Southern Medical Association
Coordinating Committee on Quality
May 10, 2012
A conference call meeting of the SMA’s Coordinating Committee on Quality took place on May
10, 2012 at 6:30 pm CDT/7:30 pm EDT. Attendees included Michael Gosney, MD, SMA
President, Mark Williams,MD, Chair, Coordinating Committee on Quality, Veronica K. Piziak,
MD, Fayez Shamieh, MD, and Nancy Swikert, MD. SMA staff in attendance included Kendra
Blackmon, Jennifer Price, Mandy Stone, Kathy McLendon, Vonette Scott, Nancy Mullins, Luke
Hartsfield, and Randy Glick.
Dr. Mark Williams is co-chair of the 2012 Healthcare Summit and he spoke to the purpose of the
Summit and selection of speakers:
“SMA recognizes that the change in healthcare is inevitable. There is a focus on quality, cost,
and new payment models and we were concerned that this is taking place without the active
engagement of physicians. We believe the reason for a lack of engagement is a failure to
understand what is underway. So we looked to find speakers that would help enlighten as to
what is happening in the worlds of employment, insurance, population health, and malpractice,
as well as the political impact. Our goal is that this will be a well-rounded educational session of
the vision of healthcare where physicians contributed to the discussion.
The speakers have a lot to offer and should attract and appeal to a wide range of physicians and
healthcare professionals. This slate is as fine as any group you will find in any healthcare
leadership meeting in the country.” Dr. Williams provided an overview of the speakers and their
relation to medical practice.
Thomas Bartrum, attorney from Baker Donelson, one of the largest health law firms in the
country with an office in Nashville. Mr. Bartrum is an expert in the Accountable Care
Helen Darling represents the most influential business group when it comes to healthcare policy
at a national level. The National Business Group represents 300 of the largest employers in the
U.S. and they do a lot of work examining healthcare and performance.
Paul Grundy, MD is known as the “Father of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model.” He is
the Global Director of IBM Healthcare Transformation.
Marty Kohn, MD is Chief Medical Scientist for Care Delivery Systems in IBM Research. Dr.
Kohn will speak to the role of data analysis, specifically the role of “Watson” the supercomputer,
that recently won a Jeopardy match contest. This supercomputer has been hired by WellPoint for
37 Blue Cross organizations to help analyze best evidence-based medicine.
Edward Hill, MD is well-known to SMA as a dynamic leader, serving as AMA and SMA
President and Past Chair of the World Medical Association.
Gary Kaplan, MD is the Chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System. He is world-
famous for leading Virginia Mason to transform itself by adopting a new model of healthcare
and payment resulting in a highly successful healthcare system and model.
James Pichert, PhD is Co –director of the Center for Professional Advocacy at Vanderbilt. He
and his partner, Jerry Hixson, have done great research in terms of how physician behavior and
physician interaction can reduce medical malpractice events.
Pamela Riley, MD and Cathy Schoen, Senior VP for Policy, Research and Evaluation for The
Commonwealth Fund will talk about population health.
Lori Schutte, President of Cejka Search, one of the largest physician search firms in the country
will provide insight on the look of the new physician, expectations and trends in future.
Stan Starnes, Esq. is a lawyer and CEO of ProAssurance, the third largest medical malpractice
company in the United States. Mr. Starnes is involved in unique projects with physicians to
lower rates of harm while also lowering the rates of malpractice insurance.
Grace-Marie Turner is President of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization for
informed debate on health reform. She will provide a conservative perspective on healthcare and
Leonard Zwelling, MD, professor at MD Anderson and a past Robert Wood Johnson Health
Policy Fellow will give a more liberal perspective of the state of health care reform.
Expanded bios are available at http://sma.org/summit/faculty.
Mandy Stone discussed sponsorship opportunities. Full information is available on the website
and a brochure is downloadable at http://sma.org/summit/sponsor.
Kendra Blackmon explained that the target audience will include the physician realm but will
extend to many different stakeholders including hospital administrators, human resource
directors, healthcare law, and more. Marketing campaigns are underway. Dr. Swikert
recommended involving state medical associations and SMA councilors to work within each
Jennifer Price discussed the on-line media center housed on The Summit microsite at
http://sma.org/summit/media-center. A recommendation was made for the program chair to
create a video with the quick speaker summary (above) and an invitation to the meeting.
The committee was invited to send ideas or suggestions to the SMA staff Summit Team via
The meeting adjourned at 7:00 pm CDT.
Submitted by Kathy McLendon
May 11, 2012