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Policy Webinar Series: State Laws Addressing Pharmacy Prices

This webinar features Katie Gudiksen, Senior Health Policy Researcher at UC Hastings. Gudiksen will discuss state laws addressing pharmacy prices and the utilization of these laws in driving higher-value in health care.

Policy Webinar Series: Unconventional Mergers in Health Care

This webinar highlights new forms of life in the health care industry and the implications of these unconventional mergers for health care purchasers and other stakeholders. This webinar features Leemore Dafny of Harvard Business School and Bob Galvin, CEO of Equity Health Care.

Policy Webinar Series: Pricing Pressure and Policy Solutions for Controlling Costs

This webinar features David Muhlestein, Chief Research Officer at Leavitt Partners, and Niall Brennan, President and CEO of the Health Care Cost Institute, on pricing pressure in health care and efforts to control costs through policy solutions.

Policy Webinar Series: Reforming the Physician Fee Schedule

This webinar focuses on efforts to modernize the physician fee schedule to drive higher-value in health care. This webinar features Mai Pham, MD, vice president of provider alignment solutions at Anthem Inc. and Bob Berenson, MD, institute fellow at the Urban Institute.

Webinar #4: Policies for Low-Intervention States & Policies to Protect Competition

This webinar, the final in the series of four, focuses on policies, which, if plotted on a spectrum of “degree of intervention” would land on the lower end of the scale. It also offers strategies for states to protect the erosion of market competition by bolstering and broadening antitrust oversight. Featuring Josephine Porter, Director of the Institute for Health Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire and Jaime S. King, the John and Marylyn Mayo Chair in Health Law at the University of Auckland.

Webinar #3: Policies to Regulate Prices

This webinar, third in a series of four, focuses on policies for price regulation, organized according to the degree of state oversight, resources and sophistication required to administer them. Featuring Anna Doar Sinaiko, Assistant Professor of Health Economics and Policy at Harvard University, Robert A. Berenson, an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center, and Robert Murray, President of Global Health Payment, LLC.

Webinar #2: Policies to Defang Bad Actors and Empower Market Balancers

This webinar, second in a series of four, focuses on policies to prevent would-be monopolists from engaging in anticompetitive behavior, impose penalties on those that continue to do so, and protect and preserve the independent actors that remain. Featuring Aditi P. Sen, Director of Research and Policy at the Health Care Cost Institute and Erin Fuse Brown, the Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law, Health, and Society at Georgia State University.

Using Policy Levers to Drive Change: A Last Resort?

Let’s face it. Something has got to give. While employers and health care purchasers have long tried to implement market-based solutions, catalyzing consistent and long lasting system-wide change in health…

Cutting Costs: CHG Healthcare Carves Out Specialty Pharmacy

Back in 2016, benefits staff at CHG Healthcare found a charge for $174K in the monthly claims spend report. It wasn’t a mistake; it was the actual price for a specialty drug being used to treat a rare medical condition. Forecasting further exorbitant costs without evidence of effectiveness, CHG Healthcare partnered  with VIVIO Health Inc in 2017 to implement a specialty drug carve-out plan that covers both pharmacy and medical benefit drugs. Between 2017 and 2020, the program netted this progressive purchaser $4.4M in savings with their plan participants paying $0 for their speciality medications.

CPR’s New Year’s Resolutions

As an independent, nonprofit organization with the mission to catalyze employers, public purchasers and others to implement strategies that produce higher value health care and improve the functioning of the health care marketplace, we pride ourselves on our being forward thinking and agile. So, it’s no surprise that we make a list of New Year’s resolutions every year.  This year, we share it with you.

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