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Health care roundtable May 8 at Hyatt hotel

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 7:09 a.m.

The Wichita Business Coalition on Health Care and the Sedgwick County Health Care Roundtable will host an annual conference from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 8 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

This is the 35th year of the roundtable, which was established to provide a forum for “employers, providers and health care insurance carriers to discuss at the local level changes affecting health care within our area, the premise being that having a dialogue among decision makers allows for problem solving,” said Jon Rosell, executive director of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County.

Janet Hamous, executive director of the coalition, said this is the second year that the coalition has partnered with the roundtable.

“The thrust of this year’s program is the Affordable Care Act and the next level,” Hamous said. “All of us are focused on the details around implementation but with this program, we’re wanting to take this to the next level when we look down the road a few years.”

“We’re hoping to learn a lot about different perspectives and how the whole game will be changing in future. In many cases, it’s really a crystal ball viewpoint because nobody really knows for sure.”

The keynote speaker is Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs magazine. She will speak about the reinvention and renewal of the country’s health care system.

“We’re really excited about having someone of her caliber with us,” Hamous said. “It’s valuable to hear that global perspective, to not only sees things differently from being in a different part of the country and involved with different players.”

Other speakers on the agenda include Stephene Moore, regional director of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Region 7; Steven Smith, an attorney at Hinkle Law Firm; Joaquin Santos, internal medicine physician at Via Christi Clinic; and Kendra Tinsley, Kansas Healthcare Collaborative director.

There will also be a health care provider panel discussion and a payer panel discussion.

Coalition members will elect new board members and officers at the conference.

To register, contact Denise Phillips at 316-683-7558 or email denisephillips@medsoc.org.

WBCHC members receive two complimentary registrations.

The cost for all other registrants is $100. It includes a light breakfast and lunch.

For more information, visit www.roundtablehealthcare.org.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com.

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