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15th Annual BHF Southern African Conference 2014:

"Waves of Change. Oceans of Opportunity"

The Speakers Presentations for the BHF Southern African Conference, as well as the Global Healthcare Fraud Prevention Summit are shown below:

BHF Conference 2014: Presentations

Sunday, 24th August 2014

  • Counsellor Logie Naidoo, e-Thekwini Municipality
  • Address by the Minister of Health – Dr Aaron Motsoaledi
  • Keynote Address: Strategic Leadership – Professor Nick Binedell, Dean of the Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS)

Monday, 25th August 2014

SESSION ONE:

SESSION TWO:

SESSION THREE:

SESSION FOUR:

  • The Value Agenda:
  • Taking charge of change - Dr Anuschka Coovadia, Africa Healthcare Clinical Actuarial Senior Manager, KPMG Services (Pty) Ltd
  • Triple Aim - Professor Yosuf Veriava, Principal Officer
  • IT Vision 2020 - Hubert Wentzel, Head of IT Strategy: Consulting Divivsion, EOH

Tuesday, 26th August 2014

STREAM ONE:

SESSION ONE:

SESSION TWO: Managed Care: What should it be?

SESSION THREE: Managed Care continued:

SESSION FOUR: Managed Care continued:

  • Integrating Measurement, Evaluation, Governance and Quality in the Management of Care
    - Dr Andrew Good, MD, Lifechoice
    - Dr Malik Vazi, CEO, Zeal Health Innovations

SESSION FIVE: Shaping our Future: Expanding our role

  • Partners in progress:
    - Gavin Steel, Chief Director, Sector Wide Procurement, NDoh
    - Dr Terence Carter, DDg, Hospital Tertiary Service and Workforce Management, NDoH

SESSION SIX: Shaping our Future: Expanding our role

SESSION SEVEN:

STREAM TWO: Healthcare Funding: A Regional Focus

SESSION ONE:

  • Competition in Healthcare- Professor Alex van den Heever, Chair, Social Security Systems And Management Studies, Wits School of Governance

SESSION TWO:

SESSION THREE:

  • Promoting responsible member behaviour - Celynn Erasmus, Registered Dietician, Author & Professional Speaker

SESSION FOUR:

SESSION FIVE:

  • Regional initiatives to promote access to affordable healthcare in the SADC
    - Callie Scafer - Prosperity Health, Namibia
    - Shylet Sanyanga, CEO, AHFoZ, Zimbabwe

STREAM THREE: HFMU Workshop on Fraud, Waste and Abuse

  • Sharing of experiences – What our neighbouring countries experience and how they deal with it
    –- Dr Lydia Dsane –Selby, Director, Claims – National Health Insurance Authority (Ghana)
    - Shylet Sanyanga, CEO, Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ)

Wednesday, 27th August 2014

SESSION ONE:

SESSION TWO:

SESSION THREE:

  • Health Insurance Products - Professor Alex van den Heever, Chair, Social Security Systems And Management Studies, Wits School of Governance

SESSION FOUR:

SESSION FIVE: Gaining the edge by making the member connection

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2014 Global Healthcare Fraud Prevention Summit

The Annual Global Healthcare Fraud Prevention Summit was held for the first time in Africa. Directly preceding the BHF Conference the summit was hosted by the BHF's Healthcare Forensic Management Unit.

Summit Presentations:

  • Marius Werner: A call to action: Building effective people-private partnerships and mitigating risk.
  • Paul Crowder: Fraud Prevention - Data analytics and other methodologies
  • Bella Mfenyana: An industry united - joint investigations; sharing of information and knowledge; data sharing versus organized crime.

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CONFERENCE PRESS RELEASES:

CONFERENCE NEWS PAPER ARTICLES:

The 15th Annual BHF Southern African Conference was held at the Durban International Conference Centre, from the 24th to 27th of August. The theme for this year’s conference was “Waves of Change. Oceans of Opportunity"

Opened by former president, Nelson Mandela in 1997, the Durban ICC was South Africa’s first International Convention Centre and has played a pioneering role in attracting international events to our shores since its inception.

Click here to view the Conference Website.

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BHF HAS MOVED!

THE BHF OFFICES ARE NOW SITUATED ON THE GROUND FLOOR, SOUTH TOWER, 1SIXTY JAN SMUTS, JAN SMUTS AVENUE, CNR TYRWHITT AVENUE, ROSEBANK, JOHANNESBURG.

OUR TELEPHONE, FAX AND PO BOX NUMBERS WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR E-MAIL SYSTEM IS UP AND RUNNING. UNFORTUNATELY WE ARE EXPERIENCING DIFFICULTIES WITH THE SWITCHBOARD, PLEASE BE PATIENT WHEN CALLING IN.

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The BHF Trustee Training Programme 2014

This focused, comprehensive, one-day course provides in-depth information on the key areas relating to good governance of medical schemes. Highly relevant to trustees and those working within the private funding sector.

Trustee Training sessions were held in Johannesburg on the 25th of March and in Cape Town on the 27th of March. Both sessions were well attended and we received positive feedback from the delegates. The next Trustee Training programmes will be held in Johannesburg on the 30th of September, and in Cape Town on the 16th of October, booking has already begun. .

Click here to view the typical agenda.

Registration Forms:

Click here for the Registration Form.

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BHF Seminars 2014:

The first in a series of seminars was held in Johannesburg on the 9th of May.

The topics under discussion were: MEDICAL SCHEME COMPLIANCE; and, THE IMPACT OF POPI ON THE FUNDING INDUSTRY, the speaker was health law expert, Esme Prins-van den Berg

The seminar was well attended and the feedback was very positive.

Should you have topics you wish to see covered in future seminars,please forward your suggestions to Laura Beuthin on laurab@bhfglobal.com.
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Overregulating healthcare is futile

Editorial Comment: Business Day, 29 August 2014

THE Economic Development Ministry, which oversees the Competition Commission, would be well advised to take note of the Department of Health's battle to close legal loopholes it says have enabled pharmaceutical companies to use perverse incentives to influence which medicines pharmacies dispense to patients.

Obese SA has to get a move on

Dr Mario Greyling: Mail & Guardian, 29 August 2014

SOUTH Africans must get moving - literally - to combat obesity, the hidden killer and unspoken instigator of chronic diseases of lifestyle, which are among the biggest causes of death worldwide and a fact of life for more than 70 percent of women over the age of 35 in our country.

Adcock divides to conquer as it seeks recovery from loss

Sikonathi Mantshantsha: Business Day, 29 August 2014

THE new management of drug maker Adcock Ingram has begun a reorganisation of the business, splitting it into five divisions with some degree of autonomy to work towards a return to profitability and meet targets.

Treasury rules 'will harm medical schemes'

Tamar Kahn: Business Day, 28 August 2014
Katharine Child: The Times, 28 August 2014
Laura Du Preez: Business Report, 28 August 2014

THE Treasury’s controversial proposals for regulating health insurance products are ill-conceived, and if adopted in their present form will do irreparable harm to the medical schemes market, delegates to the annual Board of Healthcare Funders conference heard yesterday from a leading health economist.

Call for joint effort to end hospital cash plan fraud

Tamar Kahn: Business Day, 27 August 2014
Bronwyn Fourie: The Star, 27 August 2014

FINANCIAL services group MMI has called for closer collaboration between medical schemes and insurance companies to stamp out hospital cash plan fraud.

Rules aim to end drug firms' use of 'perverse' sales incentives

Tamar Kahn: Business Day, 27 August 2014
Katharine Child: The Times, 27 August 2014

THE Department of Health is trying to close legal loopholes that it says have enabled pharmaceutical companies to use perverse incentives to influence which medicines are sold to patients by pharmacies.


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