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Malcolm MacEachern Symposium 2012

2012 MacEachern Symposium
What Happened to Altruism in Healthcare?
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
James L. Allen Center
Evanston Campus of Northwestern University 

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What happened to Altruism in Healthcare?

The James L. Allen Center was the venue for the 2012 Malcolm MacEachern Symposium.

This year the symposium focused on what happened to Altruism in Healthcare and what this means for the future.

The symposium was well attended by Kellogg alums, students, faculty and staff as well as representatives from the healthcare industry. The speakers proved to be wonderful and very insightful. The luncheon and panel that took place after the speakers was just as exciting.
Our dynamic speakers included:

  • Steve Burrill, CEO, Burrill & Company
  • Professor David Cutler, PhD, Harvard University, Department of Economics
    Download Cutler Presentation (PDF)
  • Dick Clarke, President and CEO, Health Care Financial Management Association Glenn Steele, Jr., MD.
    Download Clarke Presentation (PPT) | Download Clarke Executive Summary (PDF)

If you weren't able to make it this year, don't miss it in Spring of 2013 (date TBA). Look for registration in March of 2013. Register early, there is a limit to the number of attendees.

Registration/Continental breakfast/Alumni Networking Breakfast (7:30 – 8:30am)

Welcome/Setting the Stage: David Dranove, Ph.D, Walter J McNerney Professor of Health Enterprise Management, Kellogg (8:30am)

Keynote Speaker: Steve Burrill, CEO, Burrill & Company (8:35am-9:30am)
Topic: Biotech 2012: Innovating in the New Austerity

Malcolm MacEachern Memorial Lecture: Professor David Cutler, PhD, Harvard University, Department of Economics (9:30am-10:30am)
Topic: Will Health Reform Squeeze Out Altruism?

Keynote Speaker: Peter Budetti, Deputy Administrator for Program Integrity of the CMS
Topic: Halting Medicare Fraud

Keynote Speaker: Dick Clarke, President and CEO, Health Care Financial Management Association (12:00pm-1:00pm)
Topic: Hospitals Financial Responsibilities to Charitable Care

Sg2 and Modern Healthcare Luncheon & Forecasting Panel, sponsored by Sg2 (1:00 – 2:45pm)

Introductions by Prof. E.F.X. Hughes, MD and Michael Sachs
Michael Sachs, Chairman and CEO, Sg2
Brad Buxton, President BTB Associates and former Sr. VP of Healthcare Service Corp and President of HMO Illinois
Prof. Leemore Dafny, Kellogg School of Management
Prof. Kathryn McDonald, Exec. Dir., Center for Health Policy, Stanford University
David Burda, Editor, Modern Healthcare (Moderator)

Alumni Awards and Honors: Patty Riskind. President HEMA Alumni Association (Moderator) (2:45-3:00pm)

Malcolm T. MacEachern, M.D. was a legendary figure in healthcare management and in the drive to improve the standards of quality in medical care delivery. A physician from Canada, Dr. MacEachern joined the staff of the American College of Surgeons in the 1920s to head up their quality improvement efforts. After 30 years of championing high clinical quality standards, in 1954 the healthcare field developed the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations – the national accrediting body for hospitals in the United States, Dr. MacEachern also devoted himself to training students in the hospital administration program (now Kellogg’s Health Enterprise Management Program), which he founded in 1943 at Northwestern, the oldest accredited program in the nation and the first to establish itself in a business school. Dr. MacEachern wrote the very influential book Hospital Organization and Management in 1935, which in various editions, served as the standard textbook for hospital administration for over 30 years. Dr. MacEachern died in 1956. His students/graduates started the Malcolm MacEachern Lecture in 1976 in his honor, which under the leadership of Prof. Edward Hughes the lecture evolved in 1983 into a full day Symposium. In 1961, the alumni had previously endowed a lecture given at a national meeting during the annual convention of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the 30,000 member professional society for hospital executives.