CMS Discussion of National Health Spending in 2014

Feb. 4, 2016
Noon-1:00 p.m. EST

During this webinar, panelists from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) discussed their recent findings regarding national health spending. After several years of historically low health spending growth, U.S. health care spending increased 5.3 percent in 2014, to $3.0 trillion. The increase in the number of Americans with insurance due to the coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act contributed to the increase, as did the introduction of new specialty drugs. Over the next 10 years, CMS projects that spending growth will average 5.8 percent annually, with health spending reaching $5.4 trillion in 2024. Panelists highlighted the factors underlying these trends and projections, which were published in Health Affairs in August 2015 and January 2016.


This webinar was free to register.  

Joseph Benson, economist, National Health Statistics Group with the Office of the Actuary, CMS
Devin Stone, economist, National Health Statistics Group with the Office of the Actuary, CMS

Cori Uccello, senior health fellow, American Academy of Actuaries

Joseph Benson is an economist in the National Health Statistics Group with the Office of the Actuary at CMS. He works primarily on historical and state-based national health spending estimates. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Business Administration from the Ohio State University.

Devin Stone is an economist with the National Health Statistics Group in the Office of the Actuary at CMS. His research focuses on health care prices, bundled payment demonstrations, and National Health Expenditure Account projections. Devin earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 

Cori Uccello is an actuary and the senior health fellow at the American Academy of Actuaries. She serves as the actuarial profession’s chief public policy liaison on health issues. In this role, she promotes the formulation of sound health policy by providing nonpartisan technical assistance to federal and state policymakers and regulators. She focuses on issues related to health insurance financing, coverage and market reforms, risk-sharing provisions, and Medicare.

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