For more information contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Judi Engle, Office of Public Relations, (937) 775-2951

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2005

Health Care Costs Subject of Conference

DAYTON, OHIO- The rising costs of health care will be addressed in an all-day conference of the Division of Health Systems Management, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

The sixth annual conference for the division will be held on Wednesday, October 26 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the David H. Ponitz Sinclair Center (Building 12) on the Sinclair Community College campus. Richard Schuster, M.D., M.M.M., Boonshoft Chair and Division Director of Health Systems Management, indicates that "Wright State University is serving its responsibility to the community by sponsoring a program that objectively and academically identifies the problems of rising costs of health care. We hope that a better understanding of the rising costs of health care will enable all parties in the process to work together to improve health care and assure it is provided efficiently with greater sensitivity to the costs."

John McAlearney, Ph.D., a health economist at Wright State University, will be the keynote speaker. "As exhibited most recently by the situations at Delphi and GM, rising health care costs have risen to a level that is impossible to ignore," he says. "It is very important that we understand the true drivers at work if we are to effectively address the challenges presented to us."

Four panelists will present on related themes. Alice Petrulis, M.D., FACP, medical director of Post-acute Services at Ohio KePRO, will present "Pay for Outcomes: Will it decrease cost, increase quality, both or neither?" Sam Shalaby, M.A., M.Sc., General Motors Corporation, will present "How the Changing Population Affects the Cost of Health Care: An employers' perspective." Peter Wong, Ph.D., M.B.A, R.Ph., Mercy Health Partners, will present "Systems Innovation: Saving money by reducing waste." Gary LeRoy, M.D., Premier HealthNet, will present "Disparities in Health Care: Do they increase costs?"

Two separate breakout sessions will follow the panel session, which will allow participants to interact with the speakers of their choice. Call Lori Metivier at 258-5555 for more information.