MICHIGAN HEALTH POLICY FORUM
Established in 1986, the Michigan Health Policy Forum is a series of seminars that provide nationally recognized speakers on current health policy topics and relate these issues to Michigan. The Forum was established by an informal group of policy stakeholders from the executive and legislative branches of government (bipartisan), health organizations from the community, and University health professions colleges.
Michigan State University has served as the convener and administrator for the Forum. An Advisory Board with representatives from MSU Colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing, and Osteopathic Medicine, as well as stakeholders representing statewide constituencies meet on a regular basis to determine key health policy issues and potential speakers for forum sessions. The purpose of the forums is to provide state policymakers with a non-partisan opportunity to receive timely and accurate information on current health policy issues.
Both patients and healthcare providers could be harmed by the measures of healthcare spending Medicare plans to use in its new Value-Based Payment Modifier for physicians and in the Value-Based Purchasing Program for hospitals. Serious problems also exist with the spending measures that many commercial health plans are using to define narrow networks and that both Medicare and commercial health plans are using in various "shared savings" payment contracts with physicians, hospitals, and Accountable Care Organizations.