LHC Prepares for Annual D.C. Delegation
Leadership Health Care (LHC), an initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council, will embark on the 11th
annual “Delegation to D.C.” on March 13-14. The two-day trip, which attracts approximately 85 delegates each year, features a packed schedule with high-ranking officials and behind-the-scenes knowledge brokers to provide insight into issues impacting healthcare.
“We tend to attract a large group because the information is timely and relevant to our industry,” said Caroline Young, president of the Nashville Health Care Council. “Healthcare is always a hot topic in Washington, D.C., and never more so than today. The federal policies being implemented there will directly affect how Nashville’s healthcare companies do business in the future.”
While the trip always attracts new attendees, many delegates have turned the opportunity into an annual pilgrimage. “Our agenda is unique each year, concentrating on current and breaking healthcare news and perspectives on the policy environment,” noted Young, who is accompanying the delegation.
She added the event “gives Leadership Health Care members the chance to hear first-hand from members of Congress, administration officials, Capitol Hill staff and national thought leaders about key healthcare policy issues, federal healthcare spending priorities and reform implementations.”
In 2013, delegates will hear remarks from David Wasserman of The Cook Political Report; Mike Hash, director of the Office of Health Reform in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Gail Wilensky, PhD, an economist and senior fellow of Project Hope; Joseph R. Antos, PhD, the Wilson H. Taylor scholar in healthcare and retirement policy for the American Enterprise Institute; Stuart Butler, a distinguished fellow and director of the Center for Policy Innovation at The Heritage Foundation; and Paul Van de Water, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Additionally, a number of congressional staff members representing both sides of the aisle will share their healthcare expertise. Delegates will also have the opportunity to hear from Tennessee’s congressional representation including U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, as well as U.S. Reps. Marsha Blackburn, Jim Cooper, and Chuck Fleischmann.
In addition to gaining insight into the thought processes ‘Inside The Beltway,’ delegates also benefit from spending time with each other. “We are lucky to have a diverse group of emerging leaders each year, which allows delegates to connect with professionals who they might not otherwise meet,” said Young. “The majority of attendees are at the senior, director or vice president level at their companies, but we do have MBA students sprinkled in, as well.” She added, delegates come from a variety of healthcare industry backgrounds including hospital management, ambulatory and outpatient care, managed care, and a number of allied service industries including healthcare law, communications, outsourcing and health information technology companies.
“While we host nationally-known policy leaders in Nashville regularly, this is a rewarding opportunity for two days of intensive learning and networking in the nation’s capital,” Young said. “It is also a great way to show Nashville’s robust $70 billion healthcare industry to Washington, D.C. healthcare policy decision makers.”
Launched in 2002 to nurture the talents of the industry’s emerging leaders, LHC hit a record number of 675 members representing more than 300 companies last year. In addition to the annual D.C. delegation, the organization hosts a biennial trip to Wall Street and numerous local programs, networking events and mentoring opportunities.