The Diagnosis Debate

The Diagnosis Debate: What Is the Value in Knowing?

October 15, 2014

Technological advancements in medicine enable us to detect diseases earlier and with greater precision than ever before—and to treat diseases with a growing arsenal of methods in the hopes of extending and/or improving quality of patients’ lives.

However, for some medical conditions, such as Alzheimer’s Disease and lung cancer, access to—and payment for—diagnostics is controversial. Our conversation explored how best to approach diagnostic testing, from whether patients have a right to know their conditions to how we can craft a payment and insurance system that best incentivizes the accurate and timely diagnosis and treatment of patients.

The Liberty Hotel
215 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114

Presented by

Atlantic Live



9:00 a.m.  Welcome Remarks

  • Margaret Low Smith, Vice President, The Atlantic; President, AtlanticLIVE

9:05 a.m.  Sponsor Content, brought to you by Siemens

  • Gregory Sorensen, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Healthcare North America

9:15 a.m.  Overdiagnosis vs. Overtreatment

  • Bruce Johnson, Chief Clinical Research Officer, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Inga Lennes, Director of Clinical Quality and Director of the Survivorship Program, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
  • Reisa Sperling, Director of the Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment, Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center; Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
  • Moderated by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

10:00 a.m.  Clip from Ken Burns Presents The Story of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, A Film by Barak Goodman

10:10 a.m.  One-on-One Interview

  • Siddhartha Mukherjee, Author, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
  • Interviewed by: Steve Clemons

10:50 a.m.  Reassessing the Payment System: How Do We Incentivize the Best Care?

  • Mara Bloom, Executive Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
  • Bill Kassler, Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, New England Region
  • Soeren Mattke, Senior Scientist and Managing Director, RAND Health Advisory Services
  • Moderated by: Steve Clemons

11:30 a.m.  One-on-One Interview

  • Senator Ed Markey, Massachusetts
  • Interviewed by: Steve Clemons

11:50 a.m.  Closing Remarks

​11:55 a.m.  Networking Session


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