Doug Holtz-Eakin, PhD

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently hosted its 4th Annual Health Care Summit, “Optimizing the Next Generation of Health Care,” to discuss various ways to improve the U.S. health care system. I was honored to participate in a panel discussion on best practices in Medicare Advantage (MA), along with Kevin Cammarata, Executive Director, Benefits, Verizon; Dr. Gary Puckrein, President and CEO, National Minority Quality Forum; and Chester Speed, Vice President, Public Policy, American Medical Group Association.

Ken Thorpe, PhD

Roll Call and Collaborative Health Systems recently hosted a joint briefing, “ACOs: The Future of Coordinated Care,” to discuss the role of coordinated care in the U.S. health care system. Through coordinated care, teams of physicians and care coordinators help patients smoothly transition from one medical setting to the next. Patients with chronic conditions often see multiple specialists, so care coordination is a valuable part of their health care experience.

Doug Holtz-Eakin, PhD and Ken Thorpe, PhD

This July marks 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law. Since Medicare’s passage in 1965, the program has expanded to cover more services and provide greater care for seniors.  However, the Medicare that President Johnson signed into law 50 years ago is on an unsustainable path today. More seniors are aging into the program and living longer than ever before, raising concerns about Medicare’s solvency.

Ken Thorpe, PhD and Kavita Patel, MD

In the United States, nearly 1 in 4 Americans die from a preventable cardiovascular disease [1], costing the nation an annual $444 million [2].  U.S.