Annual Health Care Lecture Series to present 'The Future of Health Care: A Washington Perspective' by Janet L. Shikles

Janet L. Shikles
The Misericordia University Annual Health Care Lecture Series is presenting, “The Future of Health Care: A Washington Perspective,’’ by Janet L. Shikles, a senior advisor to health policy leaders, on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7:45 a.m. in Dudrick, Muth, Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

The event is sponsored by Misericordia University, in collaboration with the Misericordia University Health Care Advisory Board. The lecture series is open to health care managers and executives, as well as business leaders and members of the general public who are interested in how the outcome of the presidential and congressional elections will shape the future of health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. Ms. Shikles will also address how various changes in health care reform will affect providers and their patients.

Please contact Theresa Hollock in the Misericordia University Center for Adult and Continuing Education at (570) 674-6332 or by e-mail at to register.

Ms. Shikles is a senior advisor to health policy leaders, primarily working for integrated health care systems, government agencies, associations and commercial clients. She has been involved in a wide range of issues, including health care coverage, health care quality and financing, and information technology. Ms. Shikles’ clients have included the March of Dimes, the National Committee on Quality Assurance, Johnson & Johnson, the Commonwealth Fund, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, and the World Bank.

She has also held the position of vice president of health care research and consulting at Abt Associates, Cambridge, Mass., and was the executive director of the Commonwealth Fund’s Task Force on the Future of Health Insurance. At Abt Associates, Ms. Shikles was responsible for conducting evaluations and providing technical assistance to federal agencies, and state and local governments on projects to expand health insurance and to improve operations of Medicare and Medicaid, and children’s health insurance programs. Prior to this position, she was the assistant comptroller general at the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) in Washington, D.C. As assistant comptroller general, she was responsible for GAO’s work relating to health, education, labor, Social Security, veterans affairs and welfare. She managed a 600-person division with branch offices throughout the United States. Her staff issued more than 200 reports and evaluations annually and she provided frequent testimony at congressional hearings, primarily on health care issues. She was also an associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton, McLean, Va., and a senior analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Ms. Shikles is the co-chair of the March of Dimes National Policy Council and is co-chair of the upcoming National Academy of Social Insurance Conference in January in Washington with the theme of “Medicare and Social Security in an Age of Budget Austerity.” She was previously the chair of the Project to Ensure the Health and Income Security of the Older Worker funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a member of the IOM Panel on Public Financing and Services for HIV Care, a member of the Future of Health Insurance Task Force by The Commonwealth Foundation, a member of the Restructuring Medicare for the Long Term panel funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a partner in Social Venture Partners, Portland, Ore., a board member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and an adjunct professor at Oregon Health and Science University.

She also has received the Comptroller General’s Award, the highest award given by the GAO, the rank of meritorious executive in the Senior Executive Service, and was a recipient of the Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership from American University. Ms. Shikles has a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from the University of Redlands, a Master of Social Work degree from Howard University, and a Master of Arts degree from George Washington University.

The Misericordia University Annual Health Care Lecture Series is a collaborative effort between health care educators in higher education and regional health care providers. Members of the Misericordia University Health Care Advisory Board include: Michael A. MacDowell, co-chair and president, Misericordia University; Joseph J. Grilli, M.P.A., D.P.A., co-chair, director of Corporate and Institutional Recruitment, Misericordia University; Carmen Ambrosino, CEO, Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Alfred Casale, MD, Geisinger Health System, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Cornelio Catena, CEO, Wyoming Valley Healthcare System, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Dr. Dana Charles Clark, vice president of academic affairs, Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, Pa.; George S. Huntzinger, CEO, Huntzinger Management Group, Inc., Plains, Pa.; Geno Marola, senior administrator, Bucci Eye Clinics, Lehighton, Pa.; Daniel P. Meuser, Secretary of Revenue, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Brian Rinker, senior vice president, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Conrad Schintz, vice president, Geisinger Health System, Wilkes-Barre, Pa; Paul C. Woelkers, president, Lackawanna Mobile X-Ray, Inc. and U.S. Mobile Health Services, Inc., Dunmore, Pa.; Barbara Leggat, assistant director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for the Center for Adult and Continuing Education at Misericordia University; Jean Dyer, Ph.D., dean, College of Health Sciences, Misericordia University; Dr. Allen C. Minor, health care management program director, Misericordia University; and Cynthia Mailloux, Ph.D., chair, Department of Nursing, Misericordia University.