Aaron Turner-Phifer, Director of Government Relations

Aaron Turner-Phifer has nearly a decade of experience advising and crafting public policy at the federal, state, and local levels. He has experience working on healthcare quality initiatives and public policy that impacts Medicare, Medicaid, and Health Insurance Marketplace enrollees. He is an expert political and policy analyst with a unique understanding of the intricacies associated with the development of health care policy. He is currently the Director of Government Relations at URAC in Washington D.C and is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Health Administration from George Washington University.

Recent Posts

CMS’ Proposed Rule for MACRA 2018: Six Changes You Need to Know

By Aaron Turner-Phifer, Director of Government Relations on Jun 26, 2017 5:00:55 PM

CMS continues to ease administrative burdens for physicians as the “slow ramp-up” of the Quality Payment Program continues in 2018, according to the agency’s proposed rule for MACRA’s 2018 Quality Payment Program.

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VA Program to Provide Quality Care to Veterans in Their Communities

By Aaron Turner-Phifer, Director of Government Relations on Jan 25, 2017 5:03:51 PM

It is no secret that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has faced tremendous challenges providing our nation’s veterans with access to the timely, quality care they deserve.

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Maybe the Sky Isn’t Falling: It’s Not All Doom and Gloom for the American Healthcare System

By Aaron Turner-Phifer, Director of Government Relations on Jan 4, 2017 2:54:21 PM

The American healthcare system is in a state of uncertainty. And it is failing patients. 

At least that’s the assessment I’ve frequently come across over the past few weeks. Roiling politics and the resulting policies seem to be the root of this uncertainty. Be it the changes ushered in by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or the looming changes brought by the election of Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress, it seems that healthcare will be in a state of flux and disarray for the foreseeable future. 

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Open Enrollment Season Doesn’t Have to Mean Confusion for Consumers

By Aaron Turner-Phifer, Director of Government Relations on Nov 30, 2016 4:19:34 PM

“Only two things in life are certain – death and taxes.” I had a high school teacher who liked to pull out this famous quote from Benjamin Franklin every time he got an unanswerable question from some wisenheimer.

As I sat last week poring over hundreds of pages of health plan brochures trying to sort out the best option for my family, I’m reminded of this quote and can’t help but wonder if there is a third certainty in life that Mr. Franklin missed – health insurance is about as clear as dishwater.

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All Eyes On Vermont – At Least They Should Be

By Aaron Turner-Phifer, Director of Government Relations on Nov 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM

They say that “states are the laboratories of democracy.” In no place is this more evident than the state of Vermont’s efforts to radically change their healthcare delivery system.

On October 26, CMS and Vermont’s Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) jointly announced the Vermont All-Payer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model. This new, first of its kind initiative is aimed at accelerating healthcare delivery reform for the entire state and its population by establishing a statewide ACO that is responsible for the health outcomes of its entire population.
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