Bringing Together Leaders In Healthcare To Discuss The Industry's Most Pressing Topics


Set in Medical Alley, the global epicenter of health innovation and care, the Leading the Conversation series presents a curated set of discussions with thought leaders from across healthcare. Attendees will see a spirited and challenging discussion with senior leaders in healthcare. By the end of the day, you will be more informed, more connected, and more prepared to make an impact.

A signature event from the Medical Alley Association each session brings experts from healthcare providers, payors, technology companies, policymakers, and thought leaders together on the most important topics in healthcare today.


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Latest in the series

leading the conversation: value-based care

Tuesday, November 6

12:30 - 6:30 PM

Members: $129

Non-Members: $299

The Hutton House

Minneapolis, MN

Medical Alley: Leading the Conversation in Value-Based Care gathers leaders from healthcare delivery, payment, and technology to discuss and debate one of the most critical issues to improving the United State's health care system: value-based care.

The need for change is established and the barriers to change have been discussed, debated, and dissented for years.

Value in healthcare has often been defined as outcomes for a given unit of cost. This simple on face concept has driven thousands of discussions, debates, and business decisions with the goal of improving value for the healthcare customer (AKA, the patient, the consumer). The passage of the Affordable Care Act was supposed to presage the shift from volume to value in the U.S. but given the discussions we all continue to have it is not clear if we have made progress.

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6 questions with MARK WALINSKE

Revo Health

Mark Walinske has over 34 years of early-stage entrepreneurial experience with 15 years being in healthcare. Mark has always had a deep passion for advancing organizations and technologies to reverse the rising costs in healthcare. Prior to joining Revo Health, an organization focused on enabling value-based care, Mark was an executive at Optum in the Innovation R&D organization.

6 QUESTIONS WITH DR. JIM EHLEN

Philips Sleep and Respiratory Care

Dr. Ehlen is a healthcare leader, executive and physician with deep experience in medical technology and healthcare system management. Dr. Ehlen has spent more than a decade leading medical device organizations including Halleland Health Consulting and RespirTech, which was acquired by Philips in 2017.


event recap 

new models in addressing mental health

july 25, 2018


Looking at mental health objectively with medibio

q&a with healthcare leaders

Jill Wiedemann-West 

CEO, People Incorporated Mental Health Services

Master of Arts in Psychology and Human Behavior from National University in San Diego, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining People Incorporated, she was COO at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation for 11 years.

Brendan Shane

DIRECTOR, Behavioral Health Operations with Bcbs of MN

Brendan holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, and a Master of Business Administration from Capella University. Prior to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Brendan was the Director of Clinical Care Services for Magellan of Virginia.


Leading the conversation - in the news

This company is using biometric data to address mental health

Medibio's technology relies on biometrics (like a person's heart rate and sleep patterns) to gain insight into factors influencing an individual's mental health.

Mental health is not something that can be brushed under the rug. We’ve come to a point where we’re seeing how big of a role it plays in everyone’s lives and how crucial it is for people to get help when they need it. In the medical world, organizations are striving to integrate behavioral and physical health. More specifically, one company is looking at the intersection of mental health and biometric data.

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