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Health Affairs: Provider Consolidation in Health Care

05/19/14     Washington, DC

The clinical and economic virtues of provider consolidation have long been recognized by policy experts, but in recent years, research has shown that large provider organizations may use market power to obtain relatively high prices from payers without necessarily delivering superior quality. Health Affairs will release a package of "Web First" papers examining the issue from both sides.

At the briefing, the authors will discuss their findings and engage in a high-level discussion of the issues with a panel of expert responders and the audience. The papers and the briefing are supported by a grant from The Commonwealth Fund.

Featured speakers:     

• Martin Gaynor, Director, Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission, and E.J. Barone Professor of Economics and Health Policy, Carnegie Mellon University (on ave), Competition Policy In Health Care Markets: Navigating The Enforcement And Policy Maze

• Paul B. Ginsburg, Norman Topping Chair in Medicine and Public Policy, Sol Price School of Public Policy, and Leonard Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, University of Southern California, Seeking Lower Prices Where Providers Are Consolidated: An Examination Of Market And Policy Strategies

• Stuart Guterman, Vice President, Medicare & Cost Control, The Commonwealth Fund, Moderator

• Kavita Patel, Managing Director for Clinical Transformation and Delivery, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, and Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution

• Greg Pawlson, Senior Medical Analyst, Stevens & Lee, Seeking Lower Prices Where Providers Are Consolidated: An Examination Of Market And Policy Strategies

• William M. Sage, James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence, University of Texas Austin School of Law, Getting the Product Right: How Competition Policy Can Improve Health Care Markets

• David T. Vandewater, President and CEO, Ardent Health Services

• Bruce C. Vladeck, Senior Advisor, Nexera, Inc., Paradigm Lost: Provider Concentration And The Failure Of Market Theory

Date & time:

May 19, 9-10:30 a.m.


National Press Club 
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC  13th Floor (Metro Center)

Follow live Tweets from the briefing with @HA_Events. The briefing will be archived online after the event.