March 7, 2018

Dr. Len Nichols moderates two-day National Health Policy Conference in Washington, DC

February 2018

ProHealth Care Medical Group Leadership Retreat:  "Health Policy 2018:  Surveying the Progress and Damage, Charting New Courses"

December 2017

Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, Regional Primary Care Coalition:  Regional Health Policy Forum:  "Health Policy:  Where It's Been and Where It's Going"

November 2017

National Coalition on Health Care Pennsylvania Health Care Summit:  Strategies for Improving the Affordability of Care and Coverage


October 2017

RWJF Finding Answers  Solving Disparities Through Payment and Delivery System Reform Conference

Childrens Hospital Colorado Board of Directors Annual Strategic Retreat:  "Healthcare Politics, Economics and Ethics"

Collaborative Family Healthcare Association Annual Conference:  "Health Reform After the ACA"

National Academy for State Health Policy's 30th Annual State Health Policy Conference:  "Looking Back at the Long and Dusty Trail:  The Evolution of American Health Policy" 

September 2017

Kansas Association for the Medically Under-served Annual Primary Care Conference

Colorado Medical Society Annual Meeting

17th Annual Marshall J. Seidman Lecture

Commonwealth Fund Council of Economic Advisors Meeting

Fairview Health Services Board of Directors Education Session

June 2017

Virginia Chamber of Commerce Health Care Conference:  Understanding Cost Drivers in Health Care

AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting:  Solving Disparities Through Payment and Delivery System Reform 

Eighth National Alternative Payment Model and Accountable Care Organization Summit:  Future Directions for APM Development:  The Role of P-TAC


May 2017

14th Annual World Health Care Congress 2017:  Health Care Reform:  Pros, Cons, and the Path Forward

American Hospital Association 2017 Annual Membership Meeting:  Making Health Care More Affordable

Baylor Scott & White Health Clinical Leader Network Conference:  Post-Election US Health Policy:  What's Next (Maybe?)


April 2017

n4a Aging Policy Briefing and Capitol Hill Day:  What You Need to Know About Medicare Payment Reform

AARP National Policy Council Meeting:  Protecting Consumers From Increasing Drug Costs

NAAG Presidential Initiative Summit:  Perspectives from the Marketplace


February 2017

National Governors Association  Health Coverage in 2017 and Beyond:  Evaluating Potential Policy Changes and Identifying Opportunities to Support States

National Association of Health Underwriters Capitol Conference:  Healthcare Reform under the New Administration


March 2016

Kansas Legislators for KHA & KHI, Kansas City, MO

Dermatology Society of Drugs, Washington D.C.

AHIP National Health Policy Conference – Transforming the Prescription Drug Paradigm, Washington D.C. Go to link.

Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Conference, Baltimore, MD

February 2016



Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Briefing, Washington, DC - 2016 Capitol Hill Briefing: PCPCC's Annual Review of the Patient-Centered Medical Home's Impact on Cost and Quality    Go to link.

Healthcare Chief Legal Summit, Chicago

October 29, 2015

What Price Should We Pay for Specialty Drugs?

Campaign for Responsible Drug Pricing, Des Moines, IA

October 22, 2015

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What is Driving Health Care Cost Growth and What Can You (or Anyone) Do About It?

Teachers Retirement System of Texas, Austin, TX

October 16, 2015


What Price Should We Pay for Specialty Drugs?

Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of America, Washington, DC

October 15, 2015

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Past Present and Potential Futures of the US Health Care System

National Governors’ Association, Medicaid Leadership Institute, Potomac, MD

October 13, 2015

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What Price Should We Pay for Specialty Drugs?

Mid-Atlantic Business Group on Health, Baltimore, MD

October 5, 2015

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Forces Supporting and Resisting (Inevitable) Payment and Delivery Reforms

Harbage Consulting Annual Retreat, San Diego, CA

October 1, 2015


Why This Time Is Different: The Economics Forcing System Reform

Partnership for Quality Care Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

September 29, 2015

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Why Health Reform Will Not Go Away

Virginia Health Care Association, Hampton Roads, VA

September 18, 2015

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What Price Should We Pay for Specialty Drugs

Alliance for Health Reform, Washington, DC

September 17, 2015

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Health Care Leadership and Community Stewardship: Transitioning for Patient Care to Population Health

Minnesota Hospital Association, Brainerd, MN

September 10, 2015

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Health Reform and Insurance Company Choices Amid the Chaos

Rocky Mountain Health Plans Board Retreat, Grand Junction, CO

July 21,2015

Annual Symposium: New Dimensions on Sustainable U.S. Health Spending

With Funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Altarum's Center for Sustainable Health Spending Presents New Dimensions on Sustainable U.S. Health Spending

Précis - With historically slow growth in national health expenditures likely behind us, dormant issues are back in play, including continuing the insurance coverage gains achieved by the Affordable Care Act while avoiding catastrophic long-term fiscal deficits. Coming shortly after the King v. Burwell Supreme Court decision, this fourth Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded sustainable health spending symposium will provide an update on health spending, discuss pressing healthcare reform issues, analyze associated cost factors and peer into the future regarding health spending trends.

The Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending annual symposium that took place in Washington, DC on July 21, 2015. It  includes presentations by the following speakers (Amy Hall; Elizabeth Jurinka; Jay Sulzmann; Lisa Grabert; Len Nichols; Mark McClellan;) Published on the Aug 3, 2015

Video of Session II

June 4, 2015

5th Annual Virginia Health Care Conference

The Virginia Chamber hosts the 5th Annual Virginia Health Care Conference in Richmond, VA
Healthcare in High Gear - A panel of CEOs discuss the sweeping changes and opportunities facing the global healthcare industry.
Moderated by:  Dr. Len Nichols, Director, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, George Mason University
Panelists: Nancy Agee, CEO, Carilion Clinic, Peter Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia, David Bernd, CEO, Sentara Healthcare and Pamela Sutton-Wallace, CEO, UVA Medical Center

May 27, 2015

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VAHP Annual Meeting

Dr. Nichols spoke at the VAHP (Virginia Association of Health Plans) 2015 Annual Meeting.  This meeting included two days of presentations and discussion on Medicaid and commercial insurance issues and concludes with a meeting of the VAHP Board of Directors

May 19, 2015

Michigan Health Policy Spring Forum

Chutes or Ladders? What Will the Next Move Bring for Michigan's Uninsured?
Why Health Insurance Coverage Expansion is Good for the Economy
Link to Spring Forum web page:

May 15, 2015


Partnership for Quality Care 2015 Forum

The Partnership for Quality Care (PQC) held a forum to address the dramatically rising costs of prescription drug prices in the United States.

"What Should We Pay for Specialty Drugs?" Dr. Len Nichols
Watch the video
View the presentation

May 7, 2015

Health Reform Beyond the ACA: Which Way From Here?

Health Management Associates 30th Anniversary Retreat

April 24, 2015


Continuing the Conversation: Opportunities for State Innovation in Health Insurance Programs

As a follow up to the live event on Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act, MAXIMUS hosted this webinar with a panel of four influential thought leaders, discussing how Section 1332 can be used for innovation in state health insurance programs. John McDonough, Stuart Butler, Grace-Marie Turner and Dr. Len Nichols all presented their perspectives on the options states should be considering for greater flexibility in their programs. The webinar had a good turnout and the feedback has been very positive.

For more click here. MAXIMUS Webinars

April 22, 2015

KC15_HeaderStephen, Graduate Research Assistant for the Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics will be presenting a poster entitled, Globalization and the Resurgence of Pertussis in the United States at the 2015 PHSSR Keeneland Conference.  The Keeneland Conference is an annual meeting that brings together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in Lexington, KY, to discuss ways to improve the nation’s public health system.

Read more here. Read Stephen's paper here

Globalization and the Resurgence of Pertussis in the US at the 2015 PHSSR Keeneland Conference


April 16, 2015

Health Reform Beyond the ACA: Which Way From Here for Hospitals?

Georgia Hospital Association Trustee Retreat

March 23, 2015

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Dr. Len Nichols participated in a panel discussion at the 2015 National Quality Forum Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

NQF’s “Tackling Costs: The Quality Solution” conference provided a dynamic discussion among 400 national leaders in health and healthcare improvement. A spectrum of individuals committed to healthcare improvement and the insights of thought leaders that help organizations navigate the changing landscape of healthcare affordability and value. To read more click here.

March 19, 2015

Why the ACA should NOT be repealed

The Independent Practice Association of America

March 11, 2015

America’s Health Insurance Plans: What Should be Pay for Specialty Drugs?

September 9, 2015

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Dr. Len Nichols conducted a Virginia Medicaid webinar: Tracking Revenue Flows of the ACA for Virginia

On September 9, 2014 Dr. Len Nichols conducted a Virginia Medicaid webinar, Tracking Revenue Flows of the ACA for Virginia for the Virginia Health Information Network (VHIN).
The VHIN is an online learning community administered by the Virginia Center for Health Innovation. You must join in order to access the webinar, which is free. Creating a profile takes just a few minutes. Once you are logged in to the Network, you can access the webinar page via the “Announcements” section at the top of your member home page, or under “Learn” in the top navigation.
To join click here


June 8-10, 2015

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Panel Presenting at the Transforming Health System at the Public Health Services Research (PHSR) Interest Group meeting

Dr. Taylor-Clark, Senior Advisor for the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, took part on a panel presenting The Transforming Health System at the Public Health Services Research (PHSR) Interest Group meeting in San Diego. PHSR is part of the AcademyHealth Annual Research (ARM) Meeting being held in San Diego.

February 5, 2015

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AcademyHealth’s inaugural National Children’s Health Policy Conference

Dr. Len Nichols served as a panelist at the AcademyHealth’s inaugural National Children’s Health Policy Conference in Washington, DC. Dr. Nichols joined other health policy leaders from across the country as a member of the panel entitled, “Child Health Coverage: What Will the Future Hold?” This panel examined an overview of the latest data on coverage trends, the status of CHIP and Medicaid, and early results from health insurance exchange enrollment.

Some of Dr. Nichols’ ideas were very well received during this session, even being tweeted by @AcademyHealth:
· RT @smithcass: Can we lower cost trajectory? If we don’t, we can’t maintain consensus for universal coverage @LenMNichols #CHPC14
· Be willing to be creative & think about diff ways we can maintain this commitment & make sure our families stay strong @LenMNichols #CHPC14

And, was even rated as one of the Top Influencers of #CHPC14 by Symplur Hashtags @healthhashtags! Other topics discussed and presented at the NCHPC included opportunities and threats to child health insurance, the CHIPRA national evaluation findings, systems of care for children at the state and local level, new research tools and data to inform child health policy, and child health equity. For more information on NCHPC sessions and presentations, check out AcademyHealth’s blog.

AcademyHealth’s blog