College of American Pathologists

2013 CAP Policy Meeting Speakers

NewU.S. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina

U.S. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina The Honorable Richard Burr will be a featured breakfast speaker during the CAP’s 2013 Policy Meeting to be held May 6–8. 2013 in Washington, D.C. Senator Burr is a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee which shares health care jurisdiction in the Senate with the Finance Committee.

Richard C. Friedberg, MD, PhD, FCAP, Chair of the CAP Council on Government and Professional Affairs noted “We are delighted that Senator Burr will address CAP members at the 2013 Policy Meeting. He’s a key figure in building a stronger, more sustainable Medicare program through immediate and longer-term reforms, many rooted in long-standing, bipartisan ideas. Senator Burr understands that provider cuts will only jeopardize access to care and he’s proposing reforms that will address the serious challenges facing the program today and in the future.”

The Honorable Nancy-Ann DeParle

Nancy-Ann DeParle Nancy-Ann DeParle served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Obama administration from January 2011 to January 2013. Previously, she served as the director of the White House Office of Health Reform, leading the administration’s efforts on health care issues, including the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She served as the director of the Health Care Financing Administration from 1997 to 2000, administering the Medicare program for the Clinton administration, and before then worked at the Office of Management and Budget.

Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Director, The CMS Innovation Center

Sean Cavanaugh Sean Cavanaugh is the Deputy Director, Programs and Policy, in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Previously, Mr. Cavanaugh was director of health care finance at the United Hospital Fund in New York City. He has also served in senior positions at Lutheran Healthcare (Brooklyn, NY), the New York City Mayor’s Office of Health Insurance Access, and the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. He started his career on Capitol Hill working for a member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for NBC News and National Journal

Charlie CookCharlie Cook is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on American politics and U.S. elections.

In 2010, Charlie was a co-recipient of the American Political Science Association’s prestigious Carey McWilliams award to honor “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.”

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NewSheila Burke, RN, MPA, FAAN – Panelist for Graduate Medical Education and the Future of the Pathology Workforce

Sheila Burke, RN, MPA, FAAN Sheila Burke is Senior Public Policy Advisor, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz and Co-Director, Health Project, Bipartisan Policy Center. Burke is a recognized leader in Medicare, Medicaid, and long-term care policy, and she is committed to ensuring the health care agenda remains a topic of discussion and debate on the national level. Prior to returning to Harvard in 2007, Burke served as Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the Smithsonian and as the Executive Dean at the Kennedy School of Government. Prior to her involvements in academia, Burke worked as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Senate Committee on Finance, the Secretary of the Senate, and the Chief of Staff to Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) in the Office of the Minority and then Majority Leader. She played much of the health care legislation of the 1980s and 1990s, making her a recognized leader in the fields of Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care. Burke is a founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and was recognized as the distinguished honoree for health policy at NASI's 25th anniversary celebration in June 2011.

NewAtul Grover, MD, PhD – Panelist for Graduate Medical Education and the Future of the Pathology Workforce

Atul Grover, MD, PhD Dr. Grover is Chief Public Policy Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges where he manages the health, educational, scientific, and other policies developed by the AAMC. He works with AAMC leadership to coordinate organizational strategy and external relationships to advance those policies and to carry out its mission of advancing the health of the public. Dr. Grover also leads the association’s advocacy efforts, leveraging the government relations and communications teams to advance the policy goals of the academic medicine community. Dr. Grover joined the AAMC as associate director for the Center for Workforce Studies in 2005, where he managed research activity and directed externally funded workforce studies. He became a director of government relations and health care affairs in 2007. Prior to joining the AAMC, Dr. Grover was a senior consultant in health care finance and applied economics for The Lewin Group, Inc., from 2003 to 2005. He came to the consulting firm after serving with the U.S. Public Health Service, Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA). From 2001 until 2003, Dr. Grover worked as a chief medical officer for HRSA’s National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, and as a medical officer for the children's hospital graduate medical education program. Trained as a general internist, Dr. Grover holds faculty appointments at the George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine, and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he obtained his Ph.D. in health and public policy. He received his M.D. from GWU School of Medicine in 1995, and completed his residency in internal medicine and primary care at the University of California at San Francisco.

NewAnita L. Allen, JD, PhD – Panelist for Policy Implications for Advancing Genomic Medicine

Anita L. Allen, JD, PhD Dr. Allen is the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a Senior Fellow in the Bioethics Department, School of Medicine, and was formerly a Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs of the Law School. A distinguished scholar of privacy law and practical ethics, Dr. Allen is recognized for her work on confidentiality in medicine, genetics and research. Dr. Allen is a member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, an advisory panel of the nation’s leaders in medicine, science, ethics, religion, law, and engineering. The Commission advises the President on bioethical issues arising from advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology.

NewShari M. Ling, MD – Panelist for Value-Based Purchasing

Shari M. Ling, MD Shari M. Ling, MD is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and Medical Officer in the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality. She assists the CMS Chief Medical Officer in the Agency’s pursuit of higher quality health care, healthier populations, and lower cost through quality improvement. Dr. Ling’s long-standing focus is on the achievement of meaningful health outcomes through delivery of high quality person-centered care across all care settings.

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