Seventh Washington Day Highlights Shift Toward Preventive Healthcare

Monday, March 31, 2014

William Blair & Company’s seventh Washington Day event, held on March 20, brought together institutional investors from across the country to Washington, D.C. to hear policy experts discuss the trends shaping the nation’s healthcare landscape.

The event, which was co-hosted by William Blair’s equity research team and the law firm ReedSmith, featured presentations by Democratic and Republican legislative aides, think-tank leaders, and the CEO of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.

The continuing shift by healthcare providers from the traditional fee-for-service model to one where hospitals and other providers are given incentive to keep patients healthy was the most important macro theme discussed by the presenters, said Ryan Daniels, whose equity research coverage at William Blair focuses on healthcare information technology and healthcare services.

“With the accountable care organization, or ACO, model, providers now have financial incentives to invest in building a ‘perimeter of preventive care’ to keep their patients out of the hospital,” Daniels said. “That’s totally contrary to the fee-for-service model that has defined the healthcare industry in the past.”

Daniels said the speakers also discussed the rollout of the healthcare exchanges and the impact that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could have on this fall’s midterm Congressional elections.

Washington Day is just one example of William Blair’s commitment to delivering unique, value-added insight on the trends shaping the growth industries covered by our equity research analysts. To learn more about upcoming investor events or to receive William Blair’s equity research reports, please contact your William Blair representative.

Lineup of speakers at William Blair’s 2014 Washington Day

  • David Merritt
    Managing Director at Luntz Global and Senior Advisor at Leavitt Partners
  • Loren Adler
    Research Director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
  • Riley Swinehart
    Republican Staff Director at Senate HELP Subcommittee on Children and Families
  • Chas Roades
    Chief Research Officer–Healthcare of The Advisory Board Company
  • Srinu Sonti
    Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Richard Durbin
  • Julie Barnes
    Healthcare Consultant and Senior Advisor at Leavitt Partners
  • Marci Nielsen, Ph.D.
    CEO of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative
  • Emily Egan
    Senior Healthcare Policy Analyst at American Action Forum

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