Spencer C. Johnson Health Policy Lecture • Thursday, June 29 • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
The Geisinger Health System is widely cited by politicians, policymakers and health researchers as an outstanding example of a fully integrated health delivery model that provides better care while saving money. The system serves 3 million people of diverse ages, ethnicity and socioeconomic backgrounds who live in central, southcentral and northeastern Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey at AtlantiCare. Over the years, Geisinger has instituted a flat fee for certain surgeries and procedures, including follow-up care; a physician-led and team-delivered approach to providing that care; and a sophisticated electronic health record system to coordinate care throughout its 12 hospital campuses and a 45-county network of primary care clinics.
How did Geisinger Health System achieve this remarkable success? Glenn Steele, MD, PhD, who served as president and chief executive officer at Geisinger Health System for nearly 15 years, will outline the passion and persistence that drove value and created excellence and explain how others can replicate its model for behavior and strategy
Healthcare: A Nation Divided, Many Challenges and No Simple Answers
General Session • Thursday, June 29 • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
For healthcare sector watchers, the hours-long confirmation hearing for Tom Price, MD, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services secretary, disclosed several themes likely to mark the new administration’s approach to its health policies, including each party contrasting the other’s message. The political debate surrounding the distinction between access and actual coverage, insurance affordability and subsidies, and increased versus reduced regulation will do little to help those who will be affected — providers, who were scarcely mentioned in the hearing; states, which will shoulder more of the responsibility for the new normal; and individuals newly insured through the Affordable Care Act, who are anxious.
Paul Keckley, PhD, managing editor of The Keckley Report, healthcare researcher and widely known industry expert, will discuss common themes emerging from the Republicans’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and outline congressional priorities relating to quality, affordability, access, value and cost.
The Buried Life: Six Steps to Crossing Anything off Your List
Closing Session • Friday, June 30 • 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Like typical college students, Ben Nemtin and his friends Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn craved more excitement than what their daily lives offered. Unlike typical college students, the foursome committed to expanding outside of the monotony and to achieving items on their list of “100 things to do before you die,” including everything from riding a bull to helping to deliver a baby. Their quest also included helping a stranger with something on their list for every item the group accomplished. Since first venturing out in 2006 as The Buried Life, with a secondhand video camera and a rented RV, Nemtin and friends have inspired and helped people around the world to achieve their own goals.
What started out as a two-week journey to see how many items they could check off their list has become a popular TV show and an inspiring movement that encourages individuals to realize their dreams and help others in the process. With lessons learned from achieving his own goals and helping others with theirs, Nemtin will deliver a perspective that inspires you to dream big, accomplish objectives and identify ways to help others.