Concordia University Wisconsin's Batterman School of Business created the Healthcare Economics Summit to equip and empower business leaders to make more effective healthcare decisions by learning about alternative strategies and healthcare models that eliminate non-value-added middlemen and costs.

Through a series of speakers and panel discussions, the 2019 Healthcare Economics Summit will provide insights into dramatic economic and business changes expected in the business of healthcare for the next year and beyond, focusing on efforts to consumerize care and increase transparency generally, and around drug pricing in particular.

Our thanks to HealthTech MKE and the Rx Think Tank for co-presenting this year's event!


Speakers for the event include thought leaders and policy makers from across the country, including:

  • Dan Sem, PhD (Dean & Director, Rx Think Tank)
  • Robert Graboyes (Senior Res. Fellow and Healthcare Scholar, Mercatus Center)
  • Allison Oelschlaeger (Chief Data Officer & Director, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services)
  • Naomi Lopez-Bauman (Director of Healthcare Policy, Goldwater Institute)
  • Curt Gielow (Business Consultant, Gielow Ventures, LL)
  • Joe Sanfelippo (State Representative, Wisconsin State Assembly)
  • Chester Robson, DO, MHCDS, FAAFP (Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Programs and Quality, Walgreen’s)
  • Robert Popovian, PharmD, MS (Vice President of US Government Relations, Pfizer)
  • Antonio Ciaccia (Director of Government Relations & Public Affairs, Ohio Pharmacists Association)
  • Jim Van Lieshout (Senior Director, Industry Relations and Contracting, Navitus Health Solutions)
  • Jim Tarasovich (South Region CFO, Ascension-Wisconsin)
  • Lisa Johnson (CEO, BioForward)
  • Will Tesch (CEO, TESCHGlobal, & CEO, HealthLX)

Learn more about the speakers here.

Location: Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, Mequon

Registration: $150 for general attendee/ $25 for Concordia faculty, staff, students, and alumni. RSVP by July 9th. Please click here or on the registration button to the right to indicate your attendance.


  • 8:00 AM – 8:15 AM | Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:15 AM – 8:30 AM | Welcome and Opening Remarks
    • President Ferry
  • 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM | Keynote Address: One Hand Clapping: Trump’s Healthcare Proposals, Haven and More
    • Robert Graboyes, PhD
  • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM | The Federal Scene- from consumerizing healthcare, to controlling drug prices to digital health transparency
    • Robert Graboyes, PhD
    • Allison Oelschlaeger
    • Naomi Lopez-Bauman
  • 9:30 AM – 9:45 AM | Legislative Update from Wisconsin
    • Curt Gielow
    • Rep. Joe Sanfelippo
  • 9:45 AM – 10:00 AM | Coffee/ Networking break
  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Keynote Address: Delivering healthcare in every neighborhood, via drugstore-based medical homes as portals to primary care
    • Chet Robson DO, MHCDS, FAAFP
  • 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Drug Pricing
    • Robert Popovian, PharmD, MS
    • Antonio Ciaccia
    • Jim Van Lieshout
  • 11:00 AM- 11:30 AM | The Provider Perspective on Consumerization
    • Jim Tarasovich
  • 11:30 AM – 11:55 AM | Digital Healthcare Innovations
    • Lisa Johnson
    • Allison Oelschlaeger
    • Will Tesch

Save the Date

Mark your calendars for next year! The 2020 Healthcare Economics Summit will be held the week of July 20. Watch for more details.

Learn More

The 2018 Healthcare Economics Summit featured keynote speaker Dr. Barbara McAneny, the American Medical Association president, and the 2017 event featured former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Read more about the previous Healthcare Economics Summits by clicking on the titles below.