Final Presentations for Spring 2019

The teams for the final presentations are listed below. Detailed instructions for the presentations are posted under "Attachments."

** There will be 30 minutes for each team: 20 minutes to present and 10 minutes for questions.  Each team member must speak during the presentation.

Question #1: Surprise Medical Billing
“Surprise medical bills” often refer to charges incurred when an insured individual inadvertently receives care from an out-of-network provider. Among adults struggling to pay medical bills, charges related to out-of-network care are a frequent contributing factor. Accordingly, a bipartisan Senate working group is developing legislation to protect patients from surprise medical bills. 

You are the Vice President of Professional Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability at the American Medical Association (AMA). You have been asked to provide the Senate working group with technical assistance. What proposed policy solutions might the AMA endorse to protect patients from surprise out-of-network bills while preserving fair reimbursement for providers?

Question #2: Drug Pricing
According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 79% of Americans say the cost of prescription drugs is unreasonable. Addressing drug pricing has become a Congressional priority. The Health Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce is holding a series of hearings to better understand the issue. 

You direct Research and Development at Gilead, a domestic biopharmaceutical company. You have been invited as a witness to a hearing entitled, “Lowering the Cost of Prescription Drugs: Reducing Barriers to Market Competition.” In developing your testimony, help lawmakers understand the key stakeholders in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Additionally, consider three pieces of proposed legislation to address skyrocketing drug costs and prepare to deliver your recommendation. 

Question #3: Universal Health Care
“Medicare for all,” has become a litmus test for democrats instead of the fringe movement it was once perceived to be.  The exact meaning of “Medicare for all,” however, has become increasingly murky. 

You are advising a hopeful Presidential candidate on her campaign to win the 2020 Democratic Primary and eventually take on President Trump. She is interested in supporting a universal healthcare initiative – what proposal would you recommend she adopt?


Question #4: Immigration 
The Trump Administration has expressed concern that immigrants may be disproportionately utilizing federal public aid. Public charge is a term used by US immigration officials to refer to a person who is considered primarily dependent on the government for subsistence as evidenced by receipt of public aid. Recently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule related to public charge wherein an immigrant’s past and current use of public healthcare programs like Medicaid may negatively impact their ability to legally enter or remain in the United States. 

You are a medical advisor to the American Immigration Council, a non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on protecting immigrant rights. You have been tasked with developing the organization’s response to the DHS proposed rule.  In preparing your response, consider the financial impact to the federal government of public health program utilization by immigrants as well as the balance of US public health and individual immigrant health.  Your response should include feedback on the proposed rule and any alternative policy recommendations your organization would support to protect limited federal resources and public health.   

Final Presentation Team Assignments


Team 1: 

Alexis Wesley

Huixia Wei

Damilola Akani

Dennis Espejo

Amit Jhaveri

Danielle Gram Engskow

Lisa Strouss


Team 2:  

Kelly King

Matt Cichocki

Emily Atwood

Soshana Clerizier

Karan Kochhar

Ariel White

Monica Ardent


Team 3:

Jimmy Chen

Sarah Durrin

Omer Salih

Samantha Baer

Anna Zelivianskaia

Emily Nguyen

Samira Naime


Team 4:

Sarina Solorzano

Caroline Bockus

Jean Shiraki

Samantha Brackett

Marc Delaney

Matthew Magyar



Fall 2018 Presentation examples:


Evaluation and Management Codes - Policy Changes

Healthcare for All

Using Accountable Care Organizations to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Missouri Medicaid Expansion