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“Beyond Disruption: Healthcare for the Future, Redesigned and Reimagined” – ACHE of MA’s Spring Healthcare Summit

June 9, 2022 @ 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

The ACHE of Massachusetts chapter is thrilled to announce our FIRST in-person chapter event since November 2019. Please join us for “Beyond Disruption: Healthcare for the Future, Redesigned and Reimagined” – ACHE of MA’s Spring Healthcare Summit, which will be held on Thursday, June 9th, 2022 at the Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, MA. We expect a very strong turnout of healthcare leaders and executives from around the region… an incredible networking opportunity we have so missed these past two years!





Event Update: We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 case trend in our region. In order to maximize the opportunity for us to meet in person, our health and safety protocol for this event applies to all attendees and involves: 1) full vaccination, 2) negative COVID-19 test onsite, and 3) masking during the event.

Please refer to our complete Health & Safety Protocol available here: ACHE of MA Spring Conference COVID guidelines

We will adjust our protocols based on local, state and federal guidelines and recommendations. All the latest information will be posted to this website as it becomes available.

Keynote Speaker:

Dan Gebremedhin, MD
Partner, Flare Capital Partners 
Physician, Operator & Entrepreneur 



This all-day conference will be broken up into two exciting sections, with Dan Gebremedhin, MD kicking off the morning with a keynote presentation.

  • The morning panel following Dr. Gebremedhin’s presentation will focus on disruptive care delivery models, and will feature VillageMD, Somatus, and Eternal Health, who are at the forefront of healthcare innovation. We will dissect what the future of healthcare will look like, discuss opportunities for delivery model disruption, and learn what key players are doing today.


  • The afternoon has been designed to give you practical takeaways and a toolkit you can implement within your organization.  Tier 1 Performance Healthcare, will guide us through an interactive session on Empathy-Centered Design. Then, our afternoon panel, will focus on how healthcare providers are collaborating and partnering with disruptors to implement innovation and respond to the need for new care models. Executives from CVS Health’s Enterprise Virtual CareBaystate Health’s Digital Innovation Team, TechSpring and UMass Memorial Health’s Hospital-at-Home will discuss how they bring innovation, disruption and intentional design to their organizations.

Both AM and PM sessions are worth 1.5 Face to Face credits, and 2 Qualified Education credits will be awarded.









$275 – ACHE and MHA Member Registration after June 1, 2022

$375 – Non Member

$150 – Student / In Transition / Retired

Group Discounts are Available!
Encourage your colleagues or entire team to attend the Summit.
Registering as a group of five or more from the same organization? Receive 20% off the applicable registration rate! Email info@massache.org to receive the group code.

About the Day 

  • 7:00am-8:30am: Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30am-9:45am: Keynote featuring Dan Gebremedhin, MD – 1.0 Qualified Education
  • 9:45am-10:00am: Morning Networking Break
  • 10:00am-11:30am: Face to Face Panel Session: Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare Delivery, 1.5 Face to Face Credits
    • Disruptive innovation, a term coined by Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen, is a transformative business model that leverages technology to help focus on making products and services more accessible and affordable. In healthcare delivery, disruptive innovations have the potential to decrease costs while improving both the quality and accessibility of care. Disruptive innovations enable new applications and changes in behaviors. The current thinking with many innovators is a belief that a host of disruptive innovations would have wide implications for payers by shifting payment models to reward precision diagnostic tests and abilities of providers. Several current disruptive innovations like retail clinics, telemedicine, medical tourism, and point-of-care medical payments could make a major difference in how health care is reshaped in the near future. This panel will focus on the role of innovation in the medical marketplace and examples of disruptive innovations that will change lives in health care.
  • 11:30am- 1:00pm: Networking Lunch & Membership Activities
  • 1:00pm-2:15pm: Breakout Session, Powered by Tier 1: Disruption Starts with Empathy-Centered Design – 1.0 Qualified Education
    • Simple mindset and language shifts go a long way in changing the care we provide. Participants will gain a new mental framework for reimagining how to effect and apply change; process topics with their teams; and begin to more deeply understand which moments can be designed to create joy and alleviate anxiety for caregivers, patients and their families.
  • 2:15pm-2:30pm: Afternoon Networking Break
  • 2:30pm-4:00pm: Face to Face Panel Session: Consumer Focused Health Care – 1.5 Face to Face Credits
    • While many healthcare organizations recognize that consumer-centered healthcare is important, very few are following through on those priorities with innovative and effective strategies. Patients are increasingly choosing less expensive and easier to access options than traditional providers. While traditional providers are working to better engage consumers and compete in this new landscape with more and different competitors, there are many challenges. This panel discussion will lay the foundation by defining what “consumer focused healthcare” is, why it is important, and why it is so difficult to transition to a consumer-focused model, and explore some innovative and effective strategies.
  • 4:00pm-6:00pm: Reception and Member Awards Presentation

The chapter has secured rooms at a discounted rate of $269.00 a night at the Encore Boston Harbor, should you want to come in the night before, or stay the night of, to network with members you haven’t seen in a long time. This rate is valid through May 26th. To book your room, please visit the link here. We will also be providing ample networking time during the conference, as we will have multiple breaks, a lunch, plus cocktail networking hour once the day is complete.



About Our Speakers

Keynote: Dan Gebremedhin, MD

Dan is a Partner at Flare Capital Partners, where he has led investments into and sits on the Boards of Somatus, Eden Health, Oui Health, Votive Health and Elektra Health. Dan was a practicing Internal Medicine Physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital and had a Faculty appointment as an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School from 2010 until 2019.


Morning Panelist: James J. Agnew, FACHE
 Senior Vice President, VillageMD

Jim brings more than 30 years of executive leadership to the industry providing a unique blend of healthcare operations, financial, and M&A expertise that has been tested in both the not-for-profit and investor-owned segments of the healthcare industry.


Morning Panelist: Pooja Ika
Founder & CEO, eternalHealth

Pooja Ika is the founder and CEO of eternalHealth. At the age of 24, she is the youngest woman to launch a new Medicare Advantage Health Plan in the United States. A 2019 Babson College graduate, Pooja founded eternalHealth to deliver high quality, affordable care to her fellow Massachusetts residents. Committed to doing things the right way, eternalHealth was built on trust, transparency, and integrity.


Morning Panelist: Bassem Mikhael, MD, MBA
Vice President, Clinical Strategy, Somatus

Dr. Bassem Mikhael serves as the Vice President of Clinical Strategy at Somatus. He is deeply committed
to improving the care of patients with kidney disease and transforming the delivery of kidney care. Dr.
Mikhael is a nephrologist and trained at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Morning Moderator: Mark Sugrue
Managing Director, Health Solutions, FTI Consulting

Mr. Sugrue combines operational, IT, revenue cycle and performance improvement consulting experience which includes but is not limited to Health IT system development, selection implementation and optimization, clinical documentation improvement, acute and long-term care disaster preparedness and management, supply chain, regulatory compliance and other key executive leadership responsibilities.


Afternoon Panelist: Christian Lagier
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Baystate Health’s TechSpring Group 

Christian was named the founding Managing Director of TechSpring in October 2013, joining the core team of Joel Vengco and Evan Benjamin in developing TechSpring from vision to reality. He oversees all activities of the center today and continues to pursue an ambitious vision of healthcare innovation acceleration. Every day, he focuses on thinking big, envisioning success and getting things done.


Afternoon Panelist: Constantinos (Taki) Michaelidis, MD, MBA, MS
Medical Director, Hospital at Home, UMass Memorial Health 

Constantinos (Taki) Michaelidis, MD, MBA, MS is an internal medicine physician by clinical training and practices as a virtual home hospitalist in the UMass Memorial Health (UMMH) Hospital at Home program where he is medical director and faculty in the Program in Digital Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


Afternoon Panelist: Creagh Milford, DO, MPH, FACOI 
Vice President and Head of Enterprise Virtual Care, CVS Health

Dr. Milford is a practicing internal medicine physician and an experienced executive who is responsible for leading the delivery of the virtual product portfolio across CVS Health, including seamless, omnichannel virtual care solutions that deliver meaningful results for both consumers and providers.


Afternoon Moderator: John Polanowicz


John Polanowicz is a seasoned healthcare professional with over thirty years of leadership experience in the industry. He currently serves on the board of Prosperity Behavioral Health, a private-equity backed company that provides multiple services to providers in the behavioral health space. He also serves on the Veteran’s Advisory Board of Myomo Health, the manufacturer of a powered orthosis (brace) that helps patients regain function in arms and hands paralyzed by neuromuscular disease or injury.


June 9, 2022
7:00 am - 6:00 pm


Encore Boston Harbor