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Health care roundtable event for businesses slated for May 7

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 10:54 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 5:22 p.m.

The Wichita Business Coalition will host the 36th annual health care roundtable from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 at the DoubleTree by Hilton near the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, 2098 S. Airport Road.

The theme for this year’s roundtable is “Riding the New Wave of Health Care.”

“There is so much change going on – and I guess you could argue there has always been change in health care – but there are things very new and different being looked at and tried throughout the country,” said Janet Hamous, executive director of the coalition.

“It’s somewhat like riding a wave in that there’s ups and downs, and it’s a pretty wild ride right now for many of our stakeholders, trying to sort out what makes sense and what we should be trying in this marketplace. How do we change things in a way that improves care for patients and potentially lowers cost and enables providers to do what they really want to do in terms of patient care?” she said.

Keynote speaker for the event is Brian Klepper, the new leader of the National Business Coalition on Health. Klepper is a health care analyst, commentator and entrepreneur.

In addition to other speakers, a panel of representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, Aetna and United Health Care will discuss payment and care models they are trying.

This is the first roundtable since the Sedgwick County Health Care Roundtable and the Wichita Business Coalition merged in December.

Cost for the event is $30 for coalition members and WorkWell Kansas participants.

For nonmembers, it is $100 per person. The cost includes snacks and lunch.

To register, contact Denise Phillips at 316-683-7558 or denisephillips@med-soc.org. For more information, visit www.wbchc.com.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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