Welcome to West Health Policy Center

The Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center is a nonprofit, non-partisan resource in Washington, D.C. providing education, expertise and policy proposals to transform the American healthcare experience. We’re wholly funded by philanthropists Gary and Mary West as part of West Health, four organizations with a common mission—pioneering new and smarter technologies, policies and practices, to make high-quality healthcare more accessible at a lower cost to all Americans.

Along with the Policy Center, West Health includes the Gary and Mary West Health Institute, a nonprofit medical research organization working to create new, more effective ways of delivering care; and the for-profit Gary and Mary West Health Investment Fund and West Health Incubator, providing investments and expertise to businesses that share our mission. 

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The policy center is conducting independent, non-partisan research and analysis, convening and educating stakeholders, and advancing practical and actionable health policy. Learn more

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Stakeholder Letter on Improving Overall Transparency in Healthcare
Aug
13
Follow feds' call to action on interoperability
Aug
09
New tools provide health care on the go
Aug
06
Price Transparency Will Save Healthcare $100B: How ASCs Are Taking Advantage
Jun
23
Compass Healthcare Advisers Saves Members an Average of $635 in Medical Costs in 2014
Jun
03
Georgia health insurers seek more transparency in medical costs
Jun
03
Study: Policymakers Could Cut $100B From Health Spending Through Transparency Interventions
May
27
Transparency could save healthcare industry big, industry saw signs of MU 2 delays
May
27
The Burwell Backlash That Wasn't - Health Care Edge
May
22
Report: Price Transparency Could Save $100 Billion
May
22
Solving the mystery of health-care prices could save $100 billion
May
21
More transparency could save health industry billions
May
20
Health Pricing Transparency Could Save Industry $100B, Report Says
May
19
Health Pricing Transparency Could Save Industry $100B, Report Says
May
19
Free preventive services have some patients confused, doctors frustrated
May
18
‘Free’ visit to doctor may not be so free after all
May
17
Greater Health Care Price Transparency Could Save $100 Billion Over 10 Years
May
16
Analysis: Giving price data to wider audience would save $100 billion in 10 years
May
15
Analysis: More transparency (especially for employers & docs) could save healthcare $100B
May
15
New Analysis Reveals Price Transparency Could Save $100B
May
15
Report calculates huge savings from health care transparency
May
15
Greater Healthcare Price Transparency Could Save $100 Billion Over 10 Years
May
15
Press Release: Greater Healthcare Price Transparency Could Save $100 Billion Over 10 Years
May
15
Irs Urged To Broaden Preventive Coverage In High-Deductible Plans
May
09
IRS Urged To Broaden Preventive Coverage In High-Deductible Plans
May
09
Press Release: New Study Shows Applying Value-Based Insurance Design to High-deductible Health Plans Could Benefit Millions of Americans
May
08
100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, 2014 Nominees
May
05
The Truth Behind Value Based Healthcare: Are Companies Really Getting It?
Apr
30
FDA calls for classifying health IT products by patient-safety risk level
Apr
03
The View Of Digital Health From An 'Engaged Patient'
Mar
09
Blog: Celebrating Patient Safety Awareness Week with Interoperability
Mar
06
Malcolm Gladwell Keynotes Healthcare Data Interoperability Summit
Mar
02
The Pulse: Wharton Healthcare Business Journal - Valeriani on tackling the Cost of US Healthcare Pg. 32
Feb
20
Press Release: West Health Policy Center launches study with Harvard and University of Michigan
Feb
12
Blog: Best-selling Author Gladwell to Keynote HCI-DC Interoperability Summit
Jan
09
Moving Diabetes Care from "Buyer Beware" to "Be Aware of the Buyer"
Dec
11
Keeping Up with Progress in Mobile Medical Apps
Sep
23
F.D.A. to Regulate Some Health Apps
Sep
23
WH Comment Letter to CMS on CCCM Codes
Sep
06
WH Comment Letter to CMS on Medicare Physician Data
Sep
04
West Health Announces Appointment of Dr. Michael Johns To West Health Policy Center Board of Directors
Aug
08
WH Comment Letter to VM on Beneficiary Cost-Sharing
Aug
06
Experts: Government 'struggling' with medical apps
Apr
30
Health IT workgroup to discuss patient safety, innovation, and regulatory efficiency
Apr
18
Mobile health: Can it save money for federal healthcare?
Feb
26
West Health’s HHS Innovator Helps Introduce Blue Button+
Feb
05
Investors Flirt With Digital Health But Avoid Serious Commitment
Jan
07
What will it take for docs to use apps?
Jan
07
30 under 30: Science and Healthcare – Forbes
Dec
17
Press Release: West Health launches American Journal of Preventive Medicine Supplement focused on health care cost crisis at mHealth Summit
Dec
03
Talk: West Health Launches AJPM Supplement on Lowering the Cost of Health Care
Dec
03
West Health Policy Center appoints Harvard Public Health Professor Dr. Ashish Jha as new research fellow
Nov
08
FCC Chair Recognizes Sense4Baby at MHealth Task Force Meeting
Sep
25
West Health Policy Center Applauds Bipartisan Policy Center research on health care cost drivers
Sep
21
Nicholas J. Valeriani Appointed Chief Executive of West Health
Aug
15
Incoming WHPC President Mike O’Grady: $1 billion in savings from ‘artificial pancreas’
Aug
06
Former HHS Assistant Secretary Joins West Health Policy Center as President
Jul
18
Health-care apps for smartphones pit FDA against tech industry
Jun
22
Opening Up Big Data is the Big Solution to Curing Health Care Ills
Jun
12
BYOD: The Elephant in the Digital Health Technology Room
Jun
07
FCC Chief Targets Barriers To Wireless Medical Technology
Jun
06
Democrats expect key CMS initiative to survive Supreme Court
May
31
WWHI: Proposed delays and moratorium on FDA guidance for #mhealth will slow innovation, delay access.
May
16
WHPC Comments on Meaningful Use -- Stage 2
May
08
WHPC Comments to FDA on Expanding Nonprescription Drug Availability
May
07
Kaufmann's Valuing Health Care: Improving Productivity and Quality
Apr
30
WHPC Comments In Response to FDA's Draft Guidance, 510(k) Program
Apr
26
WHPC President Applauds New FDA Innovation Pathway 2.0 Regulation Approach
Apr
09
U.S. Physician Groups Identify Commonly Used Tests or Procedures They Say Are Often Not Necesscary
Apr
04
Advancing Wireless Medical Device Interoperability: Overview of Current Efforts
Mar
26
WHPC: Wireless Medical Device Interoperability Overview
Mar
26
WHPC's Kerry McDermott Talks Health Care IT with FedNewsRadio
Mar
20
WHPC Comments on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Priorities
Mar
15
West Health Policy Center and Humedica Collaborate on Cost-Effective Health Care Delivery
Jan
24
Press Release: D.C.-based West Health Policy Center Launches Today, Targets $100B in Common Sense Health Care Savings
Jan
23
“Factors to Consider When Making Benefit Risk Determinations in Medical Device Pre-Market Review.” Comments to FDA
Nov
14
Wests Create New $100M Investment Fund Focused on Cutting Healthcare Costs
Oct
19
“Draft Guidance for Mobile Medical Applications.” Comments to FDA
Oct
18
“Medical Devices and the Public’s Health, The FDA 510(k) Clearance Process at 35 Years.” Comments to FDA
Sep
28
“The Impact of Medical Device and Drug Regulation on Innovation, Jobs and Patients.” Testimony for U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee
Sep
26
Press Release: West Wireless Health Institute to Host Second Health Care Innovation Day (HCI-DC)
Apr
14
VALUING HEALTH CARE: Improving Productivity and Quality
Apr
01
Press Release: Health Care Innovation Day Brings Together Veterans Affairs, Industry and Government
Oct
12
Press Release: Congressman Mike Michaud (D-ME) Invites West Wireless Health Institute to Testify Before Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee
Jun
23
Comments to Transparency and Reporting of Physician Ownership or Investment Interests
Mar
09