The Biden healthcare proposal and Obamacare: TBD
- Accelerating Drug Development – simplifying FDA regulations: Ann Marie Finley, President, Biotech Policy Group
- The future of technology-enabled healthcare, post-covid: Robert Graboyes, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus
- Are Telehealth and other disruptive innovations here to stay? Dr. Daniel Sem keynote intro
Keynote: Is There an Avatar in the House: From COVID to Consumerism
Noon-1 pm, Lunch
Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA
President, Thomas Jefferson University
CEO, Jefferson Health
Afternoon Focus Session (FREE)
Telehealth in a post-covid world: the future of healthcare – accelerated
Noon – 4:30 pm, Includes lunch and keynote
Dr. Brad Crotty, Medical Director of Digital Innovation, Inception Health; Medical Informatics Liaison, MCW-Froedtert; Dr. Timothy Lineberry, CMO, Aurora Health Care Medical Group
Lisa Gingerich, Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich law firm
Will Tesch, CEO, Tesch Global
Eric Haberichter, CEO of Access HealthNet
Drs. Kim Cronsel, Medical Dir. for Digital Health and Experience, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; Trish Wnek, Sr. Project Manager, Digital Health and Experience, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Darcy Lorenzen and Emily Connors
Drs. James Lokken, Assist. Prof. of Pharmacy, Concordia University Wisconsin; Margaret Thew, Med. Dir., Adolescent Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin; Carrie Bath-Scheel, Chair, OT, Concordia University Wisconsin; Angela Haendel, Speech-Language Pathology Clinic Director, Concordia University Wisconsin