Last week a delegation of nearly 100 Leadership Health Care members visited Washington, D.C., to meet with policymakers about all things health care. The two hottest topics were, of course, accountable care organizations and health care IT, according to LHC Director Judith Byrd. But the various speakers and panelists touched on an array of issues around implementing the health care reform legislation how it will shape the nation's health care delivery system.
One of the most valuable aspects of the trip was the fact that, because the same group of people attended every session together, the conversation among them was able to build throughout the two-day trip, said Michele Peden of Iasis Healthcare.
"It continued the conversation and led to deeper learning," she said.
Jim Lackey, who serves as the liasion between the boards of LHC and the Nashville Health Care Council, said it's enlightening to see the "inner workings" of Washington and how difficult it is to get thigns done.
"They are all good people who are really trying," Lackey said of the Tennessee delegation, which met with LHC members as part of the trip. He added: "You also realize that although Nashville thinks it runs the business of healthcare, the folks on the hill have a ton of control."
The Nashville Health Care Council today announced its 2010-'11 board of directors. New to the board are Meharry Medical College President and CEO Wayne Riley, Brookdale Senior Living CEO Bill Sheriff, Cressey & Co. partner Sen. Bill Frist and Sarah Cannon Research Institute CEO Dee Anna Smith. Re-elected to three-year terms are HCA Chairman & CEO Richard Bracken, Cumberland Pharmaceuticals CEO A.J. Kazimi, Passport Health Communications Chairman Jim Lackey, and Vanguard Health Systems Vice Chairman Keith Pitts. Eight members were elected to one-year terms. Those incldue George Bishop of Waller Lansden, Patrick Blake of McKesson, Stuart Campbell of Stites & Harbison, M. Robert DiGia of UBS Investment Bank, Ric Pennisi of Marsh, Andrew Quirk of Skanska USA, Tom Walker of Deloitte & Touche, Tom Wylly of Brentwood Capital Advisors and Melissa Waddey of LifePoint Hospitals. Psychiatric Solutions CEO Joey Jacobs will continue in his second year as chairman and Healthways CEO Ben Leedle remains vice-chair.
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