ACHIEVING HEALTH EQUITY AFTER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT:
Friday, September 20, 2013
Stories of Success, Lessons Learned and Current Challenges
Washington Convention Center
// 9:00 am – 9:30 am //
Breakfast Welcome and Greetings
Congresswoman Donna Christensen, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (invited), Ms. Shuanise Washington (invited), President and Chief Executive Officer, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., and others will welcome the audience to the 2013 Fall CBC Health Braintrust event.
// 9:30 am – 10:15 am //
Special Morning Presentation: The Role of the African-American Provider in ACA Access Expansion Efforts and Beyond
During this interactive session–which will be moderated by Dr. Joia Crear-Perry–African-American health care providers will discuss the successes and challenges they have experienced since the passage and enactment of the Affordable Care Act. They also will explore the need to educate, train and engage African-American health care providers in the health policy making process.The panelists will include: Dr. Michael A. LeNoir, President, National Medical Association; Dr. Gary A. Puckrein, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Minority Quality Forum; Dr. Millicent Gorham, Executive Director, National Black Nurses Association; Dr. Bryant Cameron Webb, Founder, Equity Rx; Dr. Edward Chappelle, Jr., President, National Dental Association
// 10:15 am – 11:00 am //
Session I: Post-ACA Reimbursement, Payment and Funding Policies: The Health Disparity Impact
During this session, panelists will highlight the impact that post-ACA reimbursement and payment policies (such as bundling and reimbursement rates for cancer diagnostics), as well as grant awards have had on efforts to reduce health disparities and achieve health equity. A Q&A session will follow the panelists’ presentations.The panelists are: Dr. Mahesh Krishnan, Vice President, Research and Publishing, Davita. Dr. Krishnan will talk about bundling and the impact of bundling on larger efforts to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities in chronic conditions. Dr. Tadd S. Lazarus, Chief Medical Officer & Head, Medical Affairs, Reimbursement, & Public Policy at QIAGEN, Inc. African-American men and women have the highest incidence and death rates for both colorectal and lung cancers. Access to new targeted and personalized therapies is dependent on screening patients for the presence or absence of mutations in their tumors. Proper reimbursement for these tests is essential to lessen the disproportionate burden that these cancers have in the African American community.
// 11:00 am – 11:30 am //
Special Presentation: The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): Lessons Learned Around Health Equity and Health Disparity Elimination
During this special presentation, Mr. Tony Coelho, Chairperson, Partnership to Improve Patient Care, and Dr. Freda C. Lewis-Hall, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Inc., will talk about the purpose of PCORI, as well as the health disparity elimination priorities and recommendations that have been set by, and the challenges that have been identifed by, PCORI. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.
// 11:30 am – 12:30 pm //
Session II: New Partners in Health Equity: How Corporate Executives are Joining the Health Equity Fight
During this opening session–which will be moderated by Ms. Kristal Lauren High, Editor in Chief of Politics356–corporate advertisers and marketing, and other corporate executives will talk about the role that they can and will play in efforts to reduce health disparities and achieve health equity. A Q&A session will follow. The panelists are:Ms. Neema Patel, Metabolic Franchise Director, Eisai Inc. Ms. Patel operates in a dynamic healthcare environment where she leads Eisai's marketing efforts for the first obesity drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the past 13 years. She will discuss lessons learned in this product launch as well as opportunities to address health equity in the ever-changing health care market place. Mr. Ted Kyle, Co-Founder, ConscienHealth. A long time marketing and innovation professional, Mr. Kyle will discuss past barriers and successes in addressing health equity over his 26 year career at GlaxoSmithKline. Ms. Dana Mendenhall, Director of Solutions and Therapy Marketing, Baxter. Dana Mendenhall will present on how Baxter has joined the Health Equity Fight by investing in a market assessment that will uncover culturally relevant insights and potential barriers that impact Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) adoption rates in African American patients who live with end stage renal disease (ESRD). Dana will also discuss how Baxter's African American Leadership Council Business Resource Group was established in part to develop outreach activities that raise awareness and provide education for healthcare issues that disproportionately affect the African-American community. Additionally, the African-American Leadership Council Business Resource Group was created to support the recruitment and retention top African American talent at Baxter as a viable means to create and execute healthcare solutions explicitly targeted to the needs of African-American patients.
// 12:30 pm – 2:15 pm //
The 2013 CBC Fall Health Braintrust Luncheon Presentation and Keynote Address, and Award Ceremony
During the luncheon, Congresswoman Donna, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (invited), Congressman Marc Veasey (invited), Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (invited), Congressman Elijah Cummings (invited), Congressman Steven Horsford, Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Marc Morial, President and Chief Executive Office, National Urban League, Reverend Dr. Charley Hames, Jr, Senior Pastor, Beebe Memorial Cathedral, and Allison Jones, Manager of Patient Relations and Outreach, BMS Family Health Center–all of whom hosted and participated in the townhalls–will share their perspectives and “lessons learned” from the CBC “Making Good Health MY Reality” Townhall series. During the presentations, the audience will learn more about the Townhalls and the resources that are available in their states to ensure health care coverage becomes a reality for as many Americans as possible by January 1, 2014. Following this presentation, Dr. Patricia Neuman, Senior Vice President of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Director of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Program on Medicare Policy, will present findings from a new report to be released by the Kaiser Family Foundation September 20, 2013 that looks at income, assets and home equity among current and future generations of White, Black and Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries. Following Dr. Neuman’s presentation, Mr. Everett Cunningham, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Quest Diagnostics, will share information about Quest’s targeted multi-year and multi-million dollar wellness program portfolio and how it has and will improve minority health outcomes, especially for African Americans that suffer from diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Following Mr. Cunningham’s presentation, the 2013 CBC Fall Health Braintrust Leadership Awards ceremony will occur.
// 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm //
Session III: Mental Health in Minority Communities: Current Issues and Effective Strategies to Reduce Mental Health Disparities
>During this session, panelists will highlight current mental health care trends, policy priorities and effective strategies to better address un- and under-met mental health care needs in racial and ethnic and other vulnerable and at-risk communities. A Q&A session will follow.Dr. King Davis, Mike Hogg Professor in Community Affiars, African and African Diaspora Studies Department, University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Davis will use an overview of the history of mental health care in black communities to highlight current mental health problems, the impact on families, help-seeking patterns, and approaches to the design of effective service delivery systems. The post- Katrina changes in mental health needs in New Orleans will be used as an example of an opportunity to reconsider how to provide services to people of color. Dr. Lisa M. Cullins, Director of Outpatient Psychiatry and the Associate Training Director for the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program at Children’s National Medical Center. Dr. Cullins will talk about current mental health policies and the impact that the Affordable Care Act can and will have on mental health screening, care and treatment, and outcomes. Dr. Cullins also will highlight how recently enacted health legislation can help to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in mental health and mental health care. Dr. Nathan Romano, Credit Suisse and NAMI NYC Vice President of the Board, will talk about the devastating impact of mental health stigma on the health care, health and wellness of individuals with mental illnesses and their families. Mr. Romano also will share information about an upcoming anti-stigma campaign called, “I Will Listen”.
// 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm //
Session IV: The Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2013 and the Congressional TriCaucus Health Equity Budget Priorities
During this moderated, interactive panel, senior congressional health staff and key health equity advocates will present the provisions in the Health Equity and Accountabilty Act of 2013. The panel also will present the Congression TriCaucus’ new health equity budget priorities, as well as engage in a moderated, interactive dialogue with attendees about how to continue to move health equity efforts in the post-ACA era. A Q&A session will follow.Panelists will include: Dr. Debbie Jessup, Legislative Director, Office of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard Mariah Jones, Senior Health Legislative Assistant, Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee Dr. Britt Weinstock, Health Policy Director, Office of Congresswoman Donna Christensen Fredette West, Chair, Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition
// 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm //
Session V: Wrap-Up Discussion and Concluding Remarks
During this last panel, Congresswoman Donna Christensen will lead an interactive, moderated discussion with the audience to review the days’ presentations, to share ideas about how to make the health coverage access exanpsion provisions in the Affordable Care Act a success, and to set the CBC Health Braintrust’s health equity agenda for the remainder of the 113th congressional session.