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Medicaid Leaders 2019 Strategic Retreat

Event Date: 12/9/2019 - 12/10/2019

Event Overview


A strategic retreat for Medicaid leaders

The Alliance is hosting a strategic retreat for top leaders of our health plans operating in Medicaid.  This invitation-only event is an exclusive networking and learning opportunity for the health plan leader with P/L responsibility for your Medicaid health plan, and is designed to facilitate meaningful sharing in a safe environment you won’t find at any other conference.

Designed to optimize your time away from the office, the event is conveniently located at the Alliance headquarters in Dallas.  This venue is only a short taxi ride from our two major airports and – more importantly – provides an intimate setting in which leaders can speak openly.  You'll gain fresh perspectives from other executives wrestling with the same strategic and operational challenges you’re facing back at home. 

This retreat is structured as a strategic conversation among the leaders of Alliance Medicaid health plans, and participants will share their organizations’ response to market shifts, so that everyone may benefit from new ideas, challenges overcome and lessons learned through strategic pivots.  The retreat facilitator will guide the discussion to ensure an optimal mix of conversation, learning and networking. 

Strategic topics we’ll cover

  • How is your organization approaching value based contracting arrangements? Whether with primary care or ancillary providers, moving from a FFS model is challenging.  Is your health plan partnering successfully with your state Medicaid office to shape changes? What barriers are preventing you from moving in this direction? Risk adjustment? Rate setting challenges? Capturing acuity?

  • Across the country, regional Medicaid plans face key, strategic threats to traditional Medicaid primary care delivery.  The CVS-Aetna partnership and new players like Oak Street are disrupting models. How is your Medicaid plan pivoting to stay relevant and deliver quality primary care to your Medicaid populations?

  • Is your organization making significant investments in your core systems or other infrastructure elements?How are you addressing growing compliance, privacy and security concerns?

  • Provider relations remain a challenge for all Medicaid plans, particularly given the rates our plans can pay when compared to commercial payers.  How is your Medicaid plan approaching your provider relationships?  Do you face abrasion concerns? What is working for your plan, or what have your tried that hasn't worked?

  • How is your Medicaid plan approaching the opioid crisis in your service area?  In many states, more stringent requirements for these programs are becoming the norm.  What interventions is your Medicaid health plan pursuing? What funding and partnership models are proving most promising?

  • Does your health plan have any breakthrough strategies on meeting your quality goals?  Are there particularly challenging areas of quality you consistently address well? Measures where opportunity for significant improvement remains? 


Event highlights

Medicaid leaders will have the opportunity to test their theories with Alliance colleagues, and will gain fresh perspectives and ideas to take back home.  This retreat is an opportunity to debate with and learn from your peers in a unique setting that is the hallmark of the Alliance.  These conversations open up the possibility for your organization to synthesize learnings and leap frog your competition.

Alliance retreats like this one are unscripted and open-ended, designed to allow ideas to flow.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see the challenges and opportunities in front of regional Medicaid plans with a fresh perspective.  Register now to secure your spot.


Please note: This event is designed for your Medicaid health plan's top leadership and is by invitation only.  Once you register to signal your interest in attending, an Alliance team member will confirm your spot via email. Not sure if you're eligible? Contact us.



Who should attend

This meeting is limited to the top leaders of Medicaid health plans within the Health Plan Alliance membership and invited guests.









Networking dinner at the Via Real Restaurant: 4020 N. MacArthur Blvd, #100, Irving, TX 75038




Breakfast hosted in the Health Plan Alliance conference room

Note: Meet in the Vizient lobby at 290 E. John Carpenter Fwy, Bldg 1. A staffer will escort you from there.


Welcome and Introductions: Attendees provide overview of their Medicaid health plan and top strategic issues


Refreshment break


Health Plan introductions continue


Mission critical issues: Discussion focused on mission-critical issues, with emphasis on exploration, learning and discovery


Networking lunch


Mission critical issues continued: Discussion focused on mission-critical issues, with emphasis on exploration, learning and discovery


Ideation: How can the Alliance support your Medicaid strategies and mission critical needs in 2020 and beyond?


Adjourn. Alliance staff will escort you to Vizient’s main lobby


Las Colinas, TX

Health Plan Alliance Headquarters

290 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Bldg 1
Irving, TX 75062

Hotels that offer shuttles to our headquarters

Omni Mandalay Hotel
221 E Las Colinas Blvd

Irving, TX 75039

Homewood Suites
4300 Wingren Dr
Irving, TX 75039

Aloft Las Colinas
122 E John Carpenter Fwy
Irving, TX 75062

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Irving Convention Center
333 W John Carpenter Fwy
Irving, TX 75039

Need more recommendations send an email to the Alliance. 



Business casual attire is appropriate for the meeting.  Remember that the hotel meeting room temperatures vary, so we recommend that you layer clothing to be comfortable in case the room becomes either hot or cold.

Ground transportation

Taxi from the Dallas/Ft Worth International airport and Love Field airport is approximately $25 one-way.  UberX is $17-20.  The hotels above provide a shuttle to the Alliance office at 290 E John Carpenter Fwy, Bldg 1, which is where the meeting will be held.

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Agenda: Medicaid Retreat 2019 Fly-In
Medicaid leaders from HPA plans across the country convene Dec 9-10 for an intimate strategic retreat. Structured as a strategic conversation, participants share their organizations' strategic imperatives in Medicaid, and how their organization is operationalizing their priorities, so that everyone may benefit from new ideas, challenges overcome and lessons learned through strategic pivots. The guided discussion ensures an optimal mix of conversation, learning and networking.


Below is a list of all delegates registered to date for this event

  • Jon Cascino
  • Medicaid Program Director at Providence Health Plans
  • Patricia Darnley
  • Senior Vice President, Government Programs at Sentara Health Plans (Optima)
  • Russ Elbel
  • Director, Medicaid Program at SelectHealth
  • Jody Gross
  • Vice President of Operations & Government Programs at Health New England
  • Alan Lederman
  • Chief Operating Officer at Community Health Plan of Washington
  • Karen Love
  • CEO & President at Cook Children's Health Plan
  • Gabriel Parra
  • Chief Strategy Officer at Samaritan Health Plans
  • Sanjiv Shah
  • Chief Medical Officer at MetroPlus Health Plan
  • Christine Turner
  • Chief Operating Officer at Santa Clara Family Health Plan
  • Sherry Vetter
  • COO at Cook Children's Health Plan