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2022 Spring Symposium: Healthcare Data for Better Decision-Making

May 23, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm


In continuing our initiative towards greater transparency in health care, The Alliance is hosted Chris Whaley, policy researcher for RAND Corporation, to discuss the results of the latest-and-greatest RAND Hospital Price Transparency Study.

During this hybrid event, employers learned about the importance of data when making decisions about their health benefits and gained an understanding of what fiduciary responsibility they have when it comes to their health plan.

Additionally, Gloria Sachdev, President and CEO of the Employers’ Forum of Indiana discussed the value-based health benefit and payment strategies employers can use to promote better value from hospitals.

Last but not least, founder of TILT, Jamie Greenleaf explained how employers can design and implement benefit plans that control costs while fulfilling their fiduciary obligations as health plan sponsors.

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Program Overview:

7:30am – 8:00am  Breakfast   
8:00am – 8:05am  Welcome & Opening Remarks    
    • Cheryl DeMars, The Alliance  
8:05am – 9:10am  RAND Hospital Price Transparency Study 4.0 
    • Chris Whaley, RAND Corporation 
9:10am – 10:10am Hospital Value Dashboard
    • Gloria Sachdev, Employers’ Forum of Indiana
10:10am – 10:30am  Break 
10:30am – 11:30am Fiduciary Responsibilities of Plan Sponsors
    • Jamie Greenleaf, TILT
    • Hugh O’Toole, Innovu
11:30am – 11:35am Wrap-up Event
11:35am – 1:00pm  Lunch and Networking


This event has been approved for HCRI and SHRM CE Credits.

COVID-19 Health & Safety Information

We’re looking forward to welcoming members back in-person for our Spring Symposium.

The health and safety of our attendees and staff is our top priority. Masks will be encouraged, and we’ll have color-coded stickers on registration badges to help you display your comfort level while networking with others.

The Alliance respects the concerns of those who are immunocompromised, at-risk, and/or those with children under 5 years old who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. We encourage others to acknowledge and respect these concerns as well. We will continue to evaluate our COVID safety protocols as things evolve so you know what to expect when you arrive on-site.

Healthy Venue

Monona Terrace has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. This accreditation means this property is using cleaning protocols and work practices to minimize risks associated with infectious disease. Learn more about GBAC STAR accreditation at www.gbac.org.

About the RAND study:

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In the fall of 2020, RAND Corporation unveiled data from their latest study which covered $23.7 billion in hospital spending from three sources—self-funded employers, state-based all payer claims databases, and health plans. The results shone a new light on hospital price transparency and paved the way for legislative change the following year. (Learn more here.) 



Keynote Speaker:

Christopher Whaley, Ph.D.

Christopher Whaley

Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Christopher Whaley is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses on health care price transparency and market structure.
Whaley’s research has been published in a variety of clinical, health policy, and economics journals, including Health AffairsJAMA, the Journal of Health Economics, and the New England Journal of Medicine and has been covered in the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalForbes, and CNN. He has also presented his results to both state and federal policymakers, including the California State Assembly and the Congressional Budget Office.
Whaley received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Health Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Other Speakers:

Gloria Sachdev

President, CEO, and Board Chair, Employers’ Forum of Indiana

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 Purchasers Coalition and as Board Vice Chair for Hoosiers for Affordable Healthcare.

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 enjoyment.

Jamie Greenleaf

Founder, TILT

Jamie Greenleaf is the Founder of TILT. She has spent her entire professional career acting in a Fiduciary capacity and helping employers design and implement retirement programs with better outcomes for employees. Jamie founded TILT in 2019 with the same aspirations of helping employers fulfill their Fiduciary obligations on their health care plans by cutting and controlling cost and providing better benefits for their employees. Working with employers and brokers to establish a Fiduciary process and mitigate the risk for the plan sponsors, while enhancing transparency.

Jamie is part of the Center for Board Certified Fiduciaries™ (CBCF), a group of fiduciary experts selected for their fiduciary skills, best practices, and knowledge.  Jamie is a Specialty Leader in the Health Care Plan fiduciary field of specialization. She is regularly invited to speak at industry conferences and is a sought after presenter for many other advisor and plan sponsor continuing education sources such as Pensions and Investments, HR.com, and SHRM University Conference Services.

She is also an adjunct lecturer in the Plan Sponsor University certification program for UCLA’s Anderson School of Business-Executive Education.


May 23, 2022
8:00 am - 1:00 pm