The conference for
essential hospital leaders.

June 14-16 | CHICAGO

Track: Policy and Finance

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  • Building the Value Case for Complex Care: The One Health Initiative
  • Foundations of Essential Hospital Financing
  • Leveraging Medicaid Financing to Address Health Care Workforce Shortages
  • Medical Respite: Serving Medically Complex Patients Experiencing Homelessness
  • State Trend: 340B
Building the Value Case for Complex Care: The One Health Initiative

One Health is a program designed to serve medically and socially complex uninsured patients who are frequent utilizers of the emergency department at Regional One Health, in Memphis, Tenn. Evaluation of five years of data shows improvements in health, self-sufficiency, and utilization, as well as a significant financial return to the organization.

Susan Cooper, MSN, RN
Chief Integration Officer, Senior Vice President
Regional One Health

Foundations of Essential Hospital Financing

Medicaid provides critical funding for essential hospitals. The joint role of the federal government and states in defining how Medicaid pays providers, and the funding of those payments, creates both opportunities and tremendous complexity. This session will describe the fundamentals of the federal, state, and local roles in Medicaid funding and payments.

Sarah Mutinsky, JD, MPH
Founding Senior Advisor, Eyman Associates
Washington Counsel, America’s Essential Hospitals

Leveraging Medicaid Financing to Address Health Care Workforce Shortages

Long-standing health care workforce shortages, worsened by the recent COVID-19 pandemic and rising labor costs, threaten Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to vital health care services. This session will highlight opportunities for essential hospitals to design and implement Medicaid financing initiatives to fund workforce investments. As a case study for the group, representatives will speak to lessons from GA-STRONG. This recently approved directed payment program supports increased Medicaid funding for select teaching hospital participants to support the stabilization, development, and diversification of the state’s health care workforce.

Tanya Boone
Managing Director
Sellers Dorsey

Brian Church
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer
Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.

Matt Hicks
Senior Vice President
Sellers Dorsey

Medical Respite: Serving Medically Complex Patients Experiencing Homelessness

Serving a large share of medically complex patients who face homelessness, essential hospitals often leverage medical respite programs to ensure comprehensive care while simultaneously tackling capacity challenges. Through essential hospital case studies, gain an overview of medical respite programs and the policy and financing elements necessary to establish and maintain a program.

Dr. Yvonne Collins
Chief Medical Officer
Cook County Health

Julie Kozminski, MPH
Senior Policy Analyst
America’s Essential Hospitals

State Trend: 340B

State policymakers have given the 340B Drug Pricing Program increased attention in recent years. This session will outline several emerging state policy trends within the program, including connections to the Medicaid program and laws banning recent discriminatory actions taken by pharmacy benefit managers against 340B pharmacies and covered entities. Join us to learn more about these trends and discover what’s next for the program.

Shahid Zaman, Esq.
Policy Manager
America’s Essential Hospitals

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