Women In Government was pleased to host the Fifth Annual Healthcare Summit, held November 13-15, 2014, in Washington, DC. This comprehensive three-day event covered a wide range of issues including women’s health, diabetes, childhood obesity, healthcare reform, chronic disease prevention and management, health IT, and recent innovations in healthcare. The panels included nationally known expert speakers discussing the issues with an emphasis on what state policymakers can do to improve the lives of their constituents. We had a total of 48 state legislators from across the country attend.
Fifth Annual Healthcare Summit
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
Thursday, November 13, 2014 through Saturday, November 15, 2014
Access the meeting materials below:
Dealing with Substance Abuse & State Policy
Senator Jen Flanagan from the Massachusetts State Legislature spoke about how she is working with Women In Government to make substance abuse and mental health priorities moving forward in 2015. She also provided background on her experience passing the Massachusetts prescription drug monitoring program and related state policy issues. To learn more, view her presentation here.
Strategies To Overcome & Prevent Obesity
This session provided a big picture scope of education and awareness, and provided tangible policy take-aways regarding comprehensive coverage of obesity. Scott Kahan, MD, MPH and Director of Strategies To Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance gave a great and interactive presentation revealing how very few states provide obesity-related services in essential preventative healthcare programs today. To learn more click here.
Readmission & Quality of Care: COPD
In honor of COPD Awareness for the month of November, Women In Government hosted another valuable session on the importance of quality care and how to combat readmission rates for COPD patients. Edna Shattuck, RN, RNA, RRT and patient advocate gave a great personal presentation about her struggles with the disease. To learn more, view her presentation here.
Over the Counter Innovation
Mark Gelbert, PhD, JD, the Senior Vice President, Global R&D at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and Emily Skor, the Vice President of Communications and Executive Director for the CHPA Educational Foundation provided legislators with information on how medications go through the process of switching from prescription to non-prescription in order to improve access for consumers. For a more comprehensive review of the value OTC medicines provide to the US healthcare system, visit here.
Pharmacy Innovation & Health Wellness
In this session Mary Langowski, MPA, JD and Executive Vice President for Strategy, Policy & Market Development with CVS Health provided background on how pharmacies continue to play an increasingly prominent role in the evolving healthcare system. She specifically discussed the positive ways pharmacies can reduce healthcare costs by making concerted efforts to end tobacco sales.
Multiple Sclerosis Luncheon
Montel Williams, Health Advocate, Media Personality, & Entrepreneur led a riveting talk about Multiple Sclerosis and the importance of empowering patients to make the best decisions concerning their treatment.
Hepatitis C, Veterans, & Baby Boomers
This session featured Ryan Clary, Executive Director of National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable and Dr. Tom Berger, Executive Director of Vietnam Vets of America Health Council. Our speakers focused on raising awareness about at-risk populations, such as veterans and baby boomers and encouraged legislation that draws attention to this important issue. To learn more click here.
Oncology Patient Access
In this interesting presentation, Tyler Marciniak, of Astellas, talked about the advancements in oral chemotherapy prescription drugs and the legislative successes surrounding the accessibility of this new treatment option.
Addressing & Treating Binge Eating
This session provided valuable information about Binge Eating Disorder (BED) as both a physical and psychological disorder. Chevese Turner, Founder, Binge Eating Disorder Association and Dr. Suzanne Dooley-Hash, University of Michigan talked about how BED impacts people of all ages. To learn more click here.
Shingles & Adult Vaccines
According to the CDC, approximately one-third of the US population will get shingles. This session led by Dr. Carolyn Bridges, the Associate Director for Adult Immunizations for CAPT, focused on the importance of adult vaccines and discussed the widening disparity between different racial groups in the United States being vaccinated.
Affordable Care Act in the States
Tracy Baroni Allmon, RPh, JD, the Executive Director of Health Policy at Novartis Oncology spoke about the Affordable Care Act, implementation opportunities for states, and provided an overview of key policy issues.
Healthcare Quality & Putting Patients First
This session focused on the National Health Council (NHC), state Marketplace Exchanges, the new NHC web-based tool, PuttingPatientsFirst, and how to improve healthcare in the states. Marc Boutin, the Executive Vice President of the National Health Council provided his expertise on the complex issue of ever changing healthcare state policy. Visit the PuttingPatientsFirst website here.
Access to Care: Mental Health
This session featured leaders from both the National Council for Behavioral Health and the National Alliance on Mental Illness to focus on common utilization management practices that prevent patients from accessing needed medications, including antidepressants and antipsychotics. Key factors inhibiting access to medications include a limited number of healthcare providers, and empowering physicians to be the final deciders of treatment options. To learn more click here. To see details about the Mental Health Act Medicaid pilot program click here. To read about the policy toolkit click here. To read about access to behavioral; healthcare click here.
This panel session provided a patient’s perspective on pulmonary hypertension, provided an overview of the challenges clinicians face in terms of delivery, and gave a brief overview of the key legislative issues at play.
Prevention & Treatment: Diabetes
Diabetes can be a very isolating disease, prompting groups like the Diabetes Hands Foundation to form in order to understand, connect, and energize the millions of people living with this condition through their programs. In this session Melissa Lee, Chair-Elect, Board of Directors to the Diabetes Hands Foundation told us about her personal struggles with diabetes and the challenges states face in funding this epidemic. To learn more click here.
This session led by Dr. Carlos Sattler, Vice President of US Clinical Development & Medical Affairs at Sandoz Inc., provided legislators with an overview of the many nuances among biologics, biosimilars, and other new medical innovations. To learn more click here and here.
Specialty: Understanding Specialty, Market Trends & Hot Topics
This session provided legislators with information on defining specialty pharmacy and the related policy implications. Barbara Putignano, RPh, the Vice President of Cystic Fibrosis Services, Inc., A Walgreens Alliance Pharmacy, emphasized the importance of swift insurance approval processes for needed medication for patients. To learn more click here.
Breakfast Bill Share
At breakfast Saturday morning Women In Government hosted a forum for state legislators to share bills they have worked on or are currently working on. Below is a list of some of their great work.
- HB 355: Alaska Rep. Geran Tarr: mental health first aid training http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill.asp?session=28&bill=HB355
- HRC 25: Missouri Rep. Donna Lichtenegger: Oral Health Awareness Month http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills141/billpdf/commit/HCR0025C.PDF
- HB 11: Utah substance abuse, no arrest bill http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/hbillenr/hb0011.pdf
- HB 2438: Kansas Rep. Stephanie Clayton: WIG inspired bill for transparency act mandating recordings http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/documents/hb2438_00_0000.pdf
- HB 7013: Florida Rep. Janet Cruz: Online voting taking baby steps toward that by giving military and abroad to online vote http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2013/7013/BillText/er/PDF
- HB71: Utah Rep. Marie Poulson: cyber civil rights. View her bill here, learn more about the legislation and the End Revenge Porn campaign through The Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, Inc.
- HB13: Utah Rep. Patrice Arent: banning smoking in cars with children http://le.utah.gov/~2013/bills/static/HB0013.html
- Minnesota Rep. Kahn: E - cigarette legislation
Healthcare & Young Adults
This session featured the Young Invincibles. This organization was founded in the summer of 2009, motivated by the recognition that young people’s voices were not being heard in the debate over healthcare reform. They have since grown and continue to offer young people practical information helpful for making their health decisions. To learn more click here.
Dr. Kristen Welker-Hood of Leadership for Healthy Communities led this session which focused on strategies for creating healthier schools and communities nationwide. This session gave practical tips on how to move forward on childhood obesity policy, such as ensuring your community has public park land set aside where children can be active. To learn more click here.
Emergency Preparedness: Ebola
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest Ebola outbreak in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa, and receiving high profile coverage in the US. This session, led by Karyn Kendall of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, (CDC) provided guidance from the CDC for legislators as they manage the influx of emergency responders from infected regions arriving in their states. To learn more click here.
Included as part of the legislator scholarship for the Healthcare Summit is Women In Government's "First Annual - Taste of the States" reception featuring our 2015 conference host states, which will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.
For Legislator or Registration information, please contact:
Johnathan Lozier, Sr. Legislative Outreach Associate
202.333.0825 ext. 214
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Sumeira Kashim, Associate Director of Development
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Brenna Kehew, Associate Director of Policy and Programs
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