The MACRA Quality Payment Program: What Behavioral Health Care Professionals Should Know

Virtual Forum | February 23, 2017 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST

Description

Virtual Forum: The MACRA Quality Payment Program: What Behavioral Health Care Professionals Should Know

Location: Online Via PsychU.org

Description: The Quality Payment Program (QPP) was developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of the far reaching Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA); one of its provisions begins in 2019 when CMS will pay participating providers based on the quality and effectiveness of care they provide to beneficiaries. During this virtual forum you will hear from Paul Cotton, BA, Director of Federal Affairs at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA); and Elizabeth Arend, MPH, Quality Improvement Advisor at the National Council for Behavioral Health, two experts in initiatives that improve health care quality. They will discuss the importance of this new program to the behavioral health field.

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Event Speakers

Paul Cotton, BA
Featured Speaker

Paul Cotton serves as the Director of Federal Affairs for the National Committee for Quality Assurance where he works with Congress, the Administration, and other stakeholders to improve health care quality. Prior to the National Committee for Quality Assurance, he was involved in lobbying efforts for AARP related to Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), health reform, health information  technology, and quality improvement. Paul has previously served as the Hearings & Policy Presentation Director in the Office of Legislation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and as a journalist for publications including the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Paul holds a B.A. in Journalism from Northern Illinois University.

Elizabeth Arend, MPH
Featured Speaker

Elizabeth Arend serves as a Quality Improvement Advisor for the National Council for Behavioral Health in Washington, DC. Prior to the National Council, she worked in global health, quality improvement and health system strengthening for nine years, including posts in Ethiopia, South Africa and Rwanda.

Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Feminist and Gender Studies from Bryn Mawr College and a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Jason L. Swartz, RPh, MBA
Moderator

Jason L. Swartz, RPh, MBA, serves as a Managed Market Liaison for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. His clinical areas of expertise include State Medicaid pharmacy operations and formulary management.

Jason attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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