The Future of Medicare: Medicare 101

This event was Part I of the Alliance’s The Future of Medicare series. View all events in this series here.

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During this session, panelists reviewed the basic mechanisms and facets of Medicare. Panelists provided a high-level introduction to the benefit design of each program; reviewed the mechanisms used to determine payments to providers and health plans under each program; and explored the implications of Medicare payment policy for the delivery system and health care quality.


  • Amy Bassano, MPP, Managing Director, Medicare, Health Management Associates
  • Matt Kazan, MPP, Managing Director, Avalere 
  • James E. Mathews, Ph.D., Executive Director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)
  • Arielle Mir, MPH, Vice President of Health Care (Complex Care), Arnold Ventures (moderator)
  • Gretchen Jacobson, Ph.D., Vice President, Medicare, Commonwealth Fund (moderator)

This series was made possible with support from Arnold Ventures and the Commonwealth Fund.