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10/16/2006

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Contact: Beth Huffman

Phone: 215-238-6345


Temple Hospitals CEO Chip Marshall to Discuss Medicaid Commission

PHILADELPHIA – Joseph W. “Chip” Marshall III, a member of the Medicaid Commission selected by Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, will discuss the commission’s two-year project and upcoming report in a lunchtime meeting on Tuesday, October 17 in the Philadelphia Bar Association’s 1101 Market Street, 11th floor conference center. The event, open to all Association members, begins at noon with lunch, followed by Marshall’s presentation at 12:30 p.m. Lunch is $7.50 and registration is available by contacting Dawn Burger at 215-238-6367 or dburger@philadelphiabar.org.


The meeting is co-sponsored by the Public Interest Section, the Business Law Section’s Health Care Law Committee and the State Civil Litigation Section’s Medical-Legal Committee.

Marshall, 52, is chairman and CEO of the Temple University Health System, which includes five hospitals, 8,000 employees and approximately $1 billion in annual revenues. Prior to assuming his current position in 2001, he was an attorney specializing in corporate health law.

The Commission, established in May 2005 under Public Law 92-463, Federal Advisory Committee Act, is to advise the Secretary on ways to modernize the Medicaid program so that it can provide high-quality health care to its beneficiaries in a financially sustainable way. It consists of elected officials, state health department officials, public policy organizations, individuals with disabilities and others with special expertise.

The commission’s first report, submitted in September 2005, included suggested reforms that projected an $11 billion savings - $1 billion dollars more than the goal. The second report, due Dec. 31, 2006, will provide recommendations to help ensure the long-term sustainability of Medicaid. The proposals will address key issues such as:

  • How to expand coverage to more Americans while still being fiscally responsible;
  • Ways to provide long-term care to those who need it;
  • A review of eligibility, benefits design, and delivery; and
  • Improved quality of care, choice and beneficiary satisfaction.

The second report will also consider how to address the major issues affecting Medicaid under three different scenarios: an assumption that federal and state spending continues at current paces, an assumption that Congress chooses to lower the rate of growth in the program, and an assumption that Congress may increase spending for coverage.

Marshall earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Temple University. He established Goldman & Marshall, P.C., in 1984. The firm had a national client list that included individual practitioners, for-profit companies, academic medical centers and health care systems. He has also served as President of Managed Care Strategies, Inc., a health care consulting firm that provided a fully integrated set of business, marketing and contracting services to health care providers operating in the managed care delivery system. He has published and lectured extensively on a variety of subjects relating to health care and the managed care system.

Marshall also currently serves on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and is a former member and chair of the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission, the body responsible for administering and enforcing the Ethics Act, which regulates the conduct of virtually every public employee, elected official and candidate for public office in the state.

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