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Live from RISE West 2020: Day One Recap 

The first full day of RISE West 2020 is on the books and what a day we had! Co-chairs Ana Handshuh, principal, CAT5 Strategies, and Dave Meyer, vice president, risk adjustment and quality, Cigna, surprised us by joining the conference remotely but live from Nashville. The two (who could give Kelly and Ryan a run for their money as talk show hosts) showed us what a hybrid approach to live conferences looks like and gave us a sneak peek at what hotel guests can expect when they travel again (wrapped hand sanitizer and a television remote in plastic).

 

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Countdown to RISE West 2020: What you need to know to make the most out of your virtual experience

Learn more about the interactive virtual sessions and activities we’ve planned for RISE West 2020, which will take place Sept. 9-11. RISE West is just a few days away. If you’ve already registered for our live-streamed event, we’ve compiled the highlights, so you make the most out of scheduled sessions and networking opportunities. Don’t worry if you haven’t registered yet. It’s not too late to take advantage of our special virtual rates. Not sure if the program is right for you? Read on to learn about the sessions, networking, exhibit hall, and fun activities that are in store for you.

 

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Video interview: Jefferson Health's Dr. Stephen Klasko on the pandemic of the future and what the health care delivery landscape will look like 

In this 10-minute video with RISE, Stephen Klasko, M.D., MBA, president and chief executive officer, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, provides a glimpse into what a global pandemic would look like in 2030 based on what we’ve learned during the COVID-19 public health emergency of 2020. Klasko, will be the closing keynote at RISE West 2020, a live-streamed virtual event that will take place Sept. 9-11. During his fireside chat, he will provide insights into how COVID-19 has affected the health care landscape as well as tips for payers and providers to navigate the changes and prepare for the future.

 

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RISE West 2020 to shine a spotlight on member engagement during new preconference workshop

COVID-19 has made member engagement more important than ever before. In this article, RISE talks to three of the facilitators of RISE West’s upcoming preconference workshop that tackles the need for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to double down on member engagement in the second half of 2020. The virtual three-hour workshop will take place at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Sept. 9, the day before the two-day live-streamed main conference. To learn more about this growing focus area, RISE interviewed the three preconference workshop leaders about why member engagement is an organization-wide effort, the impact of COVID-19, challenges and opportunities, and what attendees can expect to learn at the virtual session.

 

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The long-term effects of COVID-19 on health care: Part 2 of a video interview with John McDonough of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 

Part 2 of our interview with John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA, professor of public health practice, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who will be a featured speaker at RISE’s upcoming virtual event, RISE West 2020, Sept. 9-11. McDonough, a former member or the Massachusetts House of Representatives and former senior advisor on national health reform for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, will offer his predictions on what the 2020 election results may mean for Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and the Affordable Care Act at RISE West on Sept. 10, the first day of the main conference.

 

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The 2020 election's impact on health care: Part 1 of a video interview with John McDonough of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 

John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA, professor of public health practice, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will be a featured speaker at RISE’s upcoming virtual event, RISE West 2020, Sept. 9-11. McDonough, a former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and former senior advisor on national health reform for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, will offer his predictions on what the 2020 election results may mean for Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and the Affordable Care Act at RISE West on Sept. 10, the first day of the main conference.

 

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RISE West Keynote Dr. Marc Milstein on the importance of a good night's sleep to manage stress and protect your mental health

Marc Milstein, Ph.D., a scientist and researcher on health and happiness, will be a keynote speaker at RISE West 2020 in September. In this article, RISE talks to Milstein about his upcoming presentation and how American adults can get a better night’s sleep amid worries of COVID-19. If you have been tossing and turning at night since March, you aren’t alone. The shelter-in-place orders and physical distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic have had a negative impact on the quality of people’s sleep, says Milstein, pictured. “Some people get more sleep, but the quality is down and it’s important to talk about. Sleep isn’t just rest. Sleep is a time when we consolidate our memory and make our memories stronger. It’s also a time when we cleanse our brains and get rid of toxins and waste,” he says.

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NCQA Q&A session added to RISE West 2020

RISE is pleased to announce that Frank Micciche, vice president of public policy and external relations for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), will be a featured speaker at the RISE West 2020 virtual event Sept. 9-11. Micciche will take part in a fireside chat that addresses quality and Star ratings at 12:30 p.m. Friday, the second day of the main conference. The Q&A session will explore industry shifts, CAHPS, Star ratings, health plan feedback, and the implications of using telehealth on quality metrics.

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RISE West 2020 to shine a spotlight on SDoH cross-sector community paramedic program

Chief Derek Bergsten of the Rockford, Ill. Fire Department talks to RISE ahead of the RISE West virtual summit, where he will share the success of a collaborative social determinants of health (SDoH) program that has reduced emergency department visits, ambulance runs, and hospital admissions. Like many communities across the United States, Rockford, Ill. had a problem with a small group of residents who regularly called 911 for ambulance transport or showed up at the emergency room. Often called ER superusers, super-utilizers, or frequent flyers, these familiar faces typically had multiple health challenges and relied on the local hospital for care.

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RISE West 2020 goes virtual: Sneak a peek at this year's agenda and speakers 

The live-streamed virtual event will take place Sept. 9-11 and features presentations from leading experts in risk adjustment, quality performance, documentation, HCC coding practices, member engagement, payer-provider collaboration, and social determinants of health. Take a look at the sessions we’ve planned.

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3 takeaways from RISE West 2019 on provider engagement, payer-provider collaboration, and the real reason seniors choose MA plans

SAN DIEGO—More than 450 attendees gathered at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego for RISE West 2019 to learn about payer/provider collaboration, leadership, and the member experience. Below are takeaways from select sessions: Seniors reveal star ratings are not a big factor in plan choice Nine seniors participated in a focus panel moderated by Kathleen Ellmore, managing director of Engagys, to provide insight into their experiences with the Medicare and Medicare Advantage markets. One of their biggest reveals may be a bit discouraging for health plans that have worked hard to achieve a 4- or 5-star rating: The number of stars didn’t factor into their decision to pick a plan

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RISE West 2019: Keynote presenters inspire with leadership lessons, problem-solving strategies

SAN DIEGO —Among the highlights of RISE West 2019: An amazing story of survival and heroics during our nation’s darkest day; a new way of thinking about health care innovation; and tips to change behavior to enrich the member experience. Here’s a sampling of the keynote presentations.Richard Picciotto, retired NYC fire department chief, kicked off RISE West 2019 with a gripping first-hand account of his heroic efforts to evacuate thousands from the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11. His remarkable story was even more poignant as he recounted it on the day before the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

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