Center for American Progress

: Lowering Health Care Costs While Improving Care
Past Event

Lowering Health Care Costs While Improving Care

Lessons from the Oregon Medicaid Approach

9:30 - 10:30 AM EDT

A critical goal of the historic Affordable Care Act is to move our health care system from one that is high-cost and high-volume to one that is high-value. And it’s not just the federal government that is implementing important reforms: states, as well as private businesses and insurers, are testing different payment models to fundamentally change how health care is paid for and delivered across the country.

The state of Oregon, led by Governor John Kitzhaber, is at the forefront of these efforts.  The state has adopted changes to its Medicaid program that will fundamentally change how health care is delivered throughout the state.  The Oregon approach encourages local control and flexibility as well as accountability for overall health.

Please join the Center for American Progress as it welcomes Governor Kitzhaber who will discuss these efforts, as well as how Oregon’s outcomes-based approach can serve as a model for other states and other federal programs. We will also hear from a panel of health policy experts, including Dr. Geeta Nayyar of AT&T Advanced Solutions, who will discuss why these types of payment and delivery reforms are important to the business community.

The Center for American Progress will release a new report Alternatives to Fee-for-Service Payment: Moving from Volume to Value.  The report considers models being tested around the country, as well as lessons learned and best practices based on a series of interviews with organizations piloting these reforms.


This event was made possible in part by a grant from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.


Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress


Keynote Speech:

The Hon. John Kitzhaber, M.D., Governor of Oregon



Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Geeta Nayyar, M.D., Chief Medical Information Officer, AT&T ForHealth

Maura Calsyn, Associate Director for Health Policy, Center for American Progress