Health system leaders from around the country will discuss how expanded coverage through the Affordable Care Act has accelerated important innovations in health care financing and delivery, as well as improvements in quality, population health and cost containment. These industry leaders will also share their unique perspective on how disruptions and loss of coverage will endanger these important advances in care and affect the health systems they lead, during “Too Much to Lose: Protecting Patients, Protecting Progress in Health Care,” a panel discussion at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017 at the National Press Club.  

A consensus statement endorsed by more health systems from across the country will also be released at the event, affirming their support for affordable, high-quality insurance coverage and a strong Medicaid program, and a focus on continuing to drive the movement towards high value, comprehensive and coordinated care.

The event, which is sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund, Missouri Foundation for Health, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation, is open to the public and will include an opportunity for audience questions. Speakers will also be available to the media following their presentations.  Follow the event live on Twitter at #ProtectInnovation.

Please RSVP for the event HERE.



  • Glenn Crotty, Jr., MD, Executive VP & COO at the Charleston Area Medical Center Health System (WV)
  • Timothy Ferris, MD, Senior Vice President of Population Health Management at Partners HealthCare System
  • Shelly Schlenker, VP of Public Policy, Advocacy and Government Relations for Dignity Health
  • Steven M. Safyer, MD, President & CEO at Montefiore Medical Center
  • David Blumenthal, MD, President of The Commonwealth Fund
  • Donald Berwick, MD, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)



National Press Club

Holeman Lounge           

529 14th St., NW

Washington, D.C.   



Monday, March 6, 2017

Program: 1-2:30 p.m.

Light lunch provided at 12:30 p.m.



Jack Cardinal

(617) 275-2923



About the Center:

The Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation at Community Catalyst is a hub devoted to teaching, learning and sharing knowledge to bring the consumer experience to the forefront of health innovation in order to deliver better care, better value and better health for every community, particularly vulnerable and historically underserved populations. The Center’s work is supported through investments in state and local advocacy, leadership development, research and evaluation, and consultative services to delivery systems and health plans. Visit healthinnovation.org or follow us on Twitter @CCEHI to learn more and follow our work.