Upcoming Events in 2019


Previous Events


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Previous Events


Fall 2017


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The Department of Health Policy will welcome Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak, JD as the featured speaker at our bi-annual Research into Policy and Practice Lecture on Tuesday, November 14th. The title of this event will be “Turmoil in Health Insurance Markets: What Can Be Done?” Commissioner McPeak will be joined by Drs. Melinda Buntin and John Graves of the Department of Health Policy for a panel discussion. The event will take place in Light Hall room 208 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm and will be followed by a reception. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to hpevents@vanderbilt.edu by November 7th.


Spring 2017

Health care administrators from across Tennessee will convene at Vanderbilt on Monday, April 3rd to participate in a fast-paced panel discussion. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and open to all Vanderbilt University and VUMC faculty, staff, and students,“Perspectives on Health Care Reform: From Obamacare to the American Health Care Act” will be held in Kissam 210C Multipurpose Room beginning at noon.

The one-hour panel, focusing on how federal policy will affect health care in Tennessee and the United States, will be moderated by Vanderbilt professors Gilbert Gonzales (Department of Health Policy) and Tara McKay (Center for Medicine, Health & Society). Gonzales and McKay will be joined on the panel by the Director of TennCare Dr. Wendy Long, the President and CEO of the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) Craig Becker and the Director of the Office of Health Policy at the Tennessee Department of Health Eric Harkness.

Gonzales and McKay are currently co-teaching the University Course “The Nation’s Health: From Policy to Practice,” which is organized around big questions in the study of domestic health policy.


Please RSVP to HPevents@vanderbilt.edu to register for the event, which will include a boxed lunch.

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Fall 2016

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Thursday, November 10th

 4:00-5:00pm - Light Hall 214 

  Election 2016: Implications for Health Policy


Chip Kahn, President and CEO, the Federation of American Hospitals


Ceci Connolly, President and CEO, Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP)


This event will also feature Melinda Buntin, Department of Health Policy Chair, as moderator.  

Reception will follow for those who RSVP to hpevents@vanderbilt.edu




Spring 2016







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Slides for this presentation11-16-15 RIPP Slide deck (Comeaux and Blumenthal).pdf

About CMEs: 

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


After participating in this CME activity, participants should be able to:

1) Describe contributing factors to fluctuations in health care spending.

2) Summarize how policy changes have resulted in variations in care delivery and access to care.

3) Explain predicted impacts of health economics trends for patients, physicians, and payers.