National Medicaid Audioconference: How States and Pharmacies are Managing the Transition of Dual Eligibles to Medicare Part D
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2006
  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Eastern)
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (Central)
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (Mountain)
  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am (Pacific)
Phone: 800-684-4549

WASHINGTON DC USA -- HEALTH CARE UPDATE NEWS SERVICE (TM) -- MARCH 10, 2006: Medicaid Audioconferences announced today the scheduling of a National Medicaid Audioconference: How States and Pharmacies are Managing the Transition of Dual Eligibles to Medicare Part D n Wednesday, March 29, 2006 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Eastern). The audioconference is powered by Avalere Health LLCn, and sponsored by Health Affairs,, and Harvard Health Policy Review,


As the nation's most fragile seniors transition into new drug plans, registration opened today for an audioconference on how states and pharmacies are managing the transition of dual eligibles to Medicare Part D. Experts from state governments and the pharmacy and beneficiary communities will discuss post-enrollment activities associated with auto-assigned dual-eligibles, financial implications for states, and various strategies for coordinating care.


John Coster, RPh, Ph.D.
Vice President of Policy and Programs
National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Washington, DC

Vicki Gottlich, Esq.
Attorney, Center for Medicare Advocacy
Washington, DC

Martha Roherty
Director of Health Policy, Policy and Government Affairs
National Association of State Medicaid Directors
Washington, DC

Chiquita White
Manager, Avalere Health
Washington, DC


The Audioconference agenda is set forth in Eastern Daylight Time below:

1:00 pm Welcoming Remarks and Introduction of Faculty
Chiquita White, Avalere Health

1:05 pm

The Beneficiary Experience
Vicki Gottlich, Esq., Center for Medicare Advocacy
  • Analyzing enrollment status and changing plans
  • Assessing impact on access to medications
  • Evaluating evolving beneficiary options

1:30 pm

States' Response to Dual Eligible Transition Challenges
Martha Roherty, National Association of State Medicaid Directors
  • Assessing outreach and education efforts
  • Forecasting financial implications for states after the enrollment period
  • Capturing the states role in monitoring and navigating challenges facing dual-eligibles
  • Discussing impact of CMS reimbursement on state policy

1:55 pm

View from the Front Line - The Pharmacy Perspective
John Coster, National Association of Chain Drug Stores
  • Facilitating beneficiary choices
  • Understanding appeals and grievance process
  • Creating an accessible Part D '06 and beyond

2:15 pm

Facilitated Panel Discussion and Questions from the Audience

2:30 pm

Audioconference Adjournment


It is a live event that includes session handouts, an interactive question and answer period, and access for an unlimited number of participants at each call-in site. However, only one site can be offered per registration. It is impermissible for an organization to purchase one registration and to operate multiple sites through an internal telephone system. During the live Audioconference participants will be able to ask questions and make comments. The Audioconference faculty has agreed to take follow-up questions via email. Audioconferences are simple, accessible, cost effective and reach a broad audience locally.


Strategies for Navigating the New Medicaid
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Sponsored by Health Affairs and Harvard Health Policy Review
June 4 - 6, 2006
Washington, DC


The Audioconference Registration Fee is $345 per Site. No limit to number of attendees per site.

Purchase the Audioconference CD-ROM for $345.

Or register for the audioconference and receive the CD-ROM for $495.

You can register online at:

Alternatively, you can download and print the Audioconference Registration Form from the website:

The completed form can be faxed to 760-418-8084 or sent to:
    Medicaid Office
    7790 Barberry Ave
    Yucca Valley, CA USA 92284