Penn Health Policy Retreat: Eyes Forward on a New Policy Landscape
16 Speakers and a Lively Obamacare Debate Draw Capacity Crowd
Held in the newly opened University of Pennsylvania Perry World House (above, left), the sixth annual Penn Health Policy Retreat focused on the health care changes likely to be made by the incoming Trump administration and other policy issues. The event is sponsored by Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) and the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Keynote speaker (above, right) was James Capretta, MA, a former Associate Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget who currently holds the Milton Friedman Chair at the American Enterprise Institute.
Opened in September, Perry World House is designed to be the university’s hub of global affairs research. The Health Policy Retreat was held in its World Forum Hall (above, left), a soaring architectural space. Welcoming the audience is LDI Executive Director Daniel Polsky, PhD (above, right).
The Retreat kicked off with a lively debate (above, left) between Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD and Avik Roy, MD. Emanuel, Chair of Penn’s Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department, was one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act. Roy, President of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity and Opinion Editor at Forbes, is the author of “Transcending Obamacare: A Patient-Centered Plan for Near Universal Coverage and Permanent Fiscal Solvency.” Above, right, Zachary Meisel, MD, MPH, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, reviews the latest activites of CHERISH, a new national research center focused on the study of the health economics of substance use treatment.
Speaking on the issue of Nurse Practitioner and Physician Referral Rates (above, left) was Penn Nursing School Professor and Director of the Center for Integrative Science in Aging, Kathryn Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN. Above, right, Wharton School Professor of Health Care Management, Mark Pauly, PhD, discussed the unsubsidized uninsured and the stability of the health insurance marketplace.
Above, left, Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, Director of the LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), talked about the latest findings in consumer health behaviors and incentives designed to improve them. Above, right, Wharton School Assistant Professor of Health Care Management, Ashley Swanson, PhD, spoke on the vertical structure and negotiated prices of pharmaceuticals.
Attended by 125 Penn health policy experts — most of whom were LDI Senior Fellows — (above, left) the Retreat featured a total of 16 speakers presenting on various aspects of health services and policy research. Above, right, Wharton School Associate Professor of Health Care Management, Guy David, PhD, addressed the effect of discontinuous post-acute care on hospital readmissions.
Chatting during a break are (above, left) Wharton School Professor of Health Care Management Scott Harrington, PhD, and Wharton Health Care Management Lecturer Robert Field, PhD, JD, MPH. Above, right are (l to r) LDI Deputy Director Joanne Levy, MBA, MCP; Director of the Center for Child Injury Prevention Science at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Flaura Winston, MD, PhD; and LDI Associate Director for Health Policy, Janet Weiner, PhD, MPH.
Speaking on best practices and unintended consequences in vaccine exemption policy (above, left) is Penn Nursing School Assistant Professor Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA. Above, right in the Perry World House lounge are (l to r) Penn Nursing School Postdoctoral Research Fellow Hilary Barnes, PhD, CRNP; Penn Nursing Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) Pre-Doctoral Fellow Aparna Kumar, PhD, CRNP; and CHOPR second year pre-doctoral student Elizabeth Schierholz, BSN, MSN.
Above, left, Perelman School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Medicine, Amol Navathe, MD, PhD, spoke about the latest bundled payment projects. Above, right, Wharton Professor of Health Care Management Lawton (Rob) Burns, PhD, MBA, discussed recent research on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
Having a laugh (above, left) are Wharton Health Care Management Professor John Kimberly, PhD, and Perelman School of Medicine Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH. Above, right, Perelman School of Medicine Professor of Medicine Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, chats with Wharton Health Care Management and Economics PhD candidate William Pajerowski, BA.