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David Merritt  

Former Chairman of the Center for Health Transformation and Expert on Healthcare Policy

David Merritt is a nationally recognized expert in health policy and health transformation and a sought-after speaker, author and policy adviser. He brings an insider's perspective and a balanced approach to the leading issues in healthcare, from the national health reform law to health information technology to Washington politics.

Mr. Merritt has been a health policy adviser to three presidential campaigns. He has worked closely with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich for more than seven years on a wide range of healthcare issues, including as CEO of the Gingrich Group and Center for Health Transformation. He is currently a senior adviser at Leavitt Partners, a healthcare intelligence firm led by former HHS Secretary and Utah Governor Mike Leavitt.

He is a frequent speaker in the industry having delivered hundreds of speeches before groups such as the American Medical Association, Mayo Clinic, Yale School of Management, and many Fortune 100 companies. In 2009 and 2010 he was deeply involved in the debate over national health reform, working closely with Members of Congress, congressional staff and key players of the national media.

Mr. Merritt is widely quoted in national media, and his writing on health reform has been widely published, including the Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune. He is an award-winning editor of two books on innovation and health IT, Paper Kills and the sequel Paper Kills 2.0. He has a Master's degree in government from Loyola University Chicago and prior to the Gingrich Group was with America's Health Insurance Plans.


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The Health Reform Law: What's Happened, What's Next, What You Need to Know

The health reform law impacts every stakeholder in healthcare. It is imperative every organization is aware of and prepares for the inevitable changes this law will have on their business. In this engaging discussion, Merritt helps organizations fully understand the key provisions already enacted as well as educate them on future regulations and their effect on all parties. He also examines the implications of the Supreme Court's upcoming decision on the individual mandate and offers a surprising forecast for 2014--the year all reform is fully implemented.

The Future of Health Care: How the Delivery of Medical Care will Change

Today's healthcare landscape is a patchwork of disjointed networks that have become inefficient and ineffective for modern medicine. Change is happening but how far and fast will it go? What are what the real accelerators of change and who will be driving them? Merritt explains how the current medical infrastructure will move from chaos to coordination, from volume- to value-based payment and how the importance of primary care and evidence-based medicine can no longer be ignored.

Paper Kills: How Health Information Technology can Transform Health Care

Healthcare has long lagged behind other industries in moving into the 21st century with information technology. Smartphones, apps, cloud computing and storage are ubiquitous in every other aspect of our lives, but in healthcare, we're handed a pen, a clipboard, and see row upon row of paper medical records. Merritt examines how health care is entering the information age, the advantages and disadvantages of doing so, and the latest trends in medical information technology. Learn how the future of health IT will affect you, your organization and your community.

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