Reducing Health Care Costs: Challenges and Opportunities for States

Policymakers' Guide to Reducing Health Care Costs
Saturday, December 4: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

As states expand access to health insurance coverage under federal health reform, big questions remain about how to simultaneously improve the quality of health care and slow the growth in health costs. This session will focus on how some states have implemented innovative comprehensive programs to address these elusive policy goals.  Presenters will also provide program examples in the areas of administrative efficiencies, prevention and wellness, patient centered health homes, and payment reforms that have proven successful and are ready for replication by other states.

Presentation by Vernon K. Smith, Ph.D.

Reducing Health Care Costs: Challenges and Opportunities for States


Vernon Smith is a Principal with Health Management Associates, where he focuses on Medicaid, Medicare, SCHIP, state budgets and trends in the health care market place. He has authored several reports on enrollment, spending and policy trends in Medicaid and SCHIP, on the Medicare prescription drug benefit, and on state directions to address the uninsured. Dr. Smith is a frequent speaker before national and state policymakers and commentator to major media, including the New York Times and National Public Radio.  Before joining HMA, Dr. Smith served as Michigan Medicaid director and as budget director for the human services agency during 30 years of public service. He holds a Ph.D. degree in economics from Michigan State University.