Panel Chosen to Respond to Shannon Brownlee’s Presentation at Reform to Transform Forum

Shannon Brownlee is the keynote speaker at the next Reform to Transform forum, Healing Health Care:  Curing the System of Overuse, Underuse and Misuse. The forum, sponsored by Universal Health Care Foundation and our parent organization Connecticut Health Advancement and Research  Trust (CHART), will be held on the evening of Tuesday, March 18 at Quinnipiac University’s North Haven campus.  Three panelists will react to her talk:

  • Victoria Veltri, JD, LLM, Connecticut’s Healthcare Advocate and Vice Chair of Access Health CT
  • Pamela Delerme, CNM, MSN a certified nurse-midwife and manager of the OB Triage Unit at Yale New-Haven Hospital
  • Stephen Smith, MD, MPH, professor emeritus of family medicine and former associate dean at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a family physician at the Community Health Center in New London

Brownlee is well-known for challenging the vested interests and perverse incentives that have undue influence over health care in the United States.  This YouTube compilation of her role in the movie Escape Fire:  The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare gives an idea of her critical analysis of what is broken in today’s health care system.  Her presentation will set the table for a lively discussion among the panelists.

As the state’s Healthcare Advocate, Victoria Veltri is on the front lines every day, helping people to appeal insurance company denials and gain access to the care that they need.  Veltri has also been a key leader of Connecticut’s State Innovation Model (SIM) planning process.  The Connecticut Healthcare Innovation Plan, submitted at the end of 2013 envisions:

“ …a whole-person-centered health care system that improves community health and eliminates health inequities; ensures superior access, quality, and care experience; empowers individuals to actively participate in their health and healthcare; and improves affordability by reducing healthcare costs.”

The SIM plan includes recommendations for changing how we pay for care in Connecticut, moving away from rewarding volume and toward rewarding care that meets accepted quality, cost and equity measures.  In developing these recommendations, the SIM process has wrestled with the issues of overuse, underuse and misuse.

Pamela Delerme brings the important perspective to the panel of a clinician working on the front lines of health care every day.  She has over 20 years of experience delivering babies and providing a full range of women’s health services in public health clinics, community health centers and private practice settings.  Delerme has focused her practice on improving the access to care and health status of urban-dwelling, socioeconomically diverse and medically high risk females.

Dr. Stephen Smith’s work at Brown University earned him an international reputation as an innovator in medical education.  A founding member of the National Physicians Alliance, he served as the principal investigator of an NPA project funded by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation to promote good stewardship in primary care that has since grown into the Choosing Wisely campaign.  Smith currently works part-time as a family physician at the Community Health Center in New London and also consults for the Partnership to Advance Conflict-Free Medical Education.

The panel and ensuing audience question and answer portion of the program will be moderated by Frances Padilla, president of Universal Health Care Foundation.  To learn more about the event and to register for this event and to register, click here.

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