Health Care 2017: Rough Seas Ahead

2016 CSG National Conference
Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Sponsored by the CSG Health Public Policy Committee

Health spending in the United States is big business, consuming 17 percent of the gross domestic product. This session explored trends in health business including consolidation of hospitals, insurance and physician practices. Business tools such as pay for performance and value-based purchasing are used to reduce costs and increase positive outcomes. Consumer direction and price transparency policies seek to involve the consumer in cost-saving strategies.


The ACA in the States: Today and Looking Forward

Dania Palanker
Center on Health Insurance Reforms, Georgetown University

Palanker is a nationally recognized expert on private insurance and benefit design with more than 15 years of health policy experience at the National Women’s Law Center and the Service Employees International Union. She joined the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reform, or CHIR, in August 2016. She has deep knowledge on the nexus of private insurance and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. At CHIR, she will work on projects funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund.

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High Cost Drugs: Origins, Impacts and Prospects for Reform

Ameet Sarpatwari
Instructor and epidemiologist
Harvard Medical School

Sarpatwari is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and an associate epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital within the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics. His research draws upon his interdisciplinary training as an epidemiologist and lawyer and focuses on the effects of laws and regulations on therapeutic development, approval, use and related public health outcomes. Among other projects, he is currently examining the public health implications of variation in state drug product selection laws and the comparative safety and effectiveness of biosimilars.

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Making Health & Wellness Achievable, Equitable and Sustainable

Michael Williams
University of Virginia Center for Health Policy

Williams joined the University of Virginia in 2012 as an associate professor of surgery and director of emergency general surgery and in 2016 was appointed director of The Center for Health Policy. The center provides comprehensive, apolitical analysis of current and proposed health policy for citizens and policymakers. Its work includes educating and training future leaders in health policy and health care systems through research, conferences, field-based experiences and working with students. With more than 20 years of experience in health care delivery and systems design, Williams is passionate about health care equity issues.

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