Key health care industry leaders, innovators and lawmakers gathered at
the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday, January 29,
2014, through Friday, January 31, 2014, to engage in a series of panel
discussions at the 2014 Florida Health Care Affordability Summit. The
Summit, hosted by the Foundation of Associated Industries of Florida
(FAIF), has once again brought together some of the most instrumental
decision makers and forward-thinking business and industry leaders to
discuss challenges and opportunities to guide the future of Florida's
health care system.
From technologies that will deliver quality care and patient monitoring
to a patient's home, to workplace incentives that can promote healthier
lifestyles and a healthier workforce, physicians, business leaders,
industry pioneers and lawmakers discussed the many tools within our
health care delivery system that can be used to make health care
accessible and affordable for Floridians.
"Once again, we were able to witness and take part in an objective,
highly-engaging and, most importantly, uninhibited discussion among
thought leaders from across the health care industry spectrum," said AIF
President and CEO Tom Feeney. "We experienced a wonderful exchange of
ideas on how we can all work toward practical, tangible solutions that
will lower the barriers of accessibility to good, quality health care
Welcoming attendees at the opening reception on Wednesday, January 29,
2014, was Dr. Arthur Agatston, author of the bestselling "The South
Beach Diet" series, who signed his new "Gluten Solutions" edition for
attendees and expanded on the importance of improving health care
To begin the set of panel discussions on Thursday, January 30, 2014, the
Summit welcomed opening keynote speaker and Health Policy Analyst Paul
Keckley, Ph.D., who provided a comprehensive and insightful look into
the current state of our national health care landscape and what
possible solutions Florida lawmakers and providers can implement to
lower costs and insure more and more Floridians.
Thursday's panelists engaged in discussions to address 'the tools of
technology for health care access,' moderated by Representative Jason
Brodeur, 'medical innovation,' moderated by Senator Anitere Flores,
'employer innovations,' moderated by Representative Matt Hudson, 'health
care workforce innovations,' moderated by Representative Jose Oliva, and
expectations for 'health care coverage,' moderated by Senator Aaron
Bean. Attendees also heard from Nancy M. Green, managing principal for
Verizon Healthcare, on trends, implementation and hallenges for use of
new medical technologies.
"I think it's a very exciting time in health care in Florida and I
appreciate everyone being here," said Representative Brodeur. "When it
comes to health care, we've never really given the active consumer - the
healthy seeker - the chance to really go and see what the best way to
have health care provided is because we've almost artificially stunted
that pursuit. Now, there's technology available that allows us to let
those folks become the thought leaders within their peer groups - to
show what's possible. Technology exists to do a whole lot of things much
more efficiently and with a lot more care than we currently have it
"It was an honor to be among this distinguished group of industry
experts and be a part of the Health Care Coverage panel," said Senator
Bean. "The ability of FAIF to bring together such a vast industry
covering many different health care fields into one room to discuss the
important issues facing the future of health care in our state, speaks
volumes. This platform provided by FAIF has given us the opportunity to
help drive thoughtful conversations in an effort to improve the lives of
Floridians, and I am excited to have been a part of it."
Concluding Thursday's events was a reception featuring keynote speaker
Adam Putnam, Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer
Services, who spoke on the importance of utilizing fresh Florida produce
to mobilize schools to invest in the nutrition and wellbeing of our
"Focusing on meeting our children's nutritional needs at the right ages
and setting better habits and routines is a direct investment in their
academic and personal success," said Commissioner Putnam. "We have an
opportunity to meet a need using what we grow right here in the State of
Florida. And, in a world where so many of its problems seem intractable,
this one is not. We can solve the hunger and malnourishment problem in
Florida and the United States by using some of the tools we have right
here at home."
Summit attendees got an early start on Friday, January 31, 2014,
participating in a fitness boot camp or yoga session, or a 4-mile
'Speaker's Race.' Following the 'Be Active: Florida' fitness activities,
attendees heard from keynote speaker Dr. John H. Armstrong, Florida's
Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, who spoke on the importance of
maintaining a 'healthier weight' and changing our environments both in
the workplace and at home to promote and wellness.
Friday's panelists then engaged in a discussion to address 'the high
cost of poor health' in Florida, moderated by Senator Joe Negron.
"Providing health care isn't just about writing checks and having
doctors see patients," said Senator Negron while attending the Summit.
"We spend a lot of money on health care, and we want to make sure we get
it right and make sure that the outcomes are the best that they can be.
To me, the bottom line from this panel was: we need to do a better job
of making sure that every woman who is pregnant receives prenatal care
in a timely manner; secondly, that financial incentives and other
incentives that are employer based work in modifying behavior; and
finally, that as we bring more Medicaid eligible citizens into our
insurance plans, we are working hard to make sure they are integrated
and treated the same as everybody else."
Closing the Summit was keynote speaker David Chenoweth, Ph.D., president
of Chenoweth & Associates, Inc., who focused on preventative measures
for our children and the importance of mitigating risk factors that
compromise health, such as child obesity and diabetes.
"We look forward to turning this wealth of information into real-life
solutions that will work toward making Florida's health care more
accessible and affordable for all Floridians," said Feeney.
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Sponsors of the 2014 Health Care Affordability Summit include Aetna,
AARP, AT&T, AvMed, Be Active Florida, CareSync, Florida Association of
Nurse Anesthetists, Hospital Corporation of America, Sunshine Health,
Tenet, Verizon and Wal-Mart. In addition to corporate sponsors, the 2014
Florida Health Care Affordability Summit is also made possible in part
by an educational grant from The Florida Blue Foundation, a foundation
dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Floridians and their
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