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5th Annual New England Rural Health RoundTable


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October 23, 2002
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Half-Day Seminar
12:30 - 1:00 pm Light Refreshments Served
1:00 - 1:15 pm Introduction/Welcome
Lynda Silva, Acting Regional Administrator
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,
Boston, MA
This presentation will give an overview of the CMS role in working with rural health care providers in New England, and will introduce the keynote speaker.

1:15 - 2:00 pm Keynote Address: CMS's Commitment to Rural Health
Timothy Trysla, Policy Advisor, Office of the Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Washington, D.C.
This presentation will discuss the Department of Health and Human Servicesıs initiatives to improve access to care, support providers in rural areas, and enhance communications between CMS and providers. These activities include open door meetings, efforts to reduce burdensome regulations, findings from demonstration projects on disease management, and other components of the CMS Rural Health Initiative.

2:00 - 2:30 pm Improving Quality of Care in Rural Areas
William Taylor, MD, Associate Regional Administrator, Division of Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,
Boston, MA
The Boston Regional Office's Medical Officer will discuss CMS's efforts to improve health care quality. This discussion will focus on the role of Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs, which were formerly known as peer review organization, or PROs), and their requirements for working with rural providers under the new three-year contract which commences on August 1, 2002.

2:30 - 2:45 pm Break

2:45 - 3:15 pm Medicaid in Rural Communities
Ronald Preston, Ph.D, Associate Regional Administrator, Division of Medicaid and State Operations,
Boston, MA
The CMS New England Medicaid Director will discuss his experiences in working with state Medicaid agencies and providers to establish and enhance access to care in rural areas. The New England statesı Medicaid waiver programs have been striving to establish managed care networks, while meeting federal Medicaid standards, expanding covered populations, and offering complex services such as mental health care and long-term care.

3:15 - 3:45 pm Implementing HIPAA in Rural States
Jared Adair, Director, Office of Operations Management, Baltimore, MD
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) created new confidentiality standards to ensure patient privacy and security of health information. This presentations will address HIPAA topics concerning transactions, identifiers and security.

3:45 - 5:00 pm Q&A Panel
Moderator, Tom Barker, Senior Outreach Advisor to the Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, Wash, DC
Tom Hoyer, CMS Lead on Rural Health Issues,
Baltimore, MD
Margaret Leoni-Lugo, Manager, Medicaid Operations Branch, Boston, MA
Representative from the HHS Office of Civil Rights
Peter Toland, Associate Regional Administrator, Division of Beneficiaries, Health Plans, and Providers, Boston, MA
The panelists have expertise in the areas of Medicare coverage policy, HIPAA, survey and certification, reimbursement, and Medicaid issues. The panel will be moderated by the CMS coordinator of the "open door" forums with providers.

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