- Electronic Visit Verification for Personal Care Services, Home Health: Understanding and Implementing New Requirements of the 21st Century Cures ActMay 24, 2018Thursday, May 24, 2018, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — The 21st Century Cures Act requires state Medicaid programs to implement electronic visit verification (EVV) for personal care services in 2019 and home health care in 2023. While the aims are noble – reducing fraud and improving quality of care – the practical considerations of understanding and implementing EVV will pose a tremendous challenge for many states. During this webinar, healthcare experts from HMA and the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) will provide a blueprint for effective implementation of EVV requirements as well as a deeper understanding of the implications of the new rules. Speakers will provide an update on existing EVV programs at the state level as well as a look at best practices and lessons learned.
- June 7, 2018Thursday, June 7, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — Medicaid managed care plans, health systems, and states are teaming up with community-based organizations and housing authorities to consider a wide variety of supportive housing initiatives. Research indicates that doing so not only improves health outcomes for individuals experiencing homelessness, mental health, and/or substance use disorders, but also reduces utilization of emergency room services, inpatient bed days, and community justice involvement. During this webinar, leading Medicaid and supportive housing consultants from HMA will outline nationally recognized evidence-based practice supportive housing models used to bend the healthcare cost curve, citing specific programs and outcomes.
- May 17, 2018Thursday, May 17, 2018, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — A growing number of state Medicaid agencies are developing initiatives aimed at achieving broader social goals not previously emphasized in Medicaid, including most notably the introduction of community engagement requirements. Personal responsibility initiatives in Medicaid are not new, but today there is intense state and national focus on leveraging these initiatives as a component of coverage for the non-disabled adult Medicaid expansion population. During this webinar, state policy experts from HMA Medicaid Market Solutions will provide an overview of existing Medicaid personal responsibility initiatives and discuss what tools state and industry leaders need to navigate implementation and operation of these unique programs.
- Technology Refresh: Assessing, Updating Health Insurance Exchange Platforms to Improve Marketplace Functionality and Enhance the User ExperienceApril 11, 2018Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — With nearly five years of health insurance Exchange experience under their belts, states are now in a unique position to update technology to improve functionality and enhance the user experience. During this webinar, technology experts from WEX Health and Health Management Associates will discuss key lessons learned from the rough-and-tumble early rollout of the Affordable Care Act Exchanges and provide a framework for determining whether existing exchange technologies require a refresh, including a review of the features and functions consumers value most. The webinar will also address how a technology refresh can dramatically improve back end efficiency and provide states with improved access to timely enrollment, eligibility, and demographic data.
- March 22, 2018Thursday, March 22, 2018, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — As the primary payer for long-term services and supports (LTSS) in the U.S., Medicaid accounts for more than 50 percent of all public and private spending on LTSS. For states, paying for LTSS represents a steep financial commitment. Medicaid-funded LTSS accounts for more than 30 percent of state Medicaid program spending, which pays for more than 5 million people who receive home and community-based and institutional services. Adults and seniors represent about 85 percent of Medicaid-funded LTSS beneficiaries. Most are also covered under the Medicare program for their non-LTSS needs. It’s no wonder state Medicaid programs see LTSS as one of their greatest challenges, especially given rising demand for LTSS from the “age wave” and advances that help people with disabilities to live longer. During this webinar, HMA experts will cover an important set of data points to help participants assess the current and future state of the states concerning their LTSS trends and needs. Key data points about states will include demographic shifts, social determinants of health, LTSS spending, state economic environment, relationships with Medicare, and system readiness.
- Innovations in Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports: How Health Plans are Providing Support to Family CaregiversFebruary 28, 2018Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 1 to 2 p.m. EST — Join Health Management Associates and the AARP Public Policy Institute as we discuss the findings of the new report on Emerging Innovations in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) for Family Caregivers. The report shows that health plans are increasingly recognizing and supporting family caregivers for individuals with LTSS needs. The webinar will also feature the real-world experiences of Anthem Inc., a health plan that is helping family caregivers in LTSS settings. The emerging innovations report is part of the joint Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard series and supported by The Commonwealth Fund, The SCAN Foundation, and the AARP Foundation.
- February 7, 2018Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 1 to 2 p.m. EST — With the current administration aiming to provide increased state flexibility in the use of federal healthcare funds, ACA Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers may attract renewed interest. Section 1332 waivers allow states to modify certain aspects of their health insurance Exchange markets and operating rules, for example, easing regulations on benefit levels, allowing flexibility in how subsidies are spent, and developing reinsurance programs to promote the stability of individual markets. While only a handful of states have applied to date, Section 1332 waivers remain an important policy lever to watch. During this webinar, HMA experts will provide an update on the status of Section 1332 waivers, address the types of modifications states are applying for, and assess the potential impact on health plans, providers, regulators, and consumers.
- Behavioral Health Mergers: A Step-by-Step Guide to Evaluating, Structuring, and Implementing a MergerDecember 6, 2017Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 2 to 3 pm EST — A growing number of behavioral health providers have made the decision to merge with one another, or with other health care entities, to achieve the scale, scope and sophistication necessary to thrive in an increasingly complex healthcare system. During this webinar, behavioral health and legal experts from HMA and Proskauer Rose will walk through how to successfully evaluate, plan, and implement such a merger. This includes not only the decision to merge, choice of partner, structural alternatives, and key deal terms, but also the pre- and post-merger work required to ensure a smooth and successful transition, identify and achieve stated goals, and address strategic, operational and legal concerns.