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Symposium Panel Descriptions:

The June 9-10 Symposium was preceded by a series of teleconferences in which individuals with expertise and common interests engaged in discussion to generate input for breakout sessions to be held during the two-day Symposium. The information exchanged during these teleconferences has been recorded and cataloged for presentation at the Symposium, with the result being solutions to today’s health care problems–proposals that will be advanced to the appropriate parties for follow-up action.

The subjects to be discussed in these Panels include:

  • CONTROLLING MEDICARE COSTS; MEDICAID AND COVERING THOSE WITHOUT ADEQUATE INSURANCE
    • Focusing on a variety of issues related specifically to Medicare and Medicaid, including ways to achieve cost savings with treatment options, exploratory procedures, durable medical equipment requirements, and the myriad administrative and record-keeping procedures related to Medicare and its components. The discussion will include emphasis on the provision of health care for families and individuals with low incomes and limited resources, as well as any other individuals unable to subscribe to health care coverage
  • PROMOTING PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE
    • Focusing on disease prevention, with emphasis on factors like diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices, as well as alternative medicines and treatment approaches
  • PRESERVING AND PROTECTING FAMILY PHYSICIANS’ PRACTICES
    • Development of approaches to doctor/patient relationships will be the focus of this session, the primary purpose of which will be to re-establish the lines of communication between patients and doctors and the improvement of patient-centered communications
  • REDUCING THE COST OF MEDICAL PRACTICE INSURANCE – TORT REFORM 
    • Reducing the cost of medical malpractice insurance