Expert speakers from across the country will engage attendees with presentations and discussions about their experiences and successes in value-purchasing


L BinderLeah Binder is President & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, representing employers and other purchasers of health care calling for improved safety and quality in hospitals. She is a regular contributor to Forbes.com and other top tier publications. She has been named on Becker’s list of the 50 most powerful people in healthcare, and consistently cited by Modern Healthcare among the 100 most influential people and top 25 women in healthcare.

Under her leadership, The Leapfrog Group launched the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, which assigns letter grades assessing the safety of general hospitals across the country. She has also fostered groundbreaking innovations in the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey, including partnerships to eliminate early elective deliveries, central line-associated bloodstream infections and safe use of health technology.

She has served on numerous national boards and councils, including the Institute of Medicine Collaboration on Patient Engagement, the Health Care Financial Management Association Leadership Advisory Committee, PCORI Health Systems Advisory Panel, AARP’s Champions for Nursing Strategic Advisory Council, the National Priorities Partnership Board. Ms. Binder has a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and two master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, one from the Annenberg School of Communication and the other from the Fels Institute of Government.

Ray FabiusRaymond J. Fabius, MD, CPE, FACPE has recently returned to his start up HealthNEXT — a company dedicated to the development of organizational cultures of health — after serving as Chief Medical Officer of Truven Health Analytics, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for business and professionals. In this capacity he is charged with developing and deepening relationships with customers, advising on product development, and providing counsel to the leadership on business strategy and medical issues. Formerly, Dr. Fabius served as strategic advisor to the President of Walgreens Health & Wellness Division. This organization will coordinate over 1,000 workplace health centers and 10,000 pharmacies, many with retail clinics, into a seamless primary care network across the country within the next five years. In the not too distant future, it will be possible to offer large employers medical and fitness services on-site as well as episodic illness care, health coaching and disease management monitoring at the employee’s nearest Walgreens pharmacy.

Dr. Fabius is the principal of Ab3Health LLC, an organization focused on population health, health and productivity and building organizational ‘cultures of health’. He was I-trax (AMEX:DMX)/CHD Meridian’s President and Chief Medical Officer for the three years prior to its sale to Walgreens. Prior to joining I-trax, Dr. Fabius served as Global Medical Leader at General Electric where he was responsible for the health and wellness of over 330,000 employees worldwide.

Mark FendrickDr. A. Mark Fendrick is the Center’s Director and a Professor of Internal Medicine in the School of Medicine and a Professor of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Dr. Fendrick received a bachelor’s degree in economics and chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program.

Dr. Fendrick conceptualized and coined the term Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID) and currently directs the V-BID Center at the University of Michigan, the leading advocate for development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative health benefit plans. His research focuses on how clinician payment and consumer engagement initiatives impact access to care, quality of care, and health care costs. Dr. Fendrick has authored over 250 articles and book chapters and has received numerous awards for the creation and implementation of value-based insurance design. His perspective and understanding of clinical and economic issues have fostered collaborations with numerous government agencies, health plans, professional societies, and health care companies.

Dr. Fendrick is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly IOM), serves on the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee, and has been invited to present testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel. Dr. Fendrick is the co-editor in chief of the American Journal of Managed Care and is an editorial board member for 3 additional peer-reviewed publications. He is also a member of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan, where he remains clinically active in the practice of general internal medicine.

GloriaDr. Gloria Sachdev became President and CEO of the Employers’ Forum of Indiana in February 2015. She also serves as part-time faculty at Purdue University College of Pharmacy with an adjunct faculty appointment at Indiana University School of Medicine. At Purdue, she teaches in public health, health policy, and business marketing & management courses. Prior to the Forum, she consulted for employers, health-systems, physician groups, health plans, universities, and other health care stakeholders locally and nationally to assist with strategic planning around various health care quality improvement initiatives.

She also practiced for 12 years as a clinician in primary care physician offices at the VA in Madison, Wisconsin; at Scott & White Hospital and Clinics in Temple, Texas; and at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. She received her B.S. Pharmacy and Pharm.D. degrees from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and completed a primary care pharmacy residency at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Affairs Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. She has published and presented nationally in the space of developing sustainable business models.

Shelia2Sheila Savageau is the U.S. Healthcare Leader at General Motors. Shelia has been with General Motors since November 2013 and is responsible for U.S. healthcare benefits plan design strategy and policy for hourly and salaried employees. Sheila has been instrumental in establishing and executing the healthcare benefits strategy for General Motors and managing over $1 billion in annual expense. She is an advocate for improving experience, engagement and efficiencies across the healthcare industry. Shelia is an active member of other employer coalitions, including National Business Group on Health, the ERISA Industry Committee and American Benefits Council. She has over 20 years of experience with manufacturing, retail and insurance industries in the areas of finance, operations, design strategy and vendor management related to global benefit plans.

Prior to joining General Motors, Sheila spend nine years at Ingersoll Rand leading strategy, design and implementation of new initiatives and managing benefits programs for 60,000 employees globally and she is an accomplished Global Benefits leader. Sheila was instrumental in contributing to Ingersoll Rand’s bottom line by effectively finding ways to help meet company productivity goals while maintaining a competitive and robust benefits offering. She led the Benefits Integration team in a merger acquisition, resulting in approximately $60 million in benefit program savings over three years, while achieving high employee engagement.

Thomas SondergeldThomas Sondergeld, Vice President Global HRIS, Benefits & Mobility. Mr. Sondergeld is responsible for providing strategic direction for the health, wellness and mobility programs globally for Walgreens Boots Alliance with over 350,000 team members across its four Divisions – Walgreen Co (US), Boots (International), Alliance (International distribution), and Global Brands. In 2014, I lead the Walgreens organization as we moved to a Private Health Exchange for over 170,000 active and pre-Medicare retirees as the largest employer to make this move. Certified Healthcare Reform Professional (CHRP, 2014 – 2016). Key sills/achievements: Wellness program, Plan administration, Total rewards, Benefit plan design, Employee benefit programs, Retiree Health, Defined benefit and contribution plans, global mobility.

With Walgreens, Mr. Sondergeld also served as Senior Director of Benefits and Well-being and responsible for directing and coordinating the healthcare and wellness activities at Walgreens for 240,000+ team members and dependents. Prior to Walgreens, Mr. Sondergeld was Senior Director of Health and Wellness at AON where he was lead for AON’s U.S. leave and workers’ compensation administration.

M. Thompson HeadshotMichael Thompson is the President and CEO of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance), an association of approximately 50 regional coalitions collectively supporting over 12,000 healthcare purchasers providing health coverage to more than 45 million Americans. The National Alliance helps to lead improvements in health, wellbeing and value for our companies and communities across the country.

Prior to joining the National Alliance, Mike was a Principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for 20 years. Thompson is a nationally recognized thought leader for business health strategies and health system reform. He has worked with major employers and other stakeholders on sustainable cost reduction, integrated health, wellness and consumerism, retiree health, private health exchanges and health reform. Known for developing and promoting collaborative cross-sector health industry initiatives, Mike participated on the steering board of the World Economic Forum’s “Working towards Wellness” initiative and co-founded the Private Exchange Evaluation Collaborative (PEEC). Prior to PwC, Mike served as an executive with diverse roles with Prudential Healthcare for over 17 years.

Mike is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, serving on the Health Practice Council, and chairs the Medicare Sub-Committee of the American Academy of Actuaries (AAA). He is also widely recognized as a leading national advocate for mental health and wellbeing and was Past President of the New York City chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). Mike previously was an active member of the board of the Northeast Business Group on Health for 11 years.

Karen van CaulilKaren van Caulil, Ph.D., President/CEO, joined the Florida Health Care Coalition (FLHCC) in 2011 and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, formerly known as the National Business Coalition on Health. Dr. van Caulil has worked in health care for over thirty years in both academic and community settings. She teaches graduate level courses in health services administration and health informatics and lectures frequently on a wide array of topics in the health care field. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of Florida’s Consumer Health Information and Policy Analysis Advisory Council, charged with overseeing the State’s transparency efforts including implementation of the state’s all payer claims database.

Dr. van Caulil graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biological Sciences and completion of the degree program in the “Science, Technology and Human Values.” She received a Master’s of Science in Public Health in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her interdisciplinary Doctorate in Public Affairs from the University of Central Florida (UCF).

LaurenLauren Vela, MBA, is the Senior Director of Member Value with the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH). Lauren works directly with the large purchaser members of PBGH to facilitate collaboration and to support their purchaser-driven initiatives impacting healthcare delivery in the US. To that end, Lauren manages the processes of translating PBGH’s ground-breaking work in transparency and accountability into workable solutions for PBGH member organizations.

Prior to this role, Lauren was the Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Employers Forum (SVEF), a coalition of high tech employers that benchmark benefit designs and collaborate for improvement. During her SVEF tenure, Lauren systematized the group’s benchmarking practices and served as a facilitator and strategist for their joint projects with regard to both US-based and international employee benefit programs. To this day, SVEF and PBGH maintain a strategic alliance and Ms. Vela works closely with purchaser memnbers of both groups. Prior to the SVEF role, Lauren enjoyed a twelve-year tenure with PBGH serving in three distinct areas; multi-stakeholder health information exchange, provider group organization improvement, and employer value-based purchasing.

Chapin WhiteChapin White is an adjunct senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, specializing in health economics, and a Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty member. His work combines quantitative and qualitative methods and focuses on provider payment reform and the implementation and impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

White is currently leading the development and application of RAND’s Health Care Payment and Delivery Simulation Model (PADSIM), and recently completed an analysis of health reform options for the state of Oregon. In other recent work, White has analyzed the spillover effects of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) on the Medicare fee-for-service program, out-of-network hospital care in New Jersey, and alternatives to the “Cadillac” tax using RAND’s COMPARE micro-simulation model.

He has been a lead researcher on two multi-site qualitative studies of the impacts of health reform—the first, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, examined ACA-driven changes in health insurance markets in eight metropolitan areas; the second, funded by the American Medical Association, examined the impacts of payment reform on physicians and their practices. White has conducted projects analyzing the effects of changes in Medicare payments for inpatient hospital care on hospitals’ operating expenses, the prices paid by private insurers, and the volume of services provided.

Before joining RAND, White was a senior health researcher at the Center for Studying Health System Change (2010–2013), and a principal analyst at the Congressional Budget Office (2005–2010). White holds a Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University.