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Sani Dental Group joins the World Medical Tourism Congress in LA as Silver Sponsor

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Sani Dental Group will join Natalie Fair, Social Impact & Coaching, Pinterest at the 10th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMTC) in Los Angeles October 2 – 4, along with 2,000 attendees and 150 exhibitors from across the world for three days of learning the latest news and information in the industry and networking peers to drive the industry into the future. Attendees will be immersed in an exciting and vibrant environment to spark new ideas helping patients receive the care they need.

If you are involved in handling international patients as a facilitator or care provider or are interested in saving money on your health plan by contracting with hospitals, you cannot afford to miss the insight available at the WMTC. Highlights of this year’s event includes:

About Sani Dental Group

Sani Dental Group is the largest dental group in Los Algodones, Mexico. Established in 1985, it has grown from a 2-chair office to a group with more than 30 dentists with 3 different offices. Our specialists are graduates from the best universities in Mexico, and they have taken courses in several prestigious institutions, including Harvard School of Dental Medicine, International Center of Laser Education and Mega’Gen Implants Factory in Seoul, Korea.

About the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

As the first membership-based international nonprofit trade organization and think-tank for the medical tourism and healthcare industries, the Medical Tourism Association® develops and implements creative and sustainable strategies for attracting direct foreign investments. The MTA provides advisory services to investors researching the industry and matches these financiers with medical tourism-related projects. www.MedicalTourismAssociation.com

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JHS Architecture the World Medical Tourism Congress in LA, Oct. 2 – 4

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JHS Architecture joins the 10th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMTC) in Los Angeles October 2 – 4, as an Exhibitor. They, along with 2,000 attendees and 150 exhibitors from across the world, will experience three days of learning the latest news and information in the industry and networking peers to drive the industry into the future. Attendees will be immersed in an exciting and vibrant environment to spark new ideas helping patients receive the care they need.

If you are involved in handling international patients as a facilitator or care provider or are interested in saving money on your health plan by contracting with hospitals, you cannot afford to miss the insight available at the WMTC. Highlights of this year’s event include:

About JHS Architecture

Since co-founding the firm of JHS Architecture Integrated Design, Inc. in 1986, Architect, Randy L. Sides, AIA, NCARB, has had the privilege of being responsible for the Architectural projects of new and renovated construction throughout the United States. These projects include Sustainable Health Care Facilities such as Hospitals, Out-Patient Care and Physician Medical Office, Hotels, Condominium Hotels, High-rise and Low-rise Hospitality Resorts in coastal environments, Hotel Convention Resorts with Spa and Recreational Amenities.

The firms’ experience also includes Corporate Office building and Business Parks, Manufacturing Plants, Public and Private Schools from Elementary through High School and University Teaching, Administration, and Athletic facilities. JHS Architecture’s experience includes numerous projects with Palmetto Health System which is a multi-hospital system, the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Samaritan’s Purse International Relief.

JHS Architecture is proficient in the interpretation of the code requirements such as the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities, and the National Fire Code that the citizens of the United States have come to trust and expect to encounter as they use Healthcare, Corporate and Hospitality facilities both within and outside of the United States.

About the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

As the first membership-based international nonprofit trade organization and think-tank for the medical tourism and healthcare industries, the Medical Tourism Association® develops and implements creative and sustainable strategies for attracting direct foreign investments. The MTA provides advisory services to investors researching the industry and matches these financiers with medical tourism-related projects. For more information, visit MedicalTourismAssociation.com.

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More Great Speakers You Can Only Hear at the WMTC

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The World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress is getting ready to host the medical tourism event of a lifetime. With everything from a certification to get you updated on the latest in the industry, to expert speakers detailing the latest trends and future of medical travel, to one on one networking meetings to help you grow your business, you cannot afford to miss this event! Here are just five of the speakers you can hear only at the WMTC.

Wissam Mattout, Chief Operations Officer, NEXtCARE 

Wissam MattoutWissam Mattout serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Allianz Worldwide Partners (AWP) for MEA region and is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and operational management of the company. In this role, Mr. Mattout has helped establish AWP and NEXtCARE as a respected, award-winning TPA of the year regionally. Under his management, AWP consistently achieves year-over-year growth, expanding its customer base by 100 percent or more each year.Prior to shouldering the RCOO role, Mr. Mattout served as Head of IT and Security of NEXtCARE, where he held various executive and management positions for seven years. Mr. Mattout’s responsibilities and influence extended throughout all areas of the organization including strategic planning and execution, corporate management, product development, technology deployment, and customer and operations.

Jill Harmatz, Senior Director of Provider Contracting, Blue Shield of California

Jill HarmatzJill Harmatz is Senior Director of Provider Contracting in one of two regions in Southern California.  She oversees the negotiations for hospital contracts, medical groups, and Ambulatory Surgery Centers in her region.  She is involved in many cost saving initiatives at Blue Shield including bundled payments with ASC’s through Global 1.  She worked for Care America since its inception before it was acquired by Blue Shield.  Jill holds a B.A., M.ED. and an MPH from UCLA. In her free time, she enjoys spending time on the golf course with her husband watching their two son’s play competitive golf.

Shady Nawar, Head of Health and Benefits, Bupa Global Middle East

ShadyShady Nawar is Head of Health & Benefits for Bupa Global Middle East. He has been with Bupa since 2010 and prior to this, he was a TPA Development and Contracting Manager. In his current role, Shady is responsible for the management and development of a huge medical provider network in the Middle East. In line with Bupa Global’s customer strategy, he is responsible for optimizing the expenditure of medical benefits working closely with hospitals and health providers in the region. Shady also internally champions the customer needs to ensure they receive the best claims and clinical experience. He is well recognized for his market knowledge, industry expertise and the strong grasp of the regulatory framework in the Middle East region.

Lorna Borenstein, CEO & Founder, Grokker, Inc.

LornaLorna Borenstein is an internet veteran who began her career launching eBay Canada out of her guest room with a newborn in her arms. After 15 years in high-profile roles at eBay, Inc. (EBAY), Yahoo! (YHOO), and Move, Inc., Lorna made the radical choice to leave it all behind to spend time with her family. Deciding to not let her career define her challenged long-held beliefs and started a journey of self-discovery. Little did she expect that an idea sparked while traveling would bring her out of retirement and back into tech to start her own company focused on pursuing your best self, Grokker. As founder and CEO of Grokker, Lorna is changing how busy people get and stay healthy by delivering premium, on-demand video wellness content and a supportive online community of experts and enthusiasts, available at any time. Loved by users in 172 countries around the world, Grokker was named to the 2017 CNBC Upstart 25 list for successful start-ups.

H.E. Pierre Clive Agius, Ambassador, Republic of Malta

H.E. Pierre Clive AgiusAmbassador Agius is a career diplomat. He was born in Malta on October 21st, 1965 to Joseph AGIUS and Josephine neé ZAMMIT.  Mr. Agius joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993 as a First Secretary.  In 1995 he served his first posting as a First Secretary at the Embassy of Malta in Paris. In 1999, he was posted to Geneva, Switzerland, at the Permanent Mission of Malta to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations.  During this term, he served also as Consul General of Malta with jurisdiction over the Swiss Cantons of Bern, Fribourg, Vaud, and Jura.  In 2000, he was appointed Counsellor. On his return to Valletta in summer of 2002, Mr. Agius he served as Diplomatic Counsellor to H.E. the President of Malta Prof. Guide de Marco where he remained until the summer of 2004 when he moved to the Embassy of Malta in Vienna, Austria. There he served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Permanent Mission of Malta to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations Organisation (UNO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other International Organisations.

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Direct Contracting – The Future of the Industry

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A new trend is emerging among the top Employers in the U.S. Companies like Walmart, Pepsi, Hewlett Packard, Lowes, ExxonMobil and more are turning to Direct Contracting to lower their healthcare costs and improve their health outcomes.  Employers can negotiate prices for a variety of procedures including orthopedics, heart, cancer and organ transplants.

Direct Contracting, quite simply, is when a large employer negotiates directly with a hospital to establish a set price for procedures in exchange for being the sole provider of that procedure for the company’s employees.

This benefits both the employer and the hospital. The employer reduces their costs and creates predictability via pre-negotiated pricing, while hospitals receive a steady new stream of patients.

Employees can also see benefits from Direct Contracting. By contracting with Centers of Excellence, patients can expect faster recovery times with fewer complications. Many employers even provide a cash incentive, often a percentage of the cost saved, for employees to travel for care – airfare and hotel costs included!

Join Jonathan Edelheit, CEO of the Medical Tourism Association and one of the largest influencers in domestic and international medical travel, for a webcast taking place Thursday, June 15, at 2:00 PM EST where he will explain everything you need to know about Direct Contracting. Whether you are a hospital looking for new patient streams or a self-funded employer looking for innovative cost-saving solutions, you will gain valuable insight into the future of a growing industry.

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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

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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!

 

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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.