Avalere Health Opens Registration For Medicare Policy Event

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Medicare prescription drug benefit is only months away from becoming the new health care reality. With implementation imminent and new details emerging daily, critical issues remain contentious.

Against this backdrop, Avalere Health today announced that registration is now open for the Second National Medicare Prescription Drug Congress. This interactive forum will take place October 31 - November 2, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Congress is co-sponsored by Health Affairs, Duke Health Sector Management, Harvard Health Policy Review, and F-D-C Reports.

Discounted registration is available until September 29 at http://www.medicarecongress.com.

Overview of the Medicare Congress

Consumers, members of government, industry, the medical community, and beneficiary advocates are bracing themselves for the most significant changes to the Medicare program in its forty year history. What's at stake?

* Over 40 million Americans will soon have a wide array of new choices in how they access and pay for pharmaceuticals. * A new model for healthcare -- stand-alone prescription drug insurance -- will make its marketplace debut. * The pharmaceutical industry will experience first-hand the opportunities and challenges of an unprecedented increase in the federal government's role as a purchaser of prescription drugs.

The Second National Medicare Prescription Drug Congress will feature a wide cross-section of leaders from healthcare, government, and the financial sector to examine the complex web of business relationships being formed as a result of the new benefit. Sessions will cover the full suite of business, regulatory, and fiduciary changes ushered in by this dramatic shift in Medicare's structure, and the potential impact the prescription drug benefit may have on improving the healthcare system.

Keynote Speakers include: * Mark McClellan, MD, Ph.D., CMS Administrator * Tom Scully, Alston and Bird, Former CMS Administrator * Nancy-Ann DeParle, JP Morgan, Former HCFA Administrator * John Iglehart, Health Affairs * Dan Mendelson, Avalere Health, Former Associate Director of Health, OMB Featured Members of Congress and the Administration: * David Brailer, MD, Ph.D., National Health Information Technology Coordinator, HHS * Carolyn Clancy, MD, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality * Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, Director, CDC * Senator Charles Grassley, (R-IA), Chairman, Committee on Finance, United States Senate * Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA), Ranking Democrat, Health Subcommittee, Ways and Means Committee, United States House of Representatives Featured Speakers include: * James Carey, Novartis * Kevin Concannon, Iowa Department of Human Services * Susan deMars, Esq., USP * Kathleen Harrington, CMS * Karen Ignagni, CEO, AHIP * Stephen McConnell, Alzheimer's Association * Marion McCourt, AstraZeneca * Mark Miller, MedPAC * Tricia Neuman, KFF * Kevin Schulman, MD, Duke University * John Rother, AARP * Dale Wolf, CEO, Coventry Health Care

Registration, full agendas, and speaker lists are available at http://www.medicarecongress.com. Registration is also available by calling 800-684-4549.

Avalere Health

CONTACT: Lindsey Spindle of Avalere Health, +1-202-207-1337

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