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Big Names Populate Lineup for American Hospital Association's Annual Meeting This Week

By Steven Porter  
   April 08, 2019

Well-known healthcare executives, public officials, and others are in D.C. this week for the AHA's annual membership meeting.

The annual membership meeting of the American Hospital Association is well underway in Washington, D.C., where events began Sunday and will continue through Wednesday, with appearances by a number of noteworthy guests.

Public officials slated to make appearances Monday include Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric D. Hargan; Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri; and Adam Boehler, director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, according to the AHA's schedule.

They will be followed Tuesday by former HHS secretary Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida; Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts; Rep. Michael Burgess, MD, R-Texas; and retired four-star General Colin Powell. Then attendees will hear from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, each of whom will share about their legislative priorities and the state of healthcare policymaking.

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The annual meeting's schedule also includes a number of prominent healthcare executives, of course, including Carilion Clinic President and CEO Nancy Howell Agee, who was AHA chair last year; Atlantic Health System President and CEO Brian Gragnolati, FACHE, who is current AHA board chair; and Saint Luke's Health System President and CEO Melinda L. Estes, MD, who will be AHA board chair next year.

More information about the annual meeting is available on the AHA website.

Steven Porter is an associate content manager and Strategy editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.

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