Iowa FAC Finale Media event

Oct. 12, 2009, 9:00am-11:00am
Concord Staff:
Embassy Suites
101 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa, 50309, United States

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


The Iowa Committee for Value in Healthcare will publicly launch its final report on its "Value in Health Care: Principles for Reform."

Hosted by The Concord Coalition and the Iowa Committee for Value in Healthcare, it is intended for health care providers and administrators, public health practitioners, policy leaders, business owners and the general public. Admission is free.

To register for this program, click the "register now" at the following Web link:

For additional information please contact Sara Imhof at 319-471-0236 or [email protected]



9:00 – 9:10 Introductory Remarks  Sara Imhof, The Concord Coalition
9:10 – 10:00 Iowa Committee for Value in Healthcare - Panel Discussion Building Value into Health Reform: Going from Spectator to Participant -Christopher Atchison, University of Iowa College of Public Health Building Value through Higher Quality and Efficiency -Tom Evans, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative Building Value through Provider Collaboration and Health Information Technology -Dr. Michael Kitchell, McFarland Clinic, Iowa Medical Society Building Value through Health Promotion and Community Engagement: A Win-Win for Business and Providers -Karin Peterson, The Pella Corporation Building Value by Increasing Individual Engagement -Brian Kaskie, University of Iowa College of Public Health
10:00-10:10 Update on National Healthcare Reform Bob Bixby, The Concord Coalition
10:10-10:30 Facilitated Q&A and Discussion on the Iowa Committee's Report and How "Value" May Play out in National Reform Initiatives Michael Millenson, Health Quality Advisors Bob Bixby, The Concord Coalition
10:30-10:50 Stewardship in Healthcare: A Challenge for Civic Engagement Michael Millenson, Health Quality Advisors
10:50-11:00 Wrap-Up, Remaining Q&A