Keynote Panel to Tackle Healthcare Cost and Quality

February 6, 2012

The Foundation is gearing up for its 14th annual Dialogue for Action on Colorectal Cancer Screening: Today’s Progress, Tomorrow’s Challenge from March 22-23 in Baltimore. Each year, the Dialogue for Action brings together a diversity of stakeholders committed to increasing colorectal cancer screening for all communities. Health professionals attending the 2012 conference will tackle issues that impact everyone, such as how to ensure quality healthcare at an affordable cost and how preventive services like cancer screening will be included in the transformation of primary care.

Kicking off the 2012 Dialogue is a keynote panel of three dynamic experts who will dive into these complex issues as they share their thoughts on “Healthcare of the Future: Keeping Quality Up and Costs Down.” The panel will be moderated by Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs and former health analyst on the PBS News Hour. The speakers are:


Richard Baron, MD, is the Group Director, Seamless Care Models, at the Innovations Center at the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services Center (CMS). Before joining CMS in 2011, Dr. Baron practiced general internal medicine in the Philadelphia area.


Richard Snyder, MD, is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Independence Blue Cross. He is also a board certified family practice physician.


Sanford Schwartz, MD, is a professor of medicine, healthcare management and economics and the Leon Hess Professor in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and Wharton School.  In addition to his academic appointments, he consults extensively in both public and private sectors. Photo credit: The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Following the individual presentations, Ms. Dentzer will moderate a discussion among the panelists, and then the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.

For more information on the 2012 Dialogue for Action or past Dialogue conferences, visit

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