Medicare Meet-Up Podcast

Medicare is the largest payer of healthcare services in the United States, with 20% of all federal spending going towards the program. Join Aurrera Health Group Vice Presidents for Medicare Meg Koepke and Melissa Cohen on their weekly podcast as they engage the universe of stakeholders – patients, clinicians, policy makers, insurers, caregivers, advocates and disruptors – to discuss how this program has evolved since the passage of the ACA and how it needs to keep evolving to provide better care at lower costs for its beneficiaries.

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Season 2 Episode 3

Melissa, Meg and Brede close out the year with a discussion of final rules and the top 3 Medicare moments of 2021.

Season 2 Episode 2

Our November episode takes a look back at October with a discussion of the CMMI Strategy Refresh, the Reconciliation Bill and other recent Medicare news.

Season 2 Premiere

Season 2 premieres with a look at recent Medicare news – including nursing homes and mental, dental, and vision benefits. Plus, a new format including a call to action to share your in real life stories of healthcare heroism.

Season 2 Trailer 

The team is back for season two of Medicare Meet-Up. Listen to the trailer below.

Season 1 Episode 8 with Dawn Alley

Brede Eschliman, Meg Koepke, and Melissa Cohen recap what they have learned from their guests on this season finale of the Medicare Meet-up as well an in depth discussion of the past, present and future of the CMS Innovation Center with former CMMI Chief Strategy Officer, Dawn Alley.

Season 1 Episode 7 with Emily Brower

Brede Eschliman, Meg Koepke, and Melissa Cohen talk with Emily Brower, Senior Vice President of Clinical Integration and Physician Services for Trinity Health, about the road from the beginning of APMs at CMMI to today—and the challenges and trade-offs that lay ahead.

Season 1 Episode 6 with Ellen Pober Rittberg

Meg and Melissa host Ellen Pober Rittberg, author of “Why is Grandma Naked: Caring for your Aging Parent.” For more information check out Ellen at

Season 1 Episode 5 with Sophia Tripoli

Meg and Melissa sit down with Sophia Tripoli of Families USA to talk patient engagement, the work of the health equity task force, and how to solve for this country’s digital divide.

Season 1 Episode 4 with Mandy Bell

Meg and Melissa talk with Mandy Bell, Innovation Officer at Avera eCARE and founder of the American Board of Telehealth about the future of virtual care and lessons learned from over the past decade and accelerated over the last 18 months.

Season 1 Episode 3 with Sachin H. Jain

Meg and Melissa sit down with Sachin H. Jain, MD, MBA, FACP, CEO of SCAN Health Plan to talk about the dangers of incrementalism and how SCAN is using the managed care framework to innovate care delivery for the neediest populations in California.

Season 1 Episode 2 with Nick Dawson

Meg and Melissa are joined by Nick Dawson to discuss the next big healthcare disruptions, human-centered design, and whether sick care and community health should be decoupled. For more information on Nick Dawson, visit

Season 1 Episode 1 with Mai Pham

Mai Pham, MD joins Meg and Melissa to discuss high value healthcare, transformation, and her new endeavor to improve care for the neurodiverse and intellectually and developmentally disabled population.

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