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NEJM Catalyst Announces Live Web Event on Navigating Payment Reform for Providers, Payers, and Pharma

NEJM Group
Posted on: 30 Oct 17

Payment reform is essential to U.S. health care delivery transformation – and progress requires cooperation between providers, payers, and pharmaceutical makers. How these three stakeholders drive payment reform, how they respond to it, and the complex interplay among them will determine whether health care costs can be successfully addressed or become increasingly expensive.

On Thursday, November 2 at 1–5 p.m. ET, NEJM Catalyst and Harvard Business School/HBS Health Care Initiative will host a live web event titled Navigating Payment Reform for Providers, Payers, and Pharma. In this free event, broadcasting live from Harvard Business School, expert leaders, researchers, and physicians will come together to share their views and challenge one another.

“This gathering of outstanding speakers and moderators from the health care provider, payer, and pharmaceutical sectors will uncover the fault lines in payment reform and discuss how to harness economic incentives to drive better performance for the ultimate stakeholders: patients,” says speaker and NEJM Catalyst Theme Leader and Event Host Leemore Dafny, PhD, of Harvard Business School.

The event will include three separate sessions, with viewers encouraged to submit questions online for the Q&A portion of each session. The sessions are:

  • Collaborating to Rein in Pharma Pricing: Drug prices are skyrocketing, not only for new products but also for generics. Market-based solutions don’t seem to be working. How should provider and payer organizations respond to, and collaborate with, pharmaceutical companies? Are risk-based agreements between pharma companies and health systems the future? This session features a leading health care researcher, a payer’s chief medical officer responsible for pharmaceutical contracts, and a physician-researcher specializing in pharmacoeconomics.
  • Providers Taking Real Risk to Realize Change: For all the talk in recent years of health care reform and value-based payment, provider organizations haven’t actually changed much. Fee-for-service payment remains predominant. Truly taking risk requires deep change in care delivery. Tweaking the same old delivery system simply defers change. In this session, a leading health care policy analyst and the founder of an innovative primary care clinic will speak, moderated by the faculty chair of the HBS Health Care Initiative.
  • Are Payers Negotiating a New Path for Transformation?: Are private payers developing innovative collaborations with providers and implementing payment reforms, or are they free-riding on public-sector initiatives? In this session, leaders from a payer and the segment’s key customers – employers – will assess the performance of the payer sector, and discuss how payers and employers can drive deeper change.

Attendees will benefit from insightful presentations, real-world case studies, and an interactive Q&A session with industry-leading experts.

NEJM Catalyst offers a combination of multimedia content, web events, expert panels, and new research. NEJM Catalyst connects health care executives, clinical leaders, and clinicians with practical approaches and actionable steps to implement changes in their organizations that improve the value of health care delivery and patient care.

To participate in Navigating Payment Reform for Providers, Payers, and Pharma, register online at NEJM Catalyst. On Twitter, use the hashtag #NewMarket17.

About NEJM Group
NEJM Group creates high-quality medical resources for research, learning, practice, and professional development. Designed to meet the demand for essential medical knowledge and innovation among academic researchers and teachers, physicians, clinicians, executives, and others in health care, NEJM Group products include the New England Journal of Medicine, NEJM Journal Watch, NEJM Knowledge+, NEJM Catalyst, NEJM Resident 360, and NEJM 医学前沿 (Yi Xue Qian Yan). NEJM Group is a division of the Massachusetts Medical Society. For more information, visit

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Last updated on: 30/10/2017

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