Health Enterprise Management Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 6
2015 Kellogg Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition

On January 24th we will host our 12th annual Biotech and Healthcare Case Competition. This year a record 44 teams applied, representing 21 different top MBA programs. The teams are very strong, most bringing together MBA, MD and MPH students. The case this year will focus on innovation and growth. We are delighted that AbbVie is sponsoring the event.
Kellogg Faculty visited Kaiser Permanente in Washington, D.C on December 8th   Business of Healthcare Conference
Kellogg Faculty visited Kaiser Permanente in Washington, D.C on December 8th   Business of Healthcare Conference
Kellogg faculty participated in an “immersion visit” to Kaiser Permanente, the country's leading nonprofit integrated health plan. Kaiser Permanente serves 9 million people and operates 37 hospitals and 500+ medical office sites in 8 states and Washington, DC.

The agenda included discussions of big-picture strategy, direct to consumer advertising, operational excellence, matching of patients to providers, government relations, and implementation of clinical guidelines through physician engagement.

Kellogg Faculty from the following departments attended: Strategy, Operations, Marketing, Management & Organizations and the head of Northwestern Medical Group, Transplant Unit.
  This year's conference was “Partnering for Success: Innovative Opportunities for “Partnering for Success: Innovative Opportunities for Tomorrow's Healthcare"

As the effects of rapid, large-scale change in the US healthcare industry are felt, players in all areas are considering how to respond amidst high levels of uncertainty about the specific nature of the changes and what they mean for the future of healthcare. Many organizations are developing innovative forms of collaboration with not only their traditional partners, but increasingly, with entirely new partners as well. We believe that these new forms of partnership will help define the future of healthcare.

The 15th Annual Business of Healthcare Conference did not only identify and explore groundbreaking forms of partnership currently in development, but also created a forum for participants to explore new ways to collaborate and define steps necessary to turn partnership ideas into reality.

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Symposium: State-Based Health Insurance Exchanges—The Way Forward   Crain's Hospital CEO Breakfast
Symposium: State-Based Health Insurance Exchanges—The Way Forward   Crain's Hospital CEO Breakfast
Maryland Health Connection Executive Director Carolyn Quattrocki WCAS '81 speaks to the crowd at Kellogg's health care symposium on Sept. 4. Photo by Eddie Quiñones

This symposium provided a forum for a broad-based discussion about the potential advantages and disadvantages of operating a state-based exchange. We attracted a top slate of speakers with hands-on experience with state-based health insurance exchanges. State legislators, industry leaders, and students and faculty participated in the event. Kellogg was pleased to organize the event with the State of Illinois' Health Insurance Marketplace.

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  Professor Leemore Dafny served as the moderator for the Crain's Hospital CEO breakfast in December. The panel, “Navigating a Transforming Industry,” consisted of four leading chief executives. The discussion centered on the changes sweeping through the nation in general and the Chicago health care market in particular. This was the fourth in the annual series of executive health care provider events hosted by Crain's Chicago Business
New courses this year
Healthcare Strategy Lab
The Healthcare Strategy Lab (HC-Lab) provides students a unique opportunity to work with healthcare organizations to solve a strategic challenge. This ten-week experiential learning course emphasizes real-world problem solving and client service through a formal consulting engagement. Contact Julie Gertz if your organization is interested in serving as a client.
Pharmaceutical Strategy
The pharmaceutical industry is a large, global and innovative sector. Advances in science and technology have required substantial changes to the organization and orientation of pharmaceutical firms. It has experienced substantial consolidation, entry by small, focused firms, and growth in specialized firms such as contract research organizations. The industry is also highly regulated, with many country-specific laws and policies. These features pose important challenges to the management of global firms.
Population Health: Transformation/Patient-Patient Centric Business Models
Healthcare’s transformation to population health will fundamentally change all health-related industries, including direct care providers, payers, healthcare technology companies, the pharma/device industry and public policy. This course will address this fundamental shift in health care delivery, financing, use of data/analytics, patient engagement/activation, and emerging/innovative delivery models including advances in personalized medicine, biometrics and tele-health.
Patient-Centric Business Models, Solution & Strategies
This course identifies 5 challenges in the delivery of healthcare that directly involve the role of the patient and allows students to understand the current technology solutions as well as the business models for each challenge. The common denominator for each solution lies in the ability to engage the patient by influencing their behavior and providing point of care information, education, incentives or linkages to other patients and stakeholders. The topics include patient engagement and the role of social networking, health promotion and wellness in the workplace, medication non-adherence and patient behavior, coordination of care and the ability to keep the patient informed, and preventive medicine and the willingness of patients to participate.
Upcoming Events
Next Journal club meeting
February 18, 2015
Our quarterly Journal Club will meet on February 18 at 6:30pm at the Allen Center. The Journal Club, which is facilitated by Professor Joel Shalowitz, is an opportunity for alumni and current students to gather to discuss an issue of interest. Please let us know if there are certain articles or topics you would like to discuss. Please RSVP to if you plan on attending.
2015 MacEachern Symposium
May 8, 2015
Each year, the Health Enterprise Management (HEMA) program convenes a group of health care experts for the MacEachern Symposium. The annual MacEachern Symposium features distinguished speakers and business leaders from around the nation to discuss the most pressing issues in the healthcare industry. This year the 2015 Annual MacEachern Symposium will be "High-Priced Drugs: Problem or Progress?" and the MacEachern Lecture will be delivered by Amitabh Chandra, PhD, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University. Additional confirmed speakers include Dr. Troy Brennan of CVS/Caremark and Dr. Peter Bach of Memorial Sloan Kettering. The event will be held in the Allen Center on Friday, May 8th. Details and registration to come.
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Alumni news
Congratulations to Ron Blaustein '99
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago announced the appointment of Ron Blaustein, 43, as Chief Financial Officer, effective June 1, 2014. Mr. Blaustein succeeds Paula Noble, who will retire after 18 years of service to the hospital and its mission. Mr. Blaustein joined Lurie Children’s in 2006 after significant strategic financial planning experience at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has served as the hospital’s Associate CFO since 2010. He received his BA and MBA (Kellogg) from Northwestern University. Mr. Blaustein is involved in several professional organizations and serves on the Boards of Near North Health Services Corporation (a Federally-Qualified Healthcare Organization) and Accountable Care Chicago (an Illinois Accountable Care Entity). Lurie Children’s is ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals on the U.S. News & World Report 2013-14 Honor Roll list. It’s the pediatric teaching arm for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Congratulations to Brian Sanderson '96
Brian Sanderson, of Crowe Horwath LLP, Named One of the Top 25 Consultants in America Consulting magazine recently named Brian Sanderson as one of the 2014 top 25 consultants – one of only three honored for excellence in healthcare. Brian is national managing partner of the healthcare services group at Crowe Horwath LLP. In this video interview, Brian discusses the role innovation plays in providing value to Crowe clients during this transformative time in healthcare.
Brian Sanderson Named 2014 Top 25 Consultant by Consulting Magazine for Excellence in Healthcare
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