Health Care 2022 – Challenges and Opportunities in the Years Ahead

Thank you to all who helped make the 2022 Annual Conference a great success!
Held on November 17, 2022 at the Seaport Hotel, Boston

Conference Vidoes

Governor Charlie Baker

A Discussion on Provider Prices

Bridging the Digital Divide

Reflections by the Secretary and What Lies Ahead for Health Care in the Commonwealth

Health Equity Panel

Lieutenant Governor-elect Kim Driscoll

Master of Ceremonies

Dr. Mallika Marshall, MD

Medical Reporter, WBZ 4, CBS News Boston

Mallika Marshall, MD is an Emmy-award-winning journalist and physician who has served as the HealthWatch Anchor for CBS Boston/WBZ-TV for over 20 years.  A practicing physician Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Marshall serves on staff at Harvard Medical School and practices at Massachusetts General Hospital at the MGH Chelsea Urgent Care and the MGH Revere Health Center, where she is currently working on the frontlines caring for patients with COVID-19. She is also a Host and Contributing Editor for Harvard Health Publications (HHP), the publishing division of Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Marshall has been a regular contributor on the CBS Early Show, the CBS Evening News, CBS Newspath, the digital streaming news service CBSN, and was the Medical Contributor on Katie Couric’s daytime talk show “Katie.”  She also served as the Medical Director for Everyday Health, digital media’s popular source of medical news.  Dr. Marshall hosted “Dr. Mallika Marshall,” a series of health news reports that was nationally syndicated.  She was also an Associate Editor of the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide and a Contributing Editor for the Harvard Medical School-affiliated website, InteliHealth.

A graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Marshall received her medical degree with high honors at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. She completed her medical residency at Harvard in both Internal medicine and Pediatrics.

Dr. Marshall is the recipient of numerous awards and was recently named one of Boston’s Most Impactful Black Women.  Her outstanding health reporting was recently recognized with a New England Emmy Award.  Dr. Marshall is writing a series of children’s books that will deliver healthy messages in entertaining stories for school-age children.  She lives in the greater Boston area with her husband and three children.

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Keynote Speaker

Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH

Epidemiologist, COVID-19 Expert and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

Hailed by CNN as “the infectious disease expert who has been warning us for a decade and a half that the world will face a pandemic,” Dr. Michael Osterholm quickly became the go- to expert on the public health impact of COVID-19. A sharp critic of the complacency that led to the current global pandemic, he points to current shortfalls in our system, individual and public health strategies and an urgent need to mobilize our healthcare system.

Dr. Osterholm predicted a pandemic like COVID-19 in his bestselling book, Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs, a chillingly prescient and detailed account of the most pressing infectious diseases of our day. In Deadliest Enemy, Dr. Osterholm advocates for a plan to combat “an overwhelming army of deadly, invisible enemies” and lays out a nine-point plan to prevent “the unthinkable from the inevitable.”

Dr. Osterholm currently serves as Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota. Between June 2018 to May 2019, he served as a Science Envoy for Health Security on behalf of the US Department of State. In 2008, he was appointed to the World Economic Forum Working Group on Pandemics. In 2005, He was appointed to the newly established National Science Advisor Board of Biosecurity. Between 2001 and 2005, he served as Special Advisor to the Health and Human Services Secretary on issues related to bioterrorism and public health preparedness. Previously, he served for 24 years in various roles at the Minnesota Department of Health, the last 15 as state epidemiologist and chief of the Acute Disease Epidemiology Section. An expert in bioterrorism, Dr. Osterholm provided a pointed review of America’s current state of preparedness for a bioterrorism attack in his New York Times bestselling book, Living Terrors: What America Needs to Know to Survive the Coming Bioterrorist Catastrophe.

The author of more than 315 papers and abstracts, including 21 book chapters, Dr. Osterholm also serves on the boards of nine epidemiology and infectious disease journals and is a reviewer for The New England Journal of Medicine. He is a frequent consultant to the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America and has received six major research awards from the NIH and the CDC.

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Thank you to our generous sponsors…

Charles River Recovery LLC is a new Substance Use Disorder Treatment facility opening soon in Weston, MA. We will offer trauma informed care for Acute Treatment Services (Detox) and Clinical Stabilization Services (CSS).

Novo Nordisk makes innovative medicines to help people with diabetes manage their disease. The company’s ultimate goal is to defeat diabetes through prevention, detection and better management, and empower people with diabetes to live longer, healthier lives.

Aetna, a CVS Health business, serves an estimated 34 million people with information and resources to help them make better-informed decisions about their health care. Visit to learn more.

Bamboo Health (formerly Appriss Health + PatientPing) is a healthcare technology company focused on care collaboration and providing actionable insights across the care continuum to improve care and reduce cost.

nirvanaHealth uniquely combines deep healthcare domain expertise with proven platform-building experience to deploy robotic process automation (RPA) across the payer and PBM industries.

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of diseases in three therapy areas – Oncology, Cardiovascular, Renal & Metabolism, and Respiratory & Immunology.

Color, a health technology company, makes population-scale healthcare programs accessible, convenient, and cost-effective for everyone. We work with governments, public health institutions, employers, and national health initiatives around the world.

Founded more than 40 years ago, Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious and life-threatening medical conditions

Healthcare Fraud Shield specializes in fraud, waste, and abuse detection and payment integrity for healthcare payers utilizing AI and advanced analytics stopping claims prior to payment as well as retrospective recoveries and prevented loss.

HealthTrio provides digital engagement solutions for health plans, third-party administrators, and state exchanges that optimize plan eligibility and enrollment, user self-service, value-based care, healthcare consumerism, data integration, and more.

Stellar Health is a healthcare technology company focused on enabling success across the value-based care continuum by bridging the incentive gap between providers and payors. For more information on Stellar Health, visit

Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet.

Verrill provides a full spectrum of legal services to the varied organizations and individual professionals in the increasingly complex health care industry where organizations face emerging technologies, a broader than ever range of business issues, and intense government oversight.

Alnylam has led the translation of RNA interference (RNAi) into a new class of innovative medicines for the treatment of rare and prevalent diseases.

Delta Dental serves more than 80 million Americans, providing groups and individuals with quality, cost-effective dental insurance and superior customer service.

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Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a specialty biopharmaceutical company committed to helping people build families and live better lives. Ferring is a leader in reproductive medicine and maternal health, gastroenterology and orthopaedics.

HHAeXchange is the leading technology platform for homecare and self-direction program management. Developed specifically for the Medicaid patient population, the platform connects state agencies, managed care payers, providers, and caregivers.

Immunovia, Inc. is the exclusive provider of the IMMray® PanCan-d test for the early detection of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) in individuals at risk for familial or hereditary pancreatic cancer.

Optum is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to helping make the health system work better for everyone. With more than 215,000 people worldwide, Optum delivers intelligent, integrated solutions that help to modernize the health system and improve overall population health.

Otsuka researches, develops, manufactures and markets innovative products, with a focus on pharmaceutical products for the treatment of diseases and nutraceutical products for the maintenance of everyday health

Preti Strategies is an elite team of former lawmakers and experienced leaders in government relations, public affairs and communications. With offices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, they have worked with clients to achieve goals nationwide.

Our mission is to be a global leader in generics and biopharmaceuticals, improving the lives of patients around the globe. For more than a century healthcare providers, patients, and caregivers have been using Teva’s medicines.

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As a leading payments company in healthcare, we price, explain, and pay for care on behalf of insurers and their members. Zelis is on a mission to deliver a better financial experience and more affordable, transparent care for all.

American Specialty Health is one of the nation’s leading providers of musculoskeletal health, fitness, and well-being solutions for health plans, employers, associations, and others. ASH administers benefits for more than 54 million members nationwide. For more information, visit or call 800-848-3555.

Payspan connects payers, providers, and members through innovative healthcare payment solutions that speed payments, reduce costs, and improve satisfaction for more than 600 health plans connecting 1.3 million providers.

Reliable Respiratory is one of the leading independently owned home respiratory and specialty medical equipment providers in the U.S., providing equipment and service to patients throughout New England.

VSP® Individual Vision Plans were designed to provide solutions for millions without employer-sponsored vision care.