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Briefing on Delivery System Reform and Prevention Models: What's Working out in the States?

Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Briefing on Delivery System Reform and Prevention Models:
What's Working out in the States?

Friday September 24, 2010
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM EDT

Capitol Visitor's Center: SVC
209-08
U.S. Capitol
Capitol Visitor Center
Washington, DC 20515

On Friday, September 24, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) held a briefing on Capitol Hill highlighting delivery system reform efforts in the states.

Providers, state health officials and prevention/wellness professionals were brought together to show congressional staff, PFCD partners and interested stakeholders how many in the states have already implemented programs like those envisioned in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which are, in fact, already working to improve health outcomes and lower costs.

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Speakers Included:

Ken Thorpe, Ph.D., Executive Director, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D., is a Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management, in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Thorpe was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1993 to 1995. In this capacity, he coordinated all financial estimates and program impacts of President Clinton's health care reform proposals for the White House. He also directed the administration's estimation efforts in dealing with Congressional health care reform proposals during the 103rd and 104th sessions of Congress.

Craig Jones, MD, Director, Vermont Blueprint for Health
Craig A Jones, MD, is Director of the Vermont Blueprint for Health, a program designed to implement high-level care for patients with chronic conditions in the State of Vermont. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California at San Diego, and an MD degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at LAC/USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, where he also completed a fellowship in allergy and clinical immunology. Most recently, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and was Director of the Division of Allergy/Immunology and past Director of the Allergy/Immunology Residency Training Program in the Department of Pediatrics at the Los Angeles County and University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center.

Erika Bliss, MD, FAAFP, Vice President of Medical Care and Quality, Qliance Medical Management, Inc.
Dr. Erika Bliss is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in History from San Francisco State University and a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford. Dr. Bliss is a member of the board of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians, and serves on the steering committee of P4, Preparing the Personal Physician for Practice. In 2009, she was elected to serve on the American Board of Family Medicine, the organization that oversees certification and continuing education requirements for family physicians across the US.

Jim Pope, MD, Chief Science Officer, Healthways
Dr. James Pope is Vice President and Chief Science Officer of Healthways, Inc., where he oversees medical and scientific integrity, analytic consultative services, process quality improvements, outcomes and applied research. He joined Healthways in 2003 and has served in various leadership roles during his tenure with the company, including Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operating Officer, prior to being named Chief Science Officer in 2008. He established the Healthways Center for Health Research while serving as Chief Medical Officer, performing advanced analytics with data collected from millions of participants over twenty-five years of Healthways programming. As Chief Medical Officer he also led oversight of all medical quality initiatives and Informatics.

Francois Millard, Senior Vice President, The Vitality Group
Francois Millard oversees the actuarial and finance functions of the company. He moved to the US from The Vitality Group's parent company, Discovery Holdings Limited, in South Africa. Mr. Millard has extensive expertise in enterprise risk and capital management for health and life insurance companies. Prior to joining Discovery, Mr. Millard was instrumental in establishing an actuarial unit within Pricewaterhouse Coopers in South Africa and worked for the Tillinghast business of Towers Perrin in South Africa and London. He also fulfilled a leadership role on industry actuarial matters in South Africa and is a Fellow of the