Symposium to Examine Obamacare

by University Communications,

21st Century Healthcare: Can We Harmonize Access, Quality & Cost?

In one of her first public presentations in her new role, Lynne Saxton, recently-appointed director of the Oregon Health Authority, will serve as the keynote speaker at a day-long healthcare symposium hosted by Willamette University College of Law. The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 27 at Willamette’s Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center in Salem.

“Twenty-first Century Healthcare: Can We Harmonize Access, Quality & Cost?” will feature panel discussions by leading healthcare providers, policy-makers, economists and scholars about the progress and promises of “Obamacare.”

“This presentation couldn’t be more timely,” according to Willamette healthcare law professor Paul Frisch, who serves on the symposium planning committee. “At the same time the Supreme Court is about to hear oral arguments on one of the most important challenges to Obamacare, we’re discussing how healthcare providers, users and stakeholders are adapting to the legal changes–good and bad--brought about by the Affordable Care Act.”

Symposium panel discussions will include:

  • Addressing Disparities in Healthcare Delivery
  • Grappling with the Cost Conundrum
  • Care Innovation and Work Force Constraints
  • The Current Federal Constitutional Battlefield
  • Imaging the Future of Healthcare

Panelists will offer a range of viewpoints representing organizations including the Oregon Healthcare Quality Corporation, Health Share of Oregon, Northwest Health Foundation, Oregon Legislature, Governor Kitzhaber’s Office, Oregon Health Authority, Salem Hospital, OHSU, Health Share Oregon, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, Locke Lord LLP, Cato Institute, Northeastern University and Willamette University College of Law.

For registration information see: willamette.edu/go/healthcare2015. Early-bird registration is $100; February 12 and after, registration is $185.

The program has been certified by the Oregon State Bar for 6.5 general CLE credits. CME is pending.