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College of Public Health

JOHNSON CITY The leader of an organization that is part of a new breed of health care networks intended to raise the quality of patient care will lead off the "Breakfast with the Experts" speaker series being held Tuesday, Sept. 13, by the East Tennessee State University Department of Health Services Administration.

Robert Slattery is the president and CEO of Johnson City-based Integrated Solutions Health Network. He will discuss how the new accountable care organization (ACO) initiative, a product of federal health care reform, could influence the American health care system. Slattery's talk begins at 8:30 a.m. in room 116 of Lamb Hall. The lecture is open to the public.

ACOs are scheduled to take effect in January 2012. In these organizations, a network of doctors and hospitals shares responsibility for providing care for a defined group of patients and is offered financial incentives by Medicare and other insurance programs to promote more effective, high quality care. ACOs that save money while also meeting quality targets would keep a portion of the savings.

The Department of Health Services Administration, housed in the ETSU College of Public Health, started the Breakfast with the Experts series the spring semester of 2010 to highlight emerging issues in the fields of public health and health care. It continues Oct. 4 with Greg Neal, president of Hawkins County Memorial Hospital.

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