World Health Care Congress Release: 25 Days Until Health Care And Pharmaceutical Industry Leaders Convene At The 2005 World Health Care Congress

WOBURN, Mass., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- In less than one month, over 1,500 healthcare industry stakeholders will convene at the 2005 World Health Care Congress to address current issues important to the industry as a whole. The World Health Care Congress (WHCC), organized by the World Congress and co- sponsored by The Wall Street Journal and CNBC, will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., January 30 - February 1, 2005.

All attendees-CEOs and senior executives from the nation's largest employers, hospitals, health systems, health plans, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as leading government officials-will have the opportunity to hear keynote addresses on some of the most pressing issues facing health care today.

Keynote presentations include: Monday January 31, 2005 8:15 a.m. "Financing Medicare-Escalating Forecasts and Viable Solutions". Moderator: Daniel Henninger, Deputy Editor, Editorial Page, The Wall Street Journal; Pulitzer Prize Winner. Speakers: Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Ph.D., Director, Congressional Budget Office; Gail R. Wilensky, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Project HOPE; and Robert D. Reischauer, Ph.D., President, The Urban Institute; Vice Chair, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. 9:15 a.m. "Transformation of Health Care by Consumers-Financial Incentives: Information and Market Forces". Speakers: John W. Rowe, M.D., Chairman and CEO, Aetna; George C. Halvorson, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and Hospitals; Jack O. Bovender, Chairman and CEO, HCA; and David Brennan, President and CEO, AstraZeneca US. 10:15 a.m. "The CMS Benchmark for Quality and Accountability". Interviewer: David Wessel, Deputy Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Bureau; Speaker: Mark McClellan, M.D., Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 4:30 p.m. "In Pursuit of the Electronic Medical Record -- Perspectives from the US DHHS and the UK NHS". Moderator: Francis J. Crosson, M.D., Executive Director, Permanente Federation. Speakers: David Brailer, M.D., Ph.D., National Health Information Technology Coordinator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Richard Granger, Director General IT, National Health Service, U.K. Department of Health. 5:15 p.m. "Achieving Excellence in Health Care through Sound Management Practices". Moderator: Consuelo Mack, Senior Correspondent, CNBC; Speaker: Jim Collins, Author of "Good to Great" and Co-Author, "Built to Last". Keynote presentations continued: Tuesday February 1, 2005 9:15 a.m. "CEO Panel -- The Impact of Rising Health Care Costs on the Economy". Moderator: James A. Champy, Author, "X-Engineering the Corporation". Speakers: The Honorable David M. Walker, Comptroller General, U.S. Government Accountability Office; Michael J. Critelli, Chairman and CEO, Pitney Bowes; Fred Buenrostro, CEO, CalPERS; John Mackey, Chairman and CEO, Whole Foods Market 1:45 p.m. "Creating Catalysts for Competition in Healthcare". Moderator: Alan Murray, Assistant Managing Editor and Columnist, The Wall Street Journal; Speaker: Leonard Schaeffer, Chairman, WellPoint Health Networks. 2:30 p.m. "Health Care Policy and Legislative Action in 2005". Speakers: Key Democratic and Republican Legislators TBA.

In addition, conference delegates participate in industry-wide controversial debates addressing subjects such as health savings accounts, attend exclusive by-invitation-only Summits addressing topics including Medicare reform, the uninsured, and FDA regulations, and learn from in-depth case studies presented by industry leaders and renowned healthcare professionals to determine actionable implementation strategies with colleagues and industry partners.

About the 2005 World Health Care Congress

World Congress is the producer of The World Health Care Congress, the first focused and inclusive conference to determine and implement solutions for an improved U.S. health care system, focusing on the needs of the nation's largest employers.

The World Health Care Congress will convene the major constituencies in health care including: leading health care purchasers, payers, providers, suppliers, analysts and governmental officials. Delegates will determine actionable goals and feasible implementation strategies for a new healthcare model that is based on value, quality and consumer choice.

For more information visit Sponsors of the World Health Care Congress

Capgemini, the Presenting Sponsor, contributed extensive thought leadership and advanced the importance of technology as a common thread to connect the various industry sectors of health care. Booz Allen Hamilton, the Gold Sponsor, provided important CEO and management consulting perspectives across the program agenda. UnitedHealth Foundation, the Foundation Sponsor, helped drive the importance of their mission to support the health and medical decisions made by physicians, health professionals, community leaders, and individuals that lead to better health outcomes and healthier communities.

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