Patient-Centered Care versus Political Medicine
With a Keynote Address by Representative Thomas E. Price
About This Event

As the summer of health reform unfolds on Capitol Hill and across the nation, many physicians have expressed concern that proposed legislation might jeopardize private health insurance and the doctor-patient relationship. At this forum, Representative Thomas E. Price (R-Ga.), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, will describe his vision of Listen to Audio

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patient-centered reform that would transfer purchasing power to health care consumers and ensure that medical decisions are made on a personal level between physicians and their patients. Dr. Donald J. Palmisano, former president of the American Medical Association and current spokesperson for the Coalition to Protect Patients' Rights, will address the dangers of a government-run, micromanaged medical system and suggest alternative ways to resolve current problems in U.S. health care. Dr. Scott Gottlieb of AEI will comment on both presentations, and AEI's Thomas P. Miller will moderate.

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Kristin Viswanathan
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Scott Gottlieb, M.D., is a practicing physician and a resident fellow at AEI. A leading expert in health care policy, Dr. Gottlieb provides insights into the economic, regulatory, and technological forces driving the transformation of health care today. From 2005 to 2007, he was deputy commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and from 2003 to 2004, he was a senior adviser to then–FDA commissioner Mark McClellan and director of medical policy development at the agency. A recipient of numerous medical association awards, Dr. Gottlieb is the author of more than three hundred articles that have appeared in leading medical journals, as well as in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, and Forbes. He has held editorial positions at the British Medical Journal and the Journal of the American Medical Association and appears regularly as a guest commentator on CNBC. Prior to joining AEI, Dr. Gottlieb worked as a health care analyst for the investment bank Alex. Brown & Sons and authored the Forbes-Gottlieb Medical Technology Letter and the Gilder Biotech Report. Dr. Gottlieb has testified as an expert witness on health and regulatory matters before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and members of the Japanese Diet.

Thomas P. Miller is a resident fellow at AEI, where he focuses on health policy, with particular emphasis on information transparency, health insurance regulation, and consumer-driven health care. He is also a member of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Before joining AEI, Mr. Miller served for three years as a senior health economist for the Joint Economic Committee, where he organized a series of hearings focusing on promising reforms in private health care markets and drafted several Social Security reform bills. He also has been director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute and director of economic policy studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Mr. Miller's writing has appeared in such publications as Health Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Reader's Digest, National Review, the Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems, Regulation, and Cato Journal. Before coming to Washington, he was a trial attorney, a journalist, and a sports radio broadcaster.

Donald J. Palmisano, M.D., is a clinical professor of surgery and clinical professor of medical jurisprudence at the Tulane University School of Medicine and an adjunct professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in the department of Health Systems Management. He is board certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, as well as an honorary fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Palmisano is the founder and president of Intrepid Resources/The Medical Risk Manager Company, which is devoted to patient safety, risk management, and advancing leadership. Prior to that, and for more than thirty-five years, he was part of a surgical team that served eastern New Orleans. Dr. Palmisano was the president of the American Medical Association in 2003–2004 and president of the Louisiana State Medical Society in 1984–1985. He is on the boards of the National Patient Safety Foundation, Tulane University Health Sciences Center, the Doctors Company, and the Tulane University Center for Health Care Simulation. Dr. Palmisano is the author of On Leadership: Essential Principles for Success (Skyhorse, 2008) and he has authored and coauthored numerous articles on a wide range of topics including general and vascular surgery, medical liability reform, patient safety, risk management and health system reform. 

Thomas E. Price, M.D., has represented Georgia's Sixth District in the House of Representatives since 2005. He has been an outspoken advocate for patient-centered health care reform in Washington. Dr. Price's signature legislation, the Comprehensive HealthCARE Act, aims to provide access for all Americans to affordable, quality health care. His other legislative priorities include reforming the tax system, strengthening health care and education, ensuring enforcement of our immigration laws, promoting a twenty-first century energy plan, and finding transportation solutions for Atlanta's residents and commuters. Dr. Price serves on the Financial Services Committee and the Committee on Education and Labor, on which he is the ranking member on the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. He is the chairman of the Republican Study Committee. Prior to going to Washington, Dr. Price served four terms in the Georgia State Senate, during two of which he was minority whip and one of which he was majority leader. Before entering politics, Dr. Price was an medical director of the orthopedic clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital, an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine, and an orthopedist in private practice near Atlanta

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  • Scott Gottlieb, M.D., a practicing physician, has served in various capacities at the Food and Drug Administration, including senior adviser for medical technology; director of medical policy development; and, most recently, deputy commissioner for medical and scientific affairs. Dr. Gottlieb has also served as a senior policy adviser at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

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    Name: Kelly Funderburk
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  • Thomas Miller is a former senior health economist for the Joint Economic Committee (JEC). He studies health care policy and regulation. A former trial attorney, journalist, and sports broadcaster, Mr. Miller is the co-author of Why ObamaCare Is Wrong For America (HarperCollins 2011) and heads AEI's "Beyond Repeal & Replace" health reform project. He has testified before Congress on issues including the uninsured, health care costs, Medicare prescription drug benefits, health insurance tax credits, genetic information, Social Security, and federal reinsurance of catastrophic events. While at the JEC, he organized a number of hearings that focused on reforms in private health care markets, such as information transparency and consumer-driven health care.
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    Name: Neil McCray
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