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ADVISORY: Gov. Kitzhaber, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Neera Tanden to Discuss Lowering Health Care Costs, Improving Care
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ADVISORY: Gov. Kitzhaber, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Neera Tanden to Discuss Lowering Health Care Costs, Improving Care

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Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, September 18, Gov. John Kitzhaber (D-OR) will join Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and CAP President Neera Tanden to discuss lowering health care costs and improving care.

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 Gov. 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.

At the event, Gov. Kitzhaber 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. A panel of health policy experts, including Dr. Geeta Nayyar of AT&T Advanced Solutions, will also discuss why these types of payment and delivery reforms are important to the business community, and 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.

Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress

Keynote speaker:
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

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
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For more information, please contact Katie Peters at [email protected] or 202.741.6285.