RISE National is right around the corner. Check out the interactive virtual sessions and activities planned for our live-streamed event, which will take place March 26, 29, and 30.

RISE National 2021 is less than two weeks away. If you’ve already registered for our virtual event, we’ve compiled highlights so you can make the most out of the three days. Haven’t registered yet? It’s not too late. Read on to learn more about the sessions, speakers, and networking opportunities we’ve planned.

Family-friendly welcome reception with special guest star

Our conference begins March 26 with preconference workshops on risk adjustment, HCC coding accuracy, telemedicine, and continuing improvement. After the workshops, all conference attendees are invited to our welcome cocktail reception at 4 p.m. EST in the virtual networking lobby.

You’ll have a chance to connect with other attendees, speakers, and solution providers to experience the face-to-face networking experience we’ve all been missing this year. Our networking lobby will allow you to join a small group of up to eight people and hop around to visit other tables.

The reception will include a keynote interview with Internationally Acclaimed Figure Skater and Olympic Gold Medalist Tara Lipinski, who will provide inspirational life lessons about overcoming adversity to achieve a storied career in figure skating. Conference attendees are invited to bring their families to the reception to hear Lipinski's inspiring keynote. 

Earn education credits

Be sure to complete all alertness checks for every session during the conference to qualify for CEU credits. Click here for details about which sessions have been approved for American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) CEUs, Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® CEUs, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Regulatory updates

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

CMS representatives will kick off the conference on Monday at 9: 10 a.m. EST with a presentation that addresses proposed model specification changes in the 2022 Payment notice, 2021 risk adjustment model changes, and the RADV Final Rule. Erin Sutton, deputy director, payment policy and financial management group, Allison Yadsko, RADV policy team lead, Catherine Anderson, acting director, division of risk adjustment operation, and Rebecca Paul, deputy director, Medicare plan payment group, will also provide risk adjustment updates for the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs, reviewing the policies in the 2022 Rate Announcement, including updates to the risk adjustment models, overview of model design, and data used for risk score calculation.

National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA)

Frank Micciche, vice president, public policy and external relations, for NCQA will take part in a fireside chat during Monday afternoon’s Quality, HEDIS® and Stars track. He’ll discuss NCQA’s recommendations to the new administration, including efforts toward health equity and addressing social determinants of health, as well as moving to a digital quality measure system to improve data and lessen burden. He and moderator Ana Handshuh, principal, CAT5 Strategies, will also address questions regarding the launch of the Data Aggregator Validation program, its benefits, and what to expect in the upcoming months.  

Office of Inspector General

Also on Monday afternoon, representatives from the OIG will provide an overview of the OIG’s recent work and current priorities, including the impact of COVID-19 and telehealth. They will also discuss recent evaluations of health risk assessments and identifiers for ordering providers in Medicare Advantage encounter data. Panelists will include Megan H. Tinker, senior advisor for legal affairs, Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, as well as the OIG’s Jacqualine Reid, social science research analyst; San Le, social science research analyst for evaluation and inspections; and Robert E. Kirkner, social science research analyst for evaluation and inspections.

RISE Risk Adjustment Policy Committee

The RISE Risk Adjustment Policy Committee will present a 2021 regulatory overview and industry impact on Monday morning.  They’ll discuss the new administration’s priorities, the impact of 2020 data in the coming years, and key issues regarding budget reconciliation, CMS recently released rules, risk adjustment changes affecting MA and commercial plans, and what plans should keep an eye on for 2021 and beyond.

Can’t-miss sessions in concurrent tracks

The agenda is jam-packed with content you won’t want to miss, but you don’t have to! Our virtual platform allows you to re-watch sessions or catch the presentations you missed live on-demand for up to 90 days after the event ends. Concurrent sessions will take place throughout the conference on topics that address: 

Risk adjustment strategies—Sessions include CMS risk adjustment—Key tactics for 2021; CAPs, gaps, and maps: The effective use of CMS reporting as a compass to optimize risk adjustment strategy; Managing the risk in risk adjustment–How using your data can improve care management and overall outcomes; Setting the curve while flattening the curve: Effective strategies from 2020 risk adjustment; A journey to VBC success: Memorial Hermann recognizes the importance of risk adjustment; Differentiated approach to pre-chase and performance analytics by leveraging experiential providers data; and PCP-centric approach to risk adjustment and quality–The key to unlocking value in value-based care.

Provider/payer collaboration—Sessions to include: How advanced technologies & data analytics platforms are driving more value in today’s value-based care arrangements; and Suspecting 2.0: Coding right the first time.

Digital health care delivery—Sessions to include: Integrating health management with risk adjustment and quality; Performance management: Developing KPIs for your prospective program; The future of risk adjustment: How advanced data science can predict disease; Discover how AI continues to transform and improve health care; and Telehealth is here to stay: The new path forward.

Social determinants of health—Sessions will include: Connecting the dots: Transforming social determinants of health data into big picture results; and How to achieve true member centricity.

Quality, HEDIS® and StarsSessions to include: Using SDoH to improve member engagement; Stars and quality performance: A health plan case study; and Meaningful visits, measurable results: Bridging the health care gap.

 Data analytics—Sessions to include: In-home health risk assessment programs (IHAs): Close encounters of the right kind; Driving results by understanding your data; The data lag problem and how to overcome it; and Continue the conversation: NLP integration and benefits.

Member experienceSessions to include: Member engagement initiatives, what is working and what is not; and Tackling the member experience for positive, measurable results.

Compliance and regulatory update— Sessions to include: Compliance and regulatory update for the ACA market; and Overview of the latest risk adjustment litigation cases and lessons learned.

All-star keynotes

In addition to Lipinski, RISE National will feature a star-studded roster of keynote speakers:

Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., vice provost of global initiatives and a Levy University professor at the Perelman School of Medicine and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, will present the opening keynote address Monday morning. His talk will focus on practical, concrete steps that payers and providers, as well as businesses and government, can take to adapt to the major shifts happening within health care and to transform the American health care system to provide consistently higher-quality and lower-cost care.

Luciana Borio, M.D., who has dedicated her entire career to preparing for pandemics, will take part in a fireside chat on Tuesday morning that addresses the impact of COVID-19 in today’s health care system. 

A vice president at In-Q-Tel, a nonprofit venture capital firm focused on the delivery of innovative technologies to the U.S. national security community, Dr. Borio has been an active public health advocate throughout her career. Between 2017 and 2019, she served as the director of medical and biodefense preparedness policy of the National Security Council. She warned the public about the pending COVID-19 pandemic in late January and served as an advisor on President Joe Biden’s transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. 

Pediatrician Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D., author of Mama Doc Medicine and a pioneer in the use of the digital space to provide humanistic doctor-patient information, will present a keynote Tuesday on digital innovations that provide hospital solutions and enhanced patient experience. 

Dr. Swanson will speak to how the new tech landscape offers outstanding, innovative opportunities for efficient, yet humanistic, exchange of information in the hospital environment. Drawing on her experiences as chief of digital innovation for Seattle's Children's Hospital, as well as her broader observations, Dr. Swanson shows how technology can create efficient communication solutions while enhancing patient care and caretaker experience.  

Author and health care futurist Ian Morrison will offer the closing keynote on the future of the health care marketplace.  

Morrison, who specializes in long-term forecasting and planning with an emphasis on health care and the changing business environment, will present insights and implications of health care policy based on the new Biden administration, the continued impact of COVID-19, and mega-trends, including artificial intelligence, data analytics, and the intersection of social determinants of health and digitalization.   

A prolific writer, Morrison is the author of Leading Change in Healthcare: Building a Viable System for Today and Tomorrow and Healthcare in the New Millennium: Vision, Values and Leadership. His book, The Second Curve-Managing the Velocity of Change, was a New York Times Business Bestseller and Businessweek Bestseller and was published in seven languages.  

Interactive virtual roundtables during lunch

We’ll offer a unique opportunity for attendees to take part in interactive, speed-networking type presentations on Monday and Tuesday during lunch. Attendees will be able to choose three different roundtables that feature the latest technologies and solutions for boosting your plan’s risk, quality, and data management endeavors.


There will be opportunities to network with your peers throughout the conference. In addition to the welcome reception on Friday, RISE National will offer a cocktail reception in the networking lobby from 5 to 6 p.m. EST Monday and networking during breakfast 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. EST on Friday. The networking lobby will be open all day on Monday and Tuesday.

Meet with exhibitors in the virtual exhibit hall

Don’t miss a chance to meet with the experts in the virtual exhibit hall. You can pre-schedule one-to-one meetings with top vendors and advanced solutions providers or visit the exhibit hall 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST on Monday and Tuesday.