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Rebekah Gee
Rebekah Gee

Secretary
Louisiana Department of Health
http://ldh.la.gov

Dr. Rebekah Gee is the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, the state’s largest agency with a budget of $14 billion. Her oversight responsibilities include public health and other direct service programs for citizens in need such as behavioral health, developmental disabilities, aging and adult services, emergency preparedness, and the Medicaid program. Under Dr. Gee’s leadership, over 400,000 Louisianans are newly insured under Louisiana’s Medicaid Expansion, and for the first time, many are receiving much needed primary and preventive health care.
Dr. Gee is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist and brings a caregivers’ perspective to the people she serves. She is also a trained policy expert who is a newly-elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Prior to her role as Secretary, she served as the director for the Birth Outcomes Initiative where she led the charge to decrease infant mortality and prematurity statewide – an effort that in part led to a 25% reduct(Show Full Bio)ion in infant mortality, an 85% drop in elective deliveries before 39 weeks and a 10% drop in NICU admissions statewide.
She is the mother of five energetic children and lives in New Orleans where she continues to see patients.

Twitter - @rebekahgeemd

Episode: 11/21/2017 @12:10 PM


Ted Dallas
Ted Dallas

Special Advisor; former Secretary of Human Services in PA
Office of the Governor
http://www.pa.gov

Ted Dallas was appointed as Special Advisor to the Governor in August 2018 by Governor Wolf. In this role, Mr. Dallas works with state departments across Pennsylvania government to implement innovative strategies that help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Pennsylvania government.
Prior to that, Mr. Dallas served as the Secretary of the Department of Human Services in Pennsylvania. During his tenure, Secretary Dallas implemented a full Medicaid expansion that provided healthcare to approximately 715,000 Pennsylvanians who were previously uninsured as well as other significant reforms to help seniors, individuals living with disabilities, and children.
Previously, Mr. Dallas served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources. Under his leadership, the Department set state records for moving individuals from welfare to work and for collecting the highest amounts of child support in the state’s history. The Department was also recognized by the fed(Show Full Bio)eral government as one of the most efficient and highest performing states at administering food assistance, which resulted in extra funds coming to the state.
Mr. Dallas also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Martin O’Malley in Maryland, the Executive Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and First Deputy Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia. He also worked in the private sector for a Fortune 500 company.
Mr. Dallas was recently chosen to receive a national award from Casey Family Programs for his contributions to the child welfare field and his efforts to improve the lives of children and families, and the Thomas J. Zuber Memorial Patient Service Award from SEIU recognizing his efforts for implementing the Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania. He will also receive the Nourish Award from MANNA this December for his work helping individuals access healthy food as part of their medical treatment.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Temple University.

Episode: 11/21/2017 @12:00 PM


Daniel Wolfson
Daniel Wolfson

Executive Vice President and COO
ABIM Foundation
http://www.abimfoundation.org

Daniel B. Wolfson is Executive Vice President and COO of the ABIM Foundation, a supporting organization of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Previously, Mr. Wolfson served for nearly two decades as the founding president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (formerly The HMO Group), the nation’s leading association of not-for-profit and provider-sponsored health plans. During his tenure, Mr. Wolfson earned national recognition for spearheading the development of the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS™), convening the RxHealthValue coalition to provide independent information on the pharmaceutical industry, and co-sponsoring with the American College of Physicians the journal Effective Clinical Practice.

Previously, Mr. Wolfson was the Director of Planning and Research at the Fallon Community Health Plan. During that time, he led the product development team that launched the nation’s first Medicare risk contract with the Health Care Finan(Show Full Bio)cing Administration.

Mr. Wolfson received his master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health.

Website - www.choosingwisely.org
Blog - http://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20171024.907844/full/
Twitter - @abimfoundation, #choosingwisely

Episode: 11/14/2017 @12:00 PM


Cynthia Smith
Cynthia Smith

Vice President, Clinical Programs; Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine Perelman School of Medicine
American College of Physicians
http://acponline.org

Cynthia D. Smith, MD is the Vice President, Clinical Programs at the American College of Physicians and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine. She received an M.D. degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is board certified in internal medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

After completing an internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, she joined the medical staff of MGH and the faculty of Harvard Medical School. She relocated to the Philadelphia area and worked as the internal medicine program director at Lankenau Medical Center where she founded and managed the academic hospitalist program. In addition to her role as program director, she served on the APDIM (Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine) Council. She was an active member of the milestones writing group convened by the ABIM and ACGME and co-authored the Internal Medicine Milestones.

Her curre(Show Full Bio)nt responsibilities at the ACP include overseeing the Center for Quality, Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare, the Office of Grants, the High Value Care Initiative, the Physician Wellness Initiative, the ACP Support and Alignment Network for the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative and providing clinical oversight for the Waxman Clinical Skills Center.

She continues to practice ambulatory internal medicine and teach medical residents at the University of Pennsylvania.

Article - https://www.acponline.org/clinical-information/high-value-care
Twitter - @csdaisysmith

Episode: 11/14/2017 @12:00 PM


Akshat Kumar
Akshat Kumar

Attending Physician; MBA Candidate '19, the Wharton School
Penn Medicine
https://www.linkedin.com/in/akshatkumarmd/

I completed 5.5 years of MBBS training from one of the top medical schools in India-Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. That training provided me broad exposure to clinical medicine and its challenges in a developing country. Subsequently, I moved to the US to pursue advanced training in Internal Medicine at Saint Peters Hospital/Rutgers University and have practiced medicine in NJ for last 5 years. Working as Chief Resident and Clinical Faculty, I led education initiatives for medical students and residents. My proudest moment was when the graduating class of 17 Residents selected me to award them their graduation diplomas for my role in their education and mentorship- the youngest ever faculty to be bestowed this honor! My experiences have made me passionate about healthcare delivery systems. I have successfully worked with multidisciplinary teams to improve efficiencies by minimizing healthcare waste and simplifying processes. Over the last 3 years I also worked for 2 startups, with (Show Full Bio)the vision of making healthcare delivery more cost effective and patient friendly. The latest one, WellUHealth, is actively engaged in helping 300 complex Medicare patients stay away from hospitals by better managing their chronic diseases by using technology and new payment models.

Twitter - @AkshatKumarMD

Episode: 11/14/2017 @12:00 PM


Margaret O'Kane
Margaret O'Kane

President
NCQA
http://www.ncqa.org

Margaret E. O’Kane is the founder and president of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and has received the Picker Institute Individual Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care, as well as the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership. Modern Healthcare magazine has named O’Kane one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” 12 times, most recently in 2017, and one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” 3 times. She is a board member of the Milbank Memorial Fund and is Chairman of the Board of Healthwise, a nonprofit organization that helps people make better health decisions. O’Kane holds a master’s degree in health administration and planning from Johns Hopkins University, where she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Twitter - @PeggyNCQA

Episode: 11/7/2017 @12:00 PM


Mary Barton
Mary Barton

Vice President, Performance Measurement
National Committee for Quality Assurance
http://www.ncqa.org

Twitter - @ncqa

Episode: 11/7/2017 @12:00 PM


Sally Rosen
Sally Rosen

Senior Director
A.M. Best
http://www.ambest.com

Sally Rosen is senior director in the life/health ratings division, responsible for the health insurance group. Her team evaluates the financial strength and creditworthiness of health insurers. Companies comprise insurers of varying sizes, including publicly traded managed care organizations, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies and national and regional health insurers, as well as dental carriers. Sally and her team also conduct research on industry issues.

Sally joined A.M. Best in 2000 as a financial analyst responsible for a portfolio of health insurance companies. During her tenure at A.M. Best, Sally has remained in the health insurance group.

Prior to joining A.M. Best, Sally was a manager of group health/life underwriting for five years with Great West Life & Annuity. Previously, she was a group health/life underwriter.

Sally graduated from Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a conce(Show Full Bio)ntration in Accounting in 1986 and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Rutgers Graduate School of Management (now Rutgers Business School), Rutgers University, Newark, N.J., in 1996.

Twitter - @AMBestRatings

Episode: 11/7/2017 @12:00 PM


Bridget Maehr
Bridget Maehr

Senior Financial Analyst
A.M. Best
http://www.ambest.com

Bridget Maehr is a senior financial analyst in the life/health ratings division. Bridget evaluates the financial strength and creditworthiness of health insurance companies, including for-profit and not-for-profit, provider-owned, regional and national insurers, as well as HMOs and Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies.

Prior to joining A.M. Best in 2005, Bridget was a finance manager in the health care management division of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey, as well as a budget manager for Atlantic Health System in New Jersey.

Bridget graduated from Cook College, Rutgers University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Dowling College on Long Island, N.Y. She is also a Chartered Healthcare Consultant (ChHC).

Twitter - @AMBestRatings

Episode: 11/7/2017 @12:00 PM


Carolyn Jackson
Carolyn Jackson

Chief Operating Officer
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine
https://www.pennmedicine.org

Carolyn Jackson is Chief Operating Officer of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to March 2015, Ms. Jackson served as Chief Executive Officer of St. Christopher’s Hopsital for Children. At St. Christopher’s she drove 3 consecutive Joint Commission Top Performer Awards for pediatric asthma; 3 US News and World Report designations and a Leapfrog Group Top Children’s Hospital designation.

Prior to joining St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Ms. Jackson served as CEO of Lake Pointe Health Network in Rowlett, Texas, where she also served as COO. Under her leadership, Lake Pointe received numerous national recognitions including the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates’ Outstanding Patient Experience Awards for Outpatient, Emergency and Maternity Services. Prior to joining Lake Pointe, she served as assistant process manager and a process engineer for Roche Carolina, Inc., a pharmaceutical production site for Hoffman-LaRoche.

Jackson received a bachelo(Show Full Bio)r’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in Newark and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She was recognized as one of the Dallas Business Journal’s 2010 “40 under 40” and also recognized as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2012 “Women of Distinction” and an “Emerging Executive of the Year” as part of their Healthcare Innovation Awards. She was recognized in 2014 by Modern Health Care as an “Up and Comer”.

She has served on the Board of Directors of Health Partners Plans; the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; and the Child Health Advocacy committee of the Children’s Hospital Association. She has also served as the Delegate from the Section of Maternal and Child Health to the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board for Region 2.

Episodes: 10/31/2017 @12:00 PM, 8/1/2017 @12:00 PM, 6/27/2017 @12:00 PM


Dr. Bernadette Loftus
Dr. Bernadette Loftus

Associate Executive Director for the Mid-Atlantic
The Permanente Medical Group
https://www.amga.org/wcm/AboutAMGA/bod/Loftus.aspx

Bernadette Loftus, MD, has served as Associate Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group since it legally affiliated with The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) of Northern California in 2008. In this role, Dr. Loftus is responsible for the health care of over 710,000 Kaiser Permanente members in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Group comprises over 1,500 physicians and staff members, over 70% of whom were hired since 2009; operates 30 medical centers in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area; and has affiliations with several top hospitals in the region.

A longtime health care executive with a deep understanding of the complexities of managing an integrated health care delivery model, Dr. Loftus uses innovative approaches to improve the value of care provided, driving to award-winning quality and patient satisfaction levels, while improving the affordability of care. For the second year in a row, Kaiser Perma(Show Full Bio)nente of the Mid-Atlantic States achieved a 5.0 out of 5.0 rating for its commercial plans in NCQA’s 2016–2017 national health insurance plan ratings, which makes KPMAS one of the thirteen in the nation – out of over 500 to be rated – to earn a 5 out of 5 rating for commercial line of business.

Dr. Loftus joined The Permanente Medical Group in 1991. She has held a number of roles in TPMG in her over two-decade career, including TPMG Board member and Assistant Secretary to the Board; and Physician-in-Chief of one of Kaiser Permanente’s largest tertiary medical centers in California (Santa Clara Medical Center).

She serves as a voting member on the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Committee on Performance Measurement, and a member of the National Committee on Evidence-Based Benefit Insurance Design of the National Business Group on Health. She is also a member of Kaiser Permanente’s National Health Policy Committee. As a strong supporter of women’s leadership and a sponsor of four annual leadership programs, Dr. Loftus is a member of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S.

Health Care Industry Foundation, a national non-profit organization bringing together a peer group of senior executive women from all parts of the health care industry. Until January 2016, she was a Commissioner on the State of Maryland’s Health Services Cost Review Commission, serving during the development of the Commission’s successful global budgeting innovation project with CMS related to improving quality while simultaneously reducing overall cost trends for Marylanders. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Medical Group Association.

Dr. Loftus is a frequently requested speaker on engendering health care evolution in pursuit of value-based health care, and utilizing successful physician leadership and employee engagement initiatives to drive performance. Her broader health care interests lie in technology-enabled population care management; leadership for rapid performance improvement; and using data and transparency to achieve the Triple Aim. Dr. Loftus was recently featured in “Fix It: Getting Accountability Right” by Rogers

Connors and Tom Smith, the world’s leading experts on workplace accountability.

Board-certified in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Loftus received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland (with honors); did preliminary general surgery residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia; and completed her Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery residency at Columbia University, where she was also appointed Chief Resident in Head and Neck Surgery.

Episodes: 10/31/2017 @12:30 PM, 8/1/2017 @12:00 PM, 6/27/2017 @12:30 PM


Dr. Steve Pearson
Dr. Steve Pearson

President
Institute for Clinical and Economic Review
https://icer-review.org/

Steven D. Pearson, MD, MSc is the Founder and President of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), an independent non-profit organization that evaluates the evidence on the value of medical tests, treatments, and delivery system innovations to encourage collaborative efforts to improve patient care and control costs. Prominent among its evidence reports are ICER reviews of new drugs that include full assessments of clinical and cost-effectiveness along with suggested “value-based price benchmarks” to inform policymakers and guide price and coverage negotiation. ICER convenes public hearings to discuss its evidence reports under the auspices of the California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF) and Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Councils (CEPAC) in New England and the Midwest. At these meetings independent groups of evidence experts and public representatives engage with all stakeholders to debate the strength of evidence and provide recommendations on how best (Show Full Bio)to apply the best evidence to clinical practice and coverage policies. Dr. Pearson is a Lecturer in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and also serves as Visiting Scientist in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. His published work includes over 100 articles on quality of care, the role of evidence-based medicine within the health care system, and related clinical, ethical, and organizational policy challenges. His book, No Margin, No Mission: Health Care Organizations and the Quest for Ethical Excellence, was published by Oxford University Press.

Among his past roles, from 2005-2006 Dr. Pearson served during the Bush Administration as Special Advisor on Technology and Coverage Policy within the Coverage and Analysis Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Dr. Pearson has also been a Senior Visiting Fellow at England’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), a Board Director of HTAi, the international society of health technology assessment agencies, and the Vice Chair of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MedCAC).

Twitter - @ICER_Review

Episode: 10/24/2017 @12:30 PM


Robert Zirkelbach
Robert Zirkelbach

Executive Vice President, Public Affairs
PhRMA
http://www.phrma.org

A nationally-recognized health policy communicator, Robert Zirkelbach is Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) – the trade association representing the country’s leading biopharmaceutical research companies. At PhRMA, Zirkelbach is responsible for developing and executing the overall communications strategy for the organization and oversees a team that encompasses media relations, digital/social media, advertising, message development, internal communications and executive visibility. In this role, Zirkelbach serves as a lead spokesman for the association and manages multiple high-profile public affairs campaigns on the value of biopharmaceutical innovation, patient access to medicines and other industry priorities. Zirkelbach is frequently quoted in national news publications and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs.

Prior to joining PhRMA, Zirkelbach was Vice President of Strategic Comm(Show Full Bio)unications at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). In this capacity, he served as the national spokesman for the health insurance industry and played a lead role in crafting the association’s communications strategy and public policy positioning throughout the health care reform debate and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He oversaw a team responsible for the association’s media relations, public policy communications and grassroots and issue advocacy.

Previously, Zirkelbach was Press Secretary for Congressman Jim Nussle (IA) where he served as a spokesman for the Congressman and helped craft public messaging on all Congressional-related matters. He is a graduate of Central College (IA) where he studied communications, business, and public policy.

Twitter - @robzirk

Episode: 10/24/2017 @12:00 PM


Stanley M. Bergman
Stanley M. Bergman

Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer
Henry Schein, Inc.
http://www.henryschein.com

Since 1989, Stanley M. Bergman has been Chairman of the Board and CEO of Henry Schein, Inc., a Fortune 500® company and the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners, with more than 21,000 Team Schein Members and operations or affiliates in 32 countries. Henry Schein is a member of the S&P 500® and Nasdaq 100® indexes. In 2016, the Company's sales reached a record $11.6 billion. Henry Schein has been a Fortune World's Most Admired Company for 16 consecutive years.

Mr. Bergman serves as a board member or advisor for numerous institutions, including New York University College of Dentistry, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, the Columbia University Medical Center, University of the People, Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, the University of the Witwatersrand Fund, The World Economic Forum's Health Care Governors, the Business Council for International Understanding, th(Show Full Bio)e Japan Society, and the Metropolitan Opera.

Mr. Bergman is an honorary member of the American Dental Association and the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity. He is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor; the CR Magazine Corporate Responsibility Lifetime Achievement Award; the 2017 CEO of the Year award by Chief Executive Magazine; Honorary Doctorates from The University of the Witwatersrand, Hofstra University, A.T. Still University's Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Case Western Reserve University, and Farmingdale State College (SUNY); and Honorary Fellowships from King's College London - Dental Institute and the International College of Dentists.

Stan and Marion Bergman and their family are active supporters of organizations fostering the arts, higher education, cultural diversity, and grassroots health care and sustainable entrepreneurial economic development initiatives in the United States, Africa, and other developing regions of the world.

Mr. Bergman is a graduate of The University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and is a South African Chartered Accountant and a NYS Certified Public Accountant.

Twitter - @HenrySchein

Episode: 10/17/2017 @12:00 PM


Bob Herman
Bob Herman

Health Care Business Reporter
Axios
http://www.axios.com

Bob Herman is a health care business reporter at Axios, covering health insurance, hospitals, physicians, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, government health care programs and other corners of the health care industry. He's been with Axios since it started in December 2016 and previously reported for Modern Healthcare. He has a journalism degree from Butler University.

Twitter - @bobjherman

Episodes: 10/10/2017 @12:30 PM, 8/8/2017 @12:00 PM


Christina Farr
Christina Farr

Technology Reporter
CNBC.com
https://www.cnbc.com/christina-farr/

Christina Farr is a technology and health reporter for CNBC.com in San Francisco. She most recently was a senior writer at Fast Company, covering biotech and health-tech for digital and print, and an Apple reporter at Reuters News. She hails from London, UK and is a graduate of Stanford's School of Journalism.

Twitter - @chrissyfarr

Episodes: 10/10/2017 @12:00 PM, 8/8/2017 @12:00 PM


James Wilson
James Wilson

Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
http://www.med.upenn.edu/apps/faculty/index.php/g275/p9746

James M. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., Rose H. Weiss Professor and Director, Orphan Disease Center; Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics; Director, Gene Therapy Program; Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Solid GT; Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Dimension Therapeutics; Chief Scientific Advisor, ReGenXBio

James M. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where he has led an effort to develop the field of gene therapy. Dr. Wilson began his work in gene therapy during his graduate studies at the University of Michigan over 30 years ago. He then moved to Boston to do a residency in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and continued his work in gene therapy at MIT. Dr. Wilson has been at the nexus of this emerging therapeutic area from its birth. He created the first and largest academic-based program in gene therapy after being recruited to Penn in 199(Show Full Bio)3. He initially focused on the clinical translation of existing gene transfer technologies but soon redirected his efforts to the development of second and third generation gene transfer platforms; the first of which was licensed to a biotechnology company he founded that resulted in the first, and only, commercially approved gene therapy in the western hemisphere.

Episodes: 10/3/2017 @12:00 PM, 1/10/2017 @9:30 AM


Rahul Kapoor Ph.D
Rahul Kapoor Ph.D

Associate Professor of Management; Co-Host of The Real Estate Hour on SiriusXM 111
the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
https://mgmt.wharton.upenn.edu/profile/kapoorr/

Rahul Kapoor, PhD. Rahul is an Associate Professor of Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In his research, Rahul explores the strategies pursued by established and emerging firms in technology-based industries. Rahul focuses on how firms organize for innovation and manage technological and industry-level changes. His work has been published in several leading peer-reviewed journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Research Policy and Strategic Management Journal, and in practitioner journals including the Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. He is a member of the editorial board for the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal and Strategy Science. At Wharton, Rahul teaches undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and PhD courses on Technology Innovation and Strategy. He is also an active contributor to Wharton’s Executive Education, teaching(Show Full Bio) in both the customized and open enrollment programs.

Episode: 10/3/2017 @12:00 PM


Bernard Tyson
Bernard Tyson

CEO, Chairman
Kaiser Permanente
https://share.kaiserpermanente.org/

Bernard J. Tyson is the chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals — known as Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading integrated health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. With annual operating revenue of nearly $65 billion, Kaiser Permanente serves 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia.

Tyson assumed the role of chairman in January 2014 and has served as CEO since 2013. His career at Kaiser Permanente has spanned more than 30 years. During that time, Tyson has successfully managed all major aspects of the organization, serving in roles from hospital administrator to division president to president and chief operating officer of the Oakland, California-based health care organization.

Under Tyson’s leadership, Kaiser Permanente continues to focus on providing affordable, accessible, high-quality health care and improving the health of its members and communities. The organization is delivering on its “T(Show Full Bio)hrive” promise by bringing an industry-leading 21st-century approach to health care and coverage that is helping members achieve their aspirations of total health — physical health as well as mental health and wellness. Kaiser Permanente’s 207,805 employees and 21,275 physicians (with Permanente Medical Groups) provide personalized, coordinated and technologically advanced care that consistently delivers some of the best clinical outcomes in the nation, while also leading the country in prevention, patient safety and quality.

Tyson believes Kaiser Permanente’s combination of prevention, innovation and integration can serve as the model for health care in America. He is dedicated to leading Kaiser Permanente and the health care industry to deliver greater affordability and accessibility to high-quality care for members, consumers, employers and government agencies. He has also been a strong advocate for eliminating health care disparities among individuals by promoting the use of aggregated data from members’ electronic health records to determine the most effective treatments for optimal clinical outcomes.

Tyson’s influence has been felt both nationally and internationally. Modern Healthcare has named him the most influential health care executive for four consecutive years. He is No. 4 on the 2017 list, following Sens. Susan Collins, John McCain and Lisa Murkowski, who were named to the No. 1 spot collectively. In April 2017, he was included on the TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Tyson earned a master’s of business degree in health service administration and a bachelor’s degree in health service management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He also earned a leadership certificate from Harvard University. Tyson serves on the boards of directors of the American Heart Association. He is vice chair of America’s Health Insurance Plans’ board of directors, a deputy chairman of the International Federation of Health Plans, and is a steward of the World Economic Forum’s Global Challenge on the Future of Health. Tyson is chair of the Bay Area Council, a business-led public policy organization advocating for a strong economy and better quality of life for Bay Area residents.

Twitter - @bernardjtyson

Episode: 9/26/2017 @12:00 PM


John Whitman
John Whitman

Adjuct Faculty Member; MBA Health and Management Program
The Wharton School
https://www.google.com/search?q=wharton+Whitman&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

John Whitman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton MBA Health Care Management Program with a specialization in aging and long-term care. John has dedicated his 30 years of professional work to improving care for one of our nation’s most precious resources…. Our seniors! During that time, John developed a nationally respected consulting company focused totally on care of the elderly in all settings and preaching the smooth transition of patients along the continuum to assure the best level of care, at the right time in the patients recovery and at the best cost to the system. John knowledge and understanding of the flow of senior patients from hospital, to post acute, to long term care and/or back into the community works and how to optimize that process for the good of the patient and for the economical well being of the organizations involved in that process.

John has worked with literally hundreds of hospitals and health care systems in developing various p(Show Full Bio)ost acute strategies, implementing programs in demand, coordinating and refining existing programs and services and promoting better quality of care for seniors while doing so in a way that is economically viable and sustainable for the hospitals and health care systems involved.

John has been a faculty member at The Wharton School’s MBA Health and Management Program for the past 30 years and serves as a board member on the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.

Fourteen years ago, John founded and is the executive director of The TRECS Institute, a non-profit dedicated to serving as a catalyst to bring about positive changes in the care of our nations seniors.

TRECS is currently coordinating a CMS study in Florida evaluating the ability of reducing avoidable SNF to hospital admissions and readmissions through the use of telemedicine that brings the physician to the residents bed side during evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.

Episodes: 9/19/2017 @12:00 PM, 2/21/2017 @12:00 PM, 11/10/2015 @12:00 PM


Dr. Carrie Kovarik
Dr. Carrie Kovarik

Associate Professor of Dermatology and Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
http://www.med.upenn.edu/apps/faculty/index.php/g275/p8128402

Carrie L. Kovarik, MD is an Associate Professor of Dermatology, Dermatopathology, and Infectious Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kovarik has a special interest in global and community health, telemedicine, informatics, and HIV-related skin disease. She created the Penn Dermatology Global Health program, through which she works to provide clinical care and education in developing countries and underserved communities in the United States. Dr. Kovarik is the Head of Dermatology, Informatics, and Telemedicine for the Botswana-UPenn Partnership and has created a global telemedicine consult service which is a collaborative effort between Ministries of Health, local telecommunication and software companies, universities, specialty organizations, numerous countries, and local governments. She is now focusing on developing, sustaining, and researching new models of health care that can increase access to care through telemedicine. She has publ ished over 120 peer reviewed journ(Show Full Bio)al articles, including many studies on the use of mobile technology in health care and the quality of direct to patient telemedicine in the United States. Dr. Kovarik has also been involved in significant advocacy efforts at the state and national levels, with successful implementation of telemedicine bills and payer parternships. She has been the Chair of the Telemedicine Task Force for the American Academy of Dermatology, and she was the Director of the AAD's volunteer teledermatology platform, Accessderm.

Twitter - @carriekovarik

Episode: 9/19/2017 @12:00 PM


Dr. Monika Roots
Dr. Monika Roots

VP of Health Services and Senior Medical Director of Behavioral Health; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Psychiatry (University of Wisconsin); Physician Utilization Reviewer (Prest & Associates)
Teladoc
http://www.teladoc.com

Dr. Monika Roots is vice president of health services and senior medical director of Behavioral Health for Teladoc. She is responsible for ensuring the high-quality clinical standards of Teladoc’s comprehensive tele-behavioral services.

Dr. Roots believes in a multidisciplinary treatment approach to mental health which takes into account the individual’s cultural, biological, psychological, and social needs. Her interest in a multisystem approach to mental health led to her previous position as chief Medical Officer of CogCubed focused on assessing and training cognitive processes through games used on new and innovative technologies. She has also practiced in a variety of settings including schools, community outreach programs, and medical/physical rehabilitation units.

Her work has been featured at several national conferences, in addition to multiple journals including Clinical Psychiatry News, Boston Globe, Health 2.0, Techdot MN and Modern Physician. Dr. Roots is al(Show Full Bio)so an adjunct professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison and a physician utilization reviewer for several large insurers. She is a graduate of Carleton College, received her M.D. from University of Sint Eustatius, and then completed her adult psychiatry residency at the University of Minnesota. She then went on to complete a fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry, also at the University of Minnesota.

Episode: 9/19/2017 @12:00 PM


Mary Naylor
Mary Naylor

Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology; Director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/52-mary-d-naylor

Mary D. Naylor, Ph.D., RN, FAAN is the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and Director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. For more than two decades, Dr. Naylor has led a multidisciplinary team of clinical scholars and health services researchers in generating and disseminating research findings designed to enhance the care and outcomes of chronically ill older adults and their family caregivers. She is the architect of the Transitional Care Model, a care management approach proven in multiple NIH clinical trials and foundation sponsored implementation efforts to improve older adults’ experience with care and health outcomes, while decreasing use of costly health services.

Dr. Naylor is the 2016 recipient of AcademyHealth’s Distinguished Investigator Award, a recognition of significant and lasting contributions to the field of health services research. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (Show Full Bio)in 2005. For eight years, she served as the national program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative. In 2016, she completed six-year terms as commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and board member of the National Quality Forum. Currently, Dr. Naylor is a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Leadership Consortium on Value & Science-Driven Health Care and co-chairs the Care Culture and Decision-Making Innovation Collaborative. Dr. Naylor also is a member of the RAND Health Board of Advisors, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Advisory Council and the Board of the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust.

Twitter - @MaryDNaylor

Episode: 9/12/2017 @12:00 PM


Rita Choula
Rita Choula

Senior Advisor
AARP Public Policy Institute
http://www.aarp.org/ppi

Rita Choula is a Senior Advisor with the AARP Public Policy Institute. She manages and provides content expertise on family caregiving initiatives with a specific focus on identifying and supporting the needs of multicultural family caregivers.

Rita bridges policy to practice by working with external partners to provide healthcare professionals and social workers with programs and tools to support family caregivers across settings. Currently, through the Home Alone Alliance, she leads the development and production of instructional videos designed to support family caregivers who perform complicated medical/nursing tasks. Through her leadership and in collaboration with external organizations, multiple series of videos and accompanying tools will be developed.

Before joining AARP, Rita worked as a corporate researcher in the health and information technology sectors. She was also the assistant principal of a parochial school serving children grades prekindergarten through(Show Full Bio) eighth grade. Mrs. Choula holds a master’s degree in the Management of Aging Services from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She is married with two small children and is the primary caregiver for her mother.

Twitter - @rchoula | @aarppolicy

Episode: 9/12/2017 @12:00 PM


Steve Krein
Steve Krein

Co-founder & CEO
StartUp Health
https://www.startuphealth.com/

Steven H. Krein is the CEO and Cofounder of StartUp Health, which is organizing and supporting a global army of Health Transformers on a 25 year mission to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in the world. StartUp Health has the world’s largest digital health portfolio at more than 175 companies spanning 5 continents, 16 countries and 70 cities.

Prior to StartUp Health, Steven cofounded and led several technology companies including OrganizedWisdom, Promotions.com and Webstakes, a global online advertising, direct marketing, and technology company, which he took public on Nasdaq and grew to a $500M market cap before it was acquired by iVillage in 2002. Steven began his online career with Law Journal Extra!, now known as Law.com, the first online legal news and information website.

Steven is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, investor, advisor and entrepreneurial coach. Steven has been a keynote speaker at events hosted by Children’s Hospital Colorado, Cleveland Cl(Show Full Bio)inic, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Lake Nona Institute, McKinsey, Slush and Wharton, among others and has been a guest on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, CNN, FOX Business and The Today Show.

Steven received his JD degree from Delaware Law School and BA degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. Steven is a member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) Metro New York Chapter and lives in New York City with his wife and three daughters.

Twitter - @stevenkrein

Episodes: 9/5/2017 @12:00 PM, 6/6/2017 @12:00 PM