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The following is a list of briefings, documents, and publications that have been ranked by the Alliance for Health Reform in order of relevance, 10 being "Exclusively Related" to the issue, to 5 being "Somewhat Related" to the issue. Webcasts, transcripts and resource materials can be downloaded for each briefing listed.
 
RankTypeDescription
10Briefing  Reviewing Prescription Drug Coverage: Policies and Practices Across Several Health Systems, 6/23/2006
The Medicare prescription drug program offers coverage for prescription drugs through competing private plans, within a framework established by law and through rules established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In contrast, other countries, including Australia, the UK, and Canada, provide similar prescription drug programs, but within different regulatory structures. How do these countries decide which drugs will be approved and included in their prescription drug programs for the elderly and disabled?  
9Document  Medicare and Prescription Drug- Fact Sheet, 11/1/2006
 - Source: Kaiser Family Founation (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
9Document  Steven Morgan Presentation: Well-Designed Drug Review Processes Can Improve Drug Coverage, 6/23/2006
 - Source: Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, U. of British Columbia (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
9Briefing TranscriptReviewing Prescription Drug Coverage, 6/23/2006
 - Source: Kaisernetwork.org (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
9Document  Tanisha Carino Presentation: The U.S. Perspective - Medicare Part D, 6/23/2006
 - Source: Avalere Health (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
9Document  Medicare's New Adventure: the Part D Drug Benefit, 3/1/2006
 - Source: The Commonwealth Fund (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
9Document  The Landscape of Private Firms Offering Prescription Drug Coverage in 2006 , 3/1/2006
 - Source: Kaiser Family Foundation  (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
9Document  Tricia Neuman Presentation: The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, 11/7/2005
 - Source: Kaiser Family Foundation (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
9Briefing TranscriptMaking Sense of Medicare's Drug Benefit, 11/7/2005
 - Source: Kaisernetwork.org (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
9Document  Julie Goon Presentation: CMS Information and Resources for the Medicare Drug Benefit, 11/7/2005
 - Source: CMS (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
9Document  Mark Benoff Presentation: Implementing the Medicare Drug Benefit, 9/27/2005
 - Source: Cambridge Pharma Consultancy (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
9Briefing TranscriptImplementing the Medicare Drug Benefit, 9/27/2005
 - Source: Kaisernetwork.org (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
9Other PublicationSourcebook 2004 - Chapter 5: Medicare, 9/1/2004
This chapter from the Alliance sourcebook, “Covering Health Issues, 2004” presents key facts, background, story ideas, experts and websites on the subject of Medicare. (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
9Offsite Document  Evidence-Based and Value-Based Formulary Guidelines, 2/1/2004
 - Source: Health Affairs (Unknown File Type)
9Offsite Document  The Efficient Use of Pharmaceuticals: Does Europe Have Any Lessons for a Medicare Drug Benefit?, 6/1/2003
 - Source: Health Affairs (Unknown File Type)
9Offsite Document  Navigating the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Program, 6/14/2006
 - Source: United Cerebral Palsy (Unknown File Type)
9Offsite Document  The Basics: The Medicare Drug Benefit Coverage Gap, 2/7/2011
 - Source: United Cerebral Palsy Adobe Acrobat PDF
9Offsite Document  Drug Industry Is on Defensive As Power Shifts, 11/24/2006
 - Source: New York Times Online  (Unknown File Type)
9Offsite Document  Dual Eligibles With Mental Disorders And Medicare Part D: How Are They Faring?, 5/25/2011
 - Source: Health Affairs (Unknown File Type)
9Offsite Document  Medicare at a Glance, 11/14/2012
 - Source: Kaiser Family Foundation Adobe Acrobat PDF
8Briefing  Pharmaceutical Policy and Pricing: Are Other Countries Getting Greater Value?, 11/7/2011
Spending on prescription drugs in the U.S. rose at a faster clip in 2009 than spending for hospital and physician care, a trend that is expected to continue through 2020. Thus, federal and state budget cutters – as well as private health plans and hospitals – have a keen interest in restraining drug costs. The desire to get a handle on drug spending is a focus in other countries as well. What are some strategies used in other countries to control pharmaceutical spending? How are value-based models being used by insurers and others to influence pharmaceutical utilization and health outcomes? How do the public and private sectors in the United States seek to contain pharmaceutical spending? To address these and related questions, the Alliance for Health Reform and The Commonwealth Fund are sponsoring a November 7 luncheon briefing. 
8Briefing  MEDICARE PART D: What Now, What Next?, 11/5/2007
Close to 24 million Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Part D coverage for prescription drugs in the first two enrollment cycles. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, more than 75 percent of beneficiaries are satisfied with the program. But not all analysts and beneficiary advocates have pronounced the program a success in providing prescription drug coverage to the targeted group. How are dually-eligible beneficiaries, those eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, faring? Do beneficiaries continue to fill prescriptions when they reach the “doughnut hole” and the full cost comes out of their pockets? The Commonwealth Fund and the Alliance for Health Reform sponsored this briefing to address these and related questions.  
8Briefing  Making Sense of Medicare's Drug Benefit: Information and Resources to Help Beneficiaries, 11/7/2005
To help understand the basics of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, the nonpartisan Alliance for Health Reform and the Kaiser Family Foundation held a briefing especially for congressional staff, including district and state staff, but also of interest to others. Panelists were Tricia Neuman of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Medicare Policy Project; Jack Vogelsong of Pennsylvania’s State Health Insurance and Assistance Program; Beatrice Disman of the New York Region of the Social Security Administration; and Julie Goon of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  
8Briefing  Implementing the Medicare Drug Benefit: The Stories Ahead, 9/27/2005
Medicare beneficiaries can start signing up for prescription drug plans on November 15. Already, health plans have announced that they will be spending up to $80 million each to promote their offerings. The federal government and nonprofit groups are well into a massive effort to educate the public. But beneficiaries and those they rely on still have many questions about the program. The Alliance for Health Reform sponsored a briefing on Sept. 27 to help reporters with their coverage of the new benefit's implementation and offer story ideas. 
8Document  Spatz Presentation, 11/7/2011
 (PowerPoint)
8Document  Hess Presentation, 11/7/2011
 (PowerPoint)
8Document  Dillon Presentation, 11/7/2011
 (PowerPoint)
8Document  Harousseau Presentation, 11/7/2011
 (PowerPoint)
8Document  Medicare Part D Plan Characteristics, 2007- Fact Sheet, 1/1/2007
 - Source: Kaiser Family Founation (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
8Document  Coverage through the “Doughnut Hole” Grows Scarcer in 2007, 11/1/2006
 - Source: Families USA (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
8Document  Part D Payment System- payment basics, 9/1/2006
 - Source: MedPac (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
8Document  Sourcelist: Reviewing Prescription Drug Coverage, 6/23/2006
 - Source: Alliance for Health Reform (Word Document)
8Document  Low-Income Assistance Under the Medicare Drug Benefit, 5/1/2006
 - Source: Kaiser Family Foundation  (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
8Document  Baseline Comparison of the Part D Low-Income Subsidy and MSP Eligibility and Enrollment Rules , 5/1/2006
 - Source: Kaiser Family Foundation  (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
8Document  The Growth of Private Plans in Medicare, 3/1/2006
 - Source: Kaiser Family Foundation  (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
8Document  Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit: An Overview of Implementation for Dual Eligibles, 2/6/2006
 - Source: Congressional Research Service (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
8Document  Sourcelist: Making Sense of Medicare's Drug Benefit, 11/7/2005
 - Source: Alliance for Health Reform (Word Document)
8Document  Sourcelist: Implementing the Medicare Drug Benefit, 9/27/2005
 - Source: Alliance for Health Reform (Word Document)
8Document  Alan Weil Presentation: Medicaid Waivers, the MMA & States, 4/4/2005
 - Source: National Academy for State Health Policy (PowerPoint)
8Offsite Document  Medicare: Supplementary Gap Coverage, CRS Report for Congress, 10/2/2007
 - Source: National Academy for State Health Policy Adobe Acrobat PDF
8Offsite Document  Success of Drug Plan Challenges Democrats, 11/26/2006
 - Source: Washington Post (Unknown File Type)
8Offsite Document  FDA Drug Review Set to Unravel as Fiscal Cliff Looms, 9/10/2012
 - Source: Bloomberg (Unknown File Type)
8Offsite Document  Seniors Feeling the Squeeze: Rising Drug Prices and the Part D Program, 3/17/2010
 - Source: American Enterprise Institute (Unknown File Type)
8Offsite Document  U.S. drug spending slows; hits $307 bln in 2010: report, 4/19/2011
 - Source: Reuters (Unknown File Type)
8Offsite Document  At Pitney Bowes, Value-Based Insurance Design Cut Copayments and Increased Drug Adherence, 11/2/2010
 - Source: The Commonwealth Fund (Unknown File Type)
8Offsite Document  Comparative Effectiveness Review Within the U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Experience, 7/1/2009
 - Source: The Commonwealth Fund Adobe Acrobat PDF
8Offsite Document  Drug program saves state millions – but more can be done, 11/1/2011
 - Source: The Olympian (Unknown File Type)
8Offsite Document  Ending drug companies’ pay-for-delay deals, 10/24/2011
 - Source: The Washington Post (Unknown File Type)
8Offsite Document  Descriptions of Health Care Systems: England, France, and Germany, 12/31/2011
 - Source: The Commonwealth Fund (Unknown File Type)
8Offsite Document  The World Medicines Situation 2011, 1/1/2011
 - Source: World Health Organization (Unknown File Type)
8Offsite Document  US Pharmaceutical Policy In A Global Marketplace, 12/16/2008
 - Source: Health Affairs Adobe Acrobat PDF
8Offsite Document  Projecting future drug expenditures – 2009, 2/1/2009
 - Source: American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (Unknown File Type)
8Offsite Document  Multinational Comparisons of Health Systems Data, 2011, 12/31/2011
 - Source: The Commonwealth Fund (Unknown File Type)
8Offsite Document  Prescription Drug Accessibility and Affordability in the United States and Abroad, 6/1/2010
 - Source: The Commonwealth Fund Adobe Acrobat PDF
8Offsite Document  National Authority for Health: France, 7/31/2009
 - Source: The Commonwealth Fund (Unknown File Type)
8Offsite Document  Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care: Germany, 7/1/2009
 - Source: The Commonwealth Fund Adobe Acrobat PDF
8Offsite Document  The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), 2011, 12/31/2011
 - Source: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Unknown File Type)
8Offsite Document  National Authority for Health: France, 7/1/2009
 - Source: The Commonwealth Fund (Unknown File Type)
8Offsite Document  Prescription Drug Trends, 5/31/2011
 - Source: Kaiser Family Foundation Adobe Acrobat PDF
8Offsite Document  Lower-Than-Expected Medicare Drug Costs Reflect Decline in Overall Drug Spending and Lower Enrollment, Not Private Plans, 5/6/2011
 - Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Unknown File Type)
8Offsite Document  Consumer groups: Obama more generous to Big Pharma in trade talks, 10/24/2011
 - Source: Healthwatch (Unknown File Type)
7Document  Materials List, 11/7/2011
 - Source: Alliance for Health Reform (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
7Document  Source List, 11/7/2011
 - Source: Alliance for Health Reform (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
7Document  Agenda, 11/7/2011
 - Source: Alliance for Health Reform (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
7Document  Speaker Bios, 11/7/2011
 - Source: Alliance for Health Reform (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
7Briefing TranscriptTranscript, 11/7/2011
 - Source: Alliance for Health Reform (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
7Document  Guterman Presentation - Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Progress Report, 11/5/2007
 - Source: Guterman Presentation (PowerPoint)
7Document  Summer Presentation - Medicare Part D: How Vulnerable Populations are Faring, 11/5/2007
 - Source: Summer Presentation (PowerPoint)
7Document  McCutcheon Presentation - Medicare Part D: What Now, What Next? CMS Continues to Improve Part D, 11/5/2007
 - Source: McCutcheon Presentation (PowerPoint)
7Document  Rother Presentation - Strengthening Medicare Part D, 11/5/2007
 - Source: Rother Presentation (PowerPoint)
7Document  Medicare Part D: Improving Healthcare and Lowering Costs for Beneficiaries, 9/1/2007
 - Source: PhRMA (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
7Document  Improving the Medicare Part D Program for the Most Vulnerable Beneficiaries, 5/1/2007
 - Source: The Commonwealth Fund (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
7Document  The Facts: Medicare Part D and Prescription Drug Prices, 1/9/2007
 - Source: American Enterprise Institute (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
7Document  Announcement of Calender Year 2007 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Payment Policies , 4/1/2006
 - Source: CMS (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
7Document  A Benefit for Insurers , 3/31/2006
 - Source: The New York Times (Word Document)
7Document  Dual Eligibles: Medicaid's Role for Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries , 2/1/2006
 - Source: Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured  (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
7Document  Reporting Hospital Quality Data for Annual Payments Update (RHQDAPU), 1/1/2006
 - Source: CMS (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
7Document  Facilitating Enrollment in Medicare Savings Programs and Medicare Part D, 9/1/2005
 - Source: State Solutions  (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
7Document  Medicare Drug Cost Estimates: What Congress Knows Now, 4/28/2005
 - Source: The Heritage Foundation  (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
7Offsite Document  Pelosi – One the Issues – Healthcare, 11/1/2006
 - Source: Pelosi Official Web sight (Unknown File Type)
7Offsite Document  US Election: Implications of Democratic control for healthcare, 9/1/2006
 - Source: Goldman Sachs (Unknown File Type)
7Offsite Document  Explaining Health Care Reform: Key Changes to the Medicare Part D Drug Benefit Coverage Gap, 3/1/2010
 - Source: Kaiser Family Foundation (Unknown File Type)
7Offsite Document  Health Care Law Helps Protect 18 Million Medicare Beneficiaries from High Drug Costs (Fact Sheet), 2/1/2011
 - Source: Kaiser Family Foundation Adobe Acrobat PDF
7Offsite Document  HHS Announces More Than 90 Percent Of Medicare Beneficiaries Will Have Access To A Lower Premiu, 9/27/2007
 - Source: US Department of Health and Human Services (Unknown File Type)
7Offsite Document  Breaking Down the Sequester, 9/1/2012
 - Source: Bipartisan Policy Center Adobe Acrobat PDF
7Offsite Document  The Next Steps: Strategies to Improve the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy, 1/1/2007
 - Source: National Council on Aging Adobe Acrobat PDF
7Offsite Document  OMB Report Pursuat to the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-155), 9/1/2012
 - Source: Office of Management and Budget Adobe Acrobat PDF
6Briefing  Prospects for Health Care: Where Will New Congressional Leadership Take Us?, 12/8/2006
Come January, we can expect to see some new approaches to health legislation. Sen. Harry Reid, incoming Senate majority leader, says one of his top three priorities will be more funding for stem cell research. House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi wants a vote early on to roll back the prohibition against the federal government negotiating prescription drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries. And these are just two of the health issues likely to be debated in the new Congress. The White House too will have a definite voice in the debates to come. 
6Document  Private Medicare Drug Plans: High Expenses and Low Rebates Increase The Costs of Medicare..., 10/1/2007
 - Source: House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform - Majority Staff (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
6Document  Testimony of Vicki Gottlich - Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program, 5/2/2007
 - Source: US Senate Finance Committee Testimony (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
6Document  Medicare Drug Plans Strong and Growing, 1/1/2007
 - Source: CMS (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
6Document  Libby Roughead Presentation: Australia's National Medicines Policy, 6/23/2006
 - Source: University of South Australia (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
6Document  P. Kanavos Presentation: The European Experience in Drug Policy, Efficiency & Cost Containment, 6/23/2006
 - Source: London School of Economics (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
6Document  Maximizing MSP Enrollment with Part D: Lessons from Three States, 5/1/2006
 - Source: State Solutions  (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
6Document  How Applicant Data for the Part D LIS Can Boost Enrollment in Medicare Savings Programs, 5/1/2006
 - Source: State Solutions  (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
6Document  Rodney Whitlock Presentation: Understanding Medicaid, 4/4/2005
 - Source: Senate Finance Committee Republican Staff (PowerPoint)
6Document  2005 International Symposium on Health Care Policy: Descriptions of Health Care Systems, 1/1/2005
 - Source: The Commonwealth Fund (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
6Document  Promising Strategies for Medicare Savings Program Enrollment, 12/1/2004
 - Source: State Solutions  (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
6Document  Medicare Drug Debacle , 6/27/2003
 - Source: Cato Institute  (Word Document)
6Offsite Document  Sen. Baucus to Tackle Health Care Costs, 11/16/2006
 - Source: Forbes.com (Unknown File Type)
6Offsite Document  Opening Doors on Disease Management, 8/16/2006
 - Source: HealthDecisions.org – Health Savings Accounts (Unknown File Type)
6Offsite Document  Healthcare Industries Still Amongst Most Popular Targets for More Regulation but Support for Re, 11/14/2006
 - Source: The Harris Poll People- Healthcare News (Unknown File Type)
6Offsite Document  Health’s Ailment; A new Congress may patch up a few problems, but don’t expect a cure, 11/20/2006
 - Source: U.S. News & World Report (Unknown File Type)
6Offsite Document  Seniors' Opinions About Medicare Rx: Second Year Update, 10/1/2007
 - Source: Medicare Today Adobe Acrobat PDF
6Offsite Document  Smith and Bingaman Push Measures that Provide Assistance to Low-Income..., 4/12/2007
 - Source: US Senate Aging Committee (Unknown File Type)
6Offsite Document  The Role of Beneficiary-Centered Assignment for Medicare Part D, 6/1/2007
 - Source: MedPAC Adobe Acrobat PDF
6Offsite Document  Medicare-Administered Drug Benefit Would be More Affordable, Comprehensive, Stable than Current, 10/1/2007
 - Source: Consumers Union (Unknown File Type)
5Document  One Year In: Sole Community Rural Independent Pharmacies and Medicare Part D, 10/1/2007
 - Source: North Carolina Rural Health Research & Policy Analysis Center and The RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
5Document  The Medicare Advantage Program: Statement of Peter R. Orszag, 6/28/2007
 - Source: Testimony Before the Committee on the Budget, U.S. House of Representatives (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
5Document  Kaiser Health Disparities Report- A Weekly Look at Race, Ethnicity and Health , 1/22/2007
 - Source: Kaiser Family Founation (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
5Document  Assessing Medicare Prescription Drug Plans in Four States: Balancing Cost and Access, 8/1/2006
 - Source: The Commonwealth Fund (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
5Document  The U.S. Health Care Divide: Disparities in Primary Care Experiences by Income, 4/1/2006
 - Source: The Commonwealth Fund (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
5Document  Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Update on the Quality of American Health Care , 4/1/2006
 - Source: The Commonwealth Fund (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
5Document  Has Medicare Been Privatized? Implications of the Medicare Modernization Act, 2/8/2006
 - Source: Center for American Progress (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
5Document  Tricia Neuman Presentation: Medicare: The Basics, 5/16/2005
 - Source: Kaiser Family Foundation (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
5Offsite Document  Democratic leaders eye FDA reforms, 11/16/2006
 - Source: The Executive (Unknown File Type)
5Offsite Document  Experiences with Medicare Part D Among Enrollees and Non-Enrollees, 11/1/2006
 - Source: AARP (Unknown File Type)
5Offsite Document  Medicare Audits Show Problems in Private Plans, 10/9/2007
 - Source: The New York Times (Unknown File Type)
5Offsite Document  Medicare Expects to Recover $4 Billion from Part D Plans..., 10/5/2007
 - Source: CMS (Unknown File Type)

 

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