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Paragon’s Brian Blase and Joe Albanese Submit Letter to MedPAC on Financial Incentives for Alternative Payment Models

Senior Policy Analyst at Paragon Health Institute
Joe Albanese is a Senior Policy Analyst with Paragon Health Institute. He comes to Paragon with over six years of federal and nonprofit public policy experience.
President at Paragon Health Institute
Brian Blase, Ph.D., is the President of Paragon Health Institute. Brian was Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House’s National Economic Council (NEC) from 2017-2019, where he coordinated the development and execution of numerous health policies and advised the President, NEC director, and senior officials. After leaving the White House, Brian founded Blase Policy Strategies and serves as its CEO.

On October 27, 2023, Brian Blase and Joe Albanese submitted a letter to Michael Chernew of MedPAC discussing policies to alter or eliminate financial incentives for advanced alternative payment model (APM) participation.

From the letter:

“Medicare’s framework for value-based care is deeply flawed and should be revisited. It does not seem that the current APM bonuses encourage higher quality and less costly care in Medicare. Furthermore, the track record of Medicare APMs has been worse than expected. The current evidence does not justify subsidizing advanced APM participation.”

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