Event to examine Affordable Care Act

LONGMONT – An inside look at health-care reform issues will be the focus of “Pulse: What’s Next with Health-Care Reform,” an event slated for Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The keynote addresses will be given by Michael Slubowski, president and chief executive of SCL Health System in Broomfield, and Jandel Allen-Davis, vice president for government and external relations at Kaiser Permanente Colorado in Denver.

The half-day conference presented by the Boulder County Business Report will be from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Plaza Convention Center, 1850 Industrial Circle, Longmont.

Slubowski will speak on the revolutionary mindset and the redesign of health care.

“Being ready for reform in the long term will require us to adopt a revolutionary mindset,” Slubowski said in an email. “We must be scrappy, open to invention and leverage resourceful, out-of-the-box thinkers just to remain in the health-care game.”

Allen-Davis is expected to talk in part about Kaiser Permanente’s role in the health-care industry as both an insurer and a provider.

“My vision is for Kaiser Permanente to be our community’s most valuable partner in health,” Allen-Davis said in a press statement. “We want to support dialogue and collaboration to help our patients, our people and Colorado thrive.”

A variety of panels will follow with experts who tackle the major changes in the health-care industry and how they affect individuals, businesses, health-care providers, insurers, brokerages and others in the medical field.

Panel discussions include:

Market Response to Health-Care Reform. Panel discusses how local providers are responding to the Affordable Care Act through mergers, acquisitions, expansions and new construction. Speakers will include Mitch Carson, chief executive of Longmont United Hospital in Longmont; Dave Hamm, chief executive of Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette; and Nancy Wollen, senior vice president, operations, Kaiser Permanente Colorado in Denver.

Will There Be Rate Shock? What Businesses Needs to Know Panelists provide information for business owners and managers, including how the Affordable Care Act affects companies and what it means for business-plan health-insurance premiums, among other things. Speakers will include: Lindy Hinman, chief operating officer, Connect for Health Colorado; Kendra Johnson, benefits consultant, Flood and Peterson; Mike Rankin, director of business development and broker relations for Kaiser Permanente; and Clair Volk, president, Volk & Bell Benefits LLC.

The Affordable Care Act: Impact on Insurers, Providers, People. The act represents a complex piece of legislation that will take years to implement. Panelists Sharon Caulfied, an attorney with Caplan and Earnest LLC; Julia Hutchins, CEO of Colorado HealthOp; and Susan Levy, executive director of Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center; will provide highlights of the act, including upcoming milestones and legal requirements.

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Sponsors include Kaiser Permanente, H+L Architecture, the Better Business Bureau and the Best Western Plus Plaza Hotel. For sponsorship information, contact Kevin Loewen at 303-630-1945.

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