On Friday, September 7, Health Affairs will hold a briefing to unveil its September 2012 issue, “Payment Reform To Achieve Better Health Care.” The volume contains a thorough examination of the present state of and future challenges for payment reform, and includes profiles of current initiatives whose early results indicate some success in achieving the goals of the Triple Aim – better care, better population health, and lower costs. The issue received funding support from WellPoint, Inc., the WellPoint Foundation, and the California HealthCare Foundation.

Please join us for a briefing at the National Press Club on September 7, 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., as we unveil the issue. Panels will examine:

  • Reforming Medicare Payment To Hospitals And Post-Acute Facilities
  • Prospects For Capitation And Shared Savings Arrangements
  • Early Results From Medical Home Pilots
  • Views Of Employers And Other Private Payers on Payment Reforms And Other Measures
  • Paying Physicians Through Medicare And Other Arrangements

Register now to attend the briefing. You can also follow the briefing on Twitter @HA_Events, and join in the conversation with the hashtag #HA_PaymentReform.

Authors from the issue and others speaking at the event will include:

  • Jonathan Blum, Deputy Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Sam Nussbaum, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, WellPoint, Inc.
  • R. Adams Dudley, Professor of Medicine and Health Policy and Associate Director for Research, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco, on Medicare’s New Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program Is Likely To Have Only A Small Impact On Hospital Payments
  • Thomas F. Claffey, Medical Director, NovaHealth; President, InterMed; Director, Infectious Diseases Division, Maine Medical Center on Payer-Provider Collaboration In Accountable Care Reduced Use And Improved Quality In Maine Medicare Advantage
  • Stuart Altman, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy, Brandeis University, on The Lessons Of Medicare’s Prospective Payment System Show That The Bundled Payment Program Faces Challenges
  • Austin B. Frakt, Health Economist, Health Care Financing and Economics, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, on Beyond Capitation: How New Payment Experiments Seek To Find The ‘Sweet Spot’ In Amount Of Risk Providers And Payers Bear
  • Paul B. Ginsburg, President, Center for Studying Health System Change, on Fee-For-Service Will Remain A Feature Of Major Payment Reforms, Requiring More Changes In Medicare Physician Payment
  • David Grabowski, Professor, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, on Medicare Post-Acute Care Payment Reforms Have Potential To Improve Efficiency Of Care, But May Need Changes To Cut Costs
  • Marjie G. Harbrecht, CEO, HealthTeamWorks, on Colorado’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot Met Numerous Obstacles, Yet Saw Results Such As Reduced Hospital Admissions
  • Aparna Higgins, Vice President of Private Market Innovations, AHIP, on Posing A Framework To Guide Government’s Role In Payment And Delivery System Reform
  • Thomas H. Lee, Network President, Partners Healthcare System; and CEO, Partners Community HealthCare, Inc., on How Geisinger Structures Its Physicians’ Compensation To Support Improvements In Quality, Efficiency, And Volume
  • Paul Markovich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Blue Shield of California, on A Global Budget Pilot Project Among Provider Partners And Blue Shield of California Led To Savings In First Two Years
  • Robert Mechanic, Senior Fellow, Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, on Many Large Medical Groups Will Need To Acquire New Skills And Tools To Be Ready For Payment Reform
  • Urvashi B. Patel, Director, Research and Development, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, on Horizon’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Program Shows Practices Need Much More Than Payment Changes To Transform
  • Ruth Raskas, Staff Vice President, Clinical Health Policy, WellPoint, Inc., on Early Results Show WellPoint’s Patient Centered Medical Home Pilots Have Met Some Goals For Costs, Utilization, And Quality
  • James C. Robinson, Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Economics, University of California, Berkeley, on Payers Test Reference Pricing And Centers Of Excellence To Steer Patients To Low-Price And High-Quality Providers
  • Joel S. Weissman, Deputy Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Associate Professor of Health Policy, Harvard Medical School, on The Design And Application Of Shared Savings Programs: Lessons From Early Adopters
  • Phil Ellis, Senior Vice President, UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform and  Modernization, on Wide Variation In Episode Costs Within A Commercially  Insured Population Highlights Potential To Improve The Efficiency Of Care 
  • Martin Sepúlveda (invited), IBM Fellow and Vice President, IBM IHS, on Large  Employers That Have Lived Through Transformation Say Payment Reform  Alone Won’t Cut Costs And Reengineer Care