2019 Business of Healthcare Conference

November 08, 2019
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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Kenan Center
300 Kenan Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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Co-hosted by the Center for the Business of Health, the Kenan-Flagler Healthcare Club, and the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, the 2019 UNC Business of Healthcare Conference brings together innovators, educators, industry leaders, and top policy experts to consider how we can improve the care experience, increase access, reduce costs and improve overall healthcare delivery. The goal is for each participant to leave with a greater understanding of how interdisciplinary leaders and students across healthcare can work to solve some of our most complex and pressing issues.

The Triangle Healthcare Executives’ Forum of NC (THEF) has partnered to offer Qualified Credits to ACHE members in attendance at this event.  As an independent chartered chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, THEF is authorized to award 8 hours of ACHE Qualified credit toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Professionals: $40

Students use code student123 at check out for free admission.


AGENDA

8:00 AM  -  8:45 AM
Welcome & Kick Off
Koury Auditorium
8:45 AM  -  9:45 AM
Keynote Panel: Healthcare Policy & 2020
Koury Auditorium
The future of U.S. healthcare reform is filled with uncertainty. Healthcare has already become one of the most prominent issues of the 2020 presidential election, and Medicaid expansion hangs in the balance here in North Carolina. Our panelists will help us better understand the current health policy landscape, the roots of the nation’s health care issues, and the trade-offs posed by various proposals for change.
Keynote Speaker:
Moderator:
9:45 AM  -  9:55 AM
Break
Koury Auditorium
9:55 AM  -  10:55 AM
Panel 1: How AI is Changing Care Delivery
Kenan Center 204
The uses of artificial intelligence are pushing the boundaries in healthcare. These innovations hold immense potential to advance the quality of patient care, reduce costs, and improve outcomes. AI alone is predicted to save the U.S. healthcare system $150 billion annually. Our panelists will discuss how organizations can best navigate the medical, operational, economic and ethical impacts of these tools to ensure benefits for patients, providers, and healthcare organizations.
Panelist:
9:55 AM  -  10:55 AM
Panel 2: Evaluating Precision Health
Kenan Center Dining Room
Clinical advances have created new opportunities for a more personalized approach to health care – one that uses genetic, lifestyle, and environmental data to develop individualized ways to treat and prevent illness. The field of "precision health" has rapidly accelerated as we continue to better understand how people’s genetic makeup and other factors impact their wellbeing. But advancement brings new challenges. How do you measure value of particular treatments? How can precision health be more integrated into one’s everyday health- or sick-care? How should payers determine reimbursement? These topics and more are gaining attention from stakeholders across the healthcare landscape.
Moderator:
10:55 AM  -  11:05 AM
Break  (02)
Koury Auditorium
11:05 AM  -  12:10 PM
Panel 3: Impact of Technology in Healthcare Consulting
Kenan Center 204
Technological innovations provide new challenges and opportunities for hospitals, governments, healthcare organizations, and consulting firms. The rise in electronic health record adoption and new healthcare technologies have created vast amounts of data and has ushered in an information technology revolution. However, many healthcare organizations are unprepared to handle these changes as they continue to operate on legacy systems and deploy aging technologies. Our panelists will discuss how consulting firms are adapting, and helping their clients maintain and improve operations in this rapidly changing environment.
Moderator:
11:05 AM  -  12:10 PM
Panel 4: The Ethics of Access
Kenan Center Dining Room
Many healthcare stakeholders share common goals: to ensure access to care and treatments for those who need them; to foster innovations that improve health and wellbeing; to help patients better navigate the complexity of the healthcare system; and to lower healthcare costs. But healthcare leaders know that these laudable goals are often very difficult to achieve, in part because of the need to balance the business and ethical implications of major decisions. Join our panelist to explore the ways in which decisions are made, and how policies and practices are evolving to improve access to health.
Panelist:
12:10 PM  -  12:30 PM
Networking Break
Koury Auditorium
12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM
Lunch & Keynote
Koury Auditorium
Keynote Speaker:
1:30 PM  -  1:40 PM
Afternoon Break
Koury Auditorium
1:40 PM  -  2:40 PM
Panel 5: Managing Innovations and Costs in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Koury Auditorium
One of the most complex issues facing the healthcare industry is the rising cost of care. Pricing and contracting professionals are tasked with developing strategic pricing models for both new and existing drug therapies in an evolving healthcare market. Our panel brings together experts in the field to help untangle some of those complexities and discuss how the varied stakeholders, including manufacturers, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), wholesalers, and payers, can work together to solve one of healthcare's most pressing issues.
Moderator:
Panelist:
2:40 PM  -  2:50 PM
Afternoon Break
Koury Auditorium
2:50 PM  -  3:50 PM
Case Competition Finals
Koury Auditorium
3:50 PM  -  4:00 PM
Afternoon Break
Koury Auditorium
4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
Closing Keynote Panel: Hospitals – is the Definition Changing Yet Again?
Koury Auditorium
The focal point of the American Healthcare System is the hospital, primarily because hospitals have historically facilitated the individual engagement between the patient and the caregiver. For this reason, hospitals represent the community’s commitment to health and well-being. However, hospitals are under significant pressures to proactively adapt to evolving community needs accelerated by new competitors, and rapidly emerging relationship management technology—all of which threatens the historical role of hospitals. National healthcare trends have included hospital and medical practice consolidation, improved technologies and advancements in relationship management and treatment, innovative platforms and models of care, and varying changes to payment methods. Our panel brings together healthcare executives to ask the primary question: How will hospitals redefine themselves to in the rapidly-changing healthcare ecosystem?
Keynote Speaker:
5:00 PM  -  6:30 PM
Networking Happy Hour
Koury Auditorium