Reducing Health Care Costs: Challenges and Opportunities for States

This presentation explores why it is imperative to slow the growth in spending of Medicaid and other state health programs and why it is so hard to do so. Examples of approaches states have tried and which are the most promising are provided.

Public Policymakers Guide to Reducing Health Care Costs
Saturday, Dec.4 | 10-11:30 a.m.

As states expand access to health insurance coverage under federal health reform, big questions remain about how to simultaneously improve health care quality and slow the growth in health costs. Some states have implemented innovative comprehensive programs to address these elusive policy goals. Presenters discussed successful examples in the areas of administrative efficiencies, prevention and wellness, patient-centered health homes and payment reforms that can easily be replicated in your state.

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. 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 Health Management Associates, 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.