Health Affairs and NPC Forum on Health Spending: Tackling The Big Issues

Washington, D.C.
National Press Club
Thursday, February 1, 2018
9 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

You are invited to join Health Affairs and the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) on Thursday, February 1, in Washington, DC, for an important event, “Health Spending: Tackling The Big Issues.”

With support from NPC, Health Affairs launched a new, multi-year project on “Health Spending.” The project aims to promote an evidence-based conversation about health spending by exploring questions involving the level and growth rate of health spending, the distribution of spending, efforts to improve the value of care, and analysis of options for constraining health care costs. The latest agenda is as follows:


8:30 Breakfast and Registration

9:00 Welcome

  • Alan Weil, @alanrweil, Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs, @Health_Affairs

9:15 Health Care Spending: Challenges and Opportunities
Health care costs are rising and raising concerns about affordability at the national and individual level. New technologies are continually being developed that can improve and save lives. How can we reconcile affordability with innovation?

Moderator: Robert Dubois, @robertwdubois, Chief Science Officer and Executive Vice President, National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) @npcnow

  • David Cutler, @Cutler_econ, Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, Harvard University
  • Amitabh Chandra, @amitabhchandra2, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy and Director of Health Policy Research, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

10:05 Research Presentations: What Do We Know About Spending And Value?

Moderator: Alan Weil, @alanrweil, Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs

  • How Does The U.S. Compare Against The Rest Of The World Regarding GDP Spending On Health Care? Leslie Greenwald, Vice President, Research Strategies, RTI Health Solutions, @RTIHS
  • Allocating Resources In The US Health Care System: Lessons From Around The World: Craig Mitton, Professor, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, @UBC
  • Spending, Value and the Patient Perspective: Amber Barnato, @abarnato, Susan J. and Richard M. Levy Distinguished Professor of Health Care Delivery, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, @DartmouthInst
  • Why Isn’t Spending Rising in Medicare? Melinda Buntin, @MelindaBBuntin, Chair, Department of Health Policy, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, @VUMChealth

11:00 Break

11:15 Perspectives Panel
Your organization is affected by a high level of health care spending. How are you responding?

Moderator: Robert Dubois, @robertwdubois, Chief Science Officer and Executive Vice President, National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) @npcnow

  • Katie Martin, Vice President for Health Policy and Programs, National Partnership for Women and Families, @PaidSickDays
  • Otis Brawley, @OtisBrawley, Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society, @AmericanCancer
  • Marc Boutin, Chief Executive Officer, National Health Council, @NHCouncil
  • Darin Hinderman, Global Benefits Manager, Human Resources, Caterpillar Inc., @CaterpillarInc

12:10 Lunch

12:45 Panel Discussion: How Effective Are Current Efforts To Improve Value?
Discussion of current efforts to improve value, including: ACOs, Choosing Wisely and Value-Based Purchasing. What has been tried? What’s worked? What hasn’t? Why?

Moderator: Alan Weil, @alanrweil, Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs, @Health_Affairs

  • Ashish Jha, @ashishkjha, Senior Associate Dean, Research Translation and Global Strategy; K.T. Li Professor of Global Health, Harvard University, @HarvardGH
  • Katherine Baicker, Dean, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, @HarrisPolicy
  • Corinna Sorenson, Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences, Duke School of Medicine, Duke University, @DukeMedSchool

1:45 Panel Discussion: Are We Ready for A Serious Conversation on Health Spending?

Moderator: Mark McClellan, Robert J. Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine, and Policy; Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University, @dukemargolis

  • Mollyann Brodie, @Mollybrodie‏, Executive Director Public Opinion and Survey Research, Kaiser Family Foundation, @KaiserFamFound
  • Mildred Z. Solomon, President, The Hastings Center, @hastingscenter (invited)

2:45 Closing Remarks

3:00 Adjournment

Questions about the event? Please contact Debbie Boylan at 301-347-3910, or