For the third year in a row, health plans striving to improve population health efforts will convene to hear more than 20 industry experts’ and thought leaders’ expertise on the actionable strategies that take initiatives to the next level. The live-streaming virtual event, November 16-17, will spotlight critical issues in the population health space; from the dramatic increase in hospital readmissions post-pandemic to maternal health care among vulnerable populations to the mental health crisis, we’re covering it all.

As COVID-19 continues to bring pressing population health challenges to light, The RISE Population Health Summit is needed more than ever. The two-day live-streamed event will provide a space for interactive discussion among forward-focused innovators from across population health management to improve efforts and drive change.

“I’m so excited for our industry-leading speakers to take the podium and share their expertise and experiences with improving population health for our most vulnerable populations,” said Andrea Kraynak, CPC, senior conference producer, RISE. “With themes running through the conference—from holistic health care improvement to progressive change and enhancing health care efficiencies—attendees should take away a wealth and breadth of new ideas and strategies to help them lead the way in their own organizations and ultimately drive critical change and improve the health of our communities.”

The summit will be held virtually November 16-17. Here are five can’t-miss features of this year’s event:

1. A motivational keynote address on leading change

Jim Bouchard, leadership activist, speaker, author, and founder of The Sensei Leader movement, will deliver a keynote address on the first day of the summit on leading change through flexibility, adaptability, and comfort with uncertainty. Having transformed his life as a former drug addict to a Black Belt and now Sensei Leader, Bouchard is an expert on igniting change.

Throughout his talk, Bouchard will discuss how to embrace change, find opportunities in uncertain times, and help others grow through change. He’ll also share strategies to connect with all levels of your organization, prevent silos, and communicate effectively, as well as how to build resilience and develop strategies to emerge stronger from a crisis.

2. A timely spotlight on mental health

Mental health for many children and adults has taken a toll amid the pandemic. The two-day conference will feature sessions that target the mental health crisis and how to support those struggling.

For example, the session, Impact of the Pandemic on Behavioral and Mental Health of Adolescents and Children, will look at how the youth of America have been affected by the pandemic to identify various types of support that will be needed, the long-term impact on the younger population to prepare for changes to health care needs, and the increase on substance abuse, depression, and suicide for this population and how to maximize specialty care to positively improve outcomes.

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Another session, Virtual Health Care Techniques for Mental Health Patients, will explore the success of implementing virtual health care services for patients with mental health issues and how you can incorporate the services into post-pandemic care. Attendees will learn the benefits of virtual group therapy over in-person group therapy and how patients benefit from the new approach, how to overcome issues related to reimbursement for virtual care by implementing tried and tested best practices, and best practices for technology education for patients who need assistance to receive virtual care.

3. A look at population health in Medicare

Population health in Medicare is a key content theme throughout this year’s summit, with sessions featuring:

Rafael Gonzalez, Esq. partner, Cattie & Gonzalez, PLLC, will analyze the impact of COVID-19 on Medicare claims by diving into COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths, medical impairments, and health care costs within the Medicare beneficiary population. He’ll compare data sets from pre- and post- COVID to comprehend statistically significant numbers in the early and late cycles of 2020 COVID-19 and the impact on Medicare members, as well as the differences in health care based on geography, cases, hospitalization, discharge, conditions, and payments to identify which populations were most impacted.

A panel from UH Population Health will discuss how to transform your Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) to improve patient outcomes. The panel will offer a step-by-step guide to success when transforming your MSSP to achieve your operational goals, how to prepare for changes to your infrastructure and personnel to achieve the end goal of improving patient care, and the new tools that can be created and implemented to streamline your operational processes.

4. Tried-and-true strategies to enhance efficiency in health care

The conference will feature several sessions focused on enhancing efficiency in health care. The sessions will focus on:

  • Strategies to engage with hard-to-reach members, including how to identify members who are challenging to reach, how to develop a plan to increase interaction with these members, opportunities to avoid costly long-term health care issues, and advertising techniques to reach rising risk patients.
  • Strategies to improve access to digital health and intelligence, such as new approaches to improve technology literacy within your membership to improve health outcomes, partnership opportunities with providers to help identify members who have difficulties with accesses to digital health or need support, and actionable plans to roll-out technology literacy training to all populations.
  • Critical actions after hospital discharge to reduce readmission, including the essential steps that need to be taken as soon as patients are discharged from the hospital to impact their health care needs; a plan of action for communication, support, and guidance to reduce the probability of readmission; and how to determine the steps taken based on individual patients to create an understanding of specific needs based on different populations.

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5. Virtual networking opportunities with industry leaders and fellow attendees

While the conference is virtual, attendees and speakers will still enjoy ample networking opportunities in RISE’s exclusive networking lobby. Participants will be able to turn on their cameras, hop around to virtual roundtables, and enjoy face-to-face interactions while connecting with attendees, speakers, and solution providers. There will be four networking sessions throughout the two-day event, including two networking breakfasts, a networking lunch, and an evening networking reception.

Click here to learn more about The RISE Population Health Summit, including registration, full agenda, and list of speakers.