- Thursday, October 15, 2015, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — Consumer engagement in health care through the use of electronic tools and technology is more than just a trend. Payers are funding the rollout of consumer engagement tools in hopes of increasing the quality of care, improving outcomes and reducing costs. It’s also imperative for providers who wish to receive incentive payments for meeting federal meaningful use guidelines. During this webinar, Matt McGeorge, Izanne Leonard-Haak and Jean Glossa of HMA’s Health Care IT Advisory Services team will outline the current trends in consumer engagement tools and technology, including the key drivers of adoption, the latest innovations, and the impact on quality and cost of care delivery.
- September 29, 2015Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — Opioid addiction, including inappropriate use of prescription painkillers, has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. Battling this crisis will require a close partnership between healthcare providers, public health officials, state and federal policymakers, and community-based organizations. During this webinar, experts from HMA will outline various public policy and healthcare strategies that have successfully reduced the risk of opioid addiction, including case studies of collaborative initiatives and protocols for identifying and treating people struggling with opioid addiction.
- 21st Century LTSS: A Roadmap to Improved Outcomes, Lower Costs and Better Lives for Individuals with Complex Healthcare NeedsSeptember 23, 2015Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — It’s time to take Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) to the next level. There is an urgent need for health plans, accountable care organizations, and providers to integrate LTSS into their overall concept of person-centered care for individuals with complex needs. Being responsive to the needs of consumers in an effective manner requires a fresh conceptualization of LTSS, one that will provide the flexibility needed to deliver person-centered care in a manner that improves overall quality of life while bending the cost curve through reduction of unnecessary hospital use. This means leveraging LTSS touch points at the community level, proactively identifying member needs, and linking individuals to appropriate community-based care before an emergency room visit or hospitalization is necessary. During this webinar, you’ll find out how payers and providers can work together to create financial incentives and protocols that drive 21st Century LTSS – linking payments to patient-defined metrics and offering real potential to improve the delivery of LTSS around the needs of patients.
- Evidence-based Integration: A Step-by-Step Guide to Integrating Behavioral Health into the Primary Care SettingSeptember 22, 2015Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — There is a clear and growing body of evidence that supports the integration of behavioral health into the primary care setting. Numerous trials show that integration delivers upon the triple aim, generating a measurable return on investment over time, improving outcomes for patients, and resulting in a high quality experience for patients. Furthermore, health plans, state and national demonstrations, and accrediting bodies are moving in this direction. One example would be the 2014 NCQA Standards for Patient Centered Medical Homes, which require primary care practices to demonstrate some degree of integration in order to be certified. During this webinar, HMA experts Lori Raney, MD, and Nancy Jaeckels Kamp will provide a step-by-step guide to integration, including key structural and organizational investments, process improvements, and the type of training required to make integration work.
- September 15, 2015Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 1 to 3 p.m. EDT — There is a growing understanding that the environment in which people live can have a profound effect on their health, wellness and utilization of the healthcare system. The quality and safety of the home environment are part of the social determinants of health. Including home assessments and repairs in a care plan for asthma patients clearly demonstrates the importance of transcending the walls of the traditional health care delivery system to obtain better health outcomes and lower total spending. Home interventions aimed at eliminating key drivers of asthma attacks like mold, dust, pests and tobacco smoke can improve the lives of those with asthma and dramatically reduce the cost of this chronic disease. Unfortunately, not all asthma-related home interventions are reimbursed by payers, despite the well-documented return on investment. During this webinar, you’ll learn how to make the business case for asthma-related home interventions and build a sustainable stream of funding for these initiatives.
- August 26, 2015Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — Medicaid managed care plans need to take a proactive approach to meet network adequacy requirements and demonstrate compliance to state regulators. Often that means more than just having the right network in place. It also means being able to identify and address potential problems before they negatively affect member access and trigger regulatory action. During this webinar, HMA Principal Karen Brodsky (who previously oversaw managed care contracting for the state of New Jersey) discusses the warning signs state regulators look for when assessing the adequacy of a Medicaid managed care plan’s network. Brodsky will also outline some practical ways plans can get out in front of these potential problems – not only demonstrating compliance to regulators but also improving access and satisfaction for members.