Thought Leaders Discuss Latest Clinical, Financial, and Reimbursement Issues
Epstein Becker Green and EBG Advisors hosted the fifth webinar in a series focusing on emerging trends in population health. The session highlighted recent activities by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), state governments, private payers, and other stakeholders to update or create new provider payment strategies. Speakers addressed these changes by highlighting key value-based purchasing programs initiatives that are being deployed to generate shared savings and how provider systems can anticipate and respond to this changing financial landscape.
The complimentary webinar, scheduled for February 26, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. ET, was led by Joel V. Brill, MD, AGAF, chief medical officer for Predictive Health. Dr. Brill is a prominent expert in coverage and reimbursement methodologies. Dr. Brill also serves as an advisory to numerous health care industry and provider organizations as a business strategy, quality improvement, and medical management expert.
In recent years, public and private payers have revised provider payment strategies covering an array of new approaches including shared-savings, bundled and episode methodologies, and other initiatives. This session provided an update on emerging clinical, financial, and reimbursement issues, including:
- Alternative financial and risk-bearing models;
- Potential impact of CMS payment policies on private sector programs;
- Breaking down silos to redesign care delivery;
- What providers need to consider for transitioning to value-based reimbursement; and,
- Updates on the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) debate and federal legislation.
Thomas E. Hutchinson, a strategic advisor for EBG Advisors, Inc., moderated the presentation. Hutchinson has more than 25 years of experience in the private sector and federal government implementing programs and policies that affect Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. He advises clients on a wide range of payment policy and operations issues relating to CMS.
“These sessions offer participants informative and insightful guidance on how population health strategies are transforming the health care paradigm,” said Mark Lutes, member, Epstein Becker Green and EBG Advisors, Inc., in Washington, D.C. “From the Affordable Care Act and data analytics to advancement in Health IT systems, a number of factors are having significant impact on the health care delivery system.”
Thought Leaders in Population Health Speaker Series Overview
The webinar series offered participants informative and insightful guidance on how population health strategies are transforming the health care paradigm as the industry moves towards the measurement and management of integrated delivery systems such as accountable care organizations (ACOs).
The first session, “The Consumer Perspective on Health Care Delivery—Challenging Pre-Existing Notions and Navigating the New Landscape,” featured noted health care communication expert Chuck Alston, senior vice president, director of public affairs, MSL, Washington, D.C. (Publicis’ strategic engagement group), and advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on the health care quality portfolio.
The second session, “Assessing the New Mobile Environment—Slaying the Dinosaurs to Achieve Better Population Health,” featured former U.S. Health IT czar, Dr. Robert M. Kolodner.
The third session, “Measuring Success—Evaluating the Clinical and Financial Efficacy of Population Health,” featured Thomas Wilson, PhD, DrPH, epidemiologist and founder of Trajectory Healthcare, LLC, and co-founder and board chair of the nonprofit organization Population Health Impact Institute.
The fourth session, How Care Management Interventions Can Improve Health: An Examination of Trends, Solutions and Outcomes,” featured two senior staff members with TCS Healthcare Technologies, Deborah Keller, RN, BSN, director of client services; and Pat Stricker, RN, MEd, senior vice president of clinical services. hut