Getting to Healthcare Value - What’s Your State's Path?

The Hub's Nov. 8-10, 2015, Conference on Healthcare Costs and Quality 

This conference featured healthcare advocate leaders and national experts with an interest in lowering healthcare costs and increasing quality. Information about this conference, including the agenda and presentation slides, are below.

A report summarizing the conference is available here.


Sunday, Nov. 8


4:00-5:00 p.m.

Optional 101 Session:
  • Healthcare Costs 101 (Slides)
  • Healthcare Quality 101 (Slides)
  • Update on CMS Initiatives (Slides)

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Cocktails and Networking

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Informal welcome and networking
David Adler, RWJF
Lynn Quincy, Healthcare Value Hub

Monday, Nov. 9


7:30-8:30 a.m.


9:00-9:15 a.m

Opening Remarks
Marta Tellado, Consumer Reports
Anne Weiss, RWJF

9:15-9:30 a.m.

Inspiration and Challenge to Participants
Jeffery Brenner, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
9:30-10:20 a.m. All the Rage: Provider Payment Reform
Sure to be discussed in your state—here’s help navigating the issue.
Liz Doyle, Take Action Minnesota (moderator)
Francois de Brantes, Healthcare Incentives Improvement Institute (Slides)
Michael Miller, Community Catalyst (Slides)
10:20-10:30 a.m. BREAK
10:30-11:30 a.m. Is it Possible to Reduce Unit Prices?
Unit prices drive spending more than utilization but many interventions do little to reduce unit prices- what should we be focusing on?
Lynn Quincy, Healthcare Value Hub
Jesse Ellis O'Brien, OSPIRG (Slides)
Robert Murray, Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (former director) (Slides)
Chapin White, RAND (Slides)
11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. Getting to Usable Quality Measures 
Quality is integral to getting to value but which measures drive value? What is usable for consumers? What are the gaps? What will it take to bridge the gaps?
Anne Dunkelberg, Center for Public Policy Priorities
Lisa McGiffert, Consumers Union (Slides)
Ted Rooney, Healthcare Quality Consulting (Slides)

12:30-1:20 p.m.

Lunch and Networking

1:20-1:30 p.m.

Goals for Breakout Sessions
Jeffrey Brenner

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions
Facilitated small group discussions with like-minded states to chart a path forward

3:00-3:30 p.m.

Break and Gallery Walk

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Day 1 Wrap-Up and Synthesis
Jeffrey Brenner (moderator)

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Optional Cocktails and Networking

6:00-8:00 p.m.


Tuesday, Nov. 10


7:30-8:30 a.m.


9:00-9:50 a.m. How Can Health System Transformation Reduce Health Disparities?
Charlie Alfero, Hidalgo Medical Services, Center for Health Innovation (Slides)
Sinsi Hernandez-Cancio, Families USA (Slides)
Brian Rosman, Healthcare for All Massachusetts (Slides
9:50-10:40 a.m. Value Based Insurance Design—Which Approaches are Best for Consumers?
Anthony Wright, California Health Access (moderator)
Mark Fendrick, University of Michigan, Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (Slides)
Lydia Mitts, Families USA (Slides)
10:50-11:50 a.m. Break
10:50-11:50 a.m. Facilitated, Interactive Session: Where do We Go from Here?
Jeffery Brenner, (Moderator)
11:50-noon Thank You and Safe Travels (Pick up boxed lunches to go.)
12:15 p.m. Final Buses Depart for Airport