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Health Care and Community Leaders Discuss the Impact of Health Care Reform in Pennsylvania
Date:10/13/2010

de the number of Americans who will qualify for and be covered by health insurance, the kind of procedures that will be covered by insurance, and an industry-wide shift toward a more technology-based patient tracking system using electronic health records and online databases.

Many Americans remain confused, conflicted and uninformed about what health care reform means and how it will affect their care experience. A Kaiser Family Foundation Poll released in September 2010 shows 53 percent of Americans are confused about what the health care reform law really means.

"Our goal for this educational session is to have a robust discussion among health care professionals, health care executives and the general public, and help to clarify some of the basic changes that will occur with health care reform," said Program Director Tony G. Farah, M.D., FSCAI, FACC, chief medical officer, Allegheny General Hospital. "Everyone – from patients and the public to physicians and nurses – must continue to take an active role in knowing and understanding how health reform will impact care. This program will be an excellent opportunity to learn more and engage with health care leaders across the health care spectrum."  

"What Healthcare Reform Means for You" will feature a variety of engaging speakers from various sectors of the health care industry, including:

  • Dan Onorato, 2010 Pennsylvania Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate, Chief Executive of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Republican Gubernatorial Candidate, PA Attorney General Tom Corbett was also invited to participate)
  • Deborah Rice, Executive Vice President of Health Services, Highmark Inc.
  • Patient representative
  • Barbara Johnston Fletcher, RN, MSN, FAAN, FPCNA, Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, University of North Florida
  • Christopher Olivia, M.D., Presi
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