MPCA Staff Member Appointed to CMS Advisory Panel

Phillip Bergquist, Manager of Health Center Operations and CHIPRA Project Director at Michigan Primary Care Association, has been appointed to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education.

The advisory panel was originally chartered on January 21, 1999, to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Administrator of CMS on opportunities to enhance the federal government’s effectiveness in implementing a national Medicare education program. The charter was renewed on January 21, 2011, and the panel was re-named and broadened in scope to not only include Medicare but Medicaid and CHIP as well.

The panel will advise and make recommendations to HHS and CMS on:

  • Developing and implementing education and outreach programs for individuals enrolled in, or eligible for, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Enhancing the Federal government’s effectiveness in informing Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP consumers, providers, and stakeholders pursuant to education and outreach programs of issues regarding these and other health coverage programs, and the availability of other health coverage (e.g., via health insurance exchanges), including the appropriate use of public-private partnerships to leverage the resources of the private sector in educating beneficiaries, providers, and stakeholders
  • Expanding outreach to vulnerable and underserved communities, including racial and ethnic minorities, in the context of Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP education programs
  • Assembling and sharing an information base of “best practices” for helping consumers evaluate health plan options
  • Building and leveraging existing community infrastructures for information, counseling, and assistance
  • Drawing the program link between outreach and education, promoting consumer understanding of health care coverage choices, and facilitating consumer selection/enrollment, which in turn support the overarching goal of improved access to quality care, including prevention services, envisioned under health care reform.

Bergquist will serve a two-year term as a member of the advisory panel beginning in October 2011.

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