- Supporting the Behavioral Health Workforce During the COVID-19 Response: Strategies for Providers to Sustain and Strengthen the Behavioral Health SystemMay 18, 2020May 18, 2020 1 to 2:30 EDT- Even as behavioral health providers work tirelessly to respond to COVID-19, the most forward-looking organizations also recognize that the pandemic has laid bare the need to develop a wide variety of short- and long-term solutions to ongoing and emergent needs. The most pressing of these needs concern strategies to support and strengthen the behavioral health system workforce. During this webinar, HMA experts will show how leading behavioral providers are using new regulatory flexibilities, emerging staffing models, and new delivery formats to develop and implement organizational changes and innovations that sustain workforce excellence.
- Health Equity and Enlightened Leadership in the Shadows of COVID-19: A Conversation with Jay Bhatt, D.O.April 30, 2020April 30, 2020 1 to 2 p.m. EDT- True health system innovation and transformation requires the type of enlightened leadership that understands the nature and role of health equity and social justice. That’s especially true in the shadows of COVID-19, when disparities are heightened, and a strong vision is needed to progress toward the elimination of health inequities. During this webinar, Jay Bhatt, D.O., a practicing internist and past chief medical officer of the American Hospital Association, will engage in a spirited conversation with HMA health system transformation and leadership expert Jeffrey Ring about the role of strong leadership in health system transformation and healthcare justice.
- Telemedicine and Telehealth in Massachusetts: Policy Changes and Implementation Strategies During the COVID-19 Emergency ResponseApril 10, 2020April 10, 2020 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Around the country, telemedicine and telehealth have become key strategies for expanding access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the health crisis there have been significant changes in regulations and policies to encourage adoption and use of technologies that support telemedicine and telehealth. With these rapid changes, providers may be struggling to understand the current guidelines and how to employ telemedicine and telehealth technologies to best provide services to their patients remotely. During the webinar, HMA experts will focus on the needs of Massachusetts providers and clearly lay out the policy and reimbursement implications to date for changes regarding Medicare and Medicaid in the state. Speakers will also address future implications for telemedicine and telehealth in Massachusetts expected after the emergency response.
- April 9, 2020 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. CT- Behavioral health providers are increasing the use of telehealth and taking other action to respond to changes in regulations at the federal and state level to provide treatment and services for ongoing behavioral health needs during the COVD-19 pandemic. During this webinar, HMA behavioral health experts Dr. Lori Raney and Bren Manaugh will provide information to inform Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and other substance use disorder services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers will address changes in requirements for take-home dosing schedules for methadone, in-home inductions of buprenorphine, prescribing via telehealth, and information specific to Texas Medicaid for behavioral health services via telehealth.
- April 7, 2020 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. CT- Behavioral health providers are increasing their use of telehealth under revised regulations to address ongoing behavioral health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this webinar, HMA behavioral health expert Bren Manaugh will outline the changes in requirements for counseling patients via telehealth, information specific to Texas Medicaid for behavioral health services via telehealth, updates on allowable technology, and revised Medicare rules.
- April 7, 2020 9 a.m. – 10 p.m MT – Around the country, telemedicine and telehealth have become key strategies for expanding access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic. This emergency situation is accompanied by significant changes in regulations and policies to encourage adoption and use of technologies that support telemedicine and telehealth. With these rapid changes, providers are struggling to understand exactly how it will impact them, their patients, and decisions about the use of technology to support remote interactions with patients. During this webinar, HMA experts will focus on the needs of Colorado providers and clearly lay out the policy and reimbursement implications to date for changes regarding Medicare and Medicaid in the state. Speakers will also review the impacts on key provider decisions concerning selecting, implementing, and building a business case for new telemedicine and telehealth services to support patients in these challenging times.
- February 18, 2020 1 p.m to 2 p.m EST — On February 6, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Part II of the Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2021 which includes proposed updates to Medicare Advantage (MA) payment rates. In a departure from previous years, the agency did not release a separate Call Letter which typically includes Part C and Part D policy guidance and bidding instructions. Instead, the agency released a proposed rule which includes proposed policy and technical changes, most of which are scheduled to go into effect in the 2022 plan year. CMS also issued separate bidding instructions for plans as they prepare their bids for CY2021. During this webinar, HMA Managing Principal Jonathan Blum will be joined by Principal Eric Hammelman, Principal Julie Faulhaber, and Senior Consultant Narda Ipakchi to present an overview of the payment rate updates and proposed policy changes included in the Advance Notice and Proposed Rule. They weill provide interested stakeholders with an overview and analysis of the proposed changes as well as what these changes mean for Medicare Advantage plans’ existing strategies and opportunities.