(Philadelphia, PA) – Ralph W. Muller,
Chief Executive Officer of the University of Pennsylvania
Health System and current Commissioner of the Medicare
Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), will address the nation’s
health-care CEOs on “The Fiscal Impact of Medicare Reform”
at the 3rd Annual World Health Care Congress, to be held April 17-19,
2006, in Washington, D.C.
As part of Muller’s presentation (to occur Tuesday, April
18th, from 11:15 AM to 12 PM), he will address the many challenges
presented by Medicare reform – including its complex benefits
design, the number of choices available, its enrollment shortfall,
and its current implementation. Muller’s perspective -- enhanced
by his dual roles as CEO of one of the nation’s largest health
systems and Commissioner of MedPAC, which advises Congress on Medicare
policies -- is that the planned privatization of Medicare Part D,
the prescription-drug portion of the plan, is not necessarily a
panacea in that it tends to favor the wealthy and healthy.
The 3rd Annual 2006 World Health Care Congress is the most progressive
forum to achieve an affordable, accountable U.S. health-care system.
Co-sponsored by The Wall Street Journal and CNBC, the 2006
conference will include leading government officials and more than
1700 CEOs and senior executives from the nation’s largest
employers, hospitals, health systems, health plans, and pharmaceutical
and biotech companies.
Since May 2003, Ralph Muller has served as Chief Executive Officer
of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) -- the patient-care
and clinical-research portion of PENN Medicine, a $2.9 billion enterprise
dedicated to the related missions of medical education, translational
biomedical research, and quality patient-care. UPHS consists of
three hospitals (including the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,
Pennsylvania Hospital, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center), a
faculty practice plan, a primary-care provider network, two multispecialty
satellite facilities, and home care and hospice.
PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise
dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical
research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists
of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in
1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of
Pennsylvania Health System.
Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt
of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News &
World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical
schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the
School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education
and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and
leaders of academic medicine.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three
hospitals [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, which is
consistently ranked one of the nation's few "Honor Roll"
hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital,
the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center];
a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty
satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.