• 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
Vice President Medicaid and Long Term Care Policy, AHCA/NCAL

Mike Cheek, Vice President for Medicaid and Long Term Care Policy, 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.

Dan Ciolek
Associate VP, Therapy Advocacy, AHCA/NCAL

Dan Ciolek, Associate VP, Therapy Advocacy, joined AHCA/NCAL in July 2013. He is a physical therapist and his clinical and healthcare policy experience spans over 30 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ithaca College, and a Master of Science from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. He has practiced as a clinician, manager, and business owner in a variety of settings including acute inpatient, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility, home health, outpatient, and industrial health. He was a SNF manager during the transition from cost-based reimbursement to the RUG-based SNF PPS system in 1998. He previously earned the Geriatric Physical Therapy Specialist certification, and is a certified Project Management Professional. Prior to joining AHCA/NCAL, Dan served in the Subject Matter Expert and Project Manager capacities in numerous CMS contracts for 13 years. Dan’s CMS work expanded beyond therapy and included: national outpatient therapy utilization analysis for PT, OT, and SLP services; medical review; development of policy recommendations; development of Medicare Learning Network and 1-800-Medicare content, and Physician Quality Reporting System reporting enhancements. Additionally, Dan has contributed to therapy and health policy activities in numerous other capacities within the physical therapy profession. Within AHCA/NCAL, Dan continues to serve on or otherwise support the efforts of several CMS and MedPAC technical expert panels related to therapy quality measurement and payment models. Overall, Dan is recognized as a leading expert in therapy policy and research, including a focus on reimbursement issues. His advocacy efforts have been recognized through his receipt of two national professional awards for Policy Making and Advocacy for Older Adults.