- June 11, 2020 1 to 2:00 EST- In response to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus, Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have made significant policy changes to Medicare Advantage regulations, allowing for expanded benefits and other flexibilities designed to better serve the Medicare population. During this webinar, HMA experts will address the impact of these changes, including a look at policies affecting cost sharing, telehealth, Star Ratings, prescription drugs, provider funding, appeals, and Special Needs Plans (SNP). Speakers will also address the likelihood that these policies remain in place even after the COVID-19 emergency ends.
- Tracking State Responses to COVID-19 for Home Health and Home Care Providers: Survey Results and Provider PerspectivesJune 9, 2020June 9, 2020 1 to 2 p.m EDT- With most federal COVID-19 funding going to hospitals and nursing homes, states are implementing various Medicaid authorities, legislation, and policies of their own to improve access to long-term services and supports, including home and community-based services. HMA home care experts have tracked these state efforts and will present the results during this informational session. They will be joined by home health and home care industry leaders, who will offer important perspectives on state actions as well as thoughts on additional steps that will be necessary over the long term.
- 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.