Rebalancing Health Care in the Heartland

Forum 5:
Shaping Iowa's Health Care Landscape

Chris Atchison, left, director of the State Hygienic Laboratory.
Chris Atchison, left, director of the State Hygienic Laboratory.
Michael Bousselot, health policy advisor to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.
Michael Bousselot, health policy advisor to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.
University of Iowa College of Public Health Dean Sue Curry.
University of Iowa College of Public Health Dean Sue Curry.
Iowa Sen. Jack Hatch (left) speaking with John Hale of the Iowa CareGivers Association.
Iowa Sen. Jack Hatch (left) speaking with John Hale of the Iowa CareGivers Association.
David Lyons of CoOpportunity Health and Pam Halvorson of Trinity Pioneer ACO were part of a panel exploring emerging service delivery models.
David Lyons of CoOpportunity Health and Pam Halvorson of Trinity Pioneer ACO.
Iowa Department of Human Services Director Charles Palmer (left).
Iowa Department of Human Services Director Charles Palmer (left).
Vice President of Medical Affairs Jean Robillard welcomed participants to Rebalancing Health Care in the Heartland 5.
Vice President of Medical Affairs Jean Robillard.

Conference Description
Future directions for health care in Iowa – including prospects for creation of a statewide health insurance exchange, expansion of the state’s Medicaid program, development of accountable care organizations, and a host of other issues related to the federal Affordable Care Act – were the subject of a statewide gathering in Des Moines on Nov. 13, 2012, sponsored by partners from across the State of Iowa. 

“Rebalancing Health Care in the Heartland,” the fifth in a series of policy forums to explore emerging health care issues in Iowa, focused on the results of the 2012 elections and Iowa’s progress toward implementing the ACA, the 2010 health care reform law.  About 200 participants, including state elected leaders, agency directors and policy staff, health system administrators, care providers, and students, were in attendance at the Nov. 13 conference.

“This is the moment when Iowa has a chance to move from the complicated network of local providers and services we have used, to build a modern health care delivery system with clear entrance points and consistent rules of the road,” said Iowa Sen. Jack Hatch in remarks prior to the forum. “If we seize this opportunity, our health system will be more accessible, affordable, and efficient, while maintaining our traditionally high quality.”

Sponsors
University of Iowa Health Sciences Colleges: College of Dentistry, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Hardin Library for Health Sciences; Child and Family Policy Center, State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa; University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; Public Policy Center; Child and Family Policy Center; Partnership for Better Health; Prevention of Disability Policy Council; Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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