The growth in health care expenditures in Pennsylvania is outpacing the growth in our economy, our population and the general rate of inflation. However, healthcare is Pennsylvania’s largest employer and is especially vital to rural economies. The expenditures by state government on health care exceed $18.8 billion. Yet, rising health care costs are an increasing burden for employers competing in a global economy and citizens who see medical expenses rising faster than incomes.
By 2016, healthcare is expected to account for $1 of every $5 spent in the United States. In Pennsylvania, the General Assembly has cited “a major crisis because of the continuing escalation of costs for health care services.” This ever-rising cost could eventually become a critical condition for the Keystone state. Here, leaders from the area’s hospitals, insurance companies and advocacy groups will come together to discuss how to stem the tidal wave of the cost of healthcare.
November 19, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: Hall of Flags
Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA
President and CEO
Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health
Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, is the President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. His passion for transformational change has made him a national voice for an optimistic future in healthcare – for students, researchers, clinicians, patients and their communities. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the planned Journal of Healthcare Transformation and author of the book, The Phantom Stethoscope. At Jefferson, he has integrated the university and the hospital system, bringing together its five hospitals and six health colleges, including the 192-year-old Sidney Kimmel Medical College. He has launched initiatives, including telehealth, to bring advanced care closer to people at home.
This vision has expanded Jefferson’s commitment to healthcare value for its communities, and to a focus on innovation as a core mission of an academic health center. In 2014, Jefferson received a $110 million naming gift from Sidney and Caroline Kimmel for the College of Medicine. At the University of South Florida from 2004 to 2013, Dr. Klasko launched USF Health as an integrated entity for all health science disciplines and clinical practice. At USF, he built CAMLS, the nation’s largest center for training and assessment of technical and teamwork competencies. He further developed a program to accept medical students based on emotional intelligence and then cultivate their leadership abilities, known as SELECT.
He has been Dean of the College of Medicine of Drexel CEO of Drexel University Physicians, and Professor of Ob-Gyn, 2000-2004. He was also President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Physician Group from 1996 to 1999. His earned his BS from Lehigh University, his MD from Hahnemann University, and his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert A. Piccone
Clearbrook Treatment Centers
Robert A. Piccone is a longtime Health Care Administrator who has served as President of Clearbrook Treatment Centers, a private not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) alcohol and drug dependency rehabilitation facility since 1999. He also serves as the President of Clear Brook Foundation, a private not-for-profit 501 (c)(3). He received his Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs and Criminal Justice from American University and his Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from King’s College. Mr. Piccone also attended Dickinson School of Law.
Dr.Lauren Hughes, MD,MPH,MSc,FAAFP
Family Physician & Deputy Secretary for Health Innovation
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Lauren S. Hughes, MD, MPH, MSc, FAAFP, is a family physician and Deputy Secretary for Health Innovation for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where she oversees health care delivery system transformation, transition from volume- to value-based payment, workforce development strategies, health information technology expansion, and population health improvement.
Prior to joining the Department of Health, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan. She holds degrees in zoology and Spanish from Iowa State University, an MPH in health policy from The George Washington University, and a medical degree from the University of Iowa.
Dr. Hughes served as the national president of the American Medical Student Association for one year prior to completing her residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has volunteered in a federally qualified health center, worked for Iowa Senator Tom Harkin (retired), and studied medicine and health systems in Brazil, Sweden, Tanzania, and Botswana. Dr. Hughes has also been a visiting scholar at the Robert Graham Center, ABC News Medical Unit in New York City, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and The Commonwealth Fund.
Marc C. Cohen, MD
Abington Medical Specialists
Dr. Marc C. Cohen has been at Abington Medical Specialists since 1986. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He did his residency, chief residency, cardiology fellowship and interventional cardiology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He came to Abington and was the medical director of the catheterization lab for many years, designing the hospital’s infarct angioplasty program.
He has won numerous teaching awards and has been selected for Philadelphia Magazine’s “Top Docs.” More recently, he was voted top cardiologist in Montgomery County Publications Reader’s Choice awards. A native New Yorker, he persists in rooting for the Mets and Giants, despite residing in the Philadelphia area for the last 30 years.