MODERN HEALTHCARE has global ambitions. As part of its international strategy, the Chicago-based healthcare business news magazine has agreed to play a major role in the Summit on International Managed Care Trends set for Dec. 5-8 in Bal Harbour, Fla.
This year marks the fourth annual meeting of global healthcare leaders, which is sponsored by the American Association of Health Plans and the Academy for International Health Studies.
Last year 508 delegates representing 47 countries attended, and a similar number is expected this year. MODERN HEALTHCARE, which began publishing periodic international editions in 1997, is one of eight organizations that have a sponsorship role as summit "chairs." The others are ECRI, Healthcare International Management Co., the International Social Security Administration, the Joint Commission International Accreditation, Milliman & Robertson, the Pan American Health Organization and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
"We believe there is a market demand for useful business news and information on international healthcare," says Charles S. Lauer, publisher of MODERN HEALTHCARE. "Taking an active and visible role at the summit will help us shape our coverage and international strategy."
The summit is a lively forum intended to encourage responsible innovation for those who control healthcare resources and design public policy. Attendees range from the chief medical officer of the largest public health system in North America to the chief of health planning in one of the world's smallest countries to a strategic planner for a multinational pharmaceutical company.
"It's a very energized meeting. People come with their own perspectives, and they're happy to share them," says Jonathan Lewis, president of the Academy for International Health Studies.
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu will deliver the keynote address Dec. 6. Panel discussions will address the use of health technology to contain costs and improve quality, models for accreditation and quality improvement, and frameworks for evidence-based medicine and clinical pathways.
Other topics of note include:
* Worldwide trends in social security.
* Ethical issues in managed care.
* The climate for international healthcare investment.
* Global pharmaceutical issues.
* The AIDS challenge.
* The organization and management of physician networks.
* Managed-care strategies for developing economies.
* The reinsurers' perspective on financing healthcare around the world.
Lewis' group has discovered that the high cost of financing and delivering healthcare has prompted many governments to turn to the private sector for assistance. The conference will be renamed the International Summit on the Private Health Sector next year.