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Preparing for What’s Next in U.s. Health Reform

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With the results of the 2016 U.S. election, the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and U.S. health reform are unknown. As President Donald Trump and the Republican majority take office in 2017, health care executives will need to anticipate extensive changes in policy and develop a deep understanding of how this will impact their organizations, employees, and patients. As a result, senior health care leaders must look beyond their immediate challenges to build and shape their organizations’ competitive advantages.

Preparing for What’s Next in U.S. Health Reform will offer key lessons involving health reform and policy, focusing on its impact on you as a leader and on your organization. The nation’s leading health policy experts will explain essential lessons from current reform efforts, discuss what to anticipate with the next round of policy innovations under the new national administration, and offer insights to help you thrive in the rapidly evolving health care marketplace.

This program will:

  • Develop your capacity to anticipate and address health policy changes that will impact your organization
  • Enhance your long-term strategic planning abilities by providing progressive insights into the future of health care and health care policy
  • Improve your effectiveness in leading complex health care organizations

World-renowned Harvard faculty who are at the cutting edge of health reform will translate their research and real-world experience into knowledge you can use to position your organization to succeed in our new health care environment. This is a unique opportunity to engage with world-class policy experts and senior leaders from across the health care industry to explore the present and future of U.S. health reform efforts during this time of pivotal change.

This executive education program will examine the implications of health reform across sectors, informing your organization’s strategic and policy planning processes in the years ahead. By attending this program, you will strengthen your understanding of the emerging forces affecting the U.S. health care industry and improve your ability to lead with purpose and vision.

Understand How Health Reform Impacts Your Company

Strategic planning requires an understanding of the forces impacting your industry. By gaining strong insight into the health sector, how it is currently changing, and how it may change in the future, you can more effectively guide your organization’s strategy and planning process.

Because health reform and changing health policy have such a major impact on the health care industry today, it is important for executives across the industry to develop a deep understanding of current and anticipated reforms. Preparing for What’s Next in U.S. Health Reform will provide you with this knowledge, preparing you for upcoming legislation under the new administration and equipping you to develop the appropriate strategies for your organization going forward.

Objectives & Highlights

Learning Objectives

  • Anticipate your agenda needs by learning about the likely shape and direction that health reform will take in 2017 and 2018 with a new President and Congress
  • Reinforce your leadership capacity with in-depth knowledge of current and emerging issues
  • Distinguish the trends, opportunities, and challenges in health care delivery over the next five years
  • Learn how Medicare and Medicaid will evolve and impact the system in the future, helping you to calibrate and steer your organization
  • Understand the uncertain future of health reform and the ACA so that you can develop future strategies for your organization
  • Identify the key measurable outcomes of the U.S. health reform process to date

Key Policy Considerations

With the transition from the ACA to President Trump’s health reform plans, many critical challenges need to be addressed across the span of U.S. health policy. The new national administration will usher in the next generation of health reforms beyond the ACA and a new national reform agenda. This program will explore key policy questions you face today, including:

  • The Private Health Insurance Marketplace–Will President Trump’s plans for health reform impact affordability; where are the health insurance marketplaces headed, and how will markets adapt to mature health reform?
  • Medicare–How will anticipated health reform change Medicare and how will this impact your organization?
  • Medicaid–What will be the trajectory of Medicaid under the new administration and how will this affect Medicaid enrollees’ health?
  • Quality Improvement–How have health reforms impacted health care delivery performance? What will the next generation of quality and system improvement reforms attempt to do? What will happen to the ACA’s initiatives to shift to paying-for-value?
  • Prevention, Wellness, and Public Health–What is the future of population health and wellness initiatives by government and the private sector? How does a focus on population health management change the delivery of medical care services?
  • Public Opinion and the Future of Reform—What is the public opinion regarding current health care policy? How did public opinion of the ACA shape the 2016 national elections? How should we understand public attitudes on current and future reforms?

Who should attend

This program is designed for senior executives and leaders from the US health care industry or those whose business is heavily involved in US health care, including:

  • C-Suite executives, presidents, and executive directors
  • Vice presidents and directors involved in strategy and planning
  • Clinical executives
  • Board members
  • This program builds on your current knowledge of health policy, health reform, and the Affordable Care Act. It has been designed for executive and leaders who are already familiar with the basics of US health reform and need to convert this knowledge into action. Ideal participants will come from the following organizations:

  • Health care delivery organizations, including hospitals, health systems, health centers, home health organizations, and physician practice organizations;

  • Payers, including insurance companies and other third party payers;

  • Drug or medical device or medical supply manufacturing, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies;

  • Other industry stakeholders, including senior officials from local, state, or federal government, national foundations and disease groups, professional associations, consulting groups, and lobbying firms; and

  • Other organizations both domestically and internationally with an interest in understanding the results and future of US health reform.


Robert J. Blendon is Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at the School of Public Health and a faculty member of HKS. He directs the Harvard Opinion Research Program, which focuses on the better understanding of public knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about health and other major do...
Dr. Thomas Lee is an internist and cardiologist who practices at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a Professor of Medicine, part time, at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He currently serves as ...
John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA is Professor of Public Health Practice in the Department of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Center for Executive and Continuing Professional Education at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In 2010, he was the Joan H. Tisch Distinguished ...
Ashish Jha, MD, MPH, is the Dean for Global Strategy and K.T. Li Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. He is also a practicing General Internist at the VA Boston Healthcare System and Professor of Medic...
Aaron Kesselheim MD JD MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a faculty member in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Within the Division, Aaron created and leads the Program On ...
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, is also former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. A pediatrician by background, Dr. Berwick has served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School and Har...
Rosemarie Day founded Day Health Strategies in 2010 to focus on implementing national health reform. Building on her initial success, she and her company are now serving organizations that want to transform their approach to offering or delivering health care. Since founding the company, she an...
ARNOLD EPSTEIN, M.D., M.A., is the John H. Foster Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard Chan School of Public Health. His research interests focus on quality of care and access to care. During 1993-94 he served in the Clinton Administration working in th...
Benjamin Sommers, MD, PhD is a health economist and a practicing primary care physician whose research focuses on Medicaid, health insurance, and vulnerable populations. He has received numerous awards for his research, including the Outstanding Dissertation Award, Alice Hersh New Investigator Aw...
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