Health Care 2009: What to Expect from the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress

January 26, 2009
Holland & Knight
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Chicago, IL

Health Care 2009: What to Expect from the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress 

Health care reform remains a top domestic priority of the incoming Obama Administration. Given the fact that more than 15% of our gross domestic product is tied to the health care industry, fixing our nation's economic woes also means fixing our health care delivery system. With increased majorities in the United States Senate and House of Representatives, expectations remain high that meaningful health care reform is in our near future.

In addition to an energized health reform debate, it is likely that certain policy priorities of the Obama Administration and Congress will impact the health care delivery system on a more immediate basis. These initiatives may cover a range of important issues such as patient safety, senior health care delivery, and Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement.

Please join us for a timely and insightful roundtable discussion lead by Robert Bradner and Ellen Riker, both members of the firm's National Health Law & Life Sciences Team and resident in our D.C. office. Mr. Bradner, having served as Representative John Porter's (IL) Chief of Staff, and Ms. Riker, having served as senior health policy staff on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, are both seasoned professionals who will cover several key topics relevant to the health care community, including:

  • Value-based purchasing policy trends, including pay for performance, quality reporting and comparative effectiveness initiatives
  • Government insurance reforms, including SCHIP expansion and anticipated Medicare and Medicaid program changes
  • The role of Health Information Technology in health care reform
  • Federal drug policy and oversight, including reimportation, follow on (generic) biologics, and Medicare direct negotiations on drug prices
  • Private insurance reforms in areas such as pre-existing conditions and lifetime maximum benefits

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