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  • Palliative care is one of the fastest growing areas in health care, with three times as many hospitals providing palliative services today as did just 15 years ago.

  • Annual spending for cancer treatment in the U.S. is set to reach $184 billion by 2020. The large and growing bill has raised concerns that fee-for-service payments for oncology are promoting over-treatment and use of more expensive drugs irrespective of patient benefit. 

  • This health policy briefing on Capitol Hill will bring together top health care leaders with diverse business and policy expertise to share their unique perspectives as key players in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, market leaders driving change, and policy experts with alternative ideas for the future of health care.

  • Drug abuse during pregnancy is a growing problem, evidenced by the three-fold increase in newborns diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) between 2000 and 2009. Infants with NAS can suffer violent withdrawal symptoms that result in traumatic and costly NICU stays.

  • NIHCM Foundation seeks a highly motivated individual to join our team as a research and policy analyst. The research and policy analyst would support the Foundation’s work to foster public-private collaboration to improve the U.S. health system.

  • With the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse and related increase in heroin dependence, the health system is facing an alarming rise in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). NAS afflicts newborns exposed to drugs, most commonly opioids, while in utero.

NIHCM Staff

Nancy Chockley

President and CEO

As the founding president of the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) and NIHCM Foundation, Ms. Chockley has led the organizations since inception in 1993, steering them through two of the most interesting decades of health care policy. She has spearheaded NIHCM Foundation's work in obesity, pharmaceuticals, prevention, children's health and the uninsured.

Ms. Chockley is a national voice in the health care arena and has been featured on many broadcasts such as ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, NBC News with Tom Brokaw, BBC and CNN, and in numerous print outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today.

Ms. Chockley received her MBA in 1983 and her BA, with Distinction in Economics, in 1980 from the University of Virginia.

Prior to founding NIHCM, Ms. Chockley was a principal in the Strategy Practice of Mercer Management Consulting where she worked with a variety of industries, including health care and pharmaceuticals, since 1985. Her experience spans the areas of business strategy development, best practices benchmarking and strategy implementation.

Katherine McDonald

Communications Advisor and Coordinator

Ms. McDonald joined NIHCM in March 2010 and currently handles the implementation of NIHCM's communications strategy. In this position, she maintains the NIHCM Foundation website, coordinates product dissemination and takes a leading role in developing new strategies to extend the organization's reach. She also supports the Foundation's awards efforts.

Previously, Ms. McDonald held administrative positions at both non-profit and for-profit organizations, where she focused on improving the quality of client communications. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Carolyn Myers

Administrative Manager

Ms. Myers joined NIHCM in January 2005 with an extensive background including 20 years in various educational settings. She taught high school and was on the faculties of The University of Akron (Ohio) and Anne Arundel (Maryland) Community College. While at the University of Akron, she specialized in computer-based education presenting before boards of education nationally. Prior to joining NIHCM, Ms. Myers was the administrator of a 500 member nonprofit organization in the Annapolis area. In addition to a BS, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University, she holds a National Association of Security Dealers, Series 7 license.

Ms. Myers maintains NIHCM’s multi-grant operating budgets by managing grant resources, complying with guidelines and reporting methods, and processing accounts payable. Her other areas of responsibility include administrative operations, meeting planning and human resources.

Amanda Parker

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Parker joined NIHCM in July 2012 and provides assistance to the Administrative Manager. In this position she maintains the NIHCM Foundation database and completes general administrative tasks.  She also contributes to website edits and updates.

Ms. Parker is a self-taught fine artist who pursued a Bachelor of Science at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She derived skills in both database management and website development during her enrollment. 

Kathryn Santoro

Director of Policy and Development

Ms. Santoro joined NIHCM in 2004 and currently leads the organization's health policy portfolio. In this capacity, she conducts research and analysis on health policy issues in support of improving practices used by health care decision makers and industry leaders. Previously, Ms. Santoro was a Communications Assistant with Robert Betz Associates, a health policy consulting firm, and a Project Consultant for Women in Government/Digene Corporation, where she led the development of a state-by-state report card on cervical cancer screening.

Ms. Santoro received her master's degree in public policy and women's studies from The George Washington University and graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in political science and women's studies from Villanova University.

Julie Schoenman

Director of Research and Quality

Dr. Schoenman joined NIHCM Foundation in September 2007 with an extensive background in health policy research.  Previously, she was Senior Research Scientist with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, where she also served as the Deputy Director of the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis.  Prior to her tenure at NORC, she spent 17 years as a Senior Research Director with the Project HOPE Center for Health Affairs.  She has led many research studies on topics as diverse as Medicare policy and provider payment, health information technology, and access to care, and has published results from these studies in numerous journals.  

Dr. Schoenman is a graduate of Bellarmine University and received her MA and PhD from Vanderbilt University in Economics.

At NIHCM, she leads the foundation’s research agenda and development of further topics of study.

 

 
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