Judging Panel Announced for the 2017 $100,000 Hearst Health Prize

NEW YORK, NY and PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - July 20, 2016) - Hearst Health, a division of Hearst, and the Jefferson College of Population Health of Thomas Jefferson University, today announced the national panel of judges for the 2017 Hearst Health Prize. Launched last year, the Hearst Health Prize is an annual $100,000 cash award given in recognition of an organization's or individual's outstanding achievement in managing or improving health in the U.S. The announcement was made by Gregory Dorn, MD, MPH, president of Hearst Health, and David B. Nash, MD, MBA, dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health.

The interdisciplinary judging panel includes several returning judges from last year's competition, as well as notable additions. The nine judges for the 2017 Hearst Health Prize are:

  • A. Mark Fendrick, MD: A nationally recognized expert on value-based insurance design, Dr. Fendrick's work focuses on connections between clinician payment, consumer engagement, access, quality and costs. He is the director of the Value-Based Insurance Design Center, a professor of internal medicine at the School of Medicine, and a professor of Health Management & Policy at the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.
  • Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, JD, FCPP, FAAN: A public health executive with experience in health and human services senior management, executive leadership and consulting, Hansen-Turton is the chief operating officer of Public Health Management Corporation, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania. She also serves as the founding executive director for the Convenient Care Association and is CEO of the National Nursing Centers Consortium.
  • H. Stephen Lieber, CAE: As president and chief executive officer of HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society), Lieber is an established HIMSS leader on issues such as electronic health records, interoperability, technology standards, IT adoption and certification.
  • Ron Loeppke, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACPM: Currently the vice-chairman of U.S. Preventive Medicine (USPM), Dr. Loeppke has more than 30 years of clinical and physician executive experience in the occupational health, preventive medicine and medical management arenas. He is a member of the Population Health Management Journal Editorial Board, and is the co-chair of the International Occupational Medical Society Collaborative (IOMSC), a global initiative involving over 30 countries.
  • David B. Nash, MD, MBA: Named the founding dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health (formerly Jefferson School of Population Health) in 2008, Dr. Nash is a board certified internist who is internationally recognized for his work in public accountability for outcomes, physician leadership development and quality-of-care improvement.
  • Valinda Rutledge, MBA, MSN: A devoted proponent of quality improvement, innovation and accountability in healthcare delivery, Rutledge has held a variety of CEO positions within various hospitals and healthcare systems. Currently she serves as vice president of Public Payor Health Strategy in the Care Coordination Institute at Greenville Healthcare System. She previously led the Patient Care Model Group at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).
  • James M. Schibanoff, MD: A consultant to Hearst Health and former editor-in-chief of the Milliman Care Guidelines (now MCG) from 1998 until 2012, Dr. Schibanoff supervised editorial and peer review of care guidelines and analysis of the evidence used to inform their development. Prior to Milliman, he served as the CEO of Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.
  • Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP: A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, Dr. Simpson is president and CEO of AcademyHealth. Her areas of expertise include translating research into policy; quality and safety of healthcare; health and healthcare disparities; childhood obesity; and child health services.
  • Mark D. Smith, MD, MBA: Acclaimed for his experience in identifying and evaluating high-quality health programs and interventions, Dr. Smith was the founding president of the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) and former executive vice president of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. He is a professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco and visiting professor at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley.

Full bios can be found at Jefferson.edu/HearstHealthJudges.

"We are honored to bring together this extraordinary group of healthcare experts," Dorn said. "Our judges' experience and expertise ensures that the Hearst Health Prize judging process will surface the best practices that advance the field of population health."

"I am eager to work with my fellow judges in the months ahead as we evaluate entries for the Hearst Health Prize and learn about new population health initiatives that are making a meaningful impact and improving health outcomes in the U.S.," Nash said.

The Hearst Health Prize is now accepting submissions from organizations and individuals who have demonstrated measurably-improved outcomes in managing the health of a population. The deadline is August 26, 2016. For full details about the Hearst Health Prize, including eligibility, submission criteria and application, and competition rules, please visit www.jefferson.edu/HearstHealthPrize.

The judges, in conjunction with faculty from the Jefferson College of Population Health, will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:

  • Population health impact or outcome, demonstrated by measurable improvement
  • Use of evidence-based interventions and best practices to improve the quality of care
  • Promotion of communication, collaboration and engagement
  • Scalability and sustainability
  • Innovation

Community Care of North Carolina won the inaugural Hearst Health Prize in March 2016 for its statewide transitional care program for Medicaid patients. The two 2016 finalists were Centering Healthcare Institute's CenteringPregnancy prenatal care program and Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health's Wealth from Health®, Inc. program.

Key Dates for the 2017 Hearst Health Prize:

  • August 26, 2016: Closing date for submissions at 11:59 PM (ET)
  • January 2017: Finalists notified
  • March 27, 2017: Finalists will present at a special poster session at the Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia
  • March 28, 2017: Winner of the $100,000 Hearst Health Prize will be announced at the Population Health Colloquium

About Hearst Health

The Hearst Health network includes FDB (First Databank), Zynx Health, MCG, Homecare Homebase, MedHOK, Hearst Health International, Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab (www.hearsthealth.com). The mission of the Hearst Health network is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person's health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from the Hearst Health network reaches 84 percent of discharged patients, 177 million insured individuals, 44 million home health visits, and 4 billion prescriptions.

About the Jefferson College of Population Health

The Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) is the first and only school of its kind in the country. Established in 2008, it is part of Thomas Jefferson University, a leading academic health center founded in Philadelphia in 1824 as Jefferson Medical College (now Sidney Kimmel Medical College). The College is dedicated to exploring the policies and forces that define the health and well-being of populations. Its mission is to prepare leaders with global vision to examine the social determinants of health and to evaluate, develop and implement health policies and systems that will improve the health of populations and thereby enhance the quality of life. Jefferson College of Population Health provides exemplary graduate academic programming in population health, public health, health policy, healthcare quality and safety, and health economics outcomes research. Its educational offerings are enhanced by research, publications and continuing education and professional development offerings in these areas.

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