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Health care is topic of lectures at Chautauqua Institution

The Chautauqua Institution is offering a weeklong series of lectures on health care reform and innovation that begins Monday.

The "Health Care: Reform and Innovation" lectures fill the ninth and final week of the 2013 Chautauqua season and mark the beginning of a three-year institution effort focusing on health care.

In addition to the to the institution’s standard morning and afternoon lectures, the health care week will include 15 special lectures in smaller venues meant to encourage a conversation between the speakers and audience members.

The morning lectures are:

  • Monday, Harvey V. Fineberg, president of the nonpartisan Institute of Medicine, providing an overview of what reforms will mean for all American health care system stakeholders.
  • Tuesday, Steven J. Corwin, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital CEO, discussing hospital administration and innovation on the provider side.
  • Wednesday, Richard J. Gilfillan, former director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, talking about the state and future of health care and innovations to make costs scalable.
  • Thursday, Christine K. Cassel, president and CEO of the National Quality Forum and former president and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine, covering demographic health and health care disparities, and the setting of national priorities for achieving better outcomes and value for our health care dollar.
  • Friday, Susan Dentzer, senior health policy adviser for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a "PBS NewsHour" analyst on health issues, speaking on the cost of health care and the significant coming changes.

Chautauqua’s 2013 Health Care Forum, running Monday through Aug. 23, will include an early presentation at 8:30 a.m., an hour-long lunchtime program beginning at 12:30 p.m., and an afternoon session that follows the Interfaith Lecture Series.

Morning lectures are held in the Amphitheater at 10:45 a.m. Interfaith Lectures are held in the Hall of Philosophy weekdays at 2 p.m.

For more information and to see a complete calendar of the forum visit

Day tickets are available for purchase at the Main Gate Welcome Center Ticket Office each day.

Morning tickets grant visitors access to the grounds from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $20. Afternoon tickets grant access from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $13. Combined morning/afternoon passes (7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) are $33. For details, visit or call 357-6250.

--Stephen T. Watson

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