Health Policy Institute | School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Health Policy Institute | School of Law | SIU

Health Policy Institute

Since 1999, SIU's School of Law, School of Medicine, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, and Southern Illinois Healthcare have sponsored the annual Health Policy Institute. Attendees hear presentations from national experts and discuss current regulatory and public policy issues in health care.

SIU law students who are interested in health law and policy attend and assist with the Institute each year.

Seventeenth Annual
Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University Health Policy Institute

Alternative Delivery Methods in Health Care:  
The Search for Quality and Efficiency

May 22, 2015
co-sponsored by Chicago Medical Society, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois State Medical Society, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, and SIU School of Medicine - Department of Medical Humanities  

This program is supported, in part, by funds from the First Health Medical Provider Class represented by SL Chapman LLC.


Where people get their health care, how they get it, and who provides it are all in a state of dramatic transformation in the United States. This transformation is driven by an array of forces. Patients want more convenient, easily accessible care. Payors—both public and private—and employers— want quality care that is more cost effective and efficient. Providers—hospitals, physician, and others—are driven to change how they deliver care by the competitive opportunities and threats that surround them. And, technological innovations, such as smart phones and other mobile devices allow for care to be delivered in new and different ways. All of these changes have profound implications for physicians and the practice of medicine.

One example of this transformation is the physician e-visit. Currently various companies offer physician consultations to patients via video for non-emergency conditions and for short term prescriptions. Employers and health plans, as well as individuals, can subscribe to such services. Another example is the emergence of “retail” medical clinics. Such clinics have grown rapidly in recent years, increasing nationwide from about 250 in 2007 to nearly 1900 in 2015. 

The 2015 Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University Health Policy Institute is intended to educate attendees, including physicians, about various facets of this changing delivery environment including the legal, medical, and policy issues these changes raise.


The Resurgence of Narrow Networks in a Retail Delivery World

Mark Rust, Managing Partner of the Chicago office of the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg and the Chair of the firm’s national Healthcare Department 

Mobile Health: Solution or Solutionism

Nathan Cortez, Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law

Care at a Distance: Improving Healthcare Quality with Telemedicine

Feliciano “Pele” Yu, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Chief Medical Information Officer, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Director of the Washington University Pediatric Computing Facility

SIH Telemedicine Initiatives 

Catherine Hungate, RNTelemed Coordinator for SIH

Employer On-site Health Clinics

Diana Han, Medical Director of GE Appliances and Lighting

Convenient Care: Bringing Accessible, Affordable, High-Quality Healthcare to Patients

Sarah Rosenberg, Deputy Executive Director of the Convenient Care Association

View the brochure here

Registration available here