By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host the second annual Charles P. Fasano Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building.
The talk, "Accountable Care Organizations: A Next Step in Healthcare Reform," is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by Evangelical Community Hospital as well as the Fasano family, friends and colleagues.
The new healthcare reform law requires the creation of accountable care organizations. ACOs are networks of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare team members that jointly provide care to patients. This discussion will explore how ACOs will be integrated into the current healthcare system and what it will mean to patients, physicians and hospitals.
Speakers include Dr. Thomas Graf, chair of the Community Practice network with Geisinger Health System; Dr. James Herman, chair of family and community medicine and associate dean for primary care research at Penn State University College of Medicine; and Dr. Christopher Rumpf, vice president/chief medical officer with Capital Blue Cross.
Dr. Douglas Spotts will serve as moderator. Evangelical's chief medical information officer and a member of the hospital's medical staff, Spotts is with Family Medical Care PC in Lewisburg.
Dr. Fasano practiced medicine in the Central Susquehanna Valley from 1973 until his death in March 2009. He was a solo family practitioner until 1980, when he partnered with Domenick Ronco, DO. Their practice grew into the Family Practice Center, which has 21 family practice sites throughout Central Pennsylvania.
Committed to providing quality and compassionate care to the patients of Family Practice Center, he maintained an active medical practice until his death in March 2009. Soon after, his daughter, Dr. Maria Fasano-Bhangdia, joined with Evangelical Community Hospital physicians and other friends to form the Fasano Memorial Lecture Fund, honoring his lifelong commitment to education and medicine.
Graf is responsible for the Community Practice network at Geisinger Health System, the physician medical group's advanced medical home pilot process, as well as participating on the network-wide quality improvement, electronic health record and physician compensation task forces. He has established innovative care models for optimizing chronic disease treatments.
Herman is the Hershey Company Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine, where he also serves as director of the Center for Primary Care. He is responsible for coordinating educational programs relating to the production of future primary care physicians, rural health programs and the management of primary care practices in Central Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous publications in the fields of epidemiology, women's health, rural health and medical decision-making.
Rumpf is responsible for clinical affairs, quality management, cost of care analysis, provider profiling and sales and marketing support. He serves on the Governor's Chronic Care Commission. Rumpf joined Capital Blue Cross in early 2006 after 25 years of clinical practice and leadership experience.
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