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Former White House Advisor to Speak at HM11


Health reform continues to be a white-hot topic in hospitals, and SHM is bringing one of Washington’s top experts to speak at HM11.

Bob Kocher, MD, who recently served in the Obama administration as special assistant to the president for healthcare and economic policy and as a member of the National Economic Council, will be the featured speaker on May 11, the first day of HM11 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.

Dr. Kocher’s session, “Coming to Your Hospital: Healthcare Reform. What Does This Mean for Hospitalists?” will unravel the complexities in the new health reform laws and dispel myths about its impact on patient care in the hospital.

When he worked at the White House, Dr. Kocher was one of President Obama’s leading shapers of the healthcare reform legislation. Today, he is a principal with the global management-consulting firm McKinsey and Company, where he leads the McKinsey Center for Health Reform. He also is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform.

“We’re thrilled to bring this kind of top-level perspective to hospitalists at HM11,” says Geri Barnes, senior director for education and meetings at SHM. “His insight can alleviate the confusion and uncertainty that surround a complicated topic like health reform.”

Later that day, hospitalists will provide their perspective on health reform in a session titled “The Biggest Changes in Healthcare Reform: What We Know Now.”

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