AIF’s health care summit to rock the thought leader world

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What’s the best way to spend one of the last remaining non-committee weeks prior to the 2014 Legislative Session? Discussing some of the state’s most pressing issues at the 2014 Florida Health Care Affordability Summit, brought to us by the Associated Industries of Florida Foundation and featuring the who’s who in state leadership. 

As I live blog from the Summit from Jan. 29-31, expect few health care topics to remain uncovered. 

The Summit begins on Wednesday, Jan. 29, with a golf tournament and a casual evening welcome reception featuring Dr. Arthur Agatston, author of “The South Beach Diet.” 

The real work begins on Thursday morning, bright and early. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m., followed by an 8:00 a.m. breakfast featuring keynote speaker Paul Keckley, PhD, health care entrepreneur and analyst. 

The first panel opens at 9:45 a.m., with an exploration of telehealth, moderated by Rep. Jason Brodeur, chair of the House Health Innovation Subcommittee. At 10:45 a.m., Sen. Denise Grimsley moderates a medical innovation panel with panelists representing the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute, Baptist Health South Florida, and the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute. A noon lunch features Verizon Healthcare’s Nancy Green.

At 1:30 p.m., Rep. Matt Hudson moderates a panel on employer innovations and the challenges of keeping a workforce healthy; and at 2:45 p.m., Rep. Jose Oliva moderates a discussion on meeting the workforce demands of providing health care to all Floridians. Rep. Cary Pigman will be among these panelists, along with panelists from Walgreen Family of Companies, the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 

Then, at 4:00 p.m. Sen. Aaron Bean takes over, moderating a panel on insurance products and the PPACA., and at 5:30 p.m. Commissioner Adam Putnam will keynote a closing reception. 

Beginning at 7:00 a.m. with group yoga led by Ali Campbell and Alyssa Maki, followed by an 8:00 a.m. breakfast featuring Surgeon General John Armstrong, Friday’s agenda is slated to be equally compelling. 

At 9:30 a.m., Sen. Joe Negron will moderate a discussion on the high cost of poor health, featuring experts in public health and medical coverage. 

The Summit closes with a keynote address with David Chenoweth, PhD, at 10:30 a.m. 

For more info and to register to attend, visit

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