San Francisco

Healthcare CEO Peer Group

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


November 14, 2018

Opening Discussion Topic:

Understanding Single Payer Health Systems Around the World

According to the Intelligencer, a recent poll shows 70% of voters (including 52% of “self-proclaimed” Republicans), would “support providing Medicare to every American.” While we’ll know better what really happened in the elections when we meet, chances are strong the rallying cry for a single payer system in the US will remain with us. But, what would a single payer system actually look like?

Following a quick discussion about the immediate implications of the national and California elections for our healthcare businesses, our Featured Presenter will be Walter Kopp, President and CEO of Medical Management Services, and an astute student of how healthcare is paid for and provided internationally.

For the past 10 years Walter’s participated with the internationally-focused Center for Healthcare Management, serving as a Special Advisor in their “Care-Tank Global Network of Experts.” During annual meetings, held throughout the world, he’s studied government-run healthcare systems in France, Italy, and Germany, concluding that the government doesn’t need to own the delivery system, as it does in Great Britain, to achieve great results. He’ll share with us the various ways these different programs:

  • help finance care for the uninsured
  • control prices
  • mandate nonprofit health insurance, with options for supplemental insurance
  • provide a variety of private/nonprofit healthcare centers
  • spend about 11% of GDP and
  • achieve better outcomes

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.

Featured ABL Member Presenter:

Walter Kopp, President and CEO of Medical Management Services

Walter’s healthcare executive management and advisory firm specializes in advising hospitals on how to set up groups and support physicians. Recently he helped Marin General with its affiliation with UCSF. While believing that care coordination and clinical integration can reduce costs, he’s increasingly concerned that high prices are the real problem and that price controls or single payer healthcare may be a solution.

Upcoming Session Dates

Dec. 12,   Jan. 9,  Feb. 13,  Mar. 13,   Apr. 10

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Lessons from Marketing in Healthcare
Eric Neuner, CEO of Health Coach Institute

Weaving a Stronger Social Safety Net for Infants to Seniors
Al Gilbert, CEO of Felton Institute

Beyond the EHR: Using Technology for Patient Engagement & Data Management
Joshua Newman, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Salesforce

New Approaches for Controlling Healthcare's "Unsustainable" Spending Growth
ABL Member Jack Asher, MD, VP and Chief Medical Officer for Anthem Blue Cross and Jamie Robinson, PhD, is Professor of Health Economics at UC Berkeley

FIELD TRIP: Laguna Honda Hospital & Rehabilitation Center

Giving a Lyft to Healthcare – and Other Helpful New Technologies
Dan Trigub, Regional VP at Lyft-Business

Getting into the Weeds: The Implications of Legalized Marijuana
Paul Armentano, Deputy Director, of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Introducing the Greater Bay Area's Super Provider Network
Joel Criste, CEO, Canopy Health

Meeting Seniors' Social and Economic Needs to Better Health
Maya Altman, CEO, Health Plan of San Mateo and Janet Van Deusen, Manager of the Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance (HICAP) program in Alameda County, at Legal Assistance for Seniors

Benefits of ABL

Members are able to stay abreast of industry trends that affect their business and keep ahead of the curve in their rapidly changing industry.  Connections made within the Round Tables – and throughout the  ABL Organization – further accelerate business growth, Members experience full value and a solid return on their investment of time and fees when attending Round Tables on a regular basis. .

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