Course Date and Location

Course Date and Location

Date: May 19, 2017, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Baylor College of Medicine McNair Campus 1st Floor Conference Rooms A & B

Symposium  Overview

The 2017 Policy Prescriptions® Symposium will focus on the continually rising costs of health care, new payment reforms established by MACRA, and will evaluate how well the new administration has delivered on its campaign promises. Plus, receive inspiration from the “Disease Detective” — physician turned epidemiologist and journalist, Dr. Seema Yasmin. Attend our 4th Annual Symposium May 19, 2017.

Director of Symposium 

Cedric Dark, M.D., MPH

Dr. Dark is the founder and executive editor at Policy Prescriptions® and an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine.

Keynote Speaker

Seema Yasmin, M.D.

Dr. Seema Yasmin is an award winning journalist at The Dallas Morning News, a professor of public health at The University of Texas at Dallas and a medical contributor for CNN and NBC Channel 5.

She is a popular public speaker taking audiences behind the scenes of public health and engaging them with stories about epidemic investigations.

Dr. Yasmin trained as a medical doctor at the University of Cambridge in England and as a journalist at the University of Toronto.

She served as a disease detective in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Yasmin has worked in Kenya and Botswana and investigated epidemics in maximum-security prisons, American Indian reservations and healthcare facilities.

Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed medical journals as well as Scientific AmericanThomson Reuters and The Huffington Post

Symposium Speakers

Laura Medford-Davis, M.D., B.A.

Dr. Medford-Davis is an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine and works as a consultant for McKinsey & Company. She recently completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar program in Health Policy and Health Services Research at University of Pennsylvania. She has worked with the Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Center on MACRA and ACO's conducts research in value-based care delivery and patient access to care.

Megan Douglas, J.D.

Ms. Douglas is the associate director of Health Information Technology Policy in the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Seth Trueger, M.D, MPH

Dr. Trueger is an emergency physician in Chicago whose interests include social media for health professions, payment and delivery reform, crowding, airway, and resuscitation. He is the social media editor for the Annals of Emergency Medicine and the popular Twitter personality known as @MDaware.

Goldina Erowele, PharmD, MBA

Dr. Goldina Erowele is a clinical pharmacist who serves as the director of pharmacy operations/clinical support services & PGY1/PGY2 Residency Program at Harris Health System. Her interests include health care social media, geriatrics and drug costs. She blogs at CareNovate, an online resource for caregiving information and health literacy insights.

Registration and Fees

$95  Physicians
$75  APRNs and PAs
$65  Nurses, Residents, and Fellows
$50  Patients and other members of the community

Online Registration and Payment form





8 a.m.

Registration Opens

9 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Dr. Cedric Dark

9:15 - 10 a.m.

The New War on Drugs:

Why Pharmaceutical Prices are Rising and How We Can Fight Against Them?

Dr. Goldina Erowele 

10 - 10:45 a.m.

Transparency in Healthcare

Will Posting Prices Cut Healthcare Costs?

Dr. Laura Medford-Davis


11 - 11:45 a.m.

Crossing the Line

How State Lines and Insurers Keep Networks Narrows

Dr. Seth Trueger

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


What Clinicians Need to Understand to Thrive in this Brave New World

Ms. Megan Douglas

Break -Grab Box Lunch

12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

Trump’s First Hundred Days

Dr. Cedric Dark


2 - 3 p.m.

The Disease Detective

Dr. Seema Yasmin

3 p.m.

Wrap up & Concluding Thoughts

Dr. Cedric Dark

Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts is open until March 30, 2017. Authors of abstracts selected for poster presentation during the 4th Annual Policy Prescriptions® Symposium will be notified by April 15, 2017.

Abstracts can cover research or efforts in health services, policy, operations, and advocacy. At the time of submission, the abstracts and its associated data should not have been presented at another national meeting or published elsewhere.