A conference to address key issues affecting the health sector

Three former federal health secretaries headline the marquee for the Business of Health Care: Managing Through Uncertainty conference at the University of Miami. Secretaries will join industry executives and experts for a day that includes three formal sessions and numerous networking opportunities to address key issues affecting the healthcare sector.

Conference coordinators Steven Ullman, professor and director of the University of Miami Patty’s Center for Health Management and Policy and the Allen Herbert School of Business, and Caroline Mortensen, associate dean for business programs and professor of health management and policy, emphasized the relevance of the conference’s theme .

Uncertainty is always present in the health care system—and the pandemic has certainly amplified that presence. By bringing together leaders and specialists from all major industry sectors, we are able to focus a multidimensional lens on the underlying uncertainties – policy issues, technology disruption, staff shortages, pandemic management, among others – and that is critical to generate remedies. “

Stephen Ullman, professor and director of the Center for Health Management and Policy at the University of Miami Patty and Allen Herbert School of Business

Mortensen emphasized the benefit of combining the expertise of three former health officials on one panel. Alex Azar and Donna E. Shalala, both former secretaries of the US Department of Health and Human Services and now both faculty members at the university’s business school, and Julio Frank, president of the University of Miami and former Mexican health minister , join a lunchtime panel moderated by Mortensen that will seek to generate a “Potential Roadmap” through the Uncertainty Trail.

“With three former health secretaries, health policy from a regional, national and global perspective is sure to be part of a robust, enlightening conversation,” she said.

The conference takes place on Friday, February 24, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm in the Donna E. Shalala Student Center on the Coral Gables campus. 500 attendees are expected, with 200 seats reserved for students. A networking breakfast and lunch will be held in a special pavilion adjacent to the student center. The sessions will be broadcast live worldwide, but there will be a moderate fee to watch the shows.

The opening keynote panel, “View from the Field,” will be moderated by Patrick Geraghty, President and CEO of GuideWell and Florida Blue. The session features Dr. Garfield Clooney, president of the National Medical Association; Matthew Ailes, president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans; Joseph Pfeiffer, President and CEO, Healthcare Financial Management Association; Dr. Haley Fisher-Wright, President and CEO, Medical Group Management Association; Ernest Grant, former president of the American Nurses Association; Molly Smith, Group Vice President, Public Policy, American Hospital Association; and Lori M. Riley, Chief Operating Officer, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. The pharmaceutical sector is newly introduced this year.

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

Moderated by Norma Sue Kenyon, University Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Chief Innovation Officer of the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and UHealth – University of Miami Health System, the session featured speakers Juan Felipe Ramirez, Vice President of Sales Execution and Organization , Data Driven, Latin America, Boston Scientific; Dr. Conor Delaney, President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic Region Florida; Patrick Hale, Executive Vice President and CIO, Vitas Healthcare; Judson Ivey, Founder, President and CEO, Ensemble Health Partners; and Dr. Jay Wohlgemuth, senior vice president, research and development, and chief medical officer, Quest Diagnostics.

Ullman described the pandemic as a “wake-up call” and noted that the conference provides an opportunity to examine many of the cracks exposed in the health care system as a result of its ongoing impact.

“While we’re still out of the woods from the pandemic, we’re fortunate to be able to return to live audiences,” Ullman said. “This allows for significant networking opportunities with healthcare leaders from across the country, and they have always been a highlight of the conference.”

For this 12th annual conference, Florida Blue is once again a presenting sponsor and major donor.

Get a complete and updated list of topics, panelists and more.

The Business of Healthcare: Managing Through Uncertainty takes place on Friday, February 24, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm ET. The early bird rate is available until January 31st.

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