25th Annual Symposium on Health Care Services in New York

See the presentations of Michael Dermer and James Riccio, or read a summary of the whole symposium.

Presented by United Hospital Fund and GNYHA Foundation in collaboration with leading health research organizations in New York

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Registration and Breakfast 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

This year’s symposium will focus on the use of a variety of financial and other incentives that can influence people to engage in healthier behaviors.  


  • A keynote presentation by Kevin G. M. Volpp, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, professor at the School of Medicine and Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, who will speak about behavioral economics and health care, and his extensive work on the use of financial and other incentives to promote healthy behaviors;
  • A panel looking at the use of financial incentives, with Michael G. Dermer, senior vice president and chief incentive officer at Welltok, who is an expert in employer-sponsored health plan design; Rosamond Rhodes,

PhD, a bioethicist and professor of medical education and director of bioethics education at the Icahn School of Medicine; and James A. Riccio, PhD, director of the Low-Wage Workers and Communities Policy Area at MDRC, who is principal evaluator on a local pilot using conditional cash transfers to promote healthier behaviors among low-income New Yorkers; and

  • A poster session on program evaluation and research in New York.