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45th Annual Mid-Winter Leadership Forum
Healthcare Reform: How Do You Measure Up?

Friday, January 27, 2012

9:00am - 2:30pm
Sheraton Framingham Hotel
Framingham, MA

$229 MHA & ACHE of Massachusetts* Member Rate
$399 Non-Member Rate
*ACHE of MA, please register with Education department to receive member rate

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Co-sponsored by ACHE of Massachusetts


Program Overview

The legislative and regulatory authorities in Massachusetts continue to keep healthcare cost-reduction efforts front and center for all stakeholders. Through legislation and an active payment reform commission, the mandates for change are out there and providers are actively seeking ways to meet them. At this year’s Mid-Winter Leadership Forum we will take a closer look at the latest cost-saving innovations in healthcare from several perspectives. We’ll hear from noted Harvard economist David Cutler, Ph.D., on the key components to meaningful cost reductions from a system perspective.  We’ll also hear from an influential hospital, Virginia Mason Medical Center, which is leading the way by pursuing perfection in healthcare in the leanest ways possible. We’ll also feature a panel of employers who will discuss the emerging health benefit/wellness options being considered that aim to save costs while keeping people healthier. You won’t want to miss this year’s program - register early!


9:00am       Medical Spending Control: How Do We Get There?

                     David Cutler, Ph.D.
                    Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics
                     in the department of economics and Kennedy 
                    School of Government at Harvard University;
                    Advisor to President Obama

10:30am   BREAK

11:00am   Panel Discussion: Managing Medical Costs Through
                   Emerging Health Benefit Design

                   Rick Lord, President & CEO
                   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

                   - David DeJesus, Senior V.P.,
                     Human Resources, Southcoast Health System
                   - Dolores Mitchell, Executive Director
                    Group Insurance Commission
                  - Kathleen Reinhardt, Director of Benefits
                    Analog Devices, Inc. 
                  - Thomas D. Erb, Owner
                    Electric Time Company, Inc.

12:00pm   LUNCH

1:00pm    Seeking Perfection in Healthcare:
                  The Virginia Mason Medical Center Journey
                  Sarah Patterson, MHA, FACMPE
                  Executive V.P. and Chief Operating Officer,      
                  Virginia Mason Medical Center





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Four (4.0) hours of pre-approved Category II (non-ACHE) continuing education credits will be granted for this program toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. 


Healthcare Programs of Suffolk University 

Levi+Wong Design Associates, Inc. 


MHA Insurance Agency 

MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health 

Phillips, DiPisa & Associates 

Press Ganey 

Ropes & Gray 

TD Bank 

Yaffe & Company