Panel: Improving Value in Healthcare

Thursday, November 7, 2019: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
I.M Pei Tower: Majestic Level, Vail (Sheraton Denver Downtown)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizer:  Neeraj Sood, University of Southern California
Panel Chair:  Dana Goldman, University of Southern California
Discussants:  Jose Escarce, University of California, Los Angeles and Rena Conti, Boston University

Expert estimates suggest that as much as 30% of US health care spending is wasteful. As a result, improving value in health care – lowering health care costs without hurting health outcomes- has become a national priority. Researchers, employers, and insurers have been examining various strategies that could improve the value of healthcare. Some of these strategies focus on changing consumer decisions and incentives while others focus on providers. This panel brings together three papers that examine low-value health care in the US. The first paper examines whether high deductible health plans, which have become increasingly popular in the last decade reduce use of low-value services. The second paper examines whether an innovative program that rewards patients to choose lower cost providers results in cost savings for consumers. The last paper, takes the provider perspective and examines the likelihood of physician’s de-adopting drugs that are proven to be unsafe or ineffective after they have been released on the market.

Nudging Specialists in Value-Based Systems
Daniella Meeker1, Mark William Friedberg2, Tara Knight1, Jason Doctor1, Dina Zein1, Nancy Cayasso-McIntosh3, Hal Yee3, Stanley Dea3 and Paul Giboney3, (1)University of Southern California, (2)RAND Corporation, (3)Los Angeles County

Effects of Employer-Offered High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) on Low-Value Spending in the Privately Insured Population
Brendan Rabideau1, Matthew Eisenberg1, Rachel Reid2 and Neeraj Sood3, (1)Johns Hopkins University, (2)RAND Corporation, (3)University of Southern California

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