LVBCH + 35th (JPG)


Friday May 8, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
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DeSales University 
University Center Building
2755 Station Ave
Center Valley, PA 18034

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Wendy Manarino 


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LVBCH 2015 Annual Conference
"Healthcare in Transition - Policy, Population and Practice"

The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) cordially invites you to attend its 35th Annual Conference. It will feature healthcare-related presentations by national experts as well as an exhibit area, an awards ceremony and lunch. Bring your colleagues and join us for an educational and networking event you won't want to miss!

You must register to attend this event.  Registrations will NOT be accepted at the door. 

The registration deadline is Monday, 4/13/15.

Program Schedule

8:00 - 8:30 am     Registration, Continental Breakfast
& Networking
                                Exhibit Area Open

8:30 - 8:45 am     Welcoming Remarks & Program Introduction                                          

8:45 - 9:45 am      2015: The Health Care Political and Market Landscape                          
                                 Robert Laszewski
                                 President, Health Policy and Strategy Associates
                                Sponsored by BSI Corporate Benefits

9:45 - 10:00 am     Break & Networking
                                  Exhibit Area Open

10:00 - 11:00 am   Seeking Zero Defects: Applying the Toyota Production System to Medicine
                                  Gary Kaplan, MD
                                  Chairman and CEO Virginia Mason Health System
                                  Sponsored by Capital BlueCross

11:00 - 11:15 am    Break & Networking
                                  Exhibit Area Open

11:15 - 11:30 am    Awards Presentation                                 

11:30 - 12:30 pm    Luncheon & Networking
                                   Exhibit Area Open

12:30  -  1:30 pm   Buying Value in Healthcare
                                  David B. Nash, MD
                                  Dean, Jefferson School of Population Health
                                  Sponsored by Express Scripts

     1:30 - 2:00 pm   Closing Remarks & Sponsor Door Prizes

Featured Speakers

Gary Kaplan, MD  

Chairman and CEO Virginia Mason Health System  

Dr. Kaplan has served as chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle since 2000.  He is also a practicing internal medicine physician at Virginia Mason.

Dr. Kaplan will share the Virginia Mason story highlighting the journey over the past decade to deploy the Virginia Mason Production System as the organization’s management method.  Particular emphasis will be placed on Quality and Safety as well as the critical role of leadership in establishing a shared vision, cultural alignment, and accountability.   Clinical and economic results that lead to Virginia Mason’s selection by Leapfrog as one of only two “Top Hospitals of the Decade” will be presented, as will examples of innovative work with employers to improve quality, reduce absenteeism and lower costs.

Dr. Kaplan's leadership at Virginia Mason has been recognized by the Harvard Business School as a  standard-setting approach to improving cost and quality; he is widely recognized as one of the most influential physician executives in health care.  He has developed and led national "market-place collaboratives" with key employers to reduce health costs and dramatically improve both employee productivity and corporate competitiveness.

For more information about Dr. Kaplan, visit 

David B. Nash, MD 

Dean, Jefferson School of Population Health

Dr. Nash is a board certified internist who is internationally recognized for his work in public accountability for outcomes, physician leadership development, and quality-of-care improvement.  Dr Nash will address the move from volume to value and the need for a new type of care based on population measures of health.  He will give employers the "secret sauce" so that they can demand better outcomes.

Dr. Nash is widely recognized as a pioneer in the public reporting of outcomes. Through publications, public appearances, his "Nash on the Road" blog, and an online column on MedPage. Today, Dr. Nash routinely reaches more than 100,000 people every month. He has authored more than 100 articles in major peer-reviewed journals,  has edited 23 books and is currently Editor-in-Chief of four major national journals.

For more information about Dr. Nash, please visit: and his blog at

Robert Laszewski 

President, Health Policy and Strategy Associates 

Never has the health care system undergone more simultaneous change. Now that the Republicans control the Congress, is Obamacare politically and financially sustainable?  Will the Supreme Court uphold or devastate the new law when it rules in June on the legality of its subsidies?  Will employers remain committed to providing medical benefits to their workers?  Will the fee-for-service system be replaced by one where providers are more often at risk?

These and other big questions will be addressed by noted health care policy expert Robert Laszewski whose 40 years of combined experience in the marketplace as an insurance company COO and as a Washington, DC insider give him a unique perspective on all of this change.

Bob is a well known and highly regarded expert on health care policy.  He combines a unique blend of 20  years of "inside the Beltway" experience with 20 years of operational experience having run a health  insurance business.  His Blog, Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review, is quoted widely in the national media and is referred to as a "must read".

To learn more about Bob, visit  To read his blog, visit

Registration Information

You must register to attend this event.  Registrations will NOT be accepted at the door. 

The registration deadline is Monday, 4/13/15.

LVBCH Member Companies:
Registration is FREE for employees from LVBCH member companies.  If you are not sure if your company is a member of LVBCH, you can check the list of member companies on our website at   To register for this event, simply click the "Register Now" button below.  See "LVBCH Cancellation Policy" below.

Non- Member Companies:
Attendees from non-member companies must pay $100 per attendee.  To register for this event, click the "Register Now" button below.  Make your check payable to LVBCH and send it to LVBCH at the address below.  LVBCH must receive payment from non-members no later than Friday, May 1, 2015.

60 W Broad Street, Suite 105
Bethlehem, PA 18018

LVBCH Cancellation Policy
Registrants will be charged $100 for no shows and cancellations not made 48 hours in advance of an event.  LVBCH will bill member employees the $100 charge to pay for meals and other conference-related expenses incurred on their behalf.  Non-members who fail to provide at least 48 hours notice will forfeit their $100 registration fee.


If you have any questions about this event, please contact Wendy Manarino at 610-317-0130610-317-0130 or via email at