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May
9

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Passion is a Necessity

Join Renée-Marie Stephano, President of the Corporate Health and Wellness Association, Co-editor of the Corporate Wellness Magazine and Co-founder of the Medical Tourism Association, Editor-in-Chief of Medical Tourism Magazine and the Health and Wellness Destination Guide Series as she delivers her keynote address to kick off the 2016 Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress and World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress.

Hear Renée detail some of the sessions and opportunity you can only find at the WMTC, and how the passion of the attendees creates an environment like no other. 

Don’t miss your chance to hear Renée at the 10th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress in Los Angeles, from October 2 – 4, 2017

Apr
14

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Meet The WMTC Buyers!

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At the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress, we want you to do more than learn the latest in the medical tourism industry; we want you to network and grow your business! Here are just four of the healthcare buyers you can meet and do business with at the 10th WMTC in Los Angeles, October 2 – 4.

Kelly Meloche

Kelly-Meloche-Photo-1Kelly Meloche, President, International Health Care Providers sends hundreds of patients from Canada to the USA and Mexico for oncology, orthopedics, and dental treatments, as well as for stem-cell therapies. Moving 500 patients per year, Kelly and her team are looking to expand their network further. International Health Care Providers have a special interest in the Caribbean and Latin American markets. Find out how you can partner with Kelly at the WMTC!

 

 

Jason Tomlinson

jason-tomlinsonJason Tomlinson, Senior Director of Clinical Operations, Crowne Consulting Group Inc., has over 9 years of experience in coordinating onsite clinical operations that serve public sector employers such as city governments, county governments, and county school districts, along with self-funded employers. Ask Jason how you can save thousands for both you and your employees while providing top-notch healthcare. Crowne Consulting is expanding their network and is looking for partners in Latin America, Asia, and the Caribbean. Make sure to have Jason on your meeting schedule during the WMTC17.

 

 

Dr. Delroy Jefferson

Delroy-JeffersonDr. Delroy Jefferson, Medical Director, Cayman Islands Health Services selects the healthcare providers for hundreds of patients who travel from the Cayman Island to the U.S. and the Caribbean for medical treatment every year. Find out how you could be on his list of preferred providers.

 

 

 

Sharif El-Sharif

elsherifSherif E-Sherif, Vice President, Life & Medical, Kuwait – Qatar Insurance Company (KQIC) has 15,000 insured lives with a medical treatment abroad plan. Providers in the UAE and Europe have already contracted with KQIC. Sharif is looking for Oncology and Orthopedic specialists in the Americas. Discover how you can meet with Sharif at the WMTC17!

 

Mar
28

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First Look at 2017 World Medical Tourism Congress Speakers

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The 10th WMTC, taking place October 2 – 4th in Los Angeles, is around the corner, and we are in full swing to bring you the best speakers who will bring you the information you need to know about the medical tourism industry. With expert speakers like these in Hollywood, you can afford to miss this year’s conference!

Here is a preliminary list of some of the speakers you can hear at the 10th WMTC!

Omar Shalabi, MD, Division Head Population Health Division, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare

Dr. Omar Rajeh Jamal ShalabiOmar Rajih Jamal Shalabi is a Division Head for the Central & Western Regions, Management Population Health Division at Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH), a joint venture initiated in 2014. His emphasis on quality, safe and patient-centered medical care is evident via his work to support Joint Commission International Accreditation for nearly 20 hospitals in the Kingdom since 1994. Dr. Shalabi believes that communication is the most important vehicle required to deliver excellent service in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via the following acronym: Knowledge, Skills, and Attitude. These three elements work together for successful people and projects, and support controlled medical tourism that requires these attributes.

 

Chip Burgett, Managing Director, Quandary Healthcare Solutions

cbChip Burgett is a seasoned healthcare executive with leadership experience in all aspects of the medical insurance market: insurance carrier management, Fortune 500 benefit leader, hospital executive, and entrepreneur. Burgett was the founding partner in Burgett & Dietrich, an employee benefit services company, which operates currently as Healthscope Benefits. Mr. Burgett leads the Quandary Solutions consulting team working with medical providers on the development, implementation, and marketing of bundled case rate programs.  His 30 plus years in the managed care industry have provided him with a depth of experience in contract negotiation and payment methodology along with an extensive contact list with insurance carriers, third-party administrators, and benefit consultants.

 

Patricia “Patty” Ziomek, Principal, Quality Health Management LLC.

Patricia-ZiomekPatricia Ziomek’ s entire professional career has been in the health care industry. Her primary focus is building strategic relationships and providing solutions in the International health care arena. Her years of industry experience extend across the traditional health insurance, managed care and medical management. Patricia Ziomek was Founder of Quality Health Management, LLC (“QHM”), an international health services administration company specializing in medical cost containment. Mrs. Ziomek earned a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Miami School Of Law in 1999. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Hartford in 1995.  Ziomek is married, mother to four children and resides in Minnesota.

 

Viktoriya Khaitova, Director of Clinical operations, VIP Health Ambassador

Viktoriya-Khaitova-pic1Viktoriya Khaitova is the Director, Clinical Operations at City Drugs. Her role at City Drugs is to further develop the portfolio of medication therapy management protocols, clinical programs, and patient and provider educational support initiatives offered by City Drugs. Viktoriya brings a wealth of clinical, diagnostic and research experience within the Hepatitis and Oncology therapeutic areas. Prior to joining City Drugs, Viktoriya’s most recent role at Mount Sinai Medical Center included prescribing medications and performing routine health services such as clinical, lab and diagnostic studies for adult patients with chronic liver disease.

 

Robert Wheeler, CMO, On Call International

WheelerRobert Wheeler has served as the Chief Medical Officer for On Call International since October 2005. In his capacity as CMO, Dr. Wheeler, together with his team of four physicians and two nurse case managers, is responsible for the management of more than 10,000 medical cases worldwide each year. He is the past Chairperson of the Medical Committee of the International Assistance Group, an organization of more than 60 global medical and travel assistance companies. Dr. Wheeler received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is Board certified in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

 

Paulo Moreira, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Healthcare Management

Paulo-Moreira-150x1501Paulo Moreira, has over 18 years experience in international health marketing and communication in a balance between executive and academic posts. He has been marketing manager and health systems analyst for British multinationals in the field of eHealth and healthcare delivery as well as hospital manager and has been involved in several work and consultancy projects on international health with a diversity of organizations including eCDC, the public health agency based in Stockholm (Sweden), and the World Health Organisation. He is currently editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Healthcare Management published by the London-based Maney Publishing, UK.

 

Lisa Han, Partner, Jones Day

Han-Bio-not-apprvdLisa Han focuses her practice on transactional and regulatory matters for healthcare and insurance clients. Her experience includes mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and formation of insurance companies and managed care plans; payor and provider joint venture or allowance; negotiation of TPA, PBM, and other vendor agreements; insurance holding company system transactions; participation in Medicare Advantage and Medicaid managed care programs; organization of accountable care organizations (ACOs), clinical integrated networks, and other types of provider organizations; value-based payment reform and shared savings programs; and compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Lisa also regularly advises hospitals, physicians, and other providers on strategic alliances, complex managed care contract negotiations, value-based purchasing, product and network issues, prompt payment compliance, audits and recovery, and regulatory compliance.

Mary Miller Sallah, Chief Quality Officer, Global Healthcare Resources

MILLER1Mary Miller Sallah, MHA, Chief Quality Officer of the Global Healthcare Accreditation® (GHA) Program, possesses over 12 years of experience in the daily management of international healthcare facilities, international business development, proven leadership in change management, and the implementation of continuous quality improvement models in various countries. Miller Sallah focuses primarily on the process and structural factors influencing long-term sustainability for improvement models both unique and realistic for individual countries or facilities.

 

 

Karen Timmons, Global Patient Safety Officer, DNV Healthcare Inc.

timmons-web-apprvdKaren Timmons, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Healthcare Accreditation® (GHA) Program, leads an innovative and inaugural healthcare accreditation program designed specifically for healthcare organizations seeking to elevate the quality, patient experience, and excellence of care provided to medical travel, medical tourism and/or international patients. The program focuses specifically on an organization’s Medical Travel Cycle, encompassing the entire pathway of medical travel, as well as setting high expectations for transparency and cultural sensitivity. Timmons is an internationally known expert in accreditation, healthcare quality, and safety processes, having previously served as President and CEO of Joint Commission International (JCI), Chief Operating Officer of The Joint Commission, and Global Patient Safety Officer for Det Norske Veritas (DNV). Timmons has served as chairperson in the following areas for the World Health Organization (WHO): Chair for the WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety Solutions, Chair for the WHO High 5 Steering Committee, and Chair of the WHO HIV Quality of Care Working Group on HIV-AIDS. 

Theodore Herring, President, University Insurance Agency

ted-herringTheodore W. Herring (Ted), a Principal in the firm of University Insurance Agency. Ted is the broker of record of numerous large companies across the United States and abroad.  Ted’s expertise in International and Domestic Medical tourism has saved his over 15,000 clients, millions of dollars on their health care cost.  Ted is a 20+ year veteran of the financial services and medical insurance industry. Prior to establishing his own Insurance and Estate Planning firm, Ted excelled in a variety of Branch Management and Wealth Management positions with First Union, Wachovia, SunTrust, and RBC Banks – working one on one with numerous high net worth individual’ s, Top level professional athletes, and celebrities’. He travels across the country advising his large group clients on the Top International Centers of Excellence for medical tourism worldwide.  Ted and his team of Doctors and medical professionals travel all over the world to inspect every aspect of an International Medical Facilities to seek out the best medical facilities for his clients Domestic and International Medical tourism programs.

Kelly Meloche, President, International Healthcare Providers, IHP

Kelly-Meloche-Photo-1The Founder of International HealthCare Providers, Kelly Meloche is a renowned energetic and goal driven professional with a reputation pioneering successful cutting edge healthcare initiatives from the grass roots level. She continues traveling the globe examining health care systems. Kelly executes a compassionate and hands-on approach when building international patient programs with her hospital partners in order to confidently provide her clients with not only timely but intelligent, health care solutions.

Jan
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LIVE WEBINAR: Next Gen Solutions for Cutting Healthcare Costs – Personalized, Predictive Technology & Streamline Enrollment Decisions

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More than ever before, U.S. employees are unnerved and confused by the complexity, growing costs, coverage gaps, and uncertainty of the decisions they make regarding their annual healthcare coverage. Selecting a healthcare plan is more like placing a bet, and the associated risks are becoming more and more daunting.

On Tuesday, January 24th, DZee Solutions, in collaboration with Global Healthcare Resources, will hold a must-attend webinar on how to cut individualized healthcare costs utilizing predictive decision support.

Register Today

Did You Know

  • Reuters estimates that annual healthcare costs could be cut by $36 BILLION if consumers are motivated and empowered to make smarter decisions about their healthcare.
  • 82% percent of adults have not estimated the amount of money they will need to cover the cost of healthcare after retirement.
  • 64% percent of U.S. companies agree that fixing enterprise healthcare requires a disruptive change to the status quo.

Webinar Highlights

Industry-leading healthcare professionals—Mark Tanning, VP of Client Relations of DZee Solutions, with over 35 years of senior global HR leadership, and Mike Gerali, author of “What You Don’t Know About Retirement Will Hurt You!”—will explore the many ways you can:

  • Reduce healthcare expenses for your company, your clients, and your employees
  • Look beyond the standard “one-year-at-a time” approach to healthcare
  • Simplify the healthcare enrollment process and take the guesswork out of plan selection
  • Learn how innovative machine-base data engines can predict individualized future healthcare expenses
  • Become an astute saver! See how to properly save for your future health and wellness based on lifetime projections 

This live webinar is a must-attend for:

  • HR Enrollment Firms
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Benefits Administration Companies
  • Health Insurance Carriers
  • Agents, Brokers, and Consultants
  • All Other Industry Professionals 

Register Today

Webinar Presenters:

mark-tanning-headshot-dzee-solutions Mark Tanning, Vice President of Client Relations & HR Service Line, DZee Solutions, Inc.

 

 

 

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Mike Gerali, Partner, HR Solutions

 

 

Nov
27

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Italy’s First Certified WellHotel® | Ti Sana Detox Retreat and Spa

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The Medical Tourism Association®, powered by Global Healthcare Resources would like to congratulate and welcome Ti Sana Detox Retreat and Spa as first health spa to become a certified WellHotel®.

Located in Lombardy, Italy, Ti Sana is a multi-award winning retreat that offers a holistic approach to wellness. Their beautifully designed rooms and landscape are part of a historical property dating back to the 18th – century.

Ti Sana features a medical spa boasting a detailed analysis of the guest’s body and other diagnostic tests as well as stress and pain therapy treatments and hydro-colon therapy.

Ti Sana is mostly known for their Healtheatarian program that is designed to help guests learn to set up and manage their own lifestyle in the areas of weight, stress, preventative health and education on healthy eating.

Ti Sana Detox Retreat & Spa is proud to be participating in the world’s first certification in the wellness tourism field. We strongly believe in authorities who supervise and assure safety to travelers who opt for a healthy vacation. This is a first big step towards the real understanding of health and human well-being that will open many minds across the world. More people will invest in prevention leading to a healthier and happier world.” 

Learn more about Ti Sana Detox Retreat & Spa here

Sep
24

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The WMTC Welcomes Yucatan Medical Tourism

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The Medical Tourism Association welcomes Yucatan Medical Tourism as a Bronze Sponsor at the 9th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress, which is taking place September 25-28, 2016, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C. While at the congress, be sure to stop by the exhibit hall and visit Yucatan Medical Tourism at Booth 256.

ABOUT YUCATAN MEDICAL TOURISM

The entire Yucatan Peninsula is known for its high-level infrastructure of healthcare. With a large network of public and private hospitals, clinics, and laboratories that all guarantee highly specialized medical care, Yucatan is a great medical tourist destination.

Merida, the cultural, economic, social and health center of the Yucatan Peninsula, is considered one of the best cities in the area for medical tourism. Its services, peacefulness and security, coupled with its strategic geographical position, makes it the medical capital of Mexico’s Southeast. Merida is located just one hour and 30 minutes from Mexico City by plane, and is only a three hour drive from Cancun and Riviera Maya. Also, a direct flight from Miami, Florida to Merida only takes about one hour and 22 minutes.

Yucatan also has the highest number of specialist in Mexico´s Southeast. For this and many other reasons, Yucatan is a destination that not only provides excellent health care but also provides savings of up to 60 percent on procedures, as compared to the U.S.

While at the exhibit hall at the 9th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress, September 25-28, 2016, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C., be sure to visit Yucatan Medical Tourism at Booth 256

OUR NETWORKING PLATFORM JUJAMA HAS LAUNCHED

Our Networking Platform JUJAMA has launched! Download the App & Book Your Meetings to Start Building New Partnerships With Yucatan Medical Tourism Today!

Register & Connect: http://bit.ly/registerWMTC

WE ARE ONLY ONE DAY AWAY FROM THE LARGEST GLOBAL MEDICAL TOURISM EVENT OF THE YEAR, the 9th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress.

With multiple initiatives and platforms to unite the thriving medical tourism industry, the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMTC) is the largest medical tourism conference in the world.

Riding on the success of the 2015 event, the 9th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress anticipates up to 3000 attendees from nearly 100 countries around the world.

Participants and attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the industry first-hand from leading hospitals, insurance companies, physicians, etc., and to take advantage of the collaborative forums and summits.

There will also be hundreds of one-on-one networking opportunities with registrants from the combined conference of the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Conference (EHBC), and International Luxury Hotel Association (IHLA), providing six times the traffic and networking for everyone attending the conferences this year. 

IT’S NOT TOO LATE! Register here!

Sep
24

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Western Union is a Gold Sponsor at This Year’s World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

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The Medical Tourism Association welcomes Western Union as a Gold Sponsor at the 9th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress, which is taking place September 25-28, 2016, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C. While at the congress, be sure to stop by the exhibit hall and visit Western Union at Booths 550 – 552.

ABOUT WESTERN UNION

Western Union is a leader in global payment services. Whether you are a small business or a global corporation, have families near or far away, or live in the most remote community on Earth, Western Union helps you securely and seamlessly transfer money in ways that are most convenient for you, such as walking into a retail location or using Western Union’s website or app to move money in minutes.

In 2015, Western Union moved over $150 billion dollars for its consumer and business clients. It continues to innovate by developing new ways to send money through digital, mobile, and retail channels, with an array of convenient pay-out options to meet business and consumer needs.

Western Union move’s money for better. Its customers use its services to send money to family members in nearly every part of the world, to provide support, recognize a special occasion, and enable entrepreneurship or education.

While at the exhibit hall at the 9th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress, September 25-28, 2016, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C., be sure to visit Western Union at Booths 550 – 552

OUR NETWORKING PLATFORM JUJAMA HAS LAUNCHED

Our Networking Platform JUJAMA has launched! Download the App & Book Your Meetings to Start Building New Partnerships With Western Union Today!

Register & Connect: http://bit.ly/registerWMTC

WE ARE ONLY ONE DAY AWAY FROM THE LARGEST GLOBAL MEDICAL TOURISM EVENT OF THE YEAR, the 9th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress. 

With multiple initiatives and platforms to unite the thriving medical tourism industry, the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMTC) is the largest medical tourism conference in the world.

Riding on the success of the 2015 event, the 9th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress anticipates up to 3000 attendees from nearly 100 countries around the world.

Participants and attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the industry first-hand from leading hospitals, insurance companies, physicians, etc., and to take advantage of the collaborative forums and summits.

There will also be hundreds of one-on-one networking opportunities with registrants from the combined conference of the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Conference (EHBC), and International Luxury Hotel Association (IHLA), providing six times the traffic and networking for everyone attending the conferences this year. 

IT’S NOT TOO LATE! Register here!