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OVERVIEW

The Sixth National Medicaid Congress comes at a time of great opportunity and great turmoil. The Administration must balance a desire to continue moving forward with expanded insurance through Medicaid and CHIP with the need to find ways to help States struggling mightily with huge deficits and increasingly insistent that they need relief via block grants or elimination of the maintenance of effort requirement in the ACA. An extremely contentious House bent on extracting huge cuts in Federal spending and undoing as much of health reform as is possible compounds the problem. At the same time there is innovation and opportunity at State and local levels in the areas of integrated care delivery, meaningful use of IT, streamlined eligibility and enrollment systems, expanded use of health homes and medical homes, and even the first building blocks of Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

The Sixth National Medicaid Congress will bring together the best and the brightest from Federal and State government, academia, health plans, local public health, and the provider community to explore the policy issues that sometimes divide us and the passion for quality and patient- and family-centered care in Medicaid and CHIP that unites us. Over three intense days - June 13-15, 2011 - the Congress will offer everything from preconference workshops and mini summits on the key Medicaid themes to keynote addresses from the leading national figures on Medicaid policy and operational issues. For those with limited travel budgets, the Medicaid Congress will again be streamed live over the Internet to make it more accessible to state agencies and not-for-profit organizations. With Medicaid at the crossroads, this is a "must attend" event.

Following are areas that are expected to be addressed in the Congress:

  • trends in Medicaid costs and enrollment
  • managing Federal-State relations and management in the new Medicaid
  • the new CMS Coordinated Health Care Office
  • the burden of Medicaid fraud
  • What's ahead in Congress on Medicaid and CHIP?
  • State Medicaid directors - reports from the front lines
  • State block grants for Medicaid?
  • Medicaid managed care plans - challenges, opportunities, performance
  • Medicaid expansion - the New York and California experience
  • public health, oral health, and primary care at Ground Zero of health reform
  • state EHR incentives for Medicaid - report from an early adopter State
  • Medicaid in the State exchanges
  • innovative State experiences and designs in managing dual eligibles
  • special issues and opportunities in implementing managed care for the disabled
  • Medicaid health homes, medical homes, PSNs, and ACOs
  • Fostering bipartisan work in the States to make health reform work
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
  • Federal and State Policymakers
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
  • Health Services Researchers and Academics
  • Pharmaceutical and Health Care Executives and Board Members
  • State Medicaid and Pharmacy Directors and Managers
  • Federal and State Legislators and Staff
  • Patient Advocates
  • Community Health Centers
  • Medicaid Managed Care Directors
  • Health Plan, Health System, and Physician Organizations
  • Medical Directors
  • State Budget Officers
  • Physicians
  • Healthcare IT Companies and Consultants
  • Pharmacists
  • Purchasers, including Private Employers and Public Purchasers
  • Pharmacy Benefit Management Companies
  • Health Plans and Health Insurers
  • State Inspectors General and Program Integrity Managers
  • Wholesale, Retail, Mail Order, and Internet Pharmacies
  • Health Care Attorneys and In-house Counsel
  • Pharmaceutical Consultants
  • Investment Bankers
  • Venture Capitalists



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