2015 Recap

Chef Justin


FAIF kicked off this year’s Summit with a gala event honoring the Florida March of Dimes and recognizing their commitment to Florida’s healthy future.

Highlights included an exclusive Fresh From Florida menu created by Chef Justin Timineri, Florida’s Culinary Ambassador, and custom beer pairings designed by Anheuser-Busch Brewmaster and Beer Ambassador,  Dan Regenhardt.

OPENING ADDRESS – Health Care Transformation: All Aboard for a Long Journey

Craig Thomas (Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer – GuideWell) challenged audience members to acknowledge that although the US may have the world’s greatest health care system, its delivery structure is fragmented, complex and imbalanced. The objectives of all stakeholders – whether government, businesses, providers, insurers or consumers – should align so that all resources are devoted to creating healthier Florida communities through imagination and innovation with integrity and respect.

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Craig Thomas's 2015 Healthcare Summit Presentation

POLICY PANEL ON TELEHEALTH & TELEMEDICINE – Looking at the Future of Health Care Delivery Today

Senator Aaron Bean led this panel of distinguished experts in exploring how technology has revolutionized the ways we now communicate. They shared how Telehealth can be used as a powerful tool to increase access to high quality, cost effective health care services for anyone, from virtually anywhere. The presentation included a video demonstrating how simply and quickly patients today can access a health care provider when these tools are utilized.

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Telehealth & Telemedicine Panel StatDoctors Mobile Presentation

POLICY PANEL ON CONTROLLING COSTS – How Florida Can Curb Costs AND Get Better Outcomes

Representative Cary Pigman, MD steered this expert panel in diving into the myriad of indirect cost drivers that play a large role in the ever-increasing health care costs Floridians face.  Legal and regulatory hurdles to medication management, defensive medicine and arbitrary practice limitations are just a few of the topics this group shared with Summit attendees.

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Policy Panel on Controlling Costs

DEMANDS OF DEMOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY – Why Florida’s Unique Population Impacts Health Care Policy in the Sunshine State

Leaders of two distinct statewide communities – elder care and behavioral health – shared the significant ramifications on health care costs and policies that state leaders must consider when developing new means of increasing access, lowering costs and improving quality outcomes.

Policy Panel on Demands of Demographic Diversity

A FLORIDA AFFAIR - The Status & Future of Health Insurance in the Sunshine State

Rich Robleto (Florida’s Deputy Commissioner of Life & Health) provided Summit attendees with an overview of current law and regulations from both the federal and state levels that impact the products and benefits that insurance companies offer their customers.  Mr. Robleto also highlighted the demonstrable health improvements that Floridians experience when they have health coverage compared with those who remain uninsured.

The Status & Future of Health Insurance of Health Insurance in Florida

WELLNESS FOR THE WORKFORCE - Empowering Employees through Engagement and Accountability

Senator Denise Grimsley opened this discussion by asking if Florida employers are naturally suited to lead health policy discussions given the successful population health outcomes experienced in flourishing workforce wellness initiatives.  The presentations revealed that while there are many organizations focusing on single health issues, there is no single entity that oversees whole health. However, effective employer-sponsored wellness programs are ideal models for policymakers to emulate when looking for solutions to rising health care costs. Innovative wellness initiatives shared by the panelists included integrating employee assistance programs with wellness, incorporating wellness incentives into safety programs and incentivizing personal health ownership.

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Wellness in the Workforce Panel Bill Mulcahy & Cindy Sheriff


Representative Mia Jones moderated this session, diving into the opportunities and challenges that companies face operating in today’s on-demand world. The ability to provide instant and accurate access to health care and health information is available, but the challenges to patient security and safety also place a daunting responsibility on health care professionals and employers.

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Technology in Healthcare Panel

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Accelerating Medicaid Innovation

Eliot Fishman, PhD (Director, Children and Adults Health Programs Group, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) provided Summit attendees with an update from the federal perspective on the activities and outcomes experienced since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Keynote Address- Eliot Fishman


Florida’s Surgeon General John Armstrong, MD challenged Florida employers to continue their strategic engagement in public health awareness and action to improve the health and economic well being of our state, our businesses and our communities.

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INCENTIVIZING HEALTHCARE REFORMS - The New Realities of Health Coverage in Florida

Two of the nation’s foremost experts on public health policy, Jay Wolfson, PhD, JD of USF Health and Linda Wertz of Health Management Associates, shared state and federal experiences that demonstrate how federal health care reform is directly involving Florida businesses and families more than ever before. Their insights on the development of health exchanges and new coverage products in the private and public sectors should be acknowledged as future public policy is crafted so that more Floridians can obtain affordable coverage and access to quality health care.

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Incentivizing Healthcare Reforms Panel

A Bitter Pill to Swallow: Preserving Access and Managing Costs for Expensive Drugs and Biologicals

Almost every day, we learn of scientific breakthroughs that cure sickness, alleviate symptoms or improve our quality of life. In this session, Mike Hoak of Humana examined how such modern miracles are often attached to high price tags that may generate more obstacles for consumers trying to access the best health care for their needs.

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