Career Development : Calendar

AHCJ Media Fellowships on Health Performance

09/20/10 - 09/22/10     New York, NY

This 10-month program allows mid-career journalists to pursue a significant reporting project examining health care systems. Guidance is provided through customized seminars on health performance, conference calls and e-mail consultations with AHCJ fellowship leaders.

Seminar 1 agenda

Monday, Sept. 20


Fellows can take advantage of hotel’s free continental breakfast or eat elsewhere before sessions begin.

9 a.m.

Welcome to fellows / intro to fellowship

9:30-11 a.m.

Understanding quality data
Session leader:
• Ashish K. Jha, associate professor of health policy and management, Harvard School of Public Health

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Understanding claims data
Session leader:
• Barbara Frank, director of assistance, University of Minnesota, Research Data Assistance Center (CMS contractor)

12:15-1 p.m.


1-2 p.m.

Health reform and quality measures
Session leader:
• Janet Corrigan, president and chief executive officer, National Quality Forum

2:15-3:15 p.m.

Mental health
Session leader:
• Trevor Hadley, PhD, director, Center for Mental Health Policy & Services Research

3:30-5 p.m.

State and county comparisons
Session leaders:
• Ernest Moy, medical officer, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
• Cathy Schoen, senior vice president for policy, research and evaluation, The Commonwealth Fund

Monday evening

Fellows on own to see the city

Tuesday, Sept. 21


Fellows can take advantage of hotel’s free continental breakfast or eat elsewhere before sessions begin.

9-10:45 a.m.

Long-term care
Session leaders:
• Alfred J. Chiplin, Jr., JD, M. Div., managing attorney, Center for Medicare Advocacy • Mary Jane Koren, vice president, The Commonwealth Fund

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Does any of this data make a difference? What’s the literature?
Session leader:
• Shoshanna Sofaer, professor and Robert P. Luciano chair of health care policy, Baruch College/CUNY

12:15-1:30 p.m.

Roundtable discussion
• Irene Wielawski, AHCJ

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Reader engagement
Session leaders:
• Scott Klein, editor of news applications, ProPublica
• Amanda Michel, director of online engagement, ProPublica

2:45-4:45 p.m.

Roundtable on fellows’ projects
Session leaders:
• Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor, Columbia Journalism Review; AHCJ board member
• Charles Ornstein, senior reporter, ProPublica; AHCJ board member

6:30 p.m.

Reception to meet the Harkness Fellows
The Water Club (500 East 30th Street)

7:15 p.m.

Opening Remarks
Karen Davis, president, The Commonwealth Fund

Wednesday, Sept. 22

You are invited to join the kickoff sessions being held for the Harkness Fellows. This program is sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund for a select group of academic researchers, clinicians, managers, government policymakers, and journalists from Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. They spend up to a year in the United States working with leading U.S. experts on a research study addressing a critical health policy issue in both the U.S. and their home country.
New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
(entrance on East 103rd Street)

7:30-8 a.m.

Breakfast with the Harkness Fellows

8 a.m.

• Robin Osborn

8:15-10:15 a.m.

Improving care for chronically ill: Care coordination, transitions and home care
Moderator: Robin Osborn
• Mary Naylor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
• Penny H. Feldman, Visiting Nurse Service of New York
• Carol Levine, United Hospital Fund

10:15-10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m.-Noon

How to achieve a high-performing delivery system?
Moderator: Michelle G. Ries
• Lawrence P. Casalino, Weill-Cornell Medical College
• Murray Ross, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc.

Noon-1 p.m.


NOTE: You are welcome to attend as much of the afternoon program as you can.

1-3 p.m.

Ensuring best practice and consumer preferences in health care reform
Moderator: Bradford H. Gray
• Lisa Bero, University of California, San Francisco
• Kevin A. Schulman, Duke University
• Peter A. Ubel, Duke University

3-3:45 p.m.

Networking break

3:45-4 p.m.

Closing remarks
• Robin Osborn