Upcoming Webinars

    • Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 1 to 2 p.m. EST — Medicaid enrollment and spending growth slowed considerably in fiscal 2016 following strong gains in 2015 driven by expansion under the Affordable Care Act, according to the 16th annual Medicaid budget survey from The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU). Still, states continue to push hard to further reform the Medicaid program, initiating a wide array of efforts to coordinate care, expand access, revamp payments, improve quality, and control costs. During this webinar, executives from Health Management Associates, which works with KCMU and the National Association of Medicaid Directors each year to conduct the survey, will outline key findings from the recently-released budget survey and discuss what it all means for the future of Medicaid.
    • Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — What does the future hold for Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers? Only a handful of states have applied for State Innovation Waivers, which allow states to modify certain aspects of the health insurance Exchange program. Given recent concerns over the viability of Exchanges and calls for flexibility in the structuring of Exchange offerings, Section 1332 Waivers are an important policy lever to watch. During this webinar, HMA experts will discuss considerations for the future of Section 1332 Waivers, the types of modifications states may apply for in the context of a new presidency, and the potential impact on health plans, providers, regulators, and consumers. The webinar will also address federal guidance on what is and isn’t allowed under a 1332 Waiver.
    • Thursday, August 25, 2016, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — Telemedicine, remote patient monitoring and mobile health can increase access to care for underserved populations, especially among mental health patients where demand for services is growing despite an unprecedented shortage of providers. Telemedicine also has the potential to ease the burden facing healthcare organizations as they make the transition to care delivery payment models that stress value over volume. The most effective programs in design and implementation are the ones that utilize certain core features that will be necessary for the highly anticipated new CPT codes for integrated care. During this webinar, HMA physicians Jean Glossa, MD, an internist; and Lori Raney, MD, a psychiatrist, will discuss the impact that telemedicine and other technologies can have on improving access and care for vulnerable mental health populations. They will also outline the most important elements of a telemedicine program with a special emphasis on the needs of patients and perspectives of the interdisciplinary teams serving them.
    • Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — Many organizations, including health care and community based organizations, are working hard to address the impact of social, economic, and environmental factors that negatively affect the overall health of a community. These social determinants of health can be difficult to identify, disproportionately strike hard-to-reach populations, and require targeted responses that engage members and help them stay connected to appropriate services, treatments, and interventions. During this webinar, experts from HMA Community Strategies (HMACS) and the San Francisco Jewish Women’s Fund will outline one such initiative to explore qualitatively what the most important needs of a specific population are, and the solutions that they suggest would be helpful. While targeted specifically to single, Jewish mothers in the San Francisco area, the initiative offers important lessons for other organizations attempting to learn more deeply about the needs of their populations, using a community-based participatory research model.
    • Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — Healthcare organizations are beginning to recognize the benefits of integrating Trauma Informed Care initiatives into clinical protocols and best practices. Trauma Informed Care is an approach that helps providers and staff identify and address adverse experiences in individuals’ lives. The return on investment (ROI) is measureable, and the costs can be minimal with the right type of training, organizational support, and leadership. During this webinar, HMA experts Laurie Lockert, Jeffrey Ring, and Karen Hill will discuss how organizations can best support the transformation to Trauma Informed Care and how these initiatives improve patients’ outcomes, improve job satisfaction, and reduce costs – consistent with the Triple Aim.
    • Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 3 to 4 p.m. EDT — The hard work of implementing the new Medicaid managed care regulations will fall squarely on the shoulders of states and health plans. For states, the changes come at a time when Medicaid staff are already stretched thin by budgetary constraints and the impact of the continual state and federal regulatory and innovation projects. Now states must drive and oversee new requirements, including a variety of tighter rules around encounter data quality and submission, provider network adequacy, quality rating systems, provider screenings, and program integrity. Medicaid managed care plans, meanwhile, must step up their operational, administrative, and reporting capabilities to accommodate new state oversight requirements across all aspects of the contract performance. During this webinar, experts from HMA and CNSI will demonstrate the value of using automated dashboard technology and data analytics to establish a single electronic data and reporting portal between states and Medicaid managed care plans for the submission of data and tracking of performance – creating an efficient and centralized compliance audit trail in real time.