Upcoming and Past Events

Obesity: It's Complicated! Summit

May 9, 2018

Obesity: It’s Complicated!

We all pick up the tab for obesity.  What can we do to address obesity as a disease?

It’s more than the battle of the bulge—obesity affects more than 1 in 4 New Mexican working adults. 

It can lead to several chronic diseases—such as diabetes and heart disease—causing disability, compromising quality of life, contributing to early death, and causing healthcare costs to skyrocket.  It also impacts employers through a decline in employee productivity, an increase in absenteeism, and even higher health and disability insurance premiums.

Obesity is prevalent, harmful, expensive, and has been classified as a disease. “Why don’t we treat obesity as a disease”?

Join the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value at this free summit to explore the barriers to many questions about obesity.  You will hear from Dr. Bruce Sherman, a national expert in this arena, as well as from local speakers talking about what we are doing in the State on this issue.  We’ll also discuss how we can leverage and build a roadmap to move toward solutions on this very complicated issue. 


Mark your calendars for:

Obesity: It’s Complicated!
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Register here

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Preliminary Agenda

8:00-8:30a.m.   Registration, Networking, Breakfast

8:30-8:35a.m.   Welcome and Introductions

  • Pat Montoya, BSN, MPA, Executive Director New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value

8:35-9:30a.m.   Prevalence and Impact of Obesity

  • Bruce Sherman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, National Alliance of Healthcare Purchasers
9:30-10:00a.m.   Utilizing the Power of Lab Data to Drive Improved Health Outcomes
  • Kathleen Swanson, M.S., R.Ph., Director, Enterprise Clinical Solutions, TriCore Laboratories
  • Joni Pompeo, Director, Strategic Programs and Project Management, TriCore Laboratories
10:00-10:15a.m.   Break

10:15-10:45a.m.   Real Appeal – United Health Group
  • Timothy Johnson, Vice President, Business Development
10:45-11:00a.m.   Wellness Program Overview
  • Susie MacLean, Vice President, The Solutions Group
11:00-11:15a.m.   Community – Population Health Initiatives
  • Leigh Caswell, Director, Presbyterian Healthcare Services Center for Community Health
11:15-11:45a.m.   Food as the First Medicine
  • Mary Jane Favazza, Chief Revenue Officer, Center for Community Health, Good Measures
11:45-12:00p.m.   Bariatric Surgery             
  • Tom Rothfeld MD, Chief Medical Officer, Presbyterian Health Plan
12-00-12:15p.m.   Facilitated Audience Discussion and Response

12:15-12:30 p.m.   Follow up and Next steps


Heart Failure - the Rising Epidemic--Achieving Quality and Value Through Collaboration


We'd like to thank all of those who participated in our event (below), Heart Failure: The Rising Epidemic--Focusing on Quality-Value and Achieving it through Collaboration, which was held on November 28, 2017 from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum.

We especially thank those who helped make this event possible, including Novartis, Abbott, and Janssen.


Keep watching this space for news about our next Summit to be held in early 2018.

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New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value
held its recent Education Summit on
Heart Failure—the Rising Epidemic on

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
The summit focused on achieving higher healthcare quality and value through collaboration
and evidenced-based approaches.

HealthInsight New Mexico is accredited by the NM Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. HealthInsight NM designated this live event for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM .

SHRM credits were also available

SHRM Recertification Provider Seal 2017



Heart Failure – The Rising Epidemic
Focusing on Quality–Value and Achieving It Through Collaboration

7:30-8:00 a.m.     Registration and breakfast

8:00-8:15 a.m.      Welcome and Introductions

  • Pat Montoya, Executive Director, New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value
  • Ernestine Chavez, Chair for Coalition, Deputy Director, New Mexico Public School Insurance Authority
  • Robert Federici, MD, Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Program 

8:15-8:45 a.m.      Heart Failure – Describing the condition, the prevalence and rapid growth, both nationally and in New      Mexico, current total dollar spending and implications for the future

  • Bart Cox, MD, UNM Cardiology Program (presentation and Q & A)

8:45-9:10 a.m.     Patient Story  

  • Leonardo Macias, MD, Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Program
9:10-9:40 a.m.     Importance and Role of a Heart Failure Programs and Transition of care: Impact on Population Health  
  • Nancy Guinn, MD, Presbyterian Health Care At Home
  • Mihaela Bujoi, MD, New Mexico Heart Institute
  • Leonardo Macias, MD, Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Program
  • Mary Hawkins, CNP, UNM Cardiology Program

9:40-10:10 a.m.   Regional Perspectives on Heart Failure Care

  • Craig Cannon, MD, New Mexico Cardiac Care, Las Cruces
  • Charles Wilkins, MD, San Juan Regional Medical Center, Farmington
  • Bill Mansfield, MD, Lovelace Health Plan
  • Fundador Adajar, MD, Cardiovascular Associates of Roswell

10:10-10:30 a.m.    Break

10:30-11:10 a.m.  New Technology and New Medications (Panel)

  • Sean Mazer, MD, New Mexico Heart Institute  
  • Sharif Halim, MD, Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Program
  • Robert Taylor, MD, Davita Medical Group

11:10-11:40 a.m.     Health Plan CMO Medicaid Director panel / reaction and dialogue

11:40-12:00 p.m.   Next steps in Collaboration to Improve the Health of New Mexico (wrap up)


The Pharmacy Drug Cost Puzzle

Finding and Fitting the Missing Pieces Together                  puzzle3

Approximately 100 New Mexico business owners, employers and industry representatives spent May 2, 2017 at the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value's “The Pharmacy Drug Cost Puzzle – Finding and Fitting the Missing Pieces Together” Summit, hearing what one described as “a prescription for alleviating the headache of rising drug costs.” 

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Employers Role in Carrying Diabetes Management to New Heights

November 18, 2016
7:30 A.M. -12:30 P.M.

Awareness. Access. Accountability

Employers as purchasers play a significant role in the world of diabetes!

DiabetesSummitThe challenges that we are facing with diabetes are much bigger than any one of us and our organizations,” said Pat Montoya, executive director of the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value, as she kicked off the group’s fall education summit, “Employers Role in Carrying Diabetes Prevention and Management to New Heights,” in Albuquerque Nov. 18.

The NMCHCV brought together by medical directors from four healthcare plans and a host of other speakers to talk about diabetes.  The agenda and a list of the speakers follows.

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CMS Innovation - Keep Moving Forward!

Better, Smarter, Healthier

Keep moving forward!

Knee and joint replacements in the 21st Century

CMS Innovation – Comprehensive Care In Joint Replacement Initiative

Where and How Will This Model Cross Over and Improve Care and Reduce the Costs for Knee and Hip Replacements?

The New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value is bringing together the three hospital systems (Lovelace, Presbyterian and the University of New Mexico) for an educational seminar on the CMS-Comprehensive Joint Replacement Initiative they are a part of effective April 1st.   

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