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Editor’s note: Summit registrants will now be able to access all the Brass Tacks discussions in addition to Main Stage programming and networking opportunities. This article has been updated to include the Brass Tacks discussions below.

The in-person Health Evolution Summit 2021 at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, CA, is sold-out — but seats remain for executives looking to participate in the event digitally.   

“We are thrilled to extend the insights and discussions among this unique gathering of CEOs from across the Health Evolution Community to more registrants than space exists for in Laguna this year,” said Richard Schwartz, President, Health Evolution. “We know executives are eager to compare notes, sharpen priorities, and collaborate at this stage in the pandemic to address the weaknesses in our system that have been exposed.” 

The Health Evolution Virtual Summit 2021 takes place Aug. 25-27. Learn more.

The theme for the Summit is Resetting the Agenda – Leadership Imperatives Emerging Post-Pandemic. Within that theme, Summit discussions will feature perspectives from top executives leading health plan, health system and life sciences organizations to address topics including: 

    • Economic and policy outlook  
    • Bolstering health system resilience 
    • Incorporating and integrating new technologies 
    • Innovations in care models and consumer offerings 
    • Confronting the mental health, affordability and equity challenges in earnest 
    • Payer, provider and life sciences perspectives 

Steve Klasko, MD, President & CEO, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health,  will serve as the Master of Ceremony for the Summit. 

Given the critical juncture the U.S. is facing with respect to the COVID-19 Delta variant, the Health Evolution Summit 2021 programming will focus first — starting Wednesday morning in a conversation between Andy Slavitt, former White House Senior Advisor and Chairman Emeritus, United States of Care, and David Brailer, MD, Executive Chairman, Health Evolution — on the most up-to-date situational assessment and immediate priorities. Subsequent discussions with CEOs will address best practices and important opportunities for this distinguished group of executives.

The Summit 2021 program also includes a special Main Stage Interview with Greg Adams, Chair and CEO, Kaiser Permanente.   

Other Main Stage discussion leaders include:  

    • Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD, President, Clinical Research Business, Verily; former Principal Deputy Commissioner, FDA 
    • Bruce Broussard, President & CEO, Humana 
    • Chris Chen, MD, CEO, ChenMed 
    • Mandy Cohen, MD, Secretary of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services 
    • Pat Geraghty, President & CEO, GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, Florida Blue and GuideWell Group, Inc. 
    • Richard Gray, MD, CEO, Mayo Clinic in Arizona and Vice President, Mayo Clinic 
    • Alexander Hardy, CEO, Genentech 
    • Rod Hochman, MD, President & CEO, Providence 
    • David Holmberg, President & CEO, Highmark Health 
    • Sachin Jain, MD, President & CEO, SCAN Group and Health Plan 
    • Wright Lassiter, III, President & CEO, Henry Ford Health System 
    • Greg Moore, MD, PhD, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Health & Life Sciences, Microsoft 
    • Farzad Mostashari, MD, Co-founder & CEO, Aledade 
    • Griffin Myers, MD, Chief Medical Officer & Board of Directors, Oak Street Health 
    • Janice Nevin, MD, President & CEO, ChristianaCare 
    • Felicia Norwood, EVP & President, Government Business Division, Anthem 
    • Peter Orszag, CEO, Financial Advisory, Lazard 
    • Philip Ozuah, MD, PhD, President & CEO, Montefiore Medicine 
    • Jon Perlin, MD, President, Clinical Services & Chief Medical Officer, HCA 
    • David Ricks, Chairman & CEO, Eli Lilly and Company 
    • Justin Roth, Head of Investment Banking, TripleTree 
    • Mario Schlosser, CEO & Co-founder, Oscar Health 
    • Andy Slavitt, Former White House Senior Advisor, Covid Response; Chairman Emeritus, United States of Care 
    • Micky Tripathi, PhD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
    • Paul Tufano, Chairman & CEO, AmeriHealth Caritas 
    • Glen Tullman, Executive Chairman & CEO, Transcarent 
    • Christophe Weber, President & CEO, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company 
    • Ron Williams, Chairman & CEO, RW2 Enterprises 

Brass tacks discussions
2021 Brass Tacks take a fresh approach to engage participants in a discussion with industry peers and experts by exploring challenges and solutions to the most critical issues. Brass Tacks take place during two days of the Summit.

Date: Wednesday, August 25
Time: 1:15-2:15 pm PT

Eliminating Inequities Begins with Mental Health Access
Hosted by Vida Health | Facilitated by Stephanie Tilenius, Founder & CEO, Vida Health with industry leaders Laurie Zephyrin, VP Health System Equity, The Commonwealth Fund & Kenneth J. Fasola, President & CEO, Magellan Health

Requiem or Rebirth of Population Health – What has the pandemic taught us?
Hosted by Siemens Healthineers | Facilitated by Stephen Messinger, Principal, ECG Management Consultants, LLC, a Siemens Healthineers Company with industry leader Laura Kaiser, President & CEO, SSM Health, and Imran Andrabi, MD, President & CEO, ThedaCare

Date: Wednesday, August 25
Time: 3:30-4:30 PT

Deploying AI-enabled Automation to Improve Operations & Patient Experience
Hosted by AKASA | Facilitated by Malinka Walaliyadde, Co-founder and CEO, AKASA with industry leaders Albert Chan, MD, VP & Chief of Digital Patient Experience, Sutter Healthcare  and Edmondo Robinson, MD, Chief Digital Officer, Moffitt Cancer Center

Employer-Provider Partnerships: Ushering in a New Framework 
Hosted by Signify Health | Facilitated by Kyle Armbrester, CEO, Signify Health with industry leaders Clive Fields, Founder & Chief Medical Officer, Village MD, Peter McCabe, CEO, Datavant and Lisa Woods, VP Physical & Emotional Wellbeing, Walmart

Health Evolution Virtual Summit 2021 registrants will have access to: 

    • All Main Stage programming that features more than 30 CEOs, presidents, founders, policymakers and thought leaders  
    • 1-to-1 networking opportunities with Summit participants  
    • Brass Tacks discussions 
    • On demand content for six months after the event 


Tom Sullivan

Tom Sullivan brings more than two decades in editing and journalism experience to Health Evolution. Sullivan most recently served as Editor-in-Chief at HIMSS, leading Healthcare IT News, Health Finance, MobiHealthNews. Prior to HIMSS Media, Sullivan was News Editor of IDG’s InfoWorld, directing a dozen reporters’ coverage for the weekly print publication and daily website.