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Author: Meg Koepke and Melissa Cohen

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Experts Meg Koepke and Melissa Cohen – Vice Presidents at Aurrera Health Group –dive deep into the healthcare program millions of people across the country rely on Medicare. Join Meg and Melissa as they meet up with patients, clinicians, policymakers, insurers, caregivers, advocates, and disruptors to talk about the evolution of this crucial program and what lies ahead. Find new episodes here or subscribe on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
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In the final episode of the Re-examining Value series, Meg and Melissa speak with Jennifer Clawson, partner and director of Value-Based Health Systems at Boston Consulting Group and Stefan Larsson, Chairman and Founder of the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) about the future of value in healthcare.You can learn more about Jennifer Clawson and Stefan Larsson’s latest work in their New England Journal of Medicine article “Value-Based Health Care at an Inflection ...
In the second episode of the Re-examining Value series, the Medicare Team speaks with Ann Greiner, president and CEO of the Primary Care Collaborative and Brock Slabach, COO of the National Rural Health Association about ongoing opportunities to improve patients’ care in the value movement. Show notes:“Wakely Risk Insight for the Medicare Shared Savings Program: Performance Year 2023 Results.” (Wakely)“Relationships Matter: How Usual is Usual Source of (Primary) Care?” (Primary Care Coll...
In this first episode of the Re-examining Value series, the Medicare Team speaks with Mai Pham, founder and president of the Institute for Exceptional Care, and Rob Nelb, principal analyst from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) about what the value movement got right and where it falls short.
The Medicare Team is joined by national experts and colleagues Lauren Block, Leah Montgomery, and Maddy Bjorklund from Aurrera Health Group to talk about life after the public health emergency for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Show NotesHere are links to the podcasts Meg, Melissa, and Maddy recommended in the intro:Good InsideFilms to be Buried WithRelentless Health ValueKHN’s What the HealthTrade-offsFor more information on the PHE topics addressed during the episode, chec...
The Medicare Team talks with special guests Kristal Vardaman and Mary Russell, Senior Directors at Aurrera Health Group, to answer listener questions about emerging policies and considerations for serving dual-eligible individuals.
In the first episode of 2023, special guest Jeff Micklos, executive director of the Health Care Transformation Task Force, joins the Medicare Team to answer listener questions about the current state of value-based care and the top health policy priorities in the new year. Show notesFor more information about the Health Care Transformation Task Force, visit www.hcttf.org or reach out to Jeff at jeff.micklos@hcttf.org. To learn more about the Accountable Care Action Collaborati...
Season 3 Episode 3

Season 3 Episode 3

2022-12-0631:58

In the last episode of 2022, the Medicare Team learns whether their healthcare predictions from January’s podcast came true – and if anyone fulfilled their New Year’s resolutions. Special guest Jen Ryan – executive vice president of Aurrera Health Group with more than 20 years of experience in Medicaid policy – joins Meg and Melissa as they share new predictions for the upcoming year. Show Notes:Comparison chart from Medicare.gov for original Medicare and Medicare Advantage (starts on pa...
Season 3 Episode 2

Season 3 Episode 2

2022-11-0849:56

The Medicare Team catches up with special guests Ashley Fitch, Director of Community Partnerships and Innovation from Mount Sinai and Kathy Vesley, President and CEO of Bay Aging to learn more about how they are addressing social determinants of health through building networks of community-based organizations. Meg and Melissa also discuss Medicare Open Enrollment, the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI-A) extension, and all things flu season.Here are some tips from AARP to ...
Season 3 Premiere

Season 3 Premiere

2022-10-0629:36

In the first episode of Season 3, Meg, Melissa, and Brede catch up on all the Medicare news that happened over summer break including the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, the Physician Fee Schedule proposed changes for MSSP, and the many new Requests for Information. Meg also checks in with Jason Rose, Chief Executive Officer of AdhereHealth, a healthcare technology solutions company centered on improving medication adherence, to get his take on the changes to Part D in the Inflation R...
In this second installment of the Medicare Meet-up Health Equity Mini-Series – and the last episode of Season 2 – Meg, Melissa and Brede chat about the latest Medicare news and the recent Aurrera Health Group webinar – Making Sense of Payment Mechanisms in ACO REACH. They continue the discussion of health equity and interview Leon Caldwell, Ph.D., American Hospital Association’s senior director for health equity strategies and innovation at the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity about ...
In this episode of the Medicare Meet-up, Meg, Melissa and Brede talk Health Equity. They interview Megan Thomas of Aurrera Health Group around a report prepared for the California Health Care Foundation, Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity in California and speak to Spencer Pratt from Unite Us about the importance of social care as a key component of healthcare.
March Episode

March Episode

2022-03-2433:32

The team talks about the ACO REACH Model and shares insights from the HLTH ViVE conference. Subscribe to our newsletter here.
February Episode

February Episode

2022-02-2230:04

The team from Meet Up talks all things Direct Contracting. Sign up for our weekly Medicare newsletter.
January Episode

January Episode

2022-01-2025:22

Our first episode of 2022 takes a look into the future with Meg, Melissa and Brede making their healthcare predictions for the year.
December Episode

December Episode

2021-12-0220:10

Melissa, Meg and Brede close out the year with a discussion of final rules and the top 3 Medicare moments of 2021.
November Episode

November Episode

2021-11-0422:12

Our November episode takes a look back at October with a discussion of the CMMI Strategy Refresh, the Reconciliation Bill and other recent Medicare news.
Season 2 Premiere

Season 2 Premiere

2021-10-0721:44

Season 2 premiers with a look at recent Medicare news – including nursing homes and mental, dental, and vision benefits. Plus new a new format including a call to action to share your in real life stories of healthcare heroism.
Hear what’s in store for Season 2 of the Medicare Meet-Up.
Brede Eschliman, Meg Koepke, MHA and Melissa Cohen recap what they have learned from their guests on this season finale of the Medicare Meet-up as well an in depth discussion of the past, present and future of the CMS Innovation Center with former CMMI Chief Strategy Officer, Dawn Alley.
Brede, Meg and Melissa host value-based care and alternative payment champion and true believer Emily Brower of Trinity Health.
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