Brian R. Klepper, PhD
is a health care analyst, commentator and entrepreneur who has specialized on health care market dynamics and the drivers of the cost crisis. He is President of Health Value Direct, a benefits brokerage connecting high performance, high impact health care organizations with organizational health care purchasers. He is a former CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), representing 52 regional business health coalitions, about 5,000 employer and union health benefits purchasers and some 35 million people.
Much of Brian’s work has been focused on the mechanisms that underlie America’s health care cost crisis and how institutionalized clinical and business practices have distorted care and cost patterns, driving unnecessary cost. His perspective favors patients, whose medical care often exposes them to needless physical risk, and purchasers, whose health care costs are double those in other developed nations, creating a cascade of negative economic impacts.
Brian also has spearheaded policy initiatives that (partially) remedied major health care excesses. For example, his 2009 testimony to a US Health and Human Services committee resulted in the revocation of the monopoly certification rights of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), a vendor-led, quasi-governmental agency that had blocked seamless health care data exchange, inhibiting care coordination. More recently, his campaign against the AMA’s RVS Update Committee (RUC), which has systematically overvalued specialty care and undervalued primary care, led to mainstream media attention that has driven course corrections in medical services valuation.
Dr. Klepper is an in-demand speaker who has delivered more than 300 addresses, most of them keynotes, over the past decade. He is a columnist for the physician site Medscape, and a regular contributor to the Health Affairs Blog, the Doctor Weighs In, Kevin MD and other expert health care blogs. He is a reviewer for Health Affairs and The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management.
In his spare time, Brian is an offshore sailor.
My writing is directed to decision makers. I try to educate, stimulate thought and precipitate change. The venues listed here include mainstream media, juried health care industry publications and expert health care blogs. (Approximately 50 articles prior to 2002 are not listed.)
Getting Beyond Fee-For-Service, Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog, 12/02/13.
Predatory Health Care, Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog, 11/17/13.
Facilitating Interoperability, Health Affairs Blog, 10/17/13.
A Better Way To Manage Care & Cost, Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog, 10/10/13.
Why Employers Must Collaborate on Health Care, Columbus GA Ledger-Enquirer, 9/15/13.
The RUC is Bad Medicine: It Has To Go, Medscape Business of Medicine, 8/12/13.
How TPAs Can Win, The Self-Insurer, 8/13/13.
Why Congress Should Pass The Accuracy in Medicare Physician Payment Act, The Health Affairs Blog, 8/10/13, with Paul Fischer MD.
Hurtling Down the Road To Ruin, Medscape Internal Medicine, 6/21/13, with David C. Kibbe MD.
Physicians, Health Systems and the Drive for Market Dominance, Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog, 5/23/13.
Using Strong Carrots and Sticks To Drive Health Care That Works, Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog, 5/09/13.
How Physician Practices Can Prepare for a Health Care Marketplace, Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog, 4/21/13.
Seriously Testing the ACO Waters, Accountable Care News, 4/11/13.
When Employers Get Serious About Managing Health Care Risk, Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog, 4/7/13.
Why Only Business Can Save America From Health Care, Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog, 3/24/13.
The Reality of Health Care Cost, Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog, 3/22/13.
Why EHRs Really Haven’t Made Us Healthier: A Response To Glen Tullman, Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog, 3/18/13.
A Broader Approach To Managing Health Care Risk, Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog, 3/15/13.
The RUC, Health Care Finance’s Star Chamber, Remains Untouchable, Health Affairs Blog, 2/1/13.
Them, Not Us, Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 1/7/13.
An Archipelago of Heath Information Islands, Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 12/27/12.
Putting Physician Practices Into Context, Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 12/11/12.
Following The Money, Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 12/6/12.
How Primary Care Became the Job Nobody Wanted (And How to Fix It), Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 11/23/12.
Arriving at the Beginning: A Reflection on the Election and the Health Care Reform Law, Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 11/13/12.
Irresistible Forces, Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 10/29/12.
Walmart Moves Health Care Forward Again, Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 10/12/12.
Strengthening Primary Care With A New Professional Society, Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 10/1/12.
The Wrong Battles, Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 9/20/12
Primary Care’s Dilemma, Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 9/12/12.
Demanding More From Medical Homes, Medical Home News, 9/04/12.
Who Will Speak For Physicians and Their Patients, Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 8/30/12.
Will the Bubble Burst?, Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 8/19/12.
Business Leaders Have A Chance To Step Up and Fix Health Care, with Tom Emerick, Workforce Management, 8/13/12
The Most Powerful Health Care Group You’ve Never Heard Of, with Paul Fischer MD, Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 8/06/12.
Will Medical Management Re-Emerge? Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 7/31/12.
Is Genomic Medicine Clinically Useful Yet?, Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 7/16/12.
Will Anyone Listen When Former CMS Chiefs Call For More Objective Physician Payment? Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 7/7/12.
The Game’s Not Over, and It May Not Even Be the Real Game, Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 6/29/12.
Galvanizing Primary Care’s Power: A Call For A New Society, Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog, 6/25/12.
Medicare Physician Payment: A Hollow Victory for the RUC, The Health Affairs Blog, 5/18/12.
The RUC’s Empty Gesture, Medscape, 5/11/12.
Moving Beyond Merchant Health Care, MedPage Today, 4/05/12.
Should Family Physicians Leave the RUC, KevinMD, 3/31/12
An Overdose of Influence, with Shannon Brownlee, New York Daily News, 3/29/12.
Adding Seats: The RUC’s Sleight of Hand, with Paul M. Fischer MD, The Health Affairs Blog, 3/14/12.
Call to Action: Why the AMA’s RUC Should be Changed or Replaced, Medical Home News, 3/01/12.
Response To RUC Chair Barbara Levy’s Comment on the Health Affairs Blog, Care & Cost, 2/09/12.
USA, Inc., Care & Cost, 2/04/12
Trusting Government: A Tale of Two Federal Advisory Groups, with David C. Kibbe MD, The Health Affairs Blog, 2/2/12.
Can Medical Management Succeed Within A Fee-For-Service Environment?, Care & Cost, 1/30/12.
Why Only Non-Health Care Business Can Save America From The Health Care Industry, Care & Cost, 1/27/12.
Tracking the RUC Lawsuit, Care & Cost, 1/20/12.
The National Nurse Act of 2011, Care & Cost, 1/11/12.
A Litmus Test for Elected Officials, Florida Times-Union, with David Kibbe, 11/26/11.
Young Doctors Swimming Upstream, Care & Cost, 11/13/11.
CMS’ Opportunity: A Lawsuit Offers the Chance to Reform Physician Payment, Health Affairs Blog, with David Kibbe, 10/25/11.
One Reason for High Medical Costs, Florida Times-Union, with David Kibbe, 9/29/11.
Primary Care in Revolt, Care & Cost, 9/09/12.
A Legal Challenge to CMS’ Reliance on the RUC, Health Affairs Blog, with Paul Fischer and Kathleen Behan, 8/09/11.
Rethinking the Value of Medical Services, Health Affairs Blog, with David Kibbe, 8/01/11.
Why It’s Okay That EHR Adoption Will Fall Behind 2011 Goals, Kaiser Health News, with David Kibbe, 7/07/11.
A “Physician Fallow” Program to Improve Quality, Safety and Cost, Health Affairs Blog, with David C. Kibbe, 6/22/12.
Putting the Shands Issue in Focus, Florida Times-Union, 6/15/11.
Stifling Primary Care: Why Does CMS Continue To Support the RUC?, Health Affairs Blog, with Paul Fischer and Kathleen Behan, 5/24/11.
Can We Fix America’s Health Care Reimbursement System, Kaiser Health News, 3/03/11.
The Politics of Scarcity, Kaiser Health News, 2/11/11 (with Larry Arrington)
Quit the RUC, Kaiser Health News, 1/20/11 (with David C. Kibbe)
The Obama Team’s Success in Health IT, Health Affairs Blog (with David C. Kibbe), 1/13/11.
Five Inevitable Trends That Will Change Physician Practices, iPractice, 1/12/11.
Why The Holocaust Exhibition Should Be Part of Everyone’s Experience, Florida Times-Union, 1/10/11
Deadly Medicine: See Thought-Provoking Exhibit, Florida Times-Union, 1/07/11.
Clinics As Health Care’s Transformational Engines, Medical Home News, 12/10.
Toward a Healthier America, 12/1/10.
If Employers Walked Away from Health Coverage, Kaiser Health News, 11/24/10 (with David C. Kibbe).
Keeping An Eye on the Health Care Prize, Kaiser Health News, 9/20/10.
Florida Medical Association is Off-Based Fighting Reform, Florida Times-Union, Tampa Tribune, August 2010.
Why the FMA is Off-Base on Reform, 8/19/10.
The Makings of a Great Outcome, 5/4/10.
Clinical Groupware – Platforms, Not Software 4/24/10 (with David C. Kibbe).
Are We Adequately Securing Personal Health Information, 4/04/10 (with David C. Kibbe).
Value Trumps Price in Onsite Clinics, American City Business Journals, 4/2/10
Really Managing Care and Cost, 3/22/10
Vote Yes, 3/20/10 (with David C. Kibbe).
The Surprise, 3/15/10.
Why Rush Vendor Certification of EHR Technologies, 3/06/10 (with David C. Kibbe).
After the Failure of Reform, 3/01/10 (with David C. Kibbe).
Thirteen Questions for Onsite Clinic Vendors, Workforce Management, 2/27/10.
A Special Edition of Health Wonk Review – American Health Care Reform:
The Silver Lining, 1/2010 (with David C. Kibbe).
EHRs for a Small Planet, 1/09/10 (with David C. Kibbe MD).
Observations from Health Care Analysts, 1/07/10.
2009: A Year of Surprises and Change for the EHR Technology Market, 12/06/09 (with David Kibbe MD)
The Health Internet vs. the NHIN: A Matter of Cost, Control and Timing, 11/19/09 (with David Kibbe MD)
Will Business Force Reform Back to the Drawing Board, 11/13/09 (with David Kibbe MD)
Saving Health Care, Saving America, 10/30/09 (with David Kibbe, Robert Laszewski and Alain Enthoven)
A Message For America’s Physicians: Purchasing EHR Technologies a Shakey State of Affairs, 10/28/09 (with David Kibbe MD)
Why Standards Matter 2: Health IT Enters a New Era of Regulatory Control, 10/14/09, (with David Kibbe MD)
CDHPs and HSAs Can Health Care: Con – The Cost Can Make You Sick. The Debate Room in Business Week, 9/09/09
Will Republicans Be Spoilers or Problem-Solvers on Health Care Reform’s Deeper Problems, 8/27/09 (with David Kibbe MD)
Use Waste in the Health Care System To Increase Access for the Uninsured, Florida Times-Union, 8/25/09.
Why Standards Matter (1): The True Meaning of Interoperability, 8/17/09 (with David Kibbe MD)
A Dream of Reason, 6/22/09
Carrots and Sticks Shape Healthier Employees, Save Money, American City Business Journals, 6/19/09.
The Health Industry’s Achilles Heel, 6/10/09
Bringing Patients into the Discussion About Meaningful Use, 5/21/09. (with David Kibbe MD).
Minimally invasive surgeries offer cost and time savings for employers, American City Business Journals, 5/15/09.
Elephant in Health IT’s Living Room, 5/6/09, (with David Kibbe, MD)
An Open Letter (2) to the New National Coordinator for Health IT: Opening the Aperture of Innovation, 4/22/09, (with David Kibbe, MD)
An Open Letter to the New National Coordinator for Health IT (1): Untying HITECH’s Gordian Knot, 4/16/09, (with David Kibbe, MD)
Don’t Like the Bill? Tell the Health Industry to Change, Workplace Health, American City Business Journals, 4/10/09.
It’s Time to Empower Employers on Health Care, Workplace Health, American City Business Journals, 3/13/09.
Five Recommendations For An ONC Head Who Understands Health IT Innovation, 3/06/09, (with David Kibbe, MD)
Five Shovel-Ready Health Care Reforms, 1/20/09, (with David Kibbe, MD)
Welcome to Health Wonk Review, 1/09/09.
Let’s Reboot America’s Health IT Conversation 2: Beyond EHRs, 1/6/09, (with David Kibbe, MD)
Let’s Reboot America’s Health IT Conversation 1: Putting EHRs in Context, 1/5/09, (with David Kibbe, MD)
Will America’s CEOs Take Obesity Seriously, American City Business Journals, 12/19/08.
An Open Letter to the Obama Health Team, 12/15/08, (with David Kibbe, MD)
Worksite Clinics Help Employers Take Control of Health Care, American City Business Journals, (Jacksonville, Phoenix, Boston, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Tampa Bay, Houston, Denver, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Austin, DC, New Mexico, Dallas, St. Louis, San Francisco, Atlanta, Puget Sound, Cincinnati, East Bay, Triad, Portland, Dayton, Nashville, Kansas City) November 2008.
Two Mea Culpas, 11/19/08.
The Changes We Need, 11/18/08.
What Is Walgreens Thinking! CDHC Solutions, October 2008.
Teens Need Information, Letter to the Florida Times-Union, 10/02/08.
Will Primary Care Be Re-Empowered By An Ailing Economy? with Richard Reece MD,HealthLeaders, 09/30/08.
Health Systems’ Ferocious Challenges, 7/22/08
A Broad Vision of Health 2.0: Reformulating Data for Transparency, Decision Support, and Revitalized Health Care Markets, Health Care And Informatics Review Online: Web 2.0: next-generation web applications in health care, 7/09/08.
Using Credit Scoring To Manage Hospital Bad Debt, HealthLeaders, 6/08.
More on Physician Reimbursement, CMS, and the AMA’s RVS Update Committee, with Roy Poses MD, 5/08/08
The State of Employer-Sponsored Coverage, 4/29/08
An Open Response To HHS Secretary Leavitt on Medicare Physician Data Transparency, with Michael Millenson, 4/22/08
The Security of Patient Data, 4/08/08
Health Wonk Review, 4/03/08
Rebuilding the Medical Home: What Walgreens Surely Sees, The New York Times Health Around The Web, 3/27/08.
Loving Our Children, 3/14/08
The Myth of Health Care Consumerism, 3/13/08
Medical Care is Changing Rapidly, The Florida Times-Union, 3/10/08.
Health Care and the Gathering Storm, 2/29/08
The Cost of Diabetes, 1/24/08
Four Big Trends, New York Times Health Around The Web, 1/16/08.
Four Big Trends, 1/15/08
A Clear, Steady Song, 1/12/08
On Practical Reforms, 1/08/08
How TPAs Can Win By Taking The Lead On Transparency, The Self-Insurer, 1/08.
Jack La Lanne, 1/06/08
On Medical Miracles, 1/04/08
Health Care Quote of the Year, 12/21/07
If Grady Fails, 11/28/07
What Obesity Really Costs, 10/16/07
A Broad Vision of Health 2.0: Reformulating Data for Transparency, Decision Support and Revitalized Health Markets, with Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, 10/12/07
The Hot Seat: UAW and GM, 10/3/07
Goldsmith’s Wisdom, 10/1/07
A Red Tide Bloom, 9/30/07
Welcome to Health 2.0, 9/20/07
Health Care Is A Hairball and Other Learnings from Health 2.0, with Pat Salber, 9/20/07
What About Health Plan Transparency, 9/16/07
Taking Obesity Seriously, 9/12/07
Welcome to Health Wonk Review, 9/6/07
Reform’s Tougher Problem, 8/29/07
Confessions of a Walking Fool, 8/28/07.
Health Care’s Tougher Problem, 8/27/07.
Another Step Toward Transparency, 8/27/07.
What Are They Thinking: ONCHIT and RTI, 8/24/07.
Benign Neglect and the Nursing Shortage, 8/21/07.
Can We Talk, Frankly?, 8/17/07.
In McDonalds vs. Kids, Guess Who’s Ahead, 8/16/07.
The Father of Physical Culture, 8/16/07.
Managed Care Redux, 8/15/07.
It Dawned on the New York Times Too, 8/14/07.
Brokers: Why They Feel Their Commissions Are Justified, 8/14/07.
Brokers: A Price Above Rubies, 8/13/07.
Show Me Yours And I’ll Show You Mine: Transparency and Health Care Power Shifts, 8/9/07.
Reader’s and Author’s Responses to ‘When Care Is Financially Conflicted, Medscape, 8/03/07.
We Must Be Stupid, Stupid, Stupid: Mega Life and Health, 8/1/07.
Don’t Invite Anyone From Health Care, 7/29/07.
Mr. Bush’s Health Care Reform Proposal, 7/25/07.
Crabby Doctors and the Explosion of Big Practices, 7/22/07.
To An Engaged Life, 7/18/07.
To Fix Health Care, Fix America First, 7/16/07.
Those Crazy Californians: This Time Its Childhood Obesity, 7/14/07.
Management Case Study: Virginia Mason, 7/14/07.
Crimes and Punishments: Zheng and Crawford, 7/12/07.
Why Its Unlikely That We’ll Curb Obesity and Diabetes, 7/10/07.
Mr. Orszag’s Surprise, 7/6/07.
Health Care’s Tower of Babel, Florida Times-Union, 7/1/07.
Are Drug Rebates Good For Oncology, Community Oncology, 6/2007.
RHIOs: Translators in Health Care Babel, 6/24/07.
The Cognitive Dissonance of Conflicted Care, 6/15/07.
Building Great Health Care In Northeast Florida, Jax Business Journal, 5/18/07.
Health Care In A New Light: Disrupting the Drivers of the Health Care Crisis, Chapter in Richard Reece MD,Innovation-Driven Health Care, 4/07.
Breakfast of Champions: A Response To Nobelist Daniel McFadden’s Wall Street Journal Article on Health Care Dynamics, 3/3/07.
Can Consumerism Save Health Care, 2/27/06.
RHIOs Allow Exchange of Electronic Info, Cancer Care and Economics, 2/07/07.
Medicare’s Drug Plan: Huge Price Disparities for Common Cancer Drugs, with David Pauker, Community Oncology, 1/07.
Running on Empty: Health Care As A Driver of the Economy, with Alain Enthoven, HealthLeadersMedia.com, 11/07/06.
Sinking Health Care Ship Could Bring Down the Economy, Cancer Care & Economics, 11/06.
Sobering Facts: How Business Can Fix US Health Care, SmartBusiness Pittsburgh, 12/06.
The Convergence of Oncology and Imaging: An Interview with Brian Baker, Community Oncology, 10/06.
Insurance Coverage for Rare Cancers: The Carrier’s Perspective, Community Oncology, September 2006.
Shortcut to Better Health Care in Northeast Florida, Florida Times-Union, 7/24/06
Prove that Community Oncologists Put Patients Before Profits, Community Oncology, 7/06.
Author’s Reply to Readers’ Responses To ‘Where Is Physician Leadership on Reform, Medscape General Medicine, 6/22/06.
Discriminating Against the Little Guy, in Community Oncology Washington Update, 6/06.
A New Focus On Accountability: An Interview with Dr. Jerry Reeves, Community Oncology, 05/06.
Where Is Physician Leadership on Healthcare? Medscape General Medicine, 3/23/06.
Facing The Big Picture Problems in Health Care: An Interview with Brian Klepper, Community Oncology, March, 2006.
Healthcare Crisis for Business, Charlotte Observer, 3/3/06,
Can Consumerism Save Healthcare? The Health Care Blog, 2/27/06, Marketplace.MD Blog, 3/1/06, HealthVoices.com; American City Business Journals, 3/03/06.
Emergency Care Needs Life Support, American City Business Journals, 2/10/06,
Why Should Legislators Pick On Wal-Mart, American City Business Journals, 1/20/06.
Health Knowledge is Power, Op-Ed in newspapers throughout Florida, 11/21/05-12/30/05.
Business’ Dilemma, White Paper for the Florida Retail Federation, 11/17/05.
A Business Case for Healthcare Reform, with Patricia Salber, Modern Healthcare, 10/10/05.
Where is that Tipping Point, 8/09/05
Opening Interview, Richard Reece MD, Voices of Practical Health Reform, 6/05.
Boards Leading the Future: A Leadership Perspective on Healthcare Reform, Boardroom Press, 16:3, 6/05, The Governance Institute.
Klepper on Porter, 3/20/05
The Path From Instability, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and other papers, 2/12/04,
“Leveraging Market Instability,” HealthLeaders, 2/16/04.
“National Health Care Influencers’ Assembly: Resolution & Guide,” CPHR for the World Health Care Congress, DC, 1/27/04.
“Structural Flaws Imperil Health Care System, Commentary,” Business Insurance, 12/16/02.
“Overcoming National Paralysis: Some Common Sense Solutions To Our Healthcare Crisis,” with Patricia Salber MD, Commentary, http://www.ModernHealthcare.com, Web Exclusive, 12/16/02. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/view_feature.cfm?content_id=52365
“The Proof Is In Premium,” Tampa Tribune, Florida Times Union, Daytona Sun-Sentinel, 12/02.
“Healthcare Reform: One Coalition’s Efforts at Effecting Change,” with Alan E. Cudney, Journal of Healthcare Management, 47:6, 11-12/2002.
“A Non-System in Chaos: How To Save American Health Care,” Minnesota Health Care News, 1st Quarter 2003, J. Ambulatory Care Management, May, 2002, Minnesota Physician, 2nd Qtr, 2002, Employee Benefits Planner, 2nd Qtr 2002;. with J. Brooks Brown, Jr., MD and Patrick G. Hays, FACHE.
“Finding Common Ground,” Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Health Issues Website, 2/21/02.
“On The Horns Of A Dilemma,” Modern Healthcare, with C. Smithers, 2/11/98.
Reshaping Primary Care To Appreciate The Past and Succeed In The Future, Primary Care Progress, 5/1/13.
The World of Health Care Pricing, Marketplace Radio, 6/10/12
A Clinic Case Study, Health 2.0 Conference, October 2010, San Francisco.
Re-Empowering Primary Care, Medscape Video Commentary, The Medscape Journal of Medicine, 12/12//08.
Moderator, The True Cost of a Health Care Data Breach, Kroll Fraud Solutions, 6/12/08.
Moderator, “Kroll Fraud Solutions/HIMSS Analytics, A Report on the Security of Patient Data, 4/23/08.
Healthcare Issue Jam, Webcast Audio Discussion, American Chamber of Commerce Executives, 2/05/08.
When Care is Financially Conflicted, Webcast Video Editorial, MedGenMed (Medscape), 5/08/07
Why Only Non-Health Care Business Can Fix Health Care, NCI Talk Live, World Health Care Congress, DC, 4/22/07.
Interview with Gary Kaplan MD, CEO, Seattle’s Virginia Mason Health System, World Health Care Congress, DC, 4/22/07.
Being Proactive with P4P, Video Commentary, NCI Talk at the National Community Oncology Conference, DC, 2/08/07.
Rationalizing the Supply Chain, Video Commentary, NCI Talk at the World Congress Supply Chain Leadership Summit, Orlando, 1/25/07.
“Pain or Disaster,” Video Commentary, NCI Talk at the Integrated Delivery Network Summit, Orlando, 9/06/06.
MEDIA COVERAGE (since 2001)
Brandon Glenn, Why Aren’t Primary Care Physicians More Ticked Off About The RUC: An Interview With Brian Klepper, Medical Economics, 5/1/13
Jim Knaub, Are You Ready for Intense Price Competition, Radiology Today, September 2012.
Kimberly Morrison, MDI Healthcare Software Predicts Trouble, Bizjournals, 12/16/09.
Dana Blankenhorn, 2010 Will Be the Year of Health Record Implementation, ZDNet, 12/11/09.
Jeremy Cox, Insurance Reimbursement Rates Likely Won’t rise Despite UnitedHealth Settlement, Florida Times-Union, 1/19/09.
Editorial, Expensive Record System, Providence (RI) Journal, 1/17/09.
Dana Blankenhorn, Another Big Win for Checklists, ZDNet, 1/15/09.
Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, Blog Watch, 1/13/09.
David Hamilton, Electronic Medical Records: A New Backlash, BNET Health Insights, 1/12/09.
Dana Blankenhorn, The Kibbe-Klepper Challenge to Medicine As Usual, 1/08/09.
Kimberly Morrison, Job growth in Jacksonville health care providers masks ills, Jacksonville Business Journal,1/02/09.
Lisa Wangsness, Letter Highlights Hurdles in Digitizing Health Records, Boston Globe, 1/01/09.
Dana Blankenhorn, Fixing the Blame on the EHR mess, ZDNet, 1/01/09
Erica Peterson, “Would You Like A Prescription With That?” Medill Reports, Chicago, 5/28/08.
John Dorschner, Crist Seeks Hospital Deregulation, The Miami Herald, 3/03/08.
Editorial Board, “No Solution in Sight,” The Florida Times-Union, 1/3/08.
Editorial Board, “Major Decisions,” The Florida Times-Union, 1/1/08.
Jeremy Smerd, “Workers Opting Out Of Employer Health Coverage,” Financial Week, 12/19/07.
Susan Kelly, “New GM Slogan? Viva the VEBA,” Financial Week, 10/8/07.
Coleen Hawn, “GM’s New Landmark Labor Agreement Still Faces Challenges,” Financial Week, 9/28/07.
Urvaksh Karkaria, “Survey Says Health Insurance Premiums Will Continue to Climb,” Florida Times-Union, 9/12/97.
Carol Gentry, “A Bill of Health That Doesn’t Add Up,” Tampa Tribune, 8/26/07.
Editorial Page, “Find Solutions Now,” Florida Times Union, 8/15/07.
Louise Esola, “Most Presidential Candidates Keep Quiet On Health Care,” Business Insurance, 5/28/07.
Olga Pierce, “Workers Want Health Care From Jobs,” UPI, 4/12/07.
Kaiser Network Health Policy Report, “Medical Service Prices, Provider Payments Could Change as Health Insurers Increasingly Make Cost Data Public,” Kaiser Network.org.
John Dorschner, “High Prices Don’t Translate Into Better Care in South Florida,” Miami Herald, 12/17/06.
Amy Mangan, “Prescription for Reform,” Ocala Style, 11/06.
John Dorschner, “Daunting Data: Hospital Flaws Go Public,” Miami Herald, 10/29/06.
Jeremy Smerd, “Forum to Curb Medical Costs is All Business,” Workforce Management, 10/24/06.
Jeremy Smerd, “Stuck in the Waiting Room,” Workforce Management, 9/25/06.
John Dorschner, “Study: Florida not getting money’s worth in health plans,” Miami Herald, 9/19/06.
John Dorschner, “Inside the ER,” Miami Herald, 8/09/06.
Fred Hiers, “Residents urged to learn about health care,” Ocala Star Banner, 9/16/06. http://www.ocala.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060914/NEWS/209140381/1001/NEWS01.
Fierce Healthcare, “Reassessing Health Care Transparency,” 8/17/06, http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/story/reassessing-healthcare-transparency/2006-08-17
Jerry Lynott, “Group aims to improve health care,” Wilkes-Barre (PA) Times-Leader, 7/27/006, http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/15132660.htm
Jeremy Smerd, “Legislators Reconsider Health Care Mandates After Wal-Mart Bill Is Dismissed,” Workforce Management, 7/21/06.
Urvaksh Karkaria, “Healthcare in the Workplace,” Florida Times-Union, 6/4/06, http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/060406/bus_3281978.shtml
Jerry Geisel, “States Lead The Way On Health Care Reform,” Business Insurance, 5/15/06.
John Dorschner, “New Plans For Small Businesses Launched,” Miami Herald, Bradenton Herald, http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/nation/14554722.htm, 5/11/06
Shari Rudavsky, “Rush is on to Meet Medicare Deadline,” Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article AID=/20060508/NEWS01/605080416, 5/08/06
Len Strazewski, Rx for Savings, Chicago Conscious Choice, 4/06
Richard L. Reece MD, Feeling the Impact: Key Operational Trends in Healthcare Healthleaders News, 4/06/06.
Jeremy Smerd, Massachusetts Health Care Bill Passes With Employer Support, Workforce Management, 4/06/06.
frf.org, Florida Retail Federation Health Care Benefits Report, 11/22/05.
Associated Press, Speakers: Accountability needed to drive down health costs , Caspar Star Tribune, 10/26/05.
Joanne Wocjik, Enrollment Changes Seen As Undermining NCQA Quality Effort, Business Insurance, 10/10/05.
Matthew Holt, The Health Care Blog, Individual Health Insurance, Going Cheap!, 7/07/05
Dave Lindorff, ILCA Online, International Labor Communications Association, Even U.S. Corporations Like Canada’s National Health Plan, 3/28/05.
John Dorschner, Miami Herald, National Attitudes Reflect Rises in Health Costs, 3/24/05.
Benefits News, Center draws diverse interests to reform health system, 1/13/05.
Joanne Wojcik, Business Insurance, United Acquires Definity, 12/25/04.
John Dorschner, Miami Herald, Inside the ER, 8/9/04.
Jerry Geisel, Business Insurance, Urgent Needs of Health System May United Buyers, Providers, 6/14/04.
Pamela DeWitt, HealthLeaders, Blue Card, 4/04.
Russ Pulliam, Indy Star, Innovative Thoughts on Health Care Issues, 3/14/04.
Daniel deVise, Miami Herald, “Insurer Won’t Cover Gastic Bypass,” 3/2/04.
David Royse, Associated Press, “KidCare Funding Among Top Florida Legislative Issues, 2/22/04.
Joanne Wojcic, Business Insurance, “Mandates Targeted to Ease Health Crisis,” 1/26/04.
John Dorschner, Miami Herald, “Prescription for Lower Health Care Costs,” 12/15/03; Indianapolis Star, “Health Care Beckons Reform,” 1/12/04.
Florida Department of Insurance, Draft Report, (Florida) Governor’s Task Force on Access to Affordable Health Insurance, 12/3/03.
Judy Greenwald, Business Insurance, “Deal To Create New HMO Giant,” 11/3/03.
Al Crenshaw, Washington Post, “Mergers are Continuation of Health Care Trend,” 10/28/03.
Joanne Wojcik, Business Insurance, “Patient Safety Survey Participation Grows,” 10/20/03.
John Dorschner, Miami Herald, “Expert: Time for a Change in the System,” 9/23/03.
John Dorschner, Miami Herald, “Why Are Local Health Care Costs Among The Highest In The Nation?” 7/22/03.
Ron Panko, Best Review, Health Emergency, 5/03.
Jay Hein, American Outlook Today (from the Hudson Institute), “To Solve America’s Health Care Crisis, Think Small,” 4/11/03.
Robert Kazel, American Medical News, Washington State Health Plan Starts Tiered Network for Physicians, 3/24/03.
CBS Evening News, Interview on health care liability reform, 1/16/02.
Associated Press, “Bush Renews Calls for Malpractice Caps,” on CBSNews.com, 1/16/02.
George Lundberg and Christina Myers, Thanks to the Peer Reviewers of Medscape General Medicine — April 1999 through October 2002, Medscape General Medicine, 12/19/02.
Milt Freudenheim, Some Tentative First Steps Toward Universal Health Care, NY Times, 12/7/02.
Mark Howard, “Cost Crisis,” Cover Article, Florida Trend, 6/02.
Mary Agnes Carey, “Analysts See a Seismic shift in Health Policy Debate,” Congressional Quarterly Weekly, 60:12, 3/23/02.
Ron Winslow, “Health Debate Emerges as Costs Rise Again,” Wall Street Journal, 12/17/01.
Deborah J. Neveleff, “Seeking new systems of care, group outlines prescription for reform,” Commentary, Physician Practice Options, 12/01.
“Reform Principles for Improving the Health Care System,” Open Minds Online, 11/19/01.
“Nonprofit Group Sets Sights on Healthcare Reform,” For the Record, 13:23, 14, 11/12/01.
Greg Scandlen, “Scandlen’s Health Policy Comments,” National Center for Policy Analysis, 11/12/01.
“Reform group issues principles for improving the health care system,” AHA News Now, 11/5/01.
Joanne Wojcik, “New group seeks a cure for what ails U.S. health care: The Jackson Hole of the 21st Century,” Business Insurance, 11/5/01, pg. 3.
George D. Lundberg, MD. “American Health System Reform: Circa 2001-2002, Medscape General Medicine, 10/22/01.
Ron Winslow, “Downturn Raises Pressure on Companies to Pass More Health Costs Onto Workers,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/01.
INVITED MAJOR PRESENTATIONS (since 2003) 2010
10/11/13, What Physicians Must Know To Succeed in the New Marketplace, Palm Beach County Medical Society’s Future of Medicine Conference, Palm Beach.
8/29/13, Seriously Controlling Health Care Costs, Columbus Healthcare Symposium, Columbus, GA
8/21/13, Why Only Business Can Fix Health Care, Florida Health Care Coalition Conference, Boca Raton.
7/25/13, How Clinics Can Transform Health Care, World Congress Onsite Clinic Conference, Chicago.
Dates TBA, Why Business Must Mobilize On Health Care, World Congress, Webinar.
6/24/13, How Health Care Will Change and What Brokers Must Do, Keynote, National Association of Health Underwriters Conference, Atlanta.
11/16/12, Keynote, How Non-Health Care Business Can Drive Down Health Cost and Bring American Health Care Back Into Balance, Georgia Tech Employers Like Me Conference, Atlanta.
11/ 08/12, General Session, Why Only Non-Health Care Business Can Save America From the Health Care Industry, The Association of Retail Environments, Phoenix.
10/18/12, Keynote, Why Collaborating Is Employers’ Best Health Care Strategy, Alabama Human Resource Management Association, Tuscaloosa.
8/13/12, Keynote, Why We Need More, Not Less, Advanced Imaging, The Association for Medical Imaging Management, Orlando.
6/20/12, Keynote, Collaborating With Evidence To Change Health Care, Joint Conference of the Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers and the Portland Human Resource Association, Portland.
5/29/12, Keynote, How Market Forces Will Transform Health Care, Florida Governor’s Sterling Council Conference, Orlando.
5/20/12, Presentation, Why Purchasers, Not Vendors, Are IBM’s Far Larger Health Care Business Opportunity, IBM Health and Life Sciences Summit, White Plains, NY.
5/10/12, Keynote, Really Changing Health Care and Benefits, Ballard Benefit Works Annual Conference, Howell, MI.
3/17/12, Keynote, How Health Care Captured America’s Regulatory Process, Leadership Florida Conference, Orlando.
3/15/12, Luncheon Address, Under-Used Health Care Approaches That Work, Georgia Independent College Association Conference, Callaway Gardens, GA
3/1/12, Keynote, Really Changing Health Care, Chamber of Commerce Health Care Council Luncheon, Jacksonville, FL.
2/29/12, Plenary Address, How Primary Care Became the Job Nobody Wanted: The AMA and the RUC, National Medical Home Summit, Philadelphia.
2/21/12, Opening Workshop, Design Elements for an Effective Clinic, World Congress Onsite Clinic Conference, Orlando.
1/24/12, Plenary, How Onsite Clinics Will Transform Health Care, ConvUrgent Care Strategy Symposium, Orlando.
11/04/11, Plenary Panel, The Promise of Alternative Primary Care Delivery Models, Harvard Business School’s Health Care Alumni Conference, Boston.
5/13/11, Keynote, Why Florida’s Legislature Must Act Decisively on Medicaid, Leadership Florida Health Day, Miami
Presentation, Alabama Council of Association Executives, Montgomery, 4/4/11.
Keynote Panel, World Congress Health and Human Capital Conference, Alexandria.
Presentation, Association for Corporate Growth, What Just Happened With Reform, Jacksonville, 1/27/10.
Presentation, Minnesota School Association, “Why Onsite Clinics are Transformational,” Minneapolis, 1/14/10.
Keynote, “Behind the Health Care Reform Curtain: Studies in Chaos,” Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control Annual Scientific Meeting, Kingsport, TN, 10/24/09.
Panel Moderator, “B2B2C Health 2.0 Services the Health Care Industry” (10/6/09) and “B2B Health 2.0 for Health Plans (10/07/09),” Health 2.0 Conference, San Francisco, October 6-7, 2009.
Keynote, “What Policy- and Market-Based Reforms Will Mean For Physicians,” Palm Beach County Medical Society, Jupiter, 10/2/09.
Keynote, “Minimally Invasive Surgeries As A Path To Lower Costs and Higher Quality,” Ethicon Endo-Surgery and the Wisconsin Manufacturers’ Association Webinar on MIP, Milwaukee, 9/29.
Facilitation, “An Employer Collaborative in the Greater Atlanta Area,” The Georgia Governor’s Health Care Summit – Follow-Up Meeting, The Capitol, Atlanta, 9/09/09.
Keynote, “Onsite Clinics: Employers Leveraging Primary Care To Drive Down Cost and Improve Quality,” Paragon Benefits Health Care Symposium, Dalton, GA, 9/08/09.
Presentation,”Why Onsite Clinics Work,” Jacksonville Charter Revision Commission, Jacksonville, FL 8/27/09.
Keynote, “Employers Driving Meaningful Change Through Market Innovation,” Albuquerque Chamber, Albuquerque 7/23/09.
Testimony, “CCHIT’s Apparent Conflict of Interest with HIMSS,” HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s Policy Committee, DC, 7/14/09.
Keynote, “Employers Driving Meaningful Change Through Market Innovation,” Georgia Governor’s Health Care Summit, Atlanta, 7/21/09.
Keynote, “Will We Get Meaningful Health Care Reform?” Stetson Conference on Policy and Health Care, Deland, FL, 6/10/09.
Keynote and Facilitator, Leadership Florida Health Day, University of Miami, Miami, 5/14/09.
Closing Keynote, World Congress Leadership Forum on Member Retention for Health Plans, March 18-19, Orlando.
Moderator, Health 2.0 Conference, Breakout Demo: Health Plans and Health 2.0; Final Conference Session: LookingAhead – The Business and Society of Health 2.0, San Francisco, 10/22-23/08.
Keynote, “Rebuilding the Medical Home,” Culinary Fund Health Plan Conference, Las Vegas, 8/26/08.
Keynotes, “Why The Market, Not Policy, Will Drive Reform,” Medcom Employer Seminars, Tampa 06/11/08, Atlanta 06/13/08.
Keynote, Vermont Managed Care Annual Health Care Conference, 6/05/08.
Moderator and Keynote, How Health Care Reform Will Come From The Market, Not Policy, The Northeast Florida Health Care Symposium, Jacksonville 05/16/08.
Moderator, Health 2.0, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Conference on Community Linkages, Amelia Island, FL 05/15/08.
Keynote, Acclamation’s LuminX Users’ Conference, Tampa, 4/14/08.
Invited Presentation, The Promise and Peril of Health 2.0, Health Executives Leadership Network, Sarasota, 3/07/08.
Keynote, Center for Primary Care Physicians Retreat, Oconee, GA, 2/29/08.
Web-Conference with Matthew Holt, Health Care Issue Jam, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, DC, 2/5/08.
Keynote, Leadership Jacksonville’s Health Day, 12/06/07.
Luncheon Address, Florida Retail Federation’s Annual Conference, Daytona Beach. 11/12/07.
Keynote, Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Leadership Conference, 10/29/07.
Keynote, MediTech’s 2007 National Physician/CIO Conference, Boston, 10/18/07.
Keynote, Regional Summit, Northeast Florida Regional Health Organization, Jacksonville, 6/1/07.
Facilitator, AmerisourceBergen Hospital Leadership Forum, Ponte Vedra, FL 5/30/07.
Keynote, Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce Executives Health Care Conference, Harrisburg, 5/23/07.
Keynote, Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Board Retreat, Parris Island, SC, 5/21/07.
Luncheon Keynote, “Oddball Health Care Programs (That Work),” National Health Innovators Confab, Nashville, 5/10/07.
Facilitator, AmerisourceBergen’s Hospital Leadership Forum, Palm Beach, 2/28/07.
Keynote, Annual Meeting: Toward Transparency and P4P, Palm Beach Medical Society, Palm Beach, 2/22/06.
Video Comment, “Being ProActive With P4P,” NCI Talk Live at the Elsevier Community Oncology Conference, DC, 2/08/07.
Video Comment, “Rationalizing The Supply Chain,” NCI Talk Live at the World Congress Leadership Summit on Supply Chain Management, Orlando, 1/25/07.
Facilitator, Chamber Choice, Employers Taking Back Health Care, Pittsburgh, 1/12/07.
Invited Panelist, COSE, Future of US Healthcare: Scenario Planning Workshop, Cleveland, OH, 11/28-29/06.
Facilitator, Nevada Health Care Coalition’s CEOs Conference, Reno, 10/12/06.
Keynote, Public Policy Institute of Marion County, Disrupting the Drivers of the Health Care Crisis, Ocala, 9/13/06.
Keynote, P4P and Competitiveness, A RHIO for Northeast Pennsylvania, 7/26/06.
Presentations (3), National Patient Safety Congress, San Francisco, 5/9/06-5/10/06
Why Business Must Drive Meaningful Reform
How Pay-for-Performance Will Change Everything in Health Care
Controlling the Costs of Clinical Technologies
Keynote, Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Board Retreat, Hilton Head, SC 3/17/06
Keynote, Vermont Healthcare Symposium, Burlington, 3/8/06.
Keynote, Health Care Administrators Association’s Annual Executive Forum, Las Vegas, 2/9/06.
Keynote, The National Health Benefits Conference/Expo, Clearwater, 1/26/06.
Keynote, Health FairUSA/Edify Annual Employer HC Symposium, Ft. Lauderdale, 12/02/05.
Keynote, Florida Employer Associations’ Healthcare Roundtable, Tallahassee, 11/17/05.
Keynote, Florida Retail Federation, St. Petersburg, 11/15/05.
Keynote, Greater Cheyenne Chamber’s Health Care Round Table, Cheyenne WY, 10/24/05
Keynote, Council of State Retail Associations, Savannah, 10/23/05
Chair and Panelist, AHRQ-Florida AHCA Conference on State Public Healthcare Reporting, DC, 9/28/05
Keynote, IUOE Annual Meeting, DC, 8/17/05.
Panel Chair, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, St. Louis, 8/12/05.
Keynote, EOC 2005, Western Regional Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans, Whistler, BC, 6/8/05.
Presentation, Leadership Florida, Miami, 3/12/05
Keynote, 2005 Coal Industry Benefits and Compensation Meeting, Sedona, AZ, 5/2/05
Presentation, Detroit Chamber’s Invitational Conference on Health Care Solutions, 4/15/05, Detroit.
Presentation (w/ Patricia Salber MD), AMA Health Care Reform Task Force, Chicago, 4/8/05
Keynote, Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania, Hershey, 4/5/05.
Presentation (w/ P. Salber), California Medical Association’s Executive Committee, 3/24/05
Closing Address, Alliance of Community Health Plans, Naples, FL 3/22/05.
Facilitation, The Health Care Supply Chain Summit, Newport Beach, 3/14/05.
Keynote, The Microsoft Employer Forum on Healthcare, Redmond, WA, 3/9/05
Keynote, The Florida Health Law Institute, Orlando, 2/17/05.
Keynote,” The Florida Chamber Foundation, Tallahassee, 2/8/05.
Presentation, Florida’s Comprehensive Healthcare Information System Task Force, Orlando, 1/28/05.
Keynote, World Research Group’s Meeting on Diabetes Disease Management, Atlanta, 1/20/05.
Keynote, The Estes Park Institute, Scottsdale, 1/17/05.
Opening Keynote, The Unified Health Alliance Conference on Health Care Reform, DC, 1/10/05.
Opening Keynote, The American Academy of Family Physicians/Center for Practical Health Reform Conference Medical Society Convention, Chicago, 11/1/04.
Panel Moderator, NCI’s IDN Summit and Expo, “The Miracle of New Technologies and Innovations: How Do We Bear The Costs,” Phoenix, 10/4/04.
Opening Keynote, The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s Annual CFO Retreat, Orlando, 9/23/04.
Opening Keynote, Endowment for Health Strategic Conference, Concord, NH, 9/22/04.
Keynote, Calfornia Health Care Foundation Leadership Seminar, San Diego, 9/8/04.
Opening Keynote, Florida Nursing Association Policy Conference, St. Petersburg, 8/14/04.
Opening Keynote, Bank of America CFO Retreat, Idaho Falls, 8/6/04.
Keynote, The Universitiy of Central Florida ORBIT Conference on Health Care & Defense IT, 7/20/04, Orlando.
Keynote, Employee Benefits Leadership Forum of the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB), Greenbriar, WV, 6/2/04
Keynote, Senior Executives Retreat of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Pine Mountain, NC,5/13/04.
Presentation, Board of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Kansas City, 4/27/04.
Keynote, Naples (FL) Community Health Round Table, 4/20/04.
Presentation, Coalition for Policy Reform in Health Care, Ft. Myers, 4/19/04.
Keynote, Board Retreat, AvMed Health Plan, Amelia Island Plantation, FL, 3/28/04.
Opening Keynote, Milliman USA Biennial Healthcare Summit, Las Vegas, 3/14/04.
Keynote, Hudson Instittue Project Health Symposium, Indianapolis, 3/11/04.
Keynote, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Focus on the Uninsured, Jacksonville, 2/23/04.
Keynote, Quantum Foundation Conference, The Consequences of No Health Insurance, Palm Beach, 2/10/04
Chair, “National Health Care Influencers’ Assembly,” World Health Care Congress, DC, 1/27/04.
Keynote, Florida Chamber Board of Governors, Captiva, FL 11/14/03.
Keynote, Kansas City Health Care RoundTable, 11/11/03.
Keynote, Florida House Select Panel on Affordable Health Care, Pensacola, 11/6/03.
Keynote, The American Council of Chamber Executives Meeting, Charlotte, 10/29/04.
Keynote, Society of Actuaries Annual Meeting, Orlando, 10/28/03.
Keynote, Greater Charlotte Health Care Executives Group, Charlotte, 9/25/03.
Keynote, The Florida Health Insurance Legislative Symposium, Coral Gables, 9/22/03.
Keynote, BCBS Florida Annual National Consultants Forum, Orlando, 4/3/03.
Keynote, US Employers Summit on Health Care, Crystal City, VA, 3/28/03.
Invited Presentation, Broward County Medical Society Annual Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, 3/26/03.
Keynote, Annual Meeting, BCBS Consortium Health Plans, Charleston, 3/21/03.
Keynote, Annual Meeting, Alliance of American Insurers, Tampa, 2/20/03.
Keynote, Askew Institute Annual Meeting, University of Florida Institute of Government, Gainesville, 2/13/03.