March 14, 2006

Health financing expert, professor J.B. Silvers, to discuss healthcare cost containment in breakfast series at Weatherhead School of Management


Since healthcare costs began soaring 25 years ago, employers have searched for ways to contain those costs in order to provide their employees with health insurance. The introduction of managed care in the 1990s slowed the rate of increase for a while, but in recent years the pace has picked up again. The latest effort to stem cost increases is the introduction of tax subsidized individual savings accounts, also known as Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), accompanied by high deductible insurance plans.

J.B. Silvers, the Treuhaft Professor of Health Systems Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, will discuss the impact of HSAs and other measures aimed at slowing healthcare cost increases in an upcoming lecture at the Weatherhead School. Silvers's lecture, "Managing Healthcare Costs Through Incentives," will take place Monday, March 27 at 8 a.m. in the George S. Dively Building, 11240 Bellflower Road, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by the public accounting and consulting firm Crowe Chizek.

Silvers serves as faculty director of the Weatherhead School's Health Systems Management Center and holds a joint appointment in the Case School of Medicine. His research in the areas of financial management and health services has been published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Services Research and numerous other publications. He recently held a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research to study the creation, distribution and destruction of value in the changing health care market and is currently working on a third multi-year NIH-funded study of the growth hormone market.

In 2004 Silvers joined the board of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)—the primary authority assuring quality in health institutions. He has also served as a commissioner on the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission advising the U.S. Congress on Medicare payment and testifying twice before the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. Silvers holds degrees in engineering and industrial management from Purdue and a Ph.D. in finance from Stanford University.

The event is open to the public. Admission is $30, which includes breakfast and parking, but pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is March 23. To register or obtain more information call (216) 368-6413, or visit

The Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management is an international center of management scholarship, committed to preparing and enhancing organizational leadership. The Weatherhead School is dedicated to making discoveries of enduring consequence, developing innovative educational programs, fostering strategic partnerships with students and organizations, and providing services to multiple communities.

For more information: Jeff Bendix 216-368-6070.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, March 14, 2006 11:04 AM | News Topics: Events, Healthcare, Lectures/Speakers, Public Policy/Politics, School of Medicine

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