Leadership Track
With the healthcare industry undergoing radical changes, strong leadership is vital to effectively addressing issues that impact your organization.  This track will offer innovative solutions to drive performance and produce better outcomes.  Geared for both providers and suppliers, the Leadership Track will include insights and opportunities for improved collaboration, best practices for leaders as they help their team navigate the changes in the healthcare environment, and actionable approaches to solving the strategic and operational challenges facing executives daily.


Monday, September 17, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Grand Canyon 8

In 2017, over 90 percent of hospitals utilized the services of a GPO.  But will that be the case in 2027?   Mergers and consolidations have reduced broad-based competition between them and some have streamlined their focus to specific avenues of care and the products required within them in order to provide enhanced services and to maximize the value of their relationship with both providers and suppliers.  


This panel of GPO executives will discuss trends in supply chain delivery, the impact that consolidation has had on their members and their suppliers, and their vision of the healthcare supply chain model of the future.  Hear insights on what strategic imperatives are forthcoming, new methodologies they are implementing to improve total cost management, and the leadership initiatives they believe you should be focused on now to effectively lead your organizations.  


Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the potential implications of the changes that are occurring in healthcare supply chain.
  2. Discuss how GPOs are responding to changing expectations.
  3. Analyze the evolving role of GPOs in improving supply chain performance.
David Finley
Vice President of Strategic Supplier Engagement and Business Development
Premier, Inc.

Stephen Kiewiet
Chief Commercial Officer

David Osborn
Senior Vice President, Strategic Accounts and Advisory Services

Margaret Steele
Vice President, Contract and Program Services
Vizient, Inc.

Maria Hames
HealthCare Links

Monday, September 17, 2018
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Grand Canyon 8

Every IDN is striving to redesign care and root out cost.  To secure streams of sustainable savings, which drive care value, providers must transform their efforts to scope clinical supply spend and utilization variation.  To create value beyond price, supply chain leaders must steer their organizations away from cost cutting toward an active partnership with physicians in each step of the process – from supply selection and price negotiations to utilization management.


This panel of physicians will explore strategies for engaging physicians in total cost improvement, from the supply chain to the point of care.  Identify industry trends impacting the role of physicians in supply evaluation and procurement, outline steps to drive physician engagement in supply cost management, and determine how to use evidence-based analysis on supply utilization. 


Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze market forces that drive supply chain expenses and performance.
  2. List three ways to meet the needs of physicians while providing optimum care.
  3. Identify industry trends impacting the role of the physician in supply evaluation and procurement.
Mark Pinto MD, MBA
Medical Director of Surgical Services and Orthopedic Service Lines
Trinity Health

Kerry Schwartz MD, FACC, FACP
Senior Medical Officer, Supply Chain Management
Adventist Health System

David E. Skarda MD
Senior Medical Director, Center for Surgical Value
Intermountain Healthcare

Kelley Young
Director, Supply Chain Clinical Informatics
Trinity Health

Monday, September 17, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Grand Canyon 8

Healthcare providers are undergoing a reinvention of the way they provide care and it is happening at an unprecedented pace. New demands from payers and patients, in addition to regulatory changes, are causing transformations that require extraordinary collaboration between providers and suppliers.  In short, providers are looking for ways to manage risk, increase their quality of care, reduce costs and navigate new payment models. 


These panelists are healthcare executives who are on the front lines of this paradigm shift.  They will share insights on the trends they are seeing, including an increase in mergers and acquisitions, changes in hospital leadership, and a massive shift toward leveraging clinical and financial data for critical insights.  Hear their strategic plans for embracing instead of resisting these trends.  Identify initiatives and practical strategies that you can take back to your team to better manage change and implement strategic improvements that will make a difference across the board. 


Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the importance of provider/supplier collaboration in healthcare.
  2. Devise methods for improved communication when there are changes in hospital leadership.
  3. Identify strategies and practices that high-performing organizations and teams employ.
Edmond Hardin
Vice President Supply Chain
Froedtert Health

Paul Oppat
Executive Director, Supply Chain Services
Banner Health

William Paul Stitt CMRP FAHRMM CHFP
Chief, Supply Chain Management
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Joe Walsh
Coach | Educator | Advisor
Supply Chain Sherpas, LLC