KHC’s 9th Annual Conference Focuses on Transparency and Data

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The vision of the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative is a more equitable system for health where all people in Kentucky and Southern Indiana have access to high quality and affordable healthcare. This year’s conference is focused on how using data and having transparency to access and combine various components of data can transform how we improve our system for health.

This year we have two networking opportunities for participants, sponsors, and exhibitors. The conference begins with a reception on March 28 from 5pm to 7pm and ends with a reception on March 29 after the conference presentations until 7 pm. Collaboration is the key to changing our healthcare system and we want participants to share their learnings, successes, and challenges with each other before and after the conference.

Eric Friedlander, Secretary of the Cabinet for Heath and Family Services will open the conference on behalf of Governor Beshear.

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Keynote speaker discusses measurement and the opportunities to enhance quality and equity

Dr. Christa-Marie Singleton, Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will address this topic: Does What Gets Measured Get Done? Opportunities to Enhance Quality and Equity. She’ll share how measurement focused on quality and equity can transform our system of health. Dr. Singleton was recognized in the fall of 2022 as a University of Louisville School of Medicine Alumni Fellow. 

Speakers share how to act on race and ethnicity data in benefit design

Healthcare stakeholders have historically used claims data as a source of information to determine benefit design, delivery models, and areas of concern. But data is needed to reveal deeper insights to equity and potential disparities in care based on social determinants of health. Including additional data allows an opportunity to gain additional insights to what is happening in our populations and how to address the divergent needs within populations.

We will have a panel of experts and guest speaker discussing data can drive solutions to address healthcare equity in our healthcare benefits. The guest speaker for this topic is Dr. Diane Sander-Cepeda, Senior Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare Retiree Solutions. Cristie Travis, Co-CEO for Healthcare TN will moderate the panel session. Panelists include Dr. Sarah Moyer, Chief Medical Officer, Humana Health Horizons in Kentucky; Christina Bell, Director of Health Strategy, National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions; and Sai Mai, Quality Director, Elevance Health.

Our speaker and panel members will share examples and thoughts on how to look at the data with an equity lens to ensure that employers can more accurately understand the needs of their employees and their communities. This additional data can be a crucial component of value benefit designs to support all employees. 

Legal updates from 2023 legislative session

Hope McLaughlin, Sr. Director of Government Relations, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield will provide an update on the current legislative session focusing on healthcare and healthcare support related bills filed in the 2023 General Assembly. She’ll also provide an overview of the legislative landscape, interim procedural changes that impact healthcare related bill and data on the number of bills filed in this session.

The KHC Annual Conference occurs during the last two days of the 2023 legislative calendar. Hope will provide an update on bills signed by the Governor and the impact on Kentuckians, plus any potential changes based on the final days of the session which closes on March 30.

Pharmacy transparency

Access and affordability are two of the three major goals of improving US healthcare, the third being quality. This session will include a discussion of pharmaceutical access and affordability between multiple stakeholders. It will provide an understanding of what is meant by access and affordability, the options to address access and affordability and the challenges, balancing multiple stakeholder perspectives. The discussion will answer key employer questions and challenges to affordability and access. The panelists will also discuss transparency in the pharmaceutical ecosystem, what a transparent Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) looks like, and what transparency means from the multiple stakeholder perspectives.

Rochelle Henderson, Vice President of Research at the National Pharmaceutical Council, will moderate the panel. Panel members include Dr. Dariusz Mydlarz, Global Medical Director GE Appliances, a Haier company; Susan Schlotterback, Executive Director of Strategic Insights/Integrated Account Management, Merck; and Ryan Schmidt, Associate Director, Client Financial Support, Navitus Health Solutions.

Case study reviews personalized medicine through pharmacogenomics

Pharmacogenomics is a core element of precision medicine that provides more personalized medical care based on the power of genetic science. This case study will share how implementing pharmacogenomics can reduce the likelihood of adverse drug reactions, optimize therapeutic efficacy, and positively impact health plan costs.

Jane Gilbert, Director of Retiree Healthcare, Teachers’ Retirement System of Kentucky, will lead a discussion on the implementation of pharmacogenomics. Jane has shared the value of pharmacogenomics across the country at multiple state and national conferences. Dr. Jeff Shaman from Coriell Life Sciences and Dr. Gina Beanland, pharmacist with Know Your Rx Coalition will join Jane for this discussion. The panel will review and discuss the implementation of pharmacogenomics within a retiree population and share the latest evidence on improving outcomes through science to ensure people are only taking the medications that work for them.

All-payer claims database advances high quality, affordable, and equitable healthcare

Three bills were filed in the 2023 Kentucky Legislative Session related to establishing an all-payer claims database (APCD) in Kentucky. This session includes experts with experience implementing APCDs, researchers, providers, and community representatives. They will share what they’ve discovered about the value and importance of implementing an APCD in Kentucky.

An APCD not only provides one access point to understand quality, affordability, and equity in healthcare it drives an understanding of state healthcare needs and informs state health planning. The APCD can inform benefit design innovation, support providers and payers in the development of quality improvement initiatives, and support patients across the Commonwealth. 

The panel will be moderated by Allison Adams, VP of Policy, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. Panel members include Dr. Stephen Houghland, Chief Medical Officer, Kentucky Primary Care Association; Dr. Christopher Johnson, Professor and Chair, University of Louisville; Dr. John Langefeld, Principal, Insights4Health; and Dr. Jeffrey Talbert, Professor, University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

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