Medicare Coverage and Technology Diffusion: Past, Present, and Future
July 9, 1998
Robin J. Strongin
Nine years after holding a session entitled Medicare Coverage: Translating Process into Practice, the Forum held this session on Medicare coverage. While the issues remained fundamentally the same, many aspects of coverage policy — for Medicare as well as for private plans — have become more complex as the market has fractured into a range of health plans. Speakers at this Forum session looked at the Medicare coverage process — past and present — examined its strengths and weaknesses, and reviewed options for improving it.
Donald A. Young, MD, Senior Vice President for Policy and Clinical Services, American Association of Health Plans; Jeffrey L. Kang, MD, MPH, Director, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality and Chief Clinical Officer, Health Care Financing Administration; Michael B. McCulley, Esq., Assistant General Counsel, Johnson & Johnson; Allison Giles, JD, Professional Staff, Subcommittee on Health, House Committee on Ways and Means; Alexander Vachon, PhD, Chief Social Security Analyst, Senate Committee on Finance; Peter Hasselbacher, MD, Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, Senate Committee on Finance
More information available in the accompanying publication, Issue Brief No. 722.