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Featured Keynote Presentation | Monday 23rd March 10:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m.


Keynote Panel: State CIO Leadership in Healthcare Transformation

Moderator: Ron Baldwin, CIO, State of Montana
Mike Wirth, Special Advisor on eHHR Integration, Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Sean Pearson Deputy Cabinet Secretary New Mexico Human Services Department
Chris Clark, Executive Director of the Office of Administrative and Technology Services (OATS), State of Kentucky

2015 will also prove a critical year for States who are streamlining operational models for State HIX whilst at the same time extracting valuable data to better inform carriers and State Medicaid on consumer behaviors and trends. At the same time, Federal agencies and state collaboratives are exploring Medicaid reform and new trends in IT procurement as levers for improved system and data interoperability that will also support improved service coordination between health and human services.

During this period of reform implementation States and the supporting Health IT infrastructure will play a critical role in the success of State transformation efforts, the summit convenes experts in health IT, policy and strategy to enable insights into these rapidly evolving technologies.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in an active dialogue with presenters and to introduce your own organization’s experiences during the conference sessions, industry roundtables and networking events.

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Utah has been exploring methods to develop interoperability among enterprise Master Person Indices among Utah Department of Health (UDOH), the clinical Health Information Exchange (cHIE), Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Healthcare since 2010. Currently Utah MPIs strategy is evolving from building a centralized “Master of Masters” to a MPI-service network. For example, UDOH MPI offers death notifications from the death registrations and cHIE MPI provides patient identification cleansing services to its members. This roundtable will introduce Utah’s experience, invite others to share their experiences and suggestions, and form practical solutions to enhance interoperability of Health Information Exchanges.

Join Wu Xu, Ph.D., Director, Center for Health Data and Informatics, Utah Department of Health presenting at the States of Implementation Roundtables at the 2015 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit, March 23rd 24th

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The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange began life as a State-Based Marketplace, managing both operations and exchange-related technology.  In the course of dealing with operational problems and in an attempt to resolve a critical issue – the nearly complete failure of the technology developed by its contractor – the Exchange Board decided to abandon its dysfunctional system and adopt the federal application and enrollment platform (Healthcare.gov).  With this decision, the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange became a never before contemplated hybrid – a state managed marketplace utilizing federal infrastructure. Learn about this new model which has allowed Nevada to continue to control our insurance market while leveraging federally-developed technology.

Join Bruce Gilbert, Executive Director of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange presenting at the States of Implementation Roundtables at the 2015 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit, March 23rd 24th

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As States struggle to find ways to define and pay for high value care, especially in fee for service models, Wyoming has developed a method that integrates Meaningful Use and the Patient Centered Medical Home model. Physician practices attest to meeting NCQA standards defining a PCMH and then report their Clinical Quality Measures into the State Level Registry that is used for MU. By tracking outcomes over time the State will be able to pay higher case management fees to those practices reporting the highest quality. 

Join James F Bush MD, FACP, Wyoming Medicaid Medical Officer presenting at the States of Implementation Roundtables at the 2015 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit, March 23rd 24th

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has published a strategic plan detailing how the federal government views the nation’s current landscape and articulates the values and priorities in shaping tomorrow’s landscape. The plans aims delineate the flexibility of the participating federal entities in evolving definitions of health and healthcare along with the expectations and demands upon future information systems as both the users and demands of these systems increase.  

The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 identifies the federal government’s health IT priorities. While this Plan focuses on federal strategies, achieving the vision and goals requires collaboration from state, local, and tribal governments. Efforts by health care entities and providers, public health entities, payers, technology developers, community-based nonprofit organizations, homebased supports, and academic institutions are also essential.

Download the Federal Health Strategic Plan Here

Source Healthit.gov

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Forward-thinking government leaders are adapting practices from the commercial world — from customer segmentation and geospatial mapping to advanced customer analytics — to customize the design and delivery of human services. Learning to think geospatially can offer huge benefits to human-services providers. Health-care pioneers are among those putting the power of geospatial analysis to good use. A more customized approach has the potential to improve the system, even as it lowers costs. Learn More

Source Governing 

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A systematic literature review has been conducted of potential barriers to public health data sharing. Despite a global commitment to the use and sharing of public health data it can be challenging in reality. A team of experts describe barriers to sharing  routinely collected public health data. 

“The simultaneous effect of multiple interacting barriers ranging from technical to intangible issues has greatly complicated advances in public health sharing,” according to the report. “A systematic framework of barriers to data sharing in public health will be essential to accelerate the use of valuable information for the global good.”

Learn More about methods, results and conclusions »  Read the Open Access Article in full here

 

Source: BMC Public Health

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It is crucial to engage with current enrollees and ask them to come back to update their information, “Every individual is going to be touched at least three times with communications, or upwards to a dozen times.” said Andy Slavitt, the former UnitedHealth executive now serving as Health and Human Services deputy administrator. 
To take advantage of the notable 2 percent average premium increase and what HHS estimates to be $2 billion in savings, many consumers who bought benchmark plans or lower-cost plans for 2014 will have to change to avoid sizable premium increases.

Learn More  about the potential administrative chaos related to the shopping around so many consumers may have to do to keep an affordable premium.

Source  www.govhealthit.com

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Now more than ever, state Medicaid programs need to be able to handle massive volumes of data, process thousands of enrollment applications, provide real-time eligibility determinations and give program managers the reporting they need for planning and control. An alternative  however, to inevitable costly and time-consuming expansions that states should consider are  keeping existing legacy systems while converting, rewriting or porting them to a modern computer programming language with updated software libraries, protocols and hardware platforms.

Learn more » Legacy system modernization

Source  Governing

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In 2012, the Department of Defense charged LTC Daniel T. Johnston, MD, MPH, with creating an online wellness platform that would enable the agency to assess, manage and improve the health of active duty Soldiers and Army civilians. Johnston partnered with Sharecare to build ArmyFit: a platform maximizing digital engagement and fostering behavioral change through tailored content and interactive tools. During this presentation, attendees will learn how the Army is utilizing data-driven applications to monitor and improve population health and program effectiveness at the installation level, as well as optimize development of health policy and resource allocation. 

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Session Presentation:
 Dan Johnston, U.S. Army Medical Director Lieutenant Colonel Doctor and Jeff Arnold, CEO, Sharecare | View HD video on demand and download PPT here 

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