Golden & Cohen Announces Date for First Annual DC Health Summit: October 29, 2008

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Politicians, health insurance company executives, physicians, academics and hospital administrators will come together to discuss the future of health care and importance of workplace wellness

On October 29, 2008 the health care benefits company Golden & Cohen is hosting the first annual DC Health Summit, a meeting of some of the top minds in the health care industry who will discuss and debate the future of health care in the United States.

"Research by the U.S. Department of Commerce shows that in 2006, more than $2.1 trillion was spent on health care in the United States," says Stephanie Cohen, CEO and co-founder of Golden & Cohen. "That represents 16% of the Gross Domestic Product. By 2017 the amount of money spent on health care is expected to increase to nearly $4.3 trillion, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services projects that by then health care will account for about 20 percent of GDP."

These increasing costs mean policymakers, insurers, and the public are going to face some difficult decisions about the way health care is delivered and paid for, she adds.

"I have been in the trenches of the health care insurance industry for more than a decade, and what I see happening to my clients when they try to collect on their benefits not only disturbs me as a business owner -- it infuriates me as a U.S. citizen and a mother," Cohen explains. "That is why my partners and I at Golden & Cohen decided to host the DC Health Summit. Our goal is to bring the decision makers together--politicians, health insurance company executives, physicians, academics and hospital administrators--so we can start to come up with workable solutions."

About the Summit
One of the key ways to shift the problem, Cohen believes, is to have all employers focus on worksite wellness. To that end, Cohen invited Steven Aldana, PhD, of Wellsteps, to lead off the meeting with a keynote speech about workplace wellness and how employers can affordably and effectively integrate wellness programs into their corporate culture.

"Companies are always looking for ways to reduce employee-related expenses and many corporations and organizations are using health promotion programs as a reactionary effort to curtail ever-increasing, employee-related expenses of health care and lost productivity," Aldana says. "During this in-depth session, we'll talk about how it is possible to achieve and demonstrate a genuine return-on-investment (ROI) through worksite wellness programs."

Following the keynote, a panel of leading-edge health care industry professionals will discuss the topic further -- then open the discussion up to the audience for questions and debate.

Panelists include: Virginia Senator George Barker, Kaiser Permanente's Director of Population Care Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips, Neurosurgeon Dr. James Melisi, the National Rehabilitation Hospital's VP Dr. Paul Rao, Maryland's former Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, and United Healthcare's CEO Kevin Ruth.

The event will be moderated by futurist Andy Hines of the global research and consulting firm Social Technologies, who will touch on some of the topics surrounding the future of health care.

For more information visit: http://www.dchealthsummit.com. To attend the event, please register online by October 10, or call Lisa Garlena at Golden & Cohen: 301-330-5300 x230.

All other questions and media inquiries can be directed to Hope Gibbs of Inkandescent Public Relations (http://www.hopegibbs.com): 703-346-6975.

About Stephanie Cohen: CEO, Golden & Cohen: Founded in 1992, Golden & Cohen (http://www.golden-cohen.com) provides health insurance benefit services to more than 1500 clients. Based in Gaithersburg, MD, the company generated $70 million in annual sales last year and currently has 15 employees. CEO and co-founder of the firm Stephanie Cohen has more than two decades of experience in small group health insurance, disability programs and life insurance. She recently was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and annually serves on the prestigious United HealthCare, Coventry, Aetna and Kaiser Broker Council. She is also a member of the Women Presidents' Organization, the District of Colombia Insurance Commissioner Advisory Council, and The Greater Washington Health Underwriters.

About the Keynote Speaker: Steven Aldana, PhD, is a former professor of lifestyle medicine at Brigham Young University. He is currently the CEO and founder of WellSteps, a turnkey wellness program designed to help employees adopt and maintain healthy behaviors for life. He has published over 60 scientific articles on the prevention, arrest, and reversal of America's most common chronic diseases, and has written 7 books on the ability of healthy lifestyle habits to prevent cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes, and many chronic diseases. More than 4,500 companies utilize his most recent book, The Culprit and The Cure, in an effort to boost productivity and reduce employee related health expenses. The Harvard School of Public Health says this book is "better than the best medicines."

About the Summit's Moderator: Futurist Andy Hines is a leading organizational, academic, and consulting futurist. In 2006 he joined Social Technologies to manage the firms consulting practice. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston MS Program in Futures Studies, a program from which he graduated in 1990. Before joining Social Technologies, Andy established and ran the Global Trends Program for Kellogg Co., then served as futurist and senior ideation leader at Dow Chemical. Before that he was a partner with Coates & Jarratt, a futurist think tank and consulting firm in Washington, DC. Hines has co-authored three books, including his most recent, Thinking about the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight. Other titles include 2025: Science and Technology Reshapes US and Global Society, and Managing Your Future as an Association.

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