Sustainable U.S. Health Spending: Cost Control with Improved Value?
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Michael Chernew
Leonard Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy
Harvard Medical School

Michael Chernew, PhD, is the Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy and the director of the Healthcare Markets and Regulation (HMR) Lab in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chernew’s research examines several areas related to controlling health care spending growth while maintaining or improving quality of care. His work on consumer incentives focuses on Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID), which aligns patient cost sharing with clinical value. His work on payment reform involves the evaluation of population-based and episode-based payment models. Other areas of research examine Medicare Advantage, prescribing patterns and medication adherence, the causes and consequences of rising health care spending, and geographic variation in spending, spending growth and quality.


Rena Conti
Assoc. Professor, Markets, Public Policy & Law
Questrom Business School, Boston University

Rena M. Conti is the Associate Research Director of Biopharma & Public Policy for the Boston University Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy. She is also an Associate Professor at the Boston University Questrom School of Business. From 2006 through June 2018, Professor Conti was an Associate Professor of Health Economics and Policy at the University of Chicago Medical School and the Harris School of Public Policy. Dr. Conti is a health economist. Her research focuses on the organization, financing and regulation of medical care. She has written extensively on the pricing, demand and supply of prescription drugs.


Sabrina Corlette
Research Professor
Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms

Sabrina Corlette is a Research Professor at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. At CHIR she directs research on health insurance reform issues. Her areas of focus include state and federal regulation of private health insurance plans and markets and evolving insurance market rules. She provides expertise and strategic advice to individuals and organizations on federal and state health insurance laws and programs and provides technical support through the publication of resource guides, white papers, issue briefs, blogs and fact sheets.


Susan Dentzer
Visiting Fellow, Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy
Duke University

Susan Dentzer is one of the nation’s most respected health policy experts and thought leaders, and a VIsiting Fellow at the Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University. Based in Washington, DC, she works on a range of health policy issues including health system transformation and biopharmaceuticals policy. She is the editor and lead author of the book "Health Care Without Walls: A Roadmap for Reinventing U.S. Health Care," published in October 2018 on Amazon. com. Dentzer previously led the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, a nonprofit that sought to advance innovation in health care.


Marc Goldwein
Sr. Vice President and Sr. Policy Director
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Marc Goldwein is the Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he guides and conducts research on a wide array of topics related to fiscal policy and the federal budget. He is frequently quoted in a number of major media outlets and works regularly with Members of Congress and their staffs on budget-related issues.


Ziad Haydar
Former Senior Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer
Ascension Healthcare

Ziad Haydar, MD, MBA, was Senior Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer, Ascension. Dr. Haydar led the organization’s Care Excellence initiatives focusing on the quadruple aim of excellence in quality, service, provider experience, and value creation. In his role, Dr. Haydar oversaw the Ascension Medical Group, and worked with individual market leaders to hardwire excellence and transform care.


Katherine Hempstead
Sr. Adviser to the Executive VP
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Since late 2013, Katherine Hempstead, PhD, has directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s work on health insurance coverage. In addition, Hempstead works on issues related to health care price transparency and value. She joined the Foundation in 2011 as a senior program officer in the Research-Evaluation-Learning unit.


Previously, Hempstead was director of the Center for Health Statistics in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. She also served as statistician/analyst in the Office of the Attorney General, New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, and as an assistant research professor at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, where she currently holds a visiting faculty position. Hempstead also held positions at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, and at Catholic University, in Washington D.C. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.

Born in New Jersey, Hempstead received a PhD in Demography and History from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also earned a BA in Economics and History.


Joanne Kenen
Executive Editor, Health Care

Joanne Kenen is the health care editor of Politico. Kenen has covered everything from Haitian voodoo festivals to U.S. presidential campaigns. (Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.) Since arriving in Washington in 1994, she has focused on health policy and health politics. She joined POLITICO in Sept. 2011.

Kenen got the newspaper bug in second grade (the Teeny Town News), spent way too much time at the Harvard Crimson and then found herself in Central America, where she had an Inter American Press Association fellowship. She worked for Reuters in New York, Florida and the Caribbean and Washington. As a Kaiser Family Foundation media fellow in 2006-07, she wrote about aging and palliative care. She spent three years writing and blogging about health policy at the nonpartisan New America Foundation.

Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The Atlantic, Kaiser Health News, the Washingtonian, CQ, The Washington Post, the Center for Public Integrity, Health Affairs, AARP’s The Magazine and Bulletin, National Journal, Slate and Miller-McCune. She co-authored two books that have absolutely nothing to do with health: “The Costa Rica Reader” and a parenting book, “The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight.” One was adopted in college courses. The other one made money.

When she isn’t busy trying to figure out what Congress is up to (not that Congress always knows what Congress is up to), she can be found in Bethesda, Md., with her husband, Ken Cohen, and their two sons. When she needs a break from health policy, she writes about her kids, chocolate cake or cross-dressing female pirates.


Len Nichols
Professor of Health Policy
George Mason University

Len M. Nichols has been the Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE) and a Professor of Health Policy at George Mason University since March 2010. He has been intimately involved in health reform debates, policy development, and communication with the media and policy makers for 25+ years, after he was Senior Advisor for Health Policy at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Clinton Administration. Since that time he has testified frequently before Congress and state legislatures, published extensively and spoken to a wide range of hospital associations, hospital systems, physician groups, boards of directors, and health policy leadership forums around the country.


Dan Polsky
Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health & Carey Business School
Johns Hopkins University

Dan Polsky, a national leader in the field of health policy and economics, has dedicated his career to exploring how health care is organized, managed, financed, and delivered—especially for low-income people. Raising awareness on social media about the trade-offs between quality of care and total health spending is just one of his many passions.


Elisabeth Rosenthal
Editor-in-Chief - Kaiser Health News
Author, An American Sickness

Elisabeth Rosenthal joined KHN in September 2016 after 22 years as a correspondent with The New York Times, where she covered a variety of beats from health care to environment and did a stint in the Beijing bureau. While in China, she covered SARS, bird flu and the emergence of HIV/AIDS in rural areas. Libby’s 2013-14 series, “Paying Till It Hurts,” won many prizes for both health reporting and its creative use of digital tools. Her book, “An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back” (Penguin Random House, 2017), was a New York Times best-seller and a Washington Post notable book of the year. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Medical School and briefly practiced medicine in a New York City emergency room before converting to journalism.


Diane Rowland
Executive Vice President Emerita
Kaiser Family Foundation

Diane Rowland, Executive Vice President at the Foundation, is a nationally recognized health policy expert with a distinguished career in public policy and research focusing on health insurance coverage, access to care, and health financing for low-income, elderly, and disabled populations. From 1991-2016, she served as Executive Director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, now the Kaiser Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Dr. Rowland oversees the Foundation’s health policy analytic work on Medicaid, Medicare, private health Insurance, HIV and global health policy, women’s Health Policy, and disparities. A noted authority on Medicare, Medicaid, and health policy, she testifies frequently and has published widely on these issues.


Chapin White

Chapin White
Adjunct Senior Policy Researcher
Rand Corporation

Chapin White is a, adjunct senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, specializing in health economics, and a Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty member. His work combines quantitative and qualitative methods and focuses on provider payment reform and the implementation and impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

White is currently leading the development and application of RAND's Health Care Payment and Delivery Simulation Model (PADSIM), and recently completed an analysis of health reform options for the state of Oregon. In other recent work, White has analyzed the spillover effects of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) on the Medicare fee-for-service program, out-of-network hospital care in New Jersey, and alternatives to the "Cadillac" tax using RAND's COMPARE microsimulation model.