With pandemic protections about to expire, learn about critical questions and issues facing state and federal healthcare policymakers in 2022. 

As our public health emergency (hopefully) winds down, federal and state governments are reshaping healthcare policy. To gain clarity we sat down with Ceci Connolly, CEO for the Alliance of Community Health Plans to discuss federal and state healthcare policy trends around Medicaid, mental health, preauthorization and value-based care. 

Today’s panel includes:

Ceci Connolly, President and CEO, Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP); Deanne Kasim, VP, Health Policy at Change Healthcare; Angela Evatt, Director, State Health Policy at Change Healthcare; Matt Keppler, Senior Manager, State Health Policy at Change Healthcare; Steve Brennan, Senior Manager, State Health Policy at Change Healthcare

Here’s what they chatted about:

  • As states wind down their public health emergency benefits, what will that mean for Medicaid benefits?
  • What safeguards can states put in place to ensure vulnerable populations continue to get the care they need?
  • How are federal and state government agencies attempting to operationalize Social Determinates of Health (SDoH) data to provide care?
  • How are states seeking to regulate the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automated decision-making in healthcare?
  • What are Change Healthcare’s key considerations for creating AI policy?
  • Where is telehealth headed?
  • What are the inherent issues with fee-for-service medicine?
  • How will state governments address expiring health benefits?  

Episode resources:

  1. Ceci Connolly’s bio
  2. Deanne Kasim’s bio
  3. Matt Keppler’s bio
  4. Steve Brennan’s bio
  5. Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP)
  6. BLOG—Top Five Federal Policy Priorities for Health Care Affordability
  7. FACT SHEET—Building on the Success Of The ACA
  8. INFOGRAPHIC—The Cost OF Low-Value Care
  9. FACT SHEET—The Promise of Telehealth
  10. Updated Guidance for Winding Down Medicaid’s Continuous Enrollment
  11. CalAIM Explained: A Five-Year Plan to Transform Medi-Cal
  12. Not Ready for the End Game—Why Ending Federal COVID-19 Emergency Declarations Will Harm Access to Care
  13. Government Affairs

Show resources:

Key takeaways

  • Synchronized coordination between plans and providers can help drive value in healthcare
  • While the health system alone can’t fix institutional biases and economic inequities, it can play an important role
  • Innovative care delivery models can allow us to reach more patients with the resources we already have

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