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Memphis Business Group to take on healthcare reform at conference

The Memphis Business Group on Health will present its annual conference – themed “Got the Healthcare Reform Blues? on Sept. 8 at Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. The Memphis Business Group on Health (MBGH) will present its annual conference – themed “Got the Healthcare Reform Blues? – from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 at Holiday Inn, University of Memphis.

The conference will features keynote speakers with a cross-section of experts deemed thought leaders in the industry. Organizers said healthcare reform was the natural theme for this year’s event, with access to healthcare and the cost of healthcare provisions still being vehemently debated in every corner of the country from the newsroom to the boardroom to the breakroom.

More specific topics to be covered include: the road to value, shared responsibility for health care, marketing your way to health engagement, payment reform, and health system delivery reform in Memphis.

MBGH’s mission is to maximize the cost and quality of healthcare benefits, encouraging companies to take an active role in the wellness of their employees and to consider creative benefit design and delivery models as a means of curtailing costs. Cristie Upshaw Travis, CEO of MBGH, said as the cost of healthcare rises, salaries are staying level.

“This levies more and more of a burden on the companies’ employees. The conversation is about keeping costs down without sacrificing the quality of care,” said Tavis. “We believe companies should be as innovative with healthcare reform and benefits as they are with their business strategies.”

MBGH is a coalition of the area’s largest employers, including FedEx, State of Tennessee, Morgan Keegan, First Horizon, Rhodes College, City of Memphis, Baker Donelson Bearmon Caldwell & Berkowitz, Buckman, City of Germantown, Smith-Nephew, and Merck. MBGH members, affiliates and supporters provide benefits to more than 300,000 people in the greater Memphis area and across Tennessee.

(For more information, visit www.memphisbusinessgroup.org.)

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