With Funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Altarum's Center for Sustainable Health Spending Presents New Dimensions on Sustainable U.S. Health Spending


With historically slow growth in national health expenditures likely behind us, dormant issues are back in play, including continuing the insurance coverage gains achieved by the Affordable Care Act while avoiding catastrophic long-term fiscal deficits. Coming shortly after the King v. Burwell Supreme Court decision, this fourth Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded sustainable health spending symposium will provide an update on health spending, discuss pressing healthcare reform issues, analyze associated cost factors and peer into the future regarding health spending trends.


8:30 - 9:00 a.m.     

Continental Breakfast and Welcome

  • Katherine Hempstead, Director, RWJF Coverage Team


9:00 - 9:40 a.m.

I. Congress Post-Sustainable Growth Rate Reform: What Policy is Next on Tap?

  • Anne Montgomery, Senior Policy Analyst, Altarum Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness – Moderator
  • Amy Hall, Democratic Staff Director for the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee
  • Elizabeth Jurinka, Chief Health Policy Advisor, Senate Finance Committee
  • Jay Sulzmann, Legislative Director, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson
  • Lisa Grabert, Professional Staff Member, House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee


9:40 - 10:20 a.m.  

II. Health Care Costs and Payment Policy

  • Ceci Connolly, Managing Director, PwC Health Research Institute – Moderator
  • Len Nichols, Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, George Mason University
  • Mark McClellan, Director, Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative, Brookings Institution


10:25 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

III. Health Spending and Special Cost Factors

  • Melinda Buntin, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy, Vanderbilt University – Moderator
  • Louise Sheiner, Director, Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, Brookings Institution
  • Charles Roehrig, Director, Altarum Center for Sustainable Health Spending
  • Ben Sommers, Assistant Professor of Health Policy, Economics and Medicine, Harvard University
  • David Grabowski, Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard University
  • Zack Cooper, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and of Economics, Yale University

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

IV. Health Spending Outlook and Policy Perspectives

  • Joanne Kenen, Health Editor, POLITICO – Moderator
  • Richard Frank, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Henry Aaron, Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Chair, and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Martin Gaynor, E.J. Barone Professor of Economics and Health Policy, Carnegie Mellon University and Chair of Governing Board, Health Care Cost Institute

Lunch and Informal Discussions                


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Event Date & Location

Tue, Jul 21, 2015 - 8:30am to 2:00pm
Pew Charitable Trusts - The Americas Room
901 E St NW
Washington, DC

Host Organization

Altarum Institute

Subject Matter Experts

Areas of Expertise

Contact Information

Paul Hughes-Cromwick