Posted 12.15.06

The Weatherhead School of Management will sponsor the Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast on January 18, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., at the George S. Dively Building on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.  The keynote presenter will be Dr. J. B. Silvers, Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Health Systems Management, Weatherhead.  Plan to attend the breakfast and hear more about Healthcare: Who Cares, Who Pays and How Much.

This presentation will explore everyone wanting healthcare, while no one wants to pay for it, while at the same time wanting more of it every year. This unsustainable situation will change in the next few years under political, economic and consumer pressure in ways that may surprise us. Movement at the state and federal level will provide data, broaden public coverage, and even mandate purchase of insurance. However, the reality of limited resources will press government and employers to manage the healthcare supply chain towards value, outcomes, and cost – thus making life difficult for providers. Yet consumer-directed healthcare also will reward innovators richly while fundamentally reshaping the system we now know.

Dr. Silvers serves as the faculty director of the Health Systems Management Center and holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine, at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Silvers' research in the areas of financial management and health services has been published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Medical Care, Health Services Research, and many others.

From 1997 to 2000, while on leave, he served as president and chief executive officer of QualChoice, a health plan and insurance company in Cleveland, Ohio. During his time there, enrollment grew 30%, profitability improved substantially and the HMO received a J.D. Powers Award as the best in the area. After earlier degrees in engineering and industrial management from Purdue, Professor Silvers received a Ph.D. in finance from Stanford University and served on the management faculties of Stanford, Harvard, Indiana University, and Case Western Reserve University.

Professor Silvers currently serves on the board of Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and their finance and audit committee, Nursing Advisory Council and Work Group on Quality and Payment Alignment (vice chair). Formerly he served as a commissioner on the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (ProPAC, the predecessor of MedPAC), as well as other state and federal commissions. He also has served as senior associate dean of Weatherhead for several years.

The breakfast is $10 for Heights Regional Chamber members and $15 for non-members.  For more information or to register for the event, click here.

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