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Annual Healthcare Forum

23rd Annual Delaware Healthcare Forum

On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 350 attendees convened at the Delaware Tech Terry Campus for the 23rd Annual Delaware Healthcare Forum, presented by The Delaware Healthcae Association.  
DHA President and CEO Wayne Smith kicked off the morning to a packed audience with a State and Legislative Update, covering health care related bills that passed this year and commentary on what to expect for the 2020 legislative season. Of note, DHA is supporting HB 257, to create a health care provider loan repayment program to attract more primary care clinicians to Delaware.
DHA Vice President Megan Williams moderated an expert panel on Loneliness – A Powerful Social Determinant of Health. Megan and AARP Foundation’s E.A. Casey pointed out that loneliness has an impact on physical and mental health, evidenced by the fact that social isolation is associated with $6.7 billion in Medicare spending annually. Panelists Linda Brittingham, (ChristianaCare), Maggie Ratnayake, (Lori's Hands), and Susan Maddox (Saint Francis LIFE), outlined programs currently underway in Delaware to help address loneliness, particularly as it has been seen to contribute to higher utilization of the Emergency Department. 
Lolita Lopez, President & CEO, Westside Family Healthcare moderated the next panel on Creating the Health Care Workforce We Need. Panelists Lisa Maxwell, (ChristianaCare), Stephanie Green (Bayhealth), David I. Rappaport, (Nemours, A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children), and Omar Khan (Delaware Health Sciences Alliance) discussed new medical education programs and how to best attract and keep primary care providers to Delaware.
Nanticoke Health Services SVP Tom Brown moderated an insightful panel on Changing the Payer-Provider Perspective: Value Based Contracting in Delaware. Jennifer Schwartz, (ChristianaCare) shared her experience with negotiating a value-based arrangement with Medicaid Managed Care Organizations Highmark Health Options’ Todd Graham and AmeriHealth Caritas’ Emmilyn Lawson, where relationship-building and trust were critical components to achieving success. 
Finally, Sharon Kurfuerst, Chief Operating Officer for ChristianaCare led an ACHE panel discussion on Leading A Successful Multigenerational Organization. Sharon walked the audience through notable differences in the core values of the various generational groups (Generation Z, Millenialls, Generation X, Baby Boomers, etc.) represented in today’s workforce. Panelists, including Vinay Maheshwari (ChristianaCare), Lauren Brittingham (Bayhealth) and Tammy Brown (ChristianaCare), discussed how these differences can be effectively managed.
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