- The Importance of Race and Ethnicity in Accounting for Social Risks in Medicare Value-Based PaymentsApril 3, 2019April 3, 2019, 1 to 2 p.m. EST -Medicare value-based payments are increasingly considering social risk factors such as income and other elements of socioeconomic disadvantage. However, race and ethnicity are often left out of the mix, an approach that can create significant problems for providers attempting to adequately account for financial risks when entering into value-based payment arrangements. During this webinar, experts from HMA, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Anka Consulting, will discuss the importance of race and ethnicity in addressing social risks. Speakers will also address how payers, providers and accountable care organizations can best mitigate these risks, ensuring that value-based payment arrangements are equitable, sustainable, and best serve patient needs.
- Opioid Webinar Series Part 4: Overcoming Stigma of Opioid Use Disorder: Lessons for Providers, Payers, Policymakers, and the Healthcare Community at LargeMarch 28, 2019March 28, 2019, 12 to 1 p.m. EST – This is the fourth webinar in a series about addressing the opioid crisis in America. The stigma associated with opioid use disorder impacts not only individuals seeking treatment, it also colors the attitudes of payers and providers charged with helping those struggling with addiction. The results can be devastating, with individuals avoiding care, providers refusing to administer certain treatments – including the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) – and both patients and their families left with limited options. During this webinar, HMA experts will outline the barriers to effective treatment caused by the stigma of opioid use disorder. Speakers will also offer a series of concrete steps that payers and providers can take to ensure patients are seeking and receiving the best treatment options available.
- Opioid Webinar Series Part 3: The Role of Medicaid Managed Care Plans in Addressing the Opioid CrisisMarch 14, 2019March 14, 2019, 1 to 2 p.m. EST – This is the third webinar in a series about addressing the opioid crisis in America. Medicaid managed care plans are poised to play a significant role in helping states address the opioid crisis by incentivizing utilization of effective therapies and developing policies that help stem the flow of prescription opioid drugs. Health plans are also developing models aimed at coordinating and improving treatment of opioid use disorder. During this webinar, HMA public health and prevention experts will provide an overview of current health plan opioid initiatives, as well as offer a roadmap for future treatment and prevention strategies.
- March 1, 2019March 1, 2019, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT– This is the second webinar in a series about addressing the opioid crisis in America. State and local governments – backed by an infusion of federal dollars – are beginning to develop and implement a wide variety of prevention strategies to address the opioid epidemic. And several states are already showing positive initial results. Among the early lessons is that success depends on a coordinated approach to prevention; partnerships among government agencies, law enforcement, and providers are critical; and opportunities to positively impact results exist at every level of the prevention spectrum. During this webinar, HMA public health and prevention experts will provide case studies of innovative and effective opioid misuse and overdose prevention initiatives. Speakers will also outline the key components of an effective opioid prevention strategy, including an understanding of the key drivers of success.
- Military Competency Among Health Care Providers: Best Practices for Screening, Treating and Coordinating Care of VeteransFebruary 28, 2019February 28, 2019, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — The unique health care needs of veterans pose significant challenges for providers. What’s required can best be called “military competency,” which is a set of tools and strategies aimed at successfully identifying, screening, and treating veterans. Military competency also means the ability to coordinate care across provider groups and health care facilities for specific medical conditions most prevalent in the veteran community. During this webinar, HMA Principal Uche Uchendu, M.D., who also served as chief officer for health equity at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will outline best practices for providers hoping to achieve military cultural health competency. She will also offer a variety of hands-on strategies for immediately improving care to patients who are veterans.
- The Future of Medicaid Expansion: States to Watch for Potential Ballot Initiatives, Other Expansion EffortsFebruary 20, 2019February 20, 2019, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — Who would have guessed that there would be an increase in the number of Medicaid expansion states during the Trump administration? In fact, five states have agreed to expand Medicaid since 2016, bringing to 37 the total number of states expanding under the Affordable Care Act. Several of the remaining holdouts are considering expansion as well. The continued interest has been driven by several factors, and the remaining states are rethinking expansion because the Trump administration has afforded leeway to shape expansion programs through work requirements and other variations and innovations. During this webinar, HMA experts will provide an overview of the Medicaid expansion market and take a close look at which of the remaining states are most likely to pursue expansion and why. HMA will also address some of the important program variations states are most likely to consider when shaping