Renowned health care thought-leaders visiting Utah for conversation on affordability solutions
 
Lynn Quincy and Andy Slavitt offer their unique perspectives on health care affordability


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 12, 2018


The Health Care Affordability Boot Camp is a collaborative community event to promote health care affordability in Utah. 

At this event, participants will:
• Become part of an activated, informed community committed to using evidence to make health care affordable and high quality
• Benefit from a common understanding of what drives health care spending, why quality uneven and what interventions are effective to increase health care value
• Develop a community-driven action plan to improve health care affordability and quality

Keynote Speaker:
Lynn Quincy, M.A.,  directs the Health care Value Hub, a networking and resource center that seeks to contain health care costs and improve quality. The Hub is part of Altarum , a company that identifies and solves the critical system issues that impact the health of a diverse and changing population. For three decades, Ms. Quincy has worked on a broad range of health reform issues, with a primary focus on protections for consumers, insurance reforms, and synthesizing the evidence with respect to interventions that can contain health care costs and improve quality. Prior to Altarum, Ms. Quincy held senior positions at Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports; Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., the Institute for Health Policy Solutions and Watson Wyatt Worldwide (now Willis Towers Watson). She holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland.

Guest Speaker:
Andy Slavitt has decades of private and public sector leadership in health care.  Over his career, he has shaped some of the most significant and successful initiatives in health care impacting millions of Americans and the direction of the health care system. From 2015 to 2017 he served as the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under President Obama, overseeing the Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Under his leadership, the U.S. health care system saw record reductions in the uninsured rate, nationwide improvements in quality, record low cost growth, and a major upsurge in value-based payment models.  

Andy currently serves as Board Chair of United States of Care , a non-partisan health policy non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care. Andy is also the senior partner in a soon-to-be announces venture firm focused on investments in the most under-served parts of health care. In addition, he is a Senior Advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center, co-Chairs the BPC's Future of Health Care initiative, and serves on a number of health care boards. 

Andy lives in Minnesota with his family.  He is a graduate of the Wharton School and The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Press availability:
Member of the media are invited to attend the beginning of the Health Care Affordability Boot Camp to hear Ms. Quincy's and Mr. Slavitt's opening remarks. Both speakers will also be available for interviews:
  • Andy Slavitt will be available shortly after 9:00 AM
  • Lynn Quincy will be available at 10:30 AM

Full agenda available here: Attendee Agenda

What: Health Care Affordability Boot Camp
When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018—8:00 AM
Where: LDS Hospital Auditorium
E 8th Ave & C Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84143 - Street parking is available
Social Media: Follow the event using hashtag #UTHealthcareAffordability , or viewing tweets by @LynnQuincy , @HealthValueHub , @UHPP , @HealthInsight_ , @USofCare , @ASlavitt


“Affordability is consistently a top health care concern for Americans and Utahns; this event is an effort to kick-start a collaborative effort towards real change in Utah.” Said Matt Slonaker, Executive Director of Utah Health Policy Project.

“Improving healthcare affordability requires a data driven understanding of high costs, uneven quality and waste in the system and coordinated, multi-stakeholder reforms to improve healthcare value for consumers,” said Lynn Quincy, director of Altarum’s Healthcare Value Hub.



Media Contacts:
 
Stacy Stanford
Health Policy Analyst, Utah Health Policy Project
Cell: 801-718-6130
 
Allie Miraglia 
Project Manager, HealthInsight 
Cell: 801-892-6628 

Tom Kise
Director of Public Affairs, United States of Care
Cell: 916-425-1314