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Recent Conferences

March 31, 2017

The Future of Medicare Advantage

More than 30% of Medicare beneficiaries now select Medicare Advantage (MA) over traditional Medicare coverage. Prior to the Obama Administration payments to MA plans averaged 15% more than fee-for-service coverage and plans could profit simply by targeting counties where premiums exceeded underlying costs. The Affordable Care Act lowered MA premiums close to parity and added a star rating system with additional payments to reward high quality plans. Many plans continue to succeed financially and create value for the program through use of high performance networks, innovative programs for patients with complex needs and new provider payment models. Republicans generally favor using private plans to provide public health benefits and will likely propose new policies to advance the MA program. This Forum will discuss current policy issues, review innovative programs developed by Medicare Advantage plans, discuss potential changes to regulations and payment policy that could occur under the new Administration, and examine the implications of these changes for beneficiaries and taxpayers.

Speakers Include:
Stuart Altman, Ph.D., Professor of National Health Policy, Brandeis University
Mark Miller, Ph.D., Executive Director, MedPAC
Craig Samitt, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, Anthem
Robert Mirsky, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Medicare, Aetna
Michael Chernew, Ph.D., Professor Healthcare Policy, Harvard Medical School
Sean Cavanaugh, Former Deputy Administrator, CMS

Tricia Neuman, Senior Vice President, Kaiser Family Foundation
Becky Dube, Vice President for Clinical Programs, Martin's Point Health Care