opening Keynote Speaker

Francois de Brantos is a nationally recognized thought leader on payment reform and has spent close to two decades working to transform the U.S. healthcare system by improving incentives for providers and consumers in order to encourage value-based decisions. He is the Senior Vice President of Remedy Partners, responsible for designing episodes of care solutions for employers, payers and providers. Prior to joining Remedy, Francois was the Executive Director of the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, a non-profit focused on improvements in the quality and affordability of health care through evidence-based incentive programs and support of payment reform models, where he lead the development and implementation of the Prometheus Payment model and the Bridges To Excellence program. Early in his career working in General Electric's corporate health care development, he was involved in many strategic programs that created, connected and supported Active Consumers, and defined market mechanisms to reward providers for better performance. Francois holds a master's degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Paris IX-Dauphine and a master's degree in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

Vivian Ho, Ph.D., is the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, director of the Center for Health and Biosciences, a professor in the Department of Economics at Rice University, and a professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Ho’s research examines the effects of economic incentives and regulations on the qua lity and costs of health care. Her research is widely published in economics, medical and health services research journals. Ho’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the American Cancer Society.  

Ho has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Statistics, as well as on the NIH Health Services, Outcomes and Delivery study section. She is also a founding board member of the American Society for Health Economists and a board member for Community Health Choice. Ho received her A.B. in economics from Harvard University, a graduate diploma in economics from The Australian National University and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.