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Gettysburg, Pa. (December 26, 2019) – OPEN MINDS has announced that the faculty for the The 2019 OPEN MINDS Performance Management Institute, will include executives from the largest, most influential, and most innovative payers and provider organizations from across the country, including Anthem, Cigna, Optum, and Homestead Smart Health Plans.

The 2019 OPEN MINDS Performance Management Institute focuses on the performance measurement, compensation, and financial tools executive teams need to move their organization from the concept of value-based reimbursement, to success in the new financial normal. The institute will take place on February 13-15, 2019 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Bill Green, Chief Executive Officer, Homestead Smart Health Plans, will kick off the first day of the institute as the keynote speaker with his session, Building A New System For Private Insurance: The Homestead Health Plan Model. Leigh Davison, Anthem’s Vice President, LTSS Specialty Organization, will open day two of the institute, focusing on the future of collaboration between health plans and providers in her keynote address, Innovative Collaborations & Partnerships For Long-Term Services: The Anthem Perspective.

“The shift from volume to value has created a pressing need for new business models in the health and human service market. This event is designed to help executives of provider organizations serving complex consumers gain an understanding of the performance measurement tools needed for success in a market dominated by value-based reimbursement,” said Sarah Threnhauser, Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS. “We are thrilled to have such an accomplished group of speakers from organizations that are shaping the market. Our agenda will allow attendees to hear directly from health plans about what they are looking for in building value-based partnerships, and to speak with innovative provider organizations from around the country about how they are incorporating performance management into their organizational strategy.”

The final list of speakers includes many high-profile faculty members from leading organizations throughout the country, including:

  1. Micah Adler, Director of Business Development, Valant
  2. Michelle Aponte-Pacheco, Chief of Revenue Cycle Emergence Health Network
  3. Erin Boyd, Behavioral Network Manager, Cigna
  4. Debbie Cagle Wells, Chief Marketing Officer Centerstone
  5. Kelly J. Champ, Vice President, Network Strategy & Innovation, Optum
  6. Monica Collins, MA, MBA, Senior Director, System Transformation, Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania
  7. John M. Corneilson, MBA, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
  8. Donald J. Dauman, MBA LCSWR, Chief Financial Officer, Spectrum Health & Human Services
  9. Leigh Davison, Staff Vice President, LTSS Specialty Organization Anthem, Inc.
  10. Edward Farbenblum, Chief Executive Officer, VestraCare
  11. Lora Fisher, Clinical Program Manager, Cigna
  12. Brian Gann, Enterprise Account Executive, Valant
  13. Scott Green, Senior Vice President & GM, Behavioral Health & CareGuidance, Netsmart
  14. Charles Gross, Ph.D., Vice President, Behavioral Health, Anthem, Inc.
  15. Anna P. Hundley, Executive Director, Autism Treatment Center
  16. Lisa Kay, Clinical Program Manager, Cigna
  17. Tristan Keelan, Marketing Strategist TenEleven Group
  18. Maggie Labarta, Ph.D. President & Chief Executive Officer, Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
  19. Vanessa R. Lane, MBA, Vice President, Revenue Cycle Management/ Data Analytics, Grafton Integrated Health Network
  20. Erik Marsh, President and CEO, DATIS HR Cloud
  21. Blake A. Martin, MHA, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer Monarch
  22. Matt Miller, Senior Vice President, Public Sector, Magellan Healthcare
  23. Katie Morrow, Vice President of Compliance, Streamline Healthcare Solutions
  24. Keith Neal, MBA, MHL, CHFP Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Advocates
  25. Diana Salvador, Psy.D., Vice President, Quality Assurance and Risk Management, CPC Behavioral Healthcare
  26. Ashley Sandoval, Associate Chief Executive Officer, Emergence Health Network
  27. James Stewart, President & CEO, Grafton Integrated Health Network
  28. Sheila Sudhakar, M.D., Senior Medical Director, Cigna Medical Group
  29. Chris Thompson, Vice President of Operations-Behavioral Health, Monarch

The complete list of featured speakers and faculty members are available online at

There are a range of sessions throughout the institute. Executive registrants will have the opportunity for small group breakout sessions with the keynote speakers:

There are a range of sessions focused on reimbursement, finance and financial management, including:

Sessions on technology, analytics, and metrics-based management include:

Strategy sessions and sessions on service line management issues include:

The final agenda is available online at

In addition, this year’s Institute features three special pre-institute programs. There is a full-day summit – The OPEN MINDS Health Plan Partnership Summit: A Guide To Developing & Negotiating Partnership Agreements With Health Plansmoderated by Deb Adler, Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS and featuring Kelly J. Champ, Vice President, Network Strategy & Innovation, Optum; Matt Miller, Senior Vice President, Public Sector, Magellan Healthcare; and Charles Gross, Ph.D., Vice President, Behavioral Health, Anthem, Inc.

And, there are two deep-dive executive competency building seminars:

The institute is approaching “sold out” status with limited registrations remaining. Secure your registration now for The 2019 OPEN MINDS Performance Management Institute and the executive seminars and summits with an all-access registration pass.

For additional questions and inquiries, please contact Sarah C. Threnhauser, Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS or Stacey Cotton, Institute Director, at 717-334-1329 or



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