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Leveraging Behavioral Economics as a Tool for Individual and Population Health

Workshop Date and Time:  December 1, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Where: Via webinar

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic exposed faults in the U.S. health care system, there has been a need to align health care resources and practices to foster health, well-being, and equity that is valuable for individuals and populations. In order to achieve this goal, we must transform our current systems of care to routinely and fully incentivize high-value actions by individuals, the health system workforce, and the health system as a whole that support health and well-being.

Drawing upon strategies and insights from the field of behavioral economics, this webinar identified practical approaches that can incentivize high-value best practices for individuals and organizations that promote better individual and population health and well-being.

This work addressed the following motivating questions:

  1. How much is known about the effectiveness of various incentive strategies to promote actions that benefit health and well-being? Have best practices been established for the health workforce?
  2. What is the experience in aligning system-wide incentives to accelerate health transformation, in particular for using behavioral economics to facilitate positive, sustainable change during COVID-19?

This work aligns with the Leadership Consortium’s overall aim of advancing a learning health system by determining how incentive structures can best be transformed for health system efficiency, equity, effectiveness, and continuous learning.

Agenda

12:00 pm ET | Welcome, Introductions, & Meeting Overview 

Welcome from the National Academy of Medicine and opening remarks and meeting overview by Collaborative Co-Chairs.

  • Michael McGinnis, National Academy of Medicine
  • Diane Holder, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • James Madara, American Medical Association

 12:15 pm ET | Keynote Session: Motivating Health System Transformation in the Pandemic Era

Remarks on the utility of behavioral economics for aligning the US health system, individuals, and the health system workforce with best practices and equity in the context of COVID-19.

Moderator: James Madara, American Medical Association

  • Cass Sunstein, Harvard University
  • Kevin Volpp, University of Pennsylvania

1:00 pm ET | Incentives in Action for Individual- and Workforce- Driven Change

Presentations on the practical application of motivators for individuals, the workforce, and the health system as a whole to improve individual/population health and well-being.

Moderator: Diane Holder, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

  • Nancy-Ann DeParle, Consonance Capital Partners
  • Brent James, Stanford University
  • Mitesh Patel, Ascension

1:45 pm ET | Leveraging Behavioral Economics for a Healthier Future

Discussion on the alignment needed for incentive structures and performance motivators to integrate with health system transformation efforts to effect sustainable and accelerated change.

Moderator: James Madara, American Medical Association

  • Sachin Jain, SCAN Group and Health Plan
  • Charlene Wong, Duke University
  • Karl Ronn, Health2047
  • Anaeze Offodile, MD Anderson Cancer Center

2:55 pm ET | Send-off and Closing Remarks

Concluding observations, highlighted action items, and final thanks to all invited speakers and participants.

  • Michael McGinnis, National Academy of Medicine
  • Diane Holder, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • James Madara, American Medical Association

3:00 pm | Adjourn

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