A St. Patrick’s Day party will kick off this year’s RISE Nashville Summit—the #1 ranked conference in the industry. The 13th annual event is designed for professionals of all levels in the Medicare Advantage and ACA market and will be our biggest one yet. We’ve compiled highlights, so attendees can make the most out of sessions and networking opportunities. For those who haven’t registered yet, don’t despair. There are a few delegate spots left. Take a look at what we’ve planned next week at the Gaylord Opryland.


RISE welcome reception
The luck of the Irish is on your side this St. Patrick's Day at RISE Nashville. Don your brightest green, bowler hats, and shamrock out with us at the RISE Welcome Reception 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Be on the lookout for our three featured St. Patrick’s Day cocktails and Guinness Bar during the party.

Free professional headshot available at the RISE Association booth
Must be a RISE Association member.
Be sure to stop by the RISE Association Booth on March 18 between 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. or March 19 between 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Not yet a RISE Association member? Membership is free! Sign-up online here or stop by the RISE Association booth and join onsite.

$500 AMEX gift card raffle for being social onsite
Get your event badge scanned by all RISE Nashville exhibitors to qualify for the AMEX gift card raffle. Be sure to visit all vendors by noon on March 19 for the chance to win the $500 gift card.

Photo opportunity
Be sure to snap a photo with our 10-foot-tall guitar in the Tennessee Lobby! Use #iRISE or #RISENashville to be featured on our social wall!

Healthcare’s technology & solution gurus present tools to elevate your plan’s initiatives
Pull up a chair and settle in for this unique opportunity to select three interactive, speed-dating type presentations featuring the latest technologies and solutions to boost your plan’s risk, quality, and data management endeavors. A bell will ring three times within this special 60-minute session, alerting you to transition to the next roundtable of your choice.


Can’t-Miss Sessions

These sessions come highly recommended and will provide you with fresh ideas for 2019.  Come prepared with questions and to take lots of notes!

Monday, March 18

The Dr. Martin L. Block Award for Excellence and Innovation
10:00 am, Level 2, Tennessee Ballroom
RISE will present the annual award to an individual in the industry who has enhanced the lives of seniors through clinical leadership, policy vision and by superior example.

Healthcare Hot Topics – An Audience-driven Discussion with the RISE Executive Advisory Board
10:35 am, Level 2, Tennessee Ballroom
Join a panel of leading health care experts and solution providers as they address questions submitted by attendees themselves two weeks prior to the conference. This timely and lively discussion will tackle challenges in the health care industry, including the latest risk adjustment strategies, the impact of government program reform and changes in audit protocols, innovations in technology, as well as implications from the 2019 call letter released by CMS. This is a session you do not want to miss.

Cybersecurity, Hackers and Health Care – Protecting your and your Members’ Information 
11:40 am, Level M, Cheekwood ABC
David Andrews, chief technology officer, Visualize Health, and John Bandler, founder of Bandler Law Firm, PLLC, will discuss the need to embrace technology and innovation while keeping vigilant to fraud, identity theft, and cyber-attacks. Learn and stay ahead of current hacking techniques, malware, and ransomware that jeopardize your network and data. The presentation will address the need to develop an internal security awareness program and protocol in case of a security breach

Innovative Care Gap Strategies: The Evolution of Accessible and Convenient Advanced Screenings and Diagnostic Testing
1:40 pm, Level M, Hermitage C
Major advancements in screening and testing technology means more affordable, convenient. and accessible care for members. This presentation will discuss how capturing multiple diagnoses and completing key follow up tests can now be accomplished in a single visit. Learn how to increase member engagement by offering a choice of alternative venues.

The Collaboration Trifecta: Improve Risk Score Accuracy through True Provider Engagement
2:30 pm, Level 2, Tennessee Ballroom
Improve the quality of care for members through true collaboration between payers, providers, and partners. Learn how real-time interactions with providers take prospective programs to the next level and how high-touch provider engagement leads to improvements in risk adjustment accuracy.


Tuesday, March 19

CMS Policy Update and Q& A
10:10 am - Level 2, Tennessee Ballroom
Elizabeth Parish and Erin Sutton, who serve as deputy directors, Payment Policy and Financial Management Group, for CMS will be live and in-person at RISE Nashville 2019.

Office of the Inspector General Update and Q&A
11:45 am, Level 2, Tennessee Ballroom
Joanna Bisgaier, Ph.D., deputy regional inspector general, and Rosemary Rawlins, social science research analyst, from the Office of Inspector General will discuss and answer questions about the findings and recommendations of the recent work conducted by the OIG’s Office of Evaluation and Inspections on Medicare Advantage encounter data and Medicare Advantage appeal outcomes and audit findings.

Lessons Learned: Combating Opioid Epidemic in Today’s Environment
2:15 pm, Level 2, Tennessee Ballroom
Join Randall M. Taubman MD, CPE, assistant affiliate professor of medicine at Florida Atlantic University, and Paul Cheek, physician assistant HIMSS. Visualize Health, on how to collaborate with providers to reduce opioid prescriptions. The session will address how you can assign resources and make treatment accessible to members, partner with community stakeholders to address addiction and find solutions, and use data to find optimal methods to engage members and their families for preventive care.


Continuing Education Credits are Available

To receive your continuing education credits please sign in and out at one of our registration desks each day that you attend RISE Nashville 2019.

This program has been approved for 17.5 max continuing education unit(s) for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 21 continuing education hours max (main conference plus workshops A/B approved for 21 CEUs; main conference plus workshops C/D/E approved for 16 CEUs; main conference only approved for 13 CEUs). Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor. This AAPC approval is valid until 1/31/2020.


There’s an App for That!
Once again, we are going paper-free this year.  Our mobile app is your one-stop opportunity to pre-select the sessions you want to attend, rate and view presentations, connect with your peers; and, create social posts with photos and your takeaways about each session. 


After-Hours Activities

Gaylord Opryland features expansive meeting and exhibit space and an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping, and recreation options accented by more than 9 acres of indoor gardens and sparkling waterways. The lush 4.5-acre Delta Atrium is home to a quarter-mile-long indoor river with flatboats, and the Cascades Atrium lives up to its name with soaring twin waterfalls. The Garden Conservatory offers a botanical wonderland of meandering paths and peaceful streams.

Restaurants and bars at Gaylord Opryland