Bob Berenson

Bob Berenson on getting to the heart of wasteful spending in health care

September 04, 2018

Suzanne dials up her provider payment “guru”- Bob Berenson of the Urban Institute. Bob draws on his 20 years experience as an internal medicine doctor to answer Suzanne’s questions about the prevalence of mis- and missed- diagnoses in health care, as well as other root causes of the estimated $750 billion spent on unnecessary or inappropriate care each year. He previews part of his presentation for CPR’s upcoming Virtual Summit by exploring the Institute of Medicine’s report on this area that is top of mind for many employer-purchasers.

After practicing internal medicine Bob Berenson moved to the policy side, where he in charge of Medicare payment policy and private health plan contracting at CMS from 1998 to 2000, followed by a three-year term on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, serving as Vice Chair for two of those years. CPR is excited to hear his presentation at our September 11 event: Why Inappropriate Care Matters to Employers and What They Can Do About It where Bob will discuss what inappropriate is and why it occurs. He’ll be joined by panelists and facilitators from Google, AT&T, Walmart, Equity Healthcare, and the Washington State Health Care Authority.

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