Diabetes University
St. Francis Hospital
October 31, 2014 • 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
7:30 – 8:00 am
Registration & Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 am
Welcoming Remarks
Steven Leichter, MD, Center for Diabetes and Metabolism
8:15 – 8:45 am
PhRMA Approach to the Treatment of Diabetes
Courtney Keplinger, Director of Public Policy, NovoNordisk Corporation
8:45 – 9:00 am
Questions and Answers
9:00 – 9:45 am
Prescribing for Diabetes in the New Healthcare Environment
Peter Hoffman, MD, Medical Director, Express Scripts
9:45 – 10:00 am
Questions and Answers
10:00 – 10:15 am
10:15 – 10:45 am
How Health Insurance Influence Diabetes Care
Morgan Kendrick, President, Blue Cross
10:45 – 11:00 am
Questions and Answers
11:00 – 11:45 am
Treating Diabetes in the New Environment
Dawn Smiley MD, Dir. Of Clinical Care for Diabetes, Grady Memorial Hospital
11:45 – 12:00 pm
Questions and Answers
12:00 – 12:30 pm
Break for Lunch
12:30 – 1:15 pm
Healthcare Issues Represented by the Problems in Diabetes Care
Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (Lunch Topic)
1:15 - 1:30 pm
Questions and Answers
1:30 – 2:15 pm
Diabetes Devices and Treatment
Damon Tanton, MD, Medical Director, Florida Hospital System
2:15 – 2:30 pm
Questions and Answers
2:30 – 3:15 pm
Achieving Clinical Goals with the New Healthcare Environment
Steven Leichter, MD, Center for Diabetes and Metabolism
3:15 – 3:30 pm
Questions and Answers
St. Francis Hospital is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
St. Francis Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™ Physicians should claim
only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.
Three Rivers AHEC is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Alabama Board of Nursing.
Three Rivers AHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.8 contact hours.
Provider #: ABNP1496 Exp. 07/23/2018
Steven Leichter, MD is the President and Senior Physician of Endocrine Consultants, PC in Columbus, Georgia. Dr. Leichter was Medical
Director of the Columbus Research Foundation. His esteemed career has been focused on Diabetes. He has been the medical advisor to
three NASDAQ companies, nine major corporations, four managed care plans, Emory University, Duke University and the Joslin Diabetes
Center on the organization of diabetes care. Dr. Leichter has been a consultant to the World Health Organization and chaired the committee that wrote the International Plan for Diabetes of the United Nations. He developed the Kentucky Diabetes Control Program, the
largest public health program thus far in diabetes in the United States. Dr. Leichter was a Fellow of The Center of Health Transformation
of Former Congressman, Newt Gingrich.
Courtney Pieczynski Keplinger leads Novo Nordisk’s public policy and reimbursement team. Her responsibilities include
Medicare, Medicaid and Affordable Care Act policy and reimbursement issues, including coverage expansion and payment and
delivery system reforms. Prior to joining Novo Nordisk, she was with the consulting firm Avalere Health, advising a variety of
pharmaceutical and non-profit clients on health reform and reimbursement issues. She also did brand management work for
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Courtney received a B.A. in public policy from Wake Forest University and an M.B.A. from the University of
Virginia. She lives with her husband and young son in Alexandria, Virginia.
Dr. Peter F. Hoffman is a Medical Director in Personal Health Solutions at Express Scripts. He is involved in clinical product development,
sales and marketing support for RationalMed®, Express Scripts’ premier patient safety product, ScreenRx ®, Express Scripts’ advanced
adherence solution, and ExpressAlliance® , Express Scripts’ advanced care coordination solution. He also serves as the company’s physician
interface for all of its clinical programs. Prior to joining Express Scripts, Dr. Hoffman had served for two and a half years as the Chief Medical
Officer and a Senior Vice President of ProVantage Health Services. Dr. Hoffman completed a 30 year career in the Medical Service of the
United States Air Force, retiring at the rank of Brigadier General. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American
College of Physicians. He is also board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and has practiced as a clinical allergist.
He holds a PhD in Basic Science in the area of Microbiology and Immunology. He is also board certified by the American Board of Medical
Management and is a Diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Morgan Kendrick is president & general manager for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc. (BCBSGa), where he is responsible for
the management of all health insurance business in Georgia. In addition, he is involved in corporate strategy planning and execution,
and serves as the primary contact for state regulators to ensure compliance and manage any state-related matters. Having been with
BCBSGa and WellPoint, Inc., BCBSGa’s parent company, since 1995, Kendrick most recently served as Vice President, Sales of the National
Accounts Strategic Business Unit (SBU), serving its largest, Blue multi-state employers, who represent a growing share of the WellPoint’s
membership. He also served as regional vice president of sales for the Southeast region of the National Accounts SBU, with
responsibilities for new group sales and managing consultant relationships with national firms, and held the position of director of
Group Sales within the Georgia plan. Kendrick holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in business administration and human
resources management.
Dawn Smiley, MD, MSCR currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. As a current
faculty member in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Emory University, Dr. Smiley has been productive publishing manuscripts and text chapters, including the Washington Manual Type 2 Diabetes chapter, presenting at scientific meetings, obtaining grants
to fund her clinical research interests, and teaching the housestaff and ancillary staff. Dr. Smiley has an NIH grant that funds her research
focus in the area of ketosis-prone diabetes mellitus. She also serves as a co-investigator in several research protocols supported by
Emory University and the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute that concentrate on the management of inpatient hyperglycemia/insulin protocols, the effects of free fatty acids (FFAs) on endothelial function and inpatient pharmacoeconomics. Dr. Smiley
graduated from Fisk University with a B.A. in Biology, received her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Alabama in Birmingham
in 1999. She subsequently completed a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency program at the University of Cincinnati and
later completed an Endocrinology fellowship at Emory University.
Lynn Westmoreland was born and raised in Georgia, living more than 25 years in Fayette County before moving to his current
residence in Coweta County. A true American entrepreneur, Lynn began his own building company L.A.W. Builders. While running his
business, Lynn was elected to the Georgia State House, where he served proudly for 12 years. In the state House, Lynn developed a
reputation for fighting for lower taxes and smaller government. He was eventually elected to serve as the Republican Leader, a position
he held for three years. His hard work and dedication is credited as one of the major reasons the Republican Party was able to win the
majority in the Georgia State House for the first time. In 2004, Lynn was elected to the United States House of Representatives for
Georgia's Eighth Congressional District. After a long redistricting battle, the Eighth District was converted into the Third District, which
stretches from the southern suburbs of metro Atlanta into Middle Georgia and down to Columbus. In 2012, Lynn was re-elected to his
fifth term in Congress and in 2015 will begin his sixth term.
Dr. Damon Tanton is board certified in endocrinology, diabetes, metabolism and serves as the Medical Director of Clinical Practice for
the Florida Hospital Diabetes Institute. He has exceptional expertise in performing thyroid ultrasounds, fine needle aspirations of the
thyroid and ethanol sclerotherapy, and specializes in providing advanced treatment options and minimally-invasive procedures for
hormonal conditions. Dr. Tanton joined Florida Hospital in 2008 as a decorated United States Air Force Veteran. He earned his medical
degree from the University Of Miami School Of Medicine in Florida and his internal medicine residency at Wright-Patterson Medical
Center in Fairborn, Ohio. Following, he completed a fellowship in endocrinology at Wilford Hall Medical Center in Lackland Air Force Base,
Texas. For his outstanding service to patients, our nation and while deployed abroad, Dr. Tanton received the Meritorious Service Medal
and the Joint Service Commendation Medal. Currently, Dr. Tanton practices at Florida Diabetes & Endocrine Center located in Orlando.