The two-day, dual-tracked event on Nov. 12-13 in Orlando will address the most pressing issues associated with population health, addiction treatment, and disease management.

Population health isn’t just a buzzword bantered about in the health care industry. Organizations across the country are taking a systematic approach and working together to improve the health outcomes of the communities they serve. These new programs aim to improve the overall health of a population by taking preventive measures to address the high-risk and chronic care needs of patients to minimize the need for high-cost emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and readmissions.

RISE’s National Population Health Summit will bring together more than 30 industry experts who will provide attendees with tactical strategies to move the needle on population health management and reduce operational costs, increase member satisfaction, and address the most pressing issues association with population health, addiction treatment, and disease management.

“Population health continues to be a strong topic of interest in health care with the ultimate goal of maximizing data to identify high utilizers and provide the best possible care for members while reducing costs,” said Tim Hart, conference director at RISE, who is overseeing the population health track of the two-day event. “The content and calibre of speakers at this conference will provide ample actionable information that can be implemented in your current operation.”

In addition, the conference is the only event for health care professionals that examines substance use disorder from the perspective of population health management, said Conference Director Vivian Juter Frankel, who is managing the addiction treatment and prevention track. "Through this lens, organizations are able to more effectively work with patients by addressing addiction though alternative pain methodologies, social determinants, and community resources," she said. 

Here is a sneak peek at what you can expect at the conference:

Featured sessions

William Jonakin, M.D., medical director, Medicare Advantage and risk adjustment, St. Luke’s Health Partners, will look at the critical roles risk adjustment and quality measurement play in improving population health. Attendees will receive tips on how to obtain Medicare Advantage quality bonus payments for additional support for care of their members.

Jason Helgerson, chief solutions officer, Helgerson Solutions Group and former Medicaid director for New York State, will be among the panelists at a session that will look at how the move to value-based payment can help deliver meaningful population-level change. Joining Helgerson on the panel are Juliette Price, solutions architect for the social determinants of health, Helgerson Solutions Group and Sander Koyfman, M.D., behavioral health medical director-New York, Wellcare.

Learn how to take big data and narrow it down to actionable items within a population. Krista Beckwith, senior director population health & quality, Colorado Access will explain how to analyze what it takes to process available data and break it down for the right intervention at the right time.

Darcie Robran-Marquez, M.D., executive medical director, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, will provide a case study on how to maximize data to accomplish exceptional population health outcomes. Attendees will leave the session with tools and processes that they can implement at their organization to increase member care and reduce unnecessary costs.

A panel of experts will offer strategies to engage members of unique populations. Abner Mason, founder and CEO, ConsejoSano, Inc.; Lauretta Converse, director, health system transformation project, Rhode Island Medicaid Program; and Jessica Kinowski, clinical program director, National Health Services-Cigna-HealthSpring, will discuss ways to break down barriers with your multicultural member population and how to educate them on lifestyle changes.

Learning will continue during a lunch session that focuses on strategies to reduce rehospitalization. Noreen Hurley, program manager, star quality & performance, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Jim Milanowski, president/CEO, Genesee Health Plan will share their experiences with using transportation services to increase attendance at regular health care appointments and providing food delivery to patients post-discharge to ensure they eat healthy meals.

Track A: Population Health

The track will feature seven sessions that take a deep dive into successful population health initiatives:

  • Kinowski will join Lois Simon, executive vice president of policy and programs, Seniorlink, to discuss how to provide care to members in their homes.
  • Jessica Grabowski, executive director, Coordinated Care Alliance, will walk through the organization’s work with the Illinois Health and Hospital Association on a state-wide initiative that targeted older adults.
  • Milanowski will discuss Genesee Health Plan’s multicultural systems of care approach in the wake of the Flint water crisis.
  • Jessica Culver, senior manager, population health, Moda Health, will present a case study focused on commercial populations with high disease burdens.
  • Attendees will also learn with the help of Karin Vanzant, vice president, integrated community partnerships, CareSource, how to embed social determinants of health into an existing population health model.
  • Culver and Jason Sloan, director, Medicare star & quality, Meridian, will present a case study on segmentation of Medicare member population to improve quality measures. Attendees will learn how they can tailor an approach to increase medication adherence and colonoscopy screenings and maximize population health tools and strategies to increase quality ratings.
  • The final session will focus on a case study from Hurley on the impact of incentives on member behavior.

Track B: Addiction treatment & prevention track

The epidemic levels of substance use disorder and the social and financial costs associated with it has also become a population health issue. This track will examine treatment options through the lens of data analytics and social determinants of health:

  • Will Simerl, director, health care team, U.S. Government Accountability Office will dig into federal laws and other factors that affect access to medications for treating opioid use disorder.
  • To better understand the patient journey from childhood to addict, Alanna Lavelle, senior principal, life sciences, MITRE, will review the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s newest guidelines for prescribing medication to children.
  • Joseph Albright, PharmD, a pharmacist, team lead, clinical pharmacy services for BCBSNC, will present trends in pharmacy data and how plans that are managing at-risk populations are tracking the number of opioid prescriptions filled.
  • Nicholas Degregorio, senior medical director, UPMC for You, will lead a discussion on medication-assisted therapies.
  • John M. Ventura, Spine Care Partners, LLC, and Allana M. Alexander, PharmD, formerly clinical pharmacist, Health Home Region B, Alabama Care Plan will review methodologies and non-opioid pain management and discuss tools to consider for pain management.
  • UPMC Health Plan’s Karen DePasquale will present a case study on the insurer’s pilot program to reduce emergency department overdoses.
  • Attendees will also learn about innovative partnerships to address substance use disorder with Edward D. Shanshala II, CEO, Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Inc.

Editor’s note: RISE’s National Population Health Summit will take place Nov. 12-13 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Fla. Click here to download the brochure or register for the conference.