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Keynote Speaker

Dennis Wagner, MPA

 

Dennis Wagner Photo 2 - Dec 2015

Director, Quality Improvement and Innovation Group
Center for Clinical Standards and Quality
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Dennis Wagner is the Director of the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group in the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality. Dennis and his team support healthcare providers who are using systematic quality improvement to make care better in tens of thousands of hospitals, nursing homes, clinical practices and communities across the nation. This team of public and private quality improvers actively work to spread the best practices of highest performers, so that “best practices become common practice.”

Prior to his current role at CMS, Dennis served as the Associate Director for Campaign Leadership in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), and as Deputy Director and then Acting Director of CMS’ Office of Clinical Standards and Quality. Dennis worked for 12 years at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), including a final stint as Acting Director of HRSA’s Office of Health Information Technology and Quality. While at HRSA, Dennis led major national initiatives to increase the donation and transplantation of organs. After years of relatively flat national organ donation levels, this work generated unprecedented and lasting national increases in organ donation over a four-year period.

Dennis is a national and international leader in the fields of healthcare quality improvement, the environment and social marketing. He is a frequent keynote speaker at national conferences and symposia, and has received numerous honors and awards for his work in public service. Dennis is recognized by his peers as an enthusiastic, thoughtful and strategic person who believes in committing to and delivering on bold goals in work and in life.

Dennis received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Montana State University. He attended a one-room country school in rural Montana for grades K-8, where he learned that helping others to learn is one of the best ways to learn yourself. Dennis recently co-authored a chapter entitled “The Key Elements of Effective Collaborative Design” in the book, All In: Using Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care.

Dennis is also a recipient of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (known as the “Sammies”) 2016 Federal Employee of the Year Award. This award is from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service and was awarded for CMS’s work on drastically reducing preventable medical harm on a national scale. The Sammies are a highly respected honor with a vigorous selection process and are known as the “Oscars” of federal service.

 

PAUL McGANN, MD

 

paul mcgann bio

Chief Medical Officer for Quality Improvement
Center for Clinical Standards and Quality
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

In 2002, Dr. McGann joined the full-time staff of CMS, and in 2007 was promoted to Deputy Chief Medical Officer. He has contributed to the ongoing re-design of the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network Program, identification and reduction of healthcare disparities, and introduction of the principles of geriatric medicine into numerous CMS programs.
He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in biology from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He graduated from the McGill Faculty of Medicine in Montreal and completed both internal medicine and geriatric medicine training in Canada, where he practiced geriatric medicine in academic medical settings. Dr. McGann has been board-certified in both internal medicine and geriatric medicine in the United States and in Canada. He was the founding clinical director of the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and was named the first American Geriatrics Society-Health Care Financing Administration (AGS-HCFA) Health
Policy Scholar in 1999.
Dr. McGann received the prestigious Nascher-Manning Award from the American Geriatrics Society and the CMS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. In 2016, Dr. McGann, together with co-award winners Dennis Wagner and Jean Moody-Williams,
was named a winner of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal as Federal Employee of the Year. He is the co-author of a chapter on “The Key Elements of Effective Collaborative Design” in the book All In: Using Healthcare Collaboratives to
Save Lives and Improve Care.

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