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The Health of America: Health Care Policy, the ACA and the Opioid Crisis

  • 06:00 PM
  • 970-476-0954

The Health of America: Health Care Policy, the ACA and the Opioid Crisis

Living at Your Peak

With Dr. John Z. Ayanian, Dr. A. Mark Fendrick, Dr. Christopher Friese, Dr. Rebecca Cunningham and Dr. Chad Brummett

July 12, 2018.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Session One from 6 – 7:15 p.m.; Session Two from  7:30 – 8:45 p.m.

Edwards Interfaith Chapel | Edwards

Health policies range from complex national programs debated by our elected officials like the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 to everyday practices we take for granted such as “employees must wash their hands.”
Everyone has a stake in health policy:  individuals, employers, doctors, hospitals, insurers, legislators. A policy can save lives, just as a gap in policy can leave the window open for a crisis. This two-session program, in partnership with the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation, will explore distinct policy issues in American health care: the past and future of federal and state reform (including the ACA) and using policy to fight the opioid crisis in America.

Session 1: Federal and State Health Policy – What Are We Doing?

with Dr. John Ayanian, Dr. Mark Fendrick and Dr. Christopher Friese
The Affordable Care Act had a significant effect on the United States both for individuals and communities. The struggle to adjust the ACA, or to do away with it entirely, continues to this day. It is just one example, albeit a massive one, of how federal and state policies can touch individual lives. Where do we go from here?

Session 2: Fighting the Opioid Crisis

with Dr. Chad Brummett and Dr. Rebecca Cunningham, moderated by Dr. John Ayanian
The opioid crisis is, in many ways, a crisis that came from within health care systems across the United States. Thousands of Americans are dying every year from opioid misuse. It is one of the most urgent and tragic issues facing this country. How can policy help end this crisis? And, how can healthcare providers and researchers help today?
John Z. Ayanian, MD, MPP is the inaugural Director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation which includes over 500 faculty members from 14 schools and colleges at the University of Michigan, where he is a Professor of Medicine, of Health Management and Policy, of Public Policy, and a practicing general internist. He currently leads a team conducting the federally-authorized five-year evaluation of the Healthy Michigan Plan, which has expanded Medicaid coverage to more than 650,000 adults in Michigan.
Chad Brummett, MD is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan where he is the Director of Pain Research and more broadly the Director of Clinical Anesthesia Research. He is the Co-Director of the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (Michigan OPEN), which aims to apply a preventative approach to the opioid epidemic in the US through appropriate prescribing after surgery, dentistry and emergency medicine.
Rebecca Cunningham, MD is Director of the CDC-funded University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center, Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research in U-M’s Office of Research, Professor of Emergency Medicine, and of Health Behavior and Health Education. The Injury Prevention Center has been a leader in prevention and interventions for the opioid epidemic; Dr. Cunningham also serves on the MI governor’s commission on opioid overdose.
A. Mark Fendrick, MD conceptualized and coined the term Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID) and currently directs the V-BID Center at the University of Michigan, where he is a Professor of Internal Medicine in the School of Medicine and a Professor of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. He serves on the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee and has been invited to present testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel.
Christopher R. Friese, RN, Ph.D. is the Elizabeth Tone Hosmer Professor and Director of the Center for Improving Patient and Population Health at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Dr. Friese leads a multidisciplinary research team focused on measuring and improving the quality and safety of cancer care. From September 2017-August 2018, Dr. Friese was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow in the United States Senate, where he worked on health reform in addition to a diverse health policy portfolio.
This program is generously underwritten by Lynn & Jerry Anderson.

Note: The doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the first session begins at 6 p.m.

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