MESC 2020 Workshop Proposals

Workshops will be held on Monday, August 10th and will run for 2.5 hours. Workshops are intended to be highly interactive and focused on skill building. Examples of potential topics include:

  • Introduction to Medicaid and Medicaid Systems – for State and Industry personnel who are new to this space
  • How to share data between specific programs or agencies
  • How to automate payment for Social Determinants of Health
  • How to Write an Effective Advance Planning Document
  • Overview of the Medicaid Managed Care Rule
  • Deep dive into the CMS and ONC Interoperability Rules

If your proposed Workshop will be more effective with a limited number of participants, please note that with your submission.

MESC 2020 Abstract Proposals

General guidelines:

  • To the extent possible, general session abstracts should include a State representative or State perspective. For example, if the abstract highlights a specific vendor’s solution, we recommend the session include either a State that has implemented the solution or a State Government representative who can serve as a reactor. If this will be a challenge, please note that and the reason why in your submission.
  • Abstracts should be limited to 200 words
  • Sessions are limited to no more than four (4) speakers
  • Sessions will be 60 minutes in length; and should allow for 10-15 minutes for audience questions.

MESC 2020 Themes

We are requesting abstracts in six areas that support the Medicaid Enterprise Systems Community to improve and advance the Medicaid Program. The themes are provided as guidelines only. We are interested in well-developed and meaningful sessions; we encourage you to be creative. If your idea does not fall neatly into a specific category, just use the one that most closely aligns with your proposal.

Theme 1: Planning

These abstracts should include information that will help States as they plan and prepare for new implementations or changes. Sessions could address:

  • Planning to achieve specific program and business outcomes
  • Planning for iterative development and incremental delivery
  • Planning for continuous DDI
  • Designing solutions with other agencies or programs
  • Complying with new Federal requirements; for example, the changes needed to meet the CURES Act requirements; and how States should prepare for the final CMS Interoperability rule
  • Transitioning HITECH funded efforts to MMIS funding
  • Coordinating with Medicaid Managed Care organization information systems
  • Developing with the end user front and center

Theme 2: Procurement

These abstracts should focus on how to ensure Requests for Proposals and Contracts are effective:

  • Highlighting successful examples of genuine re-use
  • Areas for improvement on both the State and Vendor side
  • Examples of current innovative procurement approaches
  • How to use open source effectively
  • Procurement approaches in an Outcomes Based environment

Theme 3: Implementation

These abstracts should communicate best practices once States are in the implementation or operations phase:

  • Product management and project management
  • Strategies to manage multiple vendors in a modular environment
  • Effective vendor and State relationship management
  • How Medicaid Enterprise Systems can incorporate and support new Program initiatives such as value-based payment arrangements, telehealth, Social Determinants of Health, changes in pharmacy payment
  • Continuous integration/continuous deployment
  • Best practices in testing systems/automated testing

Theme 4: Evaluation and Data

These abstracts should focus on the use of data to evaluate the impact of systems or programs:

  • How States are using or exchanging data to measure the effectiveness of program initiatives
  • How States can become data-driven organizations
  • Effective encounter data management
  • Medicaid Enterprise Systems support of Program Integrity efforts
  • Ensuring privacy and security of Medicaid beneficiary data

Theme 5: Innovation

These abstracts are an opportunity to share information about innovations in the Medicaid program, health care, or technology. Potential topics could highlight:

  • How technology addresses the aging experience
  • Facial recognition software and potential impact on Medicaid
  • How artificial intelligence will impact government
  • New healthcare models and their potential impact on Medicaid
  • Medicaid Enterprise Systems and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)
  • The impact of 5G

Theme 6: Third Party Liability

The MESC offers a specific theme for people working in Third Party Liability (TPL).  We design this theme as a “conference within a conference.” Abstracts should follow the same general guidelines and highlight the themes for the general conference, with a specific focus on TPL.


The Call for Abstracts is now closed.