The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, remains a focus of heated political rhetoric. What metrics can we look at to know if the change to the healthcare system is increasing coverage and reducing costs as intended—and whether there are unintended effects on the larger economy? Two Yale experts on healthcare economics talk with alumni in the healthcare industry. When: Monday, November 4, 12-1 p.m. EST Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/299843662 Panelist Bios: Lawrence Altman '90, Vice President, Office of Health Care Reform, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Larry Altman is Vice President of the Office of Health Care Reform at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the oldest and largest health plan in New Jersey serving over 3.6 million members. As Vice President of the Office of Healthcare Reform, Mr. Altman is responsible for overseeing the company's preparations for and responses to Federal Health Care Reform legislation and regulation. This includes both implementation of all requirements of the law and planning for the future market in which the company will operate post-2014. In addition, Mr. Altman leads the Strategic Initiatives Group, an internal strategy consulting department. Prior to joining Horizon BCBSNJ, Mr. Altman was a partner with Booz Allen Hamilton (now Booz & Co.), the global management consulting firm. Mr. Altman holds an A.B. in economics from Princeton University and a master's degree in public and private management from Yale School of Management. Howard Forman, Professor of Diagnostic Radiology, Economics, and Public Health, Director of the MD/MBA Program, Director of the MBA for Executives: Leadership in Healthcare Program & Lecturer in Ethics, Politics, and Economics Professor Forman is a health services researcher focusing on diagnostic radiology, health policy, and healthcare leadership. Professor Forman directs the healthcare management program in the Yale School of Public Health and teaches healthcare economics in the Yale College Economics Department. He is the faculty founder and director of the MD/MBA program between Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Management as well as the co-director of the School of Management's MBA for Executives Program. As a practicing emergency/trauma radiologist, he is actively involved in patient care and issues related to financial administration, healthcare compliance, and contracting. He has worked in the U.S. Senate, as a health policy fellow, on Medicare legislation. Fiona Scott Morton, Professor of Economics, Yale School of Management Fiona M. Scott Morton is a Professor of Economics at the Yale University School of Management where she has been on the faculty since 1999. Her area of academic research is empirical industrial organization, with a focus on empirical studies of competition in areas such as pricing, entry, and product differentiation. Her published articles range widely across industries, from magazines, to shipping, to pharmaceuticals, to internet retailing, and is published in leading economics journals. From 2011-12 Professor Scott Morton served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she helped enforce the nation's antitrust laws. At Yale SOM she teaches courses in the area of competitive strategy. She served as Associate Dean from 2007-10 and in 2007 she won the School's teaching award. She has served in an editing role on various academic economics journals, has won several research grants from the National Science Foundation, and is a Research Associate at NBER. Professor Scott Morton has a BA from Yale and a PhD from MIT, and previously taught at the Graduate Schools of Business at the University of Chicago and Stanford University. She is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences across the United States and Europe. Professor Scott Morton lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her husband and three children. Kurt Small '09, Senior Vice President of Health Plan Operations, Highmark Health Services Kurt C. Small is the senior vice president of health plan operations for Highmark Health Services. Mr. Small is accountable for end to end service delivery in the Individual, commercial and senior market business segments. He currently leads the operational solutions, operations delivery, operational excellence and senior markets teams which represent over 3,000 employees in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia and serves 5.3 million members. Previously, Mr. Small spent a 16-year career at Aetna where he served in various leadership capacities. Most recently, he worked as vice president and head of claims and provider services where he was responsible for all service delivery to more than 1 million physicians, hospitals and health care professionals. Prior to joining Aetna, Mr. Small held customer service leadership positions with AT&T and Verisign. He also worked as an account executive at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Small holds a bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary and a master's degree in Business Administration from Yale University. In 2010, Kurt was a board member for the Interval House, Connecticut's largest non-profit domestic violence intervention and prevention organization.
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