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March 2018 - Volume 14 - Issue 9


University of Miami School of Business Administration Hosts The Business of Health Care Conference

There is a tremendous amount of uncertainty surrounding the future of healthcare, not only for providers and patients, but for businesses as well. What’s going to happen to the Affordable Care Act? What will Medicaid be like a year from now? What do Congress and the Trump administration have planned for U.S. health care reform? What should businesses be planning for?

As we continue to ponder those questions, the University of Miami School of Business will host the seventh in its series of premier health care conferences, The Business of Health Care: What’s Next? on Friday, April 13, 2018 at the University of Miami.
This is a unique opportunity to hear from some of the nation’s top industry and policy leaders on the implications of widespread changes to the U.S. health care system on business and government.
“We chose the subtitle, ‘What’s Next?’ for this year’s conference because of the level of uncertainty as to where we currently stand,” says Steven G. Ullmann, Ph.D., academic director for the conference and director of the university’s Center for Health Management and Policy. “This conference will give attendees insights on trends, leading issues, and potential impacts from leaders in the field.”
Changes to healthcare do not only affect those in the healthcare industry, he stresses. Business leaders are also heavily impacted since healthcare is no longer an insulated area. “Whatever is going on in healthcare affects business as well.”
Dr. Ullmann is excited about the incredible level of the speakers participating in the conference this year, especially the keynote panel that will feature the following industry trailblazers:
• Pamela F. Cipriano, President of the American Nurses Association
• Joseph Fifer, President and CEO of the Healthcare Financial Management Association
• Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, President and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association
• Paul Grundy, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Global Director of Healthcare Transformation of the IBM Healthcare and Lifesciences
• Richard Pollack, President and CEO of the American Hospital Association
• Marilyn Tavenner, President and CEO of the America’s Health Insurance Plans
“This panel will bring together the top leaders of virtually every major health care industry association in the country to discuss the impact of changing policy on the health care sector,” says Dr. Ullmann. “The knowledge, depth and experience of this panel will allow our attendees to understand the many different aspects of the industry and how the changes in healthcare will impact us on so many different levels. Having this level of players on the same stage at the same time is a rare occurrence.”
Other panels and speakers throughout the day will examine health care technology, pharmaceutical issues, medical devices, access to health care, the transformation of health care delivery, and much more. High level panelists from such companies as EY, Bank of America, JP Morgan/Chase, Johnson and Johnson, Florida Blue, Boston Scientific, IBM and many more will be showcased at the conference.
Over 700 professionals worldwide are expected to attend, which gives everyone a great opportunity to network as well, adds Dr. Ullmann.
Conference attendees include 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.
“In addition to experiencing the many wonderful panels, the opportunity to network at this conference is significant,” says Dr. Ullmann. “This is no longer a local or regional conference. We have attendees from all over the world planning to attend this year, so there are many connections to make.”
The Conference will be held at the Watsco Center, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146. Cost to register is $175 by March 15, 2018. After March 15, the cost is $250.

For more information on the 2018 conference, visit For sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 conference, contact Marli Lutz at or (305) 284-5347.

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