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11th Annual Health Policy Summit Will Focus On Health Care Reform in Missouri

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Policy Adviser Susan Dentzer among keynote speakers

As Missouri and the nation begin enrolling citizens in the health insurance marketplace, leading health care reform and health information technology thinkers will converge on Columbia for the 11th annual Missouri Health Policy Summit. Hosted by the University of Missouri Center for Health Policy, the summit, "Moving Beyond Politics: Meaningful Health Reform for Missouri Communities," will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center at 3300 Vandiver Drive in Columbia.

Susan Dentzer

Keynote speakers include Susan Dentzer, on-air analyst on health issues on "PBS NewsHour" and senior policy adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest health care philanthropy; Daphne Miller, MD, associate professor of family medicine at the University of California-San Francisco and author of the books, "Farmacology" and "The Jungle Effect;" and Stephen McHale, co-founder and chief executive officer of Explorys, a health care data analysis company.

In addition to the featured presenters, attendees will hear from Missouri health care experts on two panels, "Implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014" and "Technology Changing Health Care." Speakers on the panels will come from a diverse group of stakeholders, including the Missouri Hospital Association, the Missouri Foundation for Health, the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region 7, the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation, the Missouri Health Connection and the Missouri Telehealth Network.

The MU Center for Health Policy's annual summit brings together health policy makers and health care stakeholders to discuss important and emerging health and policy issues facing the health care system in Missouri. Since it began more than a decade ago, the event has grown to become a bridge between researchers and policy makers, connecting local and state leaders facing health policy challenges with the knowledge, expertise and resources they need to identify and meet the health policy challenges facing the state and their communities.

The MU Center for Health Policy was established by the University of Missouri in 2002 to foster dialogue and analysis of health policy issues important to the welfare of Missouri citizens.

Registration for the summit costs $175 per person, but members of the media may attend for free. Registration is available by visiting the MU Office of Continuing Medical Education website at or by calling the office at (573) 882-4105. For more information on the Health Policy Summit, visit

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