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Thursday, March 07, 2024, at 1:00pm – 2:15pm EST

VIRTUAL EVENT: Improving Medicare through Medicare Advantage


Medicare Advantage (MA) has attracted much attention from policymakers as it has become the primary form of Medicare coverage.

You are invited to join us virtually on March 7th from 1:00pm-2:15pm for our upcoming event. Please feel free to share this invite with any health care staffer you think would be interested.

Medicare Advantage is the most popular way for seniors to receive Medicare. MA offers many advantages that have enabled this growth, but there is also much debate about how to reduce its cost and increase its quality. In this event, panelists will discuss key issues in MA and ways to improve the program, including policy recommendations from Paragon’s recently released paper.

Speakers include:

Joe Albanese, the Senior Policy Analyst with Paragon Health Institute. Prior to coming to Paragon, Joe worked as a Program Examiner on the Medicare team at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB). While at OMB, he provided oversight of the Medicare program’s funding and operations, reviewed regulations and other major administrative actions, and contributed to publications such as the annual President’s Budget for the U.S. Government.

Chris Pope, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Previously, he was director of policy research at West Health, a nonprofit medical research organization; health-policy fellow at the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce; and research manager at the American Enterprise Institute. Pope’s research focuses on healthcare payment policy, and he has recently published reports on hospital-market regulation, entitlement design, and insurance-market reform. His work has appeared in, among others, The Wall Street JournalHealth AffairsUS News and World Report, and Politico.

Loren Adler, Fellow and Associate Director of the Center on Health Policy at the Brookings Institution. He is currently a member of the Advisory Committee on Ground Ambulance and Patient Billing, established by the No Surprises Act, and serves as an associate editor of the Health Affairs Scholar journal. His research focuses on a range of topics in health care economics and policy, including private equity and payer acquisitions of physician practices, provider consolidation, surprise billing, Medicare Advantage, and prescription drug pricing. Previously, Mr. Adler served as research director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and as a senior policy analyst for the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Josh Gordon, Director of Health Policy at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Gordon leads CRFB’s research into the effect of federal policies on health and the health care system. He spearheads the organization’s Trust Fund Solutions Initiative and the Health Savers Initiative, a joint project of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Arnold Ventures and West Health Policy Center, which works to identify bold and concrete policy proposals to make health care more affordable.

The discussion will be moderated by Demetrios L. Kouzoukas, the Director of Paragon Health Institute’s Medicare Initiative. From 2017 to 2021, Kouzoukas served as the Chief Executive of the Medicare program at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In that role, he worked with patients, policymakers, providers, insurers, and manufacturers to improve health care in the United States. He developed and operationalized a vision to enhance patient-driven health care nationwide, testifying about it before Congress.