42nd Annual Conference - Moving Forward in 2022:
Employers Working Together to Improve Healthcare Value


Wednesday, May 11, 2022 from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
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DeSales University 


Wendy Manarino, LVBCH 


Suzanne F. Delbanco
Executive Director
Catalyst for Payment Reform 

Suzanne F. Delbanco is the executive director of Catalyst for Payment Reform, an independent, non-profit corporation working to catalyze employers, public purchasers and others to implement strategies that produce higher-value health care and improve the functioning of the health care marketplace. Suzanne also serves on the advisory board of the Source on Healthcare Price and Competition at UC Hastings.  Previously, Suzanne was the founding CEO of The Leapfrog Group. Suzanne holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy and a M.P.H. from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Ford Koles
Vice President & National Spokesperson
Advisory Board

Ford Koles is one of Advisory Board’s preeminent thought leaders in the area of health system economics and strategy, and is the keynote speaker at the annual meetings for Advisory Board’s strategy membership. Ford is a health care economist by training and has participated in every major Advisory Board research initiative since 1992. He is well-versed in health care history and the many reform initiatives we have lived through in the past three decades: coverage expansion; vertical integration and physician partnership models; managed care and payer contracting; horizontal integration and system economies of scale; and quality-based payment.  Prior to joining Advisory Board, he was a management consultant for the Hay Group and Ernst & Young. Ford received his BA from Kenyon College, and his MA in Economics from John Hopkins University.

Bert Alicea, MA, CEAP
Licensed Psychologist & Executive Vice President, EAP+Work/Life Services
Health Advocate 

Bert Alicea is a Licensed Psychologist with more than 30 years of experience in the EAP field. He specializes in assisting with difficult workplace situations and is a premier trainer in Employee Assistance. He conducts trainings locally and nationally on harassment awareness; violence prevention; drug free workplace; DOT compliance training; and supervisor EAP awareness training. He also specializes in executive coaching; conflict mediation; and management and supervisor consultations in assisting with difficult workplace situations. He obtained a Masters of Arts in Industrial Psychology from West Chester University and he also has his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from St. Joseph’s University. He is a Licensed Psychologist, a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), and a US DOT qualified Substance Abuse Professional. He is also a national member of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association. He actively participates in the Philadelphia Chapter of EAPA and in 2007 he was awarded the “EAP of the Year Award."

Marty Makary, MD, MPH

New York Times Bestselling Author & Health Care Futurist 
Johns Hopkins University 

Dr. Marty Makary is a New York Times bestselling author and health care expert at Johns Hopkins University. He writes for The Wall Street Journal and served in leadership at the World Health Organization. He is the recipient of the 2020 Business Book of the Year Award for his most recent book, The Price We Pay, which has been described by Steve Forbes as “A must-read for every American”.  A public health researcher, he leads efforts to improve the health of populations and focuses on the “re-design of health care” to make the health care more reliable, more holistic, and more coordinated. He leads national efforts to cut the waste in the system and lower health care costs for everyday businesses and consumers. Clinically, he is the chief of Islet Transplant Surgery at Johns Hopkins and is the recipient of the Nobility in Science Award from the National Pancreas Foundation. He has been a visiting professor at over 25 medical schools, has published over 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.  A graduate of Bucknell, Thomas Jefferson, and Harvard Universities, he completed his surgical residency at Georgetown University and his specialty training at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Registration, Breakfast, Networking & Exhibit Hall 

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Building onto a Strong Foundation: 
Strategies for Taking Health Care Purchasing to the Next Level
Suzanne Delbanco, Executive Director, Catalyst for Payment Reform
***Sponsored by Platinum Sponsor - United Concordia Dental***

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break & Exhibit Hall

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
2022 State of the Union
Ford Koles, Vice President & National Spokesperson, Advisory Board
***Sponsored by Platinum Sponsor - Populytics***

11:30 - 12:15 p.m.
The Importance of Managing Mental Health in the Workplace
Bert Alicea, Executive Vice President, Health Advocate

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. 
Lunch, Networking & Exhibit Hall
***Sponsored by Platinum Sponsor - St. Luke's Care Network***

1:15 - 2:00 p.m. 
Meet the LVBCH Board of Directors Panel Discussion 
***Sponsored by Platinum Sponsor - BSI Corporate Benefits***

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
The Grassroots Movement to Re-Design Healthcare: Preparing for the Future of Medicine
Dr. Marty Makary, New York Times Bestselling Author & Health Care Expert
Johns Hopkins University
***Sponsored by Platinum Sponsor - Keenan Pharmacy Services***

3:00 - 3:30 p.m. 
Thank You & Adjournment
Meet-and-Greet & Book-Signing with Dr. Makary


KEYNOTE PRESENTATION - Building onto a Strong Foundation: 
Strategies for Taking Health Care Purchasing to the Next Level 

Suzanne Delbanco, executive director of Catalyst for Payment Reform, will share her national perspective on the most effective strategies that employers and other health care purchasers can use to get the best value for their health care spending.  To help the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition build on its long success in group purchasing, Suzanne will share new thinking around benefit and provider network designs, provider payment and delivery reforms, quality measurement and transparency as well as price transparency.  She will also provide updates on trends in policies that states are implementing to make the health care marketplace work better. 

2022 State of the Union  

Ford Koles' presentation will provide an objective analysis of the biggest trends and market forces impacting hospital and health system strategy. In this year's research, we examine the most important strategic questions facing health care leaders as we emerge from the acute phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. We'll discuss major shifts in influence, purchasing trends, and health policy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and start of the Biden presidency. We'll also explore which structural elements of the health care industry remain in flux-and what steps leaders can take to inflect the direction and pace of change. After attending this session, participants will be able to: Understand how the pandemic has (and hasn't) shifted the dynamics of influence and power across the health care industry-not only between industry sectors but also within them. Identify what the combined forces of the pandemic, Biden administration, and Democrats' narrow majority in Congress mean for the future of the health care purchasing landscape. Understand which structural elements of the industry are in flux during the peri-Covid-19 era, especially the future of telehealth, home-based care, value-based care, transparency, physician partnership, and health equity. Plan actionable steps to shape the trajectory of the major structural shifts underway right now.

The Importance of Managing Mental Health in the Workplace 

Meet the LVBCH Board of Directors: Discussion Panel

The Grassroots Movement to Re-Design Healthcare:
Preparing for the Future of Medicine 

Dr. Makary reviews the current state of medicine and how to prepare for the future of healthcare. A New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Makary will discuss his newest bookThe Price We Payand the grassroots effort to reform health care. The movement to restore medicine to its mission, Makary argues, is alive and well--a mission that can rebuild the public trust and save our country from the crushing cost of health care.