David Merritt is a nationally recognized expert in health policy and health transformation and a sought-after speaker, author and policy adviser.  His areas of expertise include the national health reform law and health information technology, both of which he has counseled and guided many of the world's foremost organizations such as Microsoft, WellPoint, Siemens, GE, IBM, America’s Health Insurance Plans, UPS and more than 80 other leading corporations.

Currently, Merritt is a senior adviser at Leavitt Partners, leading the Health Intelligence Partners unit, a new collaborative providing senior executives with valuable and actionable intelligence about the future of healthcare.  In 2009 and 2010, he was deeply involved in the debate over national health reform, working closely with Members of Congress, congressional staff and key members of the national media. A frequent industry speaker, Merritt has delivered hundreds of presentations on health transformation and national policy for diverse organizations such as the American Medical Association, Southern Governors Association, Yale School of Management and Princeton University, at the invitation of visiting professor and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

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ABOUT David Merritt   (+/-)

Trusted Counsel to Government and Corporate Leaders

David Merritt was a health policy adviser to the 2008 presidential campaign of Senator John McCain, having served the same role with former Senator Fred Thompson; he is currently an adviser to Speaker Gingrich’s presidential campaign. He served on former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine’s Health Information Technology Council as well as the quality workgroup of his Health Reform Commission. Prior to joining the Center for Health Transformation (CHT), Merritt was with America’s Health Insurance Plans, where he led AHIP’s policy education initiatives.

Award-Winning Expert Offering Unparalleled Insight

Merritt’s work has been widely published, including opinion columns in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Miami Herald and many other major news outlets. He is a contributor to Tucker Carlson’s the Daily Caller and is often quoted in national and trade press such as the Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Fortune and the Associated Press. Merritt is also the editor of the book Paper Kills 2.0, the sequel to the 2007 book Paper Kills, winner of the 2007 Book of the Year Award by the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

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The Health Reform Law: What’s Happened, What’s Next, What You Need to Know

The health reform law impacts every stakeholder in healthcare-- from businesses that offer private coverage to insurers who administer benefits to hospitals and doctors that provide care. It is imperative every organization is aware of and prepares for the inevitable, significant changes this law will have on their business now and in the future.

As the CEO of the Center for Health Transformation and an active participant in the health reform debates of the last few years, David Merritt has been squarely in the center of this sweeping legislation, gaining unparalleled knowledge and expertise on its overall impact as well as its intricate details. In this enlightening, engaging discussion, Merritt helps organizations fully understand the key provisions already enacted as well as educate them on future regulations and their effect on all parties including hospitals, doctors, insurers and patients. He also examines the implications of the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on the individual mandate and offers a surprising forecast for 2014—the year all reform is fully implemented.

Health Care Politics: The Role of Health Care on Capitol Hill and the Campaign Trail

Healthcare continues to dominate as one of the country's foremost concerns, fueled by confusion, frustration and discouragement among industry professionals, businesses, and the public-at-large. As the political rhetoric ratchets up this election season, so will the half-truths, exaggerations and falsehoods perpetuated by all parties on the current state -- and future of -- the contemporary healthcare landscape. David Merritt draws from first-hand experience, deep knowledge and astute insight to lucidly illuminate the complete picture of healthcare today, its role on the campaign trail and what lies ahead in various election outcomes.

The Future of Health Care: How the Delivery of Medical Care will Change

Today’s healthcare landscape is a patchwork of disjointed networks, convoluted processes and independent programs that have become inefficient and ineffective for modern medicine. Retail clinic competition is increasing encroaching on the turf of traditional providers. Change is happening but how far and fast will it go? What are what the real accelerators of change and who will be driving them? As a leading authority on creating practical, effective solutions for insurers, providers, businesses and public institutions, David Merritt explains how the current medical infrastructure will move from chaos to coordination, from volume- to value-based payment and how the importance of primary care and evidence-based medicine can no longer be ignored.

Paper Kills: How Health Information Technology can Transform Health Care

Healthcare has long lagged behind other industries in moving into the 21st century with information technology. Smartphones, apps, cloud computing and storage are ubiquitous in every other aspect of our lives, but in healthcare, we’re handed a pen, a clipboard, and see row upon row of paper medical records.

As the editor of the award-winning book Paper Kills, David Merritt has been on the forefront of advancing health IT since 2005, consulting with policymakers, leading technology companies, insurers, hospitals, and doctors. Here he examines how health care is entering the information age, the advantages and disadvantages of doing so, and the latest trends in medical information technology. What is “meaningful use”? How are federal incentive payments granted? Learn how the future of health IT will affect you, your organization and your community.

When the Marketplace meets Medical Care: Health Care Consumerism

Although current health care systems often seem to operate as a command-and-control economy, health care can become a true marketplace. The unhindered exchange of information, services and payments can offer more control and cost-savings for all involved –insurers to employers, patients to providers. In this wide-ranging, illuminating discussion, Merritt demonstrates how the transformation of the health care system to a marketplace would benefit all parties and why competing for health care customers is a novel but needed approach.

It’s All Greek to Me: Making Health Care Understandable and Transparent to the Average Consumer

Attempts to gain coherent understanding of health plans, programs, conditions and care by the average consumer are often stymied by byzantine processes and technical jargon. Finding clear, concise and consistent answers to even the most basic questions of coverage and cost are often lost in translation from the providers, insurers and others in the medical community. How much will that treatment cost me? Which doctor has the best outcomes? How do I know if this procedure is covered? David Merritt is a recognized leader in providing efficient, effective health care solutions and is all too familiar with this continuing quandary. Cogent and compelling, he offers a comprehensive look at informed patient decision-making and how this leads to increased cost-savings and better patient outcomes. Merritt also analyzes the impact of social media on health care and the winners and losers of revealing cost and provider performance.

Over the Cliff: Medicare Solvency and Real Reform

It’s a common refrain around the country: Keep your hands out of my Medicare. And each political party, particularly in an election year, spins its own take to capitalize on the sentiment with the rhetoric of “Medi-Scare.” Regardless of spin, however, the future of Medicare in absence of drastic action is grim. The health reform law addresses Medicare but not enough is being done to rescue it from its current dire prognosis. As a steadfast foot solider in health reform debates and specifically on Medicare, David Merritt provides exceptional insight and intelligence to the growing, unavoidable dilemma of Medicare solvency. The prescription for change lies in competition, quality and consumers and if it is not embraced, then Medicare may become its own victim.

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