About the Forum
On December 14, 2017, Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Policy hosted a day-long forum, Leveraging Telehealth to Expand Access to High-Quality Care, which brought together experts from a variety of backgrounds to discuss telehealth as an integral part of care delivery.
The Forum took place at Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Total Health in Washington, DC and attracted more than 80 leaders from across sectors to engage in a robust conversation both in the room and on social media using the hashtag #KPtelehealth.
Tony is senior vice president of government relations for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. in Oakland, California. He oversees development of Kaiser Permanente’s public policy positions, in collaboration with senior leadership throughout the organization, to ensure that Kaiser Permanente maintains a common voice in support of the interests of the organization, its members, and the communities it serves.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Boston College and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, FACP
In January 2018, Helen will assume the role of executive vice president and chief executive officer of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies. She formerly served as chief scientific officer of the National Quality Forum. Helen is also a professorial lecturer in the department of health policy at George Washington University School of Public Health and a clinical associate professor of medicine at George Washington University, where she serves as a preceptor in internal medicine.
She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Upstate College of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Patrick Courneya, MD
Patrick is the is executive vice president and chief medical officer for National Health Plan and Hospitals Quality, Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA. In this role, he oversees Kaiser Permanente’s national quality agenda, helps ensure the organization’s members and communities receive the best quality and service Kaiser Permanente offers, and advocates for the advancement of evidence-based medicine and proven innovation for the industry.
He holds a medical degree from the University of Minnesota and is board certified in family practice.
Susan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, a national, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization composed of stakeholders from across all key sectors of health care. Formerly, she served as senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, and was the on-air health correspondent for the PBS NewsHour.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and was a Neiman Fellow in health policy at Harvard University.
Neil C. Evans, MD
Neil is the chief officer for the Office of Connected Care in the Veterans Health Administration within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He is also an active clinician, managing a panel of patients in the primary care clinic at the Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
He holds a medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and is board-certified in both internal medicine and clinical informatics.
Jason C. Goldwater, MA, MPA
Jason is a senior director at the National Quality Forum where he oversees activities related to the evaluation of electronic clinical quality measures as well as projects focused on the use of electronic health to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care.
He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Emerson College and a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University.
Donna is the executive director of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission where she has led her staff and the field through transitioning Maryland hospitals to global budgets, adapting Maryland’s quality improvement programs to the new model, developing new payment policies, analyzing potentially avoidable utilization for hospitals, and implementing broad stakeholder input approaches.
She holds a certificate in business administration, is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business/management from Towson University.
Bernadette C. Loftus, MD
Bernadette has served as associate executive director of the Mid-Atlantic States with the Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) since it legally affiliated with The Permanente Medical Group of Northern California in 2008. She joined TPMG in 1991, and since then she has held a number of roles, including TPMG board member and assistant secretary to the board; and physician-in-chief of Santa Clara Medical Center.
She holds a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland.
Brian is president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, the nation’s only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers’ perspective on national health policy issues and helping companies optimize business performance through health improvement and health care management.
He holds a master’s degree from the University of Toldedo.
Mark Miller, PhD
Mark is the executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), an independent congressional agency established to advise Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. Previously, he served as assistant director of health and human resources at the Congressional Budget Office and as deputy director of health plans at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Mark holds a doctoral degree in public policy analysis from the State University of New York.
Mary Reed, DrPH
Mary is a research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. Her research interests include the impacts of patient- and clinician-facing health information technology use on clinical care, quality, and outcomes.
She holds a doctorate in public health from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.
Neal Sikka, MD
Neal is an associate professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the chief of the Innovative Practice & Telehealth Section at the GW Medical Faculty Associates.
He earned his medical degree at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and is board certified in emergency medicine.
Sabrina Smith, DrHA
Sabrina is the interim CEO of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). She brings 20 years of cross-industry experience in healthcare, academic, and non-profit management settings to this role.
She holds a doctorate in health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina, a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Colorado.
Dennis Truong, MD
Dennis is the regional telemedicine/mobility director and Northern Virginia physician-in-chief for the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group. In addition to hands-on and virtual patient care in the Kaiser Permanente Tysons Corner Medical Center, he has helped with the genesis and development of Kaiser Permanente’s innovative five local clinical decision units.
He holds a medical degree from Michigan State University and a physician executive MBA from the University of Tennessee
Sandra Wilkniss, PhD
Sandra is program director for the NGA Center for Best Practices’ Health Division, focusing on issues related to behavioral health and social determinants of health and the innovative integration of these into health system transformation efforts. She leads the NGA Center’s technical assistance work with states advancing programs for high-need, high-cost populations.
Sandra holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Princeton University.
Thursday, December 14
8:15 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 am. Welcome
9:45 a.m. Expert Reaction Panel
11:00 a.m. Break
12:15 p.m. Lunch
3:00 p.m. Concluding Remarks