Indiana University SPEA Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy University of Pennsylvania AIR American University

Panel: Making Evidence-Based Health Policy Work in the Political Process
(The Impacts of Politics on the Policy Process)

Thursday, November 12, 2015: 1:45 PM-3:15 PM
President's Room (Hyatt Regency Miami)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Organizers:  Jan Blustein, New York University
Panel Chairs:  Alice Burns, Congressional Budget Office
Discussants:  Sherry Glied, New York University

Will Voters Support Lawmakers Who Support Evidence-Based Health Policy? Results from Survey Experiments
Eric Patashnik, University of Virginia, Alan S. Gerber, Yale University and Conor Dowling, University of Mississippi

Adding Expertise to the Legislative Process? the Effect of Mandate Review Requirements in the States
Simon Haeder and David Weimer, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Some Institutional Factors Contributing to the Weak Evidence Base in Clinical Medicine
Jan Blustein1, Danil V. Makarov1 and Cary P. Gross2, (1)New York University, (2)Yale University

The Obama Administration has made a major investment in promoting better use of evidence to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery, but the ultimate impact of this reform project will require vast changes in institutional practices. Key institutional players in the health policy arena—from legislators to academic researchers —will need to have incentives to support, generate and apply objective information to key decisions, including the coverage of treatments, the adoption of technology, and the regulation of insurance markets. All of this will take place in a highly charged political process, in which public opinion and interest group lobbying carry great weight. What are the possibilities of transitioning toward a more evidence-based healthcare delivery system, informed by research and expertise? Which institutional actors are most likely to embrace this reform agenda, and which ones are most likely to resist it? This panel brings together papers from policy-oriented political scientists and health experts to examine the difficult tensions and dilemmas that will need to be overcome to make the pursuit of a high-performance, evidence-based healthcare system an institutional reality.