Regional leaders to discuss health care in the decade ahead

Release Date: September 12, 2019


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Leaders from the region’s top health systems, insurers, physician groups and community health organizations will come together on Oct. 11 for an all-day forum to discuss the future of health care.

The event, starting at 8 a.m. at Templeton Landing in Buffalo, will be hosted by the University at Buffalo School of Management and the Healthcare Executive Forum, the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The forum, Health Care in 2020 and Beyond, will address increasing pharmaceutical costs, the evolution of electronic medical records, and uncertainty about predominant payer models, among other challenges health care leaders face regionally and nationally as we approach the coming decade.

Three keynote speakers will present in the morning. Mark A. Sullivan, president and CEO of Catholic Health System, will discuss “Catholic Health in the Coming Decade,” followed by Jody Lomeo, president and CEO of Kaleida Health and Great Lakes Health System of WNY, who will deliver “How Kaleida Health is Facing the Future of Health Care.” Then, Candace Johnson, president and CEO of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, will offer insights on “The Future of Cancer Care.”

Following the keynotes, Larry Zielinski, executive in residence for health care administration in the UB School of Management, will moderate four panel discussions, each exploring the industry from a different perspective. Zielinski previously spent 25 years in the industry, including terms as president of two health care organizations.

The panels, and the organizations that will be represented on them, are:

  • “Top Issues in National Health Care for 2020” with Navigant Consulting - Value Transformation
  •  “Addressing Increasing Pharmaceutical Costs” with Buffalo Medical Group, Independent Health, and the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • “Medicare for All and its Many Iterations” with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Navigant Consulting - Value Transformation, and the University at Buffalo School of Management
  • “Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Phase Two: Is Interoperability Possible?” with emids, Kaleida Health/UBMD, Navigant Consulting - Value Transformation, and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

The event will include breakfast and lunch, and conclude with a networking reception from 5-6 p.m. Cost for attendance is $125, discounted rate for ACHE Members and UB School of Management Alumni is $100, and students pay $25. Advance registration is required. To learn more and register, visit

The forum is part of the UB School of Management’s robust portfolio of health care management programs, partnerships and events. The school also offers dual and collaborative programs that combine an MBA with another graduate degree in several health-related fields, an Accelerated MBA for Medical Residents and Fellows program, an MBA health care management concentration and several non-credit-bearing programs.

The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school also has been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes and U.S. News & World Report for the quality of its programs and the return on investment it provides its graduates. For more information about the UB School of Management, visit

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