5 Things in Maryland: Population Health Funding, Health Equity, Care Transitions – State of Reform

We are now less than a week away from the 2022 State of Maryland Reform Health Policy Conference! We are thrilled to bring you 3 keynote addresses, 16 breakout sessions, and over 60 selected speakers who will speak to some of the most pressing issues facing Maryland’s healthcare system.

In this edition of “5 Things We’re Watching”, we highlight some of the upcoming conversations that we look forward to hosting. We would love for you to join us!

Emilie Boerger
State of reform

1. Keynote Speeches: Alan Weil and Kate Sapra

Alain Weil, editor of Health Affairs, will join us as the morning keynote speaker at the State of Reform conference. The conversation, which will be moderated by Mary TildonVice President of National and Local Affairs at Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine, will focus on health equity.

We are also delighted to announce that we have recently confirmed Kate Sapra, Director of the All-Paying Models Division at CMS, like our Luncheon Keynote! She’ll join us for a conversation about CMMI, the future of all-payer models, and where innovation is heading next in this space.

2. The Impact of COVID on the Population Health Funding Model

From the unique total cost of care model to improving the long-term care continuum, Maryland health officials are working on new approaches to health care. This session will bring together four different perspectives for a discussion on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the population health funding model.

Joining us on this panel will be Katie Wunderlichexecutive director of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission, and Angelo Edge, CEO of Aetna Better Health of Maryland. Bob Atlaspresident and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association, and Joe DeMattosPresident and CEO of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland, will also offer their insights on this important topic.

3. Moving from knowledge to action on health equity

Conversations about health equity in Maryland go beyond simply acknowledging that inequities exist and toward solutions that aim to bring about meaningful change. This panel will address this question and provide an update on programs, initiatives and actions that show promise in advancing health equity.

Joining us for our “Moving from Knowledge to Action in Health Equity” panel will be Regina Figueroachief operating officer at National Lutheran Communities and Services, Rachel ThortonMD, Ph.D., vice president and director of health equity at Nemours Children’s Health, and Jasmine LeonardCorporate Head of Health Equity at CareFirst.

4. What COVID has taught us about Maryland healthcare

Our understanding of the long-term impacts of the pandemic on society and our health care system continues to evolve. This multi-perspective panel will review lessons learned over the past two years, the lasting impacts of the COVID response, and the way forward for the state and our communities.

Of the. Joseline Pena-Melnykchair of the House Health and Government Operations Committee, and Barbara Brookmyer, MD, chief health officer at the Frederick County Health Department, will join this conversation. Nicole StallingsDirector of External Affairs and Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy at MHA, and Eric Bush, MDChief Medical Officer of the Hospice of the Chesapeake, will also participate in this panel.

5. Manage care transitions across silos

Whether responding to high use of emergency services or serving people emerging from homelessness or incarceration, health care leaders face the challenge of maintaining a coordinated system of care. for Maryland’s most vulnerable communities. During this conversation, experts will discuss the innovative ways Maryland is supporting transitions in healthcare.

Our panel “Managing care transitions across silos” will bring together Ted Delbridge, MD., executive director of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, Traci KodeckCEO of HealthCare Access Maryland, and Aileen TinneyChairman and CEO of Keswick.

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