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 Executive Council

Healthcare Reform 2008 — Evolution or Revolution?


Harvard Club
27 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10019
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
8:00am – 11:00am
Breakfast will be served


Distinguished Speakers

  Nancy-Ann DeParle
Managing Director, CCMP and former head of the Healthcare Financing Agency (HCFA) under President Clinton
  Ruben King-Shaw, Jr
Founding Partner, PARMA and former Deputy Administrator & COO, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under President Bush
Mark Wagar
Empire BlueCross BlueShield
Pamela Brier
President and CEO,
Maimonides Medical Center
Jim Adams
Executive Director,
Center for Healthcare Management, IBM
Dr. Ronald M. Davis
President, American Medical Association (AMA)
  Cathy Schoen
Senior Vice President,
The Commonwealth Fund
Moderated by


Scott Hensley

Healthcare Editor, Wall Street Journal

  Conference Chair

Richard J. Zall, Esq.

Partner, Proskauer Rose, LLP

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Event Abstract

It now appears certain that healthcare reform will be high on the political agenda next year. The upcoming Presidential and Congressional elections promise to focus public and business leaders’ attention on proposals to heal our ailing healthcare system. This requires more than force of will or mere innovation. Everyone would agree that the current system is unsustainable. What is the best way to change the system? Full market-based? Governmental-run system?

What You’ll Learn

  • At this private forum, you will get answers to key issues:
  • How much can we rely on Marketplace Forces?
  • What to do about Universal Coverage, Rising Health Care Costs, Gaps in Quality of Care?
  • What impact could Reform have on our large Academic Health Centers and Medical Schools? The Life Sciences Community? Small Businesses? Wall Street?
  • What Role should State and Federal Government Play in Addressing these Problems?
  • How could Reform Impact State and City Medicaid and other Health Expenditures?

8:00am – 8:45am: Breakfast, Registration & Networking
8:45am: Welcome & Introductions
9:00am: Keynote
9:15am: Panel Discussion
11:00am: Adjourn

Executive Council Members: $95
Non-Members: $125

Executive Council Overview
The Executive Council connects people with opportunities. Through its member base of 3,500 business leaders, the organization has built a reputation for highly acclaimed conferences, executive education programs and member-hosted gatherings that focus on critical business and leadership issues at the forefront of corporate America today. The Council is a dynamic, innovative forum for senior executives, their advisors and capital markets professionals to network in a highly collaborative and confidential environment. The content and format of the Executive Council’s lively seminars are unavailable from any other trade association, university, consulting firm, or mass vendor-driven event.

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Moderator's Bio
Scott Hensley
Healthcare Editor, Wall Street Journal

-Scott Hensley edits and contributes to The Wall Street Journal's Health Blog. The blog offers news and analysis on health and the business of health.
An editor in the paper's New York bureau, Mr. Hensley joined the Journal in 2000 and covered health care and the pharmaceutical industry for seven years. He also wrote "Follow the Money" an online column that looked at the health-care industry.
His story about Pfizer Inc.'s failed attempt to develop an anti-aging pill was part of a series on soaring drug prices that won a New York Press Club award for business coverage in 2003.
Previously, he wrote for Modern Healthcare, where he was New York bureau chief, and American Banker.
Born in Texas, Mr. Hensley earned a bachelor's degree in natural sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Speakers' Bio
Dr. Ronald Davis
President, American Medical Association (AMA)

Ronald.Davis.jpgRonald M. Davis, MD, is the 162nd president of the American Medical Association. Born in Chicago, Dr. Davis received his BS degree from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and his MD degree and an MA degree in public policy studies from the University of Chicago. He completed the Epidemic Intelligence Service program (a two-year epidemiology training program) and the preventive medicine residency program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Following his training, Dr. Davis served as director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (1987–1991). He then served as chief medical officer in the Michigan Department of Public Health (1991–1995), and since 1995 has been director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Henry Ford Health System.
He was the founding editor (1992–1998) of Tobacco Control, an international peer-reviewed journal published by the British Medical Association, and was North American editor of the British Medical Journal (1998–2001). Dr. Davis has received many honors, including the Surgeon General’s Medallion, the American Public Health Association’s Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award, the American College of Preventive Medicine’s Distinguished Service Award, the World Health Organization’s World No-Tobacco Day medal and award, the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco’s John Slade Award, and the American Thoracic Society’s Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Davis and his wife, Nadine, have three sons and reside in East Lansing, Michigan.

Pamela Brier
President and CEO, Maimonides Medical Center

Ms. Brier has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Maimonides since 1995, responsible for management of the hospital and for ensuring that the highest standards of clinical excellence, patient care and graduate medical education are met.
During her tenure at Maimonides, Ms. Brier has raised the level of patient care, implementing new technology to support medical services. Ms. Brier has directed the Center's efforts to improve patient care by implementing new state-of-the-art information technology systems, recruiting top quality physicians, nurses and support staff and expanding clinical services and facilities.
From 1992-1995, she served as Executive Director of Bellevue Hospital Center, New York City's oldest and largest public hospital. At the same time she also served as Senior Vice President of the Southern Manhattan/Northern Brooklyn Network of hospitals at the Health and Hospitals Corporation where she oversaw the management and had direct responsibilities for the fiscal and clinical operations of a $2 billion multi-hospital system, as well as the citywide Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and the operations of the HHC central office.
During Ms. Brier's earlier tenure (1989-1992) as Executive Director of Jacobi Hospital, an acute care facility in the Bronx, she oversaw the installation of the first large scale electronic patient care system in the United States, providing improved and coordinated quality medical care through information technology.
Ms. Brier's commitment to public health policy and community service are reflected in her many professional activities. They include appointments by: Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the New York City Board of Health and the New York City Workforce Investment Board; Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to membership on the Community Service Board; and Governor Mario Cuomo to the New York State Hospital Review and Planning Council and special Task Force on Health Care Reform.
Ms. Brier holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Public Health in Health Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member of the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.


Cathy Schoen
Senior Vice President, The Commonwealth Fund

Cathy Schoen is senior vice president at The Commonwealth Fund. She is a member of the Fund's executive management team and research director of the Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System. Her work includes strategic oversight and management of surveys, research and policy initiatives to track health system performance. From 1998 through 2005, she directed the Fund's Task Force on the Future of Health Insurance. Prior to joining the Fund in 1995, Ms. Schoen taught health economics at the University of Massachusetts' School of Public Health and directed special projects at the UMASS Labor Relations and Research Center. During the 1980s, she directed the Service Employees International Union's research and policy department. In the late 1970s, she was on the staff of President Carter's national health insurance task force, where she oversaw analysis and policy development. Prior to federal service, she was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. She has authored numerous publications on health policy issues, insurance, and national/international health system performance and co-authored the book, Health and the War on Poverty. She holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Smith College and a graduate degree in economics from Boston College.

Nancy-Ann DeParle
Managing Director, CCMP and former head of the Healthcare
Financing Agency (HCFA) under President Clinton

NancyAnnDeparle.jpgNancy-Ann DeParle is a partner at CCMP Capital, a private equity firm formed in August 2006 by the buyout professionals of JPMorgan Partners, LLC. At CCMP, she focuses on healthcare investments, and serves on the boards of CareMore Health Plan, a Medicare Advantage plan, and Noble Environmental, a wind energy production company. In addition, she is a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), and a director of Boston Scientific, Cerner, DaVita, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
From 1997-2000, DeParle served in the Clinton Administration as Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA, now called the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services or CMS). A key health policy advisor to President Clinton, she ran Medicare, Medicaid, and S-CHIP, which provide health insurance for 74 million Americans at an annual cost of more than $600 billion. Before joining HHS, she served as Associate Director for Health & Personnel at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Earlier in her career, she served in the Cabinet of Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter as Commissioner of Human Services. She has also worked as a lawyer in private practice and is an Adjunct Professor of Health Care Systems at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1994, Time selected her one of “America’s 50 Most Promising Leaders Age 40 and Under.”
DeParle received a B.A. from the University of Tennessee, where she was Student Body President, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She also received a B.A. and M.A. from Balliol College of Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.


Ruben King-Shaw, Jr.
Founding Partner, PARMA and former Deputy Administrator & COO, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under President Bush

Mr. King-Shaw is Founding Partner of PARMA. Mr. King-Shaw has extensive expertise in health policy, economics and finance. Ruben served in the George W. Bush Administration from 2001 to 2003 where he led many of President Bush's and HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson’s health care initiatives as Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In that capacity, he directed the day-to-day operations of the $500 billion agency. Mr. King-Shaw was also Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury where he led the Administration’s Health Coverage Tax Credit initiatives. Mr. King-Shaw was a major spokesperson for the Administration on the topics of health care disparities, prescription drug benefits, Medicare and Medicaid reform, rural health and the uninsured in America.
Prior to joining the George W. Bush Administration, Mr. King-Shaw was the Secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). The $11 billion dollar Agency was responsible for Florida’s Medicaid, Health Quality Assurance, facility regulation, and managed care regulation activities. He was appointed to head the Agency by Governor Jeb Bush on December 30, 1998.
In addition to PARMA Mr. King-Shaw’s serves on the Board of Directors of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) of Tampa, FL; Athenahealth, Inc. of Watertown, MA where he is Lead Director; Exact Cost of Hallandale Beach, FL where he is Vice Chairman; MedDirect Latino, Inc. of Pompano Beach, Fl where he is Chairman; and Jentryx, Inc. of Santa Barbara, CA.
Mr. King-Shaw is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations with a specialty in Labor Economics and currently serves on the Schools Advisory Council. He also holds a Master of Health Services Administration and a Master of International Business from the Chapman Graduate School of Business in Miami and the Instituto de Empresas/Center for International Studies in Madrid, Spain.


Jim Adams
Executive Director, Center for Healthcare Management, IBM

Mr. Adams has spent most of his career working at the intersection of business, IT and strategy. He currently serves as Executive Director of IBM’s Center for Healthcare Management, focused on global thought leadership for healthcare. Prior to IBM’s acquisition of Healthlink, he served as Executive Vice President for Healthlink’s Advisory Services group and contributed to strategic client engagements. Prior to Healthlink, he served in positions of increasing responsibility at Gartner Inc., a research and advisory firm based in Stamford, CT. Most recently, he led Gartner’s industry-specific research groups (including healthcare) and the GartnerG2 global business unit, which provided strategic advice to business executives for nine different industries. Prior to that, he received numerous awards as a healthcare industry analyst; led the acquisition, integration, and operation of a healthcare market research company; and chaired Gartner’s first healthcare conference. Additionally, Mr. Adams has served as CEO, CFO and CIO and worked in multiple industries.
Mr. Adams currently serves as co-chair of the Technology Leadership Committee of National Alliance for Health Information Technology (the Alliance), serves on national advisory boards for healthcare organizations, and is a frequent speaker on the future of healthcare and related topics.


Mark Wagar
President, Empire BlueCross BlueShield

MarkWagar.jpgMark is currently President of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield. Mark was former Chairman of HealthCare Value Advisors, a private management services and consulting concern focused on healthcare growth and improvement opportunities. His clients and executive roles over 30 years cover outpatient services, hospitals, managed care payers, and revenue cycle management organizations, as well as specialty pharmaceutical, and medical device companies. As a CEO, Board Chairman, President or operating officer in private, public, for-profit and not-for-profit venues he has helped raise over $1 billion in equity and debt capital. With both undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Ohio State University, Mark brings an unusual combination of practical experience, and broad understanding of the application of developing medical technology in real time patient care settings where new developments must not only be proven, but financially sustainable.