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PricewaterhouseCoopers Announces Five-part Webcast Series on the Business Implications of Health Reform (Regardless of the Final Bill)

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Industries Group today announced a five-part webcast series that will explore the business implications of one of the greatest domestic policy debates of the modern era: Health reform. As the debate continues to rage in Washington, health industry stakeholders have been left with more questions than answers. The upcoming PwC webcast series entitled 360 Degree Insight will address significant issues that all public and private-sector stakeholders should be aware of regardless of the final details of the bill passed by Congress.

The five-part series, beginning September 25 and concluding November 20, will explore the answer to "What if" questions about issues that have enormous implications for hospitals, physicians, health plans, pharmaceutical companies and employers. Topics addressed will cover the restructuring of government payments; new models of care and how they will be reimbursed; health insurance reform; IT implementation; comparative effectiveness, and lessons learned from the Massachusetts model of universal healthcare and payment reform.

The webcasts are as follows:

Healthcare payment bubble: Current and future changes in government payment

Friday, September 25, 2009 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET

Annual increases in healthcare costs have resulted in growing criticism of the existing inefficiencies and incentives in the health industry. PwC will address potential changes in government payment under discussion and the impact these changes could have on the entire health industry.

  • What if Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula goes away?
  • What if Medicare provider rates are frozen?
  • What if Medicaid drug rebates are expanded?
  • What if Medicare Advantage becomes a competitive bidding program?
  • What if MedPAC becomes an executive branch authority?

New care models and accompanying reimbursement changes

Friday, October 9, 2009 / 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

Efforts to make health delivery more efficient and effective will impact all stakeholders. Health reform proposals could accelerate these changes through reimbursement incentives.

  • What if Medicare moves to bundled payments?
  • What if Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) have a payment advantage?
  • What if all new drugs/devices are under Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)?

The value of innovation: From health IT to the NIH to comparative effectiveness

Friday, October 23, 2009 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET

The stimulus is funneling $36 billion to drive adoption of electronic health records, $10 billion to fund more NIH research, and $1 billion to pay for comparative effectiveness studies. Health reform advocates say these and other proposals will drive efficiencies and new treatments.

  • What if insurers use comparative effectiveness to determine payment?
  • What if NIH research brings products to market faster?
  • What if the stimulus funding accelerates Electronic Medical Record (EMR) utilization?

New rules: Health insurance reform

Friday, November 6, 2009 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET

Health insurance has come under intense scrutiny in the reform debate. New rules are being proposed as a way to level the playing field, cover more of the uninsured, and create more efficiencies, but the verdict is out.

  • What if Congress mandates guaranteed issue?
  • What if there is no individual mandate to accompany guaranteed issue?
  • What if employers have to pay for workers who have subsidized insurance?
  • What if there's a trigger for the public option?
  • What if the individual insurance market expands?

Universal Coverage: Evaluating the Massachusetts' Model

Friday, November 20, 2009 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET

Massachusetts healthcare reform mandating universal coverage was enacted in 2006. The state established an independent public authority which offers subsidized coverage and facilitates the selection and purchase of private insurance plans by individuals and small businesses.

  • Three years later how is Massachusetts managing?
  • What lessons can we learn?
  • What if the U.S. follows Massachusetts' lead?

The Webcast is free; registration and more information are available at:

About PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Industries Group

PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Industries Group is a leading advisor to public and private organizations across the health industry, including payers, providers, academic institutions, health sciences, biotech/medical devices, pharmaceutical companies, employers and new non-traditional market participants in the dynamic healthcare space. PricewaterhouseCoopers has a network of more than 4,000 professionals worldwide and 1,200 professionals in the U.S. dedicated to the health industries. PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Industries' clients include 40 of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. and 16 of the 18 best hospitals as ranked by US News & World Report; all 20 of the world's major pharmaceutical companies; all of the top 20 commercial payers in the U.S.; municipal, state and federal government agencies and many of the world's preeminent medical foundations and associations.

About PricewaterhouseCoopers

PricewaterhouseCoopers ( provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its clients and their stakeholders. More than 155,000 people in 153 countries across our network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice.

"PricewaterhouseCoopers" refers to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP or as the context requires, the PricewaterhouseCoopers global network of other member firms of the network, each of which is a separate and independent legal entity.

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