Summit: Disruptors and Transformers

Expert panelists will explore the short and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and its potential to significantly transform our health care system during our Virtual Summit, a program of our ongoing 2020 Signature Series. This new digital format will feature live panel discussions, keynote presentations, and interactive conversations across multiple days.

COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 20 – Tensions, Tradeoffs, and Takeaways: What’s at Stake for America 100 Days into the Pandemic  and Where We Go From Here

Just over 100 days have passed since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020. The pandemic has led to sweeping ramifications throughout the American economy and society as a whole. During this interactive discussion, three preeminent health policy leaders will examine the lessons learned three months into the crisis and lay out considerations for decision-makers as they work to stem the tide of the pandemic and build a more resilient health care system.

COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 19 – Advancing Mental Health During the Pandemic and Beyond

During this webinar, panelists addressed the following learning goals: the short- and long-term impact of COVID-19 on mental health and well being; evidence-based interventions and promising technology to reach people where they are and improve outcomes; and sustainable solutions to address the mental health impact of COVID-19 and advance access to behavioral health services beyond the pandemic.

COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 17 – The Role of Medicaid

This webinar will explain the role of Medicaid in the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will discuss financing challenges of the Medicaid program—the nation’s health care safety net—as more people become eligible for Medicaid coverage and demand for health services shifts.

COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 7 – From Data to Decisions: Evaluating State Capacity

The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus has led to a growing number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and concerns about health system capacity. Models and projections can be useful tools to help policymakers at the state and local levels make evidence-based decisions to slow the spread of the virus and bolster health system capacity. During this webinar, panelists highlighted the role of modeling in helping states prepare and respond to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 1 – Flattening the Curve

During this webinar, Dr. Kathleen Winter, an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, explained the epidemiology of the novel coronavirus and discussed evidence-based practices to slow the transmission.

Long-Term Care: Where Are We and What’s Next?

This webinar will orient audience members to the current landscape of the long-term care delivery system, its funding mechanisms, and the state and federal legislation that model this system. Panelists will discuss and offer insights about potential solutions to create an accessible and financially sustainable long-term care system.

Summit: Navigating the Frontiers of Innovation and Value

During this summit, keynote speakers and panel experts explore the latest advancements and the remaining challenges in the health care value and innovation space, as well as policy solutions to support groundbreaking initiatives.

Modernizing Medicare Part D

During this congressional lunch briefing, analysts will outline the mechanisms of the Medicare Part D program under current law and discuss the potential implications of reforms put forward by Congress and the administration.

Examining the Continuum of Coverage Proposals

During this congressional lunch briefing, health policy experts will explore the spectrum of policy proposals that achieve universal health coverage in the United States.

Fall 2019 Legislative and Regulatory Outlook

During this webinar, analysts discussed the outstanding legislative and regulatory activities that Congress and the administration are likely to pursue before the end of the year.

Coverage and Affordability in the Private Insurance Market

This briefing highlighted policy options to promote health care coverage and affordability through the individual health insurance market. Our panel discussed trends in commercial health insurance enrollment and affordability.

Addressing the Drivers of Maternal Mortality

This briefing identified policies to prevent pregnancy-related deaths and address the forces resulting in the disproportionate maternal health outcomes. Panelists discussed policy options that support interventions among providers and public health entities to address the clinical and social drivers of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity.

Basics of Biosimilars

During this briefing, panelists explained the mechanisms of biologic drugs, explore the impact of current regulations on the uptake of biosimilars, and discuss considerations for the biosimilars market in the United States.

Congressional Briefing on Aging in America

This briefing is the last event in our 2018 Signature Series and we will explore the unique health and social needs of older adults and how to develop age-friendly communities that give aging Americans convenient access to all of the services they need.

Summit on Aging in America

During this summit, panelists explored how we can reframe the conversation around aging in America and discussed opportunities to improve health outcomes for older adults. Speakers discussed innovative payment models and approaches to integrating non-medical needs into those models as well as upcoming policy and regulatory priorities.

Health Care in the Courts

This webinar examined the landscape of impending health policy legal decisions, including constitutional challenges to the ACA, disputes surrounding risk corridor programs, challenges to Medicaid program work requirements, and disputes around Medicaid expansion ballot initiatives.

Prescription Drug Costs: Can Increased Competition Restrain Prices?

This webinar will focus on the first approach and will explore different perspectives on how increasing the number of generic and biosimilar options may affect the drug pricing market. Specifically, panelists discussed the main opportunities and challenges of the generic and biosimilar market, how past administrations have approached this issue, and how different stakeholders, including consumers, are impacted.

Summit on Health Care Costs in America

The conversation on health care costs in America is decades old, yet progress has been elusive. Terms like sustainability, affordability, and value are set forward as goals, but perspectives on how to achieve them vary widely. Speakers and panelists will provide insights on current and projected health care cost trends, what different stakeholders hope to achieve, and new approaches to consider.

State Opportunities to Address Prescription Drug Costs in Medicaid

The purpose of this briefing is to orient federal policymakers and stakeholders to the legislative and regulatory actions that state officials are perusing to address the rising cost of prescription drugs in Medicaid. Panelists will outline the rationale for these actions, detail the mechanisms of state policies, and describe opportunities to leverage flexibility within federal parameters.

Competition and Consolidation: Understanding Recent Trends in the Health Care Market

This is the first webinar, part of the Beyond the Beltway: Health Webinars for Journalists series, focused on the implications and tradeoffs of the recent trends in the health care market. Panelists helped define the basics of market concentration and competition, how experts measure the effects on different areas of the market, and how regulators approach assessing partnership proposals.

Healthy Aging and Immunizations

This purpose of this briefing was to review the value of immunizations for aging adults, highlight factors that impact access to immunizations, and provide a review of coverage for adult vaccines under public and private insurance.

What’s Next for Medicare Provider Payment?

The goal of this briefing was to provide an update on MACRA implementation, the issues on the table as policymakers consider next steps around shifting the way providers are paid, by both public and private payers, and what this all means for improving health outcomes and quality.

Navigating Next Steps on Payment Reform

This briefing provided an update on the overall state of play with payment reform, and the effort to move away from fee for service and toward value-based payment. Panelists discussed the interplay between the public and private sectors, and, given likely future directions for the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, highlighted areas where the private sector may be best positioned to lead. Panelists shared what this means for future policy options and needs.

Marketplace Open Enrollment Preview

This webinar unpacked the knowns and unknowns heading into the upcoming Affordable Care Act marketplace open enrollment period that begins on Nov. 1.

Measuring Quality for Person-Centered Accountable Care

New payment and delivery system models for Medicare, Medicaid and private coverage rely on accurate quality measures to improve care for patients. The Alliance held an in-depth briefing on what it means to design “person-centered” quality measures, and how the patient perspective can be used to improve how care is delivered to patients with complex needs.

Chronic Pain & Opioid Addiction: The Role of Integrated Care

The opioid addiction crisis has thrown a spotlight on the physical and behavioral health issues surrounding chronic pain. This briefing examined innovative non-pharmacologic models to address chronic pain, including among the military and veteran population and through state Medicaid and safety net programs.

New Administration, New Approach to Medicaid Waivers?

This webinar gave attendees an understanding of the Medicaid waiver landscape heading into a busy fall, when precedent-setting decisions are expected on several states’ proposals. Speakers discussed the kinds of flexibility states have asked for – and are likely to ask for in the coming months and years – and how these changes may affect Medicaid beneficiaries, state budgets, and the future of the ACA coverage discussion.

Understanding What’s Next for Medicaid

This briefing examined the real-world implications of proposed policy changes to Medicaid and the impact on populations such as children, the disabled, and those who need long-term services and supports.

Where Medicaid Stands: From the AHCA to State Waivers

This webinar focused on how the AHCA would impact states and Medicaid beneficiaries, how a system of per capita caps would work, what we learned from the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, and how states might respond to new waiver flexibility from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. We examined these issues from both the federal and state perspective, and from the perspective of reporters covering this important issue.

What’s In Store for Medicaid

Medicaid programs could see dramatic changes this year and beyond, even if the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act continues to stall. Several states are taking a fresh look at expanding Medicaid under the ACA, while others are considering waivers under a new administration that will be receptive to experimentation. This briefing for journalists looked ahead at actions that may be taken by Congress, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the states.

The Future of Health Insurance: Medicaid Moving Forward

This is the third of four panels from our Future of Health Insurance Summit. There is considerable interplay between Medicaid/CHIP and the individual market. How will changes to these programs affect private insurance and how will coverage for low-income people be affected?

The Future of Health Insurance: The State of Play

This is the first of four panels from our Future of Health Insurance Summit. As policymakers debate major changes to the insurance system, what are the issues and approaches on the table, and what might come up this year?

What’s Next for Health Policy?

This webinar looked ahead at the issues surrounding U.S. health care and at potential changes that Congress, the Trump administration, and the states will be likely to adopt in the coming months and years.

Medicaid Moving Forward

This briefing examined the state of play for Medicaid and policy approaches moving forward. Our panel addressed how states and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may respond to the new landscape, as Congress shifts its focus away from health care.

Investing in a Healthier America: The Role of Social Determinants

This briefing examined the challenges of aligning or combining public funding sources to achieve better health outcomes, how analysts can prove value in such ventures, and the role of health care professionals in caring for patients who have both medical and non-medical needs.

Post-Election Symposium: Health Care Policy in 2017

The Alliance hosted a post-election, half-day symposium previewing critical 2017 health care policy issues, one of the first major gatherings of the health care policy community after the 2016 election.

Medicare and Prescription Drug Prices

This briefing featured presentations by our experts highlighting the trends in Medicare regarding prescription drug pricing, and panelists discussed an array of policy options to align drug prices with value through alternative payment models.

Health Care for Veterans: Where Things Stand & Next Steps

This briefing provided an introduction to the VA health system, presented an overview of how the VA acts as both provider and purchaser of care, and discussed policy prospects for the future. Speakers also assessed the potential for increased collaboration between civilian care and VA providers to meet the needs of today’s veterans and those of the future.

Open Enrollment Preview: Checking the Vitals of the Marketplaces

The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces rely on robust competition to control costs and to provide consumer choice. But the decisions of several large insurers to scale back their 2017 marketplace participation, and the failure of many health insurance co-ops will leave marketplace shoppers in many states with fewer choices than they had in 2016. Furthermore, those insurers remaining in the exchanges have often found their marketplace customers to be less healthy than they projected, and they are raising premiums in response. Our briefing focuses on these trends, what they mean for the long-term viability of the marketplaces, and what public policy steps can be taken to bring more healthy people into the risk pool and to encourage insurer participation in the individual market.

Assessing Innovations in Medicaid

Medicaid is testing numerous new alternative payment and delivery system models to enhance the coordination of the health care services provided to millions of low-income Americans. This briefing examined the range of Medicaid’s efforts to improve care and promote value, including integrating health with non-clinical and behavioral services, creating managed care organizations, and instituting regional care collaborative organizations. Our panel also addressed Medicaid’s role in managing emerging issues such as the opioid epidemic and the spread of the Zika virus.

High-Need, High-Cost Patients: Challenges & Promising Models

Health systems have applied many innovative new strategies for improving quality and reducing costs when it comes to care for high-need, high-cost patients, who typically have multiple chronic conditions. Which of these innovations show promise, and what can we learn from them?