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HMA Conference to Feature Insights from 40+ Speakers, Including Health Plan CEOs, State Medicaid Directors, Providers

Pre-Conference Workshop: September 8, 2019
Conference: September 9-10, 2019
Location: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Health Management Associates is proud to announce its fourth annual conference on trends in publicly sponsored health care: The Next Wave of Medicaid Growth and Opportunity: How Payers, Providers, and States Are Positioning Themselves for Success.

The HMA conference has emerged as a premier informational and networking event, attracting more than 450 executives and policy experts. Speakers this year include state Medicaid directors and leaders from Medicaid managed care, hospitals, clinics, community-based organizations, and other providers.

“This is our strongest agenda to date, said Carl Mercurio, Principal, HMA Information Services.  The conference will address a broad array of opportunities and challenges involving Medicaid managed care, state innovation, opioids, work requirements, social determinants of health, foster care, behavioral health, dual eligibles, Medicare Advantage, pharmacy costs, and provider-led managed care.

Early Bird registration is now open. Visit the conference website for complete details: or contact Carl Mercurio at 212-575-5929. Group rates and sponsorships are available. The conference agenda appears below.

The Next Wave of Medicaid Growth and Opportunity:
How Payers, Providers, and States Are Positioning Themselves for Success

Pre-Conference Workshop: Sunday, September 8

1:00 – 5:00 pm

Inner Workings of Medicaid: State-by-State Program Basics and Key Variations

Conference Day One: Monday, September 9

7:00 – 8:00 am


8:00 – 8:45 am

Regulatory Keynote Address

The Next Wave of Medicaid Growth and Opportunity

Does Medicaid represent the future of healthcare in America? The truth is that no other program is seeing more experimentation or garnering more populist attention. Efforts include voter-driven demands for Medicaid expansion; calls for Medicaid buy-ins; and integrated initiatives to serve high-cost aged, disabled, and chronically ill populations. There have also been a wide variety of efforts to test concepts involving community engagement, work requirements, value-based payments, delivery system redesign, substance-abuse treatment, healthy behaviors, community-based care, social determinants health, and other important components of coverage and care delivery. During this keynote address, a leading healthcare expert will discuss the growing and changing role of Medicaid and how it is likely to impact the broader direction of healthcare in America for years to come.

To be announced

Gaylee Morgan, Vice President, HMA

8:45 – 10:00 am

State Medicaid Director Q&A Keynote Session

Opportunities and Pitfalls of Medicaid Innovation at the State Level

The past few years have been marked by a flurry of expected – and unforeseen – alterations, innovations, and experiments among state Medicaid programs. Given the growing emphasis on member accountability, it’s obvious states would explore initiatives like work requirements, premiums, and health savings accounts. But there has also been an uptick in the number of Medicaid expansion states, heightened interest in Medicaid buy-ins, and growing use of state waivers to test innovative new care delivery and coverage models. Meanwhile, states continue to gravitate toward Medicaid managed care, which has consistently gained market share versus fee-for-service. During this keynote session, leading Medicaid directors will outline opportunities and pitfalls of these efforts, as well as provide a roadmap for the likely direction of Medicaid innovation at the state level.

Mari Cantwell, Chief Deputy Director, Health Care Programs, California Department of Health Care Services
Mandy Cohen, MD, Secretary, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Doug Elwell, Medicaid Director, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
Jami Snyder, Director, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
Carol Steckel, Commissioner, Kentucky Division of Medicaid Services

Kathleen Nolan, Vice President, HMA

10:00 – 10:30 am


10:30 – 11:15 am

Managed Care Keynote Address

The Growing Role of Medicaid Managed Care in Serving the Nation’s Most Vulnerable

Medicaid managed care plans are playing a growing role in the lives of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens – not just administering healthcare, but also attempting to become a force for good in the communities they serve. Increasingly, this means helping to address hunger, homelessness, job training, education and other social determinants that impact a person’s health and well-being.  During this keynote address, Paul Tufano, chairman and CEO of AmeriHealth Caritas, will discuss his organization’s investments in whole-person care, wellness centers, and other pathways to prosperity and independence for members. Tufano will also outline how health plans, providers, and local governments can best work together to address the needs of families and individuals enrolled in Medicaid.

Paul Tufano, Chairman, CEO, AmeriHealth Caritas

Jay Rosen, President, HMA

11:15 – 12:30

Medicaid Managed Care Keynote Q&A Session

Delivering on the Promise of Medicaid Managed Care

Managed care continues to take center stage in efforts by states to improve the quality and efficiency of their Medicaid programs. That’s good news for managed care plans, which continue to enjoy growing market share in a wide variety of Medicaid programs. But Medicaid plans also face significant challenges, including the adequacy of capitated payment rates, increased demands to ensure quality while simultaneously controlling costs, and the ability to adjust to the type of change and uncertainty inherent in state Medicaid programs. During this session, leading Medicaid managed care executives will address some of the most pressing challenges facing health plans as they participate in government-sponsored healthcare programs and strive to meet the needs of vulnerable member populations.

Heidi Garwood, President, Medicaid, Health Care Service Corp.
Janet Grant, Regional Vice President, Great Plains Region, Aetna Medicaid
Joanne McFall, Market President, Keystone First Health Plan
Dennis Mouras, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Michigan
Patrick Sturdivant, President, Amerigroup Texas, Anthem, Inc.

Donna Checkett, Vice President, HMA

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Luncheon Speaker

Substance Abuse Treatment and the Opioid Crisis: A New Way Forward

As the federal government prepares to spend billions of dollars battling opioids, it’s important to recognize that the opioid epidemic is part of a broader pattern of substance abuse in America. Effectively treating opioids means addressing the historical structure of the nation’s approach to addiction treatment and identifying pathways at the state, provider, and health plan level for fostering an effective addiction treatment eco-system. During this session, leading addiction experts will discuss existing barriers to successful opioid addiction treatment as well as outline a new way forward for addressing both the opioid epidemic and substance abuse overall.

Carole Johnson, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Human Services
Corey Waller, MD, Principal, HMA

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Concurrent Breakout Session

Medicaid Expansion and Other Efforts to Expand Healthcare Coverage

The number of states that have expanded Medicaid since 2016 has risen to 37, with several others considering expansion options. There have also been efforts at the state and local level to increase healthcare coverage for underserved populations through Medicaid universal care initiatives, and the growing use of state waivers. During this breakout session, state and local leaders will discuss some of the most interesting and innovative coverage expansion options as well as which states are most likely to pursue expansion and why. Panelists will also discuss the use of 1332 waivers to broaden healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act Exchanges.

Dennis Smith, Senior Advisor, Medicaid and Health Care Reform, Arkansas Department of Human Services
Fred Cerise, MD, President, CEO, Parkland Health & Hospital System
Other speakers to be announced.

Matt Powers, Principal, HMA

Concurrent Breakout Session

Innovations in Managing Drug Spending – Value-Based Purchasing

State Medicaid programs are engaging in some outside-the-box thinking on the best way to manage drug costs and utilization, including concepts of value-based purchasing and adapting to drug spending in a managed care environment. During this breakout session, experts from state government, health plans, and pharmacy organizations will discuss some of the most innovative concepts and initiatives in the intersection of value-based purchasing and drug spending.

Terry Cothran, Director, Pharmacy Management Consultants, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy
Josh Fredell, Senior Director, Specialty Product Development, CVSHealth
Darren Moore, Senior Director, Value and Market Access, Melinta Therapeutics
Michael Todaro, Vice President, Pharmacy Operations, Centene/Magnolia Health

Anne Winter, Principal, HMA

Concurrent Breakout Session

Breakthroughs in Addressing Social Determinants of Health

State Medicaid programs, health plans, and providers are beginning to implement a series of concrete strategies to address social determinants of health (SDOH), including poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, and education. These include standardized SDOH screenings, community engagement, payer-provider partnerships, and payment strategies that incentivize the delivery of SDOH services to members. During this session, industry leaders from states, health plans, and providers will outline some of the recent breakthroughs and strategic developments that have led to measurable improvement in member health through services aimed at addressing SDOH.

Brad Lucas, MD, Senior Medical Director, Buckeye Health Plan
Kevin Moore, VP, Policy – Health & Human Services, UnitedHealthcare Community & State
Sharon Raggio, President, CEO, Mind Springs Health
Betsey Tilson, MD, State Health Director, Chief Medical Officer, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Heidi Arthur, Principal, HMA

3:30 – 4:00 pm


4:00 – 5:30 pm

Concurrent Breakout Session

Lessons of Medicaid Work Requirements, Premiums, and Other Forms of Community Engagement

It’s been over a year since states like Indiana, Arkansas, and New Hampshire began to implement Medicaid work requirements. Meanwhile, several other states have applied for approval of work requirements, premiums, health savings accounts, and other forms of community engagement and member accountability. During this session, representative from state Medicaid programs, health plans, providers, and advocates will discuss some of the lessons learned from these early community engagement initiatives and whether they are successfully helping members achieve self-sufficiency.

Natalie Angel, Healthy Indiana Plan Director, Indiana Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning
Jean Caster, HIP Program Director, Anthem Indiana Medicaid
Ray Hanley, President and CEO, AFMC
Other speakers to be announced.

Kaitlyn Feiock, Senior Consultant, HMA MMS

Concurrent Breakout Session

What’s Next for Foster Care: Preparing for Dramatic Changes

State foster care is expected to undergo dramatic change following the enactment of new federal regulations aimed at keeping children in family settings instead of in group homes. The rules emphasize substance abuse prevention, mental healthcare, parenting advice, and other services to help keep families together. During this webinar, foster care experts will discuss how states are preparing to implement these monumental changes and what this means for foster care programs going forward.

Rebecca Jones-Gaston, Executive Director, Social Services Administration, Maryland Department of Human Services
Tracy Wareing Evans, Executive Director, American Public Human Services Association
Other speakers to be announced.

Uma Ahluwalia, Principal, HMA

Concurrent Breakout Session

Successful Models and Variations in Behavioral Health Integration

Payers and providers are making great strides forward in the successful integration of medical and behavioral healthcare, while also attending to social determinants of health. No one model has emerged as preeminent. Instead, a variety of approaches, variations and unique solutions are serving to empower patients and caregivers in understanding the complex interplay of depression, substance use disorder, and other mental health conditions with a person’s overall health status. During this session, leading medical and behavioral health experts will highlight some of the most innovative approaches to behavioral health integration, including a look at the foundational components of successful integration efforts. They will share important lessons learned along the way in terms of successes and pitfalls.

Deepu George, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Division Chief – Behavioral Medicine, Department of Family & Preventive Medicine, UTHealth
Elise Pomerance, MD, Senior Medical Director, Practice Transformation, Inland Empire Health Plan
Walter Rosenberg, Director, Social Work and Community Health, Rush University Medical Center
Deborah Weidner, MD, Vice President, Safety and Quality, Behavioral Health Network, Hartford HealthCare

Emily Brandenfels, Principal, HMA
Jeff Ring, Principal, HMA

5:30 – 7:00 pm


Conference Day Two: Tuesday, September 10

7:00 – 8:00 am


8:00 – 8:45 am

The Growing Role of Medicare Advantage and the Future of Medicare

With more than 21 million enrollees, Medicare Advantage plans manage care for more than a third of all Medicare beneficiaries, and that percentage is rapidly growing. Coupled with gains in other government programs, the growth in Medicare Advantage puts health insurers in the driving role to shape the future of publicly sponsored healthcare. During this session, policy and industry experts will assess the future of both Medicare Advantage and the Medicare program in general, with a special emphasis on how changes in Medicare will impact the overall market for healthcare services in America, including state Medicaid programs.

Jonathan Blum, Managing Principal, HMA; former CMS Deputy Administrator for Medicare
Other speakers to be announced.

8:45 – 10:00 am

Managed Care Models for Dual Eligible Medicaid-Medicare Beneficiaries

States are increasingly turning to managed care to serve high-cost, dual eligible Medicaid-Medicare beneficiaries. Yet no single managed care model has emerged as preeminent – whether it involves Capitated Financial Alignment Demonstrations, Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs), Fully Integrated Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (FIDE SNPs), or provider-led initiatives. Furthermore, state and federal policies are evolving in ways that will dramatically impact the roles and responsibilities of participating plans. During this session, industry experts will provide an overview of the complex landscape for integrated Medicare-Medicaid managed care. Speakers will also discuss how health plans and providers can best develop integrated models that effectively serve members and successfully compete regardless of which models emerge.

Karen Kimsey, Chief Deputy, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services
Lois Simon, EVP, Policy and Programs, Seniorlink
Other speakers to be announced.

Sarah Barth, Principal, HMA
Karen Brodsky, Principal, HMA

10:00 – 10:30 am


10:30 – 11:30 am

Health System Keynote Address

What’s Next for Provider-Led Medicaid Managed Care?

Providers have played a growing role in Medicaid managed care efforts through various accountable care organizations, risk-sharing arrangements, and Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment programs. With several years of experience under their belts, states and providers can begin to evaluate the success of these efforts and decide upon next steps. During this session, leading providers will address the future of provider-led Medicaid managed care, with an emphasis on the lessons learned from existing programs and the likelihood that these types of initiatives will continue to gain momentum.

Mitchell Katz, MD, President and CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals

Pat Terrell, Vice President, HMA

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Innovative Care Delivery Models for High-Cost, High-Acuity Patients

Some of the most innovate care delivery initiates involve new models to treat high-cost, high-acuity patients in integrated local settings. These providers employ models that include patient-centered medical homes, primary care, wrap-around services, and high-touch community-based care for the highest risk patients. During this session, some of the most innovative organizations discuss their approaches to care and results to date. Speakers will also provide insights on how care models for the nation’s sickest and most vulnerable individuals will likely evolve.

Alan Cohn, CEO, President, AbsoluteCARE Inc.
Rebecca Kavoussi, President, West, Landmark Health
Sarita Mohanty, MD, VP, Care Coordination, Kaiser Permanente
René Santiago, Deputy County Executive, County of Santa Clara, CA

Betsy Jones, Managing Principal, HMA

12:30 pm