US presidents and policymakers have for decades struggled with the issue of ballooning health care costs and were unsuccessful, or unmotivated, in finding a path to lasting cost containment.  Recently, though, there has been progress. The forthcoming issue of Health Affairs, “Tackling the Cost Conundrum,” explores the slowing growth of health care expenditures of late and examines whether it is a temporary or lasting phenomenon; the issue also examines major cost drivers and presents proposals for putting Medicare on a more sustainable path.

Please join Health Affairs Founding Editor John Iglehart on Tuesday, May 7, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, for a Health Affairs briefing at which we unveil the May 2013 thematic issue, “Tackling the Cost Conundrum.” The thematic issue and briefing are supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW (Metro Center)
Washington, DC
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Panels will examine:

  • Is The Slowdown In Health Spending Permanent?
  • How Can We Make Medicare Sustainable?
  • What Are The Major Cost Drivers (In And Out Of Medicare)?

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Joseph Antos, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute
  • Michael Chernew, Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
  • David Cutler, Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, Harvard University
  • Karen Davis, Eugene and Mildred Lipitz Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, and Director, Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care, Johns Hopkins University
  • John Holahan, Institute Fellow, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Michael Painter, Senior Program Officer, RWJF
  • Robert Reischauer, President Emeritus, Urban Institute
  • Kenneth E. Thorpe, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, and Robert W. Woodruff Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
  • Chapin White, Senior Health Researcher, Center for Studying Health System Change