National Affordability Summit

Date(s) - 09/27/2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Why Does Healthcare Cost So Much…and What Can We Do About It?


The rising cost of healthcare is a growing threat for patients, employers, Government, and the U.S. economy. Ten years of U.S. wage growth has been lost to healthcare cost increases and American businesses struggle to remain competitive and provide coverage. More and more families are losing their discretionary incomes to out of pocket expenses and are facing barriers to needed care due to costs. Though the national debate has focused largely on insurance coverage and access, there is growing recognition that coverage will not be affordable until healthcare is affordable. But to make healthcare affordable we must address fundamental issues like pricing, overuse, incentives, and care delivery. And we need the information to identify and pay for high value care. The good news is that care can be made better and more affordable without compromising access.

Join the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement for a national summit on what’s behind our rising healthcare costs and what it will take to do something about it.

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Keynote Speaker — Dr. Arnold Milstein

Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH, is Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Clinical Excellence Research Center at Stanford University. Dr. Milstein’s research spans positive value outlier assessment, human-centered healthcare design, and, in partnership with Stanford’s AI Lab, the development of technology-based cognitive aids to boost the yield from healthcare spending.

Before joining Stanford’s faculty, he founded a national healthcare performance improvement firm that he expanded globally after its acquisition by Mercer. He subsequently co-founded several nationally influential public benefit initiatives, including the Leapfrog Group and the Pacific Business Group on Health. As a Congressional MedPAC Commissioner, he originated two legislative changes to align healthcare provider revenue with value to patients. Elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Milstein chaired the planning committee of its series on best methods to lower per capita health care spending and improve clinical outcomes.

Other Featured Presenters

Niall Brennan is the President and Executive Director of the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI). In this role, he is responsible for overseeing HCCI’s advancements in price transparency and public reporting, increasing both the comprehensiveness and access to HCCI’s expansive data set, as well as working with state policy and decision makers to improve their health care systems. He is a nationally recognized expert in health care policy, the use of health care data to enable and accelerate health system change, and data transparency. He has published widely in leading academic journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and Health Affairs. Prior to joining HCCI, Mr. Brennan was Chief Data Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). He has also worked at the Brookings Institution, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the Congressional Budget Office, the Urban Institute, and Price WaterhouseCoopers.

Frederick Isasi is Executive Director of Families USA, which works to make comprehensive and affordable health insurance available to all; help people overcome barriers to health care based on race, ethnicity, income, gender, demography or sexual orientation; create a value-based health system that ensures higher-quality, lower-cost health care; and empower health care consumers to ensure that their voices are heard in their state and local communities as well as in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Isasi previously served as the Health Division Director at the bipartisan National Governor’s Association’s (NGA) Center for Best Practices; as Vice President for Health Policy at the Advisory Board Company – a private-sector group that advises 3,100 hospitals, health systems, provider groups and payers; and as Senior Legislative Counsel for Health Care on the U.S. Senate Finance and Health Education Labor and Pension (HELP) Committees for former Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM).

George Isham, M.D., M.S. is Senior Advisor to HealthPartners, the largest consumer governed nonprofit health care organization in the nation, responsible for working with the board of directors and the senior management team on health and quality of care improvement for patients, members and the community. Dr. Isham currently co-chairs the National Quality Forum convened Measurement Application Partnership, chairs the National Committee for Quality Assurances’ clinical program committee and a is member of NCQA’s committee on performance measurement. He is a former member of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Task Force on Community Preventive Services and the Agency for Health Care Quality’s United States Preventive Services Task Force and currently serves on the advisory committee to the director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014 Dr. Isham was elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. In 2003 Dr. Isham was appointed as a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies of Science in recognition of his contributions to the work of the Institute of Medicine.

David Lansky, PhD is the president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) — directing efforts to improve the affordability and availability of high-quality health care. Since 2008, Lansky has led the coalition of 60 large employers and health care purchasers representing more than six million Americans. A nationally-recognized expert in accountability, quality measurement and health IT, Lansky has served as a board member or advisor to numerous health care programs, including the National Quality Forum, federal Health IT Policy Committee, Catalyst for Payment Reform, Joint Commission, National Patient Safety Foundation, Leapfrog Group, and the Medicare Beneficiary Education Advisory Panel. Lansky currently is the vice chair of the Health Care Transformation Task Force. He also serves on the Guiding Committee of the HHS Learning and Action Network, the Congressional Budget Office Health Advisors Panel, and the Board of the Alliance for Health Reform.

Harold Miller is the President and CEO of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform. He is a nationally-recognized expert on healthcare payment and delivery reform. He has he has worked in more than 40 states and metropolitan regions to help physicians, hospitals, employers, health plans, and government agencies design and implement payment and delivery system reforms, and he assisted the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with the implementation of its Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative in 2012. He is one of the eleven members of the federal Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee that was created by Congress to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services on the creation of alternative payment models. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University.  Miller has authored several widely-used papers and reports on health care payment and delivery reform.

Elizabeth Mitchell is the President and CEO of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement. Prior to taking her role with NRHI, Mitchell led the Maine Health Management Coalition and Foundation as CEO since 2008. Under Mitchell’s leadership, the Coalition became one of the most successful Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives in the country, implementing innovative programs in quality and cost measurement, employer and consumer engagement, and payment and delivery reform that are widely viewed as models for improving both the quality and affordability of healthcare. Mitchell has also played a leadership role in national initiatives on healthcare quality and cost through her roles as a member of the MACRA Physician Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Quality Forum, as a member of the Coordinating Committee for the Measure Applications Partnership, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Business Coalition on Health. Mitchell served two terms in the Maine State Legislature, where she chaired the Health and Human Services Committee.

The Program

Borrowing the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s simple mantra to describe essential elements of change: Will, Ideas, and Execution, we will hear from thought leaders from across the county on creating the will to improve, alternatives to the status quo, and how to execute effective solutions.

National and Regional leaders from across the country will bring multi-stakeholder teams to Washington, D.C. to share, interact and learn from other transformation leaders. Participants will include national and regional purchasers, payers, healthcare providers, consumers, policy makers and those experienced in executing on the ground.

Join us to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of what’s driving healthcare costs and the various levers to create the will for the necessary changes in all sectors;
  • Hear ideas for innovation and the role you play in bringing those to reality; and
  • Focus on how to leverage healthcare cost information regionally and nationally to enable key stakeholders to take-action to achieve affordable healthcare.

Panel Discussions:

  • What’s Driving Healthcare Costs and Its Widespread Impact
  • Where’s the Money Going and What Needs to Change?
  • Getting from Here to There – Transitioning to a High-Value Affordable Healthcare System
  • From Claims to Clarity – Benchmarking Total Cost of Care
  • What Can You Do with the Data You Have?
  • Regional Case Studies


The event will begin with an evening reception on September 26, followed by the summit on September 27. All times Eastern Daylight Time.

This event is presented with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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