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June 5 - 6, 2018

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

Nashville, TN

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iiBIG is proud to return to Nashville for our 11th Annual Investment and M&A Opportunities in HEALTHCARE,” June 5-6, 2018 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel – a great time of year to enjoy Nashville! During the last 10 years we’ve seen, BIG changes, ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ and vast innovations in the healthcare markets. As a result of the 2009 Affordable Care Act, entirely new healthcare business models have been created. Now, with the repeal of the ‘individual mandate,’ insurance premium increases, fewer with health coverage, and a changing regulatory environment, a new cycle of ‘creative disruption’ is upon us. As happened in the past, there will be winners and losers. This conference is designed to support and inform those that want to continue to be the winners.

And, as in the past, iiBIG’s Investment and M&A Opportunities in HEALTHCAREprovides a timely opportunity for healthcare entrepreneurs, investors and deal-makers to meet face-to-face – to assess were we are, and to chart a course for the months and years ahead.


Our 2018 conference will feature an executive speaking faculty of leading healthcare entrepreneurs, investors and deal-makers. The Healthcare Sector — like no other industry — will be experiencing continued DISRUPTION in 2018 and over the next few years. Among the pressing issues to be addressed:

  • Will ‘entitlement’ reform (i.e. Medicare and Medicaid cutbacks) drive more uninsured citizens to hospital emergency rooms?
  • Will the cutback in reimbursements accelerate mergers, acquisitions and strategic partnerships among providers and payers?
  • How will advanced technologies continue to be employed to streamline healthcare delivery, and improve the security of patient data and financial information?
  • Short of mergers and acquisitions, how are new and innovative partnerships and joint ventures being employed to maximize revenues?

Whether you are an experienced healthcare entrepreneur, investor or deal-maker; a health care provider looking for capital, synergistic deals or other opportunities; or are looking for ideas and information on how to transfer your skills and talents into the healthcare sector, you do not want to miss, iiBIG’s 11th Annual “Investment & M&A Opportunities in HEALTHCARE” – June 5-6, 2018 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville.

    The conference opens with a Keynote panel on the “State of the Industry” from the proverbial ’36-thousand feet.’ The panel will be made up of leading healthcare experts with first-hand information on the latest from Washington; and real-world experiences from the front-lines of our healthcare system. Following this opening keynote panel, the conference will present a series of OPPORTUNTIY ROUNDTABLES made up of Healthcare Entrepreneurs, Investors and Insiders on topics including:

  • Hospital Roundtable: With declining reimbursements, will the squeeze on revenues have the effect of forcing more mergers to maximize economies of scale?
  • Private Investors Roundtable: Healthcare investing from the POV of private equity, VCs and other financial buyers.
  • Healthcare Lenders Roundtable: Hear from lenders on traditional vs. alternative sources of capital for completing healthcare transactions.
  • Healthcare Real Estate Roundtable: Investment opportunities in walk-in urgent care facilities, long term care facilities, senior housing and more.
  • Healthcare Technology & the Leveraging the HealthCloud: How is technology being employed in healthcare to continue the move into the 21st Century? From issues like cyber-security, the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data and other solutions, how are delivery models being transformed?
  • Healthcare Partnerships & Joint Ventures Roundtable: When does it make more sense to enter into joint ventures and partnerships than engaging in outright mergers or acquisitions? How are these business models being structured?
  • Healthcare Billing, Collections & Revenue Cycle Management: Will 2018 be the year when progress will finally be made in simplifying healthcare billing and improving transparency? What are the solutions and best practices for improving both customer satisfaction and revenue management? How are online marketplace consumer lenders entering the healthcare space to provide on-the-spot patient financing?
  • ACO Roundtable: Will the trends toward accountable-care organizations and value-based payment systems continue?
  • Transaction Services Roundtable: An examination of best practices in valuations, regulatory compliance, due diligence and more. The “dos and don’ts” before, during and after the deal.
  • Distressed & Turnaround Opportunities in Healthcare Roundtable: Disruption in the healthcare markets produces both distress and opportunity. As the healthcare finance picture continues to generate new models, it also will drive others into financial distress and bankruptcies. How do opportunity investors, attorneys, and turnaround experts assess the landscape for ROI in the distressed healthcare space?


From the Public and Private Healthcare Companies:

  • CEOs
  • CFOs
  • Acquisition Executives
  • Heads of Investor Relations

  • Corporate & Business Development Executives
  • Strategic Planning Executives
  • General Counsels

From the Financial & Investment Community:


  • Commercial & Investment Banking Professionals
  • Executives involved in healthcare deal transactions of $50 million and greater
  • Institutional Investors

  • Executives from private equity, LBO and venture funds
  • M&A Specialists
  • Senior, mezzanine and other lenders

From the Professional Advisory and Service Provider Community:

  • Attorneys
  • Consultants
  • Deal intermediaries 
  • Due diligence & market intelligence firms

  • Valuation & Appraisal firms
  • Tax & Accounting professionals
  • Technology Solution Providers


Raise your firm’s profile, branding and business development opportunities by joining us as a conference co-sponsor. A role on our executive speaking faculty (on a space-available basis) may be provided for executives from those firms that sponsor early. For more information, contact:

Don Buford, Founder & CEO, iiBIG 
Phone: 212-300-2521
Email: DonB@iibig.com

Hank Woji, VP,
Business Development, iiBIG 

Phone: 512-692-9839
Email: HankW@iiBIG.com 



If you are seeking more visibility for your publication, newsletter, website or blog among business and financial leaders in the healthcare and investment communities co-branding media and marketing partnerships are available. 

For more information, contact:

Marisa Colandrea, Director, Meeting Planning & Logistics, iiBIG
Phone: 212-300-2522
Email: MarisaC@iiBIG.com 



To apply to become a member of the executive speaking faculty, please complete our online JOF questionnaire. Review the preliminary topic outline, suggest other topics, and tell us about yourself and your expertise. For more information about opportunities to join our faculty, contact:

Don Buford, Founder & CEO, iiBIG 
Phone: 212-300-2521
Email: DonB@iibig.com



DEAL-MAKER/VENDOR RATE is for executives from financial and/or deal-maker service firms (e.g. law firms, private equity, VC, investment banks, tax and accounting advisors, transaction advisory consultants, etc.) and other vendors to the healthcare sector (e.g. technology solution providers, etc.).


Early Bird Rates:
Register on or before April 30, 2018: $1595 pp

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HEALTHCARE ENTREPRENEUR RATE is for executives from healthcare provider companies that DIRECTLY provide healthcare products and/or services (e.g. hospitals, med device firms, residential or home healthcare organizations & etc.) Note: private equity executives who serve on boards or in other non-managerial roles in healthcare portfolio companies must still register at the deal-maker/vendor rate. (Registration in this category is subject to verification & approval).

Early Bird Rates:
Register on or before April 30, 2018: $795 pp

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Continuing Education Credits (e.g. CLE, CPE, CME, etc.) may be available for iiBIG conference attendees. Upon request conference attendees will be provided with a “Certificate of Attendance” and a copy of the conference agenda, showing topics, length of sessions, and name(s) and professional affiliation(s) of presenter(s) for each session. Attendees wishing to apply for continuing education credits for attending this conference may submit this documentation to the relevant organization in his/her state when applying for such credits.

The International Institute for Business Information and Growth (iiBIG) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site: www.nasbatools.com