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Nashville Health Care Council Panel Discusses Current Health Care Landscape

Nashville Health Care Council Panel Discusses Current Health Care Landscape
by Nashville Health Care Council | Nov 12, 2014


– On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, more than 250 health care industry leaders attended “An Evolving Landscape: Health Care Post ACA,” a panel discussion on the current health care environment hosted by the 
Nashville Health Care Council.


Dr. Reed Tuckson, former executive vice president and chief of medical affairs at UnitedHealth Group, served as moderator for the panel that featured perspectives on provider and payer dynamics, along with trends in employer and consumer engagement.  Panelists included Charles N. (“Chip”) Kahn, III, president and CEO, Federation of American Hospitals; Jim Srite, senior vice president and chief actuary, BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee; Michael Taylor, senior vice president of health and benefits, Aon Hewitt Consulting; and Dr. Michael Weiner, director of health care strategic services, IBM.

“The discussion offered us an insider’s perspective on changes unfolding in our care delivery and payment systems and how patients as consumers are responding.” said Tuckson. “As a center for health care management and expertise, Nashville will influence these trends nationwide.”

Click here to view video excerpts from today’s speakers.
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Photo credit: (c) 2014, Donn Jones.

Held just days after the mid-term elections and before the 2015 open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace, the panel gave timely insights on a wide range of issues, including state and federal exchange activity, provider and payor relationships and employee engagement.

“We’re seeing new relationships developing between many clinicians and providers. There is a real effort to provide better access to care as well as to do a better job of taking care of patients across the care continuum,” said Kahn.

As one of Tennessee’s largest insurors, Srite commented on the benefit of increased engagement with enrollees. “With services like in-person assistance at our new consumer center in Nashville and our traveling mobile unit, BlueCross is finding new ways to engage and to better communicate with our enrollees on how they can be proactive in their health care.”

“There is a great deal of energy now in the private exchange space. These tools offer employers ways to customize offerings that fit their needs and work better for their employees,” said Taylor.

“Trends in data availability will have a tremendous influence on quality and cost of care. Employers now have access to more and better information about current and retired employees. This will guide care and ultimately improve business decision-making,” said Weiner.

“Our Council member executives have operations spanning the health care continuum in diverse locations across the country,” said Council President Caroline Young. “The perspectives shared today on a rapidly changing health care landscape are critical as they plan for innovation and business growth in the months and years to come.”

Today’s program was presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Supporting sponsors were Bass, Berry & SimsCressey & CompanyLifePoint Hospitals and SpecialtyCare. Stage furnishings were provided by Interior Design Systems.

About the Nashville Health Care Council

The Nashville Health Care Council, founded in 1995 as an affiliate of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, is an association of health care industry leaders working together to further establish Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital. Worldwide, Nashville’s health care industry generates more than 400,000 jobs and $70 billion in annual revenue. The industry is Nashville’s largest and fastest growing employer. For more information on the Council, please visit


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