Eighteen months ago, Health Affairs teamed with the National Pharmaceutical Council and Anthem, Inc. to launch a multi-year project to promote an evidence-based conversation about health spending.
The project explores questions involving the level and growth rate of health spending, the distribution of spending, efforts to improve the value of care, and analysis of options for constraining health care costs. The project has produced content in the journal as well as the blog and includes creation of the Health Affairs Council on Health Care Spending and Value.
To continue the conversation that began at last year’s standing-room-only launch event and to build on the related work described above, Health Affairs and the National Pharmaceutical Council are hosting a forum that will address:
- The pressures presented by soaring health costs on individuals, employers, and government
- Strategies among payers and others to promote cost effective care
- Efforts currently underway to bring costs under control