Patient Safety Institute

Twila Brase, RN, PHN

As president of the nonprofit independent health care policy organization, Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC), Ms. Brase was recently selected by the Minnesota Physician magazine as one of "Minnesota's 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders".

Ms. Brase's activities include presentations, policy analysis, public comments on proposed regulations, writing for CCHC publications, and testimony on state and national issues. She was selected as a panelist for the first and only public hearing held on the national medical ID number. She also authored the extensive CCHC report, Distribution, Utilization, and Impact of the MinnesotaCare Provider Tax, published January 2000.

Ms. Brase has been interviewed on CNN Moneyline, WNYC (New York Public Radio), Swedish public radio, Minnesota television news programs and various radio stations across the nation. She has been quoted in CBS Healthwatch, the Chicago Tribune, the Dallas Morning News, Forbes Magazine, the Kansas City Star, National Journal Technology Daily, Physician Weekly, Privacy Journal, and by United Press International. Publications such as Kiplingers newsletter and USA Today have used her as a resource. Her writings have appeared in publications as diverse as the Arizona Republic, the Chicago Sun-Times, Intellectual Ammunition, the New England Journal of Medicine, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune. In addition, her article "Blame Congress for HMOs" was entered into the Congressional Record on February 27, 2001.

Ms. Brase holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Gustavus Adolphus College. She is a registered nurse and a certified public health nurse. Her career has included pediatric emergency room nursing at St. Paul Children's Hospital and school nursing in the St. Paul and Robbinsdale school districts of Minnesota.