Will Value-based Care Save the Health Care System?

Friday, March 2, 2018, 8:30am – 5:00pm

Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East (2036)

1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register now!


Value-based health care is one of the most pressing topics in health care finance and policy today. Value-based payment structures are widely touted as critical to controlling runaway health care costs, but are often difficult for health care entities to incorporate into their existing infrastructures. Because value-based health care initiatives have bipartisan support, it is likely that these programs will continue to play a major role in both the public and private health insurance systems. As such, there is a pressing need to evaluate the implementation of these initiatives thus far and to discuss the direction that American health care financing will take in the coming years.

To explore this important issue, this event will bring together scholars, health law practitioners, and health care entities to evaluate the impact of value-based health care on the American health care system.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Register now!


8:30 - 9:00am, Registration

A continental breakfast will be available.

9:00 - 9:15am, Welcome Remarks

  • Carmel Shachar, Executive Director, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School

9:15 - 9:45am, Keynote

  • Robert S. Kaplan, Senior Fellow and Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development Emeritus, Harvard Business School

9:45 - 10:45am, Panel Discussion: Is the current regulatory framework stifling Value-based Health Care?

  • Thomas Bulleit, Partner, Ropes & Gray
  • Austin Frakt, Associate Professor, Boston University School of Public Health; Visiting Associate Professor, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Karen Gledhill, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Fresenius Medical Care North America
  • Jorge Lopez, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • Lee Sacks, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Advocate Health Care and Chief Executive Officer of Advocate Physician Partners
  • Moderator: Carmel Shachar, Executive Director, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School

10:45 - 11:00am, Break

11:00am - 12:00pm, Panel Discussion: The Importance of Data in Value-based Health Care

  • Marc Berger, General Counsel, Flatiron Health
  • Deborah Gersh, Partner, Ropes & Gray
  • Charles Safran, Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Moderator: David O’Brien, Senior Researcher, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University

12:00 - 1:00pm, Lunch


Lunch will be provided.

1:00 - 2:30pm, Panel Discussion: Innovative Business Models in the Emerging Value-based Health Care Landscape

  • Leemore Dafny, Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School       
  • Thomas Lee, Chief Medical Officer, Press Ganey Associates
  • Timothy McCrystal, Partner, Ropes & Gray
  • Betsy Van Hecke, Vice President, Legal, Cardiac and Vascular Group, Medtronic
  • Moderator: Timothy Layton, Assistant Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School

2:30 - 2:45pm, Break

2:45 - 3:45pm, Panel Discussion: Can Value-based Contracting Work for Pharma Companies?

  • Aaron S. Kesselheim, Director, Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law (PORTAL), Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Ira Klein, Senior Director of Quality, Strategic Customer Group, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
  • Rachel E. Sachs, Associate Professor of Law, Washington University St. Louis College of Law
  • Michael Sherman, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Health Services, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Moderator: Sabrina Yohai, Vice President, Policy, Access & Value, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

3:45 - 4:00pm, Break

4:00 - 5:00pm, Panel Discussion: What’s next? Predictions on the Future of Value-based Health Care

  • Rushika Fernandopulle, Co-Founder and CEO, Iora Health
  • Megan North, President, Value-Based Care, Conifer Health Solutions
  • Robert Parke, Principal and Consulting Actuary, Milliman
  • Meredith Rosenthal, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Health Economics and Policy, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Josh Seidman, Senior Vice President, Avalere Health
  • Moderator: Thomas W. Feeley, Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School and Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Register now!

Clarion Healthcare's 2018 PROPEL: Advanced Leadership Training

Priming Advanced Degree Candidates for a Career in Life Sciences Strategy Consulting

Are you an Advanced Degree Candidate (ADC) looking for an exciting opportunity to propel your career into the fast-paced world of life sciences strategy consulting? A career that allows you to apply the deep content knowledge, critical thinking, and problem solving skills that you’ve developed in your post-graduate work? That challenges you to examine and address complex business issues facing leaders in the pharmaceutical & biotech industry?

Consider Life Sciences Strategy Consulting with Clarion Healthcare, a Boston-based strategic consultancy.

In our 3-day advanced training program, you’ll preview the Clarion experience. You’ll learn about life sciences strategy consulting from experienced professionals, develop real-world skills and gain opportunities through top-notch mentoring and casework. You’ll also meet and network with other Advanced Degree Candidates interested in life sciences strategy consulting. 


Clarion’s PROPEL is open to Advanced Degree Candidates (ADCs), looking to begin a career in life sciences strategy consulting in 2019. We welcome applications from ADCs with expertise in the life sciences, medicine, and/or other areas of quantitative research, including:

  • PhD candidates
  • Post-doctoral researchers
  • MD candidates, residents, and fellows
  • Master students

If you are a degree candidate, please apply if you will be completing your program by Spring 2019. This requirement does not apply to MDs or Post-docs. Applicants must be able to attend entire event.

Key Dates:

  • Application Deadline: Sunday, April 15th 2018
  • Clarion’s PROPEL: Wednesday, June 13th  – Friday, June 15th 2018

Clarion’s PROPEL Experience:

Your 3-days at Clarion will include:

  • Training in Real-World Life Sciences Consulting Skills
  • Healthcare Casework Practice
  • Networking Events with Clarion Firm Leadership, Consultants, and your Fellow ADCs
  • Insider Access to Clarion’s Dynamic Culture
  • …and more.

If you would like to be considered to participate in Clarion’s PROPEL, please submit a cover letter and resume as one document to careers@clarionhealthcare.com with the email subject line “Propel Application” by Sunday April 15th 2018. If you have any questions, please also contact careers@clarionhealthcare.com

Jobs in Bitcoin, CryptoCurrencies, and Blockchain


Friday, February 16, 2018, 4:00pm to 5:00pm


OCS, 54 Dunster St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Bitcoin, Blockchain, ICOs and CryptoCurrencies are exploding. Companies in this space raised over $ 10 bn in 2017 and are hiring aggressively. While the field is growing exponentially, there are a lot of risks, unknowns and volatility, so buyer beware. Come listen to a 4-year veteran in the crypto space : Mitchell Dong AB ’75, Managing Director, Pythagoras Investment Management LLC. 

The Data Incubator Course and Free Fellowship Registration

We’re currently offering Early Bird pricing of $600 off our 8 week, part-time, online Data Science courses!

Our Data Science Foundations Online course covers two themes: Introduction to Data Wrangling and Introduction to Predictive Analytics. Over the course of eight weeks, students learn how to analyze data using Python, build models to make better business decisions, and predict trends. The next session begins April 10th - Early Bird pricing of $600 off ends February 23rd!

Our Machine Learning Online course was designed to give students hands-on experience with the most in-demand machine learning skills. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the mathematical and statistical underpinnings of machine learning, as well as the practical skills needed to harness the power of raw data to solve pressing business problems. The next session begins April 9th - Early Bird pricing of $600 off ends February 23rd!

The Data Incubator is a full-stack Data Science education company delivering the most up to date Data Science curriculum available to students at every point of their Data Science career. From Data Science dabblers to PhDs and professionals looking to increase their Data Science skills, our expert instructors provide hands-on training with the latest Data Science tools and techniques.

We also run a free 8-week Data Science Fellowship program in New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Boston to train PhD and Master’s graduates and get them hired as professional Data Scientists. Cohorts run every season, the next session begins June 18th. Applications are accepted February 26th through April 9th.

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Innovation Biosciences: Introduction to Life Science Commercialization

6-Week Program

Start Date: Saturday, February 10, 2017

Time: 12:00PM – 2:30PM for Six Weeks

Location: Workbar Cambridge

                 45 Propsect Street

                 1st Floor

                 Cambridge, MA 02139

Registration fee: $647 (academic rate)



Innovation Bioscience Initiative:

Innovation Bioscience is a training and incubation initiative focused on bridging the gap between biomedical research and healthcare need. Life science professionals across the spectrum drive innovation and are well positioned to be domain-expert entrepreneurs filling a much-needed gap in translation and commercialization. Entrepreneurship can be an attractive career track for some, but many lack the background and experience necessary to engage in new venture creation opportunities. Additionally, many equate “entrepreneurship” with exclusively starting new companies, and while this can often be the case, entrepreneurial skills and experience can have far reaching and rewarding applications particularly toward leveraging existing intellectual property (IP).


Program Overview:

Our intensive 6-week “Introduction to Life Science Commercialization” takes participants working in teams through the entire product development and commercialization process. Program participants will apply key concepts toward ideating, building, and pitching novel start-up proposals to a panel of experts in the space. Additionally, course participants will build transferable skills in areas ranging from communication, leadership, team building, problem framing, and the process of testing and validating potential market-ready business opportunities. Lastly, participants will gain exposure to the vibrant start-up ecosystem of the Greater Boston area (and beyond) through guest speakers, panelists, and project mentors.


Program Founders:

  • Fernando Albertorio, PhD - Dr. Albertorio brings a background spanning biotechnology and physics and has raised over $1 million in grant funding throughout his career and is the co-founder and CEO of Sunu (focused on wearable devices for the visually impaired) a 2014 Mass Challenge winner and recipient of the 2014 Perkins Assistive Technology Prize, and the 2015 LATAM Concordia XCalaprize
  • Steven Munevar, PhD, MBA – Dr. Munevar is a multidisciplinary professional and founder of the life science technology development and commercialization firm, Munevar& Associates, Inc. and the non-profit virtual research incubator, the Helix Bioscience Institute-HBI. He is an avid supporter of the entrepreneurial space serving as a regularly invited mentor and speaker to programs such as the New England Science Symposium, the OneStart Healthcare Accelerator, and is the founder of the ongoing event and networking series, Science Shaping Our World-SHOW.

Our program introduces participants to the foundational entrepreneurial and business concepts needed to transfer technologies from ideation to a viable commercial business opportunity. Through an intense experiential training and project driven approach, we seek to provide biomedical researchers and clinicians (among others) with the training and resources needed to help bridge the research bench to patient bedside.

PCSS Science/Engineering Fair 2018

Pioneer Charter School of Science in Everett, MA is seeking judges for the middle school and high school science fair to help assess projects, and to talk with students about what careers in science are like.  For both fairs, the school will serve breakfast and lunch for the judges, and are able to provide rides from nearby public transportation if needed. The details for each fair are below:

High School Science Fair
Location: Pioneer Charter School of Science, 51 Summer Street, Everett, Ma 02149
Date: Friday February 9, 2018 8 am- 2 pm
Snow Date: Thursday February 15, 2018
Looking for: Graduate students, post-docs, anyone who currently works in the field of science

Middle School Science Fair
Location: Pioneer Charter School of Science II, 97 Main Street, Saugus, Ma 01906
Date: Friday February 9, 2018 8 am- 2 pm
Snow Date: Thursday February 15, 2018
Looking for: Same as above, but also undergraduate students

If anyone is interested in either of these opportunities, please email egreco@pioneercss.org or call the school at (617) 389-7277.  For more information about the school, please visit www.pioneercss.org