• Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
  • June 18, 2019

Keynote Speaker

Anirban Basu
Chief Economist, Marcum LLP & Chairman & CEO, Sage Policy Group

Mr. Anirban Basu is Marcum's Chief Economist and Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in Pennsylvania and Cambodia. The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies, and real estate developers among others.

In 2014, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed him Chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission. He also serves as chairman of the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee. He is also the Chief Economist to Associated Builders and Contractors and Chief Economic Advisor to the Construction Financial Management Association. He serves similar functions for Visit Baltimore, the Maryland Association of Realtors, and Marcum LLP..

He lectures at Johns Hopkins University in Global Strategy and has also taught international economics, urban economics, micro- and macroeconomics at Hopkins. His radio show can be heard weekdays on 88.1FM, WYPR, Baltimore.

In both 2007 and 2016, the Daily Record newspaper selected Mr. Basu as one of Maryland's 50 most influential people. The Baltimore Business Journal named him one of the region's 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010.

Mr. Basu has been on many boards over time, including First Mariner Bank, the Baltimore City Public School System, Port Discovery, the Baltimore School for the Arts, and Union Memorial Hospital. He is currently on the boards of St. Mary's College, the University System of Maryland Foundation, the Center for Emerging Media, the Lyric Opera House and the Archdiocese of Baltimore School System.

Mr. Basu earned his B.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1990. He earned his Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his Master's in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. His Juris Doctor was earned at the University Of Maryland School of Law.

Panelist Speakers

Mike Cheek
Senior Vice President for Reimbursement & Legal Affairs, AHCA/NCAL

Mike Cheek, Senior Vice President for Reimbursement & Legal Affairs, joined AHCA/NCAL in January 2012. Mike has a wealth of health care policy experience spanning 20-plus years. He was the Medicaid Long Term Care director for the District of Columbia's (DC) state Medicaid agency, the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF). During his tenure at DHCF, he established a new office within the department, the Office of Chronic & Long Term Care, restructured the state plan personal care benefit, and oversaw significant changes in the state's reimbursement systems for nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

In addition to his state experience from working for the DC government, Mike has worked for three state government associations – the state Medicaid directors where he focused on eligibility and long term care, the state developmental disabilities directors, and the state aging directors. In all three roles, he worked closely with the National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Mike also worked as a consultant for several years first at The Lewin Group and later at Avalere Health. He primarily consulted with states, health plans, pharmaceutical companies and post-acute and long term care provider organizations, including AHCA.

Over his career, he has authored a wide array of papers and reports for organizations such as the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the AARP Public Policy Institute, andCalifornia HealthCare Foundation. He also has developed analytic reports on Medicaid and long term care financing and system structuring for states such as Alabama, California, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, and Texas. Finally, Mike has served on a number of advisory committees including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Technical Expert Panels on Medicaid managed long term care and Affordable Care Act long term care provisions. Most recently, Mike was invited to represent AHCA on the Long Term Care Finance Collaborative jointly convened by the Urban Institute and the Heritage Foundation. Finally, Mike also has extensive expertise with Medicare and Medicaid payment and delivery transformation. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of William and Mary.