This year, we are again offering MESC attendees seven educational Workshops on Monday August 19 beginning at 3:30 and ending at 6:00 PM. These Workshops are 2.5 hour sessions and provide the opportunity for in-depth and interactive exploration of a topic. They are open to any registered Conference attendee at no additional charge.
Once you have registered for the Conference we will send you information on how to register for the Workshops. The deadline for Workshop registration is Wednesday August 14, 2019.
CMS Workshop: You be the State Officer – New models of DDI Oversight 
An interactive workshop aimed at generating feedback and perspectives on CMS’s oversight model and methodology for monitoring state systems implementation projects. In this interactive working session we will present the CMS oversight process as it exists today by demonstrating a scenario where the Division Director is testifying before Congress on a large state implementation that is in progress but not completed. In this example, the fictional project is large in scope, includes aspects across the Medicaid Enterprise, has extended beyond the original end date and has experienced requests for additional funding. As the scenario unfolds, we will pause between ‘Acts’ to examine and discuss areas of focus in the current model. During these sessions, we will work with attendees to gain feedback, suggest ‘what if’ options and gather ideas for how to improve the model. The goal of the workshop is to identify areas of opportunity in the existing process for the near term as well as how the model may need to evolve over time.
Ed Dolly, Data and Systems Group, CMS; Sam Schaffzin, Data and Systems Group, CMS; 
John Allison, Data and Systems Group, CMS
CMS Workshop: Can we make toolkits obsolete?
(Open to State or Federal Government only)
In any product development effort, understanding the way we will define success, both for development and in operation, is crucial to achieving those desired outcomes. Accuracy, timeliness and completeness are important for any Medicaid enterprise business process. In this interactive working session, we will present some of the initial work done to date to specify test cases and metrics for certain Medicaid business processes (electronic visit verification, eligibility, etc) and work with attendees to (1) update and refine the work done to date, and (2) discuss approaches for demonstrating success to achieve business goals. This session will emphasize strategies for pilot states to invest forming state business-IT partnerships for identifying outcomes and benchmarking progress against the Medicaid enterprise’s collective aims, rather than toolkit compliance.
Julie Boughn, Director, Data and Systems Group, CMS; Amy Wodarek O’Reilly, Mathematica Policy Research; Megan Reilly, Mathematica Policy Research
Map the Journey to Intelligent TPL: A Design Thinking Workshop
What’s new and innovative in third-party liability? Until recently, the answer has been “not much.” That’s now changing as more states work to adopt innovative approaches, such as Big Data analytics, in their TPL module. In this hands-on workshop, participants will have an opportunity to experience the power of design thinking to unlock TPL innovations. Working together, participants will use design thinking tools to identify key opportunities and develop solutions that will move TPL modules into the future. A key tenet of design thinking is establishing a firm basis for the session by gathering stakeholder input and relevant data in advance. The facilitator will contact stakeholders before the session to identify key issues and relevant data sources that will establish the foundation of a productive session.
PresentersIn lieu of panelists, participants will form small groups for facilitated discussions. Please note the groups will be either State-only or Industry-only.  
Denise Poley, Accenture; Christine Hansen, Accenture; David Greco, Massachusetts 
The Da Vinci Project – Medicaid Wanted!!!
The Da Vinci Project, mentioned in the CMS Interoperability Rule, is a private sector initiative comprised of industry leaders and health information technology technical experts who are working together to accelerate the adoption of HL7® FHIR® as the standard to support and integrate value-based care (VBC) data exchange across communities. The core focus of Phase 1 of the project is to deliver implementation guides and reference software implementations to the public for data exchange and workflows necessary to support providers and payers entering and managing VBC contracts and relationships. Stakeholders clearly understand the criticality of working together to define a common set of standards that can be implemented on a national basis. The project will minimize the development and deployment of one-off solutions between partners with a goal to help medical groups and health plans better deliver on clinical quality, cost, and care management outcomes. The HL7 FHIR technology enables easier sharing of health information across plans and practices, reducing duplicative tests and supporting better health outcomes. This Workshop is s an opportunity to educate MESC participants and encourage them to participate in the project. To date, there is no Medicaid agency participation in the Da Vinci Project and we believe this project will help solve pain points experienced by all payers.
Robert Dieterle, Enablecare; Mary Kay McDaniel, Cognosante
Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)® Standards and Medicaid
Please join us for this collaborative session demonstrating the value of using open source FHIR APIs supporting the CMS proposed rules for interoperability and addressing social determinants of health. For the last three years, the MITA TAC has been collaboratively building Proof of Concept (PoC) applications and APIs that are aligned with the CMS proposed rules. This session will start with an overview of the proposed rules and progress into a real world description by the Michigan Health Information Network (MIHiN) on how Michigan is using those technologies to support their users and communities. We will then describe and demonstrate a continuation of last year’s PoC that was an Opioid Care Management solution built on a FHIR framework called Omnibus Care Plan (OCP). Next, we will present how one organization is extending the OCP framework into a commercially available product using mature plugins. Finally, this session will announce how the MITA TAC will be working closely with the Stewards of Change to leverage the CMS/ONC technologies in the field of Human Services, especially the Social Determinants of Health.
Matt Englehart, MIHiN; Dave Walsh, MITA TAC; Ken Salyards, SAMHSA; Jeff Strand, DXC Technologies; Tom Silvious, General Dynamics Information Technology; Brian Book, BookZurman; Daniel Stein, Stewards of Change
How Human Service Agencies are Doubling Capacity without Technology
How many times have you invested in a technology solution to make the pain go away, only to find out the pain gets excruciatingly worse with each passing day post implementation? While technology is sold as the cure-all for serving more clients and delivering vital services to citizens faster, without first redesigning our service delivery pipelines, it often leads to false hope, wasted dollars and broken promises, setting HHS and IT leaders and teams up for failure from the beginning. Agencies gamble hundreds of millions of dollars on new systems for a 50% chance to make a 5% improvement, yet the simple truth is technology cannot be the solution, because it is not the problem. During this presentation, attendees will learn how 18 human service agencies from across the country have increased capacity by up to 130% while serving families 70% faster and more accurately with no significant investment in technology. Attendees will be challenged to think differently regarding technology and the role it plays in helping organizations improve performance, learn where to look instead to find similar improvements, and how they, too, can realize these significant gains before they make a multi-million dollar technology mistake.
Blake Shaw, Change & Innovation Agency; Leo Ribas, Change & Innovation Agency
Practical Tips to Effectively Lead Digital Transformations and Modernize Legacy Systems
It’s 2019, people expect government to deliver easy to use digital services and your team is tasked with making it happen. Are you struggling to modernize a clunky, outdated and expensive legacy IT system? Do you worry about attracting and retaining the right in-house talent to successfully implement any big IT project? Are you haunted by stories of past failures? Are you looking for alternatives to the traditional single vendor big bang contracting approach? In this session we will go over the basic concepts of modern software development (user centered design, agile development and modular procurement) as well as alternatives to the traditional IT procurement approach and practical tips and questions you can use to help reduce risk and deliver valuable services to your end users faster.
Amy Ashida, GSA/18F; Robin Carnahan, GSA/18F; Randy Hart, GSA/18F;
Greg Walker, GSA/18F