Health Reform Conference Features Top Practitioners and Policy Experts
Oct.30 , 2017
From October 26-28, leading health law, policy, and economics experts gathered from across the country at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) for “Next Steps in Health Reform 2017” to discuss the dynamic health care landscape. Topics included health care delivery and payment reform, private insurance regulation and coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions, the future of Medicaid and CHIP, and responses by states and communities to the changing federal role in health care.
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The conference, co-sponsored by the AUWCL Health Law & Policy Program and the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME), featured keynote speakers Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president, American University and former Secretary of Health and Human Services; Henry Waxman, chairman, Waxman Strategies and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives; Daniel J. Hilferty, president and CEO, Independence Blue Cross; and Mandy K. Cohen, secretary, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
The Health Law and Policy Program, which launched this past summer, is directed by Professor Lindsay Wiley. The Program solidifies AUWCL as a destination for health law and policy studies in Washington, D.C.
“By fostering dialogue between researchers and practitioners, across professions and disciplines, we are preparing the next generation of health lawyers for the kind of collaborative problem-solving that today’s workplace demands,” said Wiley, who was recently elected president of ASLME. “We are thrilled to be launching American University’s new Health Law and Policy Program by bringing together the nation’s leading legal experts, political scientists, economists, health care providers, and business leaders to discuss the changing federal role in health-care financing and regulation.
The event was attended by approximately 250 law students, lawyers, health care and business leaders, and policymakers from around the country. Asha B. Scielzo, senior fellow for health law and policy at AUWCL, and Professors Lewis Grossman, Robert Dinerstein, and Daniel Kraiem served as panel moderators.