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.
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