Imminent Choices in Health Care Explored at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont

first_imgImminent Choices in Health Care Explored atBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Issues ConferenceCreative innovation as an opportunity to change and improve established health care systems, how the next 25 years will redefine the health care landscape, and what individuals can do to improve their health and well being were among a variety of topics addressed recently by a panel of national experts who met in Burlington.The experts highlighted a half-day conference held as part of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s annual health issues symposium series. Nearly 300 Vermonters attended, including employers, health care providers, legislators and consumers.Andrew Zolli, a Futurist-in-residence at Popular Science magazine, American Demographics magazine, National Geographic, and National Public Radios Marketplace, explored the trends and dynamics that will shape health care’s future over the next several decades. He offered options to help respond intelligently to emerging complex changes that matter most.Other panelists included John W. Kenagy, MD, of Kenagy and Associates, and Jane Brody, well-known author and widely-read columnist, and media personality.Dr. Kenagy focused on the role of creative innovation and changing systems from the bottom up.Jane Brody outlined the role that individuals play in maintaining their personal health through nutrition, exercise, and moderation.The half-day conference concluded with a documentary of the Voices project, an initiative sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont to draw attention to the issues and challenges facing Vermont teenagers, with the goal of helping to foster their physical and emotional wellbeing.The program was moderated by WCAX-TV Channel 3 news co-anchor and health care reporter, Kristin Kelly. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont President and CEO William R. Milnes, Jr. welcomed the conference participants and introduced the program.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img

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