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Recap: 2024 Florida State of Reform Health Policy Conference

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Recap: 2024 Florida State of Reform Health Policy Conference

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The 2024 Florida State of Reform Health Policy Conference, held on April 25 in Tampa, gathered a diverse array of health care stakeholders, including the Home Care Association of Florida (HCAF), to explore the intersection of policy, advocacy, and the health care landscape. Organized to bridge the gap between health policy and political reality, the conference provided an invaluable platform for participants to engage in insightful discussions and networking opportunities.

Key highlights of this year's program included:

  • Opening Keynote: Senator Colleen Burton (R-Lakeland), Chair of the Florida Senate Committee on Health Policy, set the tone for the conference with an address focusing on the pressing health care issues facing the state. Senator Burton discussed the recently concluded Florida Legislative Session and highlighted the "Live Healthy" package, a major health care initiative focused on improving health care access and addressing workforce challenges.
  • Informative Sessions: Attendees had the opportunity to delve into various topics critical to the health care sector, including addressing rate issues with Medicare Advantage, challenges in workforce development and recruitment, understanding AI and other disruptive technologies, and evaluating the value-based care landscape in Florida.
  • Legislative Insights: A session dedicated to takeaways from the 2024 Legislative Session provided attendees with valuable insights into recent legislative developments impacting health care policy in the state.
  • Closing Keynote: Secretary Jason Weida of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) delivered a compelling closing keynote, offering perspectives on the future of health care in Florida.

Representatives from over 100 organizations participated in this year's event, representing a wide spectrum of the health care industry, including providers, payers, advocacy groups, and governmental agencies. Notable attendees included the Florida Center for Nursing, the Florida Hospital Association, and the Florida Safety Net Alliance, among others.

HCAF was prominently represented by Kyle Simon, Senior Director of Policy, Advocacy & Communications. HCAF's participation for the third consecutive year underscores its ongoing commitment to shaping health care policy in the state and advocating for the needs of its constituents.

The conference provided a platform for meaningful discussions, collaboration, and knowledge sharing, fostering a deeper understanding of the complex issues facing Florida's health care system. By bringing together stakeholders from across the industry, the event facilitated a collective effort to address challenges and drive positive change.

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