The MHDC Webinar Series

Current Year: 2021                                                               
Previous Years: 2020201920182017 - 2016 - 2015

Recent Webinars:

Mettle Solutions: Increasing Standardization in the Prior Authorization Process
May 6, 2021
SpeakerMelanie Combs-Dyer, Director of Innovation, Mettle Solutions

In its Fall 2020 proposed interoperability regulation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to require several types of payers to develop and maintain a Documentation Requirement Lookup Service (DRLS) using a format called Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). In addition, CMS proposed to require certain payers to accept prior authorization requests in FHIR format. A group of payer and IT vendor volunteers has formed an HL7 workgroup called the Uniform Elements for Prior Authorization. Chaired by Melanie Combs-Dyer, the Director of Innovation at Mettle Solutions, the workgroup meets weekly in an attempt to increase standardization across payers’ prior authorization elements. Melanie Combs-Dyer, who spent 30 years working at CMS, will gives a talk describing the DRLS vision and discussing the activities of the Uniform Elements for Prior Authorization workgroup.

Key points include:

  • A description of a Documentation Requirement Lookup Service (DRLS)
  • Understanding how payer DRLS systems can help reduce provider burden
  • Seeing how DRLS adoption could pave the way to more/better patient cost transparency
  • Hearing about the activities of the Uniform Elements of Prior Authorization workgroup

Presentation slides: Mettle Solutions: Increasing Standardization in the Prior Authorization Process (pdf)

Build or Buy - Delivering Acute Care at Home (Purpose-Built: Bringing the Virtual Hospital to the Home)
April 8, 2021
SpeakerRaphael Rakowski, Executive Chairman, Medically Home

In this presentation, we explore the change management required to adopt Acute Care at Home and the critical components needed to expand the model to multiple use cases and populations.

Key points will include:

    • How is the target patient population changing with Covid and new consumer preferences? What does the future hold?
    • What are the essential elements of the virtual acute care model?
    • How does the model have the potential to scale? Multiple use cases and populations served?
    • What is the economic outlook for virtual hospital models?
    • What are the reimbursement models from payers and CMS?
    • Is there a first-mover market advantage to offering inpatient-level acute care at home?

    Presentation slides: Medically Home: Build or Buy - Raphael Rakowski (pdf)

    Interoperability: Going Beyond Compliance; A Consumer Centric Approach
    March 31, 2021
    SpeakersTammy Graves, Principal, Point B and Susan Yeazel, Customer Director, Point B

    In this presentation, Tammy Graves and Susan Yeazel will discuss how payers and providers can move beyond “checking the box”  to be compliant with this new regulation and accelerate their organizations customer experience consistent with the spirit of the regulation.

    Key points will include:

    • Why compliance is only table stakes
    • Why you should leverage the regulation to accelerate your customer experience
    • How to take specific next steps to move beyond expectations of the regulation

    Presentation slides: Point B - Interoperability Solution (pdf)

    The Accelerating Shift to Value Based Care
    March 18, 2021
    SpeakerDavid P. Terry, MBA, Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer, Archway Health

    The shift from volume to value is about to accelerate significantly due 4 major drivers. This webinar will describe each of these drivers and discuss the impact they will have on providers, payers and patients over the next few years. 

    Key points will include:

    • Details about the Direct Contracting program and recent updates to Stark laws;
    • How COVID-19 and other factors are driving increased provider demand for VBC contracts;
    • How provider performance data is being used to change networks;
    • Scenarios for how the accelerated shift to value is shift could disrupt the healthcare landscape

    Presentation slides: Archway Health - The Accelerating Shift to Value Based Care (pdf)

    A Patient Safety "Early Warning" System: Getting the Complete Picture
    March 11, 2021
    Speaker: Robert Hanscom, Vice President of Risk Management and Analytics, Coverys

    This presentation will highlight a methodology whereby the ‘signals’ from malpractice can pose critical questions, and then drive responsive actions. 

    Additionally, we will explore how the integration of malpractice insights into a central core of intel has the potential of transforming how healthcare can better predict – and proactively prevent – medical errors and poor outcomes.

    Presentation slides: Coverys - Patient Safety "Early Warning" System (pdf)

    Tackling the Operational and Cultural Challenges of the Information Blocking Rule
    February 23, 2021
    Speaker: Adam Greene, Partner in Washington, D.C., Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP.

    Key discussion points:

    • Understanding the 21st Century Cures Act Information Blocking Rule and what must be done by its April 5, 2021 applicability date
    • How to identify, analyze, and remediate potential information blocking practices
    • Addressing the cultural challenges among clinical staff and others regarding unfettered access to electronic health information
    • Open questions about the Rule that remain unanswered

    Presentation slides: Tackling the Operational and Cultural Challenges of the Information Blocking Rule (pdf)

    ACT | The App Association: Shifting Privacy Laws and Health Data: An Overview
    February 2, 2021
    Speaker: Graham Dufault, Senior Director for Public Policy, ACT | The App Association

    From new federal Department of Health and Human Services rules to recently-enacted state laws, privacy mandates are imposing a shifting set of requirements on companies that collect and process healthcare data. And the development of data-driven tools to target COVID-19 and mitigate its spread has intensified the spotlight on the nexus between how traditional healthcare companies are regulated versus the activities of tech-driven firms outside the “HIPAA umbrella.”

    This presentation will cover three main topics:

    1) the state of federal privacy laws and their relationship to healthcare data

    2) state level privacy activities (California, mostly)

    3) federal proposals and congressional activity

    Presentation slides: Shifting Privacy Laws and Health Data: An Overview (pdf)

    Change Healthcare: Information Security Risk Management in the Face of a Crisis

    January 21, 2021 
    John Zuziak, Cyber Security Practice Director, Change Healthcare
    Sheryl Zarozny, Director Consulting Services, Change Healthcare

    The world we are now living in is not the same as it was a year ago, especially from a privacy and security point of view.

    Healthcare is under attack from cybercrime. Online threats have risen by as much as six times their usual levels, as the COVID-19 pandemic provides new ballast for cyberattacks. Companies rushed to set up and support their employee’s ability to work from home and other remote locations and as consumers continue to demand access to sensitive health information, these threats are only going to increase.

    Healthcare resources are stretched thin as organizations battle the pandemic.

    More and more healthcare organizations are quickly providing telehealth services and remote monitoring without a well-established telehealth security system.

    And vendors of software-as-a-service products that enable conferencing, remote access to other systems, and telemedicine have reported major security, privacy, and data control issues.

    Everything in healthcare is moving at light speed and it’s often hard to know what cybersecurity and privacy challenges, issues, and opportunities are most important to address right now vs 2021 and beyond. 

    Presentation Slides: MHDC Information Security Risk Management in the Face of a Crisis (pdf)

    Previous Year: 2020

    Imprivata: Positive Patient Identification in Today’s Healthcare Environment

    5 November, 2020 


    Sean Kelly M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Imprivata

    Imprivata - Patient Identification Presentation Slides (pdf)

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Center for Healthcare Delivery Science: Forecasting in time of uncertainty: One hyperlocal approach to modeling COVID-19 hospitalizations using machine learning approaches

    13 October, 2020 


    Jennifer P. Stevens, MD MS, Director of the Center for Healthcare Delivery Science

    Steven Horng, MD, Clinical Lead for Machine Learning at the Center for Healthcare Delivery Science

    Ashley O’Donoghue, PhD, Economist at the Center for Healthcare Delivery Science

    Presentation slides will be posted here when available

    The Lown Hospitals Index: Measuring What Matters to Drive Meaningful Change 

    30 September, 2020 

    Dr. Vikas Saini, President, Lown Institute

    Shannon Brownlee, MSc, Senior Vice President, Lown Institute

    The Lown Hospitals Index: Measuring What Matters to Drive Meaningful Change Presentation Slides (pdf)

    hPass: Innovation to Support Reopening Safely Post-COVID 

    26 June, 2020 

    Shai Kivity, CEOhPass

    Dr. Raphael Yahalom, CTOhPass

    Dr. Michael Sherman, MD, Chief Medical OfficerhPass

    hPass Innovation to Support Reopening Safely Post-COVID Presentation (pdf)

    Previous Years: 2019

    HealthNET Systems: Are You Prepared For a Ransom Attack? 

    19 November, 2019 

    Joy Bauer, DirectorsHealthNET Systems

    Sandra Murray, DirectorsHealthNET Systems

    HealthNET Systems - Ransom Attack Webinar Presentation (pdf)

    OptumSuccessful Strategies for Aligning Payment Innovation to Value-Based Contracts

    29 October, 2019 

    Sri Vangala, General Manager, Network Payment InnovationOptum

    Ron Myers, Vice PresidentNetwork Payment InnovationOptum

     Mass Health Data Consortium_Successful Payment Strategies Presentation (pdf)

    ImprivataWhy Purpose-Built Identity and Access Management is Critical 

    24 October, 2019 

    Dan Borgasano, Vice President of Product Marketing, Imprivata

    Imprivata Identity and Access Management Webinar Presentation (pdf)

    Covered Security: It's Cybersecurity Awareness Month... Do You Know What Your Users Are Doing?

    16 October, 2019 

    Chris Zannetos, CEO, Covered Security

    HealthDataViz: Better Data for Better HealthEnhancing Community Data in New York City

    9 October, 2019 

    Dan Benevento, Principal, HealthDataViz

    Cambria Brown, Consultant, HealthDataViz

    HealthDataViz MA Data Consortium NYC Presentation (pdf)

    PointbInsights Generator: Improve Strategic Performance with Accelerated Insights

    1 October, 2019 

    Alex Chang, Technology Principal, Pointb

    Greg GardnerNew England Practice Director, Pointb

    Kurt Knaub, Healthcare & Analytics Principal, Pointb

    Pointb Insights Generator Presentation (pdf)

    MindLeaf: Employing Medical Scribing to Increase Revenue and Decrease Physician Burnout

    24 September, 2019 

    Andrea Caliri, M.D., Medical Consultant, MindLeaf 

    John Kemp, M.D., Subject Matter Expert & CMO, SkywriterMD 

    Amanda Stacy, DoS, Contracting, & PM, SkywriterMD

    MindLeaf: Medical Scribing - Revenue & Physician Burnout Presentation (pdf)

    MEDITECH: Population Health and Interoperability: At the Crossroads of Both - Your Patient's Chart

    5 September, 2019 

    Scott Godbout, Marketing Solutions Manager, MEDITECH

    MEDITECH: Population Health & Interoperability Presentation (pdf)

    Information Builders: Data Orchestration and Governance

    11 June, 2019 

    Shawn Sutherland, CPHIMS Manager, Patient and Member OutcomesInformation Builders

    Information Builders: Data Orchestration and Governance Presentation (pdf)

    Informatica & Commonwealth Care Alliance: How Data Quality Drives Value Across the Healthcare Enterprise

    4 June, 2019 

    Richard Cramer, Chief Healthcare Strategist, Informatica
    Sean McAuley, EDW Manager, Commonwealth Care Alliance

    Informatica & Commonwealth Care Alliance: How Data Quality Drives Value Presentation (pdf)

    Macadamian: The Role of Voice Assistants in Healthcare

    26 March 2019 

    David Box, Director Business Development, Macadamian

    Macadamian: The Role of Voice Assistance in Healthcare (pdf)

    Logan Data: Data Governance in Healthcare

    6 March, 2019

    Barbara Nichols, Partner, Logan Data

    Data Governance in Healthcare - Mass Health Data Consortium (pdf) 

    InterSystems: Crossing the Payer-Provider Chasm - Collaboration in the Journey to Value Based Care

    7 February, 2019 

    Lynda Rowe, Senior Advisor, Value-Based Markets, InterSystems

    InterSystems: Crossing the Payer-Provider Chasm Presentation (pdf)

    InterSystems: Crossing the Chasm - Article by Lynda Rowe (pdf)

    Optum: Tackling Provider Directories - Sharing and Managing Change Across the Blockchain

    17 January 2019 

    Lorraine Frias, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Optum

    Optum: Applying Blockchain to Health care (pdf)

    Previous Years: 2018

    Association for Behavioral Healthcare: "Community Behavioral Health and Accountable Care: Six Months into MassHealth’s Redesign, What We Know and What We Have Yet to Learn" - 15 November 2018 

    Vic DiGravio, President/CEO, Association for Behavioral Healthcare 

    Community Behavioral Health and Accountable Care: Six Months into MassHealth’s Redesign, What We Know and What We Have Yet to Learn (PDF)

    UCLA Health: "The Movement to High-Value Care" - 1 November 2018

    John N. Mafi, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA and Affiliated Natural Scientist in Health Policy at RAND 
     The Movement to High-Value Care (pdf)

    HealthNET Systems Consulting: "Health Systems Mergers & Acquisitions: Considerations for IT" - 24 October 2018

    • Clifton Jay, President
    • Mary Ann Keane, RN, MS, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

     Health Systems Mergers & Acquisitions: Considerations for IT (pdf)

    HBI Solutions: "3 Steps Critical to ACO Success" - 18 October 2018

    • Denny Brennan, Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Data Consortium
    • Laura Kanov, Senior Vice President, Product, HBI Solutions
    • David Oliver, Strategic Specialist, HBI Solutions


     3 Steps Critical to ACO Success (pdf)

    Edifecs: "Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for Payer and Provider Organizations" - 10 October 2018

    MindLeaf: "Employing Medical Scribing to Increase Revenue and Decrease Physician Burnout" - 2 October 2018

    Andrea Caliri, M.D., Medical Consultant, MindLeaf
    John Kemp, M.D., Subject Matter Expert – Virtual Scribes, MindLeaf

    MindLeaf: Employing Medical Scribing to Increase Revenue and Decrease Physician Burnout (PDF)

    MEDITECH: "Embracing Technology to Improve Patient Engagement and Patient Experience" - 25 September 2018

    Maureen Williams, Marketing Solutions Manager, Meditech

    MEDITECH: Embracing Technology to Improve Patient Engagement and Patient Experience (PDF)

    Algorex: "Social Determinants of Health and Population Health - How Do I Get Started?" - 18 September 2018

    Jacob Luria, Managing Director, Algorex Healthcare Technologies
    Social Determinants of Health and Population Health - How Do I Get Started? (pdf)

    Imprivata: "The Internet of Medical Things Optimizing Security and Effectiveness" - 12 September 2018 

    Sean Kelly, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Imprivata 
    Rachel Pickering, IoMT Security Manager, Imprivata

    Imprivata: The Internet of Medical Things - Optimizing Security and Effectiveness (PDF)

    Washburn House: "Challenges in Continuity of Care - A Case Study in Behavioral Health" - 23-May-2018

    Neil Gaer, Chief Executive Officer, Washburn House

    "Washburn House: Applying Technology for Better Treatment" (pdf)

    AHIMA: "One in Two Out: Impact of Trump Administration on HIPAA Privacy and Security" - 8-May-2018

    Katherine Downing, MA, RHIA, CHPS PMP, Vice President, AHIMA Governance and IGA Advisors Consulting

    point B: "Why Data Governance is the Hottest Topic in Healthcare"  (pdf) - 25-Apr-2018
    Susan Kanvick, MPH, National Healthcare Director,
    point B
    Greg Gardner, Interim Practice Director, New England, point B

    Locke Lord: "Does US Healthcare Need GDPR?" (pdf) - 24-Apr-2018
    Andrew Shindler, Partner, Locke Lord London
    Thomas Smeddinghoff, Of Counsel, Locke Lord Chicago
    David Szabo, Partner & Co-chair Health Practice Locke Lord Boston, Chairman of the Board ex-officio, Massachusetts Health Data Consortium

    The JASON Report "Artificial Intelligence for Health and Health Care" (pdf) - 4-Apr-2018
    Dr. Sallie Ann Keller, Director and Professor of Statistics for the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory within the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech University.

    Qi LiPhysician Executive, Product Innovation, InterSystems

    Brigham Innovation Hub (iHub): "Treating and Preventing Opioid Abuse with Digital Pills" (pdf) - 29-Mar-2018
    Edward W. Boyer, MD, PhD
    Peter Chai, MD, MMS

    Harvard Business School: "EHR in the Post-HI-TECH Era" (pdf) - 20-Mar-2018
    A. Jay Holmgren, Doctoral Student, Health Policy Management

    Ariadne Labs:   "System Complexity and the Challenge of Too Much Medicine"   (pdf) - 15-Mar-2018
    Neel Shah, MD, MPP, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School;
    Director, Delivery Decisions Initiative, Ariadne Labs

    Archway Health: "BPCI Advanced: New Opportunities for Success" (pdf) - 6-Mar-2018
    Dave Terry, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Archway Health
    Keely Macmillan, MPH, General Manager of BPCI Advanced, Archway Health

    SpeakersBrian Wikle, Sr. Client Executive

    Gretchen Cole, Senior Software Support & Training
    Gregg Church, President
    Muthu Kuttalingam, SVP of Product Development & Technology

    Speaker: Leonard D'Avolio, PhD, Founder & CEO, Cyft; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital  

    NEHEN & Cognizant: "Trizetto Touchless Automation Process (TTAP)" (pdf) - 8-Feb-2018

    Logan Data: "Cloud Data Integration in Healthcare" (PDF) - 24-Jan-2018

    Krishna Kodeboyena, Data Integration Expert, Logan Data

    John Halamka MD: "Emerging Healthcare Technologies: 2018" (video) - 10-Jan-2018
    John Halamka, MD, Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center

    Previous Years - 2017

    Previous Years - 2016

    Previous Years - 2015

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