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News Release
Friday, October 13, 2017

Rapid changes in health care markets are topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Oct. 20

HOUSTON – Leading health economics and policy scholars will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 20 to discuss the rapid changes that are unfolding in health care markets -- some of which will help patients and others that will harm them, according to event organizers.

Hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, the event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

Who: Speakers Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics and director of the Center for Health and Biosciences; Neeraj Sood, professor and vice dean for research at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and director of research at the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, University of Southern California; Maria Polyakova, assistant professor of health research and policy, Stanford University School of Medicine; Bruce Landon, professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, and professor of medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; and Richard Frank, the Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics, Harvard Medical School.  

For the agenda and topics, see  

What: Center for Health and Biosciences' sixth biennial conference on health care reform, titled “National Health Care Reform: Beyond Repeal and Replace.”

When: Friday, Oct. 20, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Breakfast and registration begin at 8.)

Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.

The United States witnessed a grueling congressional effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act this summer, which ultimately left the legislation unchanged, according to event organizers. In the meantime, most consumers continue to face rising health care costs, and many Americans still lack insurance coverage.

At the conference, speakers will address changes most likely to influence U.S. health care, including the role of government in access to drugs and drug pricing as well as the rise of consumer-directed health plans. They will also consider the evolving role of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the rollout of its new Medicare physician reimbursement system authorized under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

The public must RSVP for the event at A live webcast will be available at the event webpage.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.

For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.

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