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May 2014 St@teside

Last Chance to Register for AcademyHealth's State Interest Group and Annual Research Meetings

AcademyHealth’s State Health Research and Policy (SHRP) Interest Group will host its annual meeting on Saturday, June 7 at the Hilton San Diego. The SHRP Interest Group meeting provides researchers, policymakers, and practitioners with the opportunity to hear and discuss recent state-level research that emphasizes the unique challenges of working within a state policy and political environment. The small-group format allows for participants to engage in discussion opportunities and network with peers from around the country.

The meeting is held in conjunction with AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting (ARM). Online registration for the ARM and the SHRP IG Meeting ends this Friday, May 30. Register today and take advantage of discounted rates!

The ARM program offers several sessions in which state officials may have an interest. The 2014 program includes a theme on Coverage and Access: Medicaid and Exchanges; additional state-related sessions include:

Transforming State Payment and Delivery Systems: Not So SIMple

Sunday, June 8 | 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Chair: Anne Gauthier, National Academy for State Health Policy

Panelists: Katie Johnson, California Health and Human Services Agency; Daniel Meuse, Office of Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts (RI); Greg Moody, Governor's Office of Health Transformation (OH)

Policy Roundtable: The panel will feature three SIM Model Design state leads from geographically and politically diverse states: Rhode Island, Ohio, and California. Anne Gauthier (NASHP) will moderate the panel and will present a brief overview of the SIM Model Design process and the range of designs across the nation. She will then conduct an interactive discussion among the three state policymakers, covering their diverse approaches in addressing the following issues in SIM design and implementation: Overall Plan Design and Scope, Stakeholder Process and Sustaining Momentum, Payment and Infrastructure Changes, Policy Levers for Implementation, and Implementation Action Steps and Challenges.

Navigating the Health Insurance Exchanges: Consumer Choice and the Use of Available Information
Monday, June 9 | 8:00-9:30 a.m.

Chair: Robin Weinick, RAND

Panelists: Judith Hibbard, University of Oregon; Keith Marzilli Ericson, Boston University; Pamela Nadash, University of Massachusetts; Anna Sinaiko, Harvard School of Public Health

Invited Session: In navigating the Health Insurance Exchanges to obtain coverage, consumers face a plethora of information as they make complex choices with significant implications for their access to and out-of-pocket costs of health care services. Panelists in this session will address how we can enable consumer choice on the exchanges, the help that consumers need in navigating their way through the Exchange enrollment process, how product standardization affects consumer choice, and what we know from decision research about how to help people overcome the challenges in making plan choices.

Late-Breaking Abstract Session: The ACA and Early Performance
Tuesday, June 10 | 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Chair: Christopher Koller, Milbank Memorial Fund


Consumers' Early Care Experiences Using Health Insurance Marketplace Qualified Health Plans: Preliminary Findings from California
Brandy Farrar, American Institutes for Research

ACO Characteristics Associated with Quality Performance
Taressa Fraze,
Geisel School of Medicine

Early Impact of Affordable Care Act Subsidies on Labor Market Supply
Cameron Kaplan,
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Experience with ACA Open Enrollment: Lessons for 2015
Stephen Zuckerman, Urban Institute

Special Session: This session, comprised of abstracts submitted to a special late-breaking call for abstracts, will discuss some of the most timely and relevant research in the field of health services research. Panelists will discuss early evidence and experiences associated with the ACA.