Healthcare Collaborative

About the Healthcare Collaborative


What is the Association Forum Healthcare Collaborative?

An interdisciplinary community of healthcare associations and stakeholders convened to identify pressing issues to address in common, opposed to individually.

Why Association Forum?

Association Forum is a membership organization for associations located in Chicago, IL. Chicago represents the largest concentration of healthcare and medical association in the world. We believe that a clear majority of all healthcare professionals and companies will be a powerful vehicle to affect change and influence over a dynamic and transformative future ahead for the industry. By working together, we are more likely to succeed.

The Next Healthcare Collaborative

Date: Oct 16, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CT) 
: Provider Risk Sharing and Understanding Value
Audience: Healthcare Association Professionals
CAE Credit Hours: 3.0
Fee: Complimentary
Location: Milliman - 71 S Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606


Description: Many of the associations comprising the Healthcare Collaborative come from the provider space, and many of their members may be faced with the challenge of adapting their practices in order to succeed under value-based payment models.  Although the transition to value-based payment is broadly supported, stakeholders are still working out critical details such as how to measure value and how to transfer risk from payers to providers.  Network with other association executives who are working through these changes and learn from a panel of experts who will help you understand the underlying risks and opportunities in this time of transformation.
  • 8:00 - 9:00am - Registration, Breakfast, Networking
  • 9:00 - 9:10am - Opening Remarks - Greg Heidrich, Executive Director, Society of Actuaries
  • 9:10 - 9:40am - Speaker Presentation - Erica Reijula, FSA, MAAA, Consulting Actuary, Milliman
  • 9:40 - 10:10am - Speaker Presentation - Carol Vargo, Director, Physician Practice Sustainability, The American Medical Association
  • 10:10 - 10:20am - Break
  • 10:20 - 11:15am - Moderated Panel Discussion - Moderator: Greg Heidrich (SOA); Panelists: Erica Reijula, FSA, MAAA, (Milliman), Raheel Sohail, MD, MBA,  (Healthcare Management Consultant, Milliman), Carol Vargo (AMA)
  • 11:15am - 12:00pm - Workshops/Breakout Groups
  • 12:00 - 1:00pm - Networking Lunch


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Gregory Heidrich
Executive Director
Society of Actuaries
 Greg Heidrich has served as Executive Director of the Society of Actuaries (SOA) since 2007. He provides management oversight and direction to the full range of the Society’s activities and for its 140 employees. Before joining the SOA, he served as Senior Vice President, Policy Development and Research, for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). At PCI, he worked with member insurers to develop public policy positions and research on issues facing the U.S. property/casualty insurance industry. He began his career in 1983 with the Alliance of American Insurers, serving as staff economist and director of research before serving in a variety of management roles. From 2011- 2017, Greg served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Portico Benefit Services, a non-profit organization providing employee benefits for employees nationwide of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). During his term on the Portico Board, he served as Chair of the Investment and Executive Committees and as Board Chair from October 2015 – 2017. Greg currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association Forum of Chicagoland and is a member of the Key Professional Associations and Key Global Associations Committees of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Greg earned his MA-Economics from the University of Chicago in 1983 and his BA-Economics (Highest Honors) from the University of Oklahoma in 1981.
Presenters and Panelists:
Simon Moody, FIA, FSA, MAAA
Principal & Consulting Actuary
Simon has more than 20 years of experience in the life and health insurance industry with significant experience of international health insurance markets. He has previously worked for the international reinsurer Swiss Re Life & Health and the global employee benefit consultancy Mercer. Immediately prior to joining Milliman, Simon was the Chief Product Actuary for the Worldwide Accident & Health business at ALICO AIG Life.
Raheel Sohail, MD, MBA
Healthcare Management Consultant
 Raheel is a Healthcare Management Consultant with the Chicago office of Milliman. He joined the firm in 2019.  Raheel Sohail is a physician who comes to Milliman with extensive experience in health care administration. He has held many leadership positions over the past and has garnered extensive experience in planning, developing, and executing strategies for ACO and Clinically integrated network. Prior to working for Milliman, he worked for Prospect Medical system, where he was the Executive Director of Next Generation ACO. He oversaw the operations of ACO, care coordination and data analytics. In the past, he also worked at a health care consulting firm, where he provided consultation services to health care organizations for specific areas, including Accountable Care Organization (ACO), value-based care, care coordination, quality and data analytics, physician improvement, marketing, and business improvement.  Raheel earned his MD from Windsor University School of Medicine, St. Kitts & Nevis and his MBA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.
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Carol Vargo
Director of Physician Practice Sustainability
American Medical Association
Carol Vargo is Director of Physician Practice Sustainability in the AMA Physician Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability Strategic Initiative Group. She directs AMA strategies to support sustainable physician payment and delivery reforms and directs external partnerships with hospitals, health systems, health plans, employers, patients and other key stakeholders to advance implementation and adoption of new value-based models. Carol is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a B.A. in Communications, and a recipient of a Masters in Health Sciences in health policy and administration from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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Winter 2020 Healthcare Collaborative

Date: January 28, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM (CT) Reception immediately following
Location: American Dental Association, 211 E Chicago Ave, Chicago
Title: The Business of Quality in Healthcare Associations

  • 12:00 PM- Networking Lunch
  • 12:30 PM – Opening Remarks, Paul Pomerantz, CEO, American Society of Anesthesiologists and Kathy O’Loughlin, Executive Director, American Dental Association
  • 1:00 PM- Keynote: Mark Chassin, President and CEO, The Joint Commission, “An Accreditors Perspective on Healthcare Quality”
  • 2:00 PM- Keynote: David Hoyt, President and CEO, American College of Surgeons, “A Professional Society Perspective on Healthcare Quality”
  • 3:00 PM – Networking Break
  • 3:15 PM – Research: Edelman –“Trust in the Healthcare Sector”
  • 4:00 PM – Panel Discussion: Healthcare Association Executives Viewpoints
    • Susan Robertson, Interim President and CEO, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
    • Stephanie Mercado, President and CEO, Association of Healthcare Quality
    • Mitch Dvorak, Executive Director, International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • 4:30 PM – Keynote: Dr. Hamed Abbazadegan, MD, MBA, FACP, FAMIA, Program Director, Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, “The Cosmic Transformation of Quality in Healthcare”
  • 5:00 PM – Key Discussion Highlights and Closing Remarks

Reception immediately following

Keynote Speaker
Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H.
, is president and chief executive officer of The Joint Commission. In this role, he oversees the activities of the nation’s leading accrediting body in health care.

Organizations Who Have Attended

Academy of General Dentistry
ADA Business Innovation Group
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
American Association of Endodontists
American Brain Tumor Association
American College of Healthcare Executives
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
American College of Prosthodontists
American Dental Association
American Medical Technologists (AMT)
American Nurses Association of Illinois
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Arthroscopy Assn of North America
Association Forum
Association Management Center
Association of Professional Chaplains
Center for International Credentials
Choose Chicago
Content & Marketing Director
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
Illinois Psychiatry Society
Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing
International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
National Association of Concessioniares
National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators
National Commission on Correctional Health Care
North Carolina Medicaid
Oral Health America
Public Communications Inc
Quick Leonard Kieffer International
Radiological Society of North America
RK Advisory
Society of Actuaries
Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists
Society of Gynecologic Oncology
US Department of Health & Human Services
Visit Anaheim
Visit Dallas
Visit Phoenix
Visit San Antonio
Visit Seattle

Healthcare Collaborative Advisory Committee


  • Thomas Arend, CAE- CEO, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Pat Blake- CEO, Heart Rhythms Society
  • Deborah Bowen, FACHE, CAE- President and CEO, American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Steven Collens- CEO, MATTER
  • Greg Heidrich- Executive Director, Society of Actuaries
  • Matt Hornberger, CAE, MBA- Executive Director, American Society for Healthcare Risk Management of the AHA
  • Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE- President and CEO, Association Forum
  • Laurie McGraw- Senior Vice President Health Solutions, American Medical Association
  • Stephanie Mercado, CAE- CEO/Executive Director, National Association for Healthcare Quality
  • Bob Moore, CAE- Executive Director, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
  • Randy Moore, CRNA, DNP, MBA- Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • Kathy O’Loughlin, DMD- Executive Director, American Dental Association
  • Paul Pomerantz, FASAE, CAE- Chief Executive Officer, American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Roger Quick- Founder and Vice Chairman, Quick Leonard Kieffer International
  • Lynne Thomas Gordon- Executive Director, American Association of Orthodontists
  • Dean Wilkerson- Executive Director, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Rich Schuch, Ed.D- Sr. Director Education & Operations, American College of Chest Physicians
  • Terrence Sykes, MBA- Chief Development Officer, Emergency Nurses Association


  • Douglas O'Brien- Regional Director, US Department of Health and Human Services


  • Lorne Edwards, Vice President of Sales and Services, Visit Phoenix
  • Brad Kent, Senior Vice President, Visit Dallas
  • Tom Norwalk, President and CEO, Visit Seattle



Founding Partners



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Supporting Partners