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KEYNOTE: M&A, Value Analysis and Alternative Payments:
Know What Drives Hospitals’ Orthopaedic Purchasing Decisions

ROOM 51  | Wednesday, June 13 | 7:30 am - 9:00 am (Breakfast served at 7:30 am, Keynote at 8:00 am)
Moderator: John B. Pracyk, M.D., Ph.D., Global Medical Leader, DePuy Synthes Spine
Panelists: Gloria Graham, Past President, Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals; Monish Rajpal, Managing Director, L.E.K. Consulting; Fred Slunecka, Chief Operating Officer, Avera Health; Adolph J. Yates Jr., M.D., Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, UPMC-Shadyside Hospital


    Everyone will benefit from attending the keynote address:
    √ Beginner  |   Intermediate  |  √ Advanced

  √ Manufacturing
√ Product Management
 √ Purchasing
 √ Quality Control
√ Regulatory/Clinical Affairs
√ Research/Development/Design
  Supply Chain Management



The U.S. hospital landscape continues to be shaped by consolidation that is propelled by declining reimbursement, competition and public and private payor cost and control measures. These trends are expected to endure into the foreseeable future, prolonging the tough economic considerations that your hospital customers face along with the resulting impact on you, your company and your bottom line. To survive and prosper in this changed industry, knowledge truly is power. Choose to make intelligent, informed decisions by prioritizing your understanding of the key drivers fueling your customers’ purchasing decisions.

If you seek certainty in uncertain times, this keynote is a must-attend. 




Pracyk 200x200As an experienced neurological surgeon and thought leader in the design, development and management of collaborative care delivery, John Pracyk, M.D., Ph.D. is a passionate proponent of value-based care and outcomes-focused clinical practices. Possessing a sophisticated vision of healthcare’s future, he is an inclusive influencer of uncompromising integrity who inspires peak performance, internal/external partnership-building and is recognized as a proactive innovator who motivates high-performing teams to out-pace healthcare benchmarks, exceed patient care expectations and fuel organizational transformation. At DePuy Synthes, Dr. Pracyk provides deep clinical insights to accelerate innovation and drive value and safety for spine patients worldwide. He serves as a strategic medical partner with colleagues across Research and Development, Franchise Marketing, Clinical, Regulatory Affairs, Medical Safety and Business Development at Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices. Dr. Pracyk obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University, and completed his neurosurgical training at The George Washington University. 
He recently completed a Healthcare M.B.A. at The Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee.

Grahm 200x200Gloria Graham, DNP, RN, CVAHP is a Past President of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP). She has nearly three decades of experience, including positions in neuroscience, emergency medicine, forensic medicine and supply chain. Dr. Graham has expertise in product and device review, project management, shared governance, patient safety and value analysis. She is the Clinical Value Analyst within the division of Contracts & Value Analysis for Supply Chain Management at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where she coordinates clinical value analysis processes and other supply chain activities related to patient care, quality and safety. As an internal liaison to both clinical and non-clinical staff, Dr. Graham has been able to share how clinicians and supply chain partner with each other for improved patient care and safety. She holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Healthcare Leadership from Mt. St. Joseph University, a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Xavier University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Berea College.

Rajpal 200x200Monish Rajpal is the Managing Director at L.E.K. Consulting. His 18 years of industry experience include a mix of strategy consulting and medical device corporate settings. In his 10 years at L.E.K. Consulting, Mr. Rajpal has advised a variety of clients in the musculoskeletal space, including large joint reconstruction, spine, trauma and extremities. He serves a range of clients including key market leaders and early- to mid-stage companies and financial investors, and has a deep familiarity with product suppliers as well as providers in the space. In addition, he serves clients in areas of growth strategy, innovation (including new offerings, service solutions, digital offerings, MIS and robotic surgery, etc.), opportunity assessment and diligence, commercial models, pricing and market access and transformation. Prior to joining L.E.K., Mr. Rajpal worked at Medtronic in new product design, development and launch. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Pune (India) and an MS (Johns Hopkins) and MBA (University of Chicago Booth School of Business).  

Slunecka 200x200Fred Slunecka has served since 2010 as the Chief Operating Officer of Avera Health, an integrated delivery network based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is responsible for the overall patient care operations in this $2 billion enterprise that provides a full continuum of health care services in an 85 county service area. Avera operates more than 300 sites of service in over 100 communities located in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota. Prior to 2010, Mr. Slunecka served as CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center for over 21 years. Avera McKennan is Avera’s flagship 500 bed academic medical center. Mr. Slunecka is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and obtained a BS degree in Political Science from the University of South Dakota and a Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Minnesota. He serves on the Member Quality Improvement Committee of Premier, one of the nation’s largest group purchasing organizations.  He has also shared his leadership skills with the American Hospital Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.  

Yates2 200x200Adolph J. Yates Jr., M.D. is a graduate of Harvard College and completed his M.D., internship, and residency at Johns Hopkins. He is an Associate Professor and the Vice Chairman for Quality Management within the UPMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Yates is currently serving on the Surgical Committee for the National Quality Forum, as well as CMS technical expert panels involving PhysicianCompare, MACRA Measure Development, MACRA Cost Measures, and co-chairs the MACRA Episode of Cost Measure for Total Knee Arthroplasty for MACRA. He previously served on the Device Panel for both FDA and MEDCAC. His research interests include cartilage restoration, performance measures and patient access.