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3 Questions I Look Forward to Asking During Our CEO Exchange

By Steven Porter  
   September 19, 2019

My questions focus on the critical choices CEOs must make for their organizations, both internally and in relation to the broader market.

I have the privilege of moderating roundtable discussions next week with dozens of senior healthcare strategy executives as part of our ongoing HealthLeaders CEO Exchange program.

There are a few questions I'm especially looking forward to asking. They focus on the critical choices CEOs must make for their organizations, both in how their hospitals and health systems operate internally and how they position themselves in the broader market:

  1. As you pursue mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships, how are you ensuring the end result of the deal will preserve your local market edge? This is an idea I've discussed with CEO Exchange participants in the past, but it's one I'd like to unpack further, in light of recent trends and opportunities.
  2. With the shift to value-based care, does every provider organization need its own in-house payer to handle risk effectively? I've written about some creative payer-provider collaboration. But I look forward to hearing a room full of smart leaders discuss their differing views on the topic.
  3. How are you determining when, whether, and how to compete or partner with new entrants to the healthcare space? I'm thinking not only of the Amazon-backed venture Haven but also of Walmart's recently opened health center prototype and moves by other retail giants.

I led three roundtable discussions when CEO Exchange participants convened late last year, and I left with a much clearer sense for not only the challenges healthcare CEOs face but also how those situations intersect with an organization's mission and an executive's strategic vision. The key takeaways from our conversations are outlined in the Exchange insight report "3 Must-Have CEO Skills in New Healthcare."

The conversations will take place Thursday and Friday at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley, in Park City, Utah. We're all booked up for this gathering, but if you're interested in joining future conversations, please email

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Steven Porter is an associate content manager and Strategy editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.

Photo credit: Executives participate in one of several roundtable discussions during the a CEO Exchange event in 2018. (HealthLeaders/David Hartig)

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