The Nashville Health Care Council has named its third class of Nashville Health Care Council Fellows. The 2015 Fellows program, held between January and May, will focus on health care policy, reform, reimbursement shifts, technology and population health management, among other topics. The class comprises 36 local and regional health care leaders.
"The 2015 Fellows include some of the industry's best and brightest leaders with experience and industry focus spanning all sectors of health care," Bill Frist, Fellows co-director, said in a release. "These individuals have a challenging task ahead, and I look forward to the meaningful discussions and debate on our nation's health care that will come from our rigorous curriculum."
For more info on the Fellows program, click here for a Q&A with co-director and director of health affairs at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, Larry Van Horn.
The members of the 2015 Fellows class are:
• Oran Aaronson, M.D. – Medical Director, Vanderbilt Spine Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
• Gregg Allen, M.D. – Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, MedSolutions
• Greg Allen – General Manager, Cigna-HealthSpring
• Bill Baucom, M.D. – Summit Medical Associates
• Bill Brown – Chief Executive Officer, Entrada
• Dave Caluori – Principal, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
• Nick Coussoule – Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
• Mike Cuffe, M.D. – President and Chief Executive Officer, Physician Services, HCA
• Michael Dal Bello – Partner, Pritzker Group
• Rebecca Dexter – Vice President, Market Performance and Account Management, Healthways
• Lisa Doyle – Vice President, Human Resources, HCA
• Joel Galanter – Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel, Aegis Sciences Corporation
• Rachel Haithcoat – Director - Mergers & Acquisitions, DaVita HealthCare Partners, Inc.
• Mark Harris, Ph.D. – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, NextGxDx
• Darren Hodgon – Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, United Healthcare
• Rusty Holman – Chief Medical Officer, LifePoint Hospitals
• Debbie James – President and Chief Executive Officer, Vivere Health
• Phil Johnston – Dean, College of Pharmacy, Belmont University
• Ed Jones – President and Chief Executive Officer, HealthTrust
• Kris Joshi, Ph.D. – Executive Vice President, Emdeon
• Neil Kunkel – Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer, Capella Healthcare Inc.
• Mark Lamp – Chief Executive Officer, American HomePatient
• Julie Lampley – Attorney, Butler Snow LLP
• Helen Lane – Executive Vice President & Partner, c3/consulting
• Darren Lehrich – Managing Director, Deutsche Bank
• Wendy Long, M.D. – Deputy Director, Health Care Finance and Administration, State of Tennessee
• David Massaro, M.D. – Deputy Chief Medical Officer, VA MidSouth Healthcare Network
• Ken Misch – Chief Financial Officer, MEDHOST
• Anna-Gene O'Neal – President and Chief Executive Officer, Alive Hospice
• Bill Paul, M.D. – Director, Metro Public Health Department
• Beth Ratliff – Senior Vice President, Premise Health / CHS Health Services
• Saurabh Sinha – Chief Executive Officer, emids
• Lloyd Smith – Partner, PwC
• Paul Smith – Vice President, Division VI Operations, Community Health Systems
• Harsh Trivedi, M.D. – Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer, Vanderbilt Behavioral Health, VUMC
• Erin Wilkins – President, Southeast Region, Press Ganey
Former Senator Bill Frist announced a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation last week to launch a coalition aimed at improving maternal, newborn and child health in developing nations around the world.
Through a partnership with Frist's Hope Through Healing Hands nonprofit and the Gates Foundation, The Faith-Based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide seeks to encourage leaders to discuss and advocate on behalf of maternal health issues.
"Every year, complications from pregnancy and childbirth claim the lives of nearly 287,000 women and permanently disable many more, mostly in developing countries," Frist said in statement. "Yet if 120 million women get access to information on the healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies, 200,000 fewer women and girls will die in childbirth by 2020 and 3 million fewer babies will die in their first year of life by 2020."
Through better education and access to contraceptives, counseling and other services, the coalition seeks to decrease the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions in the developing world, as well as encourage healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies to reduce maternal and infant mortality.
Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist sat down recently with Bloomberg Businessweek to discuss health care trends and technologies and how they are disrupting the status quo. One of those disruptions, he says, is that the implementation of new IT tools will actually hurt productivity for a while before being a real benefit. But on the whole, he says, the competitive dynamics of the industry are changing and that's good — for savvy consumers, at least.
You have doctors, companies, and hospitals competing for patients because there’s a lot more money coming into the system—and they’re competing with true transparency. Because of IT, prices will come down. Efficiency will be demanded. Waste will be eliminated. They’re going to be better providers. That doesn’t mean they’ll make more money, but they’re going to be better.
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