Heller experts participate in Mass. hearings on health care cost trends

March 16, 2010

Today, Thursday, and Friday, Heller School health care experts are participating in public hearings on health care cost trends sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services. The Division of Health Care Finance & Policy in collaboration with the Office of the Attorney General is holding these annual hearings regarding health care costs, provider and insurer costs, and strategies to mitigate these cost trends.

Stuart Altman, the Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy, will serve as both expert witness and moderator. On Thursday, Altman will moderate a discussion on “Understanding Cost Drivers in the Health Care System.” Friday morning, Altman will be an expert witness on “Market Reform Considerations to Reduce the Growth in Healthcare Spending.”

Stan Wallack, professor and executive director of the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy at the Heller School, will moderate a discussion Thursday morning on “Creating the Framework for High PerformingOrganizations.”

Altman, Wallack, and Cindy Thomas, Associate Research Professor at the Schneider Institute at Heller, also wrote one of the preliminary reports to inform the discussion, and contributed to two other reports provided at the hearings.

Click here for more information and a detailed agenda. Read the preliminary reports here.

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