Panelists discuss upcoming changes and concerns for the region’s health care.
More than 200 attendees came to the Sinclair Community College David H. Ponitz Conference Center June 9 to attend the first Dayton Healthcare Summit.
The 2015 Dayton Healthcare Summit provided an opportunity to hear expert panelists discuss the future of health care on a national level as well as locally in Dayton.
Each of the four panelists said that there were different challenges facing today’s health care and the laws that govern it than before.
Premier Health President and CEO and 2015 Dayton Healthcare Summit panelist Jim Pancoast says, “We have to bring down the cost of health care. It’s an easy thing to talk about but it’s difficult to do.”
Pancoast was joined by three other panelists, including Kettering Health Network President Terri Day, McGohan Brabender CEO Scott McGohan, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP Partner-in-Charge Jeff Mullins and moderator Erin Hoeflinger, president of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Ohio.
“Our industry is willing to innovate and change how we’ve done it in the past. The health care system was designed in the 1920s, and created a place where people could go, rather than physicians going to people’s houses. If the industry is going to go through change, it will take participation from everyone that is paying for it. The good news is the industry is listening and ready to change. It’s encouraging,” says Pancoast.
As younger generations are looking at a new form of health care, Pancoast and Day know that there are going to be issues, especially with how the public access care.
“A lot of young people don’t want to go to the doctor’s office,” says Pancoast. “We have to change how we relate to people and talk with people about how they are accessing care. We are starting to see and figure out a new way to access care at less cost but with more involvement. It’s long overdue.”
One of the ways that hospital systems and providers are catering to the public is by building facilities closer to prospective patients, including emergency care clinics.
Day says, “Jim and I share a lot of the same issues. We have to create an opportunity, by creating access to care, whether that is minute clinics or kiosks. Hospitals are built to wait for people but people don’t want to leave their house until they know where to go.”
Day adds that physicians will have to adapt to treating patients without seeing or touching the patient.
An audience member asked the panelists, “If you could get Obama, Boehner and McConnell to make one change to health care laws, what would it be?”
Day says, “You can never fully understand the repercussions until after the change, but if I had to choose it would be better emphasis on screening and wellness.”
While there are still many changes to be made in health care, hospital systems aren’t the only ones being affected.
“The biggest challenge is for employers to adapt by focusing on providing the service without just checking the box,” says Mullins. “[The Affordable Care Act] has brought a lot of change to everyone.”
One aspect of the Affordable Care Act that won’t be truly felt until 2018 is the Cadillac Tax, which taxes health care benefits. It’s been the center of some controversy because the government originally encouraged companies to offer health insurance by letting them write it off on their taxes.
“It’s going to impact every employer with a 40 percent nondeductible tax. The concern is that employers will make decisions to avoid the tax by not contributing to the employee HSA and not having their employees contribute either,” says McGohan.
He believes that people aren’t given enough choices today and that, if they were offered more options, they would make better choices.
McGohan says, “When you give people the power of choice, you give them power to change. It’s the right thing to do to want to create healthier people.”
One of the ways that employers can get involved in creating a healthier option is through wellness programs.
Mullins says, “You have to educate employees. Right now, it’s inviting a group of people into a room where someone explains to them their options. Soon it might become more of an individualized process.”
The panelists agree that a more individualized plan would change the way the Affordable Care Act views an individual applying for affordable health care.
“With challenges comes opportunity. If you can’t get excited about working in health care now, when will you ever be,” says Day. “It’s the revolution of health care.”
Erin Hoeflinger has been president of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Ohio since 2008, and previously was president in Maine. Erin held many leadership positions in her career of more than 25 years, and continues to be a leader in her community where she chairs the Health Collaborative in Cincinnati. Erin is also a board member of Midmark, and she serves on the Ohio State University board of trustees.
Terri Day is the president of Kettering Health Network. Terri is responsible for monitoring seven hospitals and their affiliates, focusing on the hospital system operations and Kettering Health Network joint ventures. Some of her previous positions include vice president of Adventist Health in Roseville, Calif. and seven years as vice president of hospital finance at Adventist.
Scott McGohan is chief executive officer of McGohan Brabender companies. His work focuses on three areas: innovation, culture and strategic direction. Scott is the developer of Mentors Matter, an inner city program created 10 years ago. He is a board member of the Dayton Development Coalition, Crayons to Classrooms, and the Dayton YMCA, which he has served on for 19 years.
Jeff Mullins is partner-in-charge of the Dayton office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. He practices labor and employment law, focusing on representing public and private sector employers, and health care law. Jeff is involved in a number of organizations and serves on the boards of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, St. Leonard Foundation, Kettering Medical Center Foundation and many others.
Jim Pancoast is president and CEO of Premier Health. Jim joined Premier in 1979 and prior to becoming president served as chief operating officer. He also has previously served as president and CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital, giving him a total of over 35 years of experience in health care. Jim has had many leadership roles in his career and in the community.
Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association
The organization that began in 1936 as an informal forum of hospital leaders has grown into a group purchasing organization representing 26 hospitals in 11 counties. The GDAHA provides supplies to hospitals in a cost-efficient manner while meeting their large-scale demand. Today, the organization is recognized by the community as the region’s resource for health care information. gdaha.org
Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
The Dayton Area Chamber serves nearly 3,000 businesses in Butler, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren counties, making it the largest business association in the region. It is the leading business advocate in the area, and it is instrumental in many projects and workplace development initiatives. daytonchamber.org
Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Ohio, one of the state’s oldest and largest health insurers, marked its 75th anniversary last year. The company provides health insurance to 3.3 million Ohioans. It employs more than 1,200 in two buildings in Deerfield Township, its home for nearly 20 years, and another 1,500 work from their homes in the area. anthem.com
Flagel Huber Flagel
Flagel Huber Flagel is a proactive firm of more than 30 certified public accountants and consultants with offices in Cincinnati and Dayton. The firm, founded in 1933, provides audit and accounting, tax compliance and consulting, business valuation and more to assist individuals and privately owned companies in building and preserving wealth. The firm’s mission is to be its clients’ most trusted business advisor. fhf-cpa.com
WYSO is the region’s only NPR station, carrying its flagship programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week and has a nine-county radius. It has a potential audience of 1 million. wyso.org