National Health Care Reform: The Anniversary Edition

National Health Care Reform: The Anniversary Edition

The Baker Institute and the Center for Health and Biosciences hosted the fifth biennial conference on health care reform. Dubbed "The Anniversary Edition," this year's event coincided with the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Five of the nation’s leading health economists discussed the impact of the sweeping health care reform legislation, plus the challenges facing the federal government’s two largest health care programs. Presentations also explored the current state of private and public health insurance coverage, while panelists examined the prescription drug industry and the quality and cost of hospital and physician care. Lunch was included.

Support for this program has been generously provided by the Sid Richardson Foundation and the Health Policy Forum members.

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8:00 am



Registration and Breakfast

8:30 am



Opening Remarks

Vivian Ho, Ph.D.
James A. Baker III Chair in Health Economics and Director, Center for Health and Biosciences,
Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy

8:45 am



Mistakes in Decision-making by Consumers and Providers

Jason Abaluck, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Management, Yale University 

9:45 am    

Competition in Health Care Markets: What Antitrust Enforcers Do (and Don't Do)

Leemore S. Dafny, Ph.D.
Professor of Strategy, Herman Smith Research Professor in Hospital and Health Services, and Director of Health Enterprise Management, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; former Deputy Director for Healthcare and Antitrust, Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission

10:45 am    


11:00 am    

Pricing Anticancer Drugs

David Howard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University



Health Care Reform: An Inside View from HHS

Sherry Glied, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor of Public Service, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University; former Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

1:30 pm    


1:45 pm    

Republican Options for Health Care Reform

Paul Howard, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Director of Health Policy, Manhattan-Institute for Public Research; former Health Policy Advisor, Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign

2:45 pm    

Closing Remarks

Vivian Ho, Ph.D.


Fri, Oct. 23, 2015
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005
United States

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