Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Medicaid MMIS Conference - September 15

I had the pleasure of delivering a keynote address to the Medicaid MMIS Conference held in Nashville the week of September 15.

The slides are not particularly informative and must be examined in presentation mode.

The conference theme was "harmony"
I linked three major concerns with three definitions of harmony and addressed some simple approaches to each concern. The concerns and definitions were:
  • Complexity - congruity of parts with one another and the whole
  • Quality - Agreement
  • Value - Compatibility in opinion and action
These slides do not stand "on their own" but I've received requests, so here they are.

There is - rightly so - a lot of activity around MITA. As State budgets are shrinking with the economy and demand for services grow, the MMIS community - and Medicaid programs as a whole - are at a critical juncture. My primary theme was the balance between badly-needed innovation and personalization and unnecessary complexity. I also discussed the tensions between what we want as individuals and what society wants and can pay for. I discussed the Memphis health information exchange in the context of broader state and national initiatives.


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