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Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye Street NW
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Washington, DC 20005
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Advancing Comprehensive Primary Care in Medicaid


Join us for a number of robust policy discussions on the importance of primary care in Medicaid, update the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute, and solutions to pharma patent practices and pricing.

Monday, December 9, 10-11:30 a.m. ET

Advancing Comprehensive Primary Care in Medicaid

Growing evidence demonstrates a link between investing in primary care and higher quality care, better outcomes, and lower costs. As low-income individuals report greater disparities in access to primary healthcare, addressing the barriers facing the Medicaid population is particularly critical.  Join us as we hold a policy discussion on the opportunities to advance high-quality, comprehensive primary care for Medicaid members.


Opening remarks by:

Laurie Zephyrin
Vice President, Delivery System Reform, The Commonwealth Fund

Panel discussion with: 

Patti Barnett
Vice President of Health Policy at Centene

Shawn Martin
Senior Vice President, Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy, American Academy of Family Physicians

Tricia McGinnis 
Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer at the Center for Health Care Strategies

Hemi Tewarson
Director for the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices’ Health Division

Moderated by:

Sheila Burke
Senior Advisor BPC and Strategic Advisor, Baker Donelson


Examining Pharmaceutical Patent Practices & Their Impact on Drug Prices

Tuesday, December 10, 9 a.m. -11:30 a.m. ET

Examining Pharmaceutical Patent Practices & Their Impact on Drug Prices

While pharmaceutical patents and market exclusivity can incentivize innovation in the United States, various patent practices can also impact the affordability of brand drugs and biologics, especially for debilitating conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and diabetes. BPC will host a panel of experts to discuss the tactics used to delay competition through the patent system and the possible policy solutions to address this important issue.


Fireside chat:

Drew Hirshfeld J.D.
Commissioner, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Markus Meier J.D.
Assistant Director for Healthcare, Federal Trade Commission

Dr. Avik A. Roy
President, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity

Academic panel discussion featuring:

Michael Carrier J.D.
Distinguished Professor, Rutgers Law School, Co-Director, Rutgers Institute for Information Policy and Law Rutgers School of Law

Robin Feldman J.D.
Arthur J. Goldberg Distinguished Professor of Law, Director of the Center for Innovation at University of California Hastings

Arti Rai J.D.
Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law and Faculty Director, The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law School

Melissa Wasserman J.D., PhD
Charles Tilford McCormick Professor of Law, University of Texas at Austin School of Law


Dr. Anand Parekh
Chief Medical Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center

Stakeholder panel discussion featuring:

Tahir Amin, L.L.B, Dip. LP
Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, I-MAK

Melissa Brand J.D.
Associate Counsel, Biotechnology Innovation Organization

Karin Hessler J.D.
Assistant General Counsel, Association for Accessible Medicines


Charles Duan J.D.
Director of Technology and Innovation, R Street


Modernizing the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute to Promote Value-Based Care

Wednesday, December 11, 10-11:30 a.m. ET

Modernizing the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute to Promote Value-Based Care

An expert panel will unpack the recently proposed updates by the Department of Health and Human Services to the Physician Self-Referral Law, also known as the Stark Law, and the Anti-Kickback Statute to support value-based care. These two healthcare laws were created in the 1980’s to protect consumers and reduce costs in the fee-for-service system by banning physicians and other health care providers from referring patients if it benefited the provider financially. As our nation moves from a volume- to value-based healthcare system, modernizing these laws will be critical to supporting collaboration among healthcare providers and providing comprehensive patient care.


Opening remarks by:

Jim Skogsbergh 
President and CEO, Advocate Aurora Health

Kimberly Brandt 
Principal Deputy Administrator for Operations and Policy, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Panel discussion featuring:

Jeff Bahr
Chief Medical Group Officer, Advocate Aurora

Debbie Curtis
Former Chief of Staff for former Rep. Pete Stark

Taylor Jones
Senior Counsel, Akin Group

James Mandolfo
Senior Policy Advisor, Domestic Policy Council at the White House

Paul Westfall
Washington Counsel for the American Medical Association

Moderated by:

Marilyn Serafini
Director of the BPC Health Project


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