The Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum

Ryan Forum 2014

"Delivering Quality Health Care Today—Challenges, Opportunities and the Law" 

The ideal health system gets the right care to everyone when they need it. Rapidly evolving technology invites America to deliver quality care to people no matter who they are or where they live. Today, the outcomes of care are measured, the results publicized and providers are increasingly paid according to their performance in meeting stated goals. The 2014 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum, entitled “Delivering Quality Health Care Today—Challenges, Opportunities and the Law,”  gathered distinguished administrators, regulators, innovators, scholars and lawyers to discuss emerging opportunities to build an ideal system today, the challenges presented, and state of the law in facilitating progress while protecting patients.  

The 2014 Ryan Forum took place on Friday, Nov. 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Room 101 of Villanova University School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova). This program was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3.5 substantive CLE credits.


Ryan Forum
Campbell and Chanenson
Professors Michael Campbell and Steven Chanenson

Panel 1:

This panel explored whether the "meaningful use" of electronic health records will beget improved quality, safety and efficiency and ultimately lead to better clinical outcomes and improved population health.

  • R. Christopher Raphaely, Esq., Co-Chair, Health Practice Group, Cozen O'Connor
  • Reed D. Gelzer, MD, MPH, Founder and CEO, Trustworthy EHR
  • Ross Koppel, PhD, FACMI, Dept. of Sociology, Senior Fellow, LDI, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania
  • Matthew McGovern, Esq., Reference Librarian and Legal Research Instructor, Villanova University School of Law (moderator)


Panel 2:

Pennsylvania is a national leader in innovative efforts by government and the private sector to improve the quality of health care through the promotion of accountable provider organizations, patient-centered medical homes, telemedicine and an expanded supply of primary care and behavioral health providers. This session tackled whether these efforts will bear fruit, and if they will be sufficient.

  • David K. Kelley, MD, MPA, Chief Medical Officer, Office of Medial Assistance Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
  • Marcela Diaz-Myers, MD, Director, Center for Practice Transformation and Innovation, Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Richard Snyder, MD, Senior Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer, Independence Blue Cross
  • Ann S. Torregrossa, Esq. '70, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative (moderator)


Panel 3:

With the download of an app or the connection to a simple device, your Smart Phone can research medical terms, schedule doctor’s appointments, check glucose levels or record EKGs. This panel explored whether the federal government’s risk-driven regulatory approach is adequate and how it impacts state regulatory efforts.

  • Julia Rafferty, Esq. '02, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
  • Brendan Benner, Esq., Vice President of Public Affairs, Medical Device Manufacturers Association
  • Michael Campbell, Esq., Director, Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic, Villanova University School of Law (moderator)


The Villanova University School of Law Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum honors the memory of one of the Law School’s most distinguished alumni, The Honorable Matthew J. Ryan, BS ’54, JD ’59, the former Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The Ryan Forum was made possible by the generosity of his many friends and the leadership of Arthur J. Kania, JD ’56; Albert A. Lindner, JD ’68; James E. McErlane, BA ’64, JD ’67; and Richard G. Phillips, BS ’62, JD ’66.