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December 2013 - Volume 10 - Issue 6




Business and Policy Leaders to Meet in Miami to Discuss Transformation of the U.S. Health Care System

Just weeks after key provisions of the Affordable Care Act take effect in 2014, the University of Miami School of Business Administration will bring together national health care, health care policy and business leaders for a conference focused on the transformation of the U.S. health care system and its impact on business.
Hosted by the School’s Center for Health Sector Management and Policy on Jan. 17, 2014, the conference, The Business of Health Care: Bending the Cost Curve, will address such issues as the impact of changes in the U.S. health care system on employers in 2014 and beyond; benefits, costs, politics and policy related to the transformation; and the impact of changes on health care providers.
“This timely conference is the perfect showcase for an open and informative conversation about containing the high costs of health care and creating value in our health care system,” said Donna E. Shalala, president of the University of Miami and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. “At a time when implementation of a significant phase of the Affordable Care Act is occurring, we are bringing together an array of speakers and panelists to share their thoughts on these important issues,” added Shalala, who will participate in the conference as a moderator.
The keynote speaker for the conference is Olympia Snowe, former U.S. Senator (R-Maine) and senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Other speakers include Alice Rivlin, director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies, and senior fellow, economic studies at the Brookings Institution, and former director of the Congressional Budget Office; Diane Rowland, executive vice president of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; Michael Freed, executive vice president, corporate resources and chief financial officer at Spectrum Health and president and CEO of Priority Health; and James M. Winkler, senior vice president, innovation leader of U.S. Health & Benefits at AON Hewitt.
“The conference will provide a unique opportunity for professionals across industries to learn a great deal more about how the transformation of our health care system will impact organizations across sectors,” said Steven Ullmann, director of the Center for Health Sector Management and Policy at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. “We expect much of the discussion to center around ‘value’ because a focus on value will be required of businesses, health care providers and the government if the goals of health care reform are to be achieved.”
The conference is expected to draw those working within the industries of health care, health care delivery and health care policy and administration, as well as business leaders and other professionals in the finance, technology, legal, marketing, government and public policy, and academic sectors. The conference is presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Florida Blue. More information can be found at
The conference is among a number of health care industry initiatives and programs offered by the University of Miami School of Business. The School has offered an Executive MBA in Health Sector Management and Policy program for more than 30 years. The program is currently ranked as the nation’s No. 6 such program by Modern Healthcare magazine. The next class begins in January 2014, with classes held one weekend per month. Students in the program include physicians, nurses, mid-to-high level executives and other highly experienced health care professionals working in group practices, hospitals, government agencies, biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms, insurance companies, managed care organizations, and medical device companies.
More information about the Executive MBA in Health Sector Management and Policy can be found at
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