Media Advisory: Teleconference explains ways to reduce Medicare costs

Woodruff Health Sciences Center | Dec. 11, 2012

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Ken Thorpe, PhD

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Expert: Ken Thorpe

What: The Medicare Advantage Experience: Lessons for Reform to Original Medicare

Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhD, professor of Health Policy and Management at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health along with colleague Daniel Perry, president and CEO of the Alliance for Aging Research, highlight data and evidence to support recommendations on ways to slow the growth in Medicare spending and improve quality of care.

When: Thursday, December 13, 2012/10:30AM – 11AM(EST)

Where: Teleconference Dial-in Instructions: 877-347-0176 / Dial 353734#

The most effective way to slow Medicare spending is to reduce the cases of preventable chronic conditions and incorporate evidence-based care coordination into the traditional Medicare program. 

"Since Medicare and Medicaid account for nearly 40 percent of the projected rise in federal costs over the next decade, slowing the growth in federal health care spending is imperative for reducing the budget deficit," says Thorpe who also serves as co-chair of the Partnership for the Future of Medicare.  "Intentional changes in the Medicare program are necessary and the reform discussion must include ways to incorporate modernized healthcare delivery."

The full paper will be released and available on the Alliance for Aging Research website http://www.agingresearch.org on Thursday, December 13th at 10:30EST.