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U of M Center for German & European Studies to present 8th major healthcare forum

Experts from Germany and U.S. will discuss/compare management of health care reform

November 8, 2012

What: Managing Innovation and Reform in Healthcare—Access, Quality, Cost—8th Annual American & German trans-Atlantic experts forum
When: November 12 – 13, 2012
Who: Members of Germany’s health ministry and experts from the U of M, state of Minnesota and healthcare industry
Where: University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis

The Center for German and European Studies (CGES) at the University of Minnesota will present its annual forum on healthcare reform and innovation on November 12 and 13. This year’s forum will focus on health care quality and cost, competition and access.

With the re-election of President Obama on Tuesday, healthcare reform in the United States will accelerate and all states will establish health insurance exchanges. Germany already has a similar system in place, and in recent years health care policymakers and practitioners from Minnesota and Germany have been meeting twice yearly to discuss best practices.

In cooperation with Germany’s Federal Ministries of Health and Economics, CGES organizes this special exchange among German and U.S. health policy experts. This past summer, a delegation of Minnesota health policy leaders traveled to Germany for a seminar on health policy. Now the leadership of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Health and other health policy decision makers are coming to Minnesota to share experiences and best practices with a broader group of Minnesotans.

Conference attendees will hear from an impressive group of experts, including Germany’s Deputy Federal Secretary of Health, Minnesota Commissioner of Human Services Lucinda Jesson, Commissioner of Management and Budget Jim Schowalter, state senators David Hann (R) and Tony Lourey (DFL), state representatives Steve Gottwalt (R) and Tom Huntley (DFL), the German government’s point person for long-term care, the head of Germany’s association of non-profit insurance companies, and Germany’s point person for risk adjustment.

About The Center for German & European Studies
The Center for German & European Studies at the University of Minnesota promotes trans-Atlantic dialogue on public issues of major common concern and is considered one of the nation's top centers for innovative interdisciplinary teaching and research on Germany and Europe. For more information on CGES, please visit



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