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Stanley Hupfeld
Stanley Hupfeld
With almost forty years of award-winning healthcare leadership experience, Stan Hupfeld brings into focus the problems existing in healthcare today and the solution for our future. Historically, health care delivery has tended to be transactional and unidirectional-in other words one doctor-one hospital stay-one insurance bill. In a post reform world all bets are off requiring a different kind of thinking when we begin to take a risk(read premium dollar) for the total care of a patient population. In that environment we must be much shrewder and have a different approach with the other stakeholders understanding why healthcare seems to defy our best thinking about how to change it and what policy alternatives give us the best hope of survival.

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Michael Abrashoff
Michael Abrashoff
When Mike Abrashoff took command of the USS Benfold, the ship’s performance ranked at rock-bottom. Worse - the crew didn’t feel safe should they be called into action. Determined to improve performance, but without the power to hire, fire or promote personnel, Abrashoff focused on what he could change: the ship’s culture. His innovative approach broke from the traditional command-and-control leadership style and sought to see the ship from the eyes of his crew - creating a guiding set of principles he calls Grassroots Leadership. His results-oriented approach equips organizations with the strategies, tactics and tools necessary to unleash innovation, lead significant change and increase operational performance. Publications from Fast Company to The Harvard Business Review have heralded this remarkable story.

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Kristin Baird, RN, BSN, MHA
Kristin Baird, RN, BSN, MHA
Kristin is an individual with a unique career path combining clinical nursing experience with marketing and business development for a variety of healthcare organizations. She is a consultant, author, speaker and trainer who uses an exclusive skill set to help healthcare organizations transform culture and shape the patient experience through leadership development, employee engagement, culture assessments, and mystery shopping.

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Rick Brinkman, ND
Rick Brinkman, ND
Co-author of the international bestseller, Dealing With People You Can't Stand: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst, Dr. Rick Brinkman has been sharing his human behavior insights and practical communication strategies in his trademark entertaining and educational style since 1980. Following medical school, he went into private practice and his success there led him to further study communication and the effect it has on our quality of life. His communication programs receive high marks in topics pertaining to sales, customer service, safety and leadership where he is invited back for repeat performances across the U.S.

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Brene Brown
Brene Brown
Dr. Brene Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her groundbreaking research has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

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Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and executive in Silicon Valley. He recently served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman at LinkedIn. He is coauthor with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman of the recent New York Times bestseller "The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age," which has become one of the most sought-after management frameworks on how to recruit, manage, and retain entrepreneurial employees. Human Resources magazine recently named Ben one of the top trendsetters in the talent industry. He has appeared on CNN, The Charlie Rose Show and CNBC and been featured in various media including The Economist, The New Yorker, and the Wall Street Journal.

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Tom Connellan
Tom Connellan
When healthcare groups like Mercy Health Partners, Baylor Health Care, Glaxo, Solvay, and the University of Michigan Health System want help in taking their performance to another level, they call Tom Connellan - and with good reason. Described by one CEO as "the Dr. Phil of corporate performance," he knows first-hand what it takes to grow a business.

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Jackie Freiberg, PhD
Jackie Freiberg, PhD
One of the best female business speakers available in today's market place, Jackie Freiberg, PhD, is a connoisseur of companies that blow the doors off business-as-usual. She is the co- author of the compelling book, GUTS!: Companies That Blow the Doors Off Business-as-Usual, and the award-winning national bestseller, NUTS!: Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success. As a professional speaker, Freiberg is in high demand to deliver practical business strategies that prove to increase productivity, retention, service, loyalty and profitability. She is passionate about equipping leaders at all levels with hope, ideas, and practical tools to kick-start and re-inspire their journey toward becoming employers of choice!

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Kevin Freiberg, PhD
Kevin Freiberg, PhD
Kevin Freiberg, PhD, is recognized in the business arena as a thought leader and authority on gutsy leaders and companies. His book, GUTS! Companies That Blow the Doors Off Business-as-Usual, the exciting sequel to their hugely successful book, NUTS! Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success. One of the most influential voices on the speaking circuit today, Freiberg is widely acknowledged for his expertise in helping clients build strong, purposeful cultures that attract top talent and loyal customers; developing gutsy leaders who excel at hiring, retaining and unleashing world-class talent; re-recruiting people and re-inspire the passion for increased performance and productivity; and increasing customer loyalty by building customer-centric organizations.

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Tim Gard
Tim Gard
Authority in stress reduction, increasing productivity, morale, and overall job satisfaction through humor., Tim Gard is the author/co-author of 4 books; frequent guest on TV & radio; CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, Certified Speaking Professional, named Meetings and Conventions "Best Speaker Heard or Used!"

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Sheila Heen
Sheila Heen
Collaboration, innovation, high performance and sound decision-making all hinge on leaders’ ability to have difficult conversations and discuss honest feedback when it matters most. In organizations all over the world, these conversations are attempted or avoided every day. Sheila Heen's humor, warmth and authenticity make an instant connection with C-suite executives, senior leaders and individual contributors alike. In her New York Times Bestselling books Difficult Conversations and Thanks for the Feedback, and through 20 years at the Harvard Negotiation Project and Triad Consulting, Heen shows us how to revolutionize the quality of feedback conversations and the culture of learning, collaboration, and innovation in your organization.

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Ben Hines
Ben Hines
Founded Moving Performance in 2009, Ben brings together his two passions: people development and music. He uniquely combines his 13 years of commercial experience in the financial and legal sectors with his own musical abilities as a semi-professional orchestral French horn player. Ben has used music to help both executive boards and emerging leaders to reflect on their strengths and those of others, to move toward more collaborative and productive outcomes. He works across the world facilitatin

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Sally Hogshead
Sally Hogshead
Sally is Chief Fascination Officer of Fascinate, Inc. As an international keynote speaker and author of the internationally-acclaimed book, FASCINATE: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation, she is the creator of The Fascination Advantage test and was named "the most successful junior copywriter of all time. Sally founded the West Coast office of the illustrious ad agency CP+B and frequently appears in national media including NBC's Today Show and the New York Times.

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John Izzo, PhD
John Izzo, PhD
Dr. John Izzo brings to health care organizations around the world a powerful message and formula for renewing the heart in health care and creating a culture where compassionate service and a focus on excellence sit side by side. He is an established author who has focused on the power of people at work and the creation of vital workplaces, and his PBS featured special - The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, all culminate to support his powerful message.

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Scott Klososky
Scott Klososky
Technology Expert - Former CEO of three successful startup companies - Founding Partner of FPOV (Future Point of View) - Author of The Velocity Manifesto, Enterprise Social Technology & Managing with Social Technology - Business Consultant to Fortune 500 corporations, universities & non-profits - Client list includes Cisco, IBM, eBay, The Hartford, Marriott, Chick-fil-a

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Professor John Kotter
Professor John Kotter
John P. Kotter is internationally known and widely regarded as the foremost speaker on the topics of Leadership and Change. His is the premier voice on how the best organizations actually achieve successful transformations. The Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School and a graduate of MIT and Harvard, Kotter's vast experience and knowledge on successful change and leadership have been proven time and again. John Kotter's articles in The Harvard Business Review over the past twenty years have sold more reprints than any of the hundreds of distinguished authors who have written for that publication during the same time period.

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Joseph Michelli, PhD
Joseph Michelli, PhD
An internationally sought-after speaker, author, and organizational consultant, Dr. Michelli is an expert in customer loyalty, client experience design, employee engagement and leadership. He is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Nielson Bookscan and New York Times #1 bestselling author. In his book Prescription for Excellence: Leadership Lessons for Creating a World-Class Customer Experience from UCLA Health System he delivers compelling, uncommon leadership practices that transformed UCLA Health System and the resulting lessons powerful for today's business leader. Global Gurus selected Michelli #8 among Top Customer Service Professionals for 2016.

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Terry Paulson, PhD
Terry Paulson, PhD
Terry Paulson, a PhD psychologist and columnist, is considered by many to be the preeminent expert on the human side of change management and author of the popular books: The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, They Shoot Managers Don't They, Paulson on Change, Making Humor Work, 50 Tips for Speaking Like a Pro, and Can I Have the Keys to the Car? For more than 30 years, he has been helping audiences transform their self-limiting beliefs into self-fulfilling breakthroughs to achieve their personal and professional goals. Business Digest called him the "Will Rogers of management consultants!"

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Freddie Ravel
Freddie Ravel
Internationally acclaimed "Keynote Maestro" Freedie blends his infectious passions for business breakthroughs and the power of music to unlock the minds, hearts and potential of audiences around the world. Backed by #1 hits and collaborative successes with Earth, Wind & Fire, Madonna, Prince, Sergio Mendes, Quincy Jones, the Boston Pops and rock legend Carlos Santana, the #1 chart-topping pianist is the founder of The Rhythm of Success. His program enhances leadership, innovation and collaboration for small, midsized and large corporations alike. Freddie's media appearances include FOX, ABC, CBS, Universal, Business Rockstars, Clear Channel and SiriusXM. His delighted clients refer to him as "the ideal balance of entertainment and content."

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Mel Robbins
Mel Robbins
Mel Robbins is best known for delivering one of the most popular TEDxTalk’s in the world: “How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over.” When she’s not on stage, Mel is on TV or trending on social media for her captivating analysis about the biggest stories of our time. She’s an award- winning on-air analyst for CNN and drives millions of page views for CNN.com as one of their most prolific opinion writers. She’s been named “America’s Outstanding Talk Show Host” by The Gracie Awards and has hosted original shows for A&E, Fox and Cox Media. She’s appeared as an expert on a wide range of talk shows, from Oprah to Dr. Phil, Fox News to Good Morning America. Mel is a contributing editor for SUCCESS Magazine and is continually featured in publications like The New York Times and Inc. Magazine.

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Elaine Sanchez
Elaine Sanchez
Author of, Letters From Madelyn - Chronicles of a Caregiver, Elaine Sanchez has been described as part Erma Bombeck and part Garrison Keillor! Caregiving audiences appreciate the manner in which she deals with the grim reality of aging and illness, and proves that grace, humor and faith can transcend tragedy. Elaine's tender, gritty and uproariously funny "one woman show," has the audience laughing through their tears! Her two workshops: Boomer Bootcamp-designed to help families gather the information they need to make major care-giving decisions and Caregivers Survival Training-recognizing and coping with the stages of caregiving receive RAVE reviews.

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Ross Shafer
Ross Shafer
Ross Shafer is one of the most sought after Keynote speakers and seminar leaders on the subjects of Customer Empathy, Personal Motivation, and Business Relevance. In addition to winning multiple Emmy awards for his work as a TV host, writer and comedian, Ross has been a lifelong entrepreneur who has written 8 books (and 14 Human Resource training films) on how organizations can remain relevant and adapt to changes they didn't see coming.

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Bill Taylor
Bill Taylor
A generation of executives and company-builders think differently about change, leadership, and the best ways to compete, innovate, and succeed as a result of Bill Taylor, founding editor of Fast Company. His book Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways, was named "Best of 2016" by Leadership Now. Bill's popular book, Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself was declared by bestselling author Daniel H. Pink as "the most powerful and instructive change manual you'll ever read."

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Waldo Waldman
Waldo Waldman
Lt. Col. Rob "Waldo" Waldman - The Wingman believes that the key to adapting to change and building a culture of mutual support and trust lies with your wingmen "those trusted partners who you engage with every day." In business and life, you should never fly solo! Audiences connect with Waldo not only because of his extensive business background, but also because he speaks from the heart and has an infectious passion for helping people. His captivating personal stories combined with dramatic jet fighter video footage and inspirational music will encourage you to prepare diligently for every mission, face challenges with courage, build more meaningful teams and maximize your potential in business and in life.

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Margie Warrell
Margie Warrell
As a best-selling author and expert on courage, Margie Warrell has an extraordinary ability to get to the heart of what holds people back from achieving deeper fulfillment and greater success. Warrell is the author of two bestselling books Find Your Courage (McGraw-Hill 2009) and Stop Playing Safe (Wiley 2013). She's also co-authored of two other books with Stephen Covey, Jack Canfield, Ken Blanchard and John Gray. Warrell's l2015book, Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life (Wiley, 2015) guides readers to move past the fears, doubts and beliefs that keep them from making the changes and taking chances they need to enjoy the fulfillment and success they desire. Her Spring 2017 release Make Your Mark will focus on getting unstuck and charting your best course towards your biggest life.

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    Medicaid is in the news every day. People, politicians, policymakers, providers, and payers are expressing points of view ranging from kill it to expand it. Unfortunately, most people are not well informed about what Medicaid is. I would like to help on the informing part of the issue by describing what it is, how it works, who qualifies, how much it costs, and some policy choices I see. This is a very complex subject, so I will lay it out in bite-sized posts. Consider this first post as a backgrounder. If you want to dig deep into the subject, I recommend visiting The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
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    Distress signals are starting to sound in two of the country’s major sectors, retail and healthcare. Last week, the discount shoe retailer Payless ShoeSource filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced it will close 400 brick-and-mortar stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The announcement comes on the heels of a seemingly unending parade of bad news from traditional retailers in recent months. So far this year, Walmart, Macy’s, J.C. Penney among others, have all announced significant store closures. Ralph Lauren is shuttering its flagship Polo store, a foot-traffic magnet on tony Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, the latest step in a massive cost-cutting effort.
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  • magnifying-glass-1001506_640The payment landscape is shifting dramatically in the US health care industry and this has serious implications for the survival of providers. With the volume-to-value transformation, traditional fee-for-service payments are being replaced with a financial incentive framework that rewards for improved quality and outcomes. Although this impacts only Medicare payments today, it lays the groundwork and provides strong incentives for other payers to move in the same direction, thus potentially disrupting the health care system at all levels.

    Ultimately, value-based payments transform traditional business models by putting significant revenue– and risk– at stake. Building the outcomes-based financial models to maximize value-based care (VBC) reimbursement pathways will be fundamental to sustainable growth in the future.
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  • health-2082630_1280We are living through what is arguably the most challenging time for the health care industry. Globally, health care appears to be on a collision course with patient needs and economic reality. No one is happy with the current system, and the combination of rising costs, poor access, inequitable care, and diminishing quality and safety has created anxiety and frustration for all. Decades of interventions have failed to improve the situation; if anything, things have become worse. Current approaches tend to focus on a single issue or problem (the price of drugs, rising numbers without medical insurance, provider incentives to over treat), but an overarching solution has remained elusive.
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    There is no issue more important to the future of America than it’s long-term fiscal sustainability. And the long-term fiscal sustainability of the United States has been placed in jeopardy primarily by the structure and expense of America’s healthcare system. According to the Congressional Budget Office, nearly the entirety of the growth in federal spending as a share of the economy—excluding interest—can be explained by government health programs: Medicare, Medicaid, the Medicaid-related Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Affordable Care Act. In addition, one of the principal economic challenges faced by middle- and lower-income Americans is the expense and instability of American health insurance.
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     3 Reasons Why Staying Social Matters to Your Thinking

    How many friends do you have? Do you rarely see family, go out for the evening or join your community for an event?

    You may not realize it, but your social life may just be bad for your brain.

    In the immortal words of Bette Midler, “you’ve got to have friends.” Little did the Divine Miss M know that in addition to our souls, she was hitting a high note on brain health as well.

    A recent AARP survey found that adults 40 and over with a higher number of social connections report better brain health.
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  • American Health Care Act

    After a seven year wait to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, the GOP’s much-anticipated replacement collectively called the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was unveiled this week. Amidst a revolt from the left and right, doctors, hospitals and insurers, the plan cleared its first hurdle at 4.30 am on Thursday- approval by the House Ways and Means Committee and The House Energy and Commerce Committee after 18 and 27 of hours of debate respectively. It now has to be approved by a full House and the Senate…the former likely (although not guaranteed) and the latter impossible without bipartisan support.
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  • fixing the drug pricing problem

    The one thing that all Americans agree on – politicians included- is that prescription drug prices are on an unsustainable trajectory. Americans pay, by far, the highest prices for prescription drugs in the entire world. On average, Americans pay $1,100 per year for their drugs — $300 more than Germans or Canadians do. In addition, total US drug spending has more than doubled in the past 15 years, from $121.2 billion in 2000 up to nearly $374 billion in 2014, squeezing both payers and insurers alike……all of this while the largest pharmaceutical companies are cumulatively earning $80-$90 billion per year in profits at higher margins than other industries.
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