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Special Thanks to HealthCare Executive Group’s 2018 Sponsor Partners

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As America celebrates Thanksgiving, the HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG) is honored to thank our sponsor partners and acknowledge the support these leading healthcare companies have provided and continue to provide to our healthcare executive members, industry advisors, and associates throughout the year. Through the support of the companies highlighted below, HCEG is able to provide a comprehensive package of information, insight, and networking opportunities.

HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG). sponsor partners Appian, CareCentrix, Solera, Change Healthcare, Cumberland Consulting Group, HealthEdge, HighPoint Solutions, InstaMed, Redcard, Softheon

HealthCare Executive Group – Gold Sponsors

HCEG Healthcare Executive Group. Appian. Enterprise low-code. industry-leading intelligent automation. Digital Transformation Patient, member, and provider data. healthcare payers and providers innovation, consumers, health HCEG Healthcare Executive Group. CareCentrix purpose-built technology, analytics, experience, post-acute care, patients and caregivers, coordinate care transitions, improve clinical outcomes, and do all we can to help patients heal or age at home HCEG Healthcare Executive Group. Network partners preventing and managing chronic disease. Health plans, payers securely efficiently network of community-based digital health solutions.
Appian delivers the speed of enterprise low-code and the power of industry-leading intelligent automation. It’s the secret weapon to put your Digital Transformation on the fast track.

Improve decision-making with real-time access to patient, member, and provider data. Appian helps healthcare payers and providers speed innovation, help consumers take control of their own health, and simplify the healthcare journey.

CareCentrix has developed purpose-built technology, analytics, and experience to guide care that keeps patients on the path to the ultimate site of care: home. To address the complexities of post-acute care, CareCentrix engages patients and caregivers, coordinate care transitions, improve clinical outcomes, and do all we can to help patients heal or age at home.

By finding new ways to break down the silos across the continuum of care, CareCentrix is able to identify and capture savings health plans can count on.

Solera connects patients, payers, and physicians to a network of partners who are preventing and managing chronic disease.

Working with Solera, health plans and other payers securely and efficiently leverage a network of community-based and digital health solutions.

Solera helps employers identify and engage those in their workforce with the greatest opportunity for obesity-related chronic disease prevention.

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HealthCare Executive Group – Silver Sponsors

HCEG Healthcare Executive Group. Change Healthcare consulting. value-based healthcare system. healthcare technology company. software, analytics, network solutions, and technology-enabled services. HCEG Healthcare Executive Group Health insurers, new offerings. member populations. government program, commercial or individual product, or dental or TPA offering,
Change Healthcare consulting is a catalyst for your value-based healthcare system. Change Healthcare is a healthcare technology company that offers software, analytics, network solutions, and technology-enabled services to help create a stronger, more collaborative healthcare system. Change Healthcare helps deliver measurable value not only at the point of care, but also before, after, and in between care episodes. Cumberland Consulting Group is a leading healthcare consulting firm providing strategic advisory, implementation, optimization and outsourcing services to some of the nation’s largest payer, provider, and life sciences organizations. Health insurers must act quickly to launch new offerings targeted at member populations in specific market segments. Whether a government program, commercial or individual product, or dental or TPA offering, HealthEdge works with transformative health plans to create and maintain a competitive advantage.
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HCEG Healthcare Executive Group. InstaMed healthcare payments experience. Consumers, providers and payers. payment transaction. private cloud-based technology electronic transactions HCEG Healthcare Executive Group. RedCard health plans TPAs secure data communication members providers.
HighPoint implements effective IT solutions for payers and providers. HighPoint Solutions tunes out the noise so you can focus on improving healthcare delivery. InstaMed powers a better healthcare payments experience on one platform that connects consumers, providers, and payers for every healthcare payment transaction. InstaMed’s patented, private cloud-based technology securely transforms healthcare payments by driving electronic transactions, moving money and healthcare data seamlessly and improving consumer satisfaction. RedCard helps health plans and TPAs use the power of secure data to build stronger, more effective communication with your members and providers.
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Softheon delivers cloud-based solutions that create a retail-like, user-friendly experience and provide personalized communication and real-time support to boost member engagement. Cost effective, and configurable software that supports health plans and states with enrollment, member billing, and reporting for over 3.2M Americans.
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HealthCare Executive Group Sponsorship

Unlike what many organizations allow, our sponsor partners must check their sales and marketing interests at the door. HCEG sponsors participate as supportive thought leaders to HCEG members and associates. HCEG events and content exclude advertising and marketing-speak and participants at our events will never encounter vendor exhibits. Those reading our content and attending our webinars will not be bothered by sales pitches, pop-ups and banner ads.

For more information on the benefits of becoming an HCEG Sponsor in 2019, check out our Sponsorship Prospectus.  

Join Digital Healthcare Leaders & AHIP Forum Attendees in Nashville

If you’re attending the  2018 AHIP Consumer Experience & Digital Health Forum on December 10th – 13th or happen to be in Nashville on December 13th, consider attending HCEG’s next Executive Leadership Roundtable held at Music City Center at 1:00 pm CT.

In addition to lunch and networking opportunities, participants will enjoy the unique perspective and long-running insight of two distinguished panelists: Brian Lobley, President, Commercial and Consumer Markets at Independence Blue Cross and Stuart Hanson, Managing Director, Head of Healthcare Payments at JPMorgan Chase & Co.  HCEG’s Executive Director Ferris Taylor will moderate the roundtable.

This event is complimentary but registration is required. More information here.

Total Consumer Health & The Digital Healthcare Organization in Nashville

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The Four Pillars of a Successful Core-System Replacement Project

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Completing a successful core-system replacement project at a health plan or health system organization is a major undertaking. And successfully delivering a multi-million dollar digital transformation project is significantly enhanced by establishing a framework based on proven principles.

Framework for Successful Core-System Replacement Project

Last week, our sponsor partner Change Healthcare shared valuable insight in a webinar titled ‘The Four Pillars of a Successful Core-System Replacement Project.’  Jeanne Noe PMP, Director of Consulting Services and Mauricio ‘MJ’ Jimenez, Sr Manager of Consulting Services at Change Healthcare, shared information, insight and practical ideas on how to establish a framework for successful core-system implementation. This framework for a successful core-system replacement project is based on four pillars: 1-Implementation Readiness, 2-Governance, 3-Business Transformation and 4-Execution Framework.

This blog post recaps highlights and detailed content from the ‘Core-System Replacement Project’ webinar presented by Change Healthcare on August 2nd, 2018. Included is a recording of the webinar, the presentation slide deck, and additional information on establishing a framework for successful core system implementation. You can also check out this Twitter Moment summarizing live Tweets shared during the webinar.

Information, Insight & Actionable Ideas for Successful Core-System Implementation

After introductions by HCEG Executive Director Ferris Taylor, Jeanne Noe kicked off the webinar by sharing that the most important indicator of success in a Core-System Replacement project is a strong project foundation. Jeanne emphasized the importance of building a foundation on the Four Pillars of Success before the project progresses – not as you go along.

Why, How, What, Who & When of a Successful Core-System Replacement Project

The presentation from Change Healthcare was packed with information, actionable ideas and insight collected over the course of performing dozens of core-systems replacement projects for major healthcare payers and other risk-bearing entities.

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Starting with the Taxonomy of Why, the importance of clearly defining – and widely sharing – the Strategic Vision, Business Goals, and Objectives were shared. Jeanne noted that explaining why a legacy system is being replaced is a key way to help all project team members achieve project objectives. Yet few healthcare organizations widely communicate the reasons for major initiatives like a core-system replacement project.

Jeanne went on to provide more details and commentary on the How, What, Who & When of a core-system replacement project. Since there’s simply too much information to share about the how, what, who and when in this recap, see the slides listed in the presentation deck for more. Better yet, watch the recording of The Four Pillars of a Successful Core-System Replacement Project here.

Roles Matters – Clearly Defined & Accountable

One of the most valuable bits of insight shared by Change Healthcare’s Jeanne Noe was that too many healthcare organizations make the very common mistake of not clearly defining roles, responsibilities and decision-making authority. Before the project starts – and periodically throughout the projects as objectives change and project resources come and go.

Clearly defining roles, responsibilities and decision-making authority seems obvious but is simply often not addressed.

Key Governance Components of a Successful Core-System Replacement Project

Change Healthcare presented two important actions healthcare executives sponsoring core-systems replacement projects MUST address at the start:

  1. Establish a single point of accountability and expertise
  2. Clearly identify decision makers and specialists for issue resolution

Risks, Actions, Issues, and Decisions – It’s a RAID!

Risks, Actions, Issues, Decisions (RAID) is a framework to report, track, resolve document project

Somewhat similar to the widely known RACI (Responsible-Accountable-Consulted-Informed) approach for managing large projects like core-systems replacement projects, Change Healthcare’s Core-System Implementation Framework uses the RAID framework to report, track, resolve and document project items.

As opposed to the somewhat passive activities defined via the popular RACI approach, Change Healthcare’s RAID approach to governing major projects emphasizes the importance of actions and rapid decision making within a framework of issue identification and risk management.

Business Transformation & Core-Systems Replacement Projects

Mauricio ‘MJ’ Jimenez, Sr Manager of Consulting Services at Change Healthcare continued the second half of the webinar by sharing information, insight, ideas, and tips on the 3rd and 4th Pillars of a Successful Core-System Replacement Project: Business Transformation and Execution Framework.

Business Transformation

MJ emphasized that replacing your core-system is a business transformation, not an IT project or initiative. MJ offered the following as some key considerations to effect a true business transformation:

  • Assign senior resources to serve as ambassador to the rest of the organization.
  • Neglecting employees affected by the transformation will guarantee resistance to change.
  • Relevant content is key and its delivery is enabled through Role-Based Training
  • When meetings grow in number of participants, it is often a reflection of poor communication.

Execution Framework – The Most Critical of the Four Pillars

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Core-system and other major projects undertaken by healthcare organizations will be for naught without a well-designed Execution Framework. Change Healthcare’s MJ Jimenez shared some key experiences, insights, and ideas on how to establish an effective Execution Framework. And offered ideas for executing brilliantly.

The key components of the Execution Framework described include the following:

  • Flexibility
  • Maintains Focus
  • People First
  • Requirements Management
  • Defect Management
  • Systems Integration Plan

Summarizing the Webinar

Jeanne Noe shared the following slide at the end of the webinar.Four Pillars Successful Core-System Replacement Project. Digital transformation. Framework. Implementation Readiness. Governance. Business Transformation. Execution Framework. Requirements Management. Defect Management. Systems Integration Plan. Trizetto FACETS. QNXT, HealthEdge.As noted before, the information, insight, and ideas presented by Change Healthcare are too numerous to recap here. To learn more about what was shared during the webinar, check out the recording of the webinar, the presentation slide deck, and additional information on establishing a framework for successful core system implementation.  Also, check out this Twitter Moment summarizing live Tweets from the webinar.

More Insight & Opportunity for HealthCare Executives

The information shared by the HealthCare Executive Group in its Webinar Series events are one example of services we’re pleased to offer our members and associates. In addition to connecting with us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and subscribing to our eNewsletter, consider joining other healthcare executives and industry thought leaders at the HealthCare Executive Group’s 2018 Annual Forum on September 12-14th, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN. We’ll be celebrating our 30th Anniversary helping healthcare leaders navigate the strategic and tactical issues facing their organizations.

Check out this page for more information on our 2018 Annual Forum.HealthCare Executive Group Annual Forum. Executive leadership. 2018 Conference event forum roundtable

Connect with HealthCare Executive Group at the AHIP Institute & Expo

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It’s our 30th Anniversary and the HealthCare Executive Group has been in overdrive during the first half of 2018. We held an Executive Leadership Roundtable at the recent HLTH Future of Healthcare Forum, we worked with our sponsor partners to share insight via our ongoing HCEG Webinar Series, we’ve attended a handful of major healthcare industry conferences in support of our members and sponsor partners, and we continue to leverage our social channels to help address the issues, challenges and opportunities facing today’s healthcare executive leader.

We’ve also been preparing for our 2018 Annual Forum taking place September 12th through the 14th in Minneapolis, MN – recruiting industry thought leaders and fleshing out an agenda that promises to share valuable information, insight and networking opportunities.  Finally, we’re wrapping up the first half of our 30th Anniversary year by attending the 2018 AHIP Institute & Expo where we’ll support our members and sponsor partners – and gather additional insight to make our 2018 Annual Forum all the more valuable.

Major Healthcare Conferences of 2018

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HCEG members and sponsor partners participated in many of the major healthcare conferences taking place in the first part of the year including the:

2018 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in March

15th Annual World Healthcare Conference in April

Inaugural HLTH Future of Healthcare Forum in May

Check out a recap of our roundtable event held as part of the Association Day at the inaugural HLTH Future of Healthcare Forum here.

WEDI Spring Conference in May

WEDI conference organizers have made complete conference information including sessions handouts available here.

2018 AHIP Institute & Expo next week June 20 – 22

HCEG members and sponsor partners will be participating in more conferences as the year continues, including, our course, hosting the 2018 HCEG Annual Forum celebrating our 30th Year convening and supporting healthcare executives and thought leaders.

Read on for more about HCEG Members and Sponsor Partners at the AHIP Institute.

HCEG’s Executive Leadership Roundtable

In May, we partnered with the International Association of Innovation Professionals, the Center for Healthcare Innovation, and the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange and held a unique ELR titled ‘Leadership, Trust & Skills in Overcoming Obstacles to Radical Innovation in Healthcare.’

Check out a recap of the roundtable event held in conjunction with the inaugural HLTH Future of Healthcare Forum here.

The Next Executive Leadership Roundtable – Nashville, TN

We’re planning another Executive Leadership Roundtable to coincide with the AHIP Consumer Experience & Digital Health Forum on December 11 – 13, 2018 in Nashville, TN. Members and sponsors interested in helping shape the theme of this roundtable are urged to contact us at info@hceg.org.

HCEG Webinars Offer an Opportunity to Learn from Sponsor Partners

In the first few months of 2018, HCEG and our sponsor partners produced webinars addressing a variety of topics such as Value-based Payment, Post-Acute Care in Medicare Advantage and a deeper dive into the 2018 HCEG Top 10. For more information on these webinars including a recap and recording, check out the following:

Recapping ‘The 2018 HCEG Top 10 Healthcare Opportunities, Challenges & Issues’ Webinar – Part 1

Recapping ‘The 2018 HCEG Top 10 Healthcare Opportunities, Challenges & Issues’ Webinar – Part 2

Recapping Value-Based Payment – Getting from Here to There…

The Financial Impact of Post-Acute Care in Medicare Advantage

The HealthCare Executive Group Webinar Series Continues

In August, “The Four Pillars of a Successful Core-System Replacement Project” will be presented by sponsor partner Change Healthcare on August 2nd, 2018 at 2:00PM ET. Reserve your seat for this webinar today!

HCEG is also working with other sponsor partners on additional webinars planned for the 4th quarter of 2018 after the Annual Forum.

Consider subscribing to our eNewsletter to be kept abreast of these webinars and other information and events of value to healthcare executives and thought leaders.

Preliminary Agenda and Keynote Speakers for HCEG’s 30th Anniversary Annual Forum

We’re pleased to share the preliminary agenda and announce that Andy Slavitt, former Acting CMS Administrator and current leader of Town Hall Ventures, and Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow, NY Times bestselling author and principle at the Blue Zones Project will be providing keynote addresses at our 2018 Annual Forum in Minneapolis, MN on September 12 – 14, 2018.

The following represents the current agenda which is being fleshed out and evolving on a weekly basis. We’re also identifying and recruiting more speakers and panelists, and planning enjoyable networking events intended to make our 2018 Annual Forum our best forum ever. If you or someone you know would like to be considered to speak or serve as a panelist at our forum, please use this form.

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To learn more and to get an idea about what the HCEG Annual Forum is all about…

… Check out these pictures from last year’s HCEG Annual Forum

… See who’s among the previous attendees of HCEG Annual Forum’s

If you would like to register to attend HCEG’s Annual Forum, you can register here. And if you are unsure as to whether you should attend, check out these Nine Reasons to Attend the 2018 HCEG Annual Forum.

HCEG Members and Sponsor Partners at AHIP Institute & Expo

The 2018 AHIP Institute & Expo takes place next week, June 20th through the 22nd in San Diego, CA and HCEG members and sponsor partners will be participating, speaking and exhibiting.

If you’re attending the AHIP Institute, be sure to meet our sponsor partners. Some of our sponsor partners are exhibiting, some are presenting, and some are attending. ALL of our sponsor partners can help your healthcare organization transform itself in today’s rapidly evolving healthcare environment.

Also not to be missed are sponsor partners CareCentrix and Change Healthcare offering refreshments and a Lunch & Learn session.

Date & Time Sponsor Partner Event
June 20: 8:00am – 11:00am CareCentrix Welcome Refreshments
June 20: 11:00am – 12:15pm Change Healthcare Lunch & Learn

Value-Based Care Market Research: Inside Successful Programs

June 20: 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm CareCentrix The Future of Care at Home: New Strategies for Post-Acute Care
June 21: 9:30 am – 10:15 am CareCentrix Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall

Stay Connected and Learn More About HealthCare Opportunities, Challenges & Issues

Check out the following for more information about the HealthCare Executive Group:

Becoming a Member of the HealthCare Executive Group

Attending our 2018 Annual Forum

Subscribe to our eNewsletter

Limited Sponsorship Opportunities

The HealthCare Executive Group has limited general sponsorship opportunities available to companies interested in supporting our members on a consultative, partnership basis. For more information, contact Juliana Ruiz.

Rising Pharmacy Costs – Strategies to Address – Webinar Recap

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It’s no secret that rising pharmacy costs are a serious challenge for the health plans, health systems, sponsors and individuals on the hook for paying for them. Our healthcare executive members ranked “Addressing Pharmacy Costs” as #9 on the 2018 HCEG Top 10 list.

How Can Health Plans and Health Systems Address Rising Pharmacy Costs?

On Wednesday, November 13, 2017, Pete Biagioni, Managing Partner at Cumberland Consulting Group, and Marcia Lambert, Partner at Cumberland Consulting Group presented “Strategies to Address Rising Pharmacy Costs,” Cumberland Consulting Group’s entry in this month’s HCEG Webinar Series. 

The webinar provided attendees with a lot of great insight and information on the following:

  1. An overview of trends in growth of pharmacy costs
  2. Pharmaceutical Distribution Channels
  3. Drivers of specialty pharmacy spend
  4. Drug cost management strategies
  5. What strategies health plans and health systems can implement to address rising pharmacy costs

Trends in Rising Pharmacy Costs

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Specialty Pharmaceuticals – a 95% increase in just two years!

Pete Biagioni kicked off the presentation by highlighting that prescription drug spending is now the largest category in healthcare benefit spending – outpacing specialty care, inpatient and outpatient costs. Pete added that not only is prescription drug spending the largest healthcare expense but it’s also the fastest-growing category of benefit spending!

Largest contributor to increases in rising pharmacy costs are Specialty Drugs – with a 95% increase* in just two years!

How Drug Prices are Determined in the United States

One interesting part of the presentation was Marcia Lambert’s overview of the Pharmacy Distribution and Reimbursement System for Patient-Administered vs. Provider Administered, Outpatient Prescription Drugs in the U.S.  Several very detailed and informative slides were shared.  These slides identified the product flow, contractual arrangements and financial payments between the myriad of entities involved with pharmacy distribution in the U.S.

Specialty Pharmacy Trends & Drivers of Specialty Pharmacy Spend

A good part of the presentation covered specialty pharmaceuticals, which are growing at a CAGR of 17% as more products are being developed to treat orphan diseases and provide newer therapies. Some specialty pharmacy trends include:

  • As more specialty drugs are dispensed, a shift away from the buy-and-bill system (reimbursement through medical benefit) to the pharmacy (reimbursement through prescription drug benefit) can be expected.
  • As SPs gain more revenue and market share, they’ll come under more scrutiny and attempts at cost containments from payers.
  • The healthcare system’s grudging acceptance of high-priced orphan disease drugs has given manufacturers more incentive to develop low-volume SP drugs.
  • The high cost of SP’s will demand more Value-Based/Outcomes-Based evidence

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The Cumberland presenters provided an overview of traditional Strategies to Manage Rising Pharmacy Costs and then dived into a LOT of detailed information on the pros and cons of newer, novel strategies for managing pharmacy costs including:

  • Comprehensive Medication Review / Medication Therapy Management
  • Specialty Pharmacy Coordination & Management
  • Outcomes-based Contracting
  • ‘DIR’ Fees – Direct and Indirect Reimbursement

The Future – Pharmacy Trends and Government Intervention

This rapid paced presentation moved toward its conclusion with Pete Biagioni sharing a few slides listing some ways that government intervention might impact prescription drug prices. And the webinar completed with a short listing of future trends for prescription drugs in the U.S. The entry of Amazon and mega deals like CVS buying Aetna being two likely major impacts.

The Recording, The Content and More Insight from Cumberland Consulting Group

The above is just a portion of the information presented by our sponsor partner Cumberland Consulting Group. You can learn more about “Strategies to Address Rising Pharmacy Costs” by reviewing the entire recording of the webinar available here.  If you’d like more information or if you have any questions on the content of this webinar, please feel free to contact Cumberland Consulting Group. You may also want to follow Cumberland on Twitter.

*Per CMS 2014  fact sheet: https://www.cms.gov/research-statistics-data-and-systems/statistics-trends-and-reports/nationalhealthexpenddata/nhe-fact-sheet.html

 

Recap of Webinar: ‘Care Redesign: Lowering Costs While Improving Patient Outcomes’

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As more Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) are formed and as value-based reimbursement arrangements between payers and providers expand, the need for assessing non-traditional drivers of health outcomes, leveraging payer, provider and community resources and enhancing collaboration between patients, providers and payers are becoming key to improving outcomes and managing costs.

Our Thursday, October 26, 2017, Harry Merkin, VP of Marketing at our sponsor partner HealthEdge teamed up with Barbara Berger, VP of Care Management at First Care Health Plans, to present “Care Redesign: Lowering Costs While Improving Patient Outcomes,” HealthEdge’s entry in this month’s HCEG Webinar Series.  The webinar presented innovative, real-world examples of how First Care Health Plans is improving member outcomes and lowering their cost of care via three primary approaches:

  1. Collaborating with providers and health systems
  2. Partnering with community resources
  3. Making critical information available to key stakeholders

Addressing Discontinuances of Care

Barbara shared that, while the high volume, time-sensitive nature of healthcare delivery often leads to a discontinuance of care delivery and management between the silos in which payers and providers often operate, the increased data sharing associated with the emergence of ACO’s and value-based reimbursement and care models are helping to align care provided by providers and health plan payers. Examples of balancing the proper people, processes and technologies were shared.

Population Assessments and Social Determinants of Health

Barbara emphasized the importance of carefully and thoroughly assessing an individual’s health care, behavioral and social needs as part of a periodic, recurring population assessment and how doing so can have a key, beneficial impact to healthcare outcomes.  And with “Social Determinants of Health” forming the basis (bottom) of Maslow’s Triangle of Needs, First Care is starting to include an assessment of member’s social determinants of health in their population assessment program. Factors such as the following are included in the population assessment:

  1. Access to Healthcare Services
  2. Access to Food
  3. Access to Local Community Resources
  4. Access to Transportation Options
  5. Public Safety
  6. Financial Status

After Barbara shared her insight on this currently popular topic, Harry Merkin stated: “The phrase ‘social determinants of health’ is no longer a buzzword!”

Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Barbara shared an overview about First Care’s “Expecting the Best Maternity Program” that combines case management and utilization management to complement care provided by physicians while guiding and supporting members – and their family – through member pregnancies; particularly high-risk pregnancies.

Besides services such as assistance with locating medical providers, toll-free 24/7 access to a clinician and a package of select products and services aimed at supporting pregnant women, the program also includes an innovative “Nurse-Family Partnership” where a First Care nurse is paired with an expecting family to help the patient and her immediate family members understand and manage the pregnancy. First Care nurses regularly reach out to ask questions on how the pregnancy is progressing and answer any questions the patient and family may have.

The program has resulted in a significant per decrease in NICU maternity admissions.

The Recording, The Content and More Insight from HealthEdge

The webinar presented three considerations for payer-provider population health programs:

  1. Be methodical about population assessment
  2. Integrate People, Process and Technology with Providers
  3. Use value-based contracts to align vision of member/patient care

You can learn more about how collaborating with providers and health systems, partnering with community resources and making critical information available to key stakeholders can improve outcomes and lower costs by checking out this recording of the webinar and these few slides from the presentation. If you would like more information or if you have any questions on the content of this webinar, please feel free to contact HealthEdge too.

More Information

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HealthEdge on Twitter

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First Care on Twitter

If you’re not a HCEG member and would like more information on becoming a member, please see this page or email Juliana Ruiz.

A Unique Event and Exclusive Group for Healthcare Executives

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Our 2017 Annual Forum came to a close at noon this past Wednesday. Over 110 healthcare executives, nationally known healthcare speakers and industry thought leaders gathered in Nashville, TN – Music City and the Healthcare Capital of the United States – to share their insight, ideas and concerns about healthcare reform and digital transformation during these rapidly evolving, uncertain times in healthcare.

The 29th Annual Forum featured three keynote speakers, nine sessions covering the latest topics of interest to executives leading health plans and health systems and three nighttime events structured to support networking between forum participants. All in all, the two and half days of our 2017 Annual Forum added up to one incredible opportunity for those leading the digital transformation of healthcare reform in the United States to come together on an intimate basis , to share and learn with each other collaboratively.

The 2018 HCEG Top 10 List

As has taken place during each of the last seven HCEG Annual Forum events, participants selected and voted on the Top 10 Opportunities, Challenges and Issues facing health plan and health system executives over the coming months and year. This new 2018 HCEG Top 10 list will drive the focus of Executive Leadership Round Tables, webinars, content development and other collaborative opportunities throughout the remainder of 2017 and the coming new year.

What We’ll Be Sharing From Our 2017 Annual Forum

Over the next few weeks, insight, ideas, opinions and concerns generated during the forum will be shared with members and the public at large. We’ll recap forum speaker and participant insight and opinion into how healthcare in the United States will be impacted by healthcare policy reform, digital transformation initiatives and both national and state-level actions. Readers of this blog, our friends on social media, attendees of our webinars and round tables and subscribers to our newsletter can look forward to how speakers, panelists and participants at our 2017 Annual Forum shared insight on the following:

  • How Clinical and Data Analytics leverage clinical evidence to segment populations, manage health and drive decisions
  • How the emergence of Population Health Services Organizations are operationalizing population health strategy, chronic care management, driving clinical integration, and integrating social determinants of health
  • How Value-Based Payments are being used to target specific medical conditions to manage cost and quality of care
  • How Cost Transparency is inevitable due to growing legislation and consumer demand
  • And more certain topics that can help healthcare leaders address transformation during these uncertain healthcare times

How We’ll Share

The Healthcare Executive Group will share the following via its web site, blog, social channels – including Twitter, LinkedIn an Facebook, and via other channels including member LinkedIn accounts, sponsor partner media and healthcare industry media. Look for the following:

  • Quotes from Keynote Speakers & Panelists
  • Session recaps including Presentation Materials
  • Thoughts from Forum Participants including social media shares
  • Audio Soundbites
  • Pictures and more

How to Stay Connected

To have this valuable information pushed to you, subscribe to our newsletter, follow the Healthcare Executive Group on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook; and consider becoming a member of our unique organization of Healthcare Executives. Learn more about the Healthcare Executive Group here.

2017 HCEG Annual Forum Speaker & Agenda Information

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To succeed in today’s uncertain and tumultuous healthcare environment, health plans, health systems and provider organizations must develop a clear strategic identity supported by a distinctive portfolio of platforms, products, and services that transform their chosen strategy into a winning business model. Change, Innovation and Growth are imperative to survive in today’s healthcare environment.

This September 18th though the 20th, the 29th Annual Forum Healthcare Executive Forum takes place in Nashville, TN at the Thompson Hotel Nashville. Leading experts in health care policy, operations, reimbursement and digital health will examine the opportunities, challenges and issues healthcare executives must face in 2017 and beyond. This blog post provides some details on the speakers and presenters, more detail on the opportunities, challenges and issues that will be discussed, and more on what participants in our 2017 Annual Forum can expect to enjoy.

Keynote Speakers at 2017 Annual Forum

Karen DeSalvo Opening with Interactive Q & A

A great line-up of keynote speakers, moderators and panelists are on tap for the Annual Forum.  On Monday the 18th, Karen DeSalvo, Assistant Secretary for Health at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide the opening keynote address which will be immediately followed by an interactive Q & A session as lunch is served. The interactive Q & A format offers forum participants a unique opportunity to interact among themselves and with a leading healthcare policy executive.

Open discussion on important topics with a diverse set of peers all actively working to address healthcare outcomes and costs in the United States is a distinctive feature of all HCEG events – particularly the Annual Forum.

Donato Tramato, CEO of Tivity Health, Life’s Bulldozer Moments

During breakfast on Tuesday, Donato Tramato, CEO of Tivity Health (formerly Healthways), will provide a motivational keynote address: “Life’s Bulldozer Moments:”How Adversity Leads to Success in Life and Business.” Donato will recount business and life lessons learned and show that adversity can lead to success – how anyone bulldozed by life can pull themselves out of the rubble, dust themselves off and find meaning and purpose.

Later on Tuesday, another Nationally and Internationally recognized healthcare executive speaker will address forum participants as dinner is served.

As with all HCEG forums and executive leadership events, participants will be able to interact with speakers and other forum participants – asking questions and sharing viewpoints, with the objective to develop actionable strategies to each of their organizations.

Unparalleled Mix of Moderators & Panelists

In addition to the keynote speakers, a select group of healthcare industry leaders which includes some HCEG members will serve as moderators and panelists sharing their unique insight and perspective on a number of carefully selected topics.  Some of these individuals include:

A complete list of these moderators and panelists can be found here.

Certain Strategies for Uncertain Healthcare Times

The following are a sample of the sessions planned for the Annual Forum:

Payer Provider Operations – CMS Mandates & Provider Data Management Initiatives

Recent CMS call letters, proposed mandates and new state and federal level regulations regarding provider networks underscores the value and importance of addressing data quality via effective communication and collaboration between health plan payers and providers. Hear from panel members on approaches for ensuring network adequacy, complying with real-time provider directory updates and related impact of No Surprise Bill legislation sweeping the country.

Leading Edge Technology / Disease Management / Population Health

Disease management and Population Health has struggled in the past and now is giving way from identifying and matching people living longer with multiple chronic conditions to providing cost-effective, scalable mitigation and support services/products needed by this rapidly changing population. Panelists will discuss opportunities, challenges, and issues for improving clinical and costs via services and technologies addressing access to care, supporting interaction among constituents, and reducing costs via analytics, artificial intelligence and alternative/virtual reality services.

Pharmacy Costs / PBM and Rx Transparency

Prescription drugs are a fast-growing part of most large employers’ total medical spend and the increasing prevalence of high-deductible health plans have put on spotlight on the importance of Rx price transparency, benefit design and pharmacy benefit management practices. This panel will examine opportunities for managing the financial and non-financial/clinical aspects of prescription drugs, working in revolutionary ways with PBM’s, while ensuring optimal outcomes and member/patient satisfaction.

Specialty Networks and Risk Sharing at Scale

Value-based care programs and risk-sharing in accountable care organizations are core components for delivering and paying for care more effectively and efficiently. This panel will discuss and explore how opportunities and issues with specialty networks and support for risk-sharing at scale.

Precision Medicine and Behavioral Health Aspects of Substance Abuse/Opioids

As the use and abuse of opioids skyrockets, precision medicine technology that successfully stratifies patient risk by analyzing genetic and non-genetic (environmental & lifestyle) risk factors to accurately predict prescription opioid abuse show promise of helping physicians choose more effective treatments and reduce addiction risk while lowering cost. This panel will explore how health plans and providers can utilize precision medicine to achieve a new standard in healthcare delivery based on evidence-based insights and predictive analytics.

Digital Health & Consumer Engagement

Certain digital health technologies are rapidly becoming an integral way of connecting to and engaging with the healthcare consumer. Though still being decided, this panel will explore the digital technologies most likely to gain consumer acceptance, engagement and lead to real improvements in overall well-being, outcomes and cost-reductions.

Technology Innovation and Healthcare M & A Market Trends

Achieving scale via M & A deals and through dedicated ‘innovation programs” have been a popular way for health plans and health systems to create “quick-win” value.  And health plan/health system leaders must employ a smarter, more sophisticated scale equation to derive the most value from these approaches. This panel will review current trends in healthcare innovation and M & A activity and discuss risks and benefits of various value creation strategies.

Additional Forum Events and Opportunities

In addition to a knowledgeable group of healthcare visionaries and thought-leaders exchanging information, ideas and opinions with forum participants, participants at the 29th Annual Forum will enjoy other critical networking and perspective sharing events and opportunities including:

  • Meet and Greet at Thompson Hotel – Sunday night
  • Off-Site Reception with great Nashville music on Monday the 18th
  • Catered breakfasts, lunches and dinners each day of the forum
  • Nashville Late Night Party – Tuesday the 19th
  • Participate in identifying and selecting the 2017 HCEG Top 10*
  • Networking and open discussion with all speakers, moderators, panelists and forum attendees

For more information on the 2017 Annual Forum of the Healthcare Executive Group including registration, visit this page.

‘Next Gen’ Data Strategy, Architecture and Technology to Achieve Innovation & Growth

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marklogic ahip institute Operationalize Before You Analyze: Innovation and Growth Powered by DataMany of our sponsor partners participated in the 2017 AHIP Institute & Exhibition in Austin, Texas earlier this month – sharing info on their healthcare products and services; and sharing information via informal and formal presentation sessions.

Bill Fox, VP of Healthcare and Life Sciences of our sponsor MarkLogic, moderated a panel titled “Operationalize Before You Analyze: Innovation and Growth Powered by Data.” The panel of business and technical leaders discussed how they have used “next gen” data strategy, architecture and technology to achieve innovation, growth and modernization results.  Panel members included:

Sunil Godbole, Senior Director, Application Development at Aetna Inc.

Glen Schuster, Consultant, former CTO at Centene Corp

Shahran Haider, Managing Director of Enterprise Data Strategy and Analytics at L.A. Care

Analyzing Data and Operationalizing Data Are Not the Same Thing

Bill Fox began the panel discussion by offering that analyzing data and operationalizing data are not the same thing and that many health care organizations have focused their innovation and growth investment on the “shiny ball” of analytics — the end stage of the data journey — instead of first improving the agility and speed at the beginning “operational” stages of the data journey.

Save Time on Operations – More Time for Innovation

Glen Schuster: “When companies try to do operations and analytics at same time, it’s operations that almost always ‘wins’”

Sharan Haider: “Now is the time to innovate. And to do that, organizations have to free up time and iterate through faster execution cycles that add more value to operations while improving member and consumer experience.”

Sharan Haider: “If we shorten the amount of time needed to get data together, we can innovate and do analytics better and faster.”

Flexible, Secure, Multi-Model Database Systems are Key

Bill Fox: “Next generation systems must be able to provide users with what they want, how they want it, and when they want it. Data can’t be siloed across numerous legacy systems but must be virtualized in a multi-model database capable of supporting multiple data models against a single, integrated back end where structured and unstructured data in multiple formats are all supported by a flexible and secure infrastructure.”

Glen Schuster: “Value-based reimbursement and managing risk demand that healthcare firms deal with their legacy architecture and employ the resources necessary to facilitate change. Data is classically under reported. A company that can gather data and improve its quality will be in a better position to manage its risk and gain a significant competitive advantage.”multi-model database data models integrated backend structured unstructured marklogic hceg ahip institute

Rapid Implementation with Proven Business Case

Glen Schuster: “It’s easier now to create a hard dollar business case for operationalizing data. Do you know where your data is? How difficult is it to collect, combine and operationalize your data? Over-analyzing cost vs. worth can be an unproductive conversation.”

Sharan Haider: “I know I have a problem. I come to conferences and get excited at what I see. But I’m also a realist. I need to be able to implement solutions from my point of view. To be able to collect, merge and manage my data better and faster.”

Sharan Haider: “We are working to develop a 360 view of our provider customer service, appeals and grievances data in 4-6 weeks. What was a long-term pain and seemed unsolvable was suddenly doable.”

Centers of Excellence and Scaled Agile Framework

Sunil Godbole: “We had an impossible data problem and started our journey 2 ½ ago. We strive to make whatever we build with reusable assets. We established a Center of Excellence (COE) and got the best resources available on market. Our COE performs governance, builds frameworks (ex. Logging, alerts, ingest and egress methods, etc.) that we can extend to all lines of business, affiliates, and other data centers.”

Sunil Godbole: “Code quality has to be present. We employ a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and consistently enforce its use. We do brown bags with scrum teams, new developers and business stakeholders to maintain and grow our skills based and data agility-focused culture.”

Learn More About Healthcare Innovation & Transformation

For more insight and ideas on digitally transforming your healthcare operations and analytics, check out our sponsor partners and consider following the Healthcare Executive Group and our sponsors on social media.

Change Healthcare –> @Change_HC
Cumberland Consulting Group –> @CumberlandCG
GuideWell Connect –> @_GWConnect
HealthEdge –> @HealthEdge
MarkLogic –> @MarkLogic
McKesson –> @McKesson
Softheon –> @Softheon
Virtual Health –> @VirtualHealth_

Using Incentives to Drive Health Care Shopping Behavior – Recap, Recording & Research

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On Tuesday, December 13th, HCEG sponsor HealthSparq presented a webinar on “Using Incentives to Drive Healthcare Shopping Behaviors.” Over 100 individuals and companies registered for the webinar presented by John Surie of M Health and were presented with information from a study commissioned by HealthSparq to explore how how incentives can impact health care shopping behavior.  The graphic-laden presentation offered insight into information that could influence how incentives programs are rolled out by health plans, employers and health systems.

Healthcare Cost Quality Transparency Consumer Shopping Behaviors

Research Survey on Use of Incentives to Drive Healthcare Consumer Shopping Behaviors – M Health/HealthSparq

Some Survey Highlights Include

  • Examples of popular “incentives” include lower premiums, reduced co-pays, cash, gift cards, movie tickets, etc.
  • Cash incentives are most effective but smaller amounts are almost as effective as larger amounts
  • Providing an incentive of some sort has a marked increase (20+%) in encouraging the use of telehealth services
  • Incentives have a strong positive impact on encouraging the viewing of healthcare-related videos Increasing the amount of an incentive had strongest effect in driving choice of a surgical center
  • Cash incentives have a stronger influence on choice of lab & imaging than on choice of physician, which entails a more personal decision.
  • Heavy ‘users of incentives’ were not any more likely to achieve positive outcomes vs. light users
  • Strong correlation btw those who use ‘rewards programs’ outside of healthcare (airlines, grocery, etc.) and reward programs in healthcare

The Recording, The Research and More Insight from HealthSparq

In addition to making a recording of the webinar available here on YouTube, HealthSparq created a summary of the webinar via this blog post. Moreover, HealthSparq is willing to provide speaker John Surie’s complete research paper on the topic presented in the webinar. You can request that research paper here.

If you have any questions about using incentives to drive healthcare shopping behaviors or would like to obtain additional information , please reach out to HealthSparq at 855-SPARQ-IT (855-772-7748) or via their web site. You can also follow @HealthSparq on Twitter.

More for HCEG Members

For the 2017 membership year, HCEG has many additional opportunities for learning, sharing and networking with other healthcare industry executives, opinion leaders, and decision makers. If you’re not a HCEG member and would like more information on becoming a member, please see https://hceg.org/membership/ or contact Juliana Ruiz at info@hceg.org.