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MURRAY HARBER — The business of health care

Murray Harber

Murray Harber

In a few weeks from now, leaders from Mississippi and across the country will come together to learn more about “The Business of Health Care.” What is the business of health care anyway? Well, it depends upon your perspective in the system. Are you the payer who is writing the check for coverage and looking for value? Are you the consumer who spends his money to optimize health and well-being? Are you the health plan who is looking to manage your payment for services provided? Are you the provider giving the care looking to have the patient listen to you and follow your treatment?

On Oct. 13 the Mississippi College School of Business and the Mississippi Business Group on Health will host its sixth annual health care summit bringing together state leaders and national experts to discuss the business of health care from planning, management, and cost perspectives.

Outstanding speakers 

This year’s event has an outstanding set of speakers to share their thoughts on the business of health care. National speakers will discuss topics of interest, including efforts and solutions for obesity, population health, use of data, and cost of health care. Business leaders within the state will discuss the status of hospitals, legislation, and employer health initiatives. Planning is occurring on all sides as employers, provider systems, and plans are developing new ways to improve care and outcomes.

Chris Goff will share information on using data to design successful health and wellness programs while Dr. Scott Conard will share his view on population health management from a clinical and provider-led initiatives perspective. Dr. Annette Lowe will discuss employer concerns and solutions to evidence-based obesity prevention and management, while Kent Adkinson will share care and payment systems to align employers and consumers for optimal engagement. Tim Moore will discuss hospitals in Mississippi and models of change that can optimize resources and repurpose community assets for positive culture change.

Best planning

A panel of Mississippi’s leading employers will share their views and strategies to managing population health by applying best practice interventions for optimal outcomes in both policy and environmental change activities which result in culture change. Those scheduled to speak in include:

Billy Sims, VP of Human Resources, Southern Farm Bureau Life

Ed Hagar, Manager of Compensation and Benefits, Ingalls shipbuilding

Lori Larsen, Director, Benefits at Levi Strauss and Co.

The US government also plays its hand in establishing legislation to manage risk and resources which affects all business and citizens. Congressman Gregg Harper will discuss federal legislation related to health and health care and other initiatives in Washington, DC.

Multiple perspectives

A growth of initiatives is occurring from multiple stakeholder perspectives as to protect their investments in offering health benefits, providing health care, and paying for health care. Cost is a relative term based on the window from which you are looking through. We are seeing an alignment of stakeholder groups to create a more efficient use of resources through many value-propositions and payment scenarios.

“As a large health system and employer, we are looking for ways to collaborate with other employers to package value-based services to maximize health outcomes and optimize cost. Attending the summit allows us an opportunity to not only learn, but network with employers to discuss solutions for the entire health system in Mississippi.”

Evan Dillard, CEO of Forrest Health in Hattiesburg, MS

We are in a time of change with respect to employer-sponsored health and health care initiatives. Pulling together the leaders from business, health care, and health plans to share ideas and learn from nationals experts is helping Mississippi become a healthier state and a state where other employers want to bring business and jobs.

“The Health Summit provides businesses in Mississippi an opportunity to hear and learn about the business of health care from top experts. These individuals bring insights, best practices, and cutting edge developments to our audience, in an attempt to help participating executives and directors manage their health programs more efficiently and enhance the value of their organizations. The School of Business at Mississippi College is proud to be part of the Health Summit and partner with the Mississippi Business Group on Health as part of fulfilling our mission of assisting and supporting the business community.”

Marcelo Eduardo, Ph.D., Dean and Anderson Distinguished Professor of Finance School of Business

To find out more information and register please visit business.mc.edu/health-care-summit.

» Murray L. Harber is the executive director at the Mississippi Business Group on Health.

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