• Regardless of Election Outcome, Big Changes In the Healthcare Landscape Anticipated


  • Upcoming Healthcare Summit on 9/27 Will Guide You Through the Thicket

  • What most people in the nation can agree on is that the Affordable Care Act, most of which was upheld by a recent Supreme Court ruling, will bring change. What they cannot agree on is the impact of that change – the cost in terms of 

    ...access to quality care, expansion of Medicaid in New York, and survival of healthcare provider organizations. Also what the insurance exchanges will mean to employers and employees; regulating health insurance company behavior; and transitioning from current to future models of healthcare delivery.

    These are big issues and big issues demand big solutions. Likewise, big solutions demand big thinkers and doers.

    Some of the biggest thinkers on the regional and national scene will address the challenges we face at the Second Annual Healthcare Summit, Beyond Policy: The Realities of Healthcare Reform, organized by the Westchester County Association (WCA), on Thursday, September 27, 2012, from 7:30 am to 2 pm, at the Westchester Marriott, Tarrytown.

    For the second year in a row, the WCA has assembled an unparalleled group of experts to address the impact of the ACA’s sprawling changes. Keynote addresses will be given by Rima Cohen, counselor to the secretary for health policy, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and Herbert Pardes, MD, executive vice chairman of the board of trustees of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

    The half-day summit also will feature two powerhouse panel discussions:

    “Managing the Transition: Positioning for the Future,” moderated by Michael Irwin, managing director, Health Care Investment Banking, Citigroup. Panelists are: Joanne Cunningham, president, Homecare Association of New York State; Kevin Dahill, president & CEO, the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council & Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association; Scott Hayworth, MD, president & CEO, Mount Kisco Medical Group; and John Caby, Vice President, Provider Engagement & Contracting – New York Empire BlueCross BlueShield; and

    “How Employers Can Reduce Healthcare Costs: From Wellness Programs to Exchanges,” moderated by Rick Wald, director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, national practice leader for Deloitte Consulting’s employer health reform strategy practice. Panelists are: Harold N. Iselin, Albany managing shareholder and co-chair, global insurance regulatory & transactions practice, Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Paul O. Marden,vice president, sales and account management, UnitedHealthcare of New York; Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP, vice president of integrated health services, IBM; and Joel Seligman, president & CEO, Northern Westchester Hospital.

    “One thing is clear: We must take a leadership role in shaping change now or be a victim of it later on,” said Amy Allen, managing director, Advocacy and International Business, WCA. “But, at this point, we have more questions than answers. By bringing together key stakeholders at the Summit, we can provide a road map to help identify the changes needed to provide lower cost, quality healthcare for everyone, and especially for businesses.”

    Healthcare is by far Westchester’s largest employer, generating approximately $10 billion to the local economy. As both small and mid-size businesses outside the troubled healthcare industry rely upon it for their livelihoods, the Summit will provide a unique opportunity for those business owners as well as healthcare providers, consumers, insurance professionals, and hospital executives, to evaluate and analyze the issues at hand.

    Title Sponsors for “Beyond Policy: The Realities of Healthcare Reform” are: Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP; ENT & Allergy Associates, LLP; Optimum Lightpath, a Cablevision Company; and Westchester Medical Center.

    The Summit will be especially fruitful for healthcare providers, business owners, hospital administrators and trustees, municipal and elected officials, employers, and anyone who is interested in learning more about the implications of healthcare reform.

    Tickets are $250 for WCA members; $300 for future members. Advance reservations online are required for this event. Payment by credit card and check are accepted. Visit www.wcahealthcare.com or contact Julia Emrick at 914-948-6444.

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