Speakers for DPC 2024 - Demystifying Healthcare Costs

“Demystifying Healthcare Costs”

Sica ~ Schuessler, Jr. ~ Gross

DPC 2024 Demystifying Healthcare Costs
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How to regain control of your health plan costs – DPC, free market principles and an innovative health plan design can help save rural healthcare.

DPC Demystifying Healthcare Costs

DPC, free market principles, and an innovative health plan design can help save health care.

    • Introduction – The Dream Team
    • (2:00 min) The Employer Experience and Perspective – Vince Sica, CEO, DeSoto Memorial Hospital
    • (26:50 min) How to Regain Control of Your Health Plan Costs – Carl Schuessler, Jr., DHP, DIA, GBDS
    • (43:05 min) Pandemic Tested: A Case Study of DPC and Creative Health Plan Design – Lee Gross, MD, President of Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation
    • (1:07:00 min) Question & Answer


Vince Sica ~ DeSoto Memorial Hospital

CEO of DeSoto Memorial Hospital.

Carl Schuessler, Jr., DHP, DIA, GBDS ~ Mitigate Partners

Carl Schuessler leads Mitigate Partners, a consortium of 22+ employee benefit consulting & brokerage firms.

His passion for fixing the problem of runaway health-care costs in this country and his desire to treat the employer’s money as his own led him through years of research culminating in the development of his proprietary FairCo$t Health Plan. This innovative plan design seamlessly integrates 20+ cost containment solutions with a high-performance health-care solutions platform.

The 2022 Executive Leader Healthcare Leader of the Year, Carl & Mitigate Partners have been nationally recognized for their work in creating localized, employer-built, health-care plans in Forbes, Entrepreneur,Innovation & Tech Today, Physician Outlook Magazine, Free Market Medical Association, and Bold TV.

By removing misaligned incentives, directing care based on quality and cost, & ultimately, helping courageous employers fix their plans, employers are saving 15-to-30 percent in their healthcare spend.

An accomplished speaker, Carl often rallies audiences with stories of how Mitigate Partners are challenging Wall Street (insurer-built) health plans by creating Main Street (employer-built) health plans and bending the healthcare cost curve.

Lee Gross, MD ~ Epiphany Heath & President of Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Gross received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University. Following graduation, Gross coordinated years of clinical cardiology research for the nation’s leading Cleveland Clinic cardiology program before attending Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine. He completed his family medicine training as the elected chief resident at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

He has been in private practice in Southwest Florida since 2002. He is a pioneer in the Direct Primary Care delivery model, frequently speaking at national meetings, conducting media interviews about market-based health care innovations and writing articles for national publications.

He is a healthcare consultant to physician practices, medical organizations, insurance groups, hospitals and private businesses. He is the founder and Chairman of DPC Action, a non-profit national Direct Primary Care advocacy and social welfare organization. He is consulted by lawmakers and policy leaders on local, state and national health policy initiatives, including formal testimony before the US Senate and consultation with several federal agencies, and The White House.

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