Industry leaders to tackle the ‘Business of Health Care’

By Michael R. Malone

Industry leaders to tackle the ‘Business of Health Care’

By Michael R. Malone
Government and business experts will convene at the University of Miami in late March for the Business of Health Care conference.

With the 2020 U.S. presidential election campaign shifting into high gear, health care increasingly commands center stage as a priority issue for United States citizens, while health threats elsewhere in the world highlight the globalized nature of the planet today.

To assess this complex topic, industry leaders from around the country and the world will convene for “The Business of Health Care: The Social, Political & Economic Determinants of Health” conference, hosted by the University of Miami Patti and Allan Herbert Business School, to assess the factors impacting the U.S. health care system and other global health systems.

“This conference brings together industry leaders, including heads of the major U.S. medical and insurance associations, at a time when global health threats such as the coronavirus and the future of U.S. health care reform are at the center of public discourse,” said Steve Ullmann, director of the Miami Herbert Business School’s Center for Health Management and Policy, the event organizer.

Ullman added that the major goal will be “to explore innovative ways to address the increasingly complex social, political, and economic challenges shaping the availability, quality, and cost of care today.”

For the past two decades, the U.S. health care system has ranked consistently last–most expensive and least efficient–among developed nations, according to the Commonwealth Fund and reported in The Atlantic magazine.

In this ninth annual conference hosted by the University, U.S. and international health care industry and government leaders will discuss how socio-economic trends, public health emergencies, and U.S. electoral politics are impacting health care access, services, cost, and outcomes in the U.S. and globally.

Heads of the American Medical Association, American Hospital Association, American Nurses Association, and America’s Health Insurance Plans, among other leading industry groups, will serve as keynote panelists.

University President Julio Frenk, whose recent book urges protection for the health care system in Mexico that he helped to develop, will facilitate a session featuring the participation of ministers of health from the Americas.

Additional speakers include Pat Geraghty, president and CEO, Guide Well Mutual and Florida Blue; Brian C. Castrucci, president and CEO, deBeaumont Foundation; Jay Wohlgemuth, senior vice president and chief medical officer, Quest Diagnostics; and Rajeev Venkayya, president, Global Vaccine Business Unit, Takeda.

The conference takes place Friday, March 27, at the University of Miami’s Watsco Center. Registration is open through March 25, and on-site registration is available on the day of the event. Contact healthcare@bus.miami.edu for more information.