Managing Healthcare Costs through Incentives

Managing Healthcare Costs through Incentives

Posted 2.15.06


Dr. J. B. Silvers, Eliz. M. and Wm. C. Treuhaft Professor of Health Systems Management at the Weatherhead School of Management.

It may seem self apparent that decision-makers react to economic incentives. Yet in healthcare, the movement has been slow starting from a professional ideal where all act selflessly to help patients to one which requires monitoring to keep everyone in line to the brave new world of market forces. Managed care was the first major use of private incentives and agents in a business-to-business attempt to control costs. Unfortunately, consumer/employees didn’t want to be instructed on where to go for their healthcare. The resulting inflation when these restraints were lifted has led to big shifts in cost sharing to the employee as well as significant loss of employer-sponsored coverage. So, the next hope is the consumer-directed health plan where high deductibles are covered through a tax-subsidized health savings account which is portable and strictly under the control of the individual.

The breakfast will identify
• Health savings accounts and high deductible health plans;
• Influence of disruptive financing and technology on the health care industry and;
• Health care incentives and how they will change for all players.

Monday, March 27, 2006
7:30 - 8:00a.m. Breakfast/Registration
8:00-9:30 a.m. Presentation
George S. Dively Building (on the Case campus)
11240 Bellflower Road

Cost: $30/program; includes breakfast and parking
The event is open to the public.

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