HealthSmart Hosts Second Annual Forum on Reform Legislation and Trends in Healthcare Cost Savings

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HealthSmart hosted its second national Healthcare Forum on May 24 and 25, 2011.

Over 250 attendees from throughout the United States learned more about how government healthcare reform is impacting costs, how genetic research may be able to diagnose cancer before symptoms are present, and the importance of individuals actively participating in their own health and wellness.
Keynote speakers included former congressman and current popular Washington, D.C. radio host, Fred Grandy. He covered the challenges of finding healthcare solutions on a national level. Charis Eng, MD, PhD, Chair and founding Director of the Genomic Medicine Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, gave a brilliant presentation on identifying and managing cancer though genetics.

Other sessions covered strategies to improve members’ health, ways to reduce costs, and how these two issues are directly connected. HealthSmart team members provided the tools and expertise on how to create innovative insurance plans that provide these outcomes. There were also panel discussions focusing on vital legal and economic issues.

HealthSmart’s president, Jim Pennington noted, “We are pleased to have hosted this Forum and believe it has been a valuable experience for the participants. Our goal is to make the Forum a springboard for innovation and to pave the way for more affordable healthcare.”

About HealthSmart
HealthSmart is an integrated healthcare benefits company serving more than 1.85 million members and managing more than $4.5 billion in claims through service operations around the country. HealthSmart owns and manages all of its healthcare related services administered on fully integrated platforms and reporting systems. Those services include customized benefit administration, nationwide primary and secondary provider networks, transparent prescription benefit management, competitive stop-loss management and full service predictive population care management, wellness programs and on-site primary care clinics. HealthSmart’s mission is to improve member health, reduce employer costs and deliver smarter healthcare solutions.

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