Remarks by: Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, President, American Medical Association
Introduction by: Bruce Gottlieb, President, National Journal Group
Moderator: Marilyn Werber Serafini, Communications Director & Health Policy Advisor, Alliance for Health Reform
Chris Dawe, Policy Advisor for Healthcare, National Economic Council, Executive Office of the President
Katherine Hayes, Director, Health Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center
Dan Hilferty, President & Chief Executive Officer, Independence Blue Cross
Jay Khosla, Chief Health Counsel for Republican Staff, US Senate Committee on Finance
Clifford Ko, M.D., Medical Director, Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, American College of Surgeons
Elizabeth Mitchell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement
Chris Dawe is the policy advisor for health care at the National Economic Council at the White House. In his role, Mr. Dawe supports the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and advises the NEC leadership on health care issues in the federal budget debate. Since 2011, Mr. Dawe served as the director of delivery system reform at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Health Reform, where he coordinated implementation of policies that foster the delivery of higher quality, more affordable healthcare. Before joining the Administration, Mr. Dawe was a professional staff member at the Senate Finance Committee for Chairman Max Baucus of Montana.
Bruce Gottlieb is president of the National Journal Group, which publishes National Journal, National Journal Daily, National Journal Hotline, and other publications. He also serves as the general counsel of Atlantic Media Company, which publishes The Atlantic, Quartz, and Government Executive. Before joining Atlantic Media, he was chief counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, responsible for managing the agency’s overall policy agenda, and a senior advisor to Chairman Julius Genachowski. He was formerly a staff writer for Slate, where he was the first author of the Explainer column, and he has written for publications including The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Republic. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and of Harvard Law School and began his legal career as a clerk for Judge David S. Tatel of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Katherine Hayes is the director of health policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). Prior to joining BPC, Ms. Hayes worked as an associate research professor in the Department of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and served as co-director of Health Reform GPS: Navigating Health Reform Implementation, a website jointly sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and GW’s Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program. She also taught graduate courses in federal advocacy and policymaking and the federal budget process.
Prior to joining GW, Hayes served as vice president of health policy for Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc. Other private-sector experience includes legal practice as a member of the health and legislative practice groups at Hogan & Hartson, LLP (now Hogan Lovells), policy director for two large Catholic health systems, and policy director for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
Daniel J. Hilferty is president and chief executive officer of Independence Blue Cross (IBC), a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania serving more than seven million people nationwide, including 2.2 million in the region. Mr. Hilferty has more than 25 years of experience in health care, government affairs, communications, and education. Before serving as IBC’s president and chief executive officer, Mr. Hilferty was president of IBC’s health markets, which included the company’s sales, marketing, and subsidiary operations. Mr. Hilferty joined Independence Blue Cross in January 2010 after a successful tenure as president and chief executive officer of AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, (now AmeriHealth Caritas), one of the nation’s leaders in health care solutions for the underserved.
Ardis Dee Hoven
Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D., an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist in Lexington, Kentucky, became the 168th president of the American Medical Association in June 2013.
Dr. Hoven has been a member of the AMA Board of Trustees (BOT) since 2005, serving as its secretary for 2008–2009, chair for 2010–2011, and immediate past chair for 2011–2012.
Prior to her election to the AMA-BOT, Dr. Hoven served as a member and chair of the AMA Council on Medical Service. She was a member of the Utilization Review and Accreditation Commission for six years and served on its executive committee. Additional activities have included service on the AMA Foundation board of directors, the Group Practice Advisory Council of the AMA and an appointment to the Practicing Physicians Advisory Commission. Currently Dr. Hoven serves as the AMA-BOT representative on the Board of Directors of the National Quality Forum, and the Quality Alliance Steering Committee. She has recently concluded service on the COLA board, the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the AMA-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.
Board-certified in internal medicine and infectious disease, Dr. Hoven is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America.
Jay Khosla is the chief health counsel for the Republican staff of the Senate Finance Committee. He also currently serves as the legislative director for Senator Orrin Hatch. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Mr. Khosla was Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) senior health policy advisor. Prior to the campaign, he served as senior health counsel for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and prior to that as health counsel for former Senate Majority Leader William Frist.
Dr. Clifford Ko is the director of the division of research and optimal patient care at the American College of Surgeons. He oversees all the quality improvement programs, including the Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Program, the Cancer Accreditation program, the Trauma Verification program, the new Surgeon Specific Registry, and the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP). He also serves as the director of ACS NSQIP.
Dr. Ko’s work focuses on surgical quality of care, including quality measurement, process improvement, and quality maintenance. He has received millions of dollars in grant funding to study quality of care from sources that include the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Veterans Administration.
Elizabeth Mitchell is president and chief executive officer of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, a national network of 30+ Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives. Ms. Mitchell serves on the National Quality Forum Board and Coordinating Committee of NQF’s Measure Application Partnership and chairs the Task Force to develop measures for Health Insurance Exchanges. She was also appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s Consensus Committee on Core Metrics for Better Health at Lower Cost and Chair of the Implementation Work Group. Ms. Mitchell was chief executive officer of the Maine Health Management Coalition, leading public reporting, consumer engagement, and payment reform efforts and established the MHMC Data and Analytics program, becoming the nation’s 4th Qualified Entity.
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.