- April 30, 2015Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 1 p.m. EST – The U.S. Supreme Court last month limited the ability of healthcare providers to file lawsuits against state Medicaid programs over the adequacy of provider payment rates. The court’s decision in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center is good news for states looking to rein in Medicaid costs. But many fear it will be bad news for Medicaid beneficiaries, who may struggle to find access to quality care if providers refuse to participate in the program because of insufficient payment rates. Enforcement of Medicaid’s promise to provide high-quality health care to the poor now falls largely in the lap of CMS, whose enforcement tools may not be up to the task. During this webinar, you will hear an analysis of the possible real-world implications of this decision – for providers, beneficiaries, states and Medicaid managed care plans. Learning Objectives: • Understand the key arguments on both sides of the issue and why the court ruled the way it did. • Assess the most likely outcomes of the ruling. • Gain an understanding of the tools available to CMS to enforce the payment rate and network adequacy requirements of Medicaid. • Find out whether providers and beneficiaries have other avenues for addressing insufficient payment rates. • Learn how the ruling may impact Medicaid managed care plans, which are paid by a growing number of states to provide access to care for Medicaid beneficiaries and which contract directly with providers to do so. Confirmed Speakers: Meghan Linvill McNab, JD, Krieg DeVault Leah Mannweiler, JD, Partner, Krieg DeVault Kathy Gifford, JD, Managing Principal, Health Management Associates Catherine Rudd, JD, Senior Consultant, Health Management Associates
- March 12, 2015Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 1 PM EST – The time for culturally responsive health care is now. Not only is it the right thing to do, but key elements are mandated by the federal CLAS standards (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services). There is also a strong business case for culturally responsive health care; it drives patient satisfaction, helps improve outcomes, and brings a degree of economic viability to what is essentially an unfunded mandate. Unfortunately, many healthcare organizations find themselves either unfamiliar with the standards or lagging in the development and implementation of strategies for full compliance. During this webinar, Health Management Associates Principal Dr. Jeff Ring will make the case for socially responsive health care and show your organization how to take the necessary steps to make it work for your patients and your organization.
- January 28, 2015Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at 3:30 PM – 5 PM EST – Just in time for those planning to apply for SAMHSA’s $1.6 million Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) opportunity, our integration experts will discuss key factors for successfully planning, coordinating, and delivering integrated healthcare to high need, vulnerable populations in any setting. Our panel of experts will explore critical considerations for successful outreach, engagement, and treatment, including: • Key considerations for culturally responsive health care based on federally mandated CLAS standards • Effectively hiring, training, and managing integrated teams—the “who, what, and how” of delivering integrated care • Strategies for incorporating effective health promotion and chronic disease management practices, and • Critical factors related to compliance with treatment protocols and practice standards Learning Objectives By the conclusion of this presentation, participants will: 1. Deepen their understanding of multiple collaborative possibilities for integrated primary care 2. Enhance their appreciation for patient clinical and practitioner benefits from participating in an integrated care team 3. Further their understanding of how integrated care positively contributes to treatment and adherence planning 4. Have an understanding of key planning considerations that will inform their design of integrated care for high need populations in any treatment setting. Confirmed speakers: Heidi Arthur, Principal, Health Management Associates Terry Conway MD, Managing Principal, Health Management Associates Pat Dennehy, Principal, Health Management Associates Gina Lasky, HMA Community Strategies Project Manager, Health Management Associates Jeffrey Ring, PhD, Principal, Health Management Associates
- Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 1PM – 2PM ET – There’s no way to sugarcoat it. The Republican Party scored a major victory over the Democrats in this month’s Midterm elections – with important implications for the future of healthcare reform. During this webinar, Kaiser News Network and former NPR correspondent Julie Rovner will assess the likely impact of this important election on key components of the Affordable Care Act, including Marketplace enrollment, Medicaid expansion, delivery system reform, and the political environment that has proponents and opponents of the law in bitter conflict. The session will be moderated by Jack Meyer, who is a managing principal in the Washington, DC, office of Health Management Associates.
- May 18, 2018The current episode of On the Horizon focuses on transitions from correctional facilities back to the community. A recent Pew report has estimated that at least 95% of individuals in state prisons eventually leave, and more than half a million of these individuals leave in a typical year. Many of these individuals have a chronic disease, and their successful re-entry into the community is dependent on a seamless healthcare transition. Additionally, with the Medicaid expansion in more than 30 states, there is now a healthcare program for many individuals upon release. Carol Clancy, Principal of HMA’s San Francisco office, discusses key aspects of transitioning back to the community, including what states and Medicaid managed care plans can do to improve healthcare transitions from correctional facilities to the community.
- November 7, 2014The year 2014 has been nothing short of historic for Medicaid. Grabbing the headlines has been the record enrollment growth under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which offers states the option of expanding eligibility to childless adults for the first time ever. But there’s much more to the story than that. Medicaid is in the process of transforming itself from a program that simply pays medical bills to one that focuses on value, high quality, care coordination and health outcomes. While the majority of states have opted to expand Medicaid under the ACA, even more have implemented payment and delivery system reforms including medical homes, Accountable Care Organizations, medical and behavioral health integration efforts, and greater reliance on managed care for traditional Medicaid enrollees as well as dual eligibles, long-term care recipients and people with chronic illnesses. Capturing the scope of these dramatic changes is the Kaiser Family Foundation’s 14th annual 50-state Medicaid budget survey: Medicaid in an Era of Health and Delivery System Reform, conducted with Health Management Associates and with the cooperation of the National Association of Medicaid Directors. During this webinar, co-authors Vern Smith, Kathy Gifford and Eileen Ellis will highlight the survey’s findings and provide perspective on what it all means for the future of Medicaid.