AMA del­e­gates to de­bate cov­er­age for pre­ven­tive care, ac­cess to Cana­dian phar­ma­cies

Modern Healthcare - - The Week Ahead - —Matthew We­in­stock

NOV. 10-13: There won’t be any short­age of hot top­ics

at the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion’s in­terim meet­ing just out­side of Wash­ing­ton, D.C. The House of Del­e­gates will de­bate a num­ber of poli­cies, in­clud­ing mak­ing it eas­ier for pa­tients to buy from li­censed Cana­dian phar­ma­cies “when prod­uct in­tegrity can be as­sured.” Del­e­gates will also hash out whether the physi­cians’ group should call on pri­vate health plans to cover ev­i­dence-based pre­ven­tive ser­vices with­out hit­ting pa­tients with an out-of-pocket ex­pense such as a co-pay. On gun vi­o­lence, which has be­come a main­stay on the agenda, the physi­cian group will de­bate a pol­icy on con­cealed-carry per­mits. Mod­ern Health­care’s D.C. re­port­ing team will be on site pro­vid­ing cov­er­age.

NOV. 13-14: Al­though not spe­cific to health­care,

the Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion holds its sev­enth hear­ing on “Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion in the 21st Cen­tury.” Why does Week Ahead care? Well, this one is fo­cused on “the use of al­go­rithms, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, and pre­dic­tive an­a­lyt­ics in busi­ness de­ci­sions and con­duct.”

NOV. 13-14: Ex­ec­u­tives from across the coun­try de­scend on Chicago

for the Na­tional Cen­ter for Health­care Lead­er­ship’s 2018 meet­ing. The fo­cus, of course, lead­er­ship’s im­pact on dis­rup­tion/in­no­va­tion/trans­for­ma­tion. Or, as the NCHL puts it, “The Ar­riv­ing Fu­ture.” Car­il­ion Clinic CEO Nancy How­ell Agee will be hon­ored with the 2018 Gail L. War­den Lead­er­ship Ex­cel­lence Award. Peter But­ler of Chicago’s Rush Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter will be rec­og­nized with the Distin­guished Ser­vice Award.

NOV. 14-16: Speak­ing of dis­rup­tion and in­no­va­tion,

TEDMED, the off­shoot of TED Talks, is sure to fea­ture some thought-pro­vok­ing com­men­tary dur­ing this year’s an­nual gath­er­ing, ti­tled, “Chaos+Clar­ity.” The event takes place in Palm Springs, Calif., but some of it will be live-streamed. NYC Health & Hos­pi­tals CEO Dr. Mitchell Katz will be on hand talk­ing about the im­pact of eco­nomic dis­par­i­ties on health.

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