October 7, 2024

October 9, 2024

Chicago, IL

The HMA Fall Conference: Unlocking Solutions in Medicaid, Medicare, and Marketplace


Conference Overview

The healthcare industry is at a pivotal juncture, marked by ongoing efforts to transition into a post-pandemic era. During this transition, we confront both fresh obstacles and promising prospects for enhancing health outcomes and deriving greater value from our care systems. This year alone, we have seen the approval and coverage of novel therapies for conditions like sickle cell disease and incorporation of AI into business processes. We have also responded to multiple cyberattacks to healthcare information systems, and we are witnessing the emergence of collaborative initiatives aimed at addressing social determinants of health. The forthcoming November elections, particularly the Presidential race, loom large as they are poised to significantly shape the trajectory and efficacy of policies within the healthcare and related sectors.

Join us as we seek out fresh ideas and inspiration to unlock new solutions in publicly funded healthcare.


October 7, 2024

12:30 - 1:30

Welcome and Office Hours Kick-Off

2 - 3:15

Pre-Conference Workshop: SESSION 1

We’ve gathered HMA’s experts to provide hands on simulations, case studies, and deep dives on issues that can make or break your organization’s success. 

  1. Improve Your Value-Based Care Contracts – A Hands-on Actuarial Tool  
  2. Get Ready for Medicaid’s New Managed Care Quality Rating System Framework  
  3. Data and Consequences: Individual Market Enrollment Trends  
  4. A Foundational Look at Prescription Drug Pricing Challenges 
3:15 - 3:30


3:30 - 4:45

Pre-Conference Workshop: SESSION 2

We’ll close out the afternoon with a second opportunity to join HMA’s experts for hands on simulations, case studies, and deep dives on issues that can elevate your organizations’ impact and effectiveness at hitting its goals. 

  1. Value-Based Purchasing: Getting Started with Behavioral Health Assessment Tools  
  2. Improving Health Outcomes for Justice Involved Populations: Waivers and Community Reentry Initiatives  
  3. Partnerships to Improve Children’s Behavioral Health  
  4. Framework for Thinking About – and Using – AI Effectively  
5:30 - 7:30

Chicago Skyline Welcome Reception

October 8, 2024

7:30 - 8:30

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:15 - 8:30

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Chuck Milligan, Chief Executive Officer, Health Management Associates 

8:30 - 9:15

Opening Keynote: Unlocking Health Solutions Through Innovation

Dr. Darshak Sanghavi is among the first employees of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), a newly created multibillion dollar agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ARPA-H is poised to both disrupt and modernize today’s healthcare landscape – from the modes used to deliver care to services and technology and payment. Dr. Sanghavi will discuss historical challenges to innovation in the healthcare sector and a framework for overcoming these.  

Darshak Sanghavi, MD, Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

9:15 - 10:15

Plenary Session - SDOH Part 1: National Initiatives to Reduce Barriers to Health

Solutions to remove barriers to health require collaboration across policy siloes to create financial synergies. Part 1 of this discussion features national leaders who are both creating and advancing opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration to reduce healthcare disparities and improve the social determinants of health. Learn how federal officials are working to align federal level resources and policies to sustain initiatives to address SDOH.  

10:15 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:30

Plenary Session - SDOH Part 2: Partnerships, Policy, and Program Strategies for Health Equity

Does better health start with finding a home? Efforts to address the social determinants of health are focusing on the intersection of housing and health. This panel of national leaders will discuss programmatic innovations, policies, partnerships, and funding to overcome the health and housing challenges 

11:30 - 12:30

Plenary Session - Health Plan Executives: Payer Innovation: Scaling Innovations, Tools, and Technology to Achieve Whole Person Care  

Our panel of speakers will shed light on solution-oriented approaches health plans are taking to Big Issues of the day. Hear how they plan to adapt to the demands for value-based care, the tools they have and those still needed to deliver, measure, and improve on person level quality initiatives; the future of integrated care for dual eligibles; headwinds due to enhanced scrutiny of payment; the rise of AI in healthcare, and other critical topics on the horizon.  

12:30 - 1:30

Networking Lunch

1:30 - 3

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Balancing Medicare Sustainability and Profitability Part1: Strategies for Rural Healthcare
  • Medicaid-driven Innovations to Improve Outcomes for Medicare-Medicaid Dually Eligible Individuals 
  • Marketplace Affordability Initiatives 
  • Raising the Bar on Health Equity 
  • Paying for Cures and Treatments: Data Informed Strategies to Improve Access
3 - 3:30


3:30 - 5

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Medicare Sustainability Part 2: Aligning Prevention and Outcomes in Medicare Advantage and Fee-for-Service 
  • Utilizing Demonstration and Waiver Authority to Raise the Bar on Outcomes for Special Populations
  • What’s Next for the Individual Market and Small Group Insurance
  • Building Workforce Capacity for Rural Communities
  • It’s Back –HMA’s Shark Tank with Digital Health IT Vendors  
5 - 7


October 9, 2024

7 - 8:30

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:30 - 9:15

Panel Session - Providers at Risk: How to Fund Innovation on Public Payer Rates

Lessons learned by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), public hospitals, and entrepreneurial startups on how to better serve populations with diverse acute and ambulatory needs.  

9:15 - 10

Panel Session - Re-examining Coverage Strategies in Behavioral Health

Beyond just expanding capacity, this panel will discuss a behavioral health system designed to serve needs across payers, across agencies, employing updated practices and innovative care strategies.  

10 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:30

Medicaid Unwound: Data Informed Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes

Hear from Medicaid Directors implementing different strategies to equitably improve outcome, sustain coverage and improve the customer experience with the Medicaid program. State leaders will share insights on major initiatives underway in their states to address health disparities, manage ongoing crises in mental health and substance use disorders including among children and youth, their perspectives on strategies to integrate care for the Medicare-Medicaid dual eligible population, use of AI and other timely topics.  

11:30 - 12:30

Closing Plenary - Hope for the Future: Bipartisan Policymaking to Improve Public Programs

Honest talk with policy changemakers on both sides of the aisle about the future of health policy that balances sustainability and access to serve the public good. These leaders will delve into the issues and dynamics that will shape the future healthcare landscape in 2025 and beyond, including healthcare affordability, their views on future work to address health disparities, sustainability of public coverage programs, among other emergent issues.  


Networking Lunch

Network with new colleagues and partners over a lunch or grab a boxed lunch if you must leave us sooner.  

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Marriott Marquis Chicago Hotel
2121 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601


Early Bird Registration ends July 31, 2024. Online Registration ends October 1, 2024. Onsite registration is welcome thereafter.

Pre-Conference Only – Early Bird$400.00
General Attendees – Early Bird ($400 savings)$1495.00
HMA Client – Early Bird ($400 savings)$1200.00
Provider & Community Based Organization – Early Bird ($400 savings)$1200.00
Government Staff – Early Bird ($200 savings, must have .gov email address)$600.00


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