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Day 1 | May 18

11:00 AM -4:00 PM (EDT)

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Day 1 Sessions


Leading in Uncertain Times—How MPL Leaders Can Thrive in a New Market | 11:00 AM - 12:10 PM (EDT)

Michael Roberto, Trustee Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Program Innovation at Bryant University

Companies and leaders around the globe are still adjusting to the changes that came out of a year of pandemic. The medical professional liability (MPL) industry faces the twin challenges radically changed healthcare delivery system and a hardening marketplace.  Leadership in times of crisis means gathering the best advice and information possible from their team members in order to make timely and effective decisions about day-to-day business operations, risk management, and investments.  It is critical for MPL professionals to create a climate of candor, in which employees are willing to share bad news, offer dissenting opinions, and talk openly about failures

Join Michael Roberto to hear about the opportunities for the MPL industry and its leaders.  Move past ambiguity and uncertainty to formulate and test different ideas quickly, and then learn rapidly from your tests, prototypes, and experiments. Learn by doing, not just by thinking.

Coffee Break 2

Coffee Talk Sponsored by Tokio Marine | 12:10 PM - 12:30 PM (EDT)

Join your colleagues for a relaxed, interactive discussion—follow-up on interesting topics from the program or just catch up and enjoy each other’s company!

Covid Session 2

COVID-19 Pandemic MPL Issues | 12:30PM-1:30PM (EDT)


Kurt Scott, President & CEO, KAMMCO


Suzanne S. Blundi, Esq., Vice President of Claims, MCIC Vermont, Inc., RRG 

Michelle N. Dibadj, Esq., Director, Claims & Litigation, Ascension Risk Services

Timothy Padovese, President & CEO, Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company

What has the industry learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how can leaders apply those lessons for success? In this session, a panel of experts will explore leadership in this unique and challenging environment and how the pandemic has affected the MPL industry. Drawing on polled responses gathered from conference attendees, this interactive session will discuss the issues that are top-of-mind for attendees and consider the primary challenges for the MPL community as we move into the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coffee Break 2

Coffee Talk Sponsored by Guy Carpenter | 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

Join your colleagues for a relaxed, interactive discussion—follow-up on interesting topics from the program or just catch up and enjoy each other’s company!

Day 1 Session 3

MPL Claims Backlog—Defense Versus Plaintiff’s Strategies | 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM (EDT)


Sarah E. Scher, JD, RN, Chief Executive Officer, Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc.


Lee Livingston, JD, Partner, MichieHamlett  

Malinda S. Matlock, JD, Partner, Rhodes Hieronymus Jones Tucker & Gable, PLLC

In 2020, MPL insurers experienced an overall decrease in the number of claims filed and resolved due to the extraordinary conditions brought about by the pandemic; however, this hiatus will not continue in coming months. In this session defense attorney Malinda Matlock and plaintiff attorney Lee Livingston address where we are today and what we have learned over the past year. Livingston and Matlock will describe how attorneys initially managed the national shutdown of the court systems and its impact on existing cases as well as successful strategies for resolving existing and future claims. 

Coffee Break 2

Coffee Talk Sponsored by SLC & Duck Creek | 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM (EDT)

Join your colleagues for a relaxed, interactive discussion—follow-up on interesting topics from the program or just catch up and enjoy each other’s company!

Day 1 Session 4

How the Pandemic Will Change U.S. Healthcare | 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)

Jeffrey Levin-Scherz, MD, FACP, Population Health Leader, Health Management Practice, Co-Leader, Health and Benefits, North America, Willis Towers Watson

The pandemic has profoundly changed health care delivery. What new approaches for organizing providers, promoting patient safety, and managing risk will be needed as the pandemic recedes? 

Day 1 Speakers

Michael Roberto

Michael Roberto

Michael Roberto is a preeminent authority on strategic decision-making, senior management teams, and neutralizing hidden threats to your organization. He has studied how interpersonal dynamics cause catastrophic organizational failures and how to structure decision-making processes for success


Suzanne Blundi

Suzanne Blundi

Suzanne S. Blundi is the vice president of Claims for MCIC Vermont. Before joining MCIC, Ms. Blundi served as deputy general counsel at NYC Health and Hospitals, the largest public healthcare system in the nation, where she oversaw what many would describe as a medium size law firm.

Michelle N. Dibadj

Michelle N. Dibadj

Michelle N. Dibadj, Esq., assumed the position of the director, Claims and Litigation, at Ascension Risk Services in August 2018. In this role, she is responsible for development, implementation, and management of proactive claims and litigation management programs for Ascension Risk Services. Ms. Dibadj leads a claims team in managing HPL and GL claims and litigation for the health ministries across the country. 

Timothy Padovese

Timothy Padovese

Tim Padovese is the president and CEO of Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company(OMIC)since 2002. OMIC is a risk retention group insuring more than5,580 ophthalmologists nationwide. In addition to the responsibilities associated with the company’s operations and its success, Tim works with all ophthalmologists that are members of their sponsoring organization the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Livingston Lee

R. Lee Livingston

Lee Livingston has a 25-year history of success helping people who have been hurt badly. This has resulted in peer review awards including being selected as “Lawyer of the Year” for both personal injury law and medical malpractice law by US News and World Report, Best Lawyers. 

Malinda Matlock

Malinda Matlock

Malinda Matlock is a partner with the law firm of Rhodes Hieronymus Jones Tucker & Gable, PLLC. She has tried lawsuits before arbitrators, judges, and juries in Oklahoma state courts and in Oklahoma and Missouri federal courts. She has also resolved hundreds of cases through motion practice, negotiation, and mediation.

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Jeffrey Levin-Scherz

Jeff Levin-Scherz is a managing director and the co-leader of North American Health Management Practice at Willis Towers Watson, where he helps large employers develop, implement, and evaluate their health management strategy, including care management programs, incentive programs, and technology programs. He leads intellectual capital development for WTW in the Health Management space

Sarah Scher

Sarah Scher

Sarah E. Scher is chief executive officer of the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. and of the Mutual Protection Trust. She directs all CAP businessesMPT and the CAP Assurance Risk Purchasing Groupwhich provide access to superior MPL protection, patient safety education, and risk management services.

Kurt Scott

Kurt Scott

Kurt Scott is the president and chief executive officer of Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company and KAMMCO Casualty Company, Inc. (collectively KAMMCO). He began his career at KAMMCO as the vice president and chief financial officer in December 1989, shortly after the formation of the of the company, and was a key player in the design of the company’s systems and operations.


Rhonda Medows

Dr. Medows is the Executive VP of Population Health at Providence St. Joseph Health. She also currently serves as a member of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee to make recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Health on current and future physician payment models.


Sean Slovenski

Sean currently serves as SVP & President of Walmart Health and Wellness. Just prior to this role Sean served as President of Population Health for Sharecare, a digital health company founded by Jeff Arnold, Doctor Oz, and Oprah Winfrey. Prior, he served as CEO of Care Innovations, a joint venture of Intel and GE Healthcare.


Aashima Gupta

Aashima works at the intersection of health and technology. As director of global healthcare solutions for Google Cloud, it's her job to push the limits of what’s possible in life sciences. She's responsible for digitally transforming the industry using the tech giant’s cloud technology in new and unique ways.

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