December 2, 2020

Fall Speaker Program

09:30 AM - 10:45 AM


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Living in the Future: Health Care Policy in the Time of COVID, Partisan Politics and Rapid Social Change 

This is an unprecedented time in our nation’s history. Against the backdrop of a raging global pandemic, a recession, high unemployment, racial divisions, mass protests and institutional distrust, a deeply divided American public voted in the 2020 Presidential election. While they selected projected winner and Democrat Joe Biden to the highest office, voters also elected to send more Republicans to Congress to provide a check against more extreme health care, environmental and economic policies advocated by the Democratic Party. Dean Rosen, one of the most insightful political minds and experienced health policy experts in the country, will put the 2020 election into historical context. He will explain what the Biden Administration will do to address COVID-19, the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid and a host of other health policy issues. And he will discuss where there will be conflicts, and opportunities for compromise, with Republicans in Congress.

Why you should attend

Learn about the results of the 2020 elections and what it means for health care policy, and health care stakeholders—from physicians and hospitals, to health plans, employers, biopharmaceutical companies, patients and consumers.

Gain insights into the specific health policy changes that are likely to take place with the new leadership in Washington, D.C. and come away with actionable suggestions to shape the future of health care policies.

About Us

The Center for Health Care Management and Policy

The Center for Health Care Management and Policy at The Paul Merage School of Business advances knowledge through research and education while providing forums for dialogue on crucial challenges and concerns facing the nation’s healthcare system today. This interdisciplinary research institute brings together healthcare scholars, policy experts, and industry professionals to share vital information and a range of perspectives on such fundamental issues as quality of care, cost, and access.

A wide range of programs contribute to the debate on national healthcare policy and help leaders in government, business, and nonprofit organizations make better-informed decisions. The Center’s activities build on the Merage School’s health care-oriented educational programs, including its nationally acclaimed Health Care Executive MBA program and its MD/MBA joint degree program.


Richard A. AfableOpening Speaker
Richard F. Afable, MD, MPH, President and Board Chair, Mind OC

Dr. Richard Afable is the retired CEO of St. Joseph Hoag Health, the largest hospital-based health system in Orange County, CA. Previous to the affiliation with St. Joseph Health, Dr. Afable was the President & CEO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, based in Newport Beach and Irvine CA. Dr. Afable was also the Chief Medical Officer of Catholic Health East, now Trinity Health, an east coast health system comprised of 31 hospitals and 45 long term care facilities.

Before joining Catholic Health East, Dr. Afable was the founder and President/Chief Executive Officer of Preferred Physician Partners (PPP), an Ohio-based physician practice management company that supported physician groups and provider networks. He has also served as an Associate Professor of Medicine at Wake Forest University from 1991 to 1996 and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University from 1983 to 1991.

Early in his career, Dr. Afable spent ten years in private practice in Chicago. Dr. Afable received his BS degree from Loyola University in Chicago and an MD from the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. He obtained his MPH degree from the University of Illinois School of Public Health and a certificate in business administration from Villanova University. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dean A. RosenKeynote Speaker
Dean A. Rosen, JD, Partner, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas

A partner at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, Dean Rosen is one of Washington’s foremost experts on America’s complex health care system—and a master of both the politics and policies that shape it. With more than two decades of experience developing and advancing health policy initiatives on Capitol Hill and in the private sector, Rosen has been named a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill, a “ Power Player” that healthcare groups turn to by Modern Healthcare, and one of the “DC Healthcare Power Players Who Shape the Rules for a $3.5 trillion industry” by Business Insider.

Rosen advises a wide range of health care stakeholders, from established players to startups trying to gain a foothold in Washington, DC. He has represented health systems and hospitals, medical colleges and physician specialty organizations, health insurers, clinical laboratories, biopharmaceutical companies, nonprofit foundations, and multinational employers. He helps clients shape national policy and navigate the transformational changes taking place in the nation’s health care system.

Prior to joining Mehlman Castagnetti, Rosen held a series of high-level positions in both the private sector and government, including on key committees in both the Senate and House. As the Chief Healthcare Advisor to former Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), a leading voice on national medical and health issues, Rosen helped draft and navigate to final passage landmark legislation creating a Medicare prescription drug benefit. Rosen also helped pass laws in the wake of the September 11 and bioterrorism attacks in 2001 to ensure that local, state and national public health systems had new authorities and resources to respond to future threats.

Earlier, Rosen served as Staff Director for the Senate Subcommittee on Public Health, Majority Counsel for the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee and Health Policy Coordinator for the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources (now the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee). While at Ways and Means, he played a leading role in crafting the Medicare provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. At Labor, he was the lead Senate staffer in drafting the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Rosen’s policy, legal and management experience expands beyond Capitol Hill. He served as Senior Vice President of Policy and General Counsel for the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA), and practiced law at Dow, Lohnes and Albertson in Washington, DC.

Murray RossModerator
Murray N. Ross, PhD, Vice President and Director, Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy

Murray Ross is a Vice President with Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, where he leads the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy. He also serves as Senior Lecturer at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. Dr. Ross chairs the boards of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review and the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation and served on the board of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement.

The Institute for Health Policy seeks to shape the public policy environment by drawing on Kaiser Permanente’s evidence and experience in meeting the health and care needs of over 12 million people. It does so by convening public forums on policy issues, publications, digital media, and by supporting and promoting the work of like-minded partner organizations.

An economist by training, Dr. Ross speaks frequently to domestic and international audiences on a range of health care and policy topics. Before joining Kaiser Permanente in 2002, he was an advisor to the U.S. Congress, first with the Congressional Budget Office and later as executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. He enjoys running, writing, photography, and traveling (in the before time).


9:30 a.m. -   Welcome and Introductions

9:40 a.m. -   Speaker Presentation

10:15 a.m. - Q&A

10:45 a.m. - Program Close