ACPE’s First-Ever Thought Leadership Forum Brings Together Physician Leaders to Discuss Health Care Challenges

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Event features nationally recognized speakers on patient safety, health IT and more.

Physician leaders from throughout the country will gather in Chicago later this month for a new and unique forum to discuss the most pressing issues in health care, including the ramifications of the Affordable Care Act, the evolving science of measurement, physician compensation and the challenges of being a physician CEO.

The Thought Leadership Forum, created by the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), will be held April 24-26 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile in conjunction with ACPE’s Annual Meeting and Spring Institute.

“It’s an exciting time to be a physician leader, but there are still many challenging opportunities ahead,” said Peter Angood, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, FCCM, president and CEO of ACPE. “Our first-ever Thought Leadership Forum is designed to help physicians enhance their leadership skills, expand their thinking and make the connections they need to better leverage their capabilities for contributing to this next era in health care with new and innovative approaches.”

The event will begin with a keynote speech by Robert M. Wachter, MD, who is considered the father of the hospitalist movement, the fastest growing medical specialty in the country. Wachter’s talk is titled “Health Care (Finally!) Enters the Digital Age: New Challenges and Opportunities for Leadership.”

Other speakers include:

  •     Joe Selby, MD, president for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
  •     John Nance, JD, aviation expert for ABC News and author of Why Hospitals Should Fly: The Ultimate Flight Plan to Patient Safety and Quality Care.
  •     Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, FAAP, president and CEO of Academy Health
  •     Frank Opelka, MD, FACS, chief executive officer of the LSU Healthcare Network, and recognized expert for implementing health care measurement strategies
  •     Ramanathan Raju, MD, MBA, CPE, former chief executive officer of Cook County Health and Hospital Systems, recently appointed as New York’s Commissioner of Health and Hospitals Corporation.

One of the event’s highlights is an interactive panel discussion with senior executive leaders from the Healthcare Leadership Alliance, which includes the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS); the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA); the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA); the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE); the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE); and ACPE. Their topic: “What it Takes to be a Successful Physician in the C-Suite.”

Simpson, the head of Academy Health, will deliver a presentation on the evolution of health services research in the context of changing national health policies, while Opelka will discuss physician-related measurement. He will be joined by Sheri Loeb, RN, whose husband, Jerod Loeb, PhD, died of prostate cancer in 2013. Dr. Loeb was recognized as an international measurement expert at The Joint Commission, and before his death, the couple participated in a yearlong webinar on compassionate care and improving HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) scores for America’s Essential Hospitals.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Carrie Johnson, ACPE public relations manager, at cjohnson(at)acpe(dot)org or 813-636-2807.

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