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NRHI's National Affordability Summit Why Does Healthcare Cost So Much? And What Can We Do About It?


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Summit Goals

  • Gain a deeper understanding of what’s driving healthcare costs and the various levers to create the will for the necessary changes in all sectors
  • Hear ideas for innovation and the role you play in bringing those to reality
  • Focus on “how” to leverage healthcare cost information regionally and nationally to enable key stakeholders to work toward achieving affordable healthcare.


Keynote Speaker: Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH, Stanford University, Clinical Excellence Research Center

Dr. Milstein is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford and directs the University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center. The Center engages faculty from Health, Computer, and Social Sciences in the discovery and replication of innovative health care delivery methods that safely lower per capita health care spending for excellent care. Before joining Stanford's faculty, his career of applied research spanned private and public sector healthcare delivery and policy. After creating a healthcare performance improvement firm that he expanded globally following its acquisition by Mercer, he co-founded three nationally influential public benefit initiatives, the Leapfrog Group in partnership with the Business Roundtable in 1998 and the Consumer Purchaser Alliance in 2001. Appointed to consecutive term as a Congressional MedPAC Commissioner, he originated two subsequently enacted legislative changes to improve the value of healthcare. He was a founding staff member and serves as the Medical Director of the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH), the largest employer-led regional healthcare improvement coalition in the U.S.

Other Presenters Include:

Marc Bennett, HealthInsight; Harold Miller, Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform; Aparna Higgins, Visiting Scholar Brandies University; Frederick Isasi, JD, MPH, Families USA; George Isham, MD, HealthPartners; David Lansky, PhD, Pacific Business Group on Health; Grace Terrell, MD,  Envision Genomics; Mylia Christensen, HealthInsight; Katie Dobler, The Portland Clinic; Amit Shah, MD, Care Oregon; John Santa, MD; Robert Gluckman, MD; Craig Brammer, The Health Collaborative; Niall Brennan, Health Care Cost Institute; Alan Gilbert, GE healthymagination; Joshua Rosenthal, Rowdmap; Cecilia Ganduglia Cazaban, University of Texas School of Public Health; Jonathan Mathieu, Center for Improving Value in Health Care; Meredith Roberts Tomasi, HealthInsight; Dolores Yanagihara, Integrated Healthcare Association; Daniel Wolfson, ABIM Foundation; Paul Rosen, CMS; Elizabeth Mitchell, Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement.