While most payers are well into their journey of meeting the requirements of the CMS Interoperability rule, there are still important questions about implementation that are being asked.  Given the compliance timeline of early to mid-2021, time is of the essence. In this session get a quick overview of the requirements and then a deeper dive into some of the “other considerations” payers need to address such as clinical data requirements, consent, and authorization.  The presenters will discuss some of the recent updates from CMS, status from the CARIN Alliance on implementation guides and policy, and describe how an enterprise data platform approach can create the necessary foundation to prepare for successful implementation.  Speakers from InterSystems and Leavitt Partners will discuss their perspective on how to unpack some of the current questions raised by health plans and how to accelerate implementation.

Featured Speakers

Ryan Howells

Principal
Leavitt Partners

Ryan Howells is a Principal at Leavitt Partners based out of the Washington, D.C. office. Ryan has worked with the White House, Congress, HHS, and VHA on health care policy and interoperability issues. He currently helps lead the CARIN Alliance, a multi-sector, public-private alliance focused on giving consumers digital access to their health information. Ryan is a member of the CMS Medicaid Information Technology Architecture (MITA) Governance Board, Carequality Steering Committee, ONC’s FAST Identity Tiger Team, Technology Association of Georgia’s Digital Health Board, and the COVID-19 Health Care Coalition. He also serves as board observer for multiple health care companies. Before joining Leavitt Partners, Ryan was the General Manager for the government business unit of a private-exchange software vendor where he oversaw the implementation of software in three different state-based marketplaces. He managed a multi-million-dollar P&L, and was involved in the company’s IPO in late 2014. Earlier in his career, Ryan led the government operations division for iHealth Technologies (now Verscend Technologies) and served as an Account Executive for numerous regional and national health plans.

Ryan received his master’s in health administration from the University of Southern California, where he was a Dean’s Merit Scholar. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). He and his wife Alison live with their five children in Atlanta.

Lynda Rowe

Sr. Advisor, Value-Based Markets
InterSystems

Ms. Lynda Rowe is Senior Advisor for Value-Based Markets at InterSystems and for two decades has held senior-level positions in health information technology. She was most recently an executive in the health market at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led a number of consulting projects for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the Office of the National Coordinator within HHS. She provided leadership for quality measurement, health information technology use and adoption, health information exchange, interoperability and standards, and meaningful use engagements. She spent a number of years running the analytics department for Managed Medicaid plans in Massachusetts. She is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors at Family Health Center in Worcester. Ms. Rowe continues to focus on the advancement of interoperability, technology use and adoption and government policy related to value based care through various workgroups and task forces.



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