America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) is bringing thousands of jittery people together this week in Salt Lake City.
AHIP, Washington, is set to start its two-day Institute 2012 annual meeting in Salt Lake City Thursday. The health insurance company trade group is offering one-day add-on conferences today.
The sessions are taking place as insurance company executives, consultants, brokers and others with an interest in U.S. health policy are making desperate efforts to practice self-calming techniques while waiting for the Supreme Court to rule — or decide not to rule — on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA).
The court ruling could appear as early as 10 a.m. EDT Thursday, while health technology executives are supposed to be appearing in a general session panel on the intersection of science, technology and health care delivery system transformation.
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The court could kill some, part or none of PPACA, or it could decide that issuing any ruling on PPACA is premature and simply push the day of reckoning off into the future.
Many of the AHIP speakers have tried to start preparing their presentations months ahead of time. The court ruling could put some of the sessions in an entirely different light and instantly make some of the topics discussed obsolete.
One of the add-in conferences taking place today is a conference on implementing PPACA, and another is on setting up exchanges, or Web-based health insurance supermarkets.