May 17

Past Event

Health IT in an Era of Accountable Care: Update from the Beacon Communities

Event Materials



  • Welcome and Keynote Session

    U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, and CMS Senior Advisor Joe McCannon discuss the federal health IT strategy.

    Mark B. McClellan

  • Panel I

    Beacon Community Program Director Aaron McKethan moderates a session on priorities for health system improvement.

    Mark B. McClellan

  • Closing Remarks

    Mark McClellan and Farzad Mostashari.

    Mark B. McClellan

  • Closing Remarks

    Mark McClellan and Farzad Mostashari.

    Mark B. McClellan


The Beacon Community Program – a major project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) – provides funding to 17 selected communities throughout the United States that have made inroads in developing secure, private, and accurate systems of electronic health record adoption and health information exchange. The Beacon Program supports these communities to improve care coordination, increase quality of care, and slow health care spending growth.

On May 17, the Engelberg Center hosted a forum highlighting various Beacon Community accomplishments and plans for upcoming years. Discussion focused on health IT implementation strategies to accelerate clinical transformation, and how various Beacon communities are advancing broader health care reform efforts. Presenters focused on how health IT and related delivery system improvements are being utilized to increase care coordination and accountability in order to demonstrate feasible paths to higher-quality and lower-cost health care.
Learn more about the Beacon Community Program »

Event Agenda

  • Opening Remarks and Meeting Objectives

  • Keynote Session: An Update on the Federal Health IT Strategy

    • Aneesh Chopra

      White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

    • Joe McCannon

      Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

    • Farzad Mostashari

      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Panel I: Priorities for Health System Improvement

    • Moderator

      Moderator: Aaron McKethan

      Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

    • Marc H. Bennett

      HealthInsight, Inc.

    • Ted Chan

      University of California, San Diego Medical Center

    • Sherry Reynolds

      Beacon Community of the Inland Northwest

    • Julie Schilz

      Colorado Beacon Consortium

    • Herbert C. Smitherman, Jr.

      Wayne State University

  • Panel II: Harnessing IT for Payment Reform

    • Moderator


      Mark B. McClellan

      Director, Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative

      Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

    • Catherine Bruno

      Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems

    • Christopher G. Chute

      Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

    • Sabrina Heltz

      Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

    • Robert Steffel


    • James M. Walker

      Geisinger Health System

  • Closing Remarks


May 17, 2011

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


For More Information

Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform

(202) 797-4391