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New Perspectives on Health and Health Care Policy

This conference discussed new perspectives on important health care policy topics by bringing together leading researchers in health care policy. The conference included a panel discussion with David Cutler of Harvard University and Mark Pauly of the University of Pennsylvania. There were also sessions on the following topics:

  • Competitiveness of insurance markets: including the role of mergers, effects of industry consolidation on premiums and quality and the relevance of a public option 
  • Evaluations of new incentive based policies to improve individual health behavior
  • Studies on the value of comparative effectiveness research
  • The role of technology on health care costs and quality
  • Lessons from the introduction of Medicare

Featured Speakers

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

James J. Heckman
James J. Heckman is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, where he has served since 1973.  In 2000, he shared the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel with Daniel McFadden. Heckman directs the Economics Research Center and the Center for Social Program Evaluation at the Harris School for Public Policy. In addition, he is the Professor of Science and Society in University College Dublin and a Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. His work has been devoted to the development of a scientific basis for economic policy evaluation, with special emphasis on models of individuals and disaggregated groups, and to the problems and possibilities created by heterogeneity, diversity, and unobserved counterfactual states. He developed a body of new econometric tools that address these issues. Heckman is actively researching the economics of human development and building theoretical and empirical models of human capacity formation. This work will emphasize the role of the family in producing capacities and the effects of capacities on education, wages, health, crime, and other dimensions of lifetime achievement. He is currently conducting new social experiments on early childhood interventions and reanalyzing old experiments. Heckman has published over 260 articles and several books. Heckman has received numerous awards for his work, including the Gold Medal of the President of the Italian Republic, awarded by the International Scientific Committee of the Pio Manzú Centre in 2008, and the Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children Award from the Society for Research in Child Development in 2009.

Panel Discussion Participants

David Cutler
David Cutler is currently the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics at Harvard University and recently completed a five-year term as associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for Social Sciences. Professor Cutler’s research is in health and public economics. He served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration and has advised the presidential campaigns of Bill Bradley, John Kerry and Barack Obama. Among other affiliations, Professor Cutler has held positions with the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences. Currently, Professor Cutler is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the Institute of Medicine. 
Mark Pauly
Mark Pauly is Bendheim Professor, Professor of Health Care Management, Professor of Business and Public Policy, Professor of Insurance and Risk Management and Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. His books include Health Benefits at Work: An Economic and Political Analysis of Employment-Related Health Insurance, Supplying Vaccine: An Economic Analysis of Critical Issues and Financing Long Term Care: What Should Be the Government’s Role? His recent journal publications include "Structural Incentives and Adoption of Medical Technologies in HMO Fee-for-Service Health Insurance"; "The Future U.S. Health Care System: Who Will Care for the Poor and Uninsured?"; and "The Effects of Health Insurance Access to New Medical Technologies." He has consulted for a number of private and public sector organizations, include the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and served on the Medicare Technical Advisory Board and on the National Institutes of Health national Advisory Committee. Dr. Pauly received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia, his M.A. in economics from the University of Delaware and his A.B. from Xavier University.
Monday, 03/22/10
12:30 PM
1:00 PM
Welcome and Introductions
1:00 PM
Session 1: How Successful Was Medicare and What Can That Teach Us about Current Reform Options?
Ken Chay, Brown University (presenting) View Bio
Daeho Kim, Brown University
Shailender Swaminathan, Brown University
1:00 PM
Session 2: Are Insurance Markets Competitive? How Would a “Public Option” Affect Insurance Markets?
Leemore S Dafny, Northwestern University (presenting) View Bio
Mark Duggan, University of Maryland
Subbu Ramanarayanan, University of California at Los Angeles
James Hilliard, University of Georgia (presenting) View Bio
Rexford Santerre, University of Connecticut
Chinmoy Ghosh, University of Connecticut
Randall D Cebul, Case Western Reserve University
James B Rebitzer, Boston University
Lowell J Taylor, Carnegie Mellon University
Mark E Votruba, Case Western Reserve University (presenting) View Bio
1:00 PM
Session 3: A Panel Discussion on Health and Health Care Policy
David Cutler, Harvard University View Bio
Mark Pauly, University of Pennsylvania View Bio
6:30 PM
Cocktail Reception
Tuesday, 03/23/10
8:00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM
Session 4: How Can Individual Health Behaviors Be Altered and Improved?
Heather Royer, University of California, Santa Barbara (presenting) View Bio
Mark Stehr, Drexel University
Justin Sydnor, Case Western Reserve University
Gautam Gowrisankaran, University of Arizona and Washington University in St. Louis
Karen Norberg, Washington University in St. Louis (presenting) View Bio
Steven Kymes, Washington University in St. Louis
Michael Chernew, Harvard University
Dustin Stwalley, Washington University in St. Louis
Leah Kemper, Washington University in St. Louis
William Peck, Washington University in St. Louis
8:00 AM
Session 5: What Is the Effect of Comparative Effectiveness Research?
Anirban Basu, University of Chicago
Tomas Philipson, University of Chicago (presenting) View Bio
David H Howard, Emory University (presenting) View Bio
Carolyn Kenline, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Navneet Majhail, University of Minnesota
J Douglas Rizzo, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
8:00 AM
Session 6: How Does New Medical Technology Affect Costs and Quality of Care?
Laurence Baker, Stanford University (presenting) View Bio
12:30 PM
Lunch and Keynote Address
12:30 PM
Session 7: Developmental Origins of Health
James J Heckman, University of Chicago (presenting) View Bio
2:00 PM
Closing Remarks



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