AHIP Institute headliners: General sessions and keynote addresses

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Starting with a welcome address from the organization’s president and CEO and ending with a recent Republican presidential contender, keynotes and general sessions at this year’s AHIP Institute have a decidedly forward-looking tone. Topics range from industry innovation to insurance company start-ups to the cost-benefits of breakthrough drugs to the growing trend of retail healthcare.

All general sessions take place in the Encore Ballroom. Here’s the lineup:

Wednesday, June 15

1 p.m.: Marilyn Tavenner, AHIP president and CEO, delivers the welcome address on “The Future of Healthcare and Plans Leading the Way.” Tavenner is the former deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

1:30 p.m.: A trio of experts will explore whether better healthcare at a lower cost is really possible. Panelists David L. Bernd, CEO emeritus of Sentara Healthcare, Sen. William H. Frist, M.D., and Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard J. Tyson know the answers aren’t easy, the agenda description notes. “It takes bold ideas, unprecedented partnerships and new ways of thinking for all stakeholders.”

Thursday, June 16

8:30 a.m.: Four panelists will discuss innovation in a session titledThe Health Insurer of the Future: How Disruptive Innovators are Reimagining Healthcare."

"New health insurers are entering the market, thinking differently about the consumer and focusing on innovative disruption that is reshaping our health care system," notes the agenda.

"From technology to telemedicine, innovative care models and transparency, learn firsthand how they are helping to reimagine healthcare."

Speakers are Clover Health CEO Vivek Garipalli, Bright Health Inc. President Kyle Rolfing, Oscar Insurance Corporation CEO Mario Schlosser and Harken Health CEO Tom Vanderheyden.

3:45 p.m.: Cigna CEO David M. Cordani will tackle a hot topic--how to balance the tradeoffs between value, innovation, outcomes, accessibility and affordability of breakthrough drugs in a session titled “Balancing Innovation and Affordability of High-Cost Drugs.”

The session will delve into how stakeholders can work together to foster a health system that leads in innovation, delivers the most affordable, highest quality medicines and results in healthier people, the agenda notes.

5 p.m.: The focus turns to corporate America and retail healthcare, as CVS Health CEO Larry J. Merlo takes the stage. “The statistics are alarming,” the session description reads. "Three out of every four dollars is spent on chronic illness, and the number is growing. One-half of all Americans suffer from one or more chronic diseases.” Merlo will tackle questions such as “What is corporate America’s role and what bold steps are there to intervene early, keep people healthy and provide coordinated care for chronic conditions?”

Friday, June 17

10:30 a.m.: Two Washington insiders will talk about how the 2016 elections will affect the healthcare industry. Speakers are Stephanie Cutter, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, and Nicolle Wallace, a political analyst and former White House director of communications. "While we can’t predict who will become our 45th president, we can be certain that the 2016 election stands to determine the fate of healthcare in America. With our industry front and center, you’ll need to be prepared for the impact on your organization," the agenda notes.

11:30 a.m.: Former Florida governor and recent presidential candidate Jeb Bush wraps up the conference with a cryptically named “Addressing the Key Challenges Facing America” closing keynote. Though it’s probably safe to say topics will include healthcare reform.