San Francisco

Healthcare CEO Peer Group

2nd Wednesday of the month  |  8:30 – 11:30 am  |  San Francisco, CA


Wednesday, February 12, 2019

Opening Discussion Topic:

Meet Ed Heidig, HHS Regional Director

Appointed by the President, and working directly with HHS Secretary Alex Azar, Ed Heidig is the Regional Director for U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Region 9, serving the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. Under his auspices fall the offices for the CDC, FDA, HRSA, IHS, SAMHSA, and over a dozen other national health programs that are administered in Region 9.

During Ed’s opening presentation, he’ll:

  • Describe the role of the HHS Regional Director (and how it differs from that of CMS Regional Administrator)
  • Update us on the Secretary Azar’s priorities, and how they impact Region 9
  • Share HHS’s major accomplishments over the past two years, nationally – and particularly in Region 9.

Then he’ll open the floor for questions and discussion, which might include:

  • How do the “regional politics” of Region 9’s various states impact the role of the presidentially-appointed Regional Director?
  • What had been the impact of the Federal Government Shutdown on HHS and all its Agencies? How long will it take to recover from the Shutdown?
  • Whatever else you come up with!

Go-Round Discussion of Member Issues:  During this time, each Member is given an opportunity to share an “issue” with the Group in order to receive knowledgeable and confidential feedback on how best to tackle that issue.  Issues often center around: management/planning concerns, how to best respond to new industry trends, fleshing out a new strategy, what were the best practices used (or hazards) from fellow Members who have dealt with a similar issue.  In order to get the most value from each session, we encourage our Members to bring an issue for discussion to each meeting.

Ed Heidig, Regional Director for U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Region 9
Prior to his appointment to HHS Regional Director, Ed served as Chief Deputy Director and later Interim Director for the State of California Department of Managed Health Care – the country’s only stand-alone agency regulating health insurance. There he played a key role in adopting timely-access regulations which assured the right care at the right time, and proactively reached settlements with HMOs to expand autism coverage. Earlier, in addition to other executive roles in California’s governance, he served as General Counsel for the Diocese of Sacramento, and began his career in Washington, DC, as Legislative Assistant to Senator Pete Wilson.

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