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Fall Forum Plenary & Reception: On-the-Ground Washington Update on the Progress of Health Reform

November 9, 2010

On-the-Ground Washington Update on the Progress of Health Reform

Donald Berwick, M.D., administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will be the policy plenary keynoter at the 2010 Grantmakers In Health Fall Forum Improving Women's Health from Communities to Care Settings and will share his thoughts on the progress of health care reform. For health foundations, the law is the culmination of decades of work, but it is just the opening act for the substantial work that lies ahead. Implementation of this sweeping and ambitious law is taking place amidst a dynamic environment of allies and opposition. Ensuring that it lives up to its promise requires involvement from a wide range of public and private players.

 

As head of CMS, Dr. Berwick is a central player in health care reform implementation-- his agency is responsible for overseeing a major expansion of Medicaid, which under the new law would cover an additional 16 million people by the end of the decade. CMS is also charged with containing Medicare costs, while at the same time improving and expanding certain benefits.

 

As implementation unfolds, what will be the greatest challenges and important milestones? What can we expect in the coming year? What are strategic opportunities for philanthropy? Dr. Berwick will address these and other key points, providing an insider's view on health care reform's priorities and processes.

 

The policy plenary session is just one highlight of this year's Fall Forum. Improving Women's Health from Communities to Care Settings will examine how women, their health, and the health-related decisions they make can play a critical role in shaping solutions that serve everyone.

 

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