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The Dollars and Sense of Prevention: A Primer for Health Policy Makers
June 8 Conference Will Expolore Potential of Prevention to Add Value to the Health System
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Preventing chronic disease is often cited as a way to slow U.S. health care spending growthor at least generate better value for the $2.2 trillion spent annually on health care in the United States. The public and policy makers often receive mixed messages about the costs and benefits of prevention and chronic care management. As health care reform moves forward, the role of prevention and improved care management in a revamped U.S. health system is a key issue for policy makers to understand.
Moderated by HSC President Paul B. Ginsburg, Ph.D., the conference, titled "The Dollars and Sense of Prevention: A Primer for Health Policy Makers," will convene with a keynote address by Steven H. Woolf, M.D., M.P.H., professor of family medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, and lead author of "The Economic Argument for Disease Prevention: Distinguishing Between Value and Savings."
The keynote will be followed by an expert panel that will discuss why many patients dont receive appropriate preventive care; how coverage and benefit structures affect patient access and adherence to recommended care; and how the Congressional Budget Office scores proposals for preventive services. Panelists include: Jason Spangler, M.D., M.P.H., managing senior fellow, Partnership for Prevention; A. Mark Fendrick, M.D., professor, internal medicine and health management and policy, University of Michigan; and Chapin White, Ph.D., analyst, Congressional Budget Office.
The June 8 conference will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., at the Marriott at Metro Center, Washington, D.C. To register online for the conference, please visit http://www.hschange.org/index.cgi?conf=show&what=26.
The conference is the third of four conferences organized and conducted by
HSC and sponsored by PhRMA, DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance and the American
College of Preventive Medicine. Under the sponsorship arrangement, HSC and the
three sponsoring organizations jointly choose the conference topics, while HSC
is solely responsible for organizing and conducting the conferences.
The Center for Studying Health System Change is a nonpartisan policy research organization committed to providing objective and timely research on the nations changing health system to help inform policy makers and contribute to better health care policy. HSC, based in Washington, D.C., is funded principally by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is affiliated with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.