General Session Fireside Chat Discussing Topics of Greatest Importance to the Industry

General Session: Fireside Chat Discussing Topics of Greatest Importance to the Industry

Wednesday, September 25
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM (CT)

At one point or another, we have all wondered with colleagues about the future of our company and industry. But most of us need more purview to fully assess the challenges and opportunities. In this “fireside chat,” NADP member company CEOs will cordially discuss the topics of the greatest importance to our industry—looking at today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.


Mike Adelberg (moderator)

Executive Director

National Association of Dental Plans

In November 2022, Michael (Mike) Adelberg joined NADP as Executive Director. Adelberg comes to NADP after leading Faegre Drinker Consulting’s healthcare provider and plans practice in Washington, DC, where his practice was largely focused on insurance benefits, including dental benefits. Before joining Faegre Drinker Consulting, Mike held several senior positions within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Adelberg was responsible for establishing the Affordable Care Act policy for pediatric dental coverage and stand-alone dental plans. Before that, he oversaw Medicare Advantage plan contracting and market conduct, including supplemental dental benefits.

Adelberg holds a master’s degrees in Public Policy and Administration from Northern Illinois University, and History from Rutgers University. He’s authored or co-authored studies in leading journals such as Health Affairs, the American Journal of Managed Care, and Health Services Research, led or co-led four foundation projects, and has been quoted in leading media including the New York Times, Washington Post, and

Rob Goren

President and CEO

Delta Dental of Missouri

Rob Goren is president and CEO at Delta Dental of Missouri, the state’s leading dental benefits provider and a non-profit organization, which serves more than 2.3M members nationwide. At the helm of this role since 2015, Rob has been responsible for all aspects of the organization’s operations, culture, and successes. He helps shape overall strategy and direction for short- and long-term business initiatives and drives growth and revenue to fulfill the organization’s ongoing social mission to improve oral health. Rob serves on Delta Dental of Missouri’s Board of Directors and is the direct liaison between fellow Board members and his corporate management team. Rob joined Delta Dental of Missouri in 2009 and served as chief actuary and senior vice president of business development before assuming his current role. He has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Before his tenure at Delta Dental, Mr. Goren served as director and consulting actuary at Buck Consultants in its Atlanta Health and Productivity Practice, and as vice president of actuarial and underwriting at CompBenefits Corporation, where he led the company’s dental and vision actuarial and underwriting departments. Mr. Goren also served in actuarial consulting roles with Milliman and Hewitt. He began his career as an elementary school teacher in Cobb County, Georgia, teaching second and fifth grades. Rob is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and an American Academy of Actuaries member. He previously served as chair and vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Delta Dental Plans Association (DDPA), the not-for-profit national association of the 39 independent Delta Dental member companies, which collectively cover 90M Americans. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Actuarial Science degree from Georgia State University. He and his wife reside in St. Louis, Missouri, and have two grown children.

Scott Towers

President, Specialty Business Commercial Health Benefits

Elevance Health

Scott Towers is president of specialty businesses, including dental, vision, and supplemental health, within the Commercial Health Benefits Division of Elevance Health (formerly Anthem, Inc.). Mr. Towers is responsible for managing profit & loss and membership for these products across the enterprise, with accountability for product development, clinical issues, utilization management, network development & management, strategy, and Specialty partner administration. Mr. Towers has been an instrumental leader in Anthem’s Specialty division with a total of more than 27 years of experience. He joined Elevance Health in 2009 with the acquisition of DeCare Dental.  Prior to Elevance Health, Mr. Towers led Underwriting teams at DeCare Dental and Delta Dental of Minnesota for more than 10 years.  Scott has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. Carlson School of Management.

Candace VanCamp

Director of Payer Strategy

MB2 Dental

Candace entered the healthcare arena with aspirations of helping people. Her career path started in medical and nursing and transitioned to dental upon accepting a position at Willamette Dental Group, a regional DSO based in Portland, Oregon. Candace has subsequently accepted positions of increasing responsibility at national DSOs, including Smile Brands, InterDent, and DentalOne Partners. Candace’s focus is helping dentists understand and navigate their payer partnerships with the goal of building mutually beneficial relationships. She has 30+ years of experience focused on multiple aspects of payer relations and practice management (general dentistry and specialty), including network recruitment, sales, account management, revenue cycle, delegated credentialing, contracting, data management, and negotiations.Candace currently serves as Payer Strategy Director for MB2 Dental based in Carrolton, TX, and leads a team that supports individual Practice Owners with all aspects of payer relations.

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