FedHealth Conference Agenda

March 27, 2019 

The 2019 PSC Health Conference will be where senior executives from the government technology and professional services sectors convene to hear from top government officials to discuss critical federal health policy and acquisition priorities. Register today and join your fellow federal health colleagues for the PSC health event of the year. 

  Registration & Breakfast
7:15 a.m.
  Optional Add-on: PSC Vision Forecast Federal Health Team Insights *
7:30 a.m.
Learn the latest insights from the PSC Vision Forecast Federal Health research team. Walk away with a better understanding of the agency’s budgets, programs, priorities and issues. Registrants for this session will obtain the full PSC Vision Forecast materials for HHS, VA, and the Military Health System.

  • Kathy Lentz, Federal Insights, LLC
  • MJ Sivulich, Jefferson Consulting
  • Maria Gaboury, Northrop Grumman

Moderator: Bradley Saull, Vice President, PSC

*additional charges apply.

Opening Remarks
8:30 a.m.
David J. Berteau, President and CEO, PSC
  Opening Keynote Address
8:40 a.m.

RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams , Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health, HHS – invited


People, Approaches, and Outcomes: Health Challenges and Opportunities 
9:00 a.m. 
Optimizing systems of care that engage individuals and families in life-long prevention, health seeking, and health maintenance behaviors requires Federal policies and programs that leverage resources of public, private, and non-profit stakeholders.  Senior Federal officials will discuss civilian and military policy frameworks and program initiatives that address barriers to creating stable healthy communities and families to promote effective interventions in health services research, clinical practice, health care financing, supportive services, and patient outcomes. This session also will discuss the important roles of professional service contractors in supporting major Federal policy initiatives.

  • Wakina Scott, Director of Policy Analysis, HRSA 
  • Dr. Cara James, Director, Office of Minority Health, CMS – invited
  • Dr. Ernest Moy, Executive Director, Office of Health Equity, VHA 
  • Dr. Tracey Perez Koehlmoos , Special Assistant to the Assistant Commandant, Marine Corps - invited
  • Dr. Dushanka Kleinman, Associate Dean for Research at Univ. of Maryland / Co-Chair of Healthy People 2030

9:45 a.m. 

Technology Trends & Impact on Health 
10:00 a.m.
Federal health agencies have important mission needs and business drivers that can be enabled by technology. Whether designing data standards, driving efficiencies, or finding new medical discoveries, emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain, agile, machine learning, and user-centered design can bring CIOs and program managers together to advance mission outcomes.

  • Mary Ann Slack, Global Standards, FDA
  • Suraf Asgedom, Chief Modernization Officer, VA
10:45 a.m. 

Keynote Address
11 a.m.
Karen Brazell, Chief Acquisition Officer, VA


 The Future of Government Acquisition in the Health Sector 
11:20 a.m. 
Acquisition officials discuss their various acquisition innovation initiatives at their agencies. Topics include: best-in-class contracts, BuySmarter initiatives, improved forecasting, acquisition portals, other transaction authority, etc. What new initiatives that will impact customer buying trends can you expect to see the remainder of FY19, into FY20, and beyond?

  • Gina Kiang, IT Strategy, HHS Vendor Management Office 
  • Melissa Starinsky, Director, Office of Acquisition and Grants Management, CMS
  • Juan Quinones, Contracting Officer, Office of Procurement, Acquisition, and Logistics, Department of Veterans Affairs

Closing Keynote Address
12:20 p.m.
Karen Jackson, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, CMS - invited 

 Wrap-up and Summary
12:45 p.m.


Networking Breakfast
7:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
7:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
7:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
7:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
7:30 a.m.