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KNOXVILLE — Doctors and health care administrators are invited to a June 15 dinner program on the opportunities and challenges resulting from federal health care reform legislation. The program will be held at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The program, “What Health Care Reform Means to Doctors: A Program for Doctors and Administrators,” will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Baker Center, 1640 Cumberland Ave.

To plan this program, the Baker Center partnered with Summit Medical Group, Leadership Knoxville, Knox Chamber and the Knoxville Academy of Medicine. The program is sponsored by the Baker Center, Covenant Health, Mercy Health Partners and the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Dr. Stan Stead, president and CEO of Stead Health Group Inc. will be the keynote speaker. Stead is a national leader in health care economics and payment systems for physician and hospital services, information technology and quality health care. He also advises the federal government on various health care issues.

The event also will feature a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Mike Caudle, senior fellow and director of the health policy program at the Baker Center. Panelists will include Dr. Jack Lacey, senior vice president and chief medical officer for University Health System; Dr. Doug Leahy, who practices with Internal Medicine Associates of Knoxville, a division of Summit Medical Group and is one of 35 physicians who founded Summit Medical Group; and Stead.

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required. To save a spot, contact Betsy Harrell or 865-974-0931 by June 10.

The program also will be available via live webcast.

The Baker Center is a public policy center created to facilitate research on public policy issues, further the public’s knowledge of our system of governance and highlight the critical importance of public service. Its mission is to provide policy makers, citizens, scholars and students with information and skills to work effectively within our political system and to make our country and world a better place. Areas of focus include governance studies; energy and environment; governance studies; global security; health care; and civic education and engagement.

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