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District Policy Group “Unpacking MedPAC” September Podcast

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) convened earlier this month for the first session following its summer hiatus. Commissioners jumped right into discussing their policy priorities and setting the stage for their work over the next few months.

Promoting high-value care and maximizing access and quality of health care while lowering costs were key themes across the two-day meeting. Commissioners explored a variety of topics, including the role of pharmacy benefit managers and specialty pharmacy in the Medicare Part D program, incentives to move providers to more efficient and higher-quality payment systems, and how telehealth could be a part of the effort to move to the provision of higher-value care.

In this “Unpacking MedPAC” podcast, Senior Government Relations Manager Tony Mitchell, who attended the session, and Senior Vice President Jeremy Scott, who represents a number of patient and provider organizations, discuss key takeaways.

Listen to the podcast below.

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Ilisa Halpern Paul, Managing Government Relations Director, Drinker Biddle
Managing Government Relations Director

She works with clients to establish and strengthen relationships with elected officials and federal agencies, develop and implement government relations and advocacy programs, craft effective grassroots campaigns, establish coalitions and third-party stakeholder partnerships and effect the outcomes of appropriations measures, authorizing legislation, and federal regulatory actions.

Ilisa is particularly skilled in creating innovative messaging, tactics, and materials in support of her clients’ policy goals; bringing traditional and nontraditional partners to the table in support of...

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Jeremy R. Scott, Government Relations, Lobbying and Advocacy, Drinker Biddle
Government Relations Director

Jeremy R. Scott is a government relations director with the firm’s Lobbying & Advocacy team and senior vice president with theDistrict Policy Group. Jeremy has a broad range of government relations and lobbying experience in government, health care policy, and in representing and advancing legislative interests of nonprofit, advocacy and health organizations.  He has particular skill and knowledge in: strategic planning, working the federal appropriations and authorization processes, planning and executing Capitol Hill advocacy days, and developing grassroots and grasstops programs.

Jeremy’s clients include nonprofit and patient advocacy organizations, health professional organizations and medical device companies.

Tony L. Mitchell, Drinker Biddle, Global Health Lawyer, product commercialization attorney
Senior Government Relations Manager

Tony L. Mitchell represents the interests of health care clients, including non-profits, for-profit, and global health organizations in furtherance of their legislative and regulatory goals. Tony is proficient in relationship building, advocacy and product commercialization.

Prior to joining the District Policy Group, Tony was the Manager of Health Policy for JDRF, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, where he tracked and monitored Medicare and commercial health plan coverage policies related to type 1 diabetes-related therapies and...