What We Do

Policy Research and Education

Addressing America’s Healthcare Cost Crisis

The West Health Policy Center is focused on research and education to identify innovations and policy solutions that can slow the trajectory of rising healthcare costs while improving access to—and the quality of—care, particularly for our nation’s growing population of seniors.

Specific areas of focus include reducing growth in U.S. spending on prescription drugs, promoting value-based care models, increasing price transparency, and limiting consumer exposure to high out-of-pocket costs.

Solely funded by philanthropists Gary and Mary West, the Policy Center is based in Washington, D.C., and is part of a family of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations dedicated to lowering the cost of healthcare and successful aging.

Take Bold Action: 2019 Healthcare Costs Summit

West Health annually convenes a summit in the nation’s capital focused on fueling the best ideas, innovations and practical policy prescriptions to change the trajectory of the cost of healthcare in America. Aligning closely with the West Health Policy Center’s work, the summit features leaders from many sectors of healthcare, including policymakers, healthcare providers, health systems, researchers, economists, insurers, government, industry, advocacy groups and patients. Learn more about our Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit 2019 on April 2 and register here.

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Advancing Integrated Care Models for Seniors


Every American has the right to expect a functioning and efficient healthcare system that delivers affordable, high-quality care. But the reality is that our seniors, especially the most vulnerable, bear the brunt of both high costs and care that does not adequately address their needs. The West Health Policy Center is focused on research, education and policy solutions that advance integrated care models preserving seniors’ dignity, quality of life, and independence.

Working with stakeholders such as the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Policy Center champions the expansion of accredited geriatric emergency departments to ensure older patients receive appropriate and well-coordinated care. The Policy Center also supports initiatives to expand oral care services for vulnerable seniors, who often forgo dental care due to costs or the inability to access it. Additionally, the Policy Center supports the expansion of the Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE®), which helps older Americans who need a nursing home level of care receive these services in the comfort of their homes.


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West Health Policy Center

1909 K Street NW, Suite 730
Washington, DC 20006-1172

Phone: 202.729.8560

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