Robert L. Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, and leaders of the Iowa Committee for Value in Healthcare will release the report and be available to answer questions from the news media between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.
The Concord Coalition is a non-partisan, grassroots organization that advocates fiscal responsibility. It formed the Iowa Committee for Value in Healthcare in partnership with the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa and the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. The committee this year held public forums and other meetings at which local, state and national experts offered their views on the best ways to improve value in American health care.
From these discussions, the Iowa committee identified basic principles for health care reform and submitted them last summer to the Obama administration, top congressional leaders, Iowa's elected representatives in Washington, members of the Iowa General Assembly and agencies in the state government's executive branch. The final report expands upon these principles and offers illustrative examples from Iowa's success as a high-value health care state.
The forum Monday will include an overview and update on federal health reform efforts and discussions about how ordinary citizens can help promote higher values in health care.
In addition to Bixby, the speakers will include:
- Michael Millenson, president, Health Quality Advisors, and former health reporter for the Chicago Tribune
- Dr. Tom Evans, president/CEO, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
- Chris Atchison, associate dean, University of Iowa College of Public Health
- Brian Kaskie, associate professor, University of Iowa College of Public Health
- Dr. Michael Kitchell, president, Iowa Medical Society
- Karin Peterson, vice president of human resources, Pella Corporation