Event Overview

The history-making headlines said it all: "The Supreme Court Votes in Health Reform 5-4." With that, healthcare coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is accelerating at a rapid pace.

HIMSS has developed a three part series exploring how the healthcare reform bill will transform mandates into real world patient care. Each session builds on the content from past sessions, so be sure to register for all three! Sign up today.

Part 1: Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Time Session
12PM-1PM CT The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Health IT: An Update
  Abstract: With no adverse impact related to healthcare information technology, and strong support from both sides of the political aisle, this session will provide an update on the ACA’s many components designed to optimize health IT benefits.

Speakers:
Nandan Kenkeremath, JD
Vice President
Marwood Group
Vice Chair,
HIMSS Legal Task Force
James B. Wieland, JD
Principal
Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver
Member,
HIMSS Legal Task Force


Part 2: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Time Session
12PM-1PM CT Quality Measures Development: An Update
  Abstract: The Affordable Care Act mandates that new quality programs be implemented and existing ones be improved with the help of health IT. Join us as we explore how the CMS “Innovation Center” and “National Pilot Program on Payment Bundling” initiatives are providing best practices as we move forward. 

Speakers:
Ferdinand Velasco, MD
Chief Medical Information Officer
Texas Health Resources (THR)
Maggie Lohnes, RN,CPHIMS,FHIMSS
Quality Measures Manager
McKesson Provider Technologies


Part 3: Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Time Session
10AM-10:45AM CT Consumer Access to Data and the State Insurance Exchanges: An Update   
  Abstract: The ACA recognizes that health IT is crucial towards developing Health Insurance Marketplaces and supporting consumer access to information regarding health insurance. HIMs will provide individuals and small businesses with a “one-stop shop” to find and compare affordable, quality health insurance options. This session will explore the various aspects of the Act that will improve patient safety, reduce medical errors, and provide tools for consumers to help understand the many choices available today.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the ways that health insurance exchanges support consumer access to health insurance information
  • Discuss the ways that consumers are now able to find and compare affordable health insurance options
  • Describe the tools available to consumers that contribute to improved care and accessible services

Speaker:
Ian Bonnet
VP, Business and IT Strategy and Execution Leadership
WellPoint
11AM-11:45AM CT Gaining ROI By Implementing Federal Operating Rules
  Abstract: The operating rules for eligibility, claim status, electronic funds transfer and electronic remittance advice have been implemented and are now part of a federal mandate. Other operating rules, from claims to enrollment, are soon to come. Yet the real driver of these transactions and operating rules should be ROI. The session will explore each of the transactions and operating rules with a view towards ROI as a key driver for implementation. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the timeframe for mandatory adoption of operating rules        
  • Describe ways to optimize ROI when implementing operating rules 
  • Prepare the enterprise or practice for adoption of electronic funds transfer and electronic remittance advice

Speaker:
Matthew Albright
Lead Health Insurance Specialist, Administrative Simplification Group
Office of E-Health Standards and Services
Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services

Nandan Kenkeremath, JD

Vice President
Marwood Group
Vice Chair,
HIMSS Legal Task Force

Nandan Kenkeremath is currently consulting on healthcare policy as a Vice President at the Marwood Group.  He was formerly a long time Senior Counsel with the House Energy and Commerce committee working on healthcare issues, including health information technology.  He has consulted for health IT companies and follows a variety of policy issues in this area. Nandan is currently Vice Chair of the HIMSS Legal Task Force.  He has a law degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelors degree in Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

James B. Wieland, JD

Principal
Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver
Member,
HIMSS Legal Task Force

Jim Wieland is a Principal with Ober-Kaler, where he leads the Healthcare Information Privacy, Security and Technology practice.  Jim represents start-up and emerging health care services, practice management and technology companies, healthcare providers, and physician organizations, advising them in the areas of healthcare information privacy and technology, including HIPAA and state medical information privacy laws, and incentive programs such as meaningful use.  He was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to lead the State’s Task Force on Electronic Health Records, a blue-ribbon panel reporting directly to the Maryland legislature on issues and opportunities for better care through Electronic Health Records, e-Prescribing and Regional Health Information Organizations.  Jim is a member of HIMSS’ Legal Task Force.  He earned both his BA and his law degree from the University of Minnesota.

Ferdinand Velasco, MD

Chief Medical Information Officer
Texas Health Resources (THR)

As Texas Health's CMIO, Ferdinand Velasco. MD serves as physician champion for the system's medical informatics initiatives, including system-wide implementation of the EHR. He also leads the physician engagement and clinical decision support groups in Texas Health's Innovative Technology Solutions group. He previously served as an assistant professor and physician champion for the implementation of a computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He simultaneously practiced as a cardiothoracic surgeon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Recently named one of the Top 25 Clinical Informaticists in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare, Velasco serves as chair of the eMeasure Review Panel for the National Quality Forum, a nonprofit organization that sets national priorities for performance improvement and endorses standards for reporting of quality measures. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine.

Maggie Lohnes, RN,CPHIMS,FHIMSS

Quality Measures Manager
McKesson Provider Technologies

Maggie Lohnes, RN, CPHIMS, FHIMSS is Quality Measures Manager at McKesson Provider Technologies, providing operational and strategic management within McKesson's quality measurement business. In her previous role as Healthcare Principal at The MITRE Corporation, Ms. Lohnes was responsible for clinical informatics and community outreach initiatives for the popHealth clinical quality measure project. She was appointed to the National Quality Forum (NQF) National Patient Priorities Evaluation Advisory Panel in 2010. As a member of the HIMSS Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes Committee and past Chair of the HIMSS Public Policy Committee, she recently served as leader for the HIMSS Public Policy Principles Task Force. Ms. Lohnes served on the HIMSS Board of Southern California Chapter as president from 1999 to 2001. Her work in clinical informatics was highlighted in the book, "Reengineering Healthcare," by Jim Champy and Harry Greenspun, MD. She is also on the editorial board of the Journal for Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare.

Ian Bonnet

VP, Business and IT Strategy and Execution Leadership
WellPoint

Ian is Vice President Exchange Execution at WellPoint and responsible for the day-to-day leadership and management of WellPoint's organizational readiness and technology development to support the new exchange market. Ian manages a multi disciplinary team across WellPoint's state markets and enterprise business functions and is leading an enterprise transformation effort of unprecedented scale and complexity. Before assuming the role of Exchange Execution VP, Ian led the enterprise adoption of ICD-10 across all business and technology areas. As the largest health plan in the country, WellPoint is executing a comprehensive set of strategies to not only adopt the new code set but also to innovate the quality of care we provide to our members and the communities we serve. Ian remains actively engaged in facilitating collaboration between industry stakeholders on the most challenging aspects of ICD-10 adoption.

Matthew Albright

Lead Health Insurance Specialist, Administrative Simplification Group
Office of E-Health Standards and Services
Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services

Matthew Albright leads the Administrative Simplification Group (ASG) regulation team under OESS-CMS. In the past 14 months, the team has published regulations that adopt the health care EFT Standard, the EFT & ERA Operating Rule Set, the Eligibility and Claims Status Operating Rules, and the National Health Plan Identifier (HPID). Before coming to CMS, Albright wrote state regulations for Washington State’s Health Care Authority.


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