HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell has appointed 37 individuals to a commission that will work to improve how Pennsylvanians with chronic disease receive health care in the future. The initiative is part of the Governor's Prescription for Pennsylvania health care reform plan.
"About 78 percent of all health care costs in Pennsylvania are attributable to 20 percent of all patients -- those with chronic diseases," Governor Rendell said. "The members of the Chronic Care Management Commission will help to develop processes to more effectively manage chronic disease. We cannot reduce the occurrence and cost of chronic diseases without aggressively addressing prevention, detection and treatment in a comprehensive, proactive way."
The Governor said that in 2005, Pennsylvania hospitals reported more than $1.7 billion in hospital charges for potentially avoidable hospitalizations because patients with chronic conditions did not receive necessary care in the community.
The 37 commission members represent a broad cross section of health care related fields and represent all geographic areas of the state. In addition, the secretaries of Health, Public Welfare and Insurance and the director of the Governor's Office of Health Care Reform serve as ex-officio members of the commission.
The commission is holding its first meeting today in Harrisburg and will hold additional meetings in the coming months. The Governor's Executive Order creating the commission calls for it to develop a strategic plan including a blueprint for evaluation within 90 days of its first meeting.
For more information on Governor Rendell's Prescription for Pennsylvania reform plan, visit http://www.rxforpa.com.
The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit his Web site at: http://www.governor.state.pa.us.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following chart lists commission members and their place of employment, although members are representing themselves and not their employers.
CHRONIC CARE COMMISSION MEMBERS
Last name First Name Title Affiliation
Benditt Philip Medical Director-PA
and Southern NJ United Health Care
Black Albert Chief Operating Officer Hospital of
the Univ. of
Coffin Susan Attending Physician Children's
Connelly Eileen Executive Director SEIU Pennsylvania
Coyne Anne President Ligonier Pharmacy
Davis Duane VP and Chief Medical
Officer Geisinger Health
Dunn Michael Medical Director Interoperability,
Feinstein Karen President and CEO The Jewish
Fischer Don Sr. Vice President and
Chief Medical Officer Highmark
Frey Henriette Associate VP of Finance St. Luke's
Gabbay Robert Ex. Dir. PA Institute for
Gensante Elizabeth Professor Emeritus St. Francis
George Bill President Pennsylvania
Gertner Eric Chief of External
Programs Lehigh Valley
Gloster Jerome Medical Director Primary Care
Grant Howard Chief Medical Officer Temple University
Hartz Leo Chief Medical Officer Blue Cross of
Holder Diane President UPMC Health Plan
Klazen Frazierita Asst. Director of Health
& Human Services
Local Programs PEW Charitable
McGlone Cynthia VP Healthcare Services Albert Einstein
Mesoras Michael Medical Director Aetna, Inc.
Morrissey Anne President-Pennsylvania
Managed Care Keystone Mercy
Naylor Mary Director of the Center
for Health Transitions U. of Penn School
Nicholas Henry President 1199C Union of
Powell Valerie Professor, Computer
& Information Systems Robert Morris
Priselac Mimi Director Chronic
Care Initiatives Pittsburgh
Ramalingam S. Medical Director UPMC Health Plan
Rumpf Christopher Medical Director Capital Blue Cross
Schmeltz Ralph Consultant Endocrine-
Sebastianelli Joseph President & CEO Jefferson Health
Siminerio Linda Director University of
Snyder Richard VP, Quality Management Independence Blue
Spires Judy President Acme Markets
Taylor Alan Physican Assistant Chester Crozier
Tomczyk, Thomas Principal Mercer Human
Torrisi Donna Network Executive
Director The Family
Weiss Michael Member American Diabetes
CONTACT: Chuck Ardo
Beth Myers (GOHCR)
|SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor|
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