24th Annual George Mason Health Policy Institute
(Formerly the Washington Health Policy Institute)

June 5-8, 2017
George Mason University, Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA 22201

Gain a true insider's view of health care reform as well as alternative approaches to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) from republicans' and democrats' perspectives. The Health Policy Institute (HPI) program provides a great opportunity to participants on the recent government agenda of the nation's health care law and challenges ahead.

Considering that the GOP health care bill was withdrawn by the House Republican Leaders just before voting on March 24, 2017, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will continue to be the main health care law for some time. As House Speaker Paul Ryan stated: "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future." It is obvious that the goal of repealing and replacing the nation's health care law will continue to dominate the news. Moreover, the number of specific health policy related challenges such as Medicaid expansion, sustainability of the Iron Triangle of Health care – access, quality, and cost containment – population health management, will remain ambiguous.

Health Policy Institute is a timely seminar that gives an opportunity to learners to grasp the recent, current, and expected approaches of the health care law as well as other health policy related issues that are listed under the Institute topics. The HPI explores all facets of the health policy making process and provides attendees with the knowledge and networking needed to make a difference in federal and state policy debates. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more!

Why George Mason?

Located 15 miles from the nation's capital, George Mason's faculty are internationally and nationally renowned, consult on the Hill, and research emerging and controversial policy issues. George Mason University's Department of Health Administration Policy and the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, together with a cadre of guest lecturers from government, think tanks, and executives, use this course to bring together students from across the United States to learn in a dynamic environment.

Who Should Attend?

Health care professionals, health organization and association staff, health and policy scholars and educators, policy analysts, congressional staff, and others in health policy-related activities will benefit from the lectures, discussions, and networking opportunities.

Institute Topics*

*Subject to change due to government activities on health care reform and speaker changes.

Health Policy Institute program (first three days)

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  • Health Reform: What is Alternative Approach?
  • Understanding the Health Policymaking Process
  • Connecting with Key Agencies, Stakeholders Organizations and Elected Representatives
  • Managing Government Relations and Legislative Affairs for Health Systems
  • The Affordable Care Act: The Employers' Perspectives
  • Health Executives in Policy Stewardship
  • Government Payment Systems: What Lies Ahead?
  • Medicaid Expansion: What is Next?
  • Strategies to Stabilize the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplaces
  • Panel: Capitol Hill Agendas Under the New Administration
  • Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015
  • Drug Pricing Strategies: What is Expected Ahead?
  • Policy Legislation to Advance the Promises of Health Informatics: Next Generation Technology (Health IT related Cures)
  • Post ACA: Progress, Advancing Public and Population Health
  • Panel: Innovations in Population Health
  • Panel: Workforce Shortages
  • Health Reform and Delivery System Transformation/Innovation
  • 21st Century Cures Act: The promise and Challenge of Precision Medicine

Capitol Hill Visit and the Agenda (fourth day)

  • Federal Policymaking in Action: Advocacy on Capitol Hill
  • Capitol Hill Day: Appointments with Members and Congressional Staff and Attendance at Congressional Meetings

Course: HAP 746: Health Policy Leadership
Dates: 4–8 June, 2017 (Online during summer)

Enrollment Request Link

The syllabus is available upon request.

Health Policymaking: Structure and Process

  • The Policymaking Process: An Overview
  • Problems and Agendas: Why Only Some Problems Get Our Attention
  • The Health Care Infrastructure: Is It Up to the Task of Governing?
  • Policy Formulation: How a Bill Becomes a Law
  • Policy Implementation, or the Nuts and Bolts of Health Policymaking

Health Policymaking: The Role of Government

  • Who is Involved?
  • The Role of the Executive Branch
  • Federal Departments and Agencies
  • The Legislative Branch
  • Competing Priorities in the Federal Budget
  • Orientation to Capitol Hill: Who's Who in Congressional Offices—And What Can They Do for You?
  • Communication Skills for Political Success

Health Policymaking: Influencing Government

  • The Influence of Special Interest Groups and Political Action Committees in Health Care
  • The Role and Influence of Lobbyists
  • The Influence of Money and the Media
  • The Influence of Coalitions
  • The Influence of Professional Associations
  • Ethics and Health Policymaking
  • The Role and Influence of Policy Think Tanks

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For HAP 746 (non-GMU students)

For More Information

For information about the Institute and questions about registration, contact Tulay Soylu.

Students in DC

What past participants have said about the Health Policy Institute:

A must for anyone who wants to get the inside scoop on the workings of Congress with respect to health care legislation.

My experience in Washington, D.C., this past summer has been phenomenal and gave me a glimpse into the behind the-scenes reality of the American health care system and its challenges. This has served to solidify the lessons learned in the classroom and has left an indelible mark in my mind and my heart. I truly enjoyed the lobbying experience and being on Capitol Hill. Thank you for the opportunity.

The institute has been one of the most enriching and intense seminars I have attended. It has made an indelible impact on me. After attending WHPI, I feel I have a better understanding of how to marshal my thoughts and ideas to key stakeholders. As a nurse scholar and a steward of knowledge, I appreciate that I am trusted with spheres of influence and can advocate for funding for these initiatives, transforming great acts of volunteerism into sustainable programs.