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Steve Forbes
Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media

Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, the technology driven global media and branding company.

Forbes.com has become one of the world’s  most influential websites, with nearly 60 million unique visitors a month.

The company’s  flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation’s leading business magazine, with a readership of 6.2 million in the U.S.. The company’s 38 local editions around the world, including Forbes Asia, together have a circulation of almost 1.2 million.

Mr. Forbes writes editorials for Forbes under the heading of “Fact and Comment.” A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious Crystal Owl Award four times. The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.

In both 1996 and 2000, Mr. Forbes campaigned  vigorously for the Republican nomination for the Presidency. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a strong national defense. Mr. Forbes continues to energetically promote this agenda.

Mr. Forbes’ most recent book is Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming the Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (McGraw-Hill  Professional).

His other books include Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy – and What We Can Do About It, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (McGraw-Hill Professional); Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets are Moral and Big Government lsn’t, co­ authored by Elizabeth  Ames (Crown Business, August 2012);  How Capitalism Will Save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets Are the Best Answer in Today’s Economy, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (Crown Business, November 2009); and  Power Ambition Glory: The Stunning Parallels between Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today … and the lessons You Can Learn, co-authored by John Prevas (Crown Business, June 2009). He also wrote: Flat Tax Revolution: Using a Postcard to Abolish the IRS (Regnery, 2005); and  A New Birth of Freedom (Regnery, 1999), a book of bold ideas for the new millennium.

In 1985, President Reagan named Mr. Forbes Chairman of the bi-partisan Board for International Broadcasting (BIB). In this position, he oversaw the operations of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. Broadcasting  behind the Iron Curtain, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty were praised by Poland’s Lech Walesa as being critical to the struggle against communism. Mr. Forbes was reappointed  to his post by President George H. W. Bush and served until 1993.

Mr. Forbes serves on the boards of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and the Heritage Foundation. He is on the Board of Overseers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He previously served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University for ten years.

Steve Forbes was born on July 18, 1947, in Morristown, New Jersey.  He received a B.A. in history from Princeton in 1970

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ATUL GAWANDE, MD, MPH
Surgeon, Writer, Public Health Researcher

Atul Gawande’s bold visions for improving performance and safety in healthcare have made him one of the most sought-after speakers in medicine. His three books, Complications, Better, and The Checklist Manifesto, have all been highly praised inside and outside the medical community. His new book is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. TIME placed him among the world’s 100 most influential thinkers.

Atul Gawande is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship winner, a New Yorker columnist, an author — but, most of all, a physician, with a practitioner’s grasp of the everyday challenges of healthcare delivery.

Atul explains that medical practice and philosophy has not kept pace with the changes in healthcare over the last hundred years. We need reform — and Atul is on a lifelong search to discover what shape that reform should take. What does an effective healthcare system look like in the 21st century? How can we improve quality, manage risk, and measure performance more effectively? Atul brings an eloquence and an intellect to these questions that allow him to offer deeply considered and beautifully expressed solutions with implications for healthcare and beyond.

Dr. Gawande is broadly known for his influential articles, two of which won him the National Magazine Award. He has written about the shift from lone-ranger physicians to teams of co operating specialists, and the new values this shift requires. He popularized the checklist as a means of co-ordinating complex work in hospitals. His ideas about how to rein in healthcare costs while increasing efficiency and quality have transformed the national discussion of these issues. His writing sets itself apart by its depth of thought and research, but also by its willingness to look outside of healthcare and see how other fields have delivered high-quality service in complex industries.

Atul is a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and a professor in both the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health and the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is the Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit making surgery safer globally. He has won AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on health care, and the Lewis Thomas Award for Writing about Science.

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Sanjay Gupta, MD
Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy® award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for all of CNN’s shows domestically and internationally, and contributes to CNN.com. His medical training and public health policy experience distinguishes his reporting from war zones and natural disasters, as well as on a range of medical and scientific topics, including the recent Ebola outbreak, brain injury, disaster recovery, health care reform, fitness, military medicine, and HIV/AIDS. Additionally, Dr. Gupta is the host of Vital Signs for CNN International and Accent Health for Turner Private Networks. In 2011, Gupta reported from earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged Japan, adding clarity and context to the human impact and radiation concerns. In 2010, Gupta reported on the devastating earthquake in Haiti, for which he was awarded two Emmy®s. His distinctive reporting in 2010 also included live coverage on the unprecedented flooding in Pakistan.

Gupta joined CNN in the summer of 2001. He reported from New York following the attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001. In 2003, he embedded with the U.S. Navy’s “Devil Docs” medical unit, reporting from Iraq and Kuwait as the unit traveled to Baghdad. He provided live coverage of the first operation performed during the war, and performed life-saving brain surgery five times himself in a desert operating room. In 2009, he embedded with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne, accompanying them on life-saving rescue missions in Afghanistan.

Gupta contributed to the network’s 2010 Peabody Award-winning coverage of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2006, Gupta contributed to CNN’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina, revealing that official reports that Charity Hospital in New Orleans had been evacuated were incorrect. His “Charity Hospital” coverage for Anderson Cooper 360° resulted in his 2006 News & Documentary Emmy® for Outstanding Feature Story. In 2004, Gupta was sent to Sri Lanka to cover the tsunami disaster that took more than 155,000 lives in Southeast Asia, contributing to the 2005 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for CNN. In 2015, Gupta was again awarded the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for his enterprise reporting showcased in the two hour primetime documentary “WEED.” Gupta’s passion for inspiring Americans to lead healthier, more active lives led him to launch “Fit Nation,” CNN’s multi-platform anti-obesity initiative. In 2009, “Fit Nation” followed the progress of Gupta and six CNN viewers as they inspired each other while training for triathlon. The program is now in its sixth year.

In addition to his work for CNN, Gupta is a member of the staff and faculty at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and regularly performs surgery at Emory University and Grady hospitals. He holds memberships in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves as a diplomate of the American Board of Neurosurgery and a certified medical investigator.

Before joining CNN, Gupta completed neurosurgical fellowship at the Semmes Murphey Clinic and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. In 1997, he was selected as a White House Fellow, serving as a special advisor to First Lady Hillary Clinton. Gupta contributes to the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes. He is the author of three New York Times best-selling books, Chasing Life (2007), Cheating Death (2009) and Monday Mornings (2012). In 2003, Gupta was named one of PEOPLE magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” and a “pop culture icon” by USA Today. That same year, he also won the Humanitarian Award from the National Press Photographers Association. In 2004, the Atlanta Press Club named him “Journalist of the Year” and in 2009, he won both the first Health Communications Achievement Award from the American Medical Association’s Medical Communications Conference and the Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award from the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). In 2010, Gupta was honored by John F. Kennedy University with its Laureate Award for leaders in health and wellness. 2011, Forbes magazine named him as one of the “Ten Most Influential Celebrities.” Gupta received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate of medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School.

 

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ELLIOTT S. FISHER, MD, MPH
Director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Dr. Fisher is Director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the John E Wennberg Distinguished Professor of Health Policy, Medicine and Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Dr. Fisher is recognized for several major contributions to research and policy.   He led seminal research on the promise and perils of using large administrative databases for health care research, work that helped to validate the quality of the data and demonstrated how such data could be used to answer important epidemiologic and policy questions.  He then built on this work to explore the causes and consequences of the dramatic differences in spending observed across U.S. regions and academic medical centers, demonstrating that the 60% higher intensity of care in high cost U.S. regions and health systems did not result in better health outcomes and was largely due to differences in the use of discretionary and potentially avoidable care.  This work was the first to reveal the magnitude of waste in U.S. healthcare and helped to provide the rationale for the transition to value-based payment that is now underway.   Third, he led the team that did the empirical research that provided the rationale for Accountable Care Organizations and worked with colleagues to adapt the concept in ways that helped lead to its inclusion in the Affordable Care Act and adoption by many private payers. His current research focuses on evaluating how innovations in payment and care delivery are being implemented within the U.S. health care system and the impact of these changes on health system performance.  He now leads one of three federally funded U.S. Centers of Excellence in Health Systems Research that is applying an implementation science framework to exploring the impact of new payment and delivery models and how the effectiveness of different models varies according to different organizational, market and policy contexts.

He has published over 150 research articles and commentaries.  He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University and completed his internal medicine residency and public health training at the University of Washington.  He serves on the boards of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences).

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Martin Gaynor, PhD
E.J. Barone Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University

Martin Gaynor is the E.J. Barone Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and former Director of the Bureau of Economics at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. He is one of the founders of the Health Care Cost Institute, an independent non-partisan nonprofit dedicated to advancing knowledge about US health care spending, and served as the first Chair of its governing board. He is also an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and of the National Academy of Social Insurance, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an International Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, and a board member of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. Prior to coming to Carnegie Mellon Dr. Gaynor held faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins and a number of other universities. He has been an invited visitor at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Northwestern University, and the Toulouse School of Economics.

 

His research focuses on competition and antitrust policy in health care markets. He has written extensively on this topic, testified before Congress, and advised the governments of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and South Africa on competition issues in health care. Gaynor is on the Pennsylvania Governor’s Health Advisory Board and co-chaired the state’s workgroup on shoppable care. He has won a number of awards for his research, including the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy Best Paper Award, the Victor R. Fuchs Research Award, the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation Health Care Research Award, the Kenneth J. Arrow Award, the Jerry S. Cohen Award for Antitrust Scholarship (finalist), and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. Dr. Gaynor received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego in 1977 and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1983.

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SHELLEY LYFORD
President and CEO, West Health

Shelley Lyford is Chief Executive and President of West Health. West Health is a nonprofit, nonpartisan family of organizations, solely founded by pioneering philanthropists, Gary and Mary West, whose mission is to enable seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and supportive services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence. The organizations use a combination of applied medical research, policy, advocacy and outcomes-based philanthropy to improve healthcare for seniors and lower costs.

Lyford played a critical role in helping establish the Gary and Mary West Foundation in 2006. Under Lyford’s leadership, the Gary and Mary West Foundation has awarded more than 400 grants totaling more than $181 million for applied medical research and community support and social services for seniors and their caregivers. Lyford also leads the Gary and Mary West Health Institute as it conducts applied medical research on a wide range of issues affecting seniors and their families. The research generated is used to provide the evidence needed for healthcare providers, policymakers and communities to make more informed decisions about healthcare delivery models and support services that enable successful aging in America.

Lyford has spearheaded the development of innovative healthcare delivery systems that serve as national care models of excellence, including San Diego’s first Geriatric Emergency Unit; and the new, first of its kind Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center in downtown San Diego, which provides high-quality, affordable dental care integrated with health and wellness services for lower-income seniors. These and other care models are supported by various research initiatives with collaborators that include the American Geriatrics Society, University of California San Diego Health System, Mount Sinai in New York, Brown University and Northwestern University.

In addition to leading West Health, Lyford is vice-chair of the board of directors for Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) and sits on the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors focused on promoting San Diego as an epicenter for successful aging research. Lyford holds a master’s degree in international relations and political-economy from the University of San Diego.

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MARK McCLELLAN, MD, PhD
Director and Professor, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy; Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, is the Robert J. Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine, and Health Policy, and Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University with offices at Duke and in Washington DC. The new Center will support and conduct research, evaluation, implementation, and educational activities to improve health policy and health, through collaboration across Duke University and Health System, and through partnerships between the public and private sectors. It integrates the social, clinical, and analytical sciences to integrate technical expertise and practical capabilities to develop and apply policy solutions that improve health and the value of health care locally, nationally, and worldwide.

Dr. McClellan is a doctor and an economist, and his work has addressed a wide range of strategies and policy reforms to improve health care, including such areas as payment reform to promote better outcomes and lower costs, methods for development and use of real-world evidence, and more effective drug and device innovation. Before coming to Duke, he served as a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he was Director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiatives and led the Richard Merkin Initiative on Payment Reform and Clinical Leadership. He also has a highly distinguished record in public service and in academic research. Dr. McClellan is a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he developed and implemented major reforms in health policy. These include the Medicare prescription drug benefit, Medicare and Medicaid payment reforms, the FDA’s Critical Path Initiative, and public-private initiatives to develop better information on the quality and cost of care.

Dr. McClellan is the founding chair and a current board member of the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and chairs the Academy’s Leadership Council for Value and Science-Driven Health care, co-chairs he guiding committee of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, and is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has also previously served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and senior director for health care policy at the White House, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Department of the Treasury. He was previously an associate professor of economics and medicine with tenure at Stanford University, and has twice received the Kenneth Arrow Award for Outstanding Research in Health Economics.

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TIMOTHY A. LASH, MBA
Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, West Health;
President, West Health Policy Center

Tim Lash oversees the development and execution of West Health’s successful aging portfolio across its nonprofit applied medical research, policy and advocacy initiatives and outcomes-based philanthropy. This work supports the organization’s mission of enabling seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence.

Lash has extensive experience in shaping and advancing innovative and disruptive healthcare models, establishing collaborations across a diverse group of stakeholders and organizations, creating new growth platform strategies, and executing acquisitions/equity investments. Prior to joining West Health, he held leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson and several other healthcare companies.

Lash holds an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business, with a concentration in finance and marketing. He earned his B.S. in biology from Union College. Lash also serves on the advisory board of the d.health Summit and board of directors for Reflexion Health.

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ANDY SLAVITT, MBA
Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center; Former Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Andy Slavitt has decades of private and public sector leadership in health care. Over his career, Andy has shaped some of the most significant and successful initiatives in health care impacting millions of Americans and the shape of the health care system. For the last two years, he served as the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under President Obama. In that role, Slavitt oversaw programs that provide access to quality health care for 140 million Americans, including Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Andy came into the public spotlight in October of 2013 when he was asked by the Obama Administration to lead the turnaround of Healthcare.gov from the private sector. Slavitt’s tenure at CMS was marked by the successful execution of a number of large new programs– the Affordable Care Act, the significant shift to pay-for-value payment models, and the implementation of MACRA. Under his leadership, the U.S. health care system saw record reductions in the uninsured rate, nationwide improvements in quality, record low cost growth, and a re-birth of private sector innovation and progress. Andy’s tenure was also marked by a cultural shift towards a more engaged, transparent, and collaborative period of cooperation between the public and private sectors.

Andy’s ability to spearhead complex management challenges stems from over two decades of experience working as a leader in the health care and technology private sector. Throughout his career, Andy’s work centered on improving the consumer experience and access to care, new care delivery models, health equity, data and technology, and program integrity. From 2003 to 2013, Andy worked at UnitedHealth Group, eventually serving as the Group Executive Vice President for Optum where he oversaw the delivery of clinical, technology and operational solutions to health care clients and consumers. Over his career at Optum, the company grew by tens of billions in revenue. Andy served in a number of different capacities which drove its growth, including as CEO of OptumInsight and overseeing mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, marketing, international business and business integration.

Andy has an entrepreneurial background, having founded and served as CEO of HealthAllies, a technology-based consumer health care company. HealthAllies served people who are uninsured or underinsured by via an online marketplace for health care services. He was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an investment banker with Goldman Sachs.
Slavitt has helped lead a number of national priorities from Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Task Force to President Obama’s National Heroin Task Force. He has served in a number of leadership and board capacities in public, private and non-profit organizations in health care, education and the arts. Slavitt has been recognized as one of the 10 most influential people in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine, and has received similar recognition from other health care and technology publications and organizations. He appears frequently in the media and is viewed as a nonpartisan explainer of complex health care topics– including on his Twitter feed.

Andy lives in Minnesota with his family. He is a graduate of the Wharton School and The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Carol Raphael
Senior Advisor, Manatt Health Solutions; Board Chair, Long Term Quality Alliance; Former Board Chair, AARP, Inc.,

Carol Raphael is a Senior Advisor at Manatt Health Solutions. She served as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), the largest non-profit home health agency in the United States from 1989 to 2011. She also served as Board Chair of AARP. Prior to joining VNSNY, Ms. Raphael held an executive position at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and was an Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Human Resources Administration in charge of the Medicaid and Public Assistance programs in New York City. Ms. Raphael was an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University in 2012. She serves as a Director on numerous Boards including the Primary Care Development Corporation, the Medicare Rights Center, The Scan Foundation, the New York eHealth Collaborative, Commonwealth Care Alliance and Henry Schein, Inc. She has been appointed to many commissions including the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the Federal Bipartisan Commission on Long Term Care, the Age Friendly Commission and several Institute of Medicine Committees. Additionally, she was a member of New York State Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team. She is the Chair of the Long Term Quality Alliance, an alliance of payers, providers, consumers and policymakers working to strengthen and better integrate the Long Term Services & Supports system. She has been a member of the National Quality Forum Measures Application Partnership (MAP) where she chaired its Post-Acute, Long Term Care and Hospice Workgroup and was co-chair of its Attribution Committee. Currently, she is a member of its Admissions and Readmissions Committee. Ms. Raphael is a member of the RAND Health Advisory Board and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Policy and Management Executive Council. She co-edited the book “Home Based Care for a New Century” and was a Visiting Fellow at the Kings Fund in the United Kingdom. She has an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and completed its Senior Executive Program.

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Seth Sternberg
Co-Founder and CEO of Honor

Seth Sternberg is the Co-Founder and CEO of Honor, a non-medical home care company with a mission to enable our parents to remain in their homes as they age. Prior to Honor, Seth was the Co-Founder and CEO of Meebo, which brought instant messaging to the web and reached close to half the internet population in the United States. Meebo was acquired by Google, where Seth became a Product Director working on the Google Identity Platform, and then within GoogleX. Seth started his career with IBM’s Corporate Development group after graduating from Yale. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, working with entrepreneurs, and spending time with his wife, Monica, and his son, Cove.

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Lewis G. Sandy MD, FACP
Executive Vice President, Clinical Advancement, UnitedHealth Group

Lewis G. Sandy MD FACP is Executive Vice President, Clinical Advancement, UnitedHealth Group (a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and helping make the health system work better for everyone). At UnitedHealth Group (UHG) he focuses on clinical innovation, payment/delivery reforms to modernize our health care system, and physician/health professional collaboration. He also is a principal in the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform and Modernization, with a focus on payment/delivery innovation and policy. From 2003 to 2007, he was EVP and Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare, UHG’s employer/individual health benefits business. From 1997 to 2003, he was EVP of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. At RWJF, he was responsible for the Foundation’s program development and management, strategic planning, and administrative operations. Prior to this, Sandy was a program VP of the Foundation, focusing on the Foundation’s workforce, health policy, and chronic care initiatives. An internist and former health center medical director at the Harvard Community Health Plan in Boston, Massachusetts, Sandy received his B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University. A former RWJF Clinical Scholar and Clinical Fellow in Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Sandy served his internship and residency at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He serves on a number of Boards and Advisory Groups, including the Board of the National Quality Forum (NQF) and Panel of Health Advisors for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). He is a senior fellow of the University of Minnesota

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Mark D. Smith, MD, MBA
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; Co-chair, Guiding Committee of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network

Mark Smith is currently a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco and Visiting Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley. He co-chairs the Guiding Committee of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network. From 1996 through 2013 was the Founding President of the California HealthCare Foundation, which he led from its formation. An independent endowed philanthropy in Oakland, California, the Foundation began operations with $500 million in assets, made $650 million in charitable grants under his leadership, and has a current corpus of approximately $720 million. In those 17 years, Smith helped build the Foundation into a recognized leader in delivery system innovation, public reporting of care quality, and applications of new technology in health care. Smith spearheaded the launch of California HealthLine and iHealthBeat, daily electronic publications with a combined circulation of 60,000; the CHCF Center for Healthcare Reporting at USC, an award winning initiative which partners with local publications and broadcast outlets throughout the state in producing original reporting; the CHCF Innovation Fund, which invests in companies advancing the Foundation’s mission; and the CHCF Leadership Fellows Program, whose 300 alumni/ae are senior leaders in virtually every clinical enterprise in the state.

He was a 2014 Menschel Senior Policy Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. Smith is a nationally-recognized health policy expert. He has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 25 book chapters and monographs. He has consulted for the governments of Kuwait, Denmark, and Singapore, and is a frequent keynote speaker, including for Microsoft, Health 2.0, Kaiser Permanente, and the Library of Congress. Before CHCF, Dr. Smith was Executive Vice-President of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, where he oversaw programs in HIV, Reproductive Health, and the Health Care Marketplace. Prior to that, he was on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and of Public Health, and directed the AIDS clinic there.

Dr. Smith was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2001. He chaired the IOM’s Committee on the Learning Healthcare System, which produced the widely publicized 2012 report Best Care at Lower Cost. He serves on the Boards of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Commonwealth Fund, the Archstone Foundation, Concerto Healthcare and the Editorial Board of Health Affairs, and advises several startup companies and venture funds. He has been honored by the California Legislature, the California Hospital Association, Grantmakers in Health, the Society of General Internal Medicine, and others.

Dr. Smith holds a BA from Harvard College, an MD from the University of North Carolina, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Board-certified internist, he maintains an active clinical practice in HIV care at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. He and his wife reside in Oakland, California.

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Mark E. Miller, PhD
Vice President of Health Care, Arnold Foundation

Mark leads the Arnold Foundation’s work to lower the cost and improve the value of health care. He joins the team with more than 30 years of experience developing and implementing health policy, including prior positions as the executive director of Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; assistant director of Health and Human Resources at the Congressional Budget Office; deputy director of health plans at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; health financing branch chief at the Office of Management and Budget; and senior research associate at the Urban Institute. Mark has extensive experience identifying emerging health care issues, developing policy solutions, working with policymakers, and engaging diverse stakeholders. Over the course of his career, he has been directly involved in the development of major health legislation such as the Balanced Budget Act; the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act; and the Affordable Care Act.

Mark holds a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the State University of New York at Binghamton and an M.A. and B.A. in political science from Old Dominion University.

 

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Sarah Kliff
Senior Policy Correspondent, Vox.com

Sarah Kliff is one of the country’s leading health policy journalists, who has spent seven years chronicling Washington’s battle over the Affordable Care Act. Recently, her reporting has taken her to the White House for a wide-ranging interview with President Obama on the health law—and to rural Kentucky, for a widely-read story about why Obamacare enrollees voted for Donald Trump.

Kliff is a senior policy correspondent at Vox.com, where she focuses on the Republicans’ effort to repeal Obamacare—and what that will mean for the millions of Americans who rely on the law for coverage. At Vox, she is also a co-host of The Weeds, a policy podcast with Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias. She is developing a second podcast, also about policy, that will launch in summer 2017.

Prior to joining Vox, Kliff covered health policy for the Washington Post, where she was a founding writer at Wonkblog, a blog dedicated to making complicated policy easily understandable. She has also covered health policy for Politico and
Newsweek magazine.

Kliff’s work has impact: the Supreme Court cited her work in their 2012 decision upholding the health care law. She is the recipient of multiple reporting awards, including fellowships from the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California. Kliff is a frequent television guest and has appeared on CBS, PBS, Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC. She enjoys public speaking and, most recently, has presented at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and the Colorado Health Institute.

Kliff resides in Washington, D.C. with her fiancé and a very friendly beagle named Spencer.

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Melissa Joy Cohen
Staff VP, Payment Innovation Strategy, Anthem

 

Melissa Cohen is the Staff Vice President of Payment Innovation Strategy at Anthem where she runs a team focused on program evaluation, portfolio analysis and management of cross cutting initiatives, maintaining a 360-degree view of payment innovation at the organization. Prior to joining Anthem, Melissa was the Director of the Policy and Programs Group at the Innovation Center at CMS where she was predominantly responsible for center-wide strategy and implementation of the Quality Payment Program proposed in the Medicare and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Previously, Melissa was the Director of the Division of Financial Risk, leading the Innovation Center’s ACO and Health Plan Innovation Models.  Melissa started with the Center in 2011 and was involved early on in the design and implementation of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative, the Comprehensive ESRD Care Initiative and the Pioneer and Next Generation ACO Models.  Prior to coming to CMMI, Melissa practiced medical malpractice defense litigation for 6 years in the New York Metropolitan Area, which gave her unique insight into aspects of our fragmented delivery system and a passion for delivery system reform.  Melissa received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, her law degree from Fordham University School of Law, and her Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD
Editor-in-Chief, Kaiser Health News, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Elisabeth Rosenthal, M.D. spent 22 years as a reporter, correspondent and senior writer at The New York Times. The capstone of her journalistic career was an award-winning 2-year-long series about the cost of American healthcare called “Paying Till it Hurts.” Dr. Rosenthal’s reporting “has changed the way we think about health care,” wrote Dr. Andrew Boozary, editor of the Harvard Public Health Review. Paul Raeburn, of the MIT Knight Science Journalism Tracker, called the series “the clearest dissection to date of the health system’s pricing ills.” He added: “It should galvanize the country.”

In her new book An American Sickness, Dr. Rosenthal expands on her reporting to take a hard look at the history and current state of our nation’s healthcare. At this moment of sweeping political change, Dr. Rosenthal exposes the limitations of our healthcare system by breaking down the monolithic business into its various components—and reminds us what is at stake.

Drawing on her book and work as a journalist, Elisabeth Rosenthal’s lectures penetrate right to the heart of our healthcare problem. She has keynoted healthcare conferences for Consumer Reports, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American College of Physicians and the Mayo Clinic, to name a few. An enlightening speaker, Dr. Rosenthal tackles this difficult topic with remarkable clarity, whether addressing healthcare providers, doctors, or patients.

A frequent contributor to the New York Times’ Sunday Review, Dr. Rosenthal has made national appearances on media outlets such as MSNBC Morning Joe, C-Span, This American Life, NPR’s Fresh Air, and The Diane Rehm Show among others.  Her awards include the Association of Health Care Journalists’ 2014 beat reporting prize, the 2014 Victor Cohn Prize from the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, the 2014 Online News Association’s topical reporting prize and the Asia Society’s Osborn Elliott prize, as well as multiple citations from the Newswomen’s Club of New York.

Born in New York City, Dr. Rosenthal holds an M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School, trained in internal medicine, and worked as an E.R. physician before becoming a full-time journalist. She has been a Poynter Fellow at Yale, a Ferris Visiting Professor at Princeton, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University. Currently, Dr. Rosenthal works as the editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, an independent foundation-funded reporting project providing health and health policy news to media partners like NPR, PBS, The New York TimesThe Washington Post and USA Today.

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Joseph Smith, MD, PhD
President & CEO, Digital Health Corp. | Reflexion Health, Inc. | The Learning Corp.

Joseph (Joe) Smith is passionate about value-based healthcare technology innovation, and is currently president and chief executive officer of Digital Health Corp, and its two subsidiaries, Reflexion Health, and The Learning Corp, where he uses his experience in clinical medicine, technology and healthcare policy leadership to develop innovative, patient-centered, data-driven, value-based solutions for home-based post-acute care.

Previously, Dr. Smith served as the founding Chief Medical and Science Officer at the West Health Institute, president of the West Health Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and the manager of the West Health Investment Fund.  Prior to that, Dr. Smith was vice president of Emerging Technologies for Johnson & Johnson, senior vice president and Chief Medical Officer of Guidant/Boston Scientific’s Cardiac Rhythm Management division, and Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.

Before entering leadership roles in the industry, Dr. Smith was a practicing cardiologist for almost twenty years, training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, with subsequent sub-specialty training in clinical cardiac electrophysiology, and with faculty appointments at Washington University in St Louis and Johns Hopkins University.

An international speaker on healthcare innovation, Dr. Smith has testified before various Congressional committees on the value of healthcare technology and has served on the Food and Drug Administration Safety Innovation Act (FDASIA) workgroup. He maintains advisory and board roles in an array of start-up companies, foundations, and universities. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard Medical School.

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Steve Forbes
Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media
ATUL GAWANDE, MD, MPH
Surgeon, Writer, Public Health Researcher
Sanjay Gupta, MD
Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN
ELLIOTT S. FISHER, MD, MPH
Director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
Martin Gaynor, PhD
E.J. Barone Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University
SHELLEY LYFORD
President and CEO, West Health
MARK McCLELLAN, MD, PhD
Director and Professor, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy; Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
TIMOTHY A. LASH, MBA
Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, West Health;
President, West Health Policy Center
ANDY SLAVITT, MBA
Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center; Former Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Moderators and PANELISTS

Carol Raphael
Senior Advisor, Manatt Health Solutions; Board Chair, Long Term Quality Alliance; Former Board Chair, AARP, Inc.,
Seth Sternberg
Co-Founder and CEO of Honor
Lewis G. Sandy MD, FACP
Executive Vice President, Clinical Advancement, UnitedHealth Group
Mark D. Smith, MD, MBA
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; Co-chair, Guiding Committee of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network
Mark E. Miller, PhD
Vice President of Health Care, Arnold Foundation
Sarah Kliff
Senior Policy Correspondent, Vox.com
Melissa Joy Cohen
Staff VP, Payment Innovation Strategy, Anthem
Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD
Editor-in-Chief, Kaiser Health News, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Joseph Smith, MD, PhD
President & CEO, Digital Health Corp. | Reflexion Health, Inc. | The Learning Corp.