Improving health and medical care along with moderating cost has been a commitment of Minnesota businesses, medical providers, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers. This effort has contributed to Minnesota's extraordinary national record for innovation. Minnesota's Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson proposes to build on Minnesota's strong track record by taking new steps to improve health and to continue health reform while also encouraging payment reform. Following Commissioner Jesson's presentation, she will join a roundtable discussion with Representative Jim Abeler and Dr. Penny Wheeler. The conversation will be moderated by Professor Larry Jacobs.
Lucinda Jesson is Commissioner of Minnesota Department of Human Services. She was the Founding Director of the Health Law Institute at Hamline University and has practiced law in the areas of health care, human services, and employment. Jesson has served in both local and state levels in government, including as Attorney General for Health and Licensing in the Minnesota Attorney General's Office and as Chief Deputy Hennepin County Attorney. She is also a professor at Hamline University School of Law.
Representative Jim Abeler represents district 48B, which includes the city of Anoka. Rep. Ableler is currently serving his seventh term in the Minnesota House of Representatives and chairs the Health and Human Services Finance Committee. He also serves on the Health and Human Services Reform and Ways and Means Committees.
Penny Wheeler, MD, chief clinical officer (CCO) of Allina Health, leads the organization's clinical quality and improvement agenda by collaborating with medical staffs, the Allina Health Board of Directors' Physician Governance Council and medical directors. She is responsible for ensuring best-of-practice approaches, ongoing innovation and excellence in care, and supporting the development and retention of effective clinicians. Wheeler is a board-certified bstetrician/gynecologist, with a doctorate of medicine degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Jacobs, Lawrence R.
Putting Health First: A New Approach.
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