Nov 19

Past Event

Medicare Physician Payment Reform: Next Steps



Permanent reform of the Medicare physician payment system—to provide payment stability and a shift to person-centered payment models that reward value and not volume of healthcare services—is urgently needed. Following a more favorable score from the Congressional Budget Office and new Congressional proposals, there is now a window of opportunity to finally abolish the current mechanism of paying for physician services in Medicare that has caused uncertainty and threatened access to care for over a decade. Although Congress could take advantage of the favorable environment for reform, difficult policy challenges remain, including how to develop alternative payment models to replace the current fee-for-service system; how to incentivize providers to transition into new payment models; and the role of fee-for-service as payment reform progresses.

On November 19, 2013 the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings discussed the current state of Medicare physician payment reform and the options moving forward. The conference included Rep. Michael Burgess, vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, as well as House and Senate staff members from the committees of jurisdiction from both sides of the aisle, as well as stakeholders.

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Event Agenda

  • 8:00


  • 8:20

    Physician Payment Reform in Congress

    • Rep. Michael C. Burgess


      Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee

  • 9:00

    Payment Reform - Opportunities and Challenges for Independent Physician Practices

  • 9:30

    Physician Leadership in Payment Reform

  • 9:50


  • 10:00

    Physician Payment Reform: The Legislative Process

    • Moderator

      John O'Shea

      Visiting Scholar

      Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform

    • Robert Horne

      Majority Staff, House Energy & Commerce Committee

    • Brett Baker

      Majority Staff, House Ways and Means Committee

    • Amy Hall

      Minority Staff, House Energy & Commerce Committee

    • Karen Fisher

      Majority Staff, Senate Finance Committee

    • Dan Todd

      Minority Staff, Senate Finance Committee Development

    • Erin Richardson

      Minority Staff, House Ways and Means Committee

    • James Paluskiewicz

      House Energy & Commerce Committee

  • 10:55

    Incentives: Physician Payment Reform in Practice

    • Moderator


      Kavita Patel

      Managing Director for Clinical Transformation and Delivery, Center for Health Policy

      Fellow, Economic Studies

    • Harold Miller

      President and CEO

      Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform

    • John Sprandio

      Consultants in Medical Oncology and Hematology

    • Anshu Choudhri

      Director, Strategic Priorities

      BlueCross BlueShield Association

    • Tom Lewandowski

      Governor, Wisconsin Branch

      American College of Cardiology

  • 11:45

    Summary and Closing Remarks


November 19, 2013

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Falk Auditorium

The Brookings Institution

1775 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.


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