Outreach & Service

Value in Healthcare and the Lessons Learned in Iowa

Sponsored by The Iowa Committee for Value in Healthcare

Terrace Ballroom, Renaissance Savery Hotel
401 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA
Thursday, May 28, 2009
8:30 am to 12:30pm

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The second meeting of the Iowa Committee for Value in Healthcare will focus on fiscally responsible, high value healthcare particularly as it is provided across the State of Iowa.              

 This meeting will include presentations by nationally recognized experts who identify some of the critical components of value in healthcare and then describe state variation in terms of costs and quality. A case will be made for why the value of healthcare services provided in Iowa is so exceptional, and a panel will highlight how Iowa has become such a high-performance state.

The goal of this meeting is to educate the audience about the importance of including "high-value, fiscally responsible health care” in reform initiatives and to identify best practices utilized in the State of Iowa that may inform federal and state health care reform efforts. 

There is no charge to attend this meeting. Spaces are reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Questions can be directed to Shari Heick at (319) 335-4455 or via email at shari-heick@uiowa.edu.


8:30 – 8:35 Introduction and Overview of Morning 
Dr. Tom Evans, President, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
8:35 – 10:00 Variation in Quality and Cost in Healthcare Across the Nation: Strategies for Gaining Accountability and Achieving Efficiencies for High-Value Healthcare
Julie Lewis, Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice
Dr. Aaron McKethan, Brookings Institution
10:00-10:15 Public Q&A
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 Value: What makes Iowa Stand Apart?
Moderator: Tom Evans, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
a) John Aschenbrenner - President, Insurance/Financial Services, Principle Financial Group
b) Dan Kueter - President and CEO, UnitedHealthcare, Iowa and Central Illinois
c)  Bill Leaver - President and CEO, Iowa Health System
d) Ron Reed - President and CEO, Mercy Hospital Iowa City
e) Tim Gutshall - Senior Clinical Director, The Iowa Foundation for Medical Care
f) Jennifer Vermeer - Director, Iowa Medicaid Enterprise
12:00-12:30 Panel and Speaker Discussion
Facilitated by Tom Evans and Bob Bixby, Executive Director, The Concord Coalition

Featured Speakers

Julie Lewis, Director of Health Policy, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
Julie Lewis manages the health policy team at TDI, which focuses on payment reform, quality improvement in the delivery system, and population health measurement. Prior to joining TDI, Ms. Lewis was the Associate for Quality Programs at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Advocacy & Health Policy in Washington, DC, where she served as lead staff in the development of the Perioperative Care Performance Measure Set, Surgical Quality Alliance, and ACS Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Committee.

Aaron McKethan, Research Director, The Brookings Institution
Dr. McKethan focuses on developing, implementing, and analyzing payment and delivery system reforms at the state, regional, and national levels. Dr. McKethan was previously a consultant at the Lewin Group, where he focused primarily on state health reform, Medicaid financing issues, value-based purchasing, and consumer-directed health care.  

Featured Panelists

John Aschenbrenner, President, Insurance and Financial Services, Principle Financial Group
John Aschenbrenner has more than 35 years experience in the financial services industry, including nearly 20 years in strategic business development and financial oversight and executive management at The Principal Financial Group. In his current role, Aschenbrenner is responsible for overall management of the company’s life and health insurance businesses.

Tom Evans, President & CEO, Iowa Health Care Collaborative
Dr. Evans founded the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative in 2005. As President & CEO, Dr. Evans has worked to engage stakeholders in the healthcare sector to promote best practices and evidence-based medicine throughout the state. Dr. Evans is a past president of the Iowa Medical Society and the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians. As a former Chief Medical Officer of Iowa Health System, Dr. Evans was involved with a health literacy initiative and a diabetes project that resulted in a JCAHO Earnest A. Codman Award. Previously, Dr. Evans practiced family medicine in Johnston.

Timothy Gutshall, Senior Clinical Director, The Iowa Foundation for Medical Care
Dr. Gutshall provides clinical leadership and strategic planning support for the company’s Medicare quality improvement projects in Iowa, as well as clinical support for regional and national projects. Dr. Gutshall has practiced emergency and family medicine in Iowa for 24 years.

Daniel Kueter, President and CEO, UnitedHealthcare, Iowa and Central Illinois
Mr. Kueter is responsible for business results in the Iowa and Central Illinois UnitedHealthcare markets. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Mr. Kueter was Director of Planning and Operations for Ingenix, a sister company within the UnitedHealth Group. Mr. Kueter’s previous professional experience also includes time with Johnson & Johnson.

Bill Leaver, CEO, Iowa Health System
Mr. Leaver has over 30 years of executive healthcare experience. Prior to his work at Iowa Health System, Mr. Leaver held positions at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Rock Island, Illinois and at St. John’s Hospital and Medical Center in Michigan.

Ron Reed, President and CEO, Mercy Hospital Iowa City
Mr. Reed is the President and CEO of Mercy Iowa City. He also serves as a board member for the Iowa Hospital Association and the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. Prior to coming to Mercy, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Samaritan Health System, Inc.

Peter Roberts, Group Vice President, Provider Relations and Health Management, Wellmark BlueCross BlueShield
Mr. Roberts has implemented Collaboration on Quality, a quality monitoring and improvement program; and Whole Health Dimensions Program, a wellness and whole health initiative. He has been with Wellmark in various capacities for 12 years. Prior to that, he worked for the University of Michigan’s Medical Center.

Jennifer Vermeer, Director, Iowa Medicaid Enterprise
Ms. Vermeer was appointed the State Medicaid Director (SMD) in September 2008 after several years serving as the assistant Medicaid Director. Prior to her current work with IME, Ms. Vermeer was a senior analyst for the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency, specializing in Medicaid and other DHS programs. Previously, Ms. Vermeer worked at the Joint Legislative Budget Committee in the Arizona Legislature, including a position as deputy director.