A View on Vertically Integrated Models

While mergers and acquisitions are commonplace in the healthcare industry, vertical integration has become more prominent in recent years. PBMs, pharmacies, payers, providers, and pharmaceutical companies are coming together to explore new business models that can better align incentives and share risks. With unique perspectives from pharmacies, hospitals, and payers, this panel will discuss the challenges and successes of existing vertically integrated business models and opportunities to create value.


Moderator to be announced soon!


Nick Bassett

Executive Director of Population Health, Intermountain Healthcare

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With a background in hospital finance, Nick Bassett has had instrumental leadership roles influencing and executing changes related to healthcare reform both within Intermountain and to external audiences. Areas of specialization include: bundled payments, physician comp models, clinically integrated network strategy, and general strategic planning. After working in a regional business development and strategic planning role, Nick is now responsible for developing and implementing Intermountain Healthcare’s Population Health strategy.

Nick earned an BS degree in business finance from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Southern Utah University. Nick began his career at Intermountain Healthcare in 2008. 



Vice President producer administration & Strategy, Highmark


Jeb Dunkelberger is the Vice President of Producer Administration & Strategy responsible for the commercialization of Highmark’s value proposition to thousands of brokers and clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Prior to this role, Jeb served as the director of value-based reimbursement for Highmark Inc. In this role, he oversaw the design, development, and operationalization of Highmark’s value-based contracts and programs throughout Delaware, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. This role also included all reimbursement for Highmark’s integrated delivery and financing system (IDFS) with Alleghany Health Network.

Prior to joining Highmark in 2016, Jeb was the vice president of accountable care services at McKesson. In this role he led a division focused on the development and optimization of provider organizations that were operating in value-based arrangements. Jeb also oversaw strategy and marketing, and led national partnerships with multiple healthcare insurance companies.

Additionally, Jeb brings over 10 years of healthcare experience, primarily focused in value-based care, with previous experience at University of North Carolina Hospital, Duke University Hospital, and Ernst & Young.

Jeb has been published over 40 times and spoken at over 50 conferences as a thought-leader within both the payer and provider arenas – focusing primarily on futuristic healthcare reimbursement methodologies and transformational healthcare delivery models.

Jeb earned his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a dual-university master of health policy, planning, and finance from London School of Economics & Political Science and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He also earned a masters certificate in healthcare facilities design & leadership from Cornell University, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Healthcare Innovation from the University of Pennsylvania.



Managing Director, EY-Parthenon, Ernst & Young LLP


Alex Jung is a partner in EY-Parthenon. Prior to joining EY, she was the Senior Vice President of Walgreens Corporate Strategy based in Deerfield, IL, where she developed the organization’s healthcare strategy and led major M&A activities.

Mrs. Jung has over 30 years of experience working on strategic growth, M&A and risk mitigation engagements in the healthcare and life sciences industry. She spent many years at Arthur Andersen as a quality assurance consultant, joined Mercer as the leader of the National Health Care Analysis Unit, was the Managing Director of Operations for the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits and the senior vice president and health care practice leader at AonHewitt.

Mrs. Jung is a regular speaker at conferences held by BIO/BIO International, ASCO, PhRMA, AHIP Association of Health Insurance Plans), ASHP (American Society of Health System Pharmacists), NACDS (National Association of Chain Drug Stores), World Healthcare Congress, Midwest Business Group on Health, Crain’s Annual Health Care Conference, the Benefits Management Expo, SIAA (Self Insurance Association of America), John Marshall Law School, and HRMAC where she serves as the Chair for the Total Rewards Interest Group. She sits on the advisory board of the Michael Reese Health Trust and the Healthy Chicago initiative. Alex is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Respiratory Health Association and Chair of the Health and Wellness Council of the City of Chicago’s Chamber of Commerce.