September 6th, Memphis Business Group on Health hosted over 100
healthcare professionals at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis for its 4th
Annual Conference. The conference also
convened a nationwide array of healthcare influencers under the overarching
theme, You Can Get There From Here: Navigating Your Way To Effective Health
Benefits in Changing Times.
Bryan Jordan, Chairman, President and CEO of
First Horizon National Corporation anchored the day’s events that featured John
Santa with Consumer Reports; Clayton Nicholas, Vice President of Change
Healthcare; and Debra Torres of CDC’s Division of Diabetes and Lisa Chapman-Smith.
It was a day of both education and
inspiration as the speakers enlightened the audience with facts and findings about
issues like overused or unnecessary tests at the doctor’s office and price
transparency tools that allow both companies and employees to save on their
healthcare investment without sacrificing quality of care. Debra Torres and
Lisa Chapman-Smith spoke to the group about working with employees to
preemptively strike diabetes before it has a chance to fully bloom. They shared
evidence from the Diabetes Prevention Program about the power of awareness and
adherence to meds and diet that have allowed many of their participants, who
are classified as pre-diabetic, to live well and avoid the worst case scenario.
The conference concluded with a panel comprised of leaders
from “the big three” in the city– David
Archer, CEO- Memphis Market, Saint Francis Healthcare; Jason Little, Executive
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Baptist Memorial Healthcare
Corporation; and Gary Shorb, CEO, Methodist Healthcare. They collectively
discussed the changing role of hospitals and health systems and the impact these
changes will have on health benefits, bringing the healthcare debate right to
our own backyard.
year’s conference was perhaps the most informative and timely to date. There is
a war raging in our nation around healthcare. There are so many uncertainties.
This was the perfect forum to get some of the burning questions answered and to
get people engaged in a meaningful, constructive discourse,” says Cristie
continues, “I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the speakers who joined
us to make this year’s conference such a success. And of course, we are always thankful for the
attendees. There is no conference without an audience!”
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