The Miami Herbert Business School Center for Health Management and Policy presented its 10th annual Business of Health Care Conference on April 16. The latest iteration of the annual meeting was entitled Policy, Politics & the Pandemic – U.S. & Beyond.
This marked the second time the conference has been held entirely online and the event producers have rapidly mastered the learning curve on virtual presentations. The live event attendee interface included sponsor presentations and videos, breakout sessions, and three panel discussions featuring health care leaders from around the world who addressed the following topics:
- Health and Economy in the Americas
- Policy and Patient Care: A View from Health Care Leaders
- Health Care in a Changing Political Landscape
Featured speakers included Alex Azar, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services; Carissa F. Etienne, MD, Director, Pan American Health Organization; Julio Frenk, MD, President, University of Miami; Donna E. Shalala, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services and former President, University of Miami; and Daniel Salas Peraza, MD, Minister of Health, Presidency of the Government of Costa Rica. In what has become a conference standard, one panel featured heads of the leading US professional health organizations including Susan Bailey, president, American Medical Association; Matthew Eyles, president and CEO, America’s Health Insurance Plans; Joseph Fifer, president and CEO, Healthcare Financial Management Association; Halee Fischer-Wright, president and CEO, Medical Group Management Association; Ernest Grant, president, American Nurses Association; and Lisa Kidder Hrobsky, group vice president, Federal Relations, American Hospital Association.
“We started as a regional conference and have grown to become a global gathering with significant impact—truly an indication that the issues that we discuss and debate have earned that level of import,” said Steven G. Ullmann, Director, Center for Health Management and Policy, Miami Herbert Business School, noting that Florida Blue has provided support as a major supporter since the start. Dr. Ullmann highlighted that the online platform has amplified the conference’s reach, attracting more than 1,000 professionals from business and health care environments around the world and also an increasing number of students.