Tom Price headlines 2018 REACH Symposium at Trinity University
Longtime congressional policymaker, along with diverse panel of experts, to discuss relationship between local and national aspects of health care.
Friday, April 27, 2018
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Trinity University's Department of Health Care Administration and the Centene Corporation of St. Louis are presenting some of the country's most prominent experts in health care at the 2018 REACH Symposium: "The Future of Healthcare: A Local and National Perspective." The symposium  will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 24, in Trinity's Ruth Taylor Recital Hall.

Dr. Tom Price, the longtime Georgia congressman and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, headlines a diverse and talented group of panelists at the symposium. As keynote speaker, Price, an orthopedic surgeon with extensive knowledge of the U.S. health care system from both a practicing and policymaking viewpoint, will cover pressing issues facing Medicare, Medicaid, and the relationship between federal and state governments, all while presenting solutions he believes can mediate many of U.S. health care’s current structural dilemmas.

Price remains a fierce advocate for a patient-centered health care system that adheres to six key principles: affordability, accessibility, quality, choices, innovation, and responsiveness.

The symposium is free, but tickets are required for entry: register here to reserve your spot. Price’s keynote luncheon is $55 and requires separate registration.

Before Price’s keynote address, the symposium will present two panels: “The Evolving Healthcare System: Local Implications;” and “The Evolving Healthcare System: A National Perspective.”

Panel speakers include:

The Evolving Healthcare System: Local Implications

Health care might be seen as a local affair, but national trends have an impact on the local scene. Changes in reimbursement structure, a more informed and active consumer, increased emphasis on population health, and the shift toward outpatient care all profoundly impact care at the state level. This panel will examine the unique issues in Texas, a state that has not participated in Medicaid expansion and suffers the highest uninsured rate in the country.

Ben Isgur 

Ben Isgur leads PwC's Health Research Institute (HRI) nationally. Isgur oversees thought leadership and research initiatives for the firm and clients. He also consults with health care systems, trade associations, and policy groups on strategic planning and industry intelligence and trends. Isgur has been quoted in The New York TimesWall Street JournalWashington Post, and Modern Healthcare, and has appeared on the CNBC “Nightly Business Report.”

Sally Hurt-Deitch ’03, RN, FACHE 

Sally A. Hurt-Deitch is the vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer for Tenet Healthcare Corp. She leads critical areas including quality, safety, and patient experience across all Tenet hospitals. Hurt-Deitch is also president of the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives and chair-elect of the Texas Hospital Association.

David Lopez '75, '77

David Lopez is the COO of Parkland Health & Hospital System. Much of his career has been spent working in public health systems throughout Texas, and he is committed to the public health care mission. Lopez is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served in various roles for the American Hospital Association, Texas Hospital Association, and National Association of Public Hospitals.

The Evolving Healthcare System: A National Perspective

The U.S. health care system is evolving at a dizzying pace. Payments are increasing, patients have different expectations for their care, insurers aggressively attempt to avoid costly inpatient care, large national providers are consolidating in the face of declining revenues, and new types of affiliations are being forged between providers and insurers. This panel will examine these trends and more as well as the challenges they present for both health care payers and providers.

Marty Makary, M.D.  

Dr. Marty Makary is a healthcare futurist, writing in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He has written extensively on the opioid crisis, organizational culture, and health care reform. He is the creator of The Surgery Checklist, developed at Johns Hopkins University and popularized in the book The Checklist Manifesto. Makary has been named to "America’s 20 Most Influential People in Health Care" and the "Smartest People in Healthcare" list by Becker’s Review.

Jeanne Lambrew, Ph.D.

Jeanne Lambrew, Ph.D., is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation. Her writing, research, and teaching focus on policies to improve health care access, affordability, and quality. Previously, she worked in the Obama Administration, serving as the director of the Office of Health Reform at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she coordinated work toward passage and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein is the editorial director of strategic partnerships for the Atlantic Media Company. He is also the editorial director of the National Journal and a senior political and election analyst for CNN, producing sharp analysis on politics, policy, the electorate, media, and health care. Brownstein has authored or edited six books, and his articles have appeared in a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Magazine.

Alan Weil, J.D.
Alan Weil assumed the role of editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs in June 2014. Health Affairs is the nation’s leading peer-reviewed journal focused on the intersection of health, health care, and health policy in the United States and internationally. Weil, a frequent speaker on health reform, Medicaid, and federalism, has testified before Congress more than half a dozen times.

For more information about the REACH Symposium, visit the REACH Symposium website or contact Trinity University's Office of Conferences and Special Programs at 210-999-7601.

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