Health Policy Forum to Focus on New Medicare Program

Posted: October 26, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryan Call

“Charting the Future for Special Needs Plans (SNPs)” is the focus of a leadership forum Nov. 2–3 sponsored by George Mason’s Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics in cooperation with the National Health Policy Group. SNPs are Medicare’s newest programs for serving the most vulnerable aged and disabled beneficiaries.

The two-day invitational meeting, which will be held on the Fairfax Campus, will involve a wide array of health care professionals who, along with state and federal officials, will evaluate current market trends, discuss SNP development and plan effective strategies toward SNP implementation. According to Center Director Mark Meiners, the meeting will help clarify how SNPs can help improve Medicare’s experience with chronic care management.

On the first day, there will be a SNP leadership roundtable, expert perspectives on SNP issues such as the future of SNP payment and quality improvement and a networking reception. The second day’s activities will consist of two presentations titled “Best Practices: Lessons from Medicare Demonstrations” and “Managing Comorbidities and Medication for High Risk Beneficiaries,” before the forum closes with a lecture outlining possible future directions for the SNP marketplace.

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