Massachusetts Medical Society: Conference on Universal Health Care

Conference on Universal Health Care

Conference on Universal Health Care 2018

Conference on Universal Health Care
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 
Massachusetts Medical Society Headquarters & Via Live Webinar 


Registration for this event, in-person or live webinar, is complimentary
To register by phone, please call 1-800-843-6356

The past decade has seen an incredible tumult in our nation's approach to health care policy, with the adoption of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) followed by a series of challenges for it and to it. How did we come to the health care system that we have now and where does it succeed and fail? What does the near future have in store for the ACA and for health care policy overall? Would we be better off with a dramatic move to a single-payer option or with a more incremental approach to reform? What lessons can be gleaned from attempts at state-level innovations? What will be the politics of this issue in the 2018 and the 2020 elections? And what is in the best interest of patients?


Join us to listen, discuss, and connect:

8:00AM — Registration, Breakfast & Networking

8:45AM — Welcome & Introductions
Alain A. Chaoui, MD, President, Massachusetts Medical Society
Nancy C. Turnbull, Senior Lecturer on Health Policy and Senior Associate Dean for Professional Education, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

9:00AM — Health Care Access and Financing: A Status Report
Jonathan Gruber, PhD, Ford Professor of Economics, MIT Department of Economics

10:00AM — The Real World Effects of the Affordable Care Act
Benjamin D. Sommers, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Economics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

10:30AM — BREAK

10:45AM — A Single-Payer Option
James A. Morone, PhD, John Hazen White Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies, Brown University

11:15AM — Other Health Reform Options
Matthew Fiedler, PhD, Fellow, USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, Economic Studies Program, Brookings Institution

11:45AM — Lunch & Networking

12:30PM — Health Care & the Elections
Sarah Kliff, Senior Policy Correspondent, Vox 

1:30PM — A Patient’s Perspective
Amy Rosenthal, Executive Director, Health Care For All

2:00PM — Moderated Discussion: The Next Five Years: What’s in Store for Massachusetts and Beyond 

2:45PM — Recap & Wrap-Up 
Nancy C. Turnbull

3:00PM — Adjourn

Click Here to see the resources for the conference


Upon completion of this educational activity, participants shall be able to:

  • Explain the current structure of the U.S. health care system and where there are gaps in access to care.
  • Describe the current state of the ACA and its successes and failures in broadening access to health care and current and future challenges.
  • Compare single-payer options beyond the ACA for achieving universal health care.
  • Identify additional options beyond single-payer for achieving universal health care.
  • Reflect on the political debate around access to health care and the relationship between this topic and both the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential elections.
  • Synthesize the discussion to look at the future of health care over the next 5 years in Massachusetts and the country at large.


Accreditation Statement:
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Credit Designation Statement: The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.


Registration for this event, in-person or live webinar, is complimentary
To register by phone, please call 1-800-843-6356


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