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June 22-25

Track: Policy and Finance

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  • Acute Hospital Care at Home
  • Foundations of Essential Hospital Financing
  • Medicare Funding of Residency Training: New GME Rules in 2021
  • State Perspectives on Current Health Policy
Acute Hospital Care at Home

Maryellen Guinan, Esq.
Principal Policy Analyst
America’s Essential Hospitals

Colleen Hole, BSN, MHA, FACHE
Vice President, Atrium Health Hospital at Home Administrator
Chief Nurse Executive, Atrium Health Medical Group

Stephanie Murphy, DO
Medical Director
Atrium Health Hospital at Home
Co-Medical Director
Atrium Health Mobile Integrated Health
Medical Director
Atrium Health Transition Services

Kristen D.W. Morris
Senior Vice President and Chief Government Relations Officer
Atrium Health

Acute Hospital Care at Home is an expansion of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Without Walls initiative launched in March 2020 as part of a comprehensive effort to increase hospital capacity and maximize resources in response to COVID-19. CMS has indicated it might look to expand the program by allowing more hospitals to participate. Essential hospitals interested in future iterations of this program can join this session to learn about the status of federal policy developments related to Hospital at Home programs and to learn from an essential hospital with a successful Hospital at Home program underway.

Foundations of Essential Hospital Financing

Sarah Mutinsky, JD, MPH
Deputy Washington Council, America’s Essential Hospitals
Founding Senior Advisor, Eyman Associates PC

Medicaid provides critical funding for essential hospitals. The joint role of the federal government and states in defining how Medicaid pays providers, and the source of those payments, creates both opportunities and tremendous complexity. This session will describe the fundamentals of the federal, state, and local roles in Medicaid funding and payments.

Medicare Funding of Residency Training: New GME Rules in 2021

Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD
Dentons US

Jim Anderson, MD
Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education
Oregon Health & Science University

Impending physician shortages, particularly in underserved communities, make the growth of medical residency programs critical to the future health of our country. Several significant legal developments in the world of Medicare graduate medical education funding occurred in 2020 that affect existing teaching hospitals, as well as hospitals that wish to become teaching hospitals.

This session will cover everything from regulatory changes related to COVID-19 and funded positions awarded from the closed Hahnemann University Hospital to the yearend legislation that added new funded slots, corrected the so-called “resident rotator” problem, and reduced administrative burden for rural training track programs.

State Perspectives on Current Health Policy

Gabe Roberts
Senior Strategic Advisor
Sellers Dorsey

Mari Cantwell
Director, California Services
Sellers Dorsey

Facilitated by:

Erin O’Malley
Senior Director of Policy
America’s Essential Hospitals

Join former state-level Medicaid leaders and experts from our conference sponsor, Sellers Dorsey, for a facilitated discussion about state health policy trends for 2021 and the potential impact of the Biden administration. The session will explore diverse state perspectives on topics of interest to essential hospitals, including state budgets, telehealth, coverage, and Medicaid.


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