Nicholas Bagley, Amitabh Chandra, and I have a new paper, just out. In a few subsequent posts, we will summarize some points. It’s a Brookings Hamilton Project paper, and there’s a forthcoming event you might want to know about …
If you’re a fan of any of the folks in bold below, or the topics they’ll discuss, and are in the DC area, you might want to register for Wednesday’s Brookings’ Hamilton Project event.
On October 7, The Hamilton Project will host a policy forum addressing  economic challenges in an evolving health-care market, with a focus on three new papers released in conjunction with this event. Opening remarks will be delivered by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin. Jason Furman, chairman of The Council of Economic Advisers, will deliver framing remarks. Event participants will include: Peter Orszag, nonresident senior fellow in Economic Studies at Brookings and vice chairman of corporate and investment banking at Citigroup, Inc.; Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association; Niall Brennan, chief data officer, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Julie Rovner, Robin Toner distinguished fellow and senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News; Martin Gaynor, E.J. Barone professor of economics and health, Carnegie Mellon University; and Dan Durham, executive vice president, America’s Health Insurance Plans.
The first panel will discuss a new paper by Professors David Dranove, Craig Garthwaite and Christopher Ody (each of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management) which proposes a tradable credit system of community benefits in the non-profit hospital sector. The second panel will focus on two new papers: “Health Insurance Markets and Medical Technology Coverage,” by Professors Nicholas Bagley (University of Michigan), Amitabh Chandra (Harvard University), and Austin Frakt (Boston University) and “Improving Decision Making in Health Insurance Markets” by Professors Benjamin Handel and Jonathan Kolstad (both of University of California, Berkeley).
All papers address challenging problems. In particular, ours includes proposals to reform the Cadillac tax, as well as drug and other health care technology pricing and coverage. (These are kinda hot issues, so …)