July 12, 2018 - Sustainable Health Spending: Serious Issues—Sound Policy Solutions
With stronger economic growth and modest success in controlling U.S. health care spending, is there room for optimism in realizing a sustainable future? This conference featured a distinguished panel of experts who spoke to this question and more at a critical time just months before the mid-term elections.
Session 1: Government Budgets, Health Care Spending and Policy Approaches
- Our Topic Today - Ceci Connolly
- A Statistical Overview - Doug Elmendorf
- Government Budgets, Health Care Spending, and Policy Approaches - Louise Sheiner
Session 2: New Perspectives on Health Care Cost Drivers
- A New Way to Define Value in Cancer Care – Peter Bach
- Explaining Slow Growth in Medicare - Melinda Beeuwkes Buntin
- Reforming the Structure of Medicare Provider Payment: Where Do We Go from Here? - Matthew Fiedler
- Evidence Showing Programmatic Savings from Social Determinants Investments - Lauren Taylor
Session 3: Unsustainable Health Care Spending: Sound Policy Solutions
- Health Trends Post-Obama: Where are Health, Health Costs and Payment Reform Headed? - Jeff Goldsmith
- Identifying Promising Solutions to Real Problems - Sherry Glied
- Exnovation, De-Adoption, and the Sustainability of US Health Care - Jonathan Skinner
- Unsustainable Health Care Spending: Sound Policy Solutions - G. William Hoagland
July 18, 2017- Beyond the ACA: Health Policy and Sustainable Health Spending
The Affordable Care Act and the basic structure of the 52-year old Medicaid program remain front and center in today’s policy and political discussions. But what comes next? How will the gargantuan health sector be affected across multiple dimensions, including long-term care, prices, jobs, coverage, quality, and equity? And what is the outlook for health care cost control and sustainability in the medium- and long-term?
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Session 1 - The Budget and Future Policy Landscape
- Beyond the ACA: Health Policy and Sustainable Health Spending - Drew Altman*
- Health Care Spending Today and in the Future:Impacts on Federal Deficits and Debt - Jessica Banthin
Session 2 - Long Term Care in America: Problems, Policies, and Prospects
- Long-Term Care in America: Problems, Policies, and Prospects - Anne Montgomery
- Integrating LTSS into Medicare for the Individuals Over the Age of 65 - Rodney Whitlock
- Beyond the ACA: Long Term Care in America Over the Next FiveYears - John Cutler
- Long Term Care Problems, Policies, and Prospects: State Perspective - Hemi Tewarson
Session 3 - Health, Health Care, and Cost Drivers
- Let’s Be Real about Our Health Spending Problem - Darrell Gaskin
- Do We Want to Control Health Care Costs? - Chapin White
- High Cancer Prescription Drug Prices: Causes, Consequences, Reform Opportunities - Rena Conti
- The Health Spending Slowdown of 2008-2013: Implications for Sustainability - Charles Roehrig
Session 4 -Beyond the ACA: Repeal, Replace, Repair, Reconstitute - The Outlook
- Medicaid Expansion and the ACA: The View From Michigan - John Ayanian
- The Outlook for Health Reform - James Capretta
*Regrettably, Drew Altman was not able to attend the Symposium, but these are the slides he would have presented.
July 12, 2016 - Sustainable U.S. Health Spending in the Next Administration
As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and a strengthening economy continue to expand health insurance coverage, health spending growth has trended above its recent historic lows. To what extent has this imperiled longer-term sustainability and what should the next Administration do about cost control? Our fifth annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded symposium coming 4 months before the presidential election, will update health politics and divergent policy choices, discuss health care and resultant fiscal pressures, and peer into the future health spending trends.
July 21, 2015 - CSHS Symposium: New Dimensions on Sustainable U.S. Health Spending
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.
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Session I - Congress Post-Sustainable Growth Rate Reform: What Policy is Next on Tap?
Session II - Health Care Costs and Payment Policy
Session III - Health Spending and Special Cost Factors
Session IV - Health Spending Outlook and Policy Perspectives
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.
July 15, 2014 - Sustainable U.S. Health Spending Symposium: The Quest for Value
Historically slow growth in national health expenditures may be ending, but either way, health spending growth remains the single most important driver of long-term fiscal deficits. With Affordable Care Act insurance coverage taking hold, increasing health sector efficiency becomes more urgent.
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This third Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded sustainable health spending symposium provided an update on health spending growth, reviewed initiatives shaping increased health system value, assessed the role of prevention, and discussed future trends for spending growth and efficiency.
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July 30, 2013 -Altarum Center for Sustainable Health Spending Symposium:
Public Sector Imperative, Private Sector Urgency
This symposium analyzed public and private health care spending growth, the long-run fiscal crisis, and whether the slowdown is cyclical (transitory) or structural (permanent). Speakers included Ceci Connolly, Maya MacGuineas, David Walker, Chapin White, Stephen Zuckerman, Joanne Kenen, Tom Getzen, Gene Steuerle, Charles Roehrig, Uwe Reinhardt, David Cutler, and John Holahan.
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July 24, 2012 -Altarum Center for Sustainable Health Spending Symposium:
Sustainable Health Spending and the U.S. Federal Budget
This half-day symposium explicitly connected the U.S. budget situation to health care cost control, with budget and health expert Alice Rivlin giving the keynote address.
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June 6, 2011 -Building a Research Agenda to Support Sustainable Health Spending
This meeting explored paths to health care cost control (i.e., “bending the curve”) without sacrificing quality or access. It served as a kickoff event to a new 5-year Altarum initiative: the Sustainable Health Spending “Critical Systems Issue.” Harvard University’s Michael Chernew chaired the meeting.
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June 18, 2009 -Webcast: Innovation, Health, and Equity - Taking a Systems Approach to Health and Economic Vitality
This webcast provides full audio and video coverage of the June 18, 2009 health policy seminar "Innovation, Health, and Equity -- Taking a Systems Approach to Health and Economic Vitality." This seminar included discussion by Altarum's Distinguished Scholars and Research Directors addressing the three critical attributes Altarum believesmust be addressed in health reform to achieve financial stability and better health outcomes for all Americans. The three attributes -- health care innovation, health and wellness, and health equity --are fundamental to truly systemic reform and fiscal sustainability of the health care system.
Speakers included Cong. John M. Spratt; C. Eugene Steuerle; Michael Parkinson; Holly Korda; David A. Kindig; Stanley Chin; David R. Williams; Jamie Hart; and Michael Chernew. The research reports are also available online.
- Fiscal Risks and Outlook for U.S. Health System - by Jeff Goldsmith
- Health Spending in the Next Administration - by Joe Antos
- Health Cost Growth and the Federal Budget - by Gene Steuerle
- The Innovation Dilemma - by Amitabh Chandra
- Coverage, Spending, Jobs, Sustainablility - by Charles Roehrig
- Cost Factors (don't =) Health - by Tom Getzen
- Why MACRA Actually Compromises the Quest for Value Based Payment - by Robert Berenson
- The Next Debate in Health Care: Transforming the Ethical Structure of U.S. Health care - by Uwe Reinhardt (not in attendance) & Tsung-Mei Cheng
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- Payment Reform: How is it Working So Far? by Len Nichols
- Health Care Costs, Outcomes, and Payment Policy by Mark McClellan
- Has the Spending Slowdown Ended? What Path are We On? Is it Sustainable? by Charlie Roehrig
- ACA Sustainability, Productivity Growth and the Complex Relationship between Medicare and Private Provider Payments by Louise Sheiner
- Medicaid, the ACA, and the State Budget Conundrum by Ben Sommers
- Spending Growth for the Duals by David Grabowski
- The Health Spending Slowdown: Can we Generalize from Medicare to the Privately Insured? by Zack Cooper
- Coming Changes in Spending Growth: What Can Policy Contribute? by Richard Frank
- What Comes Next? US Health Policy After King v. Burwell by Marty Gaynor
- Session 1: Health Spending in 2014: What’s Happening?
- Session 2: Health Care Delivery: How to Best Increase Value & Quality?
- Session 3: Disease Prevention Interventions: What’s the Value?
- Session 4: Health Spending Roundtable: What Lies Ahead in 2015 & Beyond
- Altarum's R&D Agenda: Bending the Cost Curve - Linc Smith, Altarum
- Sustainable Health Spending: Building a Research Agenda - Charles Roehrig, Altarum
- Bending the Curve Through Health Reform Implementation - Mark McClellan, The Brookings Institution
- Effect of the Alternative Quality Contract on Health Care Spending - Michael Chernew, Harvard University
- Private Sector Initiatives - Jeff Lemieux, America's Health Insurance Plans