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Strengthening Medicaid with Health Information Technology: Are Providers & States Up to the Challenge?


Monday, August 01, 2011

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, providers can receive Medicare and Medicaid payment incentives when they adopt electronic health records and demonstrate their “meaningful use.” Additionally, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires states to establish a website by 2014 for Medicaid beneficiaries to electronically enroll and renew coverage. Yet many challenges remain so that health information technology (HIT) can help the Medicaid program operate more effectively.

How are states preparing to integrate their HIT systems with insurance exchanges by 2014? What role are state Medicaid agencies playing in developing systems to meet future needs? How are states planning to provide oversight of incentive payments to combat fraud, waste, and abuse? How can Medicaid health plans and providers use HIT to provide better care delivery and improve health outcomes, while also reducing costs? What have those involved in HIT initiatives such as the Beacon Communities learned about how best to deploy HIT resources? Do the standards set to reward the “meaningful use” of HIT strike the right balance between encouraging progress and achievability?

To address these questions and more, the Alliance for Health Reform and the Centene Corporation sponsored an August 1 briefing. The briefing discussed HIT’s impact on both care delivery and the administrative side of the Medicaid program. Panelists were: Craig Brammer, Office of the National Coordinator for HIT in the Department of Health and Human Services; Don Imholz, Centene Corporation; David Mix, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services; and Judy Featherstone, HealthPoint Community Health Center in Seattle. Ed Howard of the Alliance moderated.

Speakers

 Don Imholz, Centene Corporation, Speaker
 David Mix, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, Speaker
 Judy Featherstone, HealthPoint Community Health Center, Speaker
 Craig Brammer, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Speaker
(Click on the camera icon to see a video of the speaker's presentation.)

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: Strengthening Medicaid with Health Information Technology: Are Providers & States Up to the Challenge? (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 8/1/2011
Event Summary: Event Summary (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 8/1/2011
Full Webcast/Podcast: Strengthening Medicaid with Health Information Technology: Are Providers & States Up to the Challenge?

The full webcast and podcast for this briefing, as well as videos of individual speakers' presentations, are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Speaker Presentations

Mix Presentation (PowerPoint), 8/1/2011
Featherstone Presentation (PowerPoint), 8/1/2011
Imholz Presentation (PowerPoint), 8/1/2011

(If you want to download one or more slides from these presentations, contact us at info@allhealth or click here for instructions.)

Source Materials

Materials List: Strengthening Medicaid with Health Information Technology (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 8/1/2011
Sourcelist: Strengthening Medicaid with Health Information Technology (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 8/1/2011
Speaker Bios (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 8/1/2011
Event Summary (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 8/1/2011

Photos

Don Imholz, executive vice president and chief information officer for the Centene Corporation, explains why health information technology is so important for improving health outcomes and lowering costs, and how Centene is using health IT around the country. From the Aug. 1 briefing cosponsored by Centene. (9 min.)

David Mix of Virginia's Dept. of Medical Assistance Services explains how his department is using health information technology. From the Aug. 1 briefing cosponsored by the Centene Corporation.

Judy Featherstone, MD, medical director of the HealthPoint community health center in Washington State, describes some of the challenges involved in adopting health information technology. From the Aug. 1 briefing cosponsored by the Centene Corporation. (10 min.)

Craig Brammer, with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, offers some reasons for optimism about the adoption of health IT across the country. From the Aug. 1 briefing cosponsored by the Centene Corporation. (12 min.)

 

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