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Virginia creates panel to reform health care, cut costs

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has created a task force designed to curb health care costs while trying to improve services.

The impetus for the Virginia Health Reform Initiative Advisory Council was the federal health care package, which McDonnell opposed, but the group will do more than just figure out ways to implement the law (should Virginia lose its lawsuit against the federal government).

The governor introduced the 24-member panel, comprised of legislators, health professionals, doctors and insurers, at a news conference Monday afternoon at the Capitol. The announcement came the same day the state Bureau of Insurance received $1 million from the federal government to improve its oversight of health insurance cost increases.

"What I have asked them to do is come up with a uniquely Virginia approach to health care improvement and systematic reform -- not just insurance reform but in fact health care reform,'' he said. "I'm hoping this will be a model that the other states can use that will help ensure a safe and effective and high quality delivery system while also reducing costs."

The group will look at six areas: Medicaid reform, insurance market reform, delivery and payment reform, capacity, technology and purchasers perspective.

It will hold its first meeting Friday and Saturday in Roanoke and will provide its initial recommendations to McDonnell in December.

See the members below:

Bill Hazel, Secretary of Health and Human Resources

Cindi B. Jones, director, Virginia Health Reform Initiative (ex-officio)
W. Scott Burnette, president, and chief executive officer, Community Memorial Health Center
Geoff Brown, senior vice president and chief information officer, INOVA Health System
Jim Carlson, chairman and chief executive officer, Amerigroup
Del. Ben L. Cline
Monty Dise, president, Asset Protection Group, Inc.
William H. Fralin, Jr., chief executive officer and president, Medical Facilities of America
Shirley Gibson, RN, interim vice president of nursing operations, VCU Health System
Chuck Hall, executive director, Hampton/Newport News Community Services Board
Richard M. Hamrick, III, MD, physician and partner, Pulmonary Associates of Richmond
Del. Patrick A. Hope
Steve Horan, president, Community Health Solutions
Sen. R. Edward Houck
Clarion E. Johnson, M.D., global medical director, Medicine and Occupational Health Department, Exxon Mobil Corporation
W. Scott Johnson, Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C
Del. S. Chris Jones
C. Burke King, president, Virginia Market, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Jane Kusiak, executive director, Council on Virginia's Future
John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, MWV MeadWestVaco
Elizabeth Teisberg, Ph.D., Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia
Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, D.O., dean and executive vice president, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)
Sen. William C. Wampler, Jr.
Joe R. Wilson, chief operating officer, PermaTreat Pest Control

By Anita Kumar  |  August 16, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
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