Sustainable U.S. Health Spending: Cost Control with Improved Value?

Video Recordings and PowerPoint Presentations

Multimedia | July 10, 2019

Data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services showed surprisingly low health care spending growth in 2017 (3.9%), and other data suggest this trend continued in 2018 and 2019. While quite high by world standards, given recent strong economic growth, the health sector's share of the U.S. economic pie is stable or even falling. Yet, with the economic expansion now the longest in U.S. history, and imbalances appearing, we might be on the cusp of a slowdown that will throw our health care financing system into chaos. We see historically high deficits with sturdy economic growth, but how is the health system responding to these cross currents? What progress has been made moving from volume to value? What is the impact among vulnerable and publicly insured populations?

Altarum's 9th annual sustainable health spending symposium, which took place on July 9, 2019, in Washington DC, featured a distinguished panel of experts who addressed these questions and more. If you were unable to attend the event or would like to revisit the material, you can view video recordings and download slides from each of the three panels below.

Panel I:
Health Care Spending, Government Budgets & Value

(PowerPoint slides)

(Video Recording)

Panel II:
Health Care Spending & Value: New Dimensions

(PowerPoint slides)

(Video Recording)

Panel III:
Health Care Spending & Value: Data, Policy, Vulnerable Populations & the Future

(PowerPoint slides)

(Video Recording)

View Related: Economics