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Former US Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin to Keynote EMPOWER 2017

by Health Integrated | Jan 11, 2017
Speaker Lineup Features Dr. James Prochaska, Founder of Pro-Change Behavior Systems and Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, Health Economist at THINK-Health

Health Integrated™ today announced that Dr. Regina Benjamin, the 18th Surgeon General of the United States, will serve as the keynote speaker at EMPOWER 2017, the nation's premier care management conference. Now in its 14th year, EMPOWER brings together chief medical officers, medial directors and care management executives from health plans, ACOs and health systems serving vulnerable and at-risk populations. The conference will be held April 26 - 28 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

As America’s Doctor, Dr. Benjamin provided the public with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and the health of the nation. Dr. Benjamin also oversaw the operational command of 6,500 uniformed public health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, and protect the health of the American People. In addition, Dr. Benjamin served as chair of the National Prevention Council – 17 cabinet-level Federal agencies that developed the roadmap for the Nation’s health – the National Prevention Strategy.

Some of the industry's leading experts will present at EMPOWER 2017, including Dr. James Prochaska, Founder of Pro-Change Behavior Systems and one of the originators of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, health economist at THINK-Health and Melanie Bella, Former Director, Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

"We are fortunate to be able to host an industry leading event like EMPOWER and attract the types of speakers we do, including Dr. Benjamin and Dr. Prochaska," said Sam Toney, MD, chief medical officer and executive vice president of clinical integrity at Health Integrated. "The depth of knowledge and experience they bring to EMPOWER is invaluable to the executives of the health plans who attend. In today’s uncertain healthcare environment, it is important we provide information that can be taken back to the plans and acted on immediately."

Prior attendees have commented on the event's relevance in providing actionable information they can immediately use in the realms of quality, cost and regulation as they affect health plan operations and initiatives.

“EMPOWER is an excellent venue to explore challenges and solutions in managing populations, particularly those most vulnerable,” said Robert Kritzler, MD, chief medical officer for Family Health Network and past EMPOWER attendee.  “The networking opportunities, with other plan leaders and industry experts, are top notch and give me insights I wouldn’t get at other events.”

Registration is now open to health plan leaders and business partners at Space is limited.

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