As a new presidential administration and new members of Congress take their places in Washington in January, the University of Miami School of Business Administration will bring together hundreds of healthcare professionals to examine “The Business of Health Care Post-Election.”
Presented by Florida Blue, the sixth in a series of premier healthcare industry impact conferences hosted annually by the School’s Center for Health Sector Management and Policy, will be held Friday, March 3, 2017. The conference will be headlined by leaders from across the industry and top policy makers.
“This conference has always dealt with the most timely aspects of the business of healthcare,” says Steve Ullmann, Director, Center for Health Sector Management and Policy, University of Miami School of Business Administration. “This year, we perceived the appropriate focus should be the business of healthcare post-election. The timing seemed appropriate especially due to the increasingly interesting dynamics associated with this election process and where it will take the business of healthcare.”
The one-day conference offers attendees the opportunity to exchange ideas on the business of health care and the impact of changes to healthcare on the business community post-election. In addition to hearing thought leaders discuss the future of health care business and policy, those attending the conference can also:
• Exchange ideas with other professionals across industries
• Network with industry leaders
• Establish new contacts for business development
This conference is designed for professionals across industries, not just healthcare, but also including business leaders and other professionals in the areas of public policy, administration, finance, technology, legal, marketing, human resources, government and academic sectors.
“The role of the conference is to provide insight to stakeholders who will be affected by the direction of healthcare and healthcare policy moving forward,” says Ullmann.
To date, this year’s speakers, panelists and moderators include:
• Kathleen Sebelius, Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
• James L. Madara, MD, Executive Vice President and CEO, American Medical Association
• Richard Pollack, President and CEO, American Hospital Association
• Marilyn Tavenner, President and CEO, America's Health Insurance Plans
• Joseph Fifer, President and CEO, Healthcare Financial Management Association
• Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, President and CEO, Medical Group Management Association
• Julio Frenk, MD, President, University of Miami
• Donna E. Shalala, Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and Former President, University of Miami
• Patrick J. Geraghty, CEO, GuideWell Mutual Holding Company
• Penny Shaffer, Market President, South Florida, Florida Blue
Shalala, one of two former HHS secretaries speaking at this year’s conference, credits Ullmann for the conference’s success.
“The University of Miami is providing leadership to make sure the healthcare leaders in Florida can anticipate the changes that will take place in the future,” she says. “And Steve has really led this entire effort. It was his idea to bring the leaders in the healthcare community together and it's really made a difference in terms of the conference’s recognition. This conference offers attendees the opportunity to network with people in the field, but more importantly to see some of the real thinkers in the field.”
She adds that it’s important to do everything possible to support the local healthcare community.
“Florida is an important place in terms of healthcare,” she says. “We spend a lot of taxpayers' money on healthcare and private companies spend a lot of money on healthcare in Florida as well. It's important for the leadership of healthcare in Florida to be on the cutting edge and to anticipate what's going to happen in healthcare. The University of Miami gives them the opportunity to do this not only for those in the health care field but for business leaders in general as everyone is impacted by health care in today’s environment.”
In 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated Shalala as Secretary for HHS where she served for eight years. She was also involved with Senator Hillary Clinton's attempt to get national health insurance when she was First Lady. When asked how significant the changes will be for the healthcare community as a result of the election, Shalala says it depends on who is elected.
“The two candidates have dramatically different positions, but to tell you the truth it depends more on what happens in the House and in the Senate on the ability of a President, either party, to improve opportunities for people to get high quality healthcare,” she adds.
The annual conference typically draws over 700 people. In addition to the conference speakers and panel discussions, Ullmann says that one of the benefits of the conferences are the networking opportunities.
“I don't think there's anything more important right now in terms of healthcare policy, how it affects the healthcare industry, how it affects businesses, and how it affects all of us as individuals,” he says. “All of this comes into play and we're going to be watching what goes on with healthcare policy as we go through this election cycle and go forward.”