|[January 11, 2013]
Wrap-Up: 2013 Florida Health Care Affordability Summit - Day 2
ORLANDO, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
Key health care industry leaders, innovators and lawmakers gathered
today at the World Center Marriott in Orlando, Fla., to conclude the
panel discussions at the 2013 Florida Health Care Affordability Summit.
The Summit, a sold out event hosted by the Foundation of Associated
Industries of Florida (FAIF), has brought together some of the most
instrumental decision makers and thought leaders to discuss the areas of
critical-need for Florida's health care landscape.
On day two of the Summit, panelists engaged in discussions to address
'health care solutions from the private sector,' moderated by Tarren
Bragdon, president and CEO of the Foundation for Government
Accountability, 'modernizing Florida's health care delivery system,'
moderated by Representative Matt Hudson (R-Naples), 'encouraging
innovation in product development and distribution,' moderated by
Representative Richard Corcoran (R-New Port Richey), as well as
'increasing access to care, choice and competition throughout Florida,'
moderated by Senator Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring).
Participating in today's discussions were the following panelists:
J.D. Kleinke - Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Shannon Wedekind - Pharmacy Supervisor, Walgreen Co.
Kevin Kuhlman - Manager of Legislative Affairs, National Federation
of Independent Business
Chris Day - Head of Business Development & Marketing, Aetna
Josue Rodas - Executive Director, Regional Extension Center,
University of Central Florida
Geeta Nayyar, M.D. - Chief Medical Information Officer, AT&T (News - Alert)
David E. Young - Vice President for TelePsych Services, Optum
Health Specialty Networks
Michael Perry, M.D. - Medical Director, Laser Spine Institute
Rose M. Naff - Chief Executive Officer, Florida Health
Holli Ploog - Vice President, CGI (News - Alert) Government Markets
Jonathan C. Anderson - Vice President of Sales Strategy,
Distribution & Integration for Employer Markets, Florida Blue
John McFadden, Ph.D. - Interim Dean, College of Health Sciences,
Kenneth Boyle, O.D. - Doctor of Optometry, Brevard Vision Center
Christopher Saslo, ARNP - Associate Chief Nurse for Clinical
Practice, West Palm Beach VA Medical Center
"Affordability, above all else, is critical to increasing patient access
to proper care," said Representative Hudson, chair of the House Health
Care Appropriations Subcommittee. "This event was a great conversation
starter on the issues that need our attention the most, and I want to
thank the Foundation of AIF for bringing us all together. We've heard
many different perspectives at the Summit, and what's going to help make
our system better and stronger is to have a wide, divergent approach and
a lot of different ideas to come up with not just one solution, but a
basket of solutions to tackle the affordability issue in Florida. As we
head back to Tallahassee next week, I am encouraged to see so many
participants already engaged in discussing options and opportunities
when it comes to the future of Florida's health care."
"More and more, we are seeing a shift in the health care industry to
incorporate and rely on mobile solutions to provide and augment patient
care," said Dr. Nayyar, panelist on the 'Modernizing Florida's Health
Care Delivery' panel. "In the digital era we live in, we must foster
innovation and allow technology to provide patients with access points
to care, as a means to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs."
"It is imperative that we continue to properly prepare the next
generation of health care leaders by taking the lead on addressing the
challenges to our health care system as it stands today," said Dr.
McFadden, a panelist on the 'Increasing Health Care Access, Choice and
Competition throughout Florida' panel. "Health care curricula and
practice is continuously evolving, and we must focus on being able to
transfer and promote that evolutionary process into our health care
products and health professions curricula, so we can be better equipped
to meet the unique needs of our patients."
Closing out the FAIF's Health Care Affordability Summit was Marcus
Osborne, vice president of health and wellness payer relations for
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., with a keynote address on the effect of business
initiatives on increasing access, quality and affordability of health
"We are grateful for the participation of our sponsors, honorable guests
and highly-qualified and distinguished panelists for helping us execute
this great event," said Tom Feeney, president and CEO of Associated
Industries of Florida. "We also want to thank members of the media and
the public for taking an interest in the health care dialogue that took
place throughout the Summit, and for helping make this event such a
success. As the leading advocates for the business community, AIF looks
forward to taking the ideas and discussions we heard over the last two
days and turning them into tangible solutions that will help improve the
access and affordability of health care for the people of Florida."
Sponsors of the FAIF's 2013 Florida Health Care Affordability Summit
include Aetna, Ashford University, AT&T, AvMed Health Plans, Florida
Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Florida Blue, Florida Optometrists
Health Fund, Health Management Associates, Humana, Laser Spine
Institute, Sunshine State Health Plan, Tenet Healthcare Corporation,
UnitedHealth Group, Walgreens, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and WellCare Health
For more information on the FAIF's 2013 Health Care Affordability Summit
and its participants, please visit www.healthcareflorida.com.
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