The RISE Population Health Summit is back for its fourth edition as a live-streaming virtual event November 15-16. Here’s everything you need to know.

Preventative care, health equity, provider and member engagement approaches, keys to retain and recruit staff, and new data approaches and digital solutions are among the topics at this year’s RISE Population Health Summit.

The two-day live-streaming virtual event will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. November 15-16 and aims to provide best practices and strategies to improve overall quality of care, reduce utilization of medical services, and leverage partnerships to improve patient outcomes and increase member engagement.

The RISE Population Health Summit

Here’s what we’ve planned:

Keynote panel on the evolving role of population health

The panel will kick off the conference on Tuesday, November 15 with a discussion on how organizations are managing population health across the care continuum in a post-COVID landscape.

Hans Wiik, president & CEO, Hans Wiik Health Group LLC, will moderate the panel, which will feature Colleen Morley, associate chief clinical operations officer, University of Illinois Health System; Ronke Komolafe, executive director, Integrated & Behavioral Healthcare Alliance; Mary McLaughlin Davis, director, care management nursing, Cleveland Clinic.

They also discuss the next generation of integrated care and successful approaches to preventative care in population health.

A deep dive into member engagement

Jennifer Howard, lead director, VBC performance engagement, Aetna will follow with a presentation on best practices for health plans to engage and manage specific populations. She’ll offer tips for motivating members to participate and reconnect in preventative care. Howard will also discuss strategies to successfully combat the challenge of members delaying care.

How to optimize data and digital solutions to improve patient outcomes

Join Denise Hughes, program manager, school initiatives in the Nemours value-based services, Nemours, for a discussion on effective collaboration techniques with state and federal agencies to get access to the right data to improve quality of care. She’ll explain how to use data and learn innovative digital solutions to build cost effective and successful member engagement strategies. Hughes will also offer insight into the impact of health index maps on health care delivery in high prevalence areas.

learn innovative digital solutions to build cost effective and successful customized member engagement strategies.

 The important role of health equity in population health

A panel, moderated by Rafael Gonzalez, Esq., partner, Cattie & Gonzalez, PLLC, will discuss what health plans are doing to identify specific populations such as LGBTQ+ members.

Panelists include Raine Arndt-Couch, senior manager of social services, Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan; Michael Garrett, independent health care consultant, Michael Garrett Consulting; and Adam Kohlrus, assistant vice president, quality safety and health policy, Illinois Health and Hospital Association. They’ll discuss the data collection challenge and strategies to create health equity policies and programs. Panelists will also explore elements of culture outside of race, class, and gender that impact health participation. 

The rising mental health crisis: How to effectively support members

Wiik will return to moderate this panel discussion on best practices to educate members on mental health benefits and successful strategies to improve access to care. Panelists include Raine Arndt-Couch, senior manager of social services, Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan; Cheryl Dodds, M.D., medical director, Atrium Health; and Kate Penny, program coordinator, zero suicide, Atrium Health.

They’ll examine the challenge of network adequacy and assess potential solutions. Panelists will also discuss the important role of telepsychiatry and successful implementation strategies.

Innovative approaches to manage chronic diseases

Tony Hampton, M.D., medical director, Advocate Medical Group, will offer strategies to manage high-risk challenges from chronic diseases to decrease re-admissions. His presentation will feature successful health plan programs and a discussion of the role of gene sequencing and genetic testing to effectively manage specific chronic diseases.

Keys to retain and recruit staff

This presentation will focus on the challenges of managing quality programs with limited resources and how to prevail. Speakers Bahar Sedarati, M.D., medical director of clinical operation, Humana, and Gabriela Segovia, executive director of enhanced care management, Titanium Healthcare Inc., will offer best practices to engage and support employees to increase  retention rates and help attendees develop a bullet proof recruitment strategy.

Synergies between risk adjustment and quality in population health

Becky Trotter, director of population health solutions, CareAllies, will examine strategies and best practices for partnering to review risk areas and care gaps to meet joint goals, including the use of social determinants of health (SDoH) indicators. She will also discuss how to improve efficiency and reduce provider abrasion by reducing overlap in record requests and other touchpoints through digital retrieval. Trotter will also offer successful approaches to staff training to enhance interdepartmental alignment.

Preventative care strategies to kickstart routine care

Trotter will return to moderate a panel discussion on preventative care strategies. Panelists Teresa Hottle, enterprise life services manager, CareSource, and Kelli Oliver Thompson, director, population health management, Nemours, will discuss the impact of preventative care avoidance on population health and innovative approaches to shift member behavior. They’ll offer insight on how technology helps advance preventative care and which strategies are most effective. Panelists will also discuss holistic approaches and successful programs to consider.

The impact of SDoH on population health

Ellen Fink-Samnick, chair of the RISE Association’s SDoH community, will moderate this panel discussion. The panel will offer insight into successful health plan programs that address food and housing insecurities. They’ll assess how Medicaid and Medicare policies plan to measure the impact of SDoH and prepare for change and identify innovative approaches and new technologies to meet organizational goals and improve health outcomes with limited resources.

Panelists include Colleen Morley, associate chief clinical operations officer, University of Illinois Health System; Jennifer A. Houlihan, vice president, value-based care and population health, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center; and Karen VanZant, vice president, executive director. CareSource Management Group. 

Leverage partnerships to improve patient outcomes

Gonzalez will return to moderate this panel discussion on best practices to leverage community partnerships to reach and support members with a holistic approach. Panelists include Mary McLaughlin Davis, senior director, care management nursing, Cleveland Clinic, and  

Tamara Bryant, HIV integrated supervisor, CompleteCare Health Network. They’ll  

evaluate the trend and future of primary care partnerships to determine the investment value and offer proven strategies to strengthen relationships and build rapport with community-based organizations.

The collaborative neighborhood model to engage providers, members, and communities

John M. Ventura, DC, family medicine, clinical instructor, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Spine Care Partners, LLC, will discuss collaborative neighborhoods and how to build true value-based reimbursement through this new approach. He’ll go over the benefits of this new collaborative model and offer strategies to successfully incorporate providers into this new approach to serve members and build communities.

Master your approach to in-home health care

This presentation will examine compliant and cost-effective in-home care programs to serve specific populations. The session will examine the innovative strategies for remote patient monitoring and challenges within the transitions in health care.

The virtual RISE Population Health Summit will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. November 15-16. Click here for more information, including the entire agenda, roster of speakers, rates, and registration information.