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Overcoming Obstacles: Patient Access to Innovation

  • The Newseum, 3rd Floor 555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

Breakthrough therapies and new innovative treatments are offering many patients the promise of a healthier life. Yet, in a highly complex healthcare system not everyone is able to experience the benefits of these new medicines. From pricing and rebates to a lack of access to new drugs, what barriers are preventing patients from receiving the medications prescribed by their physicians and how can they be tackled?

Delays in receiving targeted and individualized care could potentially impact the health of those living with chronic, serious illnesses. How can such situations be prevented? What responsibility do stakeholders in the healthcare space have to create value for all patients? How can increased competition help improve access and what policy solutions can be explored at the federal level?

The Hill will convene key federal health officials, physicians, and other healthcare stakeholders for a conversation about keeping the patient at the center of the drug delivery system.


  • Dr. Scott Gottlieb, FDA Commissioner

  • Kristin Bass, Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association

  • Ceci Connolly, President and CEO, The Alliance of Community Health Plans

  • Suzanne Olbricht, President, American Academy of Dermatology

  • Robert Popovian, Vice President, U.S. Government Relations, Pfizer

  • Alan Balch, CEO, Patient Advocate Foundation

  • Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors


  • Pete Salzmann, Global Brand Development Leader, Eli Lilly and Company


  • Bob Cusack, Editor-in-Chief, The Hill

  • Peter Sullivan, Healthcare Reporter, The Hill


Wednesday, March 6, 2019
8:00 AM | Guest Arrival & Networking Breakfast
8:30 AM | Program Begins
10:00 AM | Program Concludes


The Newseum
Knight Broadcast Studio
3rd Floor 
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20001