Looking into the Crystal Ball of Reform: PPACA and the Allied Health Professions

held November 5, 2012

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is commonly referred to as “Obamacare” or the federal health care law. It is a United States federal statute that was signed into law by President Obama in March 2010. In combination with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, it represents the most significant regulatory reform of the United States’ healthcare system since the passage of the Social Security Act of 1965.

Officials from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Allied Health Professions and the University of Arkansas presented on the 5th of November an overview of the primary provisions of the President Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act, their potential impact on the allied health professions, and the uncertainties and opportunities that lie ahead.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending/reviewing the recording of this webinar, participants can expect the following:

  • An increased understanding of the provisions of the 2010 PPACA
  • An increased understanding of the barriers to success of the PPACA
  • An increased understanding of the opportunities associated with the PPACA and national Allied Health Professions



In April of 1997, Cecil B. Drain, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, FASAHP, was appointed as the Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions at Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus. Prior to that appointment, he had served as the Interim Dean of the School since July of 1996, and before that as Chair of the Department of Nurse Anesthesia since 1993.

Before coming to VCU, Dr. Drain had a distinguished 27-year career in the U.S. Army. He was selected for the first class of the two-Phase Anesthesiology Nursing Course and was a distinguished Honor Graduate of the Phase II portion of the course in 1971. After graduation, he became a staff and then acting Chief Nurse Anesthetist at the 121st Evacuation Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. Later, while at Brooke Army Medical Center, he wrote the first edition of the book entitled The Recovery Room, which is now in its fifth edition and is regarded as the “Bible” of Post Anesthesia Nursing. His book,Perianesthesia Nursing: A Critical Care Approach, was awarded “Book of the Year” honors by the American Journal of Nursing for the year 2009. The new sixth edition, authored by Dr. Jan Odom-Forren, is entitled, Drain’s Perianesthesia Nursing: A Critical Care Approach. Dr. Drain joins a very select few authors that have ever been selected to have their name in a book title.

In 1980 Dr. Drain returned to the Academy of Health Sciences to become the Assistant Program Director and Acting Program Director of the U.S. Army/State University of New York at Buffalo Nurse Anesthesiology Course. He graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and in 1983 he was assigned to Texas A&M University where he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in educational curriculum and instruction in higher education.

Dr. Drain returned to Brooke Army Medical Center in 1986, and served as the Special Project Officer along with providing anesthesia in the Department of Anesthesiology. In 1989, he moved to the Academy of Health Sciences, where he served as a Branch Chief and Director of the U.S. Army/University of Texas at Houston Program in Nurse Anesthesia. He also served on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, Baylor University in Health Care Administration, and Texas Wesleyan University in Allied Health Professions. Dr. Drain retired from the Army in 1993 at the rank of colonel.

Dr. Drain brings a broad spectrum of experience in leadership, research, teaching, and service to his new position as Dean. His vision for the School of Allied Health Professions is one of continued excellence, motivating faculty, staff and students toward national achievement and recognition through the use of cutting edge technology in preparation for the delivery of quality health care to the citizens of the 21st century.


Carolyn A. (Cindy) Watts, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Administration and Virginia Commonwealth University. With a PhD in economics from the Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Watts’s research has focused on organizational, reimbursement and regulatory issues in health care markets. Her past research projects have included an evaluation of the Washington Basic Health Plan, the development of a risk adjustment payment system for the Washington Health Care Authority, and an examination of the national genetic services sector. She has also worked on a number of projects exploring the impact of various legislative initiatives on Washington’s health insurance risk pools, and the implementation of various medical home and sharing decision making demonstration projects in Washington State.

Dr. Watts served as Chair of the 2006 Washington State Certificate of Need Program Task Force, was a founding member of the Health Information Partnership Board and chaired the Technical Advisory Committee for Washington’s Office of Financial Management strategic planning effort. Most recently, she has worked with the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association on a project to measure value in Virginia hospitals. Dr. Watts teaches health economics and health policy.


Ronald H. Winters, PhD, a member of ASAHP since 1977, is a recipient of the ASAHP Outstanding Member Award, the President’s Award, and the Legacy of Excellence Award in addition to being named a Fellow of the Association. For the past 12 years he has directed the ASAHP Institutional Profile Survey and published its annual report for the Association. He has been a member of both the Southern and Midwest Associations of Allied Health Deans at Academic Health Centers since 1982, serving in several positions including chairman of each group.

Dr. Winters is a native of Los Angeles, California and earned a B.A. in biology from California State University-Northridge. His Ph.D. in pharmacology is from Oregon State University. He was employed by a pharmaceutical company in California, and in his subsequent academic positions has taught undergraduate and graduate pharmacology for allied health, medical, pharmacy, and dental students, receiving several awards.

Dr. Winters has conducted research on pharmacokinetics, especially drug biotransformation, the mechanisms of general anesthesia, and the action of drugs on the human umbilical circulation, as well as collaborating on studies of the mechanisms of protein folding. His work has been published in Nature, the Journal of theFederation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS Letters), and other journals.

In administration, he served as assistant dean of the School of Pharmacy at Oregon State University, associate dean of the College of Health Professions at Wichita State University, and since 1982 as professor and dean of the College of Health Related Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. During his tenure, the college has grown more than three-fold in enrollment and expanded to include nine different degree and certificate levels in 17 allied health professions, with students in 25 states. During the course of his academic career, Dr. Winters served on more than 50 university, community, and state boards, commissions, and committees, chairing many of them. He held faculty appointments in the College of Health Related Professions, the College of Medicine, and the College of Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He also provided expert testimony on pharmacology in a number of criminal trials.


Ayn WellefordE.  Ayn Welleford, PhD, received her B.A. in Management/Psychology from Averett College, M.S. in Gerontology and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has taught extensively in the areas of Lifespan Development, and Adult Development and Aging, Geropsychology, and Aging & Human Values. As an educator, researcher, and previously as a practitioner she has worked with a broad spectrum of individuals across the caregiving and long term care continuum.

As Associate Professor and Chair of VCU’s Department of Gerontology, she currently works to “Improve Elder Care through Education” through her Teaching, Scholarship, and Community Engagement. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Welleford provides community education and serves on several boards and committees.

Dr. Welleford is former Chair of the Governor’s Commonwealth of Virginia Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Commission, as well as a recipient of the AGHE Distinguished Teacher Award. In 2011, Dr. Welleford was honored by the Alzheimer’s Association at their annual Recognition Reception for her statewide advocacy. Dr. Welleford is the author of numerous publications and presentations given at national, state and local conferences, community engagement and continuing education forums. In 2012, Dr. Welleford was appointed to the Advisory Board for VCU’s West Grace Village project. She is also the recipient of the 2012 Mary Creath Payne Leadership Award from Senior Connections, the Capital Area Agency on Aging.



The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: https://www.healthcare.gov/law/full/

Supreme Court decision regarding the PPACA: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation’s Health Reform Source: https://healthreform.kff.org/the-animation.aspx?source=QL

The free webinar was co-sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Gerontology and AlzPossible.



SAHP Webinar The Crystal Ball of Health Care Reform

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