The 2013 Leadership Summit is coming up fast and, once again, we have a fantastic program of dynamic keynoters who will motivate and inspire us as we tackle this year's theme: "Coordinating and Managing Care for Patients and Populations in a New Era of Healthcare." The future, once far off, is now just around the corner. Health insurance exchanges, coverage expansion of Medicaid, shifts from volume to value, and managing the care of patients and populations were off in the distance and now they are close. The Summit is a great opportunity for all us to learn from our stellar keynoters how to lead in a time of high change:

Don BerwiCK, M.D., is an inspirational leader, who, in his roles as president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and as administrator of CMS, has transformed health care. The Triple Aim has challenged the health care field, here and abroad, to make health care better, safer, more responsive and more affordable for individual patients and for whole populations. But, Dr. Berwick's message is simple: We are not done yet. We must bring energy, urgency and moral purpose to the important work of health care improvement. It will be a great opening keynote for the Summit.

The Hon. Sheila Bair, former chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, led that important body through one of the most perilous times in financial history. Her book Bull by the Horns provides key insights on what is at stake in times of high change and what it takes to lead through massive uncertainty. Her insights will be invaluable for leaders who are managing through systemic change in health care.

Earvin "Magic" Johnson is a basketball superstar, an inspirational philanthropist and the leading African-American entrepreneur in the world. His iconic achievements in basketball and philanthropy are paralleled in his outstanding business achievements, and Magic is the leader in shaping corporate America's engagement with urban America. Magic will share his leadership secrets and inspire us to use all our gifts and talents to transform the whole community.

Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III is a national hero because of the "Miracle on the Hudson," in which he safely landed a malfunctioning airliner on the river, avoiding any casualties among passengers and crew members. But he is also a nationally acclaimed safety expert whose personal story both inspires and informs us about how to make health care as safe and reliable as aviation. Sully is inspirational as only true heroes can be, but he also brings incredible insights from the story of aviation safety and a deep understanding of how to creatively apply those principles to the safety and reliability challenges in health care.

Jon Meacham, presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and executive editor of Random House, is a gifted raconteur uniquely qualified to speak about leadership. In his latest book, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, Meacham examines Jefferson's leadership focus on the power of progress in times of high change. Meacham's deep knowledge of history and current affairs will help us all understand how lessons from history resonate powerfully today, and can be applied to the great challenges of our times.

Eric Topol, M.D., world-renowned cardiologist, geneticist, author and leader of Scripps Translational Science Institute, will take us into the future of medicine. In his challenging new book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine, Dr. Topol weaves the many strands of technological change into a powerful argument for complete transformation of medical care. His deep scholarship and compelling storytelling will challenge and excite us to find a new path ahead.

And, as always. I will be there as your guide to help make the connections to our theme of coordinating and managing care for patients and populations in a new era of health care.

Ian Morrison is an author, consultant and futurist. He will serve as synthesizer at the Health Forum–AHA Leadership Summit.

More from The Summit

In addition to the keynote addresses described by Ian Morrison, the 21st Annual Health Forum–AHA Leadership Summit will include three pre-Summit workshops, six sunrise sessions and seven educational tracks.

Pre-Summit Workshops

  • The Quest for Quality: Achieving the Institute of Medicine's Six Quality Aims
  • Strategies for Health Care Mergers, Acquisitions and Affiliations
  • Sustainability Roadmap — Bend the Cost Curve: Making the Business Case for Sustainability

Sunrise Sessions

  • Advancing Health Equity for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Populations
  • The iPad, ACA and the Drive Toward the Triple Aim
  • Supporting Life's Transitions: Palliative and End-of-Life Care
  • Bundled Payment: An Imperative for Acute Care Hospitals to Understand and Partner with Post-Acute Care
  • Improving Community Health Status: Practical Ideas from 2013 AHA NOVA Recipients
  • Health Systems Learning Group: Leveraging the Triple Aim and Community Benefit by Proactively Addressing Population Health in the New World of Health Reform

Educational Tracks

  • Track 1: Effective Models of Clinical Integration
  • Track 2: Integrating Care Across the Continuum
  • Track 3: Innovations in Managing the Health of Populations
  • Track 4: Succeeding in the Business of Accountable Care
  • Track 5: Deploying and Leveraging Health Information Technology in an Integrated System of Care
  • Track 6: Preparing the Workforce and Engaging Employees as Partners in the Transition from Volume to Value
  • Track 7: Achieving Governance and Medical Leadership