The live-streaming virtual event will be a one-stop shop for state and federal legislators, health plans, providers, and community-based organizations (CBOs) to gain tactics to navigate a changing environment, move forward amid the pandemic, and further the drive for value-based care.

The 6th annual Medicaid Managed Care Leadership Summit will be held virtually on April 27-28. Here are six can’t-miss features of this year’s summit:

1. Far-reaching conference themes

The two-day event will feature more than 20 industry experts who will discuss hot-button topics across five key themes:

  • Lessons learned from the pandemic and how to forge ahead
  • Maintain and leverage telehealth
  • Care delivery and delivery systems
  • Advancement of health equity through social determinants of health (SDoH)
  • Medicaid enrollment and spending growth amid a financial crisis

2. Insightful keynote address with Q&A follow-up

Andrey Ostrovsky, M.D., former chief medical officer, U.S. Medicaid Program, managing partner, Social Innovations Ventures, will kick-off the first day of the conference with a keynote address and open Q&A. Attendees will be able to submit questions to Ostrovsky throughout the session and receive answers in real time.

3. A look at SDoH from all angles

Throughout the conference, industry experts working to address SDoH among the Medicaid population will join forces to discuss how to establish lasting partnerships, share insights and best practices on what’s working and what’s not, and offer innovative strategies in a multitude of areas, including health equity, managed care engagement, and data exchange challenges. Sessions will include:

  • A deep dive into value-based contract design for MCOs/CBOs that will reveal how to effectively set value-based arrangements with accountable care organizations (ACOs), how to establish a value-based rate, and the innovative ways CBOs and managed care organizations (MCOs) can collaborate to provide services.
  • A case study on food insecurity and health outcomes with HonorHealth’s Desert Mission food bank will explore Desert Mission’s model, the barriers it encountered, and the programs it has used to address the food insecurity needs of more than 15,000 families since 2016.
  • A multi-perspective panel on advancing health equity through SDoH strategy will discuss how to reduce racial disparities in health outcomes and how to identify racial inequity to close gaps, how to use value-based payments to provide SDoH solutions for Medicaid enrollees during the pandemic and in the future, how to address systemic racism and intersectionality, and the impact of COVID-19 on SDoH funding and incentives.
  • Strategic partnerships between CBOs and the health sector to foster access and equity will address the cultural differences between health care organizations, MCOs, and CBOs and the optimal alignment and achievement of respective goals, how to implement a managed care engagement toolkit to evaluate resources and identify partnership opportunities, strategies to set achievable partnering goals within your ecosystem, and the credentialing and data exchange challenges in working with CBOs.
  • A look at the behavioral health crisis from the impact of COVID-19 on suicide and overdose in the Medicaid population to better understand the mental health and substance abuse implications of the crisis on the Medicaid population, the benefits of trauma-informed care, the integrated care approach physically and mentally, and the opportunities to improve health outcomes and better manage limited resources.

4. Fireside chats with leading experts

Both days of the summit will feature a fireside chat with an industry leader:

Day one will wrap-up with a conversation with Ramsey Alwin, president and CEO, National Council on Aging (NCOA), who will discuss equity in aging and the social impact approach to connecting with older adults while navigating the pandemic for CBOs, MCOs, and health care organizations.

The second fireside chat will be held at the start of day two with a representative from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), who will explore timely topics including the move toward electronic quality measure, SDoH initiatives, and the impact of the pandemic on the Medicaid population.

5. Strategies to forge ahead amid a pandemic and financial crisis

In a panel discussion identifying the long-term effects of the pandemic and how to forge ahead, presenters will discuss care for long haulers with a new chronic condition, the impact of COVID-19 on minority communities, operational lessons learned in emergency preparedness, opportunities and challenges for the integration and coordination of benefits of dually eligible individuals, and COVID-19 vaccine education and accessibility.

Speakers will also analyze the Medicaid enrollment and spending growth amid a pandemic and financial crisis. Discussion points will include the implications of Medicaid enrollment growth among states during the recession, the variations among states and the correlation with unemployment data, and best practices to deal with counter cyclical impacts on Medicaid and state programs.

6. RISE’s exclusive virtual networking lobby

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in three separate virtual networking events throughout the summit. Participants will be able to join RISE’s virtual networking lobby and turn on their cameras and connect face-to-face with peers, colleagues, and vendors in the Medicaid Managed Care ecosystem.

To learn more about the 6th annual Medicaid Managed Care Leadership Summit, including registration, full agenda, and list of speakers, click here.