Conference Archives

2008 Fall Conference

Fall Conference
October 14 & 15, 2008
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Prior to HIDA MedSurg Conference & Expo

“Red & Blue and How It Affects You”
HMMC looks at the medical industry in an election year

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

12:00 – 1:00 PM Opening Luncheon

1:00 – 2:00 PM “Red & Blue and How It Affects You”
“A look at the medical industry in an election year”
Mark Belling
Talk Show Host
WISN-AM Milwaukee
Mark will address the November election and the likely impact of victories by either Barack Obama or John McCain. He will offer both political analyses and his own slant on the presidential and congressional elections. He will include comments on the likely ramifications of the medical and healthcare industries.

2:00 – 3:00 PM MedAssets GPO
Mark Miriani
President MedAssets Supply Chain Systems
Mark Miriani will introduce MedAssets Supply Chain Systems to our group. In addition to providing general information regarding their GPO including its membership, direction, and opportunities, he will reveal the unique approaches MedAssets applies to help healthcare providers improve their operating margins. With an eye on our audience, Mark will offer key insights and suggestions for manufacturers looking to provide products featuring the best clinical and economic outcomes in a market challenged by a variety of new and emerging challenges.

3:00 -3:30 PM Break

3:30 – 4:30 PM “Vendor Credentialing”
Shawn E. Walker
Bay State Anesthesia
Healthcare product and service suppliers have grown increasingly concerned about the proliferation of requirements that providers are demanding vendors meet in order to visit their facilities. While most acknowledge the need for some level of credentialing so that providers may discern that the HCIRs “walking their halls” have been adequately trained, vaccinated, and are sensitive to patients’ rights to privacy, we must ensure that these fundamental tenets of vendor credentialing reign supreme and not permit vendor credentialing to serve as a springboard for a cottage industry poised to cost the health care industry billions of dollars.

Learn about the most recent developments on the vendor credentialing morass in this informative session. There will be a “town hall” Q & A period during this session, so come prepared with your questions regarding vendor credentialing.

4:30 -5:30 PM “Vendor Credentialing Panel”
Shawn E. Walker
John I. Pritchard
Curtis D. Rooney

Every day that passes Vendor Credentialing continues to gain traction. Some good and some not so good. There are many different stake holders who are involved to greater and lesser degrees. During the panel discussion we will hear from various stake holders regarding their work and positions on this very important issue facing our industry. Please bring your questions and discussion points

6:30 – 9:00 PM Opening Cocktail Reception and Dinner

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

7:30 – 8:30 AM Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 AM “Employee Wellness & the Cost of Insurance”
Richard Kersh
Kersh Risk Management, Inc.
“Measuring the financial efficacy of wellness programming in Corporate America”
Healthcare expense will exceed 2.5 trillion dollars in Corporate America for 2008. What are viable solutions to mitigate or reduce this looming truth within the typical employer worksite. This discussion will focus on risk management solutions with financial efficacy.

10:00 – 10:30 AM Morning Break

10:30 – 11:45 AM “American Hospital Association”
Rick Wade
Senior Vice President for Strategic Communications
American Hospital Association
Rick Wade will discuss the AHA’s views on the potential impact the election will have on hospitals, cost of healthcare, on products, patient outcome and other issues hospitals are facing today.

11:45 – 1:15 PM Lunch
General Membership Meeting

1:15 – 2:00 PM “Political Issues on the Hill”
James F. Hendricks, Jr.
Partner – Chicago Office
Ford & Harrison
Our speaker, James F. Hendricks, Jr., will speak on the possibility of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) becoming law in early 2009. If enacted, the EFCA will allow employees to unionize via a union card signing process, rather than the more traditional governments-run secret ballot election, without their employers’ involvement. Mr. Hendricks will discuss the fact that the current proposed act will impose mandatory government run arbitration in first contract negotiations if the company and the new labor representative cannot reach agreement on a first contract within 120 days.

2:00 – 2:30 PM “Changes & Challenges in Distribution”
Howard Jagoda
Vice President Supplier Relations
Cardinal Health
Each of our presenters are distributors of medical products and will provide an overview of his/her company and its direction in our changing market, followed by break-out sessions where you will have the opportunity for one-on-one questions and answers.

2:30 – 2:45 PM Afternoon Break

2:45 – 3:15 PM “Changes & Challenges in Distribution” Cindy Juhas
Hospital Associates
Hospital Associates is a regional medical supply distributor in Southern California specializing in equipment. Their premier niche service is a direct to site, turn key delivery process for new facilities of IDNs, hospitals and physician clinics. They also provide full service to the physician market.

3:15 – 5:30 PM “Break-out Sessions with Distributors”
We will break into two groups and then change after an hour session with each distributor:

5:30 PM Conference Adjourned

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