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Dr. David Nash  

Professor of Health Policy

A regular on Modern Medicine's list of Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare, David Nash founded the Jefferson School of Population Health (JSPH) of Thomas Jefferson University to develop the nation's future healthcare leaders. A board-certified internist, he is internationally recognized for his work in outcomes management, medical staff development, and quality of care improvement.

Along with having founded JSPH - which offers masters programs in public health, healthcare quality and safety, health policy, and applied health economics, as well as a doctoral program in population health science - Dr. Nash is also a consultant to organizations in both the public and private sectors.

He has authored more than 100 articles in major journals and edited 21 books, including Connecting with the New Healthcare Consumer, The Quality Solution, and most recently, Demand Better. He is currently the editor-in-chief of four major national journals, including American Journal of Medical Quality, Population Health Management, P&T, and Biotechnology Healthcare.

In illuminating keynotes, Dr. Nash provides an overview of our healthcare system's current problems and inadequacies; offers measures and tools needed for quality improvement; discusses the role of stakeholders, including physicians, employers, and patients; and outlines future possibilities offered by information technology, medical education, and other realms. His core premise is that the key to effective improvement is centering all efforts on the needs of patients. He calls on the fields of public health, health administration, medicine, health law, and public policy to participate in the system's transformation.

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Demand Better! Revive Our Broken Healthcare System

Much of the healthcare debate is centered on cost - the skyrocketing cost of direct patient care, the cost to insure millions of currently uninsured people, the administrative costs that eat up a large chunk of every healthcare dollar, the cost of defensive medicine to avert malpractice lawsuits. How can it be that we spend more than $700 billion each year on medical care that fails to improve patients’ health and often harms them? There is no easy fix to these problems, of course. But there is the best place to look: focus on quality.

The problems are cultural and from persistent unexplained variation in physician practice patterns and from still-inadequate accountability for quality and patient safety. Reclaiming quality by addressing deficiencies will transform the economics of our healthcare system. This is a pivotal moment in American healthcare delivery, marked by tremendous innovation aimed at "busting" our counterproductive myths: improving physician decision-making and devising accountability mechanisms that work. Sharing his vision, strategy and tools, Dr. Nash integrates these topics into a cohesive appraisal of core problems and cutting-edge solutions.

Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness

Many hospitals and health systems have shifted their focus from treating patients who need immediate care to improving the overall health of their community. This model, known as population health management (PHM), not only produces better outcomes, but it also helps healthcare organizations deliver higher quality care and increase profitability. While the benefits of population health management are clear, implementation is anything but. There are countless strategies and solutions to consider, and success rates for each one vary from facility to facility. In this presentation Dr. Nash will focus on population health in the context of the system's transformation away from traditional fee-for-service and towards outcomes-driven, value-based healthcare. Discussing population management for improving community wellness, the role of health care providers, and how health reform is yielding new organizational structures and payment models, Dr. Nash will share his insight on what providers need to do to change organizational culture in this new, evolving environment.

Health Information Technology

Medical Errors & Clinical Quality Issues

Advisory Board Development

Public Accountability

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