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Keynote Speakers, Medical Speakers & Experts on Healthcare Policy
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Aaron Carroll, MD, MS
Aaron Carroll, MD, MS
Dr. Carroll is the Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research and a Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and continues to be a sought after speaker on cost, quality and access -and the proposed healthcare legislation and its implications for our future. His blog: "The Incidental Economist" is one of the most widely read health policy blogs in the world and he is a regular contributor to the New York Times and the Huffington Post on health research and policy. His YouTube channel, "Healthcare Triage" received the 2015 National Institute of Health Care Management Digital Media Award.

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Stanley Hupfeld
Stanley Hupfeld
With almost forty years of award-winning healthcare leadership experience, Stan Hupfeld brings into focus the problems existing in healthcare today and the solution for our future. Historically, health care delivery has tended to be transactional and unidirectional-in other words one doctor-one hospital stay-one insurance bill. In a post reform world all bets are off requiring a different kind of thinking when we begin to take a risk(read premium dollar) for the total care of a patient population. In that environment we must be much shrewder and have a different approach with the other stakeholders understanding why healthcare seems to defy our best thinking about how to change it and what policy alternatives give us the best hope of survival.

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Laura Adams
Laura Adams
Laura Adams is the President and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI), a center of collaborative innovation that advances health and healthcare transformation. RIQI is the only organization in the nation to win all three of the major HITECH health IT grants which funded CurrentCare (the statewide health information exchange), the RI Regional Extension Center and the RI Beacon Community. Laura served on the ONC's HIT Policy Committee's Governance Panel for the Nationwide Health Information Network. She is a member of the newly-launched HIMSS Center for Patient and Family Centered Care Advisory Group and chaired the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Planning Committee for the "Digital Infrastructure for Population Health.

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Stuart Altman
Stuart Altman
Dr. Stuart Altman, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, is an economist with approximately five decades of experience working closely with issues of federal and state health policy within government, the private sector, and academia. He has served on numerous government advisory boards on both the federal and state levels and is recognized as a leader in the health care field. Modern Healthcare, Celebrating 30 Years, listed Stuart Altman among the 30 people who have had the most influence on healthcare over the past 30 years; and, for the past six years, they named him among the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.

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Geoff Colvin
Geoff Colvin
To look at the numbers is to understand his influence: ~ 14 million people visit Fortune.com's website. Geoff's "On Leadership" interview series is one of the most popular features on the site ~ Fortune has 3.8 million readers - Geoff's been with Fortune Magazine for 34 years and his column is one of the most popular items ~ For 27 years Geoff's "Inside Business" segments on CBS Radio stations across America with 7 million listeners The insights Geoff delivers are remarkable in their clarity, giving leaders the perspective they need to make better decisions about the future of healthcare.

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David Cutler
David Cutler
David Cutler, Harvard Professor of health economics and author of Your Money Or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Health Care System, was the subject of a feature article in the New York Times Magazine, by Roger Lowenstein titled: The Quality Cure. He served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration and was senior health care advisor to Barack Obama's Presidential campaign. Cutler was recently named one of the 30 people who could have a powerful impact on healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine and one of the 50 most influential men aged 45 and younger by Details magazine.

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Sampson Davis, MD
Sampson Davis, MD
Sampson Davis, MD is an infectious, compelling storyteller that all should hear. His true rags-to-riches journey leaves audiences inspired and filled with motivation. Growing up in one of America’s toughest cities, he made the transition from life-threatening quarters to a highly sought-after professional speaker, best-selling author and specially skilled, life-saving physician. Through riveting personal and medical stories, Dr. Sampson Davis provides a never-before-seen look at health care in America, presenting not only the issues but also the complicated lives behind the statistics.

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Susan Dentzer
Susan Dentzer
Susan Dentzer, a leading national expert in health care and health policy, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation. She also serves as the Senior health policy adviser for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and is past editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation's leading journal of health policy. She also served as the on-air health correspondent for the PBS NewsHour from 1998 to 2008, and remains an on-air analyst on health policy for the show. A frequent guest on a number of National Public Radio programs, including This American Life and The Diane Rehm Show, she is a graduate of Dartmouth and holder of an honorary master of arts from the institution.

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Joe Flower
Joe Flower
Joe Flower, an internationally recognized healthcare futurist and a world-class presenter, has been writing, speaking, and consulting about creating change for over two decades. In his powerful keynotes and interactive workshops, Flower - - shares his unique grasp of the forces transforming healthcare, such as the aging of the Baby Boom; radically new pharmaceuticals and therapies; digitization and automation; extreme cost pressures; shifts in payment structures; and perhaps greater than any of them, the rising power of the consumer.

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John Goodman
John Goodman
John C. Goodman is president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, research fellow at the Independent Institute and author of the new Independent Institute book, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis. He is widely known as the "Father of Health Savings Accounts," and Modern Healthcare named him as one of four people who have most influenced the modern health care system.

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Regina Herzlinger
Regina Herzlinger
Called America's leading advocate for market-driven, consumer-oriented health reform, Regina Herzlinger is one of the country's most respected health care analysts. Dubbed by Money magazine as the "godmother of consumer-driven healthcare," she is known for her pioneering research, analyses, and predictions in the areas of managed care, consumer-driven healthcare and healthcare focused factories - two terms that she coined. Also the first woman ever to be tenured and chaired at Harvard Business School, she is the university's Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration.

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Paula Johnson, MD, MPH
Paula Johnson, MD, MPH
Wellesley President Paula Johnson, MD is a respected and passionate leader, deeply committed to women and to sustainably improving their lives. She is recognized internationally as an innovator who has brought her broad range of experience as a researcher, educator, and expert in health care, public health, and health policy to bear in the effort to advance the well-being of women. Her vision for achieving sustainable improvement in women’s health is reflected in the Connors Center’s unique approach to all aspects of health throughout the lifespan. This model encompasses discovering how disease is expressed differently in women and men; integrating leading-edge research about women’s health into the delivery of care; influencing health policy; addressing the health of women globally; and developing the next generation of leaders in the field of women’s health through innovative interdisciplinary education and working successfully across complex systems.

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Robert Laszewski
Robert Laszewski
Robert Laszewski is a policy and marketplace expert specializing in assisting clients through the significant health policy and market change in the current health care cost and quality challenge. His client list includes health insurance companies, casualty insurance companies, HMOs, Blue Cross organizations, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, physician groups, providers and payees. Mr. Laszewski has participated extensively in the nation's health care debate, especially on health insurance reform and the impact it will have on existing health insurance programs, the insurance industry, and the evolving role between payers and providers.

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Michael Leavitt
Michael Leavitt
Michael O. Leavitt, founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners, former three times Governor of Utah, and cabinet member for George Bush serving as chairman of Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services offers new solutions for solving the health care crisis, advocating fiscal responsibility and higher standards for quality care. Renowned for his strategic reasoning, incisive intellect and profound acuity, Michael Leavitt captivates audiences with his mastery of global health, commerce and policy issues and translates them into powerful, pragmatic perspectives in a compelling, straight-forward style.

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Leon Logothetis
Leon Logothetis
Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist. It wasn't always that way. He used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road. Giving life changing gifts along the way to unsuspecting good Samaritans. All of this whilst relying on the kindness of strangers. This radical life change was inspired by the inspirational movie The Motorcycle Diaries.

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Martin Makary, MD
Martin Makary, MD
Over the last ten years, neither error rates nor costs have come down, despite scientific progress and efforts to curb expenses. Why? To patients, the healthcare system is a black box. Doctors and hospitals are unaccountable, and the lack of transparency leaves both bad doctors and systemic flaws unchecked. Patients need to know more of what healthcare workers know, so they can make informed choices. Accountability in healthcare would expose dangerous doctors, reward good performance, and force positive change nationally, using the power of the free market. Dr. Makary delivers a powerful, no-nonsense, non-partisan diagnosis for healing our hospitals and reforming our broken healthcare system.

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Uwe Reinhardt, PhD
Uwe Reinhardt, PhD
Recognized as one of the nation's leading authorities on healthcare economics, Dr. Uwe Reinhardt has taught at Princeton University since 1968, where he is a James Madison Professor of Political Economy and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences since 1978, Dr. Reinhard is a past president of the Association of Health Services Research and served as a commissioner on the Physician Payment Review Committee from 1986-1995. A frequent commentator in the media, Dr. Reinhardt offers enlightening and informative commentary on the economics of healthcare today.

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Scott Wordelman
Scott Wordelman
Scott Wordelman, FACHE, was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Fairview Red Wing Health Services from 1998-2012. He led the creation of one of the nation\'s first rural integrated community health systems. On a state level, he is a former Chair of the Minnesota Hospital Association . Currently Scott is a member of the Minnesota Hospital Association Policy and Advocacy, and Chairman of the MHA\'s Workforce Development Committees. On a national level, he is a member of the American Hospital Association\'s Long Range Policy Committee. Scott is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives.

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  • health-2082630_1280We are living through what is arguably the most challenging time for the health care industry. Globally, health care appears to be on a collision course with patient needs and economic reality. No one is happy with the current system, and the combination of rising costs, poor access, inequitable care, and diminishing quality and safety has created anxiety and frustration for all. Decades of interventions have failed to improve the situation; if anything, things have become worse. Current approaches tend to focus on a single issue or problem (the price of drugs, rising numbers without medical insurance, provider incentives to over treat), but an overarching solution has remained elusive.
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  • US Medical care illustrated by flag and stethoscope

    There is no issue more important to the future of America than it’s long-term fiscal sustainability. And the long-term fiscal sustainability of the United States has been placed in jeopardy primarily by the structure and expense of America’s healthcare system. According to the Congressional Budget Office, nearly the entirety of the growth in federal spending as a share of the economy—excluding interest—can be explained by government health programs: Medicare, Medicaid, the Medicaid-related Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Affordable Care Act. In addition, one of the principal economic challenges faced by middle- and lower-income Americans is the expense and instability of American health insurance.
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  • Happy group of adult friends having fun

     3 Reasons Why Staying Social Matters to Your Thinking

    How many friends do you have? Do you rarely see family, go out for the evening or join your community for an event?

    You may not realize it, but your social life may just be bad for your brain.

    In the immortal words of Bette Midler, “you’ve got to have friends.” Little did the Divine Miss M know that in addition to our souls, she was hitting a high note on brain health as well.

    A recent AARP survey found that adults 40 and over with a higher number of social connections report better brain health.
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  • American Health Care Act

    After a seven year wait to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, the GOP’s much-anticipated replacement collectively called the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was unveiled this week. Amidst a revolt from the left and right, doctors, hospitals and insurers, the plan cleared its first hurdle at 4.30 am on Thursday- approval by the House Ways and Means Committee and The House Energy and Commerce Committee after 18 and 27 of hours of debate respectively. It now has to be approved by a full House and the Senate…the former likely (although not guaranteed) and the latter impossible without bipartisan support.
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  • fixing the drug pricing problem

    The one thing that all Americans agree on – politicians included- is that prescription drug prices are on an unsustainable trajectory. Americans pay, by far, the highest prices for prescription drugs in the entire world. On average, Americans pay $1,100 per year for their drugs — $300 more than Germans or Canadians do. In addition, total US drug spending has more than doubled in the past 15 years, from $121.2 billion in 2000 up to nearly $374 billion in 2014, squeezing both payers and insurers alike……all of this while the largest pharmaceutical companies are cumulatively earning $80-$90 billion per year in profits at higher margins than other industries.
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  • The 2016 election is over, and a top priority for the new administration and Congress is healthcare. The candidates discussed little substance about healthcare during the campaigns, despite the fact it is approaching 20% of our economy and touches every American. You could say the problems in healthcare have been caused by action by one party and inaction by another party. You could say Republicans want this and Democrats want that, but I don’t think labeling should be the focus. The problem is Congress (both parties) are tied to special interest groups. Insurers, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and the plaintiff’s bar, along with Congress created our unaffordable healthcare system.
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  • Telehealth is here to stay, but it will go through an evolution like all new technology shifts. A new study evaluated performance of teledermatology. The results were mixed. There were incorrect diagnoses and missed diagnoses. Treatment recommendations were not always consistent with guidelines. Prescriptions frequently lacked disclosure about possible adverse effects.  The study was limited because there are not yet large numbers of cases to evaluate. A significant limitation to the study was the authors were unable to assess whether clinicians seeing these patients in traditional in-person encounters would have performed any better.

    On balance, telehealth is a good thing. It has the potential to expand access to more patients, and the medical literature is filled with examples of telehealth systems providing quality care.


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  • Squeezing in a little exercise improves concentration and actually makes your meeting more productive. Waking up the mind and body creates a better atmosphere for listening to the innovative thoughts and ideas being delivered and better prepares us for putting those ideas into action when we return to the workplace.

    Invite a person from your Leadership Team to deliver a “3-5 minute” exercise break. Exercise helps increase energy levels, as well as concentration levels.  Break up the presentations where sitting for long periods can put the mind, not to mention other parts of the body, to sleep.  The break also creates a different type of exposure for your attendees to interact with leadership! 
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