2012 America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Medicare & Medicaid Conferences


   |    AHIP Medicare Medicaid
Len Nichols, PhD, Professor of Health Policy and Director, GMU Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University, says that if states do not expand their Medicaid programs half of the uninsured will continue without coverage. States will continue to pay for healthcare inefficiently while patients receive suboptimal care.
   |    AHIP Medicare Medicaid
Although there are contentions regarding its mechanisms, health policy and managed care authorities agree that the ultimate goal of healthcare reform is to increase access, improve quality, decrease costs, and measure progress. The initiative of further integrating digital health systems and implementing health information technology continues to receive substantial support and growth in a positive direction.
   |    AHIP Medicare Medicaid
Peter Cunningham, PhD, Senior Fellow and Director of Quantitative Research, Center for Studying Health System Change, says that delivery systems should be moved more towards care management in order to deal with the high levels of wasteful care and emergency room use associated with Medicaid.
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Robert Berenson, MD, FACP, Institute Fellow, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute, thinks that new healthcare delivery models are inevitable due to the behavior of physicians and providers who have abused fee-for-service. Dr. Berenson says that there has been unacceptable growth in the bias of fee-for-service activities, and new delivery models are necessary to improve quality and costs in healthcare.
   |    AHIP Medicare Medicaid
The current movement toward healthcare reform is a multifaceted initiative that attempts to increase healthcare access and improve quality across the nation while balancing budgets and reducing current fiscal deficits. One health program that is a major component in the movement is Medicaid, and in this article, 2 health policy experts share their insight on the impact and future direction of Medicaid reforms.
   |    AHIP Medicare Medicaid
Juliette Cubanski, PhD, Associate Director, Program on Medicare Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation, believes that the Medicare program overall has as much at stake in the 2012 election. Specifically, Dr. Cubanski says increasing private plan participation in Medicare and whether Medicare should move towards privatization will be some of the greatest challenges moving forward.
   |    AHIP Medicare Medicaid
With healthcare and Medicare reform initiatives set in motion and garnering substantial momentum, mechanisms and programs for assessing improvement and determining quality measures have gained increased attention. In today's featured presentation, 2 health policy experts shared their insight on the current and future movement of performance and quality measurement.
   |    AHIP Medicare Medicaid
Joseph Antos, PhD, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Healthcare and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute, says people need to accept and understand that Medicare will not pay for all healthcare expenses after the age of 65. It is necessary to realistically look at other payment alternatives.
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