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february 2021

Prioritizing Health and Reducing Cost: A Prescription for Success - Rethinking health as an investment, not just a cost, holds the potential to improve members health while also reducing cost. This forum will discuss new trends to improve health outcomes and how that can reduce health care cost across the board.

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  • 9:00AM
    Virtual Coffee Chat - What's Happening at HHSC
    9:00AM-9:25AM

    Grab your favorite mug and join your colleagues and TAHP staff for a cup of joe. Laurie will provide an overview of the policy changes related to COVID-19, updates on legislative implementation and share what we are hearing related to staffing at the agency.

    Laurie Vanhoose
    Director of Policy, Government Programs, Texas Association of Health Plans
  • 9:25AM
    Opening Remarks & Introductions
    9:25AM-9:30AM
    Laurie Vanhoose
    Director of Policy, Government Programs, Texas Association of Health Plans
  • 9:30AM
    Understanding Molluscum Contagiosum 
    9:30AM-10:25AM

    Molluscum contagiosum is a highly contagious viral skin infection found mainly in children that affects roughly 6 million people per year in the US. This presentation will include information on symptoms, incidence and prevalence, how the disease is spread, available (non-FDA approved) treatments, and how it affects patients’ lives.

    Melissa Olivadoti, PhD, CMPP
    Director of Medical Affairs, Verrica Pharmaceuticals
  • 10:30AM
    Pharmacy and Medical Specialty - Pipeline, Trends, and Recent Developments
    10:30AM-11:25AM

    Attendees will learn about current pharmacy trends, drug pipeline and recent developments impacting Medical and Pharmacy Specialty spend.

    Dino Conti, PharmD, MBA
    Area Vice President, Health Plan Pharmacy Consulting, Solid Benefit Guidance, Arthur J. Gallagher and Co.
    Will McHugh
    Area Senior Vice President, Health Plan Pharmacy Consulting, Solid Benefit Guidance, Arthur J. Gallagher and Co.
  • 11:30AM
    The COVID-19 Response and Reopening the Economy
    11:30AM-12:25PM

    Participants will have the opportunity to hear from Dr. McClellan, one of Governor Abbott’s medical advisers on the StrikeForce to Open Texas and the former administrator of CMS and commissioner of the U.S. FDA, on the current state of COVID-19 and Texas’ response. 

    Dr. Mark McClellan, MD, PhD
  • 12:25PM
    Wrap Up
    12:25PM-12:30PM
  • 9:00AM
    Virtual Coffee Chat
    9:00AM-9:25AM

    Grab your favorite mug and join Dr. John Zerwas for an update on the Governor’s Strike Force and its COVID-19 response.

    Dr. John Zerwas
    Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, The University of Texas System
  • 9:25AM
    Opening Remarks & Introductions
    9:25AM-9:30AM
    Laurie Vanhoose
    Director of Policy, Government Programs, Texas Association of Health Plans
  • 9:30AM
    Determinants of Quality of Life in ALS
    9:30AM-10:25AM

    This presentation will inform and educate on how ALS affects a person and their family from diagnosis to end-of-life. We will explore the QoL factors and external pressures that manifest as a result of disease progression. A diagnosis of ALS is ominous, but there is hope.

    Nancy Bayerlein
    National Director of Advocacy, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America
    Tanner Hockensmith
    Executive Director, ALS Association Texas Chapter
  • 10:30AM
    Addressing Service Delivery and Infection Control During the Pandemic
    10:30AM-11:25AM

    The therapeutic community provides an additional alternative for those seeking recovery who have found traditional short-term residential programs and/or outpatient services unsuccessful. This presentation will provide processes that enhance therapeutic services through a holistic approach, including clinical support, education initiatives, medical and dental support and vocational skills training in addition to other services while in treatment.

    Angel Hull
    Assistant Vice President of Clinical Services, CENIKOR
  • 11:30AM
    Non-Emergent Transportation Services in Texas: Considerations Managing the Upcoming NEMT Benefit
    11:30AM-12:25PM

    This discussion will provide an overview of the value and important considerations in the management of the NEMT benefit. In addition to an “NEMT 101,” we will provide insight on NEMT as a member-facing experience and differentiator, the Non-Emergent Transportation vendor market, and approaches to contracting and managing vendor performance. Following the discussion, participants will have a greater understanding of their role in providing a high-quality, cost-controlled transportation experience to their members.

    Duane Harrington
    Senior Managing Director, AArete
    Madhav Nadendla
    Managing Director, AArete
    Jeff Schacht
    Director, AArete
  • 12:25PM
    Wrap Up
    12:25PM-12:30PM