Lee Administration Health Care Modernization Task Force Formed

Tuesday, October 08, 2019 | 11:39am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Finance & Administration Commissioner Stuart McWhorter today announced the formation of a Health Care Modernization Task Force, which he will co-chair with Bill Carpenter, former Chairman and CEO of LifePoint Health. The Task Force will host public discussions with the goal of providing options for consideration to address some the state’s major healthcare issues.

“Working together, with patients, providers and payers, we can establish Tennessee as a world-class health care market for our people,” Governor Bill Lee said. “I would like to thank Commissioner McWhorter and Bill Carpenter for agreeing to lead this effort that will help move Tennessee toward better health outcomes and toward being a leader in the nation on health care.”

Discussions of the group will help drive the state’s consideration of ideas to improve the lives of Tennesseans who lack access to quality healthcare they can afford through innovation, uniting market forces and addressing community-specific characteristics that contribute to health issues.

“Based on discussions with Tennesseans, the largest healthcare issue across the state is access – and that takes many forms, from a lack of healthcare providers to lack of transportation,” McWhorter said. “Our hope is that Tennesseans will come together around the Task Force to discuss potential solutions to immediate problems as well as long-term issues.”  

“It is an honor to support Gov. Lee and Commissioner McWhorter in this effort to improve the lives of Tennesseans,” Carpenter said. “This is a great opportunity to leverage our state’s deep bench of health care expertise and bring people together to share knowledge and ideas, and bring innovative solutions to our state’s health care delivery system.”

Members of the Governor’s Health Care Modernization Task Force are:

Co-Chairman Commissioner Stuart McWhorter, Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration
Co-Chairman Bill Carpenter, Former Chairman and CEO, LifePoint Health

Speaker Pro Tempore Ferrell Haile                             Chairman Pat Marsh
Chairman Bo Watson                                                      Chairman Robin Smith
Chairman Paul Bailey                                                      Chairman Ron Travis
Senator Raumesh Akbari                                               Representative John DeBerry Jr.

Dr. Mike Carrigan, MD, FACP, FACPE, CPE, Chief Administrator, Premier Medical Group

Dr. James Bailey, MD, MPH, FACP, Professor and Director, Center for Health System Improvement, Robert S.   Pearce  Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Dr. Brian DeBusk, PhD, MBA, First Vice-Chairman, Board of Trustees, Lincoln Memorial University

Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, PhD, MD, President, Meharry Medical College

Melanie Keller, RN, BSN, MHA, CEO Meritan, Inc.

Mary Kiger, MPP, Executive Director of TN Charitable Care Network'

Kathie Krause, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

Shantelle Leatherwood, MHA, CMPE, CEO, Christ Community Health Services

Alan Levine, MBA, MHS, Executive Chairman, President and CEO of Ballad Health

Dr. Jim King, MD, Family Physician

Kim Parker, MSSW, Director of Inpatient and Crisis Services, Pathways Behavioral Health Services

Jeff Tibbals, Scott County Mayor

Dr. Michael Ugwueke, DHA, MPH, FACHE, President and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Dr. Andrea Willis, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tennessee

Dr. Randy Wykoff, MD, MPH & TM, Dean and Professor, College of Public Health, East Tennessee State University

Over the summer, McWhorter and eight cabinet-level officials heard from healthcare leaders and participants from across the state in a series of listening sessions in each of the three grand divisions.

A summary of the summer listening tour findings and a full report are available here.