Call for Proposals


LOWN 2018, Call for Proposals
Breaking the Cycle of High Cost & Low Value: America’s Next Health System
April 9-10, 2018 at the Capital Hilton in Washington DC
A call for proposals is now open.  

This year, we are accepting submissions for scientific research sessions (oral presentations, abstract slams, and posters), workshops, and for the first time, we are accepting proposals for policy panels.

Our 6th Annual Conference will focus on lighting a path forward towards a radically transformed and uniquely American health system. We intend to highlight key elements of the Next Health System by and through exploring these themes:

  • Addressing Low-Value Care
  • Analyzing the crisis of Affordability of Care
  • Identifying Bright Spots of the Next Health System

These themes provide a comprehensive framework for discussing issues of achieving right care. Right care involves the avoidance of both overuse and underuse–actions that can harm patients, inhibit the goal of a high-performing health care system, and fail to fulfill the social mission of medicine.

Research sessions

There will be three (3) types of scientific research sessions: Oral Presentations, Abstract Slams*, and Posters.

We seek original research and ideas around low-value care and right care:

  • Drivers, interventions, and measurements for low-value care and delivering the right care when it comes to tests, treatments, drugs, hospitalizations, or procedures that are unnecessary, ineffective, or should not be performed given their potential for harm.
  • Underused or neglected services that are comparably effective and often less expensive alternatives which patients may prefer.

We also seek original research and ideas that explore the crisis we find in the US as a result of the unaffordability of health care:

  • How do we measure affordability?
  • What are the drivers of high health care costs?
  • Evidence for successful interventions to make care affordable
  • Measurement of the actual cost of corruption and conflicts of interest

We welcome research that enhances our understanding of these issues and provide policy paths forward.

*Abstract Slams are a rapid fire session of presentations lasting between 3-5 minutes. There is no use of audio-visual equipment during abstract slams.

Submissions are due on Friday, December 19, 2017: Submit your research abstract 

Workshops and policy panels

This year, we continue to look to highlight bright spots of a better health care system through workshops. We also seek proposals for policy panels around the themes of low-value care and the crisis of affordability to allow for broader discussions and perspectives.

Example questions or ideas of bright spots for workshop proposal submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • How do we engineer a successful system-wide shift to primary care driven delivery?
  • Examples of a meaningful transition from volume to value
  • Examples showing how to get from FFS to capitation
  • Examples of systems making a successful transition from hospital-centric to community-based care

Potential questions or ideas for policy panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

  • Results of efforts to reduce low-value care: What’s next for interventions?
  • The best way to reduce the delivery of low-value care
  • What does “affordable” mean for individuals? For the economy?
  • What is a reasonable percentage of GDP to spend on health care? What does an affordable system look like?
  • How can a FFS Single Payer system control overuse or “provider-induced demand”?
  • Single Payer vs ACO’s: Which has better prospects for affordability?
  • What’s the fix for out of control drug prices?
  • Global Budgets for Hospitals: What are the results and prospects?

Submissions are due on Friday, December 22, 2017: Submit your workshop or policy panel proposal

Important dates

September 24 – December 19, 2017: Submission Period Open
December 19, 2017: Submission Deadline
Late January, 2018: Notifications sent to corresponding authors
February 9, 2018: (if accepted to present) Deadline to confirm conference participation

For more information or questions, please email

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