Alaska Health Care Commission To Meet August 16-17

The following letter was sent from Deborah Erickson, Executive Director of the Alaska Health Care Commission, on August 3:

Dear Alaska Health Care System Stakeholder,

The next meeting of the Alaska Health Care Commission will be held August 16-17 in Anchorage at Providence Alaska Medical Center. The primary focus of this meeting will be on improving quality of care for seriously and terminally ill patients. A national expert in the field of palliative medicine, Dr. Christine Ritchie, will present to the Commission the morning of August 16, followed by a series of panelists who will share perspectives of Alaskan providers and community representatives. A copy of the agenda for the full meeting is available on the Commission’s website at:

This meeting is open to the public and a public hearing will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 16. Members of the public who cannot attend in person may listen to the meeting and participate in the public hearing via a toll-free teleconference line by calling the following number at the time of the meeting: 1-800-315-6338; passcode: 2474#.

The Commission’s Fall 2012 meeting will be held October 11-12 in Anchorage, and will focus on the employer’s role in health and health care. The Commission is partnering with Commonwealth North to host the featured speaker, John Torinus, Jr., author of The Company that Solved Health Care.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the upcoming meetings or the work of the Commission. Thank you for your interest in improving health and health care in Alaska.


Deborah Erickson, Executive Director
Alaska Health Care Commission