MESC 2018: Putting the Pieces Together to Build the Future 

The MESC 2018 theme recognizes that the MESC community continues to be in a period of transition as many of us embrace new approaches to the development and implementation of our systems. The drive to modularity is still at the forefront of these efforts, while we also respond to ever-changing significant business needs. For MESC 2018, we are seeking abstracts that provide tools to implement these changes (the Pieces) as well as a vision for where we are headed (the Future). As always, abstracts should reflect the power of technology to support State Medicaid and HHS agencies as high-performing, value-based, and outcome-oriented organizations.

The six tracks for this year are described below. Examples are provided solely to give you a sense of the theme – do not feel limited by them. Except for the Boot Camp Track, abstract submissions should reflect content that will provide 45 minutes’ worth of useful information with time for Q&A. While this guide may not explicitly mention all of them, as you develop your abstracts, please always keep in mind the overarching Seven Conditions and Standards: Modularity, MITA, Industry, Leverage, Business Results, Reporting, and Interoperability

Track 1: Strategic Planning and Preparation

Abstracts in this category should address how States prepare and plan for new implementations or initiatives. Examples include: experiences with and outcomes from the MITA 3.0 State Self-Assessment; Business and Technical Architecture; new approaches to procurement; accessing federal and state financing; Governance, Management of Multiple Vendors; Working Effectively with a Systems Integrator; Certification; Staffing

Track 2: Meeting the Business Need

Abstracts in this category should address how technology supports and enhances a State’s ability to meet new or current program requirements. Examples include: how systems support work requirements or telehealth; 21st Century Cures Act requirements; Program Integrity; Third Party Liability, Managed Care Oversight; how Modularity provides States with flexibility during times of rapid programmatic change

Track 3: Orchestrating Resources for Maximum Effect, Sharing, and Interoperability

Abstracts in this category highlight how States can leverage resources and technology across multiple programs within a State or across States. Examples include how systems can serve multiple business needs across and beyond the Health and Human Services enterprise; how to reuse technology; how to integrate claims and clinical data; the impact of the expiration of the OMB Circular A-87 Exception; joint ventures between two or more States

Track 4: Analytics to Drive Improvement

Abstracts in this category focus on how to access and use data in meaningful ways. Examples of topics include the use of data to address the opioid epidemic; how to train staff to use data, how to understand and use encounter data for managed care oversight; leveraging T-MSIS data for State analytical needs; modeling; freeing data from multiple sources beyond the Medicaid program to achieve 360-degree client views; privacy and confidentiality considerations; fostering data-driven decision making; an updated digital strategy focusing on mobility; customer self-service; “Big Data” and its application in Medicaid or Health and Human Services; robust performance and predictive analytics

Track 5: Boot Camps

We are seeking a few abstracts for sessions targeting people new to Medicaid or the Medicaid Systems space. These sessions should provide overviews of significant topics. Examples of subjects include the Certification Process; Medicaid and Systems 101; Health Information Technology 101; Overview of Health and Human Services Programs. These sessions should be 90 minutes in length and delivered in an interactive, workshop format. If selected, these sessions will be scheduled on Aug. 15, Wednesday in the morning.

Track 6: Cutting Edge

Abstracts in this category should highlight innovations that are not yet prevalent in the Medicaid Systems Enterprise. Examples of topics include technologies used in other industries that may have impact in Medicaid or HHS; artificial intelligence, driverless cars, face-recognition technology; responsive design in the Medicaid space. We are open to pretty much anything in this category – creativity is encouraged!


Submit an Abstract

The submittal deadline for abstracts is March 30, 2018.
Notification of the acceptance of your abstract will be sent by email in late-April.

If you have any questions regarding your submission or the abstract submission process, please contact