MESC 2019 Session Themes

The proposed themes provided below are intended to identify the type of information the MESC Planning Committee believes would be of interest to Conference attendees. The themes apply to both the workshops (2.5 hours) and the general educational sessions (1 hour).  We also offer the option for you to identify a different theme. Our objective is to provide compelling and useful information to conference attendees. If you have something to share that doesn’t neatly fit one of our themes, please go ahead and still submit.

We have provided examples of potential Abstract Topics to help better define the information we are looking for – these are not required, just examples. Again, please do not feel limited by them.

Note, the acronym MES refers broadly to Medicaid Enterprise Systems, and includes systems that support the fiscal and other operations of a Medicaid program, including Eligibility and Enrollment and Health Information Technology.

The Themes for MESC 2019 are:

Theme 1: Health Care Innovations

This theme highlights innovations in the overall health care environment.  Abstracts should describe and inform participants about these new efforts and what connection they might have to MES.

Examples of Abstracts Include:

  • How will telehealth impact the MES?
  • How might new ventures between providers and insurers or the engagement of non-healthcare companies in healthcare impact the Medicaid Program or MES?
  • How will Robotics and Automation impact the MES?
  • What are the consumer-centric innovations happening in the commercial world and can they be applied to Medicaid?

Theme 2: Medicaid Innovations

This theme reflects how new Medicaid policies or program initiatives affect the MES or conversely, how the MES can enhance those initiatives.

Examples of Abstracts Include:

  • What are options for Medicaid Drug-Purchasing and how can the MES support these new approaches?
  • How can technology enhance programs for persons eligible for Medicare and Medicaid?
  • How can Medicaid Technology be leveraged to address the Opioid Epidemic?
  • What is the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model and what systems changes are needed to implement?

Theme 3: Operations and Compliance

This theme seeks to provide participants with information on how to meet existing program requirements. It encompasses abstracts that highlight modules offered to meet current State Medicaid business needs. Some topics under this theme may be best presented in a Workshop format as they can be offered as training as opposed to presentations.

Examples of Abstracts Include:

  • What has been the experience of States implementing Electronic Visit Verification?
  • How can States effectively manage multiple vendors in a modular environment?
  • What are the latest innovations in the detection of Medicaid Fraud, Waste, and Abuse?
  • What are some Innovative Approaches to User Acceptance Testing?

Theme 4: Procurement and Contracting

This theme reflects the need for participants to understand options for purchasing needed services or technology. It also includes related contractual issues that are sometimes exposed through the procurement process or arise after the procurement is completed.

Examples of Abstracts Include:

  • What is the status of existing multi-State purchasing efforts?
  • What are examples of innovative procurement approaches?
  • How can we reconcile technology innovation with existing procurement rules?
  • How can States effectively manage multiple vendors in a modular environment?

Theme 5: Interoperability

This theme reflects the advances in data exchange and their potential impact on MES.  Abstracts could discuss the connection of Social Determinants of Health to Medicaid as well as coordination between Medicaid and other Programs. This theme may also lend itself well to a workshop. 

Examples of Abstracts Include:

  • How are States addressing the end of HITECH funding?
  • What is the CMS Blue Button Initiative and does it impact the MES?
  • What is the State experience in Incorporating Z codes to identify social needs into the MMIS?
  • Have integration platforms led to MES interoperability?
  • How can interoperability standards such as FHIR support MES?

Theme 6: Data and Analytics

This theme encompasses how to access data, the kind of data that is useful, and how to use the data to promote effective Medicaid operations.

Examples of Abstracts Include:

    • How are States using Data to evaluate the effectiveness of their program operations?
    • What are examples of States using data to monitor managed care organization performance?
  • How can States enhance their ability to access and use data from the MES?

Theme 7: Third Party Liability

The State representatives of the Third Party Liability Technical Assistance Group use the MESC as a forum to meet and learn about developments in this area.  Therefore, we have a special interest in sessions devoted to Third-Party Liability.  These topics may also work well in a Workshop Format.

Examples of Abstracts Include:

    • Overview of Recent Legislative Changes that Impact Third Party Liability.
    • What are some of the latest Innovations in TPL?
  • What are various ways the states handle TPL and systems used?

The submittal deadline for abstracts was midnight (Eastern Time) on March 15, 2019.

Notification of the acceptance of your abstract will be sent by email in April.

If you have any questions regarding your submission please contact