Recent data paints a costly picture for people living with chronic disease: Just five percent of the population accounts for half of health care spending in the US and that five percent is dominated by those with multiple chronic conditions. Mounting demands on individual and family budgets are stressed even more by increasing out of pocket costs associated with lifesaving health care and preventive services in a growing number of households. Chronic disease is not discriminating, but unfortunately is decimating some specific demographics in the U.S.
Too often today efforts to control health care spending involve shifting additional costs directly onto these individuals or erecting procedural and payment hurdles in accessing needed care that will improve their health and lower costs to the system.
Please join our panel of experts as we dive into policy solutions that will help ease the burden of this cost shifting for people living with multiple chronic conditions in Medicare and other health care systems. This briefing will address critical questions and aims to motivate discussion, and change.
- What is the true impact of the cost-shifting movement on health?
- What principles should decision-makers consider to promote access to needed services without breaking the bank?
- What can we learn from existing innovative efforts that work by engaging with and addressing the needs of the individual, such as the Independence at Home program, or focusing on high risk individuals with evidence-based, accessible behavioral interventions?
- What are key common elements of success to inform policy efforts that measurably address family out of pocket health care costs?
- What policies can improve access AND drive value?
Bipartisan efforts in the 115th Congress led to the Chronic Care Act and other strategic reforms. Join us for a discussion about what opportunities are now ripe for reforms that will make a difference in reducing the burden of chronic disease on all Americans.
WHO – Additional panelists (representing patient, provider, employer perspectives) being confirmed.
- Noam Levey, The Los Angeles Times – Moderator
- Ken Thorpe, Chairman, PFCD
- Sue Peschin, President and CEO, Alliance for Aging Research
- Michelle Neblett, Director, Health Care Policy Executive, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, Government Operations – Federal Affairs, The Boeing Company
- Randy Rutta, President and CEO, American Autoimmune Related Disease Association
WHEN – 12 Noon on Monday, October 21, 2019
WHERE – HC-8 U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.
*Please note room change*
RSVP – Jennifer.Burke@fightchronicdisease.org