Conference to address key issues affecting the health sector

Three former federal secretaries of health headed the marquee for “The Business of Health Care: Managing Through Uncertainty” conference at the University of Miami. The Secretary will join industry executives and experts for a day that will include three formal sessions and several networking opportunities to address key issues affecting the health sector.

Conference coordinator Steven Ullman, professor and director of the Center for Health Management and Policy at the University of Miami Patti and Allen Herbert Business School, and Karolin Mortensen, associate dean of business programs and professor of health management and policy, highlighted its relevance. conference topic.

Uncertainty is always present in the health care system—and the pandemic has certainly amplified that presence. By convening leaders and experts across all major industry sectors, we are able to focus a multidisciplinary lens on critical uncertainties – policy questions, technology disruption, workforce shortages, pandemic management, among others – and to generate remedies that is important. ,

Steven Ullman, Professor and Director of the Center for Health Management and Policy at the University of Miami Strip and the Allen Herbert Business School

Mortensen emphasized the advantage of combining the expertise of three former health officials on the same panel. Alex Azar and Donna E. Shalala, both former US Department of Health and Human Services secretaries and now both university business school faculty members, and Julio Franck, president of the University of Miami and former Mexican health minister, join a midday panel moderated by Mortensen who seek to generate “a possible road map” through a trail of uncertainties.

“With three former health secretaries together, health care policy from a regional, national and global perspective will certainly be part of a robust, enlightening conversation,” she said.

The conference takes place Friday, February 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Donna E. Shalala Student Center on the university’s Coral Gables campus. Five hundred are expected to attend in person, with 200 slots reserved for students. A networking breakfast and lunch will be held in a special pavilion adjacent to the Student Center. The sessions will be livestreamed worldwide, but there will be a nominal fee to watch the broadcast.

The opening keynote panel on the theme “A View from the Field” will be moderated by Patrick Geraghty, President and CEO of Guidewell and Florida Blue. The session included Dr. Garfield Clooney, President of the National Medical Association; Matthew Isles, President and CEO, Health Insurance Plans of America; Joseph Pfeiffer, President and CEO, Healthcare Financial Management Association; Dr. Hallie Fisher-Wright, President and CEO, Medical Group Management Association; Ernest Grant, Immediate Past President, American Nurses Association; Molly Smith, Group Vice President, Public Policy, American Hospital Association; and Lori M. Reilly, Chief Operating Officer, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. This year the pharmaceutical sector is newly represented.

The afternoon panel focused on the role of innovation and technology.

Moderated by Norma Sue Kenyon, University’s Vice Provost for Innovation and Chief Innovation Officer Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and UHealth – University of Miami Health System, this session includes speakers Juan Felipe Ramirez, Vice President of Sales Execution and Data Driven Organizations, Latin America, Boston Scientific; Dr. Conor Delaney, President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic Florida Region; Patrick Hale, Executive Vice President and CIO, Vitas Healthcare; Judson Ivy, Founder, President and CEO, Ensemble Health Partners; and Dr. Jay Wollgemuth, Senior Vice President, Research and Development, and Chief Medical Officer, Quest Diagnostics.

Ullmann described the pandemic as “a wake-up call” and said the conference provides an opportunity to explore the many cracks that have been unveiled in the health care system as a result of its ongoing impact.

“While we’re still coming out of the woods from the pandemic, we’re fortunate to be able to go back to live audiences,” Ullmann said. “It allows for significant networking opportunities with health care leaders from around the country, and they have always been a high point of the conference.”

12 forth Annual convention, Florida Blue is again a presenting sponsor and major donor.

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The Business of Health Care: Managing Through Uncertainty is on Friday, February 24 from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET. Early registration pricing is available through January 31.


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