Health Policy Workshop



Thursday, March 30, 2017
8:30-9:00 amRegistration and Networking
9:00-9:45 amThe Future of the Affordable Care Act
The future of health care in America is more uncertain than ever. The Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) has been in effect for five years, demonstrating some successes and weaknesses, and many lessons learned. Under the Trump Administration and Republican-controlled Congress, a repeal of all or parts of the ACA is likely. What’s next? Dr. Greenwald will talk about the parts of the ACA that demonstrated success and the provisions that were problematic. She will then discuss the core elements of the prevailing ACA replacement plans, highlighting what we might expect for health care during the next two years.
Leslie Greenwald (RTI International)
9:45-10:00 amNetworking Break
10:00-11:30 amPanel on MACRA, Population Health & Impact to NC Providers
Despite substantial uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act, most industry veterans believe that MACRA—the bipartisan law moving health care from a fee-for-service environment toward a value-based one—will remain. This sweeping legislation, already in effect, will fundamentally alter how health care stakeholders operate, including requiring increased collaboration and coordination.

This panel will provide an overview of key facets of the MACRA legislation, describe some of its likely effects upon providers, payers, IT vendors, policy makers, and employers, and offer different stakeholders’ current thoughts about how to prepare to meet this challenging but necessary tectonic shift.

Panelists: Roy Wyman and Trish Markus (Nelson Mullins), Dr. Vivek Nanda (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC), Melanie Phelps (NC Medical Society)
11:30 am-12:30 pmNetworking Lunch
12:30-2:00 pm Panel on NC Medicaid Transition & NC HIEA
Discussion topics include NC’s reform vision as submitted in the 1115 Waiver Application, waiver changes that will be considered in light of ACA and Medicaid changes at the federal level, and what it means for NC providers.

Panelists: Dave Richard (NC Division of Medical Assistance), Chip Baggett (NC Medical Society)
2:00-2:15 pmNetworking Break
2:15-4:00 pmWorld Café Session
4:00 pmAdjourn






This was one of the best conferences I have been to in a long time. It was local, relevant and concise, packed with good information and varied perspectives.

— 2015 NCHICA Workshop Attendee
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