Symposium in Hershey to address the business of health care


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Smeal College of Business and Penn State College of Medicine are hosting a half-day symposium next month in Hershey, Pa., with speakers and panel discussions addressing the business side of health care. "Where Health Care and Business Intersect: Improving Quality/Managing Costs" will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 5 at the Hershey Country Club.

Businesses and health care organizations share in the challenge of managing health care costs and driving quality in the delivery of health care services. However, physicians generally do not receive formal training in business, and business leaders typically do not receive formal training in health care. The symposium will allow the two groups to share perspectives and strategies on how to succeed in the current market environment by managing costs, delivering quality services and maintaining employee and patient satisfaction. The program is ideal for physician and business leaders, health care managers, hospital administrators and human resources professionals.

The symposium's featured speakers will be Harold L. Paz, CEO of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and dean of the Penn State College of Medicine; Sajay Samuel, clinical professor of accounting and science, technology and society in the Smeal College of Business; and Dennis P. Scanlon, professor of health policy and planning in Penn State's College of Health and Human Development. In addition, the agenda includes a panel discussion among executives from the health care, business, insurance and nonprofit sectors.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015