Annual Meeting 2012
Hospice and Palliative Care: Looking to the Future – Data, Trends and Possibilities
Cordt T. Kassner, PhD is a hospice and end-of-life healthcare industry analyst. He incorporated Hospice Analytics in 2008 to merge Medicare datasets in unique ways, and with other national databases, to better understand and explain how healthcare is delivered to those near the end of life. He earned degrees in Social Work (BS, Illinois State University), Counseling (MA, Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary), and Health & Behavioral Sciences (PhD, University of Colorado – Denver). His prior work experience includes serving as CEO of the Colorado Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, and clinical and research responsibilities on the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center faculty. While co-chairing the University of Colorado Hospital Ethics Committee, Cordt founded the Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum, serving as President for 5 years and a Board member for 11 years. He has served as a “translator” of information between administration/clinical healthcare professionals and researchers/statisticians for over 20 years. Cordt serves and has served on numerous local, state, and national Boards and committees, and has facilitated over 100 workshops and presentations.
Mitchell Stein is the Policy Director of Consumers for Affordable Health Care where he is responsible for directing the policy agenda of the organization. His work includes conducting health policy research and writing reports for advocacy efforts as well as presenting at public forums, including state legislature, press conferences, and other venues. Prior to this role, Mitchell served as a member of the Board of Directors for CAHC as well as doing health care policy consulting work for CAHC and the Maine Council of Churches. In 2007 Mitchell moved to Maine to work as the Director of Program Coordination for Health Dialog in Portland. Before that he worked in New York for Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Inc. in various roles including as their Global Intranet Director, as the Marketing Manager for the US Health Care Practice and as Director of the National Survey of Employer-sponsored Health Plans. He has extensively studied the Affordable Care Act and researched its implementation in and impact on Maine. He also has extensive background working with various aspects of the heath care environment including insurance benefits designs. Mitchell lives in Cumberland Foreside Maine with his wife Martha and dog Sheba. He holds both a BA and MBA from the University of Chicago.
The Day's Agenda:
8:00am Business Meeting
9:15am Welcome and Introduction of Mitchell Stein, Policy Director, Affordable Care Act
10:45am Cordt T. Kassner, PhD, Hospice Analytics
1:15pm Panel Discussion with Janice McDermott, Karen Flynn, Arlene Wing, and Margaret Murphy
3:30pm Wrap Up