Getting More Bang for the Buck

Friday, Dec. 11, 2:30-4:30 CST
Sponsored by the CSG Health Public Policy Committee
No state can ignore the challenge of controlling the cost of health care, estimated to reach one-fifth of GDP by 2020. Medicaid budget growth continues to strain states’ abilities to grow program priorities in other arenas. The uncertainty of federal commitment to current Medicaid matching formulas is exacerbated by the 2016 election. Promising state strategies to control costs of health care generally and Medicaid specifically will be explored.  


Joshua Sharfstein, M.D.
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Training
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins
Sharfstein oversees the Office of Public Health Practice and Training, the General Preventive Medicine Residency and major practice activities, including collaboration with public health agencies. He also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Previously, he served as the secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the principal deputy commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as commissioner of health for Baltimore city, and as health policy advisor for Congressman Henry A. Waxman.
Darin Gordon
Deputy Commissioner
Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration
Gordon oversees TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program. In addition to his responsibilities for Tennessee’s Medicaid and CHIP programs, Gordon is responsible for the state’s high risk pool, pharmacy assistance program, e-Health strategy, as well as its multi-payer payment and delivery system reform initiative. Gordon has more than 18 years of experience in public health care finance and management, during which he served with three governors. Gordon’s contributions have extended beyond Tennessee. He has also been involved in health care policy nationally through consultations with states, in his leadership role in the National Association of Medicaid Directors, and his involvement in a variety of National Governors Association initiatives and task forces.
MaryBeth Musumeci
Associate Director, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured
Musumeci’s work at Kaiser concentrates on Medicaid for people with disabilities, including issues related to people dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid and long-term services and supports.  She worked as a civil legal aid lawyer for eight years where her practice focused on Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, other public benefits programs, and civil rights and accessibility issues.  She received a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.