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Registration closes January 14

What you will get

Registration closes January 14

We’ll be hosting all the BEST experts and contributors to our transparent, value-based movement.

A mixture of employers, prospective clients, consultants, collaborators, clinicians, and the industry’s most notable thought leaders will be lending their expertise to three days of solid education and collaboration.

LIVE! Coffee Break, 2-days of professional development tracks, targeted networking events, and finish with our black-tie formal and industry Awards ceremony.


Value Based Consultant Course – The first certified Health Value Advisor Course by the Validation Institute.

20+ Speakers
9 Breakout sessions
3 Keynotes


Updated January 11, 2022

  • 10am – Check-in Opens
  • 12-6pm – Value Based Consultant Course – MUST REGISTER (fee)
  • 12-5pm – Exhibit Hall Open for early-set up (if desired)
  • 6-8pm – ALL-STAR Welcome Reception w / hor d’oeuvres – Opening by Frank MicDroppa, Pop-quiz w/ Al Lewis and hangouts w/ Lester, Contorno, Josh Luke and Marshall Allen!
  • 7-8am
    • Meditation
    • Breakfast
  • 8-8:50am – OPENING: Marshall Allen: Fighting Back
  • 9-9:50am
    • Track A – Domestic & Int’l Drug Sourcing embedded in your plan w/ Bill Hepscher & Mort Jorgensen
    • Track B – Stories from the Primary Care Back Office, before the big switch w/ Dr. Jeff Gold & Dr. Shane Purcell & Dr. Kendrick Johnson
  • 10-10:50am
    • Track A – The Ultimate Marketing Playbook w/ Megan Chiarello
    • Track B – Direct Contracting for Employers & Providers: A community approach to partnership w/ Doug Hetherington
  • 11-11:50pm
    • Track A – PBM Evaluations: Why should you take a deeper look into the darkest side of healthcare w/ Trevor Daer
    • Track B – Gender Dynamics in Leadership: Making it safe for everyone to participate w/ Amy Evans & Dave Gieselman
  • 12-12:50pm – Lunch in Exhibit Hall
  • 1-1:50pm
    • Track A – Inside the HR Brain: A dark comedic interpretation of your brokers’ sales cycle w/ Dr. Keri Ohlrich & Kelly Guenther w/ Lester Morales
    • Track B – Mastering RBP Plan Management: it takes a Village w/ Amanda Villanueva, Rachel Miner, Julian Lago & David Slepak (PANEL)
  • 2-2:50pm
    • Track A – Speciality Drug Solutions: How to be a bulldog, not a bandaid w/ Dave Parker & Chasity Matthews
    • Track B – Compensation Transparency & Disclosure for ALL w/ John Harvey
  • 3-3:50pm
    • Track A – Employee Engagement & Communications for maximum success w/ Eric Silverman
    • Track B – TBD w/ Lester Morales
  • 4-5pm – Break
  • 5-6pm – Happy Hour
  • 6-7pm – Buffet Dinner
  • 7-8pm – Charity Roast of David Contorno hosted by Frank MicDroppa (registration required)
  • 7-8am
    • Morning Breathwork
    • Breakfast
  • 8-8:50am – OPENING: Medical Management – The Heart of your Health Plan w/ Nurse Deb
  •  9-9:50am
    • Track A – Empower the consumer through price estimation & real time eligibility verification, and an update on the No Surprises Act! w/ Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
    • Track B – Health Plan Analytics: A 2021 Case Study w/ Rhea Campbell & Emma Fox
  • 10-10:50am
    • Track A – RBP & 501(R): A Match Made in Heaven w/ Doug Aldeen
    • Track B – No More “No’s”: Small Group & Fully Insured Data Sourcing w/ Ben Winfield
  • 11-11:50pm
    • Track A – The World is a Stage!  Communicate Effectively w/ Karen Kirkpatrick
    • Track B – Stop Competing; Start Collaborating: How to Embrance Leadership in Industry w/  Nelson Griswold & David Contorno (INTERVIEW)
  • 12-1pm – Lunch
  • 1-1:50pm
    • Track A – Changing the Health of an Entire Community w/ Aaron Witwer
    • Track B – The Future of Health Care Policy w/ Jen Berman
  • 2-2:50pm – KEYNOTE: Dr. Marty Makary
  • 3-5pm – HACKATHON: Finding the best Small Group solutions (group work) – Hosted by Aaron Witwer
  • 5-7pm – Break
  • 7-8pm – Opening Reception w/ Photo Booth
  • 8-9pm – Dinner (Black Tie optional / Cocktail attire) + Pop Quiz results! by Al Lewis
  • 9-10pm – Awards Ceremony hosted by Nancy Giacolone, Ben Winfield & Emma Fox
  • 7-8am – Morning Meditation
  • 8-9am – Breakfast
  • 9-11am – Live Coffee Break: Alex Lickerman, Shawn Strash, Wendell Potter
  • 11-12pm – Author meet & greet (Makary, Allen, Uhlrich, Purcell)
  • 12pm – Conference END

Meet the

Learn from the best in the field

Dr. Marty Makary

new york times best-selling author of “The price we pay”and leading voice for transparency in healthcare today


Dr. Makary is the recipient of the 2020 Business Book of the Year Award for The Price We Pay. A professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, he has published over 250 scientific articles on the re-design of health care, medical innovation, and vulnerable populations. Dr. Makary has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine and is Editor-in-Chief of Medpage Today. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fox News, and USA Today and is a frequent medical commentator.


Marshall Allen

"never pay the first bill"


Deb Ault

Nurse & President
Ault International Medical Management (AIMM)

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Emma Fox

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Aaron Witwer

Director, Population Health & Business Development
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David Contorno

Founder / CEO
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Doug aldeen

ERISA Healthcare Attorney
General Counsel
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Jenn Berman

Attorney & CEO
MZQ Consulting


Eric Silverman

Founder, Author, Podcast Host
Voluntary Disruption / #RockstarsRocking


Doug Hetherington

CEO & Program Architect


Bill Hepscher

RxManage USA


Trev Daer

Rx strategist & owner
Granite Peak Analytics


Megan Chiarello

VP of Marketing





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$289 / night

Let's Transform the benefits industry


Registration closes January 14

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Award ceremony

At the end of the symposium, we will be hosting an award ceremony where we award winners based on your votes for the various categories. The categories this year include:

  • Most Innovative Health Consultant 
  • Most Valuable Health Plan Partner
  • Most Creative Social Strategy
  • Most Outspoken Advocate
  • Best Dressed Consultant 😉
  • Industry Emerging Leader
  • Most Influential Industry Personality
  • Newcomer of the Year
  • Most Influential Organization

About us

Most companies struggle to manage the unsustainable cost of health insurance and feel they aren’t getting good value.  

E Powered Benefits exclusively provides value-based, transparent & responsible health plan management for companies by sharing our fees up-front, never taking commissions, and creating provider relationships that incentivize high-quality / low-cost medical providers.

So companies can reduce their health insurance costs by up to 50%, have 100% insight into their costs, and provide better health outcomes to their employees and family members.

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