The Future of the U.S. Health Delivery System Speaker Series

The speaker series featured national and local expert leaders, researchers, and policymakers, whose presentations helped inform and guide the RBHS strategic plan. The speakers addressed topic related to the future of health care, its organization, and what the Affordable Care Act may mean for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Presentations

Clinician Leadership and the Future of Health Care Reform

Speaker: Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D.
Date and Time: Monday, June 16, 3 p.m.

Location: Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Delta Dental Education Conference Center
Oral Health Pavilion
50 12th Avenue, Newark

Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., is a senior fellow and director of the Initiative on Value and Innovation in Health Care at the Brookings Institution. Within Brookings, his work focuses on promoting quality and value in patient-centered health care. A doctor and economist by training, he also has a highly distinguished record in public service and in academic research.

The Affordable Care Act: An Update

Speaker: David Blumenthal, MD, MPP
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 2 p.m.

Location: Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Delta Dental Education Conference Center
Oral Health Pavilion
50 12th Avenue, Newark

In its scope and ambition, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) has little precedent in the history of U.S. domestic reforms. The legislation affects virtually every aspect of a sector that accounts for more than 17 percent of the nation's GDP, and whose expenditures reached $2.8 trillion in 2012. David Blumenthal offers his reflections on what the ACA has accomplished so far and the challenges, both technical and political, that remain. He'll also offer his predictions for what the future will bring for this historic piece of legislation.

Slower Growth in Spending Will Require Providers to Become More Efficient: States Can Help

Speaker: Stuart Altman, Ph.D.
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 21, 3 p.m.

Location: School of Health Related Professions
Stanley S. Bergen Building
Auditorium 3, 3rd Floor
65 Bergen St., Newark

Growth in health expenditures has slowed in recent years, but it is unclear if this trend will continue in the future. This presentation will identify the issues and pressures that are affecting health care costs and their impact on health care providers, and use the experience in Massachusetts to demonstrate how state policies can influence the practice of healthcare and its costs in the future.

Value for Money: How Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Contributes to Better Health

Speaker: Louise Russell, Ph.D.
Date and Time: Monday, April 21, 2014, noon

Location: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Clinical Academic Building, Conference Room 1302
125 Paterson Street, New Brunswick

Despite spending far more on medical care, Americans—young and old—live shorter lives than the citizens of other high-income countries. The situation has been getting worse for at least three decades. This presentation describes how cost-effectiveness analysis identifies medical care that contributes the most to health and presents examples of how medical practice in other countries, where people live longer, follows the priorities indicated by cost-effectiveness analysis.

Emerging Issues in Accountable Care Policy and Practice

Speaker: Derek DeLia, Ph.D.
Date and Time: Thursday, April 10, 2014, noon

Location: Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Delta Dental Education Conference Center, Oral Health Pavilion
50 12th Avenue, Newark

This presentation will summarize the current state of accountable care policy and practice. It highlights emerging challenges and opportunities as accountable care strategies continue to develop. Emphasis will be placed on the role of shared savings and how the approaches to accountable care differ for Medicare, Medicaid, and privately insured populations.

Mission Disruption: The Transformation of Education, Research, and Patient Care

Speaker: Steven Wartman, M.D., Ph.D.
Date and Time: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 2 p.m.

Location: Clinical Academic Building, Conference Room 1302
125 Paterson Street, New Brunswick

Profound changes in society, science, technology, policy, and economics are presenting serious threats to the rich traditions of academic health centers. This talk will focus on the impact of these “disruptors” and how academic institutions can respond in an ever-increasing challenging environment.

How Will Health Insurance Markets Change Under the ACA? Learning from Two Decades of Reform in New Jersey.

Speaker: Joel C. Cantor, Sc.D.
Date and Time: Friday, March 14, 2014, 3 p.m.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) dramatically changes the way health insurance markets are structured and regulated. Some of the key ACA changes mirror reforms that New Jersey implemented 20 years ago. This presentation will address lessons learned from the New Jersey experience and identify how health insurance in New Jersey is evolving under the ACA.