- ‘Business Associates’ Redefined: What Healthcare Organizations Need to Know to Comply with Strengthened HIPAA RegulationsApril 26, 2016Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 3 to 4 p.m. EDT — Attention healthcare providers, managed care plans and other entities that are covered by HIPAA regulations pertaining to patient data. Your relationship with third-party contractors and other outside “business associates” is coming under increased regulatory scrutiny from the federal government. Revised HIPAA rules have created important new responsibilities and instituted new penalties related to “business associates” who handle personal health information or personal health records for covered entities. During this webinar, HMA experts Heidi Robbins Brown and Margarita Pereyda, MD will outline the new regulations, provide a framework for protecting patient data, and present a set of best practices your organization and business associates can use in efforts to ensure HIPAA compliance.
- Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — More than three-quarters of Medicaid recipients report experiences of trauma and violence during their childhoods. These experiences may include verbal, physical or sexual abuse; living in poverty or violent surroundings, including war zones; or living with family members who struggle with substance abuse, mental illness or extreme disability. Research demonstrates that there is a direct correlation between traumatic experiences and the 10 most common causes of death in the United States. The U.S. healthcare system continues to struggle to reach this high-risk population, many whom also have multiple comorbid chronic health conditions. It is imperative that today’s patient-centered and whole-person healthcare teams take a proactive trauma-informed approach to care delivery. Trauma-informed care begins by first understanding the problem and then identifying patients who have endured or witnessed over the course of their lives any number of adverse or traumatic experiences. During this webinar, HMA experts Karen Hill, PhD, MSN, ANP-C; Laurie Lockert, MS, LPC; and Jeffrey Ring, PhD, will provide information about the biopsychosocial impact of adverse and traumatic experiences; identify screening tools; and explore how provider practices can support this at-risk population.
- Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — The emerging transformation of healthcare delivery for safety net populations is forcing clinical and administrative leaders into unfamiliar territory. Successful leadership requires an enhanced set of skills, combining the traditional emphasis on clinical proficiency with the kind of non-traditional leadership qualities necessary to engage teams, impact delivery system transformation, and respond to community, social, and clinical needs. During this webinar, experts from Rush University Medical Center and Health Management Associates will outline strategies for developing a deep bench of collaborative leaders and empowered providers – the kind necessary to prepare your organization for the challenges of a changing healthcare environment.
- March 30, 2016Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — Even as hospitals work to reduce readmissions through internal quality improvement efforts, local healthcare communities must also play an active role in addressing factors outside the hospital’s control. The truth is that a significant percentage of hospital readmissions are associated with community-related factors such as unemployment, poverty, lack of education, and inadequate access to care. During this webinar, experts from HMA will outline the rationale for a collaborative approach to reducing readmissions, involving hospitals, health plans, community-based organizations, and other providers who can address cultural and community-related factors that impact healthcare outcomes.
- Transgender Care and Transitioning: Implications of New Health Insurance Coverage Guidelines and Research Findings on the Experiences of Transgender Individuals in the Health Care SystemMarch 15, 2016Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT — New proposed federal regulations require health plans to cover all medically necessary care for transgender individuals, including transition-related services. But it’s more than just covering care. It’s also about ensuring access to appropriate services, training staff to understand the needs of transgender populations, and recognizing the social and financial implications of delaying transition-related care. During this webinar, Marci Eads and John O’Connor of HMA Community Strategies will outline what health plans need to know about the needs of transgender individuals and about how to not only comply with the new guidelines, but also to ensure transgender individuals receive the care they need.
- Launching a Successful Medicare Advantage Plan: Key Strategic, Product, and Operational ConsiderationsMarch 9, 2016Wednesday, March 9, 2015, 1 to 2 p.m. EST — A growing number of health systems and Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) are moving to become Medicare Advantage plans. The launch of a Medicare Advantage plan can transition a health system to value-based payments and ensure a steady revenue stream. MCOs can serve a broader and complementary base of members with a Medicare Advantage HMO or a Special Needs Plan. However, launching a Medicare Advantage plan is a complex undertaking, requiring clear organizational intent and a well thought-out product and infrastructural strategy to navigate the regulatory environment and manage the population. During this webinar, HMA expert Mary Hsieh will discuss what is required to launch a successful Medicare Advantage plan, with a special focus on product and pricing strategies as well as key infrastructural and operational considerations.