Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 4:45 PM EDT
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Pittsburgh Marriott City Center 
112 Washington Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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Laura Wicker 
Pittsburgh Business Group on Health 

Register today for Pittsburgh Business Group on Health’s 2017 Annual Health Care Symposium, Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Today, more than ever, employers and employees are both faced with challenging, and often difficult choices, regarding health care. You need the best tools at your fingertips to make good decisions.

Join PBGH for the region’s leading event focused on helping companies improve their health care decisions. This don’t-miss event, Health Care at the Crossroads: Where Opportunity and Preparation Meet, features national thought-leaders, who will help educate and motivate you to advance health care in your organizations.


7:30 AM

Registration – Exhibits Open

8:30 AM

Opening Remarks



Jessica Brooks
CEO and Executive Director
Pittsburgh Business Group on Health

8:45 AM

Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare at the Crossroads



Guy Barnard

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder
Synchronous Health, Inc.

9:45 AM



High Deductibles, High Risks?


Lynn Zonakis
The Zonakis Group


Creating Innovative Employer & Provider Partnerships


Michelle Moratti
The Chartis Group


Pre-Disease: The High-Return Population for Corporate Wellness Programs


Sean Sullivan
President & CEO
Institute for Health and Productivity Management

10:30 AM

Morning Break –Exhibits Open

11:15 AM

CEO Perspective on the Socioeconomics of Health Care


Morgan O’Brien
Peoples Natural Gas


Michael Price
First Commonwealth Financial Corporation


David Malone
President and CEO
Gateway Financial Group, Inc.


Moderator: Diane McClune
Vice President
Pittsburgh Business Group on Health

12:15 PM

Lunch and Presentation: Achieving Affordability through New Models of Care



John Doyle
Executive Vice President
Ascension Health

1:45 PM

Exhibits Open with Dessert

2:15 PM



The New Conversation on Cost for Providers


Dan Michelson
Chief Executive Officer
Strata Decision


Creating Smarter Health Care Consumers & Lowering Cost


David Hines


Sean McNulty
Director, Compensation and Benefits
Carmeuse Lime & Stone


Hard & Half Truths of Health Care Cost Transparency and Vendor Management


Jeff Leston
Castlestone Advisors, LLC


Marlin Woods
Benefits Plus


Philip Valk
Vice President of Sales
Advanced Medical Pricing Solutions



Moderator: John Sbrocco
Healthcare Strategist
The Benefit Bureau

3:15 PM

Moving from Wellness Programs to Wellbeing


Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH
Chief Medical Director, Executive Director Global Health and Wellness

4:45 PM

Symposium concludes

Registration Cost




PBGH Employer Members



PBGH Allied and Associate Members






Symposium Materials
Speaker presentations will be provided on a mobile event app and will be made available prior to the Symposium for attendees to print hard copies.

Cancellation Policy
Written cancellations received before August 25, 2017 will receive a full refund.  A fifty percent refund will be given for cancellations received between August 27 and September 1, 2017.  No refunds will be given after September 1, 2017 for any reason, including “no-shows.”  Substitutes are welcome.

Overnight Accommodations
To reserve an overnight stay at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center book online here or call directly at 1-877-645-3553 and ask for the PBGH room rate of $144 (available until 8/22/2017).

Our Symposium Sponsors
PBGH wishes to acknowledge our sponsors for their generous support.