Keynote Speakers' Biographies
Founder and President, Disease Management Purchasing Consortium International, Inc.
Google on “Invented Disease Management” and the entire first page of “hits” will be Al Lewis.
Al Lewis is founder and President of the Disease Management Purchasing Consortium International, Inc. (DMPC--http://www.dismgmt.com/) DMPC is by far the leading outcomes measurement consultant and vendor procurement broker in the field of disease management. He has been designated #1 in all of Managed Healthcare Executive's quadrennial reports on the Leaders in the Disease Management Industry.
He was founder and first president of the DMAA: Care Continuum Alliance, and is the founder and president of the Disease Management Purchasing Consortium (DMPC). DMPC members utilize its resources for procurement and outcomes measurement. Its 100+ members, listed at http://www.dismgmt.com/, include most of the country’s largest health plans, many smaller ones, and twelve states. Almost all of those state disease management programs have won a Health Industries Research Council award for disease management excellence.
His disease management outcomes database is the largest in the field, with more than thirty payors participating. His measurement methodology is also the most widely used in the field. More than 300 people have taken his course in Critical Outcomes Report Analysis (CORA), of which half have passed and received CORA Certification from DMPC.
His first book, The Next Generation of Disease Management: 2009 and Beyond was published in 2009 by Atlantic Information Services. His second book, OOBonomics: 12 Great “Outside Of the Box” Economic Policy Ideas No One Has Thought Of has already been endorsed by James Carville, Montel Williams and others, and reached #11 on the economics book bestseller list.
Al holds undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University, phi beta kappa, and taught economics at Harvard.
But he still can’t get his kids to clean up their rooms.
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Joel P. Hinzman
Senior Director - Government Affairs
Joel Hinzman joined Oracle in November of 2003 as Director of Federal & Legislative Affairs. In this capacity he represents Oracle to members of Congress and the Executive Branch, and lobbies on issues critical to Oracle’s government business, including Healthcare and Health IT, Procurement Policy, Appropriations, and other technology issues. Since September of 2009 Mr. Hinzman has also been the head of State and Local Government Affairs for Oracle.
Prior to joining Oracle, he was an Appointee at the General Services Administration (GSA), where he was responsible for working on legislation, Congressional oversight, and tracking procurement and technology issues involving two of GSA’s service branches, the Federal Supply Service and the Federal Technology Service, as well as GSA’s Office of Government-wide Policy.
Prior to his appointment at GSA, Mr. Hinzman worked for the U.S. House of Representatives as a professional staff member for Congressman Bob Stump, chairman of the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee, and Congressman Bill Thomas, chairman of the House Administration Committee.
Mr. Hinzman graduated from the University of Maryland – College Park in 1993 and became a licensed stockbroker in the same year. He has completed post-graduate coursework in Congressional legislative and parliamentary procedure.
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Nick Sears, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Nick Sears, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, is a board certified cardiovascular surgeon with over 25 years of healthcare experience. Before joining MedAssets, Dr. Sears worked as a Principal for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. In this role he was responsible for reducing supply chain expense for high-cost physician preference items, as well as clinical integration and transformation issues centered around leading practices, clinical pathways and LOS reduction, while maintaining high quality patient care. Dr. Sears worked closely with physicians and administrators to ensure smooth, effective management practices. Additionally, Dr. Sears has held several independent consulting positions with a variety of healthcare consulting firms throughout the nation. For 15 years prior to his work as a consultant, Dr. Sears maintained a clinical practice of cardiothoracic surgery in both private and academic settings in Tampa, Florida.
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