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Sunday, June 20 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
#542 OD: Basics of Healthcare Reform for Lifesciences Professionals

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Component Type: Forum
Level: Basic

This forum provides an overview of healthcare reform basics for pharmaceutical industry staff amid the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and calls for health equity. Topics discussed include major US health care programs, pharmaceutical pricing and innovation models.

Learning Objectives

Summarize major health care programs of interest to the pharmaceutical industry such as Medicare and Medicaid; Describe recent steps by federal and state governments to promote innovation; Discuss drug pricing and how ongoing health system delivery reform changes, such as value-based design and comparative effectiveness may impact the pharmaceutical industry.


Mitchell Berger, JD, MPH, RAC


Potential Health Reform Approaches (e.g., Public Option, Medicare for All)
Ed Weisbart, MD, FAAFP

Overview of Drug Pricing (US)
Barry Berger, JD, MBA

CMS Innovation Models
Rebecca Yip, MS


Mitchell Berger

Public Health Advisor, HHS, United States
Mitchell Berger, MPH, JD, serves as a Public Health Advisor for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), where he contributes to the agency’s work on such topics as mental health and substance use disorder integration, confidentiality, human immunodeficiency... Read More →

Barry Berger

Retired, Former Professor of Regulatory Affairs, Temple University, United States
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Ed Weisbart MD CPE FAAFP

National board member and chair, MO chapter, Physicians for a National Health Program, United States
Ed Weisbart MD, CPE, FAAFP is a family physician in St. Louis MO, national board member and chair of the Missouri chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. After practicing family medicine for 20 years at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, he moved to St. Louis in 2003 to... Read More →

Rebecca Yip

Principal, Avalere Health, United States
Rebecca Yip is a Principal in the Policy Practice at Avalere. She provides clients with data-driven analyses to understand the impact of policy and regulatory changes. Rebecca has more than 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors, providing analyses of health... Read More →

Sunday June 20, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
TBD Virtual Event Horsham, PA 19044