Wayne Oliver is a nationally recognized expert in health and healthcare policy. He has made hundreds of presentations and speeches on a broad range of health and healthcare topics and transformational solutions to various healthcare issues. Wayne is an innovative healthcare thought leader who has worked with governors, Members of Congress, state legislators and national leaders on creative healthcare policy solutions.
Wayne is the Executive Director of Patients for Fair Compensation and Vice President of Jackson Healthcare. Patients for Fair Compensation is dedicated to creating a new system of health justice which changes the dynamic for the way medical malpractice claims are handled. Believing that defensive medicine is costly and completely unnecessary, Patients for Fair Compensation advocates for an administrative solution patterned after workers’ compensation. Improved patient safety and a fair system of compensation are also strong reasons to support this innovative approach to medical malpractice.
Prior to joining Patients for Fair Compensation and Jackson Healthcare, Wayne was the Vice President of Pharmacy Advocacy and Governmental Relations for RxAlly, a health information technology platform which assisted employers and health plans in identifying non-compliant patients with chronic conditions and developing strategies and interventions which encouraged patients, pharmacists and physicians to address the problems associated with medication adherence.
Wayne was formerly a Vice President at the Center for Health Transformation (CHT), which was founded by former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Wayne led CHT’s Health Justice (civil justice and medical malpractice) Reform, FDA Modernization, Health (Quality and Price) Transparency and the 21st Century Intelligent Pharmacy Projects. He worked closely on CHT’s Georgia Project, a multi-strategy implementation project and he led all of CHT’s health information technology efforts in Georgia. Wayne joined the Center for Health Transformation in 2006.
Prior to CHT, Wayne was the lead lobbyist and chief spokesperson for the Georgia Pharmacy Association (GPhA), a position he has held for 19 years. Additionally, he served as the Managing Editor of the Georgia Pharmacy Journal, a monthly magazine. He also directed the association’s media and public relations efforts. After leaving his hometown of Albany,Georgia, Wayne received undergraduate degrees from Mercer University– a dual B.A. in Political Science and Speech Communications. After completing his undergraduate work at Mercer, he continued his studies and received a law degree in 1981. The primary focus of his entire career has been in the field of health care policy.
Wayne was named an “Innovative Thinker” by the Center for Health and Learning. He participated in the Great Ideas Summit sponsored jointly by Piedmont Hospital and Mercer University. Wayne was recently appointed to the Advisory Board for the Health Section of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Wayne to the Georgia Commission on Men’s Health, which serves as a catalyst to promote and improve the quality of the physical, social and mental health of men in the State of Georgia. The Commission has been effective in addressing men’s health issues across the state.
He is a prolific writer, publishing hundreds of articles on a host of issues, including health information technology, rural health care, professional liability, diabetes care and management, healthcare reform, Medicaid, Medicare and health care financing. He has been published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Politico, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Kansas City Star, and many other publications.
He is a member of the American Society for Law and Medicine, the American Society for Pharmacy Law, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the American Society of Association Executives, the Georgia Society of Association Executives, and served on the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He was selected as a member of the Outstanding Young Men of America, Who’s Who of Business Leaders and Who’s Who of International Leaders.