NAVCP/NASHO Specialty Health Summit Announces Speakers, Seeks Award Nominees


NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The final roster of speakers has been announced for the third joint summit meeting of the National Association of Vision Care Plans  (NAVCP) and the National Association of Specialty Health Organizations (NASHO) to be held here at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, May 5 to 7, 2014. The 2014 Specialty Health Summit is also currently seeking nominees for the Most Influential in Specialty Health Award to be presented during the event.

Keynote presenters will be Congressperson Diane Black of the Sixth Congressional District of the State of Tennessee and Joel Ario, managing director, Manatt Health Solutions. Vision-focused speakers during the NAVCP portion of the program will be Marge Axelrad, senior vice president, Jobson Optical Group, and editorial director, Vision Monday; Richard “Ric” Piecuch, vice president, information technology, MESVision; Robert “Bob” W. Stein, chief professional development officer, National Vision; and Frank Giammanco, president/CEO, First Vision Media Group.

Other speakers will be Robert “Bob” J. Bunker, chairman & CEO, Primary Care Associates; Alexis Levy, director, Healthscape Advisors; David Nelson, co-founder, xG Health Solutions; Colleen Norris, associate actuary, Milliman; Kip Piper, president, Health Results Group; Christina “Tina” Preisig, CEO, Preisig & Associates; and Jerry J. Curtin, president/general manager, Cultivate By Standard Process.

During the summit, NASHO will name the fifth-consecutive winner of the Most Influential in Specialty Health Award, which recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to advance specialty health’s mission to improve value of, access to and availability of top-notch specialty health services. Nominees should be executives from specialty health plans or provider networks that facilitate and support the delivery of specialty health services, which includes vision among a number of other specialty health services.

The nomination period is open now through March 19 on the NASHO website. Nominees may include any leader who has had an impact on specialty health on the basis of visibility, contribution, influence, and reputation as judged by an independent panel of employers, health plan executives, third party administrators and brokers.

Networking opportunities during the event will include receptions and the NAVCP vision industry dinner for vision organizations and invited guests. Entertainment during the Specialty Health Summit will include “An Evening with Nashville’s Rising Stars” featuring Sarah Buxton, David Oakleaf, David “Dave” Pahanish and Matt Warren.