Governor Rendell Appoints Members of Chronic Care Commission as Part of Prescription for PA

Sep 17, 2007, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

    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
                                                              Pennsylvania
 
     Coffin          Susan          Attending Physician       Children's
                                                               Hospital of
                                                               Philadelphia
     Connelly        Eileen         Executive Director        SEIU Pennsylvania
                                                               State Council
     Coyne           Anne           President                 Ligonier Pharmacy
     Davis           Duane          VP and Chief Medical
                                    Officer                   Geisinger Health
                                                               Plan
     Dunn            Michael        Medical Director         Interoperability,
                                                               eRECORD
                                                              University of
                                                              Pittsburgh
                                                              Medical Center
     Feinstein       Karen          President and CEO         The Jewish
                                                               Healthcare
                                                               Foundation of
                                                               Pittsburgh
     Fischer         Don Sr.        Vice President and
                                     Chief Medical Officer    Highmark
     Frey            Henriette      Associate VP of Finance   St. Luke's
                                                               Hospital and
                                                              Health Network
     Gabbay          Robert         Ex. Dir.                  PA Institute for
                                                               Diabetes &
                                                               Obesity MS
                                                               Hershey Medical
                                                               Center
     Gensante        Elizabeth      Professor Emeritus        St. Francis
                                                               University
     George          Bill           President                 Pennsylvania
                                                               AFL-CIO
     Gertner         Eric           Chief of External
                                     Programs                 Lehigh Valley
                                                               Hospital
     Gloster         Jerome         Medical Director          Primary Care
                                                               Health Services
     Grant           Howard         Chief Medical Officer     Temple University
                                                               Health System
     Hartz           Leo            Chief Medical Officer     Blue Cross of
                                                               Northeastern PA
     Holder          Diane          President                 UPMC Health Plan
     Klazen          Frazierita     Asst. Director of Health
                                     & Human Services
                                     Local Programs           PEW Charitable
                                                               Trusts
     McGlone         Cynthia        VP Healthcare Services    Albert Einstein
                                                              Healthcare
                                                               Network
     Mesoras         Michael        Medical Director          Aetna, Inc.
     Morrissey       Anne           President-Pennsylvania
                                     Managed Care             Keystone Mercy
                                                               Health Plan
     Naylor          Mary           Director of the Center
                                     for Health Transitions   U. of Penn School
                                                               of Nursing
     Nicholas        Henry          President                 1199C Union of
                                                               Hospital &
                                                               Healthcare
                                                               Workers
     Powell          Valerie        Professor, Computer
                                    & Information Systems      Robert Morris
                                                                University
     Priselac        Mimi           Director Chronic
                                     Care Initiatives         Pittsburgh
                                                               Regional Health
                                                               Initiative
     Ramalingam      S.             Medical Director          UPMC Health Plan
     Rumpf           Christopher    Medical Director Capital  Blue Cross
     Schmeltz        Ralph          Consultant                Endocrine-
                                                               Metabolic
                                                               Consultants
     Sebastianelli   Joseph         President & CEO           Jefferson Health
                                                               System, Inc.
     Siminerio       Linda          Director                  University of
                                                               Pittsburgh
                                                               Diabetes
                                                               Institute
     Snyder          Richard        VP, Quality Management    Independence Blue
                                                               Cross
     Spires          Judy           President                 Acme Markets
     Taylor          Alan           Physican Assistant        Chester Crozier
                                                               Medical
     Tomczyk,        Thomas         Principal                 Mercer Human
                                                              Resources
                                                              Consulting
     Torrisi         Donna          Network Executive
                                     Director                 The Family
                                                               Practice &
                                                               Counseling
                                                               Network
     Weiss           Michael        Member                    American Diabetes
                                                               Associates
 
     CONTACT: Chuck Ardo
              717-783-1116
              Beth Myers (GOHCR)
              717-346-7082
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
    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
                                                              Pennsylvania
 
     Coffin          Susan          Attending Physician       Children's
                                                               Hospital of
                                                               Philadelphia
     Connelly        Eileen         Executive Director        SEIU Pennsylvania
                                                               State Council
     Coyne           Anne           President                 Ligonier Pharmacy
     Davis           Duane          VP and Chief Medical
                                    Officer                   Geisinger Health
                                                               Plan
     Dunn            Michael        Medical Director         Interoperability,
                                                               eRECORD
                                                              University of
                                                              Pittsburgh
                                                              Medical Center
     Feinstein       Karen          President and CEO         The Jewish
                                                               Healthcare
                                                               Foundation of
                                                               Pittsburgh
     Fischer         Don Sr.        Vice President and
                                     Chief Medical Officer    Highmark
     Frey            Henriette      Associate VP of Finance   St. Luke's
                                                               Hospital and
                                                              Health Network
     Gabbay          Robert         Ex. Dir.                  PA Institute for
                                                               Diabetes &
                                                               Obesity MS
                                                               Hershey Medical
                                                               Center
     Gensante        Elizabeth      Professor Emeritus        St. Francis
                                                               University
     George          Bill           President                 Pennsylvania
                                                               AFL-CIO
     Gertner         Eric           Chief of External
                                     Programs                 Lehigh Valley
                                                               Hospital
     Gloster         Jerome         Medical Director          Primary Care
                                                               Health Services
     Grant           Howard         Chief Medical Officer     Temple University
                                                               Health System
     Hartz           Leo            Chief Medical Officer     Blue Cross of
                                                               Northeastern PA
     Holder          Diane          President                 UPMC Health Plan
     Klazen          Frazierita     Asst. Director of Health
                                     & Human Services
                                     Local Programs           PEW Charitable
                                                               Trusts
     McGlone         Cynthia        VP Healthcare Services    Albert Einstein
                                                              Healthcare
                                                               Network
     Mesoras         Michael        Medical Director          Aetna, Inc.
     Morrissey       Anne           President-Pennsylvania
                                     Managed Care             Keystone Mercy
                                                               Health Plan
     Naylor          Mary           Director of the Center
                                     for Health Transitions   U. of Penn School
                                                               of Nursing
     Nicholas        Henry          President                 1199C Union of
                                                               Hospital &
                                                               Healthcare
                                                               Workers
     Powell          Valerie        Professor, Computer
                                    & Information Systems      Robert Morris
                                                                University
     Priselac        Mimi           Director Chronic
                                     Care Initiatives         Pittsburgh
                                                               Regional Health
                                                               Initiative
     Ramalingam      S.             Medical Director          UPMC Health Plan
     Rumpf           Christopher    Medical Director Capital  Blue Cross
     Schmeltz        Ralph          Consultant                Endocrine-
                                                               Metabolic
                                                               Consultants
     Sebastianelli   Joseph         President & CEO           Jefferson Health
                                                               System, Inc.
     Siminerio       Linda          Director                  University of
                                                               Pittsburgh
                                                               Diabetes
                                                               Institute
     Snyder          Richard        VP, Quality Management    Independence Blue
                                                               Cross
     Spires          Judy           President                 Acme Markets
     Taylor          Alan           Physican Assistant        Chester Crozier
                                                               Medical
     Tomczyk,        Thomas         Principal                 Mercer Human
                                                              Resources
                                                              Consulting
     Torrisi         Donna          Network Executive
                                     Director                 The Family
                                                               Practice &
                                                               Counseling
                                                               Network
     Weiss           Michael        Member                    American Diabetes
                                                               Associates
 
     CONTACT: Chuck Ardo
              717-783-1116
              Beth Myers (GOHCR)
              717-346-7082
 
 SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor