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Media Partnership: National Health Policy Conference



January 17th, 2012

One of the priorities established in the Affordable Care Act is providing better, more efficient care to the “dual eligibles,” low-income seniors enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. AcademyHealth’s 2012 National Health Policy Conference (NHPC) will feature a panel on this topic, which is crucial to the nation’s goal of restraining health care cost growth without harming consumers. Participants from the federal and state governments and the private sector will discuss the Federal Coordinated Health Care Office, established by the ACA to improve the integration of Medicare and Medicaid and generally promote all-inclusive care programs. Health Affairs is a media partner for this event.

Register to attend the NHPC here. The conference agenda also includes presentations on their 2012 agendas from top federal policymakers in the executive and legislative branches. In addition, the conference will offer a special focus on issues facing the states as they work to implement health reform:

Challenges of ACA Implementation at the State Level
Representatives from some of the agencies at play discuss ACA implementation at the state level.

  • Robert St. Peter, Kansas Health Institute
  • Kim Belshé, Former Secretary of California’s Health and Human Services Agency
  • Chuck Milligan, State of Maryland
  • Mike Rothman, State of Minnesota

Update on Exchanges
The role of rate reviews, essential benefits packages, and insurance market reform on exchange creation.

  • Enrique Martinez-Vidal, AcademyHealth
  • Danielle Holahan, New York State
  • Kim Holland, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Redefining Public Health Post-ACA
How state and local health departments must transform to stay relevant in this post-reform environment.

  • Jeff Levi, Trust For America’s Health
  • Bechara Choucair, City of Chicago
  • Paul Halverson, State of Arkansas
  • Anand Parekh, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Eduardo Sanchez, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Medicaid Managed Care
Research on managed care as states rely more heavily on these arrangements to deliver services.

  • Alyna Chien, Children’s Hospital Boston / Harvard Medical School
  • Kevin Hayden, WellPoint, Inc.
  • David Kelley, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
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  1. Robert Bowman Says:

    For 30 years there has been failure in health care due to a focus on cost cutting. Terms such as shared savings are continuations of the same focus on cost cutting rather than a true plan focused on health or health care delivery. More of the same will result in even more falling behind and Dual Eligibles illustrate this nicely in demographics and in reality. Without the workforce, it is not useful to discuss innovation or other interventions.

    Medicare patients reside over 65% in 30,000 zip codes with 200 million Americans. Medicaid patients are even more likely to reside in these zip codes with 25% of US workforce and even lower proportions of health spending. Because of insufficient funding, access is likely to be worse for dual eligibles. Resolution must involve addressing workforce as a top priority. Tiny special programs will not do the job.

    One would expect Medicare + Medicaid to be even more limited in access because over 65% and likely over 70% are found in zip codes (or adjacent zip codes) that have lowest health workforce including lowest primary care. These are also 200 million people that depend upon primary care for 35% to 100% of local workforce and family practice is 40 – 100% of the local primary care.

    Solutions that work including permanent family practice MD, DO, NP, PA, or RN or long term obligations to serve where needed (8 years rural or underserved or both) that will result in more workforce where needed. Unless there is workforce, the health spending patterns and distributions will not change.

    Unless you support substantially more health spending in 30,000 zip codes and a redirection away from 1000 zip codes with 50% of workforce and over 50% of health spending…

    What you are doing will not result in needed health access improvements

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