You are invited to join us on Wednesday, February 6, when Health Affairs will hold a briefing to discuss its February 2013 issue, “New Era Of Patient Engagement.”

It is widely agreed that meeting the goals of the famed Triple Aim – better health, better health care and lower health care costs – will compel more and different responses from consumers and patients in a number of areas, and far more effort on the part of providers to share decision making and take other steps to more fully engage patients in their care. In this thematic issue of Health Affairs, authors from across the health care and policy spectrum explore the evidence on patient engagement; the challenges in changing the behavior of patients and providers; and the opportunities that exist to enhance patient engagement and activation in a transformed health care system.

Please join us for a briefing at the W Hotel Washington on February 6, 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., as we discuss the issue, which will be available online today at 4:00 PM ET on the Health Affairs site. The thematic volume and briefing received funding support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, PCORI, and the California HealthCare Foundation.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


W Hotel Washington
515 15th Street NW (Metro Center)
Washington, DC



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Panelists will examine:

  •  An Overview Of The Evidence And Potential For Patient Engagement
  •  Clinicians And Patient Engagement
  •  Shared Decision Making
  •  Patient Engagement, Costs And Insurance
  •  Models Of Patient Engagement
  • Patient Engagement And End of Life

Issue authors and other speakers will include:

  • Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine, on Decision Aids: When ‘Nudging’ Patients To Make A Particular Choice Is More Ethical Than Balanced, Non-Directive Content
  • Maureen Bisognano, President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, on Engaging Patients And Their Loved Ones In The Ultimate Conversation
  • George Bo-Linn, Chief Program Officer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Kristin L. Carman, Co-Director, Health Policy & Research, American Institutes for Research, on Patient And Family Engagement: A Framework For Understanding The Elements And Developing Interventions And Policies
  • David Colby, Vice President of Public Policy, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Marion Danis, Head, Section on Ethics and Health Policy, Department of Bioethics, NIH Clinical Center, on Providers, Payers, The Community And Patients Are All Obliged To Get Patient Activation And Engagement Ethically Right
  • Mark William Friedberg, Natural Scientist, RAND, on A Demonstration of Shared Decision Making In Primary Care Highlights Barriers To Adoption And Potential Remedies
  • Dominick Frosch, Fellow, Patient Care Program, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, on An Effort To Spread Decision Aids In Five California Primary Care Practices Yielded Low Distribution, Highlighting Hurdles
  • Jessica Greene, Professor and Director of Research, George Washington University School of Nursing, on Patients With Lower Activation Associated With Higher Costs; Delivery Systems Should Know Their Patient ‘Scores’
  • Rachael Grob, Scholar-in-Residence/Director of National Initiatives Center for Patient Partnerships, University of Wisconsin-Madison, on The Affordable Care Act’s Plan For Consumer Assistance With Insurance Moves States Forward But Remains A Work In Progress
  • Jessie C. Gruman, “Narrative Matters” Author, and President, Center for Advancing Health, on An Accidental Tourist Finds Her Way In The Dangerous Land Of Serious Illness
  • Scott Halpern, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, on Default Choices On Advance Directives Influence How Patients Set Goals For End-Of-Life Care
  • Linda Harris, Senior Health Communication and ehealth Advisor, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, US Department of Health and Human Services, on A Proposed ‘Health Literate Care Model’ Would Constitute A Systems Approach To Improving Patients’ Engagement In Care
  • Judith Hibbard, Professor of Health Policy, Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management, University of Oregon, on What The Evidence Shows About Patient Activation: Better Health Outcomes And Care Experiences; Less Data on Costs
  • France Légaré, Chair, Canada Research Chair in Implementation of Shared Decision Making in Primary Care, on Shared Decision Making: Examining Key Elements And Barriers To Adoption Into Routine Clinical Practice
  • Benjamin Moulton, Senior Legal Advisor, Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, on Group Health’s Participation In A Shared Decision-Making Demonstration Yielded Lessons, Such As Role Of Culture Change
  • Robert Nease, Chief Scientist, Express Scripts, on Choice Architecture Is A Better Strategy Than Engaging Patients To Spur Behavior Change
  • Kevin Palattao, Vice President, HealthPartners, on HealthPartners’ Online Clinic For Simple Conditions Delivers Savings Of $88 Per Episode And High Patient Approval
  • Jonathan Perlin, President, Clinical and Physicians Services Group, and Chief Medical Officer, Hospital Corporation of America, on Ten Strategies To Lower Costs, Improve Quality And Engage Patients: The View From Leading Health System CEOs
  • Lygeia Ricciardi, Director, Office of Consumer eHealth, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, US Department of Health and Human Services, on A National Action Plan To Support Consumer Engagement Via E-Health
  • Sarah Scholle, Vice President of Research & Analysis, National Committee for Quality Assurance, on Survey Shows That Fewer Than A Third Of Patient-Centered Medical Home Practices Engage Patients In Quality Improvement
  • Joe Selby, Executive Director, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, on How The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Is Engaging Patients And Others In Shaping Its Research Agenda
  • Ming Tai-Seale, Senior Investigator, Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute, on Patients With Mental Health Needs Are Engaged In Asking Questions, But Physicians’ Responses Vary
  • David Veroff, Senior Vice President, Innovation, Health Dialog, on Enhanced Support For Shared Decision Making Reduced Costs Of Care For Patients With Preference Sensitive Condition
  • Jill Yegian, Managing Director, Health Program, American Institutes for Research, on Engaged Patients Will Need Comparative Physician-Level Quality Data And Information About Their Out-of-Pocket Costs