Past Meetings

Payers in a Post-ACA Envrionment: What Are They Looking to Buy and How?

4/17/15  Back

On April 24, Health TechNet hosted both a morning meeting from 9:00 am to 11:30 am on the procurement process by hospitals and health plans, and its regular lunch meeting from noon to 2 pm focusing on how physicians are coping with the conversion to electronic medical records. The meetings were held at Nelson Mullins’ offices on Capitol Hill. The morning session was a continuation of our Innovators series for developing companies on navigating the procurement and purchasing process of hospitals and health plans. The featured speakers were Ms. Robin Norman, who is the nationally recognized Senior VP and CFO of Virginia Hospital Center, and Deanne Primozic Kasim, Research Director of Payer Health IT, IDC Health Insights. The feature topic for the regular lunch meeting was an examination of the positives and negatives for physicians of the conversion to electronic medical records— what is going well, and what is not, and what are the issues and problems that remain for physicians who seek user-friendly electronic platforms. To examine these issues, we had a panel of knowledgeable physicians and other speakers familiar with the implementation process, including: *Claudia Tellez and Dr. Nancy Tanchel from the Medical Society of Northern Virginia (which has rolled out its own Health Information Exchange); *Dr. Peter Kaufman from Dr. First, *Dr. Kevin Malloy from MedStar, and *Paul Uhrig from Surescripts. Many other physicians and implementers participated in this lively discussion. We will also heard from Ms. Norman about the striking success of the value based purchasing program at Virginia Hospital Center, which has made VHC the only current Top 100 Hospital in the Washington-Baltimore area.