2020 Roundtable Discussion

Heroes in Health: An Event to Celebrate Community, Strength, and Healthy Aging

Ensuring Appropriate Care in the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 World for Older Adults
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern

The disproportionate impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on older adults illustrates the need for enhanced medical and social supports for our aging population. While the focus remains on preventing the spread of COVID-19 and developing innovations to counteract the virus, lessons learned thus far can contribute to policies that improve outcomes for older adults and ensure access to needed care.

During this panel, leaders from HHS will join payer and care redesign innovators to discuss efforts to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 among aging Americans and how our current experience should inform effective public policy interventions in the post-pandemic world.

James G. Scott (Moderator)

James G. (Jim) Scott, President & CEO of Applied Policy, founded the company in 2009 from a desire to apply his in-depth knowledge of federal health policy and help healthcare providers and companies succeed. As a respected member of the health policy community, he offers valuable experience and access to key players in government and industry.

Prior to founding Applied Policy, Mr. Scott helped introduce optimal Medicare coding and coverage for all Hoffmann-La Roche pharmaceutical products. While at Roche, he also worked to resolve Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues at federal level and served as the pharmaceutical manufacturer’s principal contact with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Mr. Scott served as Senior Legislative Advisor at CMS, advising the CMS Administrator on congressional intent in implementing the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 and engaging Members of Congress in the implementation process. He received agency-wide awards for his work with Congress in 2005 leading to successful implementation of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit and with congressional appropriators on the FY 2006 President’s Budget request.

Prior to his service with CMS, Mr. Scott was an Assistant Counsel with the Office of the Legislative Counsel of the U.S. Senate, where he was a principal drafter of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 along with other Medicare legislation. Mr. Scott and his work were recognized through the unanimous passage of a Senate Resolution and in numerous statements by Senators and Representatives printed in the Congressional Record.

Mr. Scott serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Aging Research, founded the Northern Virginia Health Policy Forum and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria.

Lance Robertson was appointed to serve as Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL’s Administrator on August 11, 2017.

His vision for ACL focuses on five pillars: supporting families and caregivers, protecting rights and preventing abuse, connecting people to resources, expanding employment opportunities, and strengthening the aging and disability networks.

His leadership in the fields of aging and disability began in Oklahoma, where he served for 10 years as the Director of Aging Services within the state’s Department of Human Services. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at Oklahoma State University, where he co-founded the Gerontology Institute and served as the executive director of the nation’s largest regional gerontology association.

Asst. Sec. Robertson earned his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University and a master of public administration degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, and he is a veteran of the United States Army.

Shari M. Ling, M.D.

Dr. Shari M. Ling currently serves as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), She assists the CMS Chief Medical Officer in the Agency’s pursuit of CMS mission of Putting Patients First.

This mission is achieved through the following goals:

  • Empower patients and doctors to make decisions about their health care
  • Usher in a new era of state flexibility and local leadership
  • Support innovative approaches to improve quality, accessibility, and affordability
  • Improve the CMS customer experience

Dr. Ling’s committed focus is on the achievement of meaningful health outcomes for beneficiaries and families through the delivery of high quality, person-centered care, across all care settings. Her leadership as the Acting Director for the Office of Clinician Engagement from December 2016 to March, 2018 and continued support of the CMS Patients over Paperwork is part of this. Dr. Ling contributes her clinical expertise as a Geriatrician and Rheumatologist, and her program expertise as the DCMO, to the de-velopment and the implementation of the CMS Roadmap to address the opioid crisis.

Dr. Ling represents CMS on several Health and Human Services (HHS) efforts. She leads the Clinical Services federal workgroup for the National Alzheimer’s Project Plan, and represents CMS on the workgroups to eliminate and prevent Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs), the National Strategy to Combat Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB), and also contributed to he Cancer Moonshot Initiative under the previous administration.

Dr. Ling earned a Master’s in Gerontology in Direct Service at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, an MD degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine, completed a rheumatology fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital followed by a Geriatric Medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She continues her clinical work through the VA Loch Raven outpatient clinic as a volunteer dementia care provider, and has retained her appointment as part-time faculty in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her clinical focus and scientific interest is in the care of persons with dementia, multiple chronic conditions, and functional limitations.

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP, is the chief executive of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP).

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) is the only international professional society devoted to optimal medication management and improved health outcomes for all older persons. ASCP’s senior care consultant pharmacist members manage and improve quality of life of geriatric patients and other individuals residing in a variety of environments, including nursing facilities, sub-acute care and assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, hospice programs, and home and community-based care.

A board certified geriatric pharmacist and graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy, Worz’s career has focused on the medication management of older adults. Worz developed an innovative clinical practice in a long-term care setting in Ohio and directed the pharmacy practice of a regional, independent pharmacy serving 10,000 long-term care residents. Worz established a nation-wide, geriatric-based consulting company to educate and serve nursing facility residents, nursing facility administration, long-term care pharmacies, and the public through a comprehensive knowledge of medication use. He is a national thought leader presenting on pharmacy and medication related topics and served on a number of national boards related to pharmacy and medication utilization.

Omar Baker, M.D., FAAP

Dr. Omar Baker is the Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Innovation for OptumHealth and Chief Medical Officer, Health Services. Providing insight and guidance on a broad range of strategic, operational and financial initiatives. This includes leading the care delivery component of the Optum Enterprise Strategy, accelerating payer contracting for commercial and Medicaid risk, and driving our patient experience strategy.

As the former President of Riverside Medical Group, he oversaw the practice’s growth and expansion through strategic acquisitions, new location openings and the recruitment of top medical specialists. Under his direction and leadership, Riverside launched several new service lines including Bariatric Surgery, Orthopedics Outpatient Offices and Orthopedic Institute, Behavioral and Mental Health with Telepsychiatry and Allergy/Immunology with oral immunotherapy. Dr. Omar Baker has helped initiate the joint venture with ASC Surgery Centers in New Jersey. He believes that the business of healthcare must start first with high quality care, and then you will achieve the quadruple aim (Quality, Access, Affordability, Superior Experience).

Of note, Dr. Omar Baker was the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Omar Baker was honored by Becker’s 2018 Rising Stars under 40 as one of healthcare leaders under 40 years old as a rising star in the industry. He was nominated as Physician of the Year by NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes 2018. He also chaired and led Governor Murphy’s healthcare transition team for the state of NJ and provided guidance and made recommendations on the states 15 BN Medicaid budget.

Omar Baker, M.D. is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from The George Washington University and completed his residency in Pediatrics at NYU Medical Center.