Closing the Coverage Coordination Gap for Dual Eligibles

Sarah Barth, J.D., is a health policy leader with expertise in Medicare-Medicaid integration and Medicaid managed long-term services and supports (LTSS) initiatives. Her policy experience includes extensive work partnering with states, federal commissions, health plans, and philanthropic foundations to lead efforts around state and federal policy requirements, program trends, and market strategy for integrated Medicare-Medicaid managed care models and Medicaid managed LTSS programs. In addition to policy experience, her operational expertise includes state and federal program oversight, care coordination, developing communication plans, and facilitating engagement with Medicare-Medicaid stakeholders including states, consumers, clinical and LTSS providers, and community-based organizations. Prior to joining HMA, Sarah was the director of integrated care and LTSS at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). While at CHCS she served as the project director for Promoting Integrated Care for Dual Eligibles (PRIDE), a consortium of high-performing healthcare organizations identifying and testing innovative strategies to enhance and integrate care for high-cost, high-need populations. She also led Implementing the Roadmaps: Innovations in LTSS, a project providing technical assistance to 10 states transforming LTSS systems to managed care delivery and promoting community-based living. Sarah’s experience extends to 18 years of Medicaid program administration in Massachusetts and New Mexico. She has a law degree from Suffolk University Law School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Contact: sbarth@healthmanagement.com

Denny Chan, J.D., serves as Justice in Aging’s inaugural Directing Attorney for Equity Advocacy. In this role, he is responsible for developing and leading Justice in Aging’s Strategic Initiative on Advancing Equity, with a primary focus on race equity for older adults of color, and he also coordinates the organization’s equity team. He joined Justice in Aging as an attorney on the health team in 2014 and is based in Los Angeles, CA. The son of working-class Chinese immigrant parents, Denny has worked significantly on non-discrimination, language access, and healthcare delivery reform issues for low-income older adults and brings all of these experiences to his advocacy. He previously served as a rotating law clerk for the US District Court in Los Angeles and participated in the Fulbright English Teaching Program as a fellow in Macau, China. Denny is a member of the California bar and is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine School of Law. He received his BA from the University of Michigan.

Contact: dchan@justiceinaging.org

Allison Rizer, MHS, MBA, brings nearly 20 years of health-related experience to ATI Advisory, including more than a decade focused on insurance and government programs. Before joining ATI, Allison most recently served as Vice President of Health Policy & Strategy with UnitedHealthcare, where she led the organization’s national policy efforts specific to individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. In this role, Allison worked closely with state and national health plan leadership, policymakers, and other experts to bridge the health policy and business worlds in an effort to inform sustainable program design and growth strategies. Prior to this at UnitedHealthcare, Allison served as a Medicaid Policy Director working with individual states and Medicaid health plans to provide strategic guidance on emerging policy and program trends. Allison also spent several years with The Lewin Group, leading federal contracts with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other agencies across programs targeting aging and vulnerable populations. Her work at Lewin led to the development and refinement of Medicare Advantage network adequacy standards, Special Needs Plan Model of Care process improvements, CMS clarification of the Medicare therapy benefit, and education for State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs). While at Lewin, Allison also had the opportunity to co-lead the development of a successful healthy weight pilot for aging lesbian and bisexual women. Allison has spoken at numerous national conferences and participated in expert working groups on issues across the aging spectrum, including Duals Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs), Medicare-Medicaid integration, Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits, and social need. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas, MN where she co-teaches an MBA health policy course.

Contact: allison@atiadvisory.com


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