College of American Pathologists
Policy Meeting Keynote Speakers

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May 5–7, 2014
Fairmont Hotel
Washington, DC

Olympia SnoweOlympia Snowe
US Senator from Maine (1995–2013)
Representative in the
US House of Representatives (1979–1995)
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 8:00–9:00 AM

What's Gone Wrong in Washington,
and Why It Doesn't Have to Be This Way?

Long respected internationally as a voice of reason for her thoughtful, pragmatic legislating, Senator Olympia Snowe stunned political observers when she announced she was not running for a fourth term in the Senate. The reaction was seismic and virtually universal, since few voluntarily relinquish one of just 100 seats in the US Senate. Yet, she was giving up her life's work, because the excessive political polarization in Washington.

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Having witnessed government's greatest potential as well as its capacity for dysfunction, no one is more adept at explaining what's gone wrong and illustrating why it doesn't have to be this way. As a key participant in every major issue of the past decade and beyond, few can speak with greater firsthand knowledge as to how policymaking has virtually been abandoned as a matter of practice in our government and has now devolved into a series of gotcha votes for political leverage.

Chris MatthewsChris Matthews
Host, Hardball With Chris Matthews, MSNBC
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 12:30–1:30 PM

Veteran broadcast journalist Chris Matthews will address the CAP Annual Policy Meeting on May 6, 2014, in Washington, DC. One of television's most recognizable political pundits, Chris Matthews offers intense curiosity, razor-sharp intelligence and rapid-fire commentary on the American political scene

Elliott S. Fisher, MD, MPHElliott S. Fisher, MD, MPH
Director, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy &
Clinical Practice
Monday, May 5, 2014, 12:00–1:30 PM

Solving Health Care's Greatest Riddle:
Improving Quality While Managing Cost

Dr. Fisher is one of the premier thinkers on improving quality while managing costs, as well as the challenges and opportunities ahead for the American health care system. A key figure behind accountable care organizations (ACOs), an important component of health care reform, Dr. Fisher is a leading developer of new models of health care delivery and payment. He believes that performance measurement, accountability, well implemented technology, empowered patients, and new partnerships will all play a role in moving health care forward.

ACOs - in which a group of providers is directly held accountable for the total cost and quality of care for an attributed patient population - have emerged as a central feature in the changing face of health care; 52 percent of Americans are now estimated to live in an area served by an ACO. Dr. Fisher's current research focuses on exploring the determinants of successful ACO formation and performance. He also co-directs the Brookings-Dartmouth ACO Learning Network, in which organizations across the United States contribute to share best practices for ACO implementation.

Patrick Conway, MD, MScPatrick Conway, MD, MSc, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Monday, May 5, 2014, 1:30–3:00 PM

CMS' Quality Improvement and Pay for
Performance Programs

Dr. Conway is Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, and Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

The Center for Clinical Standards and Quality is responsible for all quality measures for CMS for all settings, quality improvement programs in all 50 states, value-based purchasing programs, clinical standards and survey and certification of all providers across the Nation, and all coverage decisions for treatments and services for CMS. The Center budget exceeds $1.3 billion annually. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is responsible for developing and implementing innovative health care service delivery programs that will help improve and update the Nation's health care delivery systems. This Center has a growing portfolio testing various payment and service delivery models that aim to achieve better care for patients, better health for our communities, and lower costs through improvement for our health care system.