October 6, 2006
October 6, 2006 ~ A one-day seminar ~ Select sessions of this event are available via video web cast.
Hosted by the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) in
collaboration with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
National Center for Primary Care ~ Morehouse School of Medicine ~ Auditorium
720 Westview Drive, SW ~ Atlanta, Georgia 30310
This one-day free seminar for national, state, and local policymakers, health policy leaders, researchers, professors, students, journalists and others with an interest in health policy and aging will feature the latest information on the Medicare Part D drug benefit and the latest findings from a NASI study panel on how Medicare can further reduce ethnic and racial health disparities.
8:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast
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Rose Crum-Johnson, former CMS Regional Administrator, Atlanta, and Seminar Chair
William Alexander, MD, Special Assistant to the President, Health Affairs, Morehouse School of Medicine
Pamela J. Larson, Executive Vice President, NASI
9:15am Medicare Part D and the Georgia Experience
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An update on Medicare Part D implementation, to help people understand the largest benefit expansion in the program’s 40 years.
Moderator: Bob Rosenblatt, Journalist and Senior Fellow, NASI
Buddy Harden, former Executive Vice President, Georgia Pharmacy Association
Jennie Deese, Director, Georgia Cares Program
Roger Perez, Regional Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Atlanta
11:45am Luncheon Buffet
1:00pm NASI’s Report on “Sharpening Medicare’s Tools for Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities¨
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Moderator: Rose Crum-Johnson, former CMS Regional Administrator, Atlanta, Study Panel member, and Seminar Chair
Presenter: Bruce C. Vladeck, Study Panel Chair and Interim President of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Albert W. Morris, Jr., MD, President, National Medical Association
Flavia Mercado, MD, Director of Multicultural Affairs at Grady Health System, and Board Member of the National Hispanic Medical Association
Barry M. Straube, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Director, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, CMS Headquarters, Baltimore
2:45pm Closing Remarks:
What Do these Findings Mean for the Most Vulnerable?
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Wilhelmina Leigh, Senior Research Associate, Joint Center for Political and Economics Studies
The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance and located in Washington DC. Its mission is to promote understanding and informed policymaking on social insurance and related programs through research, public education, training, and the open exchange of ideas. In an era of partisan politics, NASI is known for its ability to encourage experts with differing philosophies to seek common ground in pursuit of improved and innovative public policies. NASI has a proven track record in convening policy research conferences and seminars. NASI’s conferences have a reputation for engaging experts and presenting information that is accessible, informative, and useful to policymakers, journalists, and other stakeholders.
The Joint Center Health Policy Institute (HPI)’s mission is to ignite a “Fair Health” movement that gives people of color the inalienable right to equal opportunity for healthy lives. The Joint Center has long recognized the need to examine civil rights from a variety of perspectives. Just as it acknowledged the importance of economics as an important aspect of equal opportunity by adding “Economic¨ to its name in 1990, it is recognizing good health through the work of the Health Policy Institute. By framing our mission in terms of a “Fair Health” movement, we acknowledge the legacy of activism and coalition that underpin racial, political and economic progress. We also shift our focus to the desired outcome and implied strategy. The Joint Center Health Policy Institute’s research, publications, activities and projects are designed to accelerate our progress beyond listing and analyzing the litany of health disparities, toward collective strategies that produce real change.