Join National Journal for a policy summit convening our nation's top health care experts and practitioners for a robust discussion about the emergence of new health care models and the future of health care in the U.S.
Our nation's health care system is evolving as it faces issues of efficiency and increasingly high costs. While our government inches closer to implementing the massive changes prompted by the 2010 health care law, industry leaders are developing their own innovative concepts of health care: patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations. While administrative challenges and issues of funding are raising doubts about the potential of success, is there evidence that these new models work? Is the U.S. finally ready for real health care change?
Dr. Bruce Bagley
Bruce Bagley, MD, FAAFP, serves as interim president and CEO of TransforMED, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians. TransforMED provides ongoing consultation and support to physicians as they seek to implement the patient-centered medical home model of care in their practices.
As interim president and CEO, Dr. Bagley serves as the leader, visionary, and key spokesperson for the company. Additionally, he directs overall management of the organization and oversees the strategic development of the company's product and service lines. He also actively participates in the development, deployment, and implementation of performance measures and continues to advocate for the importance of primary care as the foundation of a redesigned U.S. health care system.
During his nearly 30-year practice career, Dr. Bagley provided the full range of family medicine services in a single-specialty family medicine group practice in Albany, N.Y. Under his leadership, the 10-physician group was a well-known pioneer in the community in adapting to the challenges of managed care, quality improvement, informatics, and patient-centered care.
A nationally recognized expert on performance measurement, PCMH office redesign, electronic health records, and health care leadership, Dr. Bagley is well positioned to forge partnerships with technology vendors and other high-profile health care stakeholders. His expertise also proves valuable in providing consultation and advice to medical practices and developing delivery systems.
Previously, Dr. Bagley served as the medical director for quality improvement for both the AAFP and TransforMED. Prior to joining the TransforMED staff in 2011, he enjoyed a long history of leadership with the AAFP where he also served as the organization's president from 1999 to 2000 and its board chair from 2000 to 2001. Later, his expertise was recognized on the national quality stage when he served from 2005 to 2007 as a Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award examiner.
Dr. Bagley has been board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine since 1976. He earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y., and completed his family medicine residency at Saint Joseph's Hospital family medicine residency program in Syracuse, N.Y. He has also achieved the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.
Chet Burrell was named President and Chief Executive Officer of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in September 2007 and assumed his duties in December of the same year.
Prior to joining CareFirst, Burrell served as President and Chief Executive Officer of RealMed Corporation, a provider of online claims processing services for the health care industry, since April 2002. Before joining RealMed, Burrell served as founder, Chairman and CEO for Novalis Corporation, a managed care technology and consulting company that he developed from the idea stage to an organization serving over 800,000 members. The company partnered with large, regionally-based managed care networks of healthcare providers centered around leading academic medical centers, enabling them to offer their own managed care plans.
Prior to Novalis, Burrell served as Executive Vice President of Anthem Health Plans, where he had responsibility for directing AICI’s managed care operating subsidiary companies. Before joining Anthem, Burrell was President of the Albany Division of Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which at the time was the largest non-profit health insurer in the country. Among other areas, the Albany Division served the company's largest single account (the NYS Employees Program with one million enrollees) as well as all managed care programs operated by the company. Prior to his Empire experience, he was President and CEO for Blue Cross of Northeastern New York, which served subscribers in Upstate New York.
In addition to his private sector healthcare experience, Burrell has also served in the public sector. During a 10-year career with state government in New York, he served in various senior-level positions including: Executive Deputy Commissioner for the New York State Office of Mental Health, Deputy Director for New York State Office of Health Systems Management, the state's health regulatory agency, and New York State Governor’s Staff, Division of the Budget.
Dr. Marci Nielsen
Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH, joined the PCPCC as Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Prior to the PCPCC, Dr. Nielsen served as Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine’s Department of Health Policy and Management. Dr. Nielsen was appointed by then-Governor Kathleen Sebelius as first Executive Director and Board Chair of the Kansas Health Policy Authority (KHPA). She worked as a legislative assistant to U.S Senator Bob Kerrey (D-Nebraska), and later served as the health lobbyist and assistant director of legislation for the AFL-CIO. She is a board member of the American Board of Family Physicians, and former member of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, TransforMED LLC and the Mid-America Coalition on Health Care. She was also a committee member for the Institute of Medicine’s Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020 and Living Well with Chronic Illness: A Call for Public Health Action. Early in her career she served as a Peace Corps volunteer working for Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health and served for six years in the US Army Reserves. Dr. Nielsen holds an MPH from the George Washington University and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Dr. Kavita Patel
Kavita Patel, MD, MS is a fellow in the Economic Studies program and managing director for clinical transformation and delivery at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution.
Dr. Patel is a practicing primary care internist at Johns Hopkins Medicine. She also served in the Obama Administration as director of policy for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement in the White House. As a senior aide to Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s senior advisor, Dr. Patel played a critical role in policy development and evaluation of policy initiatives connected to health reform, financial regulatory reform, and economic recovery issues.
Dr. Patel also has a deep understanding of Capitol Hill from her time spent on the late Senator Edward Kennedy’s staff. As deputy staff director on health, she served as a policy analyst and trusted aide to the Senator and was part of the senior staff of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee under Sen. Kennedy’s leadership. She also has an extensive research and clinical background, having worked as a researcher at the RAND Corporation and as a practicing physician in both California and Oregon. She is a previous Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, and while at Brookings, she will return to providing clinical care as an internal medicine practitioner. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center, and her masters in public health from the University of California Los Angeles.
Margot Sanger-Katz is the health care correspondent for National Journal. Previously, she spent two years as an editor at the Yale Alumni Magazine, writing about issues as diverse as mouse genetics and dinosaur digs. Ms. Sanger-Katz was the health care reporter at the Concord Monitor, and an editor at Legal Affairs magazine. At the Monitor, she covered medicine and health care policy and the John McCain campaign during the 2008 presidential election. She has completed fellowships in health care policy and reporting, including the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship’s Medical Evidence Boot Camp, and is currently a Health System Performance Fellow with the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Neera Tanden is the President of the Center for American Progress and Counselor to the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Tanden has served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as presidential campaigns and think tanks. Most recently, Tanden served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Center, overseeing strategic planning, operations, and fundraising.
Marilyn Werber Serafini
Before joining the Alliance, Marilyn Werber Serafini was the Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow and senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News. She was an award-winning health care and welfare correspondent for National Journal magazine from 1995 to 2010, and before that was a senior reporter for CongressDaily (now National Journal Daily). She holds a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.
Chet Burrell, President of CareFirst, and Dr. Kavita Patel, fellow at the Brookings Institute, discuss how nurse practitioners can track a patient's health from home and better coordinate care over time.