June 6, 2016

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare will hold a daylong thought leadership symposium in Boston on June 7 entitled 10K/Day: Medicare's Future as 10,000 Americans Turn 65 Every Day. This symposium will explore the current state of Medicare and Medicaid at their 50-year marks. Experts in the fields of health care, advocacy, economics and aging will discuss the future challenges facing an ever-growing beneficiary population and explore an array of opportunities to meet the needs of the aged and the aging.

Generous funding from major sponsors Tufts Health Plan Foundation and Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation underscores the importance of this policy forum. Additional sponsors include the National Association for Homecare and Hospice, Better Medicare Alliance, paradyzs + pmdigital, The Data Center, RRDonnelly, Infogroup and Merkle.  

Among the topics panelists will address are: the challenges Medicare faces due to health care inflation and the rapidly growing 65+ population, transitioning Medicare to reward value by improving care and lowering costs, the move from volume-based payments in traditional (fee-for-service) Medicare to alternative payment models and how health care issues, especially Medicare and Medicaid, will factor into the 2016 elections. The full agenda is on the National Committee’s website.

Tuesday, June 7th

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Omni Parker House

Boston, Massachusetts


Participants include:

Max Richtman, President & CEO, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Senator Tom Harkin (Ret.),Chair, NCSSPM Advisory Board

James Roosevelt, Jr. Vice-Chair, NCPSSM Advisory Board; Advisor to the Board and Senior Management, Tufts Health Plan

Phil Johnston, NCPSSM Advisory Board; President & CEO, Johnston & Associates; Board Chair, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

The Honorable Debbie Dingell, Member of Congress (D-MI)

Former Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, President & CEO, Better Medicare Alliance

Dr. Stuart Altman, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

Dr. Michael Chernew, Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy & Director, Healthcare Markets and Regulation (HMR) Lab in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School

Rosanne DiStefano, Executive Director, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley

Sarah Emond, Chief Operating Officer, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review

Len Fishman, Director, Gerontology Institute, McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Boston

Stuart Guterman, Senior Scholar in Residence, AcademyHealth

Val J. Halamandaris, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Dr. Jonathan Harding, Chief Medical Officer for Senior Products, Tufts Health Plan

Dr. Ann Hwang, Director, Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation, Community Catalyst

Dr. Joe Kimura, Chief Medical Officer, Atrius Health

Dr. Annette E. Kussmaul, Associate Regional Administrator, Division of Quality Improvement, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners

Dr. Doris Peter, Director, Health Ratings Center, Consumer Reports

Judith Stein, Executive Director & Attorney, Center for Medicare Advocacy

Dr. David Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

There is no cost to attend the Symposium. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  




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Media Inquiries to:

Pamela Causey 202-216-8378/202-236-2123

Kim Wright 202-216-8414