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What's in There? The New Health Reform Law and Medicare

Friday, May 07, 2010

As part of an ongoing series to explore what is in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, this briefing dealt exclusively with how the reform law affects Medicare. As this legislation was developed, proposed changes to Medicare were among the most hotly debated issues. The briefing illuminated what is really in the law and what its provisions will mean for administrators, beneficiaries and the health care sector in the U.S. Cosponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

How will the new law change Medicare’s benefits and cost-sharing for beneficiaries? How will changes in Medicare provider payments affect access to care? How is the Part D prescription drug “doughnut hole” addressed? What provisions affect quality of care and prevention? How would the Medicare Advantage program be changed? What new payment approaches are to be tried in Medicare pilot programs, and how can the results from those pilots be applied more broadly? What will be the role of the new Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center? Of the Independent Payment Advisory Board?

Panelists were: Jonathan Blum of the CMS Center for Medicare Management; Thomas Ault of Health Policy Alternatives; and Tricia Neuman of Kaiser Family Foundation. Ed Howard of the Alliance and Diane Rowland of Kaiser will co-moderated.


Tricia Neuman, Kaiser Family Foundation, Speaker
Thomas Ault, Health Policy Alternatives, Speaker
Jonathan Blum, CMS Center for Medicare , Speaker
Diane Rowland, Kaiser Family Foundation, Moderator
Ed Howard, Alliance for Health Reform, Moderator

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: What's in There? The New Health Reform Law and Medicare (Word Document), 5/7/2010
Full Webcast/Podcast: What's in There? The New Health Reform Law and Medicare

The full webcast and podcast for this briefing, as well as videos of individual speakers' presentations, are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Speaker Presentations

Tricia Neuman Presentation (PowerPoint), 5/7/2010
Tom Ault Presentation (PowerPoint), 5/7/2010

(If you want to download one or more slides from these presentations, contact us at info@allhealth or click here for instructions.)

Source Materials

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Adobe Acrobat PDF), CRS Summary: Medicare Related Excerpts , 3/23/2010
Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Adobe Acrobat PDF), CRS Summary: Medicare Related Excerpts, 3/30/2010
Agenda (Word Document), , 5/7/2010
Source List (Word Document), , 5/7/2010
Speaker Biographies (Word Document), , 5/7/2010

Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)

Health reform law raises GPCIs (Adobe Acrobat PDF),AMA, 4/9/2010
Major Medicare savings under health reform legislation (Adobe Acrobat PDF),AMA, 4/7/2010
Quality-Based Payment in the Medicare Advantage Program, Avalere Health, 4/29/2010
- Cara Demmerle, Eric Hammelman, and Bonnie Washington
Beaverton retiree works to reassure seniors about health care reform, The Oregonian, 4/16/2010
- Andy Dworkin
Estimated Effects of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” as Amended, on the Year of Exhaustion for the Part A Trust Fund, Part B Premiums, and Part A and Part B Coinsurance Amounts (Adobe Acrobat PDF),CMS: Office of the Actuary, 4/22/2010
- Solomon M. Mussey
Medicare a Primer (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Kaiser Family Foundation, 4/1/2010
Summary of Key Medicare Provisions in Health Reform Law, Kaiser Family Foundation, 5/5/2010
Explaining Health Care Reform: Key Changes to the Medicare Part D Drug Benefit Coverage Gap (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Kaiser Family Foundation, Focus on Health Reform, 3/1/2010
Explaining Health Care Reform: Questions about Medicare Advantage, Kaiser Family Foundation, Focus on Health Reform, 4/1/2010
Explaining Health Care Reform: Questions about Explainer on the Independent Payment Advisory Board, Kaiser Family Foundation, Focus on Health Reform, 5/1/2010
Health Reform and Medicare: A Timeline of Implementation (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Medicare Rights Center, 4/7/2010
Medicare's Opportunity to Encourage Innovation in Health Care Delivery, New England Journal of Medicine, 3/4/2010
- Robert Mechanic and Stuart Altman
Obama Medical Panel Targets Costs, Sparks a Bipartisan Backlash, Bloomberg Businessweek, 4/17/2010
- Brian Faler
Assessment of the Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, 4/1/2010


Tricia Neuman, vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, reviewed the Medicare provisions in the new health reform law at the May 7 briefing cosponsored by the foundation. Click on the arrow above to see the full webcast of the briefing with synchronized PowerPoint slides.

Thomas Ault of Health Policy Alternatives discussed the implications of delivery system reforms and Medicare changes contained in the new health reform law at the May 7 briefing cosponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Click on the arrow above to see the full webcast with synchronized PowerPoint slides.

Jonathan Blum, director of the Center for Medicare at CMS, offered perspectives on implementing the Medicare changes in the new health reform law at the May 7 briefing cosponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Click on the arrow above to see the full webcast of the briefing with synchronized PowerPoint slides.


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