The Outlook for U.S. Healthcare in Uncertain Times

Kimberly MacPherson, MBA/MPH 94, Associate Director, Health Management, Berkeley-Haas; Program Director, Health Policy & Management, School of Public Health; and Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Health Technology

After the unexpected outcome for the 2016 elections, we have entered a time of uncertainty in many sectors, including healthcare. What will happen to the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health reform policy, under the new U.S. Administration? How might long-standing benefit programs such as Medicare and Medicaid be changed to rein in rising federal costs and allow states more latitude in design? Will the next President address the public concern over rising pharmaceutical prices? This talk will provide an overview of the early signals from the Trump Administration and a Republican Congress as to how the U.S. healthcare system might look over the next four years. We consider the specific proposals being offered and their potential impact to stakeholders including patients, providers, health plans and innovators.

Kimberly MacPherson is the Associate Director of Health Management at the Haas School of Business and faculty in Health Policy and Management at the U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health. She directs the MBA/MPH program, the two-year MPH in HPM program, a one-year MPH for clinicians and the MPP/MPH offered with the Goldman School of Public Policy. She is also the Co-Director for the Berkeley Center for Health Technology (BCHT) which focuses on research and education around the key theme of the need to balance affordability and innovation. At UC Berkeley, Ms. MacPherson teaches a variety of graduate level courses at both Haas and SPH including Health Care Finance, Healthcare in the 21st Century, Trends in Biotech/Pharma, Commercializing Biotech, and Health Care Negotiations. Ms. MacPherson brings over 20 years of health industry experience spanning leadership roles in operations, management consulting and strategic/business planning and product development. She is a frequent speaker and moderator at conferences and organization-sponsored meetings/events. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Francis Memorial Hospital (part of Dignity Health) in San Francisco. She holds a MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley and a MPH from the School of Public Health at U.C. Berkeley.


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