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SUMMIT OVERVIEW

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a range of delivery system reform programs designed to improve quality and health system performance and contain costs. To be effective, implementation of such programs, including accountable care organizations (ACOs), the patient-centered medical home in both Medicare and Medicaid, bundled payment arrangements, preventive services, value-based purchasing and quality reporting initiatives, and new pilots launched by the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at CMS will require a strong health information sharing foundation enabled by health information technology.

At the same time, implementation of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 is well underway, with nearly $30 billion being invested in the "meaningful use" of health information technology (IT) to support improvements in health care. HITECH includes a range of programs, including up to $27 million in incentive payments--followed by penalties, administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, as well as a range of programs administered by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). ONC's programs include requirements for standards and certified products tomeet the eligibility requirements of the EHR Incentive Programs; the Regional Extension Center Program which provides technical assistance and support to targeted providers; grants to states to support health information exchange; workforce development programs; research grants and the "Beacon Community Program," which highlights pioneers and leaders in communities across the country who are using health information technology and exchange to support health systems improvement.

With implementation of both ACA and HITECH programs moving at a rapid pace, national, state and local leaders across every sector of health care, including providers, payers, and government agencies, are now exploring opportunities to align investments, leveraging programs developed by HITECH to support access to and mobilization of information to support key elements of new delivery system reform models.

The Health Information Technology and Delivery Transformation Summit will bring together leaders across every sector of health care, to share principles, strategies and best practices for aligning health information technology investments with health care reform--with a particular focus on delivery system reforms, including ACOs, the patient-centered medical home and value-based purchasing and performance reporting initiatives.

Through a combination of general plenary sessions and break-out sessions organized into "Mini-Summits", the Summit will include the following:

  1. The latest updates on federal initiatives, including:
    • Delivery system and payment reform efforts spearheaded by the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
    • Meaningful use requirements for the approximately $27 billion in incentives offered through the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs
    • Recent lessons learned from the ONC Beacon Communities Program, which is comprised of 17 community-based initiatives who are using health IT and exchange to drive health care improvements at the local level
    • Progress on ONC programs related to standards, certification, technical assistance, health information exchange and workforce development
    • Privacy policies and initiatives highlighted by the Office of Civil Rights and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
  2. Strategies and best practices for implementing health IT systems, EHRs and health information exchange in a way that supports new care models, including ACOs, the patient-centered medical home, and other models that support health system improvement and care coordination, including those led by:
    • Physicians and physician groups
    • Integrated delivery systems and hospitals
    • Health plans
    • Community-based initiatives and organizations, such as ONC-funded Beacon Communities, and quality improvement initiatives funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality Program
    • State Medicaid Programs
  3. Strategies and best practices for tackling common challenges associated with new care delivery models enabled by health information technology, including the following:
    • Clinical workflow and practice transformation
    • Financial models to support and sustain new models of care enabled by health IT
    • Managing privacy and security
    • Technical strategies for data sharing across organizations and platforms
    • Using electronic information to support population and reporting of performance measures to support improvement and incentive programs
    • Successful methods to engage and support clinicians
    • Successful consumer engagement strategies

In addition, special "boot-camp" sessions will be offered on the afternoon of June 26, 2011 to provide foundational information or a "level-set" for health reform leads who don't have a strong understanding of health information technology issues and health IT leads who don't have a strong understanding of health reform issues.

Who Should Attend:
  • Care Management and Disease Management Leaders
  • Consumer Organization Leaders Involved in Health Reform and Health IT Initiatives
  • Employee Benefit Managers
  • Employer Coalition Leaders
  • Federal Agency Leaders and Staff Responsible for Health Information Technology Initiatives
  • Health Care Related Associations
  • Health IT Related Associations
  • Health Plan Executives
  • Health Plan Case Management and Care Management Staff
  • Health Policy Leads for Congressional Members
  • Health Policy Leads for State Governors
  • Health Policy Leaders for State Legislators
  • Federal Agency Leaders and Staff Involved in Health Reform-Related Programs
  • Health Plan Provider Relations and Contracting Staff
  • Hospital and Health System Clinical Leadership and Staff, including Chief Medical Informatics Officers, Chief Medical Officers, Chief Nursing Officers
  • Hospital and Health System Chief Information Officers
  • Health Care Consultants
  • Health IT Consulting Organizations
  • Health Information Technology Organizations Supporting Meaningful Use, Health Information Exchange and New Models of Care
  • Laboratory Leaders
  • New Consumer-Facing Initiatives and Applications Supporting Consumers and Patients
  • Pharmacy Leaders
  • Physician Leaders
  • Provider Group Practices
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Quality Improvement Organizations
  • Quality Management Leadership and Staff
  • Regional Extension Centers
  • Research Organizations Working in Health Reform
  • Research Organizations Working in Health IT
  • State Health IT Coordinators
  • State Medicaid Directors
  • State and Community-Based Health Improvement Organizations
  • State and Community-Based Health Information Exchange Initiatives
  • Education and Academic Institutions Contemplating or Operating Health IT Programs




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