CyberSeminar: Disseminating Research Results for Policymakers: Consumer-Driven Health Plans: Potential, Pitfalls, and Policy Issues

Start Date: 
September 10, 2004

1:30-3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) and State Coverage Initiatives (SCI) programs hosted a Web- and audio-based conference to share updated research results from three projects that examine consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs). This Cyber Seminar presented new findings on account based consumer-driven health plans. It also featured the release of two important resources: an SCI Issue Brief, Health Savings Accounts: Issues and Implementation Decisions for States, and the August 2004 Health Services Research special issue, "Consumer-Driven Health Care- Beyond Rhetoric with Research and Experience".

The Cyber Seminar began with a presentation of the research results, moved to an analysis of the policy implications, and then invited questions and comments. Following presentations by Meredith Rosenthal (Harvard School of Public Health), Stephen Parente (University of Minnesota), and Judith Hibbard (University of Oregon), Paul Fronstin (Employee Benefit Research Institute) and Scott Leitz (Minnesota Department of Health) participated in a moderated discussion placing the research findings in a policy context. Bonnie Austin, HCFO senior manager, and Jeremy Alberga, SCI senior manager, served as moderators.

Support for the research projects and conference development was provided by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation under its HCFO and State Coverage Initiatives programs.

AcademyHealth is the National Program Office for HCFO and SCI.