Wisconsin Healthcare Policy: Improving care by empowering at the physician-patient interface

This year's summit focuses on current issues in healthcare delivery that have potential to increase quality of care, decrease cost, consumerize care, and leverage current market and technology trends.


  • Students and Private Individuals $25.00 donation
  • Companies or other organizations $75.00 or more appreciated
  • All donations go toward funding scholarships for students training as future Healthcare Advocates


11:00-11:30 am: Registration & Networking

11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Hospital Costs – Price Transparency

  • Lunch keynote: Gloria Sachdev, President and CEO, Employers’ Forum of Indiana; SAGE hospital price comparisons. Mining hospital pricing variation based on price transparency – Wisconsin examples
  • David Balat, Director, Right on Healthcare, Texas Public Policy Foundation.
  • Kurt Mosley, MerrittHawkins. Healthcare vs. sick-care: health disparities as a cost-driver. (invited)

1:00-1:15: Break

1:15-2:00: Direct Primary Care & the Role of Insurance

  • Suzanne Gehl, MD, . Practitioner perspective on DPC and DPC legislation in Wisconsin
  • David Balat, Director, Right on Healthcare, Texas Public Policy Foundation.

2:00-2:30: Telehealth: The future of healthcare; AI and data science in healthcare (panel)

  • Ngan MacDonald, VP Healthcare Business Solutions, HealthLX, and Northwestern University
  • Jim Kaput, CSO and cofounder at Vydiant (invited); Britt Gottschak, CEO and founder, Geno.Me (invited)
2:30--2:45: Break

2:45-3:30 pm: Medicare; Medicaid

  • Michael Heifetz, Principal at Infinite Policy Solutions; former WI Medicaid Director under Scott Walker, Medicare and Medicaid policy: Smart Medicare and Medicaid policy.
  • Lisa Grabert, Visiting Research Professor at Marquette University; previously, senior aide for Congress on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee: Medicare Solvency
3:30-4:15 pm: Drug Prices and Whitebagging
  • Naomi Lopez, VP for Healthcare Policy, Goldwater Institute: State laws and regulations that restrict the easy and seamless transfer of prescriptions
  • Stephen Buck, Health Rosetta; Entrepreneur in Residence at Canaan Partner; co-founder of GoodRx: Whitebagging and drug pricing (invited)
  • Representative from PSW or WHA on whitebagging legislation in Wisconsin (invited)
4:15-5:00 pm: Legislative Bootcamp and Issue Discussions
  • Brian Williams, Legislative Dir., Benjamin Rush Institute, Legislative Update on Healthcare Delivery Policy
  • Leah Vukmir, VP of State Affairs, National Taxpayers Union; Telehealth (e.g. MI HB4356)
  • And various state-level politicians*:
    • Rep. David Riemer (D); Assembly District 7; Committee on Health & Committee on Insurance
    • Rep. Robyn Vining (D); Assembly District 78; Committee on Health (invited)
    • Sen. Mary Felzkowski (R); District 12; Member, Joint Finance Committee & Committee on Insurance
    • Rep. Robert Summerfield (R): Assembly District 67; Health Committee (vice chair) (invited)

* The earlier sessions will include legislators on relevant topics, as appropriate

5:00 pm: Closing comments


Gloria Sachdev serves as President, CEO, and Board Chair of the Employers’ Forum of Indiana. She also serves as Adjunct Associate Professor at Purdue College of Pharmacy. Forum initiatives focus on hospital price and quality transparency, value-based health benefit & payment strategies, and health policy. She serves as a member of the Board of Governors for the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions and as Board Vice Chair for Hoosiers for Affordable Healthcare. Dr. Sachdev received her BS and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Oklahoma and completed a primary residency at the VA in Madison, Wisconsin. Thereafter, she practiced in primary care physician offices managing patients with chronic diseases for 12 years, followed by consulting in the space of incorporating clinical pharmacists into team-based care for 6 years. She retired from Purdue College of Pharmacy after 15 years, but still teaches a few classes for fun. She enjoys taking her dog on long walks and playing board games with her 3 teenagers and husband.