Press Release: National Consumer Driven Healthcare Summit to Offer Full Spectrum on Consumer Choice; Helping Professionals Position for 2007 and Beyond 
  • The Leading Forum on the Implications of Consumer Choice and HSAs, HRAs and FSAs for Providers, Pharma, Plans and Employers
  • Sponsored by Health Affairs and Harvard Health Policy Review
  • September 13 - 15, 2006
  • Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
  • Early Bird Registration Discount available through August 4, 2006
Phone: 800-684-4549

WASHINGTON DC USA -- HEALTHCARE UPDATE NEWS SERVICE(TM) -- JUNE 29, 2006: The National Consumer Driven Healthcare Summit (the Summit),, September 13 - 15, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC today announced that it will feature a full spectrum of debate and policy issues, strategic information, critical operational, technical and marketplace intelligence, case studies, and key data to help professionals position for Consumer Choice in 2007 and beyond.

The Summit Keynote speakers provide a unique assembly of the most prominent nationally recognized leaders representing all sides of the debate regarding the continued implications of consumer choice:

  • John Goodman, Ph.D. (President, the National Center for Policy Analysis) and Regina E. Herzlinger. Ph.D. (Harvard Business School Professor and Author), recognized founders of the consumer driven movement provide their current and future vision for consumer choice

  • Karen Davis (President, the CommonWealth Fund) and Ron Pollack (Executive Director, Families USA) provide their views on various downsides of consumer driven care

  • Paul B. Ginsburg, Ph.D. (President, Center for Studying Health System Change), Maureen E. Sullivan
    (SVP, Strategic Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association), and JoAnn Laing (President, provide new insights into current research findings and the marketplace

  • Karen Ignagni, (President, America's Health Insurance Plans) and a panel including Beth Bierbower (Humana) Doug Kronenberg (Lumenos - a WellPoint Company) and Michael Showalter (Cigna) a view of the health plan industry's current and future approach to consumer driven care

  • Greg Scandlen (President, Consumers for Health Care Choices) discusses the impact of Consumer Driven Healthcare on Providers and Grace-Marie Turner (President, Galen Institute) discusses current and future consumer driven health care policy issues. John Iglehart (Founding Editor, Health Affairs and National Correspondent, New England Journal of Medicine) provides additional comments.

The Summit has sixty three featured faculty and includes twelve keynote presentations and thirty four concurrent sessions offered from six tracks for Providers, Employers and Plans, Prescription, Policy, Legal and Banking/Information Technology. The track sessions address a wide range of detailed critical topics and issues so that professionals involved from all sectors involved with consumer driven care can best position themselves for the future. 

The detailed agenda is available at the summit web site: 

Karen Davis
President, The Commonwealth Fund
Former Chairman, Department of Health Policy and Management
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Washington, DC
Paul B. Ginsburg, Ph.D.
President, Center for Studying Health System Change
Founding Executive Director
Physician Payment Review Commission
(now the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission)
Washington, DC
John Goodman, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Center for Policy Analysis
Author, Patient Power: Solving America's Health Care Crisis
Washington, DC
Regina E. Herzlinger. Ph.D.
Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School
Author, Consumer-Driven Health Care: Implications for Providers, Players, and Policymakers Cambridge, MA
Karen Ignagni, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer
America's Health Insurance Plans
Former Director, AFL-CIO Department of Employee Benefits
Former Professional Staff Member
U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee
Washington, DC
JoAnn Laing
President, Information Strategies, Inc.
Parent company of
Palisades Park, NJ
Ron Pollack
Founding Executive Director, Families USA
Founder and Chair, Health Assistance Partnership
Washington, DC
Grace-Marie Turner
President, Galen Institute, Washington, DC

Beth Bierbower
Vice President
Product Design and Development
Louisville, KY
William Boyles
Editor & Publisher
Consumer Driven Market Report
Washington, DC
John Iglehart
Founding Editor, Health Affairs
National Correspondent, New England Journal of Medicine
Washington, DC
Doug Kronenberg
Chief Strategy Officer
Lumenos, a WellPoint Company
Alexandria, VA
Clive Riddle
President, MCOL
Modesto, CA
Greg Scandlen
President and Founder
Consumers for Health Care Choices
Hagerstown, MD
Michael Showalter
Vice President, Consumerism, Cigna
Hartford, CT
Maureen E. Sullivan
Senior Vice President, Strategic Services
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Chicago, IL
The following continuing education credits for the Summit are offered in partnership with the Medical Education Collaborative: ACCME, AMA PRA, ACPE, ANCC, CA BRN, ACMPE, AHIMA, MCLE and NASBA. Click here for more information.

  • Consumer Driven Healthcare Strategies for Providers
  • Consumer Driven Healthcare Prescription Strategies 
  • Consumer Driven Healthcare Strategies for Plans and Employers
  • The Role of Financial Institutions, Including Banks, Credit Unions and Money Management Firms, in HSAs
  • The Role of Health Information Technology in Consumer Driven Healthcare
  • Consumer Driven Healthcare and HSA Legal Issues
  • Consumer Driven Healthcare Policy Issues
Kim Bellard
Vice President, eMarketing & CRM, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Pittsburgh, PA

David Benoit, Esq.
Partner, Alston & Bird LLP, Atlanta, GA

Beth Bierbower
Vice President, Product Design and Development, Humana, Louisville, KY

William R. Boyles
Publisher, Consumer Driven Market Report, Consumer Driven Market Report, Washington, DC

Kathleen Curtin
Senior Vice President, Med-Vantage. Inc., San Francisco, CA

Matthew M. Davis, MD, MAPP
Asst Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Asst Professor of Internal Medicine, Asst Professor of Public Policy, Co-Director, Fellowship Program in Pediatric Health Services Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

James Dean
CDH Co-lead, Insurance, BearingPoint, West Palm Beach, FL

William DeMarco
President, DeMarco and Associates, Rockford, IL

Marc J. Dettmann
CEO, Univ of VA Health Services Foundation, Charlottesville, VA

Alexander C. Domaszewicz
National Health Consumerism Practice Leader, Mercer Health and Benefits, Newport Beach, CA

Bridget Eber
PharmD, Senior Consultant, Health and Welfare Practice, Towers Perrin, Chicago, IL

Anne Elmlinger
Assistant Vice President, Greenwald & Associates, Washington, DC

Dana Felthouse
President, PBMI, Scottsdale, AZ

Jon Gabel
Former Vice President, Health Systems Studies, Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), Washington, DC

John Goodman
President, National Center for Policy Analysis, Washington, DC

Mathew Greenwald
President, Greenwald & Associates, Washington, DC

David Hammer
Vice President, Revenue Cycle Solutions, McKesson Provider Technologies, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Michael Howe
President, Minute Clinic, Minneapolis, MN

Cheryl Risley Hughes
Principal, Sanders, Schnabel & Brandenburg, P.C., Washington, DC

Paul Hughes-Cromwick
Senior Analyst, Altarum Institute, Ann Arbor, MI

James G. Hutton, PhD
Author of The Feel-Good Society, Teaneck, NJ

John Iglehart
Founding Editor, Health Affairs, Washington, DC

Ann Mond Johnson
President, Subimo, River Forest, IL

Timothy Jost
Robert Willett Professor, Washington and Lee University - School of Law, Lexington, VA

Christine L. Keller, Esq.
Attorney, Groom Law Group, Washington, DC

Daniel Kelly
U.S. Bancorp, Minneapolis, MN

Don Kemper
Chairman and CEO, Healthwise, Boise, ID

Greg Kline
Senior Research Associate, Greenwald & Associates, Washington, DC

Doug Kronenberg
Chief Strategy Officer, Lumenos, a WellPoint Company, Alexandria, VA

Vince Kuraitis
Principal, Better Health Technologies, Boise, ID

John Lovett, JD
Principal, Preferred Health Strategies, Rye Brook, NY

Merrill Matthews, Ph.D.
Director, Council for Affordable Health Insurance, Alexandria, VA

Peter Miller
CEO, Take Care Health Systems, West Conshohocken, PA

John Mills
Director of Product Development, HIP Health Plan of New York, New York, NY

Susan M. Nash, Esq.
Partner, McDermott WIll & Emery LLP, Chicago, IL

David Randall
Executive Director, Consumer Driven Health Care Institute, Washington, DC

Jerry L. Ripperger
Director - Consumer Health, The Principal, Des Moines, IA

Thomas M. Robertson
VP, Business Strategies & Tactics, University HealthSystem Consortium, Oak Brook, IL

Charles Roehrig
Vice President, Altarum Institute, Ann Arbor, MI

Greg Scandlen
President and Founder, Consumers for Health Care Choices, Hagerstown, MD

Michael Showalter
Vice President, Consumerism, CIGNA, Hartford, CT

Jim Sizemore
SVP and CIO, Information Technology, Inc., A Fiserv Company, Lincoln, NE

Alan Spielman
President and CEO, URAC, Washington, DC

Maureen E. Sullivan
Senior Vice President, Strategic Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Chicago, IL

Kismet Toksu
Senior Consultant, Reden & Anders, McLean, VA

Dennis Triplett
President, UMB Healthcare Services, Kansas City, MO

Kirsten Trusko
Co-lead CDH, Banking, BearingPoint, Danville, CA

Grace-Marie Turner
President, Galen Institute, Alexandria, VA

Mike Vittoria
Director of Human Resources, Bacou-Dalloz USA, Inc., Smithfield, RI

Lincoln Weed
Principal, Sanders, Schnabel & Brandenburg, P.C., Washington, DC

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