Panel: Public Policy and the Future of American Health Care Delivery
(Health Policy)

Thursday, November 8, 2018: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
Wilson C - Mezz Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Chairs:  Daniel S Grossman, Cornell University
Discussants:  Jim Marton, Georgia State University and Rebecca M. Sachs, Harvard University

Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Utilization of Emergency and Non-Emergency Medical Services
Charles Courtemanche1, Jim Marton2, Pelin Ozluk2, Ben Ulkert3 and Aaron Yelowitz4, (1)National Bureau of Economic Research, (2)Georgia State University, (3)University of Pennsylvania, (4)University of Kentucky

The Effects of the ACA on Hospital Finances
Jessica Van Parys, Hunter College, City University of New York

Public Quality Reporting in the Absence of Market Forces: Evidence from the Veterans Health Administration
Danyao Li1, Michael R. Richards2 and Coady Wing1, (1)Indiana University, (2)Vanderbilt University

Did Uberx Reduce Ambulance Volume?
Leon Moskatel, Scripps Mercy Hospital and David Slusky, University of Kansas

This session examines the role of public policy in the future of American health care delivery.  Each paper covers a different area: the effect of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion on hospital finances, the effect of the VA’s hospital quality report on health outcomes, the effect of the ACA on health care utilization and expenditures, and the effect of Uber on ambulance usage.  The results of these papers will help us answer many questions, including: How do we finance hospitals to treat low income Americans? How do we incentivize hospitals to achieve desired health outcomes without cream skimming patients?  How do non health-care startups substitute for traditional, expensive means of health care delivery?  The answers are crucial as the United States continues to reform its health insurance and health care systems toward one that strives to maximize health outcomes while minimizing costs.

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