2016 Recap Of AHIP’S National Conferences On Medicare, Medicaid & Duals

At AHIP’s National Conferences on Medicare, Medicaid & Duals, we saw a week of insight, innovation, and collaboration, delivered by more than 160 expert speakers from across the nation. Here are just a few.

Marilyn Tavenner, President & CEO of AHIP, remarked that the conferences were a chance to look back on how far we have come in improving care – and improving health – for seniors and the most vulnerable.

Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicare, CMS, kicked off the National Conference on Medicare by stating that Medicare Advantage (MA) premiums have been “remarkably stable” and that the program is becoming more attractive to beneficiaries.

Cavanaugh’s session was followed by a session featuring Pat Wang, CEO of Healthfirst, who discussed her company’s leadership in serving low-income beneficiaries through MA, Medicaid and CHIP, the Exchanges, and New York’s Basic Health Plan.

Monday's lunchtime session featured comments from Mark B. Ganz, President & CEO of Cambia Health Solutions, who emphasized that health plans should be passionate and excited about their role in advancing changes to help patients.

Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator, CMS Deputy Administrator for Quality and Innovation, and CMS Chief Medical Officer, said that CMS is excited about the improved quality and lower costs for beneficiaries that are associated with growth in the MA program during his remarks on Day 2.

The closing session of the National Conference on Medicare featured Q&A with CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, who focused on the importance of delivery system reform and the role of the MA program as a driver of innovation.

Paul A. Tufano, Chairman and CEO of AmeriHealth Caritas, outlined his vision on the future of Medicaid and the broader goal of eliminating poverty during his remarks at the National Conference on Medicaid.

Closing the National Conference on Medicaid, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe discussed the “Healthy Virginia Plan” he launched in 2014 and the enrollment of 420,000 Virginians in ACA Exchange plans.