4th International Health Summit

Topic

Health Care Purchasing for Improved Outcomes

Host

HealthReform.cz in cooperation with The Governance Institute

About summit

In cooperation with The Governance Institute, our American partner, Health Reform.cz organized the IV. International Health Summit on 6-8 April 2008 in Prague, Pyramida Hotel.

215 delegates representing 20 predominantly European Countries attended. The IV Summit focused on Health Care Purchasing. Having reflected the participation, the speakers and the quality of their presentations, as well as delegates' feedback, it has been the most successful Summit so far.

Once again, the objective of the Conference was to provide the delegates with the opportunity to meet distinguished international speakers and offer them topical and specific information on various countries with developed health care systems and facilitate exchange of best practice on international scale.

Traditionally, a seminar on the situation in selected CEE countries was part of the Conference. This time, it focused on accessibility of information regarding pricing and quality of healthcare services, update on regulations governing contracts between payers and providers, and the position of the patient.

The conference saw a number of experts in the field of drafting, negotiating and administration of contractual obligations representing stakeholders concerned, i.e. payers and providers. George Halvorson, Kaiser Permanente CEO, representing the biggest private nonprofit integrated managed-care system worldwide, was one of the most anticipated Conference Keynote Speakers, thus extending the ranks of distinguished speakers such as Sir Alan Langlands, former NHS CEO and Professor John R. Kimberly, Wharton Business School, USA, who spoke on IHS in the past.

The conference was traditionally chaired by Jim Rice, Governance Institute vice-president and a Cambridge, UK, International Health Leadership Program lecturer.

Program | Day 1

WORKSHOP

Health Care Purchasing in Central Europe Country - Country reports with focus on three main issues:
1. Quality/pricing transparency for payers and consumers
2. Contract/price regulations and restraints
3. Consumer power and patient advocacy

Country profiles in terms of Health consumer index
Johan Hjertqvist, Health Consumer Powerhouse, Sweden
Slovakia: Peter Pažitný, Health Policy Institute
Poland: Adam Kruszewski, Kiecana Clinical Research
Hungary: Zsombor Kovacsy, Health Insurance Supervisory Authority
Austria: Ingrid Wilbacher, Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions
Czech Republic: Pavel Hroboň, Ministry of Health

Panel discussion: What should be improved in my/your Country?
Peter Pažitný – Health Policy Institute, Slovakia
Stanislaw Borkowski – Allianz Life Poland, Poland
Zsombor Kovacsy – Health Insurance Supervisory Authority, Hungary
Ingrid Wilbacher – Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions, Austria
Pavel Hroboň – Ministry of Health, Czech Republic

CONFERENCE

Welcome Speech
Tomáš Julínek, Minister of Health of the Czech Republic

Conference opening key notes
James Rice, The Governance Institute, USA

Purchasing health care: the power of wise contracts among well informed parties
George Halvorson, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, USA

REASONS FOR PURCHASING AND GENERAL PURCHASING AND CONTRACTING CONCEPTS

The mixed picture of contracting in the NHS
Pamela Garside, Newhealth, UK

Direct health care services purchasing
R. Adams Dudley, University of California, USA

Regulatory issues for health care providers network contracting
Patricia Lynch, Kaiser Permanente, USA

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES WITH HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETING/PURCHASING

United Kingdom: Andrew Vallance-Owen, BUPA
Slovakia: Henrieta Maďarová, Health Policy Institute
Switzerland: Stefan Schuetz, Meconex
The Netherlands: Ronald Mooij, TNO

Experiences with health insurance marketing/purchasing: closing remarks
James Rice, The Governance Institute, USA

Program | Day 2

Opening remarks
James Rice, The Governance Institute, USA

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES WITH CONTRACTS BETWEEN PROVIDERS AND PAYERS

USA: Thomas Massaro, University of Virginia
Switzerland: Urs Meister, Avenir Suisse
The Netherlands: Mike Leers, CZ Healthcare Isurance Company
Spain: José Luis Pardo, Adeslas
South Africa: Martin De Villiers, Old Mutual Healthcare

4 PARALLEL WORKING GROUPS 
Payers: Martin De Villiers, Old Mutual Healthcare, South Africa
Providers: Charles Peck, Chief Medical Officer, LifeMasters, USA
Consumers: Jana Petrenko, Coalition for Health, Czech Republic
Regulators: Lucie Bryndová, Health Reform.cz, Czech Republic

CONSUMERS PURCHASING HEALTH CARE, CONSUMER CHOICE

Opening remarks
James Rice, The Governance Institute, USA

Consumerism and the convenient care industry
Charles Peck, LifeMasters, USA

Model of HSAs within the public health insurance system
Tomáš Macháček, Health Reform.cz, Czech Republic

The Europe of Health Consumers
Johan Hjertqvist, Health Consumer Powerhouse, Sweden

Program | Day 3

WORKING GROUPS REPORTS
James Rice, The Governance Institute, USA
Payers: Martin De Villiers, Old Mutual Healthcare, South Africa
Providers: Charles Peck, Chief Medical Officer, LifeMasters, USA
Consumers: Jana Petrenko, Coalition for Health, Czech Republic
Regulators: Lucie Bryndová, Health Reform.cz, Czech Republic

HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY TRENDS

Panel Discussion
Trends in Purchasing Health Insurance
Trends in Contracting Health Care Providers
Trends in Purchasing Health Care Services
Pavel Hroboň, Ministry of Health, Czech Republic

Closing remarks
James Rice, The Governance Institute, USA

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