Selberg is DBJ Power Book Finalist
October 23, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Power Book finalists - Health Care
Denver Business Journal - by Bob Mook
Rep. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora
This year, Rep. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, authored the Fairness & Accountable Insurance Rates Act (FAIR), which legislators approved and Gov. Bill Ritter signed, despite opposition from the insurance industry. The measure gives Colorado’s Division of Insurance more authority to deny premium hikes when an insurer’s administrative costs are deemed to be too high, has set aside excessive reserves against future claims, has excessive profit or denies too many claims.
Critics say the bill limits insurers’ ability to respond to market conditions, but proponents said it merely mirrors procedures that are already in place in 38 states.
Carroll, who runs a law firm with her mother, is seeking the Senate seat being vacated by term-limited Democrat Sen. Bob Hagedorn, who’s known for his focus on health care policy.
Carroll’s father, the late John Carroll, also was a trial attorney. He served as a state legislator from 1964 to 1974. She admitted she’s developed “some antipathy” toward the health insurance industry while fighting for her clients and watching her father, who died in 1998, struggle with Parkinson’s disease.
Carroll, 36, earned a juris doctorate from the University of Colorado Boulder Law School in 2000. She also received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from CU.
President and CEO
HCA Continental Division
Jeff Dorsey oversees a joint venture between the for-profit hospital giant HCA Inc. (NYSE: HCA), which is based in Nashville, and the nonprofit Colorado Health Foundation, formerly the HealthOne Alliance.
With seven hospitals and 13 surgery centers, HealthOne has the largest share of the hospital market in the Denver area.
HealthOne’s hospitals include the Medical Center of Aurora, North Suburban Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rose Medical Center.
His accomplishments in 2008 include striking a deal with Kaiser Permanente of Colorado to expand medical services for members at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood and Sky Ridge Medical Center in Aurora, marking the first time in Kaiser’s 38-year history that it added a preferred provider to its HMO network.
Dorsey also is president and CEO of HCA’s continental division, which includes three states and 11 hospitals. He also serves on several national task forces for HCA, where he’s worked since 1994.
He earned a master’s degree in health administration from the Medical College of Virginia.
Colorado Medical Society
Earlier this year, Alfred Gilchrist mobilized Colorado doctors to testify against a bill that would’ve given patients the ability to collect more damages in medical malpractice suits than they do under current limitations.
The image of dozens of health care professionals donning white coats (supplied by the CMS) sent a clear signal to policymakers about the opposition to the measure. Doctors argued that raising the caps would also increase liability insurance and force many physicians out of the state.
But Gilchrist’s behind-the-scenes diplomacy also ensured the bill stalled in the House committee — even when it narrowly passed in the Senate.
In addition to defeating the medical malpractice bill last session, Gilchrist successfully lobbied to increase the notoriously stingy Medicaid reimbursements for Colorado doctors and supported groundbreaking managed-care reforms.
Prior to moving to Colorado in 2005, Gilchrist was the legislative director for the Texas Medical Association.
In the early ’80s, he served as a district representative for the office of U.S. Rep. Phil Gramm.
Gilchrist received a master’s degree in health care professions from Southwest Texas State University in 1984.
He also earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Winthrop University in 1977.
President and CEO
Catholic Health Initiatives
As president and CEO of Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives, Kevin Lofton oversees the nation’s second-largest nonprofit health system. CHI employs more than 68,000 people, with revenue of more than $8 billion a year.
Local CHI hospitals are managed by Centura Health, a joint operating agreement between CHI and PorterCare Adventist Health System in Colorado.
Centura, Colorado’s largest health system, manages 12 CHI hospitals in the state, including St. Anthony Central in Denver.
Lofton was included in Modern Healthcare magazine’s “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” on four occasions, including this year, when he ranked No. 55.
In 2006, he was listed in the weekly national magazine’s inaugural compilation of the “Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.”
He earned a master’s degree in health administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta and bachelor’s degree in management from Boston University. He is married to Dr. Maude Brown Lofton, a pediatrician specializing in child development.
Lofton joined CHI in February 1998 — first as a regional and then as a group vice president responsible for 16 locally based hospital systems with a combined budget of more than $2 billion.
Colorado Division of Insurance
Earlier this year, the General Assembly gave Marcy Morrison a bigger stick to crack down on and scrutinize the insurance industry.
Rep. Morgan Carroll’s FAIR Act allowed Morrison to deny premium hikes when an insurer’s administrative costs are deemed to be too high, it has set aside excessive reserves against future claims, has excessive profit or denies too many claims.
Also this year, Morrison won the ability to dramatically raise fines and penalties the state Division of Insurance can impose on insurers that “unreasonably” deny claims through House Bill 1407, sponsored by Rep. Andrew Romanoff, D-Denver.
Morrison also reached a $155 million deal with Kaiser Permanente Colorado after determining that too many of the nonprofits reserves were going to California instead of Colorado.
HB 1407 increases maximum penalties by up to 500 percent against insurers who unfairly deny claims. It also allows people whose claims are denied to collect up to two times the actual damages sustained.
Appointed by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter in 2007, Morrison served in the Colorado House from 1992 to 2000 after serving as an El Paso County commissioner for eight years.
President and CEO
University of Colorado Hospital at the
Last year, University of Colorado Hospital moved from its old facility on Colorado Boulevard to Fitzsimons campus in Aurora in an effort that was nothing short of massive — in terms of logistics and public awareness.
And Bruce Schroffel, the hospital’s president and CEO, played a large part in making it happen.
This year, Schroffel’s feats were lower-key, but still impressive.
Among them, the hospital is talking with the Veterans Administration about a possible lease arrangement that would allow the VA’s hospital to use medical technology and floor space at the university’s yet-to-be-built second tower at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.
Schroffel, who has worked in health care administration for more than 30 years, started his career as an administrator at the Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both in New York.
He moved west to the University of California San Francisco’s Medical Center as director of operation before being named senior vice president and COO for UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion Hospital in 1997. He became president and CEO of University Hospital in 2006.
Schroffel holds an undergraduate degree from Berkeley and two graduate degrees from Columbia University.
President and CEO
Jeffrey Selberg oversees Exempla Healthcare, which is comprised of Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital and Exempla Physician Network.
Exempla recently took legal measures to block the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (Exempla’s current co-sponsor) from becoming the sole sponsor of the nonprofit health care system. The case now is in binding arbitration.
He has been recognized nationally as a pioneer in advocating transparency as the means for hospitals to transform the health care system.
Selberg serves on the boards of the American
Hospital Association, the Health Research and
Educational Trust, and the Colorado Hospital
He earned a master’s degree in hospital administration from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor of science degree from Oregon State University in Corvalis, Ore.
President and CEO
Colorado Hospital Association
Last November, Steven Summer unveiled a new website that provides consumers with information about mortality rates at Colorado hospitals and also lists the number of cases each hospital handles for 34 procedures, ranging from birth to diabetic-related amputations.
Gov. Bill Ritter called the effort “a remarkable step forward” in bringing the concept of “transparency” to Colorado health care.
Summer demonstrated a flair for diplomacy last year when he urged the CHA and the Nurse Alliance of the Service Employers International Union to get together at the same table to work on solutions to the nursing crisis facing Colorado.
Earlier this year, Summer finished his work as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform, which was charged by elected officials with studying ways to provide health coverage for Colorado’s nearly 800,000 uninsured. CHA, which employs 30 people, represents Colorado hospitals, public and private, that provide care and service to diverse communities throughout Colorado.
Prior to coming to Colorado, Summer was president of the West Virginia Hospital Association for 13 years. He also spent 19 years at the Maryland Hospital Association, where he was senior vice president.
Summer holds an MBA in health care administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University, Boston.
President and CEO
Colorado Health Foundation
Appointed in 2004, Anne Warhover oversees the state’s second-largest foundation, with $800 million in assets.
The nonprofit, formerly the HealthOne Alliance, is made up of more than 130 employees who are focused on grants, medical education programs, health policy initiatives and four program centers.
With the mission of making Colorado the nation’s healthiest state, the foundation’s board of directors approved grants totaling $21.9 million in 2006.
The board awarded nearly $9 million in grants in the first half of 2007. In August, the foundation allocated $2.5 million in grants to an initiative to improve health information technology.
Prior to heading up the foundation, Warhover served as president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership, a business membership and civic organization.
During her tenure at the partnership, the organization planned the Central Platte Valley neighborhood, redeveloped Skyline Park, expanded the Business Improvement District and created an endowment.
Before her stint at the partnership, Warhover was vice president of First Interstate Bank of Denver.
She serves as chair of the Denver Human Services Commission.
Warhover received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado.
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