Health care public affairs firm Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock has recruited the former director of outreach for the Illinois State Medical Society to its Chicago office, which is nearing its fourth birthday. Tim Stewart had been at the ISMS since March 2008, and Jarrard President and CEO David Jarrard says his experience at the intersection of doctors and politics "is right in our sweet spot." Get all the info on Stewart's hiring here.
The United States Congress passed a bill last week that repealed the sustainable growth rate for physician reimbursement, putting an end to yearly funding fixes that kept doctors from seeing dramatically reduced payments for care.
In its place, Congress overhauled how Medicare physicians are paid, creating two value-based payment systems for reimbursing care.
The move is a "clear signal" that value-based payments are here to stay, said Magi Curtis, vice president of health care communications company Jarrard, Phillips, Cate & Hancock, in a blog post for the firm.
"The repeal of the SGR is monumental — both because it's been hard fought for more than 15 years and because it takes the entire health care industry one step closer to a value-based system," Curtis said.
In the new era, health systems will have to clearly deliver their visions, Curtis said, to physicians, employees, patients, government officials and the community.
"Leaders must develop and share a compelling vision for the change your organization is undertaking and the role each audience plays in its success," she said.
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Health care communications firm Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock has named Stephanie Tortorici as managing director for the agency's Chicago office.
Most recently, Tortorici was director of health for Edelman's Zeno Group and previously served as executive vice president at Edelman PR. She was also a system vice president of communications at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.
"Tortorici's depth of strategic health care experience makes her an exceptional leader for our Chicago office," David Jarrard, president and CEO of Jarrard Inc., said in a release. "Having worked within health systems, as well as in a consulting capacity, she brings our clients a valuable blend of skills and expertise. I'm excited to welcome her to the team and to grow our Chicago office under her leadership."
Health care public affairs firm Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock has added Alex Harkness Normington to its office in Chicago. Normington comes to the firm after working as public relations manager for the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, which represents more than 170 hospitals and health care organizations. Normington will serve as a senior advisor to Jarrard clients, blending health policy and public affairs with media relations and communications.
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