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UCSF Center for Translational and Personalized Medicine (TRANSPERS) Symposium

We cordially invite you to attend the 9/30 UCSF Center for Translational and Personalized Medicine (TRANSPERS) Symposium to learn about our work onpersonalized/precision medicine, particularly our new NIH-funded study on benefit-risk tradeoffs for whole genome and tumor sequencing from a health care policy perspective. We will also be discussing our latest studies on price transparency and consumer engagement, conducted in conjunction with the UCSF CTSI.

The kick-off and dinner sessions will discuss the benefit-risk tradeoffs of whole genome sequencing (WGS) from the perspectives of patients, providers, the health care delivery system, and society. Our featured dinner speaker is Robert Green MD MPH, Harvard Medical School, who is the PI of the first randomized clinical trial of whole genome sequencing into clinical medicine (MedSeq Study).  TRANSPERS is conducting a study, collaboratively with MedSeq, to examine adoption of genomics into clinical care.

The Symposium brings together three groups – TRANSPERS collaborators, our Scientific Advisory Board, and our Evidence and Reimbursement Council - composed of senior executives from the seven largest private health plans in the U.S., regional plans, and thought leaders with industry, government, and Medicare perspectives.

Please RSVP, indicating which session(s) you will attend, by Sept 23



Session on Reimbursement and Health Reform Issues


UCSF Laurel Heights, Room 263


September 30, 2013




2:00-2:30 Clinical Integration of Next Generation Sequencing: Center for Medical Technology Policy Reimbursement Study


Pat Deverka, MD, MS, MBE




2:30-3:00 Next Generation Tumor Sequencing Reimbursement


Julia Trosman, PhD, MBA




3:00-3:30 Achieving High Value Care in an Era of Health Reform: Personalizing Care through Consumer Engagement


Kathryn Phillips, PhD




Kickoff, Reception, and Dinner Speaker


UCSF Parnassus Library, 5th Floor Lange Room


September 30, 2013




4:15-4:25 Opening Remarks


Bob Hiatt MD, PhD


Claire Brindis, PhD




4:25-5:10 Kickoff: Benefit-Risk Trade-Offs for Whole Genome Sequencing: Perspectives of Patients, Providers, Health Plans, and Society


Kathryn Phillips, PhD




5:10-5:15 Closing Remarks


Joe Guglielmo, PharmD




5:15-6:30 Reception (heavy appetizers)




6:30-7:30 Updates on the Harvard MedSeq study – The First Randomized Clinical Trial of Whole Genome Sequencing vs. Standard of Care


Robert C. Green, MD, MPH








Speakers and Participants (partial)






Kathryn Phillips, PhD, Principal Investigator. Founder and Director UCSF TRANSPERS Center, Professor of Health Economics and Health Services Research, UCSF


Deborah Marshall, PhD, Professor and Canadian Research Chair in Health Systems and Services Research, University of Calgary


Julia Trosman, PhD, MBA, Director of the Center for Business Models in Healthcare and Associate Adjunct Professor, UCSF


Mark Pletcher, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, UCSF




Katie Kelley, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor in Hematology/Oncology, UCSF


Scientific Advisory Board


Pat Deverka MD, MS, MBE, Senior Research Director, Center for Medical Technology Policy


Robert Green, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Genetics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Director, MedSeq™ Project: Integration of Whole Genome Sequencing into Clinical Medicine


Bob Hiatt, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF; Director of Population Sciences and Deputy Director of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center


Uri Ladabaum, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program, Stanford University School of Medicine


Peter Neumann, ScD, Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health (CEVR) in the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies (by phone)


Robert Nussbaum, MD, Chief of the Division of Medical Genetics at UCSF and Lloyd H. Smith Distinguished Professor of Medicine, UCSF


Evidence and Reimbursement Advisory Council


Jacob Asher, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Northern California Region, CIGNA


Donald Fischer, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Highmark


Bruce Quinn, MD, PhD, MBA, Senior Health Policy Advisor, Foley Hoag LLP (formerly regional Medicare medical director for California Part B program)


Alan Rosenberg, MD, Vice President, WellPoint


Lewis Sandy, MD, Senior Vice President, UnitedHealth Group


John Watkins, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, Pharmacy Manager, Premera Blue Cross


Jed Weissberg, MD, Senior Vice President, Kaiser Permanente


John Yao, MD, MPH, MBA, Senior Medical Director, Blue Shield of California


Bryan Loy, MD, Physician Lead-Cancer, Humana


Robert Herr, MD, Medical Director, Regence


Consortium Grand Rounds: ‘Rebuild CPMC the Right Way’: Community Health Planning in an Era of Profit-Driven Care

The presenters will provide background information on the CPMC hospital development project approved by San Francisco this past July.  They then will briefly discuss healthcare planning before the early 1980s and what has happened since as a result of healthcare industry de-regulation.  Their  focus will be mainly on hospitals but in the context of overall public health policy considerations including the importance of socio-economic determinants and other developments in healthcare delivery.  They will conclude by standing back from and examining the CPMC campaign as an example of a creative response to the need for and importance of community input in an era of healthcare de-regulation.

Update: An audio recording of the event is now available as an attachment (or can be downloaded directly here).

About the Speakers:

Mark Aaronson, JD, PhD
Mark Aaronson joined the faculty at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1992.  He was hired specifically to establish U.C. Hastings’ in-house clinical program.  He is the founding director of the Civil Justice Clinic (CJC) and initially taught in its Individual Representation Clinic.   In 2000, at the request of Tenderloin neighborhood leaders, he started a Community Economic Development Clinic as part of the CJC’s course offerings.  Its principal focus is to provide non-litigation assistance on policy and operational issues to nonprofit advocacy and social service organizations seeking to improve the quality of life of low-income Tenderloin residents.  He also teaches a simulation course on Problem Solving and Professional Judgment.  His most recent publication is a book-length work entitledRepresenting the Poor:  Legal Advocacy and Welfare Reform during Reagan’s Gubernatorial Years, 64 Hastings L. J. 933 (Special Issue) (2013).  In June 2013, he retired from fulltime teaching and is now an emeritus professor of law. 

For two years immediately prior to working at U.C. Hastings, Mark was in private practice with a law firm whose main clients were construction trade unions involved in promoting and enforcing pro-environmental legislation.  Before then, he was for thirteen years the Executive Director of the San Francisco Lawyers’ Committee, a nonprofit organization which combines the resources of a fulltime legal staff and large numbers of pro bono volunteers to provide individual and group representation on civil rights, antipoverty, and immigrant and refugee issues.  While at the Lawyers’ Committee, he argued a welfare rights class action case before the United States Supreme Court.  Mark also has held fulltime faculty positions in political science at the Berkeley and Davis campuses of the University of California and at City University of New York.  He earned his J.D. in 1969 from the University of Chicago, and his A.B. (1965), M.A. (1966), and Ph.D. (1975) in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. 

Bob Prentice, PhD
Bob Prentice, Ph.D., is Director (Retired) of the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII), a collaboration of eleven local health departments in the bay area and beyond, and a Senior Associate for Public Health Policy & Practice (Retired) at the Public Health Institute.  Bob was previously Director of the Public Health Division at the San Francisco health department, where he worked for nearly two decades in a variety of roles.  He also had lead responsibility for city homeless policy during the mayoral administration of Art Agnos.  Bob has taught courses in Health Policy and Health & Social Justice to undergraduate and graduate students at San Francisco State University.   He received his doctorate in sociology from Michigan State University.  He is also an alumnus of the Public Health Leadership Institute.

Paul Kumar
Paul Kumar is a public policy and communications consultant whose clients include the National Union of Healthcare Workers, the hotel and restaurant workers union UNITE HERE, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, and the Courage Campaign, California's progressive online organizing hub.  Previously he served for ten years as the Director of Government Affairs for SEIU United Healthcare Workers - West, developing and overseeing the political and public policy programs of the largest industrial healthcare union in the West, with 150,000 members in all health care settings and job classifications.  In that capacity, he played key roles in the overhaul of California's homecare and nursing home financing systems, the enactment of California's comprehensive bill of rights for consumers of managed care, the passage of hospital pricing protections for low-income and uninsured individuals, and the drafting and adoption of San Francisco's groundbreaking universal health care plan, as well as several different efforts at statewide comprehensive healthcare reform.  He also led the design and implementation of major corporate accountability campaigns in every region of the state, helping to hold dozens of major health systems and nursing home chains accountable to meet community needs and raise California healthcare workers' wages and benefits to among the highest in the nation.  In that context, he counts his 14 years of coalition work to save St. Luke's hospital and ensure that CPMC is rebuilt the right way among his proudest achievements.  He graduated with a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1985.