Speakers & Presenters

Keynote Speakers

Charlene Maher

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Blue Cross of Idaho

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CEO

Keynote Speaker #1

Charlene Maher is president and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Cross of Idaho Health Service, Inc. and sits on the boards of directors for both Blue Cross of Idaho and Blue Cross of Idaho Care Plus, Inc.


Since taking the helm at Blue Cross of Idaho, Maher has focused on changing the healthcare landscape in Idaho by finding new ways to lower the costs while ensuring access to quality care. Blue Cross of Idaho is now leading the state in reshaping healthcare through value-based contracts with healthcare providers, shared-savings options, and medical management programs designed to help members get and stay healthy.


Maher joined Blue Cross of Idaho in 2016 with more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She serves on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) Board of Directors, as well as the Board’s Organization and Governance, Finance and Audit, and Brand Enhancement and Protection committees. She is the chair of the Idaho Association of Health Plans (IAHP) Board of Directors, as well as a member of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the College of Idaho Advisory Board.


Before joining Blue Cross of Idaho, Maher was the senior vice president and chief marketing officer for EmblemHealth, New York's leading neighborhood health insurance and wellness company. She also held leadership positions at Medica, a Minneapolis-based health and wellness company, and WellPoint, Inc., where she progressed to the executive position of vice president and general manager of Individual Business for 14 Blue Cross Blue Shield states.


Maher earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Texas Health Science Center and began her professional career as a registered nurse. She and her husband of more than 40 years, Don, raised three children and are enjoying their seven grandchildren.

Marc Roberts 

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Blue Cross of Idaho

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Director of Healthcare Analytics

Keynote Speaker #1

Marc Roberts serves as the Director of Analytics for Blue Cross of Idaho. In this role Roberts oversees Blue Cross of Idaho’s strategic efforts to use analytics to help make quality healthcare affordable. He previously worked as an Actuary at Blue Cross of Idaho and SelectHealth. Roberts is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Degree in Actuarial Science. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. 

Drew Hobby

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Blue Cross of Idaho

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SVP Healthcare Economics

Keynote Speaker #1

Drew Hobby holds the position of Senior Vice President of Healthcare Economic at Blue Cross of Idaho (BCI). Hobby has over 9 years of experience in the healthcare industry where his focus has been in the provider and healthcare analytic space. Prior to joining BCI Hobby held several different positions at WellCare Health Plans. Inc. including Senior Director of Product Operations and Vice President of Network Management. Hobby holds a graduate degree from Indiana University – Kelley School of Business.

Chuck Weber

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Blue Cross of Idaho

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CIO

Keynote Speaker #2

Chuck Weber has over 24 years of experience in managed health care, health care computer systems and operations.  Currently Chuck is the CIO and Senior Vice President for Blue Cross of Idaho.  Chuk’s focus is on Operations, Information Systems, Analytics, and Business Process Engineering in the healthcare space.

 

Previously he was COO for Alignment HealthCare, a population health management company based in Southern California.  He was responsible for overseeing overall operations for the Health Plan and Population Health Management divisions, as well as leading new market implementations.  Before arriving at Alignment HealthCare, he was Senior Vice President with CareMore/Anthem where he oversaw Medicare operations in eight service centers across the United States.   He was part of the management team that grew a small health plan by 6X in five years, that was ultimately sold to Anthem.

 

Prior to joining CareMore, he was with the behavioral health arm of United HealthCare.   During his time with United, he was responsible for implementation of new operating systems, as well as ran the Claims, Customer Service and Eligibility Operations, and the Divisional IT Organization in San Francisco.  He also led the Data Warehousing effort for UBH that resulted in an International Computer World Honors award, where the system was ultimately included in the Smithsonian’s permanent collection on technology.

 

Early in Chuck’s career he held positions in Managed Care and Software Companies and was responsible for developing EDI, Data Warehousing, and Data Analytics products. 

 

Chuck has his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College and his M.S. from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse.

Laura Craft 

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Garter

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VP Analyst Healthcare Strategy 

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Keynote Speaker #3

Laura Craft is a Vice President, Analyst in Gartner's Healthcare Industry's Research group. Her research focuses on big data, analytics and AI, population health and value-based care. Ms. Craft has more than 30 years experience in healthcare across data and analytics, data management and governance, as well as industry IT trends, business drivers and strategic planning.  Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Craft worked for IBM, Yale University, Hospital of Saint Raphael and Beth Israel Medical Center, New York. She holds a Masters of Public Administration in Healthcare and  Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Performance. She has been on Faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health Leadership Program and a Guest Lecturer in the Wharton School of Business, Healthcare Technology Program.

Motivational Speaker

Adam Kreek

Motivational Speaker

Sponsor Speakers

Speakers

Matthew Giglia (Excellus)

Breakout 1

Sri Saikrishnan
(Blue Shield CA)

Breakout 2

Vanessa Lyons (Premera)

Breakout 3

Sanket Shah
(BHI)

Breakout 3

Sandis
Wright
(BCBSA FEP)

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Jay Tamraz 
(BCBSA FEP)

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Sanjay Patel
(BCBSA FEP)

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Eric Johnson 
(BCBSA FEP)

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Shibu Joseph
(Clarity Insights)

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Kristin Cacace (BCBSAL)

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Rafael Bustamante
(BCBSAZ)

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Kalyan Boppudi (BCBSNC)

Breakout 7

Mitch Quinn
(BCBSNC)

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Eric Barton
(ABCBS)

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Chris Reavis (Regence)

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Narendra Kambam
(CareFirst/FEPOC)

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Kelli Fagan
(Excellus)

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Lindsay Sleep (BCID)

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Brian Badinger (BCBSLA)

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Michelle Graefe 
(BCID)

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Lauren Staples (BCBSTN)

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D.J. Donahue 
(BCBSTN)

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Michael Warjas
(IBM)

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Ben Holmes (ABCBS)

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Scot McGee (Premera)

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Michael Eichsteadt (HCSC)

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Tim Whiting
(BCBSMI)

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Suma 

Vishnumoorthy 

(BCBSNC)

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Sumitra Srinivasan 
(BCBSNC)

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Erik Jensen 
(BCBSNC)

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William Duym 
(BCBSNC)

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Udit Garg
(Florida Blue)

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Kishore Huilgol (Florida Blue)

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Kedar Kulkarni (Florida Blue)

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Anusha Pokuri
(Florida Blue)

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Clif White 
(BCBSTN)

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Christopher Mayer (BCBSNC)

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Troy Buescher 
(BCBSNC)

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Christopher Barnett (Premera)

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Amit Bhagat (Amitech)

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Leanne Hinrichs (BCBS NE)

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Bryan Dorathy (ABCBS)

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David Kemp 
(BCBS NE)

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Kim Bobitski (Florida Blue)

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Douglas DeCross (Excellus)

Breakout 28

Michael Anderson (BCBS AL)

Breakout 29

Brad Kurland 
(BHI)

Breakout 30

Jack Holloway 
(BCBSLA)

Breakout 30

Mike Gardner (BCBSLA)

Breakout 30

TBD

Breakout 31

Ted Knutson (Premera)

Breakout 32

Rob Hopper (BCBSID)

Plan Drawing/Wrap-up

Denise Matthews (BCBSTN)

Wrap-up

Jessica Wyatt (ABCBS)

Award Presenter

Member Information

IMS2019@bcidaho.com

Sponsor Information

IMS2019Sponsor@bcidaho.com

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