5 Things Florida: Capitol insiders, Value-based care, Innovations in telehealth

We are excited to host a few hundred of our closest friends in Florida health care in two weeks at our 2021 Florida State of Reform Health Policy Conference on May 20th! And, because the topics are some of the most pressing issues in Florida health care today, we thought it made sense to feature some of those sessions in this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching.

We’d be honored to have you with us in two weeks!





With help from Emily Boerger

1. Capitol insiders review the 2021 session

One of the best sessions every year at State of Reform is our panel with some of the most respected advocates and government relations professionals in the business. At the 2021 Florida State of Reform Health Policy Conference on May 20, these capitol insiders will discuss state health policy, look back on the 2021 session, and talk through how they see the interim work playing out over the course of 2021.

Barney Bishop III, President and CEO of Barney Bishop Consulting, David Poole, Director of Legislative Affairs at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and Toby Philpot, Chief Lobbyist for the Florida Health Care Association, will join us together in one setting. Bring your questions, as well as your own insights, to a session that is particularly interactive and forward thinking.


2. Integration of the social determinants

Social determinants are important to one’s health status, but it’s not entirely clear how to utilize that knowledge in a way that is sustainable to health care organizations and individuals. Moreover, integrating social determinants into a broader system of care takes both system transformation and individual provider effort.

Our “Integration of the social determinants into a system of care” session will bring together Kevin Clark, Business Development Manager at 3M, Jeff Patmont, Business Development at Pathway Home Solutions, and Don Axelrad, PhD, Associate Professor at Florida A&M University. This session of experts will talk through the new efforts to address SDOH and what is being learned through that work.


3. Catalyzing the move to value-based care

The move to value-based care has been more than a decade in the making. Yet Florida’s health care system shows wide variation in health care performance based on quality and outcomes. Our “Catalyzing the move to value-based care” panel will explore what has been working in Florida for value-based care and where there are still obstacles to moving this vision forward.

Joining this panel will be Elizabeth Miller, President & CEO of WellCare Florida, and Mary Mayhew, CEO of the Florida Hospital Association. They’ll be joined by Nicole Bradberry, CEO of the Florida Association of ACOs, and Ray Parzik, Senior Director of Value-Based Contracts at Florida Blue.


4. Innovations in telehealth

The utilization of telehealth tools during the COVID-19 pandemic has been catalyzed in a way no other effort has been able to since the advent of the model more than 20 years ago. So, what do we make of telehealth, our experience with it in this crisis, and how things will work after COVID recedes?

Offering their expertise on our “Innovations in telehealth from the pandemic” panel will be Holly Prince, President at Simply Healthcare, Andrew Behrman, President & CEO of the Florida Association of Community Health Centers, and Jeff Gelblum, MD, Board Member at First Choice Neurology.


5. Addressing the stark variation in health equity

From vaccine distribution to access to health care services, there continues to be variation in health outcomes based on race, gender, and economic status. So, what are the moral implications of this difficult reality? At the 2021 Florida State of Reform Health Policy Conference, this group of experts will discuss how our system can do better by our neighbors and community members

We’ll hear from Rep. Nicholas Duran, Member of the Health & Human Services Committee, Abner Mason, CEO of ConsejoSano, Alison Yager, Executive Director of the Florida Health Justice Project, and Janisse Schoepp, PhD, Vice President of Operations and Strategy at the Health Foundation of South Florida. It’s a unique set of perspectives on a topic that we probably need to be spending more time on together.