LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaders in managed care, the medical field and federal and state health-care policy will join physicians Oct. 16-18 in La Quinta, Calif. for frank and collegial discussion at the California Medical Association's fourth annual Leadership Academy, "Managed Care and Beyond: Evolution, Revolution and the 'New, New Thing.'" A full spectrum of speakers will represent the viewpoints of hospitals, health plans, physicians and the public as well as factor in perspectives on the financing of health care, pharmaceutical companies, Wall Street, Silicon Valley and government. The conference kicks off Monday, Oct. 16 with a keynote address by Leonard D. Schaeffer, Chairman and CEO, Wellpoint Health Networks Inc. He will discuss: "Is Managed Care Dead? Predictions for the Future." His presentation will be followed by hospital, physician and patient perspectives. The lunch address, "Megatrends," will be delivered by Mark D. Smith, President and CEO, California Healthcare Foundation. "The Buck Stops Where? Financing the Future of Health Care" will be presented Tuesday by Todd B. Richter, Managing Director, Banc of America Securities LLC. His talk will be followed by other discussions on finances and technological advances in health care. Wednesday's presentations feature Daniel Zingale, Director of California's Department of Managed Health Care and Christopher C. Jennings, U.S. Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy, who will discuss government's role in health care. To view a complete agenda and list of speakers go to: www.cmanet.org; from the home page, click on "Leadership Academy" in the lower right corner, and then click "agenda." The conference is offered for continuing medical education credit. The cost, not including lodging, is $495 for CMA members and $895 for nonmembers. The conference will be held at La Quinta Resort & Club, 49-499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta. Dedicated to the health of all Californians, the California Medical Association represents more than 30,000 physicians from all regions, modes of practice and specialties.
SOURCE California Medical Association