Policy Thought Leaders from D.C., CHIME to Speak at Advocacy Summit
Candace Stuart – Director, Communications & Public Relations
CHIME is lining up a stellar group of thought leaders from Capitol Hill, federal agencies and CHIME who are at the forefront of public policy initiatives for the inaugural CHIME Advocacy Summit on Oct. 3-5 in Washington, D.C.
“Information technology is now woven into every aspect of patient care,” said Liz Johnson, chair of the CHIME Public Policy Steering Committee. “CHIME and our members have been working closely with federal policymakers to help them understand the potential impact of their decisions on our health organizations and the delivery of care. We now want to share the great connections we’ve made in Washington and the lessons learned with the wider community.”
Speakers in federal and congressional roles include:
- Gregory Garcia, executive director of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC).The HSCC brings together the many subsectors of the healthcare industry in collaboration with the government to develop and implement evolving ways to strengthen the sector’s security and resiliency against cyber and physical threats.
- Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) chief medical officer. CCSQ is responsible for over 20 quality measurement and value-based purchasing programs, implementation of the new Quality Payment Program and the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act, quality improvement programs in all 50 states, clinical standards and survey and certification of all providers across the nation, and all coverage decisions for treatments and services for CMS.
- Matt Quinn, MBA, senior adviser, health technology, at the Health Resources and Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He previously was director of healthcare initiatives for the Federal Communications Commission and held positions at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Agency for Health Research and Quality.
- Nick Uehlecke, professional staff member for the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health majority staff. His portfolio includes Medicare Advantage and Part D policies as well as Medicare fraud and program integrity across the system.
Several members from the CHIME Public Policy Steering Committee and CHIME’s associations will participate in the summit. They include:
- Erik Decker, MS, chief security and privacy officer for the University of Chicago Medicine and chair of the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS);
- Cletis Earle, MS, CHCIO, senior vice president and CIO, information technology, at Kaleida Health and chair of the CHIME Board of Trustees;
- Liz Johnson, MS, FAAN, FCHIME, FHIMSS, CHCIO, RN-BC, CIO of Acute Care Hospitals & Applied Clinical Informatics at Tenet Healthcare Corporation and chair of the CHIME Foundation Board;
- John Kravitz, MHA, CHCIO, senior vice president and CIO at Geisinger Health System;
- Marc Probst, MBA, CHCIO, vice president and CIO at Intermountain Healthcare; and
- Karl West, MBA, chief information security officer and assistant vice president of information systems at Intermountain Healthcare and an ex officio member of the AEHIS board.
From CHIME, President and CEO Russell Branzell, Vice President, Congressional Affairs Leslie Krigstein and Vice President, Federal Affairs Mari Savickis will also participate.
The summit, which is open to the public, will focus on four topics that CHIME members named as priorities for 2018: cybersecurity, interoperability, telehealth and the opioid epidemic. Sessions will address the increasing threat of cyberattacks on healthcare organizations and their patients; updates on interoperability, telehealth and opioid programs and legislation; a press panel with nationally known healthcare IT journalists; a review of medical device cybersecurity, and more. In addition to the educational sessions, CHIME will announce the winner of the annual Federal Public Policy Award for CIO Leadership and results from a CHIME-KLAS survey on medical device security during the summit.
“The policy changes being proposed in Washington right now are seismic, and health IT will play a huge role in their effectiveness,” Branzell said. “Our members know how important it is to be proactive and to be part of the dialogue, both on the Hill and in their board rooms. The summit will give anyone who attends the knowledge, skills and tools to lead and ensure that these changes benefit patients.”
The CHIME Advocacy Summit will be held in the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill at 400 New Jersey Ave. SW in Washington, D.C. CHIME has reserved a block of hotel rooms at a special rate on a space-available basis. To learn more about the summit, go here. To register, go here.