Conference to explore challenges and innovations in healthcare

Current and future challenges in the healthcare industry will be explored in a conference taking place on campus on Friday, April 8.

“Creating and Sustaining Gains: The Next Decade in Healthcare” is the title of the 12th annual Yale Healthcare Conference, which is jointly sponsored by the Yale School of Management and the university’s health professional schools. The event brings together professionals, scholars, and students to engage in an instructive conversation concerning current healthcare issues.

The conference will take place 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Yale School of Management’s Edward P. Evans Hall, 165 Whitney Ave. Keynote addresses will be given by Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, and Dr. Toby Cosgrove, president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic. In addition, the conference will feature over 40 speakers in 16 different breakout sessions covering such topics as delivery system reform, healthcare finance, IT and medical technologies, personal medicine, entrepreneurship, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.

Binder will receive the John D. Thompson Distinguished Visiting Fellow Award at the event. The award pays tribute to a former professor at Yale’s schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health. Thompson (1917-1992) is perhaps best known for his role in the development of Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) for hospital reimbursement and was an early advocate for the application of quantitative data in health policy formulation. The fellowship program in his name brings a leader in health administration to the university each year to share their experiences with students and discuss emerging challenges in health administration.

In her role at The Leapfrog Group, Binder leads the national non-profit, based in Washington, D.C., which represents employers and other purchasers of healthcare calling for improved safety and quality in hospitals. She was named on Becker’s list of the 50 most powerful people in healthcare in 2014, and has consistently been cited by Modern Healthcare among the 100 most influential people and top 25 women in healthcare. Under her leadership, The Leapfrog Group launched the Hospital Safety Score, which assigns letter grades assessing the safety of general hospitals across the country. She has also fostered innovations in the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey, including partnerships to eliminate early elective deliveries, central line-associated bloodstream infections, and safe use of health technology. She has served on numerous national boards and councils and is a regular contributor to, The Huffington Post, and The Wall Street Journal expert forum.

As CEO, Cosgrove presides over a $6.2 billion healthcare system comprised of the Cleveland Clinic, eight community hospitals, 16 family health and ambulatory surgery centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Toronto, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. He has emphasized patient care and patient experience, including the re-organization of clinical services into patient-centered, organ and disease-based institutes. He launched major wellness initiatives for patients, employees, and communities. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic has consistently been named among America’s top four hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and is one of only two hospitals named among America’s 99 Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Cosgrove was a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and served in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, as the chief of U.S. Air Force Casualty Staging Flight. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal. He has performed more than 22,000 operations and earned an international reputation for expertise in all areas of cardiac surgery, especially valve repair. He is the author of “The Cleveland Clinic Way: Lessons in Excellence from One of the World’s Leading Healthcare Organizations,” which examines today’s healthcare system. A sought-after speaker, he has addressed the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, among other groups, and is regularly quoted and featured in national magazines and newspapers, as well as on major national news television programs.

Registration is required for the conference. The registration fee is $40 for Yale students; $50 for non-Yale students; $140 for Yale alumni, faculty, and staff; $150 for members of non-profit organizations; and $225 for members of corporations. To register, visit the event’s website.

Other sponsors of the conference are Northwell-Health, emergent biosolutions™, Cigna and Medtronic.

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