• 27 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • mhdc offices & online
    • 88

    Information Blocking:
    Law and Interoperability

    September 27, 2017 9:00 - 11:00 AM

    Speaker: David S. Szabo, JD, Partner, Locke Lord; Chairman of the Board, MHDC

    Congress, The Office of the Inspector General, the Office of National Coordinator, and the Office of Civil Rights all have expressed their concerns about possible “information blocking” by electronic health record vendors and by provider organizations.  ONC defines information blocking as knowingly and unreasonably interfering with the exchange or use of electronic health information.  After a flurry of legislation and regulatory guidance, Information Blocking can lead to:

    • Reimbursement penalties under MACRA;
    • An obligation to refund “meaningful use” incentive payments;
    • Civil monetary penalties;
    • Violations of the Stark regulations;
    • Violations of the Anti-kickback statute; or
    • False Claims liability.
    The presentation will review regulatory definitions of “Information Blocking,” legal guidance from various agencies, and reasonable justifications for limitations on interoperability. 

    • 05 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • mhdc offices & online
    • 74

    Optimizing Approaches to Behavioral Health Management
    Leveraging Technology and Analytics to Drive Patient Outcomes

    October 5, 2017 9:00 - 11:00 AM

    Presented by Beacon Health Options

    Innovation abounds, what how can we find the right solutions to employ that are both cost effective and efficient to implement? As Massachusetts prepares to embark on the MassHealth ACO Restructure, what role do we all play in making sure the model is successful? Best practices for behavioral health management require coordination across 3 core stakeholder groups in 3 core categories: Members, Providers and MBHOs regarding Access to Care, Management and Support, and Actionable Analytics.

    These categories are inter-related, and shared responsibility crosses all 3 stakeholder groups

    Technology tools and analytics can help fill the gaps and answer the following:

    • What should Providers & MBHO’s employ to share patient data seamlessly in order to effectively manage the whole person?
    • How can we use technology to expand access to Behavioral Health Services?
    • How can we support Providers in diagnosis and prescribing for our patients?
    • Can we leverage existing patient data to transition from reactive care to proactive & preventative care?
    • In what ways can new technologies and analytics drive down the overall cost of care, while improving the member experience around quality and outcomes?


    • Alison O’Connell, Director on the Corporate Strategy, Beacon Health Options

    Alison's responsibilities include focusing on leveraging Beacon’s core capabilities as well as modernizing our products, tools and solutions in order to support our MCO partners and Provider Networks to drive the quality of care and outcomes for our members.

    • 12 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • mhdc offices & online
    • 91

    Practical Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

    October 12, 2017 9:00 - 11:00 AM

    Presented by Decision Options

    Wide adoption of EMR systems has resulted in rich data in provider settings but much of this valuable information sits in databases without being analyzed in any way. Emerging technologies in the area of machine learning and artificial intelligence can be profitably deployed in clinics and hospitals of all sizes to understand and predict patient behavior, risk of not meeting quality criteria, patient flow, provider utilization and variety of other aspects to help improve outcomes and reduce cost of provision. In behavior health we are building models that can predict optimum intervention and to match patients to therapists. In primary care, we are building models in hypertension, diabetes and other disease modalities to assign risk scores to patients who are unlikely to improve and may require closer monitoring and more proactive intervention.

    You will learn:

    • What is machine learning and artificial intelligence in the context of providers?
    • How can providers take advantage of emerging ideas and technologies in this area?
    • What resources are needed to make practical applications? How long does it take?
    • How can you get started and reach your goals?
    • 24 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • online & @MHDC
    • 92

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Visualization

    Terms such as “visualization,” “visual intelligence,” “infographics,” “information graphics,” and “dashboards” get tossed around with such frequency and with different meanings that it is hard to know exactly what we are talking about when we talk about visualizing our health and healthcare data.

    In this interactive seminar we will discuss how and why the leading researchers and recognized experts define these terms in a manner that will empower you to select the best graphs and visualizations to display your data. You will learn the science behind how we see and understand information and simple yet powerful ways to display and communicate information so that the opportunities are clear and people are moved to action.

    We will explore and discuss the five qualities of a great visualization – is it:

    We have expanded our portfolio to include compelling new examples from our work with public health groups and clinical research teams, along with ongoing work displaying provider and payer performance and financial data. And, although you may never create the reports and dashboards disseminated by your institution, you must understand the power and importance of how we see and understand data in order to lead a truly data driven organization.


    Katherine Rowell, MS, MHA, Founder & Principal, HealthDataViz
    • 02 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Webinar only!
    • 91

    How to Use Different Types of
    to Support Population Health

    Webinar only!
    Thursday, November 2nd, 
    10:00 -11:00 am 

    NOTE TIME! Start time is 10:00 AM

    Presented by xScion

    Impacting population health through telehealth initiatives is a key catalyst for change among providers. Yet how do you successfully utilize telehealth – and set up the technology infrastructure to support it? 

    Join us via Webinar on November 2nd to hear:

    • Dr. Ronald Dixon, Medical Director, Population Health, Network Development and Integration MGH, discusses various telehealth programs, including video and eVisits, and the results Mass General has achieved with sample use cases.
    • Mason Chaudhry, Enterprise Operations Principal at xScion, shares strategy tips for setting up the technology architecture and integrations needed for telehealth programs.

    ***Webinar connection info will be sent via email when you register. ***

    • 15 Nov 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Massachusetts Medical Society
    • 138

    Healthcare Value in Massachusetts: Harnessing Data to Improve Quality and Cost Effectiveness
    Annual Meeting: 
    Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    at Massachusetts Medical Society, Waltham

    Member Attendees: $100
    Non-Member Attendees: $200

    View the full agenda here.

    • 15 Nov 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Massachusetts Medical Society
    • 12

    Healthcare Value in Massachusetts: Harnessing Data to Improve Quality and Cost Effectiveness

    Annual Meeting: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    at Massachusetts Medical Society, Waltham

    SPONSORSHIPS Available
    Limited to Twelve (12)
    Member Sponsor: $1000
    Non-Member Sponsor: $2000

    • 21 Nov 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • online

    Spotlight User Group - Webinar Series

    Tuesday, November 21, 2:00 PM

    Over the coming calendar year, MHDC will be hosting a series of user group webinars that will focus on relevant & important use cases, questions, and your input & recommendations for  improvements to the Spotlight solution.  

    Session info coming soon

    • 30 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 01 Dec 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • DataSense Solutions, Waltham, MA

    Tableau for Healthcare Professionals -- Beginner / Intermediate Level

    DataSense Solutions, Waltham, MA

    This two-day course is designed for the healthcare professional who works with data (regardless of technical or analytical background), with a beginner to intermediate Tableau software skill level. This highly interactive course is designed to give you the skills you need to connect to data and build tables, graphs, charts and dashboards in Tableau using healthcare data sets. 

    For more info and Registration, click here.

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