Hospitals, physicians and insurance companies are reorganizing and consolidating in response to health care reform. These changes could increase the market power of insurers and health care providers to the detriment of consumers, leading some to call for more rigorous enforcement of antitrust regulations. William Sage, a nationally recognized health policy researcher, believes that antitrust actions may fail because the services that insurers and providers deliver are not the services that a truly competitive market would generate in response to consumer demand. At this event, Sage will explain how policymakers and health care providers can partner to redefine the products and services that will give the most value to patients. Encouraging new forms of competition may improve quality and safety while lowering the price of health care.
4:30 pm — Reception
5:30 pm — Lecture
William M. Sage, M.D., J.D.
James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence, The University of Texas School of Law
Welcome and Introduction
Vivian Ho, Ph.D.
James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, and Director, Health Policy Forum, Baker Institute
Health Policy Forum members include Baylor College of Medicine, Madison Benefits Group Inc., CHI St. Luke’s Health, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Community Health Choice, The Episcopal Health Foundation, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Troy and Ellen Fiesinger, and Cullen K. Geiselman.