Health Reform: The Experts Speak


"Health Care Reform: The Experts Speak"
November 10, 2009 - Asia Society and Museum
Moderator: President Stephen J. Friedman

Steven CorwinSteven J. Corwin, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for New York-Presbyterin Hospital

Steven J. Corwin, MD is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) and has been serving in this role since 2005. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations across all five campuses of the Hospital, Dr. Corwin is responsible for advancing the Institution’s Strategic Initiatives to fulfill its commitment to We Put Patients First, at the core of its mission. This includes intense focus on quality and patient safety, cultivating the Organization’s people and talent, advancing clinical and technological innovation, building physician and institutional partnerships across the NYP enterprise, ensuring service to the Hospital’s underserved communities, and maintaining the Hospital’s financial and operational strength. Key accomplishments under Dr. Corwin’s leadership include: marked improvements in quality and safety across the Institution, improved patient and employee satisfaction, significant program growth and ranking among the top six hospitals in the nation, advancement of major construction projects, joint information systems planning with the Hospital's partner Medical Schools, and robust financial and operating results.

Dr. Corwin is a member of the Greater New York Hospital Association Committee on Quality and Outcomes, and Committee on Bioterrorism. He is a Fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine and a member of the Health Management Academy. Dr. Corwin has been a recipient of the Hope and Heroes Award, the VHA Award for Clinical Quality, the Health Care Industry Good Scout Award, and an Honorary Physician-of-the-Year Award presented to him by the NYP/Columbia Division of Nursing. He is also a Board member of NewYork Methodist Hospital, New York Hospital Queens, and Valley Health System, Inc. A cardiologist and internist, Dr. Corwin obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University, graduating summa cum laude and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honors society. He completed both his Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiology training at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

Dr. Corwin joined the former Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center’s management team in 1991 and served in various management capacities. Prior to serving in his current leadership role, from 1998-2005, Dr. Corwin served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for NYP, leading the development and implementation of 13 clinical service lines, critical to the success of the newly merged Hospital. In this role, he forged strong clinical collaborations across the Institution to foster a solid partnership among physicians and Hospital management.

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Humphrey TaylorHumphrey J.F. Taylor
Chairman of the Harris Poll, Harris Interactive, Inc.

Humphrey Taylor is the Chairman of the Harris Poll, a service of Harris Interactive.  Previously he was Chairman and CEO (1992-1997) and President (1981-1992) of Louis Harris and Associates.  Each year, Harris Interactive conducts many surveys of health care consumers, taxpayers, physicians and other providers, employers and legislators on a broad range of health care issues including satisfaction, access, quality, cost and cost-containment policies, managed care, practice patterns and the role of government in the U.S.A. and other countries.  The Harris firm's clients include over 80 health care companies, government agencies and foundations.

He writes and speaks frequently about the forces transforming the nation's health care system, and on differences between our system and those in Canada, Western Europe and Japan.  He has been listed as one of the nation’s most influential health care policy leaders since the 1991 edition of the “Health Care 500.”

Mr. Taylor has a remarkable track record in predicting election results with great accuracy.  In 1970 his British company, in its first election, was the only one of six national polls to predict correctly the Conservative victory.  In the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008 U.S. presidential elections, the Harris Poll under Mr. Taylor's leadership accurately predicted the share of the vote won by the major candidates.  One person who seems to think well of Humphrey is Sen. Jay Rockefeller.  “To say ‘Humphrey Taylor is a pollster’ is like saying ‘Michelangelo does ceilings,’” Rockefeller said at a health care briefing in Washington.  The Washington Post described him as “one of the reigning giants” of the industry.

Mr. Taylor has had overall responsibility for over 8,000 surveys and has personally directed many hundreds of surveys in more than 80 countries for governments, corporations and foundations.

Among his other achievements:

  • Twice winner of the Market Research Society’s silver medal for the “best paper" published (in 1997 and 2000).
  • Conceived and managed the world’s first joint newspaper and TV poll -- The (London) Times/ITN poll, 1972.
  • Designed and managed Britain’s first exit polls (for ITN), 1971.
  • Conceived and managed the world’s first daily tracking polls (for the Conservative Party in Britain) in 1970.
  • First non-physician to be a trustee of a medical society (certainly in the U.S., possibly in the world).

He has testified to Congressional Committees and Subcommittees on Social Security, health care cost containment, Medicare, aging, policies affecting disabled people, drug exports, the taxation of employee benefits and privacy.  He has made presentations in the White House and on Capitol Hill on these subjects, and on Health Maintenance Organizations, productivity, consumerism, health promotion and disease prevention.  Over his working life, he has authored over 1,000 columns, papers, op-ed page articles, and book chapters. 

Mr. Taylor was Chairman of the Board of the American Health Foundation for 6 years.  He is Chairman of the National Council on Public Polls, and a trustee of the National Organization on Disability, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Alliance for Health Care Reform, and the International Longevity Center USA. 

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Carol RaphaelCarol Raphael
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York,
Pace University Trustee

Carol Raphael, MPA, is President and Chief Executive Office of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the country’s largest nonprofit home health care organization. Previously, Ms. Raphael held positions as Director of Operations Management at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Human Resources Administration. Ms. Raphael is recognized as a national expert in healthcare policy and her past affiliations include serving as a commissioner of MedPAC, the commission that advises Congress on Medicare payments and policies and as a member of the New York State Hospital Review and Planning Council. She chairs the New York eHealth Collaborative and was a member of the Institute of Medicine Workgroups on the healthcare workforce. In addition to serving on the Board of Pace University, she is on the Board of Lifetime/Blue Cross, Blue Shield Company and a member of numerous health policy task forces and advisory groups. Ms. Raphael was a Visiting Fellow at the Kings Fund in London and is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Ms. Raphael was selected by “Crain’s Business” as one of the 25 most influential businesswomen in New York City.

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OrangeLine Michael Turpin

Michael A. Turpin
Executive Vice President of USI Insurance Services

Michael Turpin is an executive vice president at USI Insurance Services, and is responsible for coordinating strategy and product development for USI’s national employee benefits division.   He is responsible for 40 retail employee benefit consulting and brokerage offices across the United States and more than $350 million in employee benefit revenue.

Prior to joining USI in 2008, Turpin was the chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare’s Northeast region, its largest in the United States. He joined the company in early 2006 as president for U.S. key accounts serving small and mid-sized commercial clients across the United States.
Turpin has spent nearly 25 years in the health care industry. At Johnson & Higgins, he was an employee benefits consultant and benefits leader within Marsh, Mercer and A Foster Higgins Consulting. He served as national practice leader for employee benefits. Based in London from 2000-2003, he led Marsh’s middle market practice, which spanned 30 countries, and its European e-business teams. Turpin was elected a member of Marsh Europe SA's Board of Directors, European Executive Committee and Mercer's ICE Executive group. 
He is committed to the challenge of reforming our health care system so all Americans have access to high quality, cost effective care. In addition to having met with federal and state regulators, he remains active in professional and business forums speaking on the need for reform that is characterized by public/private partnerships, and increased consumer and employer engagement. In particular, he stresses the need for personal responsibility of one’s health and restoring the role of the primary care provider in America. 
He is especially committed to finding solutions to help improve the overall health of our children and sits respectively on the for-profit and non-profit boards of Launchcyte Equity Investors and Children for Children in New York. Turpin also has served as board member for Stepping Stones Museum for Children Museum, the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation and The Outback Center for Teens in New Canaan, Conn.
Turpin is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College, where he played baseball and majored in literature. Turpin is 47, married with three children and lives in New Canaan, Conn.