​​​​​​​West Health Aging and Policy Summit

West Health Aging and Policy Summit
Solving Our Healthcare Cost Crisis: Taking Bold Action and Creating Accountability to Save Costs and Improve Quality of Life

Wednesday, March 25 | 1:30–3:30 PM
westhealthThe rising cost of healthcare in the United States is a growing crisis of epic proportions that undermines America’s economy, compromises care, drains resources and threatens financial security. Every dollar wasted on an expensive and inefficient healthcare system is a dollar that cannot be used elsewhere in the economy. Seniors, especially the most vulnerable, bear the brunt of the high cost of healthcare.

To tackle this critical issue, it is imperative to understand why the U.S. is spending so much on healthcare, gain in-depth knowledge of the cost drivers and identify policies that can slow the trajectory of cost while improving patient access and quality of care, with special consideration toward vulnerable seniors in this country.

Leading researchers and healthcare experts will debate and discuss timely impressing issues facing our nation covered in the recently published Generations supplement underwritten by West Health—a family of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations dedicated to enabling successful aging and lowering healthcare costs in this country—providing various perspectives on the solutions to reduce healthcare costs and provide quality value-driven care for seniors. This discussion will take place in the context of policy proposals under consideration, including plans to lower drug costs and improve seniors’ care.


Shelley-Lyford_HS.JPGShelley Lyford

President and CEO, West Health, the Gary and Mary West Foundation and the West Health Institute.









Kim McCoy Wade

JD, Director,
California Department on Aging

Susan Reinhard

RN, PhD, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Director, AARP
Public Policy Institute

Elizabeth Mitchell

and CEO, Pacific Business Group on Health






William Scanlon

PhD, Independent Consultant, West Health

Richard Frank

PhD, Margaret T. Morris
Professor of Health Economics, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School

Francis J. Crosson

MD, Chair, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission





Bob Blancato

MPA, President, Matz, Blancato & Associates

Tim Lash

MBA, Chief Strategy Officer, West Health, and President, West Health Policy Center