The Diagnosis Debate: What Is the Value in Knowing?

October 15, 2014
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Wednesday, October 15

9:00 am EDT Welcome Remarks: The Diagnosis Debate     Watch On-Demand
  • Margaret Low Smith, Vice President, The Atlantic; President, AtlanticLIVE @Atlantic_LIVE
9:05 am EDT Sponsor Content, brought to you by Siemens at The Diagnosis Debate: What Is the Value in Knowing?     Watch On-Demand
Please note: The Atlantic editorial staff does not participate in the curation or creation of Sponsor Content.
9:15 am EDT Overdiagnosis vs. Overtreatment     Watch On-Demand
  • Moderated By: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic @scclemons
  • Bruce Johnson, Chief Clinical Research Officer, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School @harvardmed
  • Inga Lennes, Director of Clinical Quality and Director of the Survivorship Program, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center @MassGeneralNews
  • Reisa Sperling, Director of the Center for Alzheimer's Research and Treatment, Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease Research Center; Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School @harvardmed
10:10 am EDT Biography of Cancer: Interview with Siddhartha Mukherjee     Watch On-Demand
  • Moderated By: Steve Clemons
  • Siddhartha Mukherjee, Author, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
10:50 am EDT Reassessing the Payment System: Incentivizing Best Care     Watch On-Demand
  • Moderated By: Steve Clemons
  • Mara Bloom, Executive Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center @MassGeneralNews
  • Bill Kassler, Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, New England Region @CMSGov
  • Soeren Mattke, Senior Scientist and Managing Director, RAND Health Advisory Services @RANDCorporation
11:15 am EDT Interview: Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey     Watch On-Demand
U.S. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts interviewed by the Atlantic's Washington editor at large Steve Clemons.
11:35 am EDT Closing Remarks: AtlanticLIVE's Margaret Low Smith
  • Margaret Low Smith, Vice President, The Atlantic; President, AtlanticLIVE @Atlantic_LIVE

About this conference

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 will explore 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.

About The Atlantic

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