WASHINGTON, June 23 (TNStalk) — America’s Health Insurance Plans issued the next remarks on June 22, 2022, President and CEO Matt Eyles on the AHIP 2022 Conference:
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I’m so delighted to see each one in all you here within the audience today.
What a fantastic feeling to be in person and all together for AHIP’s flagship event – for the primary time since 2019.
Three years to the day – 1,096 days ago–we closed AHIP Institute in Nashville.
We also retired the Institute name.
Now we’re back with AHIP 2022 – live and getting back the moments we have all missed.
Thanks to everyone for making the trip and joining us this week.
To be here today, now we have taken every precaution to make sure it is a protected, comfortable, and highly worthwhile conference for you.
As a reminder, now we have rapid testing available onsite, stringent cleansing protocols, masks and hand sanitizers. We wish everyone to feel as comfortable as possible.
If you have got any questions, please see a member of our talented conferences team. They’ll be blissful to assist you.
And a giant thanks to our sponsors and exhibitors – they’re here and able to help take your corporation to the following level.
Three Years of Change
For the following few days, AHIP 2022 will concentrate on the insights and innovations driving the longer term of health care.
And that drive for innovation is lifting up our industry.
I would like to reflect for a minute on how much has modified since we last held this conference live in June 2019.
Our country…our economy…our society…and the world have undergone dramatic transformations.
COVID-19 wouldn’t truly enter our vocabulary until early 2020…and think for a moment about how persistently the word COVID or Coronavirus has crossed your lips since then – but here we’re despite the hardships and loss, moving forward to a brighter day.
In fact, the political environment has modified quite a bit since 2019, and the country is sort of divided.
Take into consideration our economy.
In June 2019, cryptocurrency was becoming more common in our consciousness.
Bitcoin broke $10,000 consistently for the primary time that June. This past November, it almost hit $69,000, though it’s come back down.
As a lot of our engagement with American businesses moved to a virtual experience with the pandemic shutdown, from grocery shopping to restaurants to health care.
Digital commerce exploded. Digital commerce alone within the U.S. this yr will now make it in regards to the twentieth largest economy on the planet – equal to the GDP of Switzerland.
And digital health – especially through telehealth – isn’t far behind and as much as greater than 1 / 4 of a trillion dollars.
Take into consideration how we work.
By a show of hands, how many individuals worked in an office 5 days per week in 2019?
And the way lots of you in 2022 work 5 days per week in an office?
How lots of you WANT to return 5 days per week within the office?
And take into consideration how we engage. Not only for work, but for our social relationships.
What number of Zoom meetings have you ever endured at work or had with family and friends over the past 3 years?
The Impact on Health Care
All of those changes – and lots of more – have impacted our day-to-day lives. And that features health care.
Our health care experience has been – and continues to be – reshaped and reconfigured to suit the digital world and the physical world.
We do not at all times know where one ends and the opposite begins now.
Virtual care may even be incorporated right into a physical care setting if you find yourself meeting face-to-face together with your physician.
This connectivity is critical to our overall health and wellbeing, and it’s growing by leaps and bounds.
Nowhere is that this transformation more profound than in the sector of mental health.
The truth is, over 40% of all visits for psychotherapy in 2020 were done through telehealth, a 100-fold increase from 2019.
We’re using apps for day-to-day support for managing chronic conditions or taking a mental health break.
And to power all of it, we’re consuming and analyzing more information than ever through virtual platforms, including health data.
We’re increasing our use of artificial intelligence.
…to diagnose conditions…to predict outcomes…to discover conditions…to prioritize patient care…and even to interpret imaging. And we’re increasingly integrating with partners across the health care sector.
And, in fact, allow us to always remember the a couple of million American lives lost directly from COVID and the countless others that were lost – perhaps because they were too afraid to hunt treatment or delayed doing so due to COVID.
But while we have experienced dramatic changes these past 3 years, some things haven’t modified.
Like health care that also costs an excessive amount of in our country.
We’re expected to spend $4.5 trillion on health care this yr – 20% of our economy or nearly $14,000 for every body within the U.S.
AHIP and our member corporations are still laser focused on health care affordability and proceed to advocate for expanded access to coverage and care.
And as we emerge from the pandemic, we discover ourselves with recent opportunities to enhance affordability – Healthier People Through Healthier Markets – taking the teachings now we have learned over the past 3 years to sustainably improve innovation, competition, and consumer selection.
We are also doubling down on addressing health equity and social barriers to health.
COVID-19 highlighted how critical it’s to handle these aspects, which drive our ability to enhance and sustain health and wellbeing of under-represented and underserved communities, with a greater sense of urgency.
AHIP’s Vaccine Community Connectors program was a main example of this, helping to vaccinate greater than 2 million seniors against COVID-19 in under 100 days.
Our drive to innovate and deliver positive change stays a core commitment.
We saw the facility of innovation through the onset of COVID, because the nation created and developed tests, therapies, and vaccines which have proven essential in overcoming the pandemic.
That spirit of innovation is just as crucial as we glance to take the teachings from COVID and adopt as many as possible for sustained health care improvement.
While we actually have had our share of challenges, there have also been necessary advances in health care over the past 3 years.
We’ve got seen the tip of surprise medical bills in lots of health care settings, and we proceed to oppose any attempts to roll back these vital consumer protections.
The No Surprises Act avoided over 2 million surprise bills in the primary 2 months of 2022, and if the trend holds, we’ll see 12 million avoided for your entire year–almost 33,000 a day.
By the point we get to the tip of our second panel, that shall be equal to a surprise bill avoided for each single person in attendance here today.
We’ve got seen increased flexibility and growth within the Medicare Advantage program, especially with telehealth.
We’ve got also seen major growth in Medicaid, Medicaid managed care and the ACA marketplace.
And we have seen an increasing awareness of the advantages of mental health support, and a surge in people in search of the care they need.
A recent AHIP poll found that 3 out of 4 insured Americans found it easy to get the mental health support they needed, and 90% reported being satisfied with the care they received.
We’re considering otherwise about health, and the care that’s so essential for each single one in all us.
Seeking to the Future
As we move through 2022 and beyond, we understand that much work stays, as medical insurance providers guiding greater health.
…on advancing health equity and removing social barriers to health.
…pushing for more flexibility in telehealth and making it everlasting.
…working to enhance the affordability of care and essential treatments like pharmaceuticals.
…ensuring that consumer health information stays protected, especially as recent app developers engage within the health care space.
…working to be sure that nobody loses their coverage and that it stays reasonably priced when the general public health emergency ends.
In every part we do, we’re working hard to be sure that tons of of tens of millions of Americans can proceed to depend on the coverage that’s so necessary to their health and financial stability.
As you experience AHIP 2022, live and in-person, I hope you make the most of every opportunity to achieve recent and unique insights on the health care industry.
To learn best practices…and to discover the transformative innovations that may help us meet our most pressing challenges.
Our lineup this yr features a few of the most thoughtful, well-respected leaders from across all industries.
Experience as much as you’ll be able to and take it back to your colleagues and leadership.
But this conference is about greater than listening, it’s about fostering innovation and dealing on the issues of the longer term today.
It’s about taking motion.
We’re at all times in search of the following big idea.
We haven’t got all of the answers, but we’re working on it and want the very best minds in our sector to interact. And which means everyone here.
These big ideas are already unfolding across the country.
Like launching virtual primary care platforms that may give members access to the health care they need, when and where they need it.
Or creating recent delivery models to shut health disparity gaps and be sure that under-resourced communities get the care they need.
Or developing digital maternal health solutions that may connect expecting moms with mental health experts, OB-GYN experts, dietitians, and other health care professionals.
We have come up to now and seen great work already.
And we’re excited to see what’s coming next.
Above all, this conference is a probability to make personal connections, or for some, reconnections.
Whether that is your first time attending, or your tenth, reach out and interact with someone you have never met before.
There’s an incredible collection of talent on this room.
Please spend time and visit with our Exhibitors and Sponsors who’ve developed a few of the most revolutionary services and products to assist address the industry’s most pressing challenges and opportunities.
And be sure you ask questions during our panel sessions, browse our Expo floor, and reconnect with old friends (or make recent ones).
It’s all here waiting for you.
We all know the following 6 months…the following 6 years…and beyond are going to have their share of challenges.
But they’re stuffed with opportunities as well.
At AHIP, our vision stays clear.
Every American deserves access to reasonably priced, prime quality health coverage and care.
And each American must be supported in achieving their best health.
I would like to thanks in your leadership. Your engagement. And your commitment to serve the health care needs of our nation.
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