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Health Care Forum

Washington, District of Columbia / March 27, 2014

The Atlantic convened a group of experts in medicine, public health, policy, and finance to examine the condition of the nation's health care and prescribe policies for its improvement.

In 2014, health care reform went from talking point to tangible policy as the implementation of Obamacare aimed to make universal health coverage a reality in the United States. But it's a reality accompanied by obstacles at every turn, both political and technological, and its ultimate impact on the health of those it intends to serve remains far from clear.

Despite the political dialogue surrounding health care on the Hill, attention must also be paid to the fundamental questions underlying health care reform: What changes are necessary to improve the quality of America’s health care system? Are medical professionals and facilities meeting the needs of their patients? What investments in health care technology can transform quality of care? How can we direct efforts toward preventive health in order to offset later costs?

With the help of topical experts, The Atlantic delved further into these questions and discussed the latest innovations, trends, and concerns in the evolving healthcare industry.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 

Ronald Reagan Building
Pavilion Room
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004



8:35am Welcome Remarks: Emily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director, AtlanticLIVE
8:38am    Health Care Reform: The Bumps, and the Way Ahead
  • Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Chair, Department of Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania
  • Interviewer: Corby Kummer, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
9:15 am Panel Discussion #1: Building a Better Health Care System
  • Dr. James Madara, CEO, American Medical Association
  • Dr. Sam Nussbaum, Chief Medical Officer, WellPoint
  • Dr. Kavita Patel, Managing Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, Brookings Institution
  • Moderator: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
10:05 am One-on-One Interview:
  • Dr. Kenneth Davis, President and CEO, Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Interviewer: Corby Kummer, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
10:35 am  Panel #2: Ending a Crisis: Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse
  • David Yakimischam, Executive Vice President and General Manager, E-Prescribing, Surescripts
  • Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH
  • Michael Botticelli, Deputy Director of National Drug Control Policy, The White House
  • Interviewer: Corby Kummer
11:20 am One-on-One Interview
  • Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council, The White House
  • Moderator: Steve Clemons, Editor-in-Chief, AtlanticLIVE
11:48 am Panel Opening Remarks – William Schuyler, Vice President, Government Relations, GSK 
11:51 am Panel #3: Starting Out on Equal Footing: Raising Healthier Children
  • Lauren Shweder Biel, Executive Director, DC Greens
  • Susan Dentzer, Senior Policy Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Dr. George Askew, Chief Medical Officer, Administration for Children and Families, HHS
  • Dr. Kurt Newman, President and CEO, Children’s National Medical Center
  • Moderator: Dr. James Hamblin, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
12:15 pm Presentation: Workouts to do at Work with The Atlantic’s Senior Editor Dr. James Hamblin
12:30 pm Lunch
1:00 pm One-on-One Interview:
  • Doug Ulman, CEO, LIVESTRONG
  • Moderator: Olga Khazan, Associate Editor, The Atlantic 
1:35 pm Panel #4: Health Care Tomorrow: Examining the Tools and Technologies that Will Revolutionize the Future Health Care System
  • Dr. Paul Rothman, Frances Watt Baker, M.D., and Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D. Dean of the Medical Faculty and Vice President for Medicine; CEO, Johns Hopkins University
  • Ed Park, EVP and COO, athenahealth
  • John Castellani, CEO, PhRMA
  • Dr. Roger Ray, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Carolinas HealthCare System
  • Moderator: Becca Rosen, Staff Editor, The Atlantic
2:20 pm Closing Remarks: Emily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director, AtlanticLIVE



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