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The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce will hold their Annual State of Healthcare event on April 15 which will discuss a number of topics related to healthcare in the region. The Chamber’s webpage of the event touts that top officials from the region’s largest and most influential health care companies which will companies such as BlueCross/BlueShield, INova, Cigna, and Kaiser Permanente. 

The event, which will be held virtually, will include discussions about issues that affect residents in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“Our keynote will focus on equity in healthcare delivery, a major issue that was highlighted as a persistent problem during the pandemic. Our panel will also hit on health equity and I expect other major issues like value-based care and topics related to employer concerns like affordability. It’s a high-level event with multiple C-suite participants from our healthcare industry members,” says Clayton Medford, Vice President of Government Relations for the NOVA Chamber.

While the event will be held virtually as have most chamber events since the pandemic began, a good amount of people is expected to attend the event.

“Honestly, other than being virtual, I don’t think covid has had an impact on these kinds of events. Attendance is still close to what it was pre-covid and we’re getting very high-level speakers from the private and public sector (speaking broadly for the ‘State of’ events from 2020). Of course, many people prefer in-person events, and we’re looking forward to getting back to holding those as soon as its safe,” says Mr. Medford.

Such an event may be beneficial to the Fairfax area since it has the highest total of coronavirus cases according to information on the Fairfax County Government website and the Virginia Department of Health. The Fairfax Health District which consists of Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and Falls Church, has recorded 73,319 cases as of April 6. Of that amount, 60,413 cases were confirmed positive for the virus, 3,830 of that totals were hospitalized for the virus, and 1,075 have died in the health district as a result of the virus. 

Speakers for the virtual event will include President and CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Brian Pieninck, Chief Operating Officer of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan for Kaiser Permanente Mid Atlantic Lawrence Hamilton, Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maria Harris Tildon, Chief External Affairs Officer for Inova Health System Jen Siciliano, Market Medical Executive for Cigna’s Mid-Atlantic Region Christina Stasiuk, and Chief Quality and Safety Officer for the Inova Health System Chapy Venkatesan.

Registration for the event closes on April 14 and will be held online on April 15 from 9:00am to 10:30 am on the chamber’s website.

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