On April 21, 2009, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) held the first of a series of roundtables on healthcare reform intended to facilitate discussion between members of the Senate Finance Committee and industry experts and leaders regarding the development of a comprehensive reform bill. This first session, which centered around ways to lower costs and improve the overall quality of patient care, addressed a number of payment changes and incentives within the Medicare program. Citing Medicare as key to reform "in large part because the other players tend to follow Medicare," Chairman Baucus said the roundtables "will preview many of the policies the Committee will be considering in its June markup."