MESC Recap: Day 3 & 4

The Medicaid Enterprises Systems Conference (MESC) ended on a positive note by discussing how analytics has been used by state Medicaid agencies to solve the opioid crisis and how Florida has successfully modernized its member service experience.

In case you were not able to attend, here is our recap of the key topics discussed:

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MESC Recap: Day 1 & 2

The Medicaid Enterprises Systems Conference (MESC) kicked off with a series of sessions pushing attendees to think about how to improve health care, Medicaid, and associated technologies. Set in Chicago, Illinois, the conference is an annual meeting for state, federal and private sector individuals to provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas related to Medicaid systems and health policy affected by those systems.

In case you were not able to attend, here is a recap of the key topics discussed:

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The Departments Issue Final Rule on HRAs

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) are a type of account-based health plan that employers can use to reimburse employees for their medical care expenses. Because HRAs are tax-preferred, workers who buy an individual market plan with an HRA receive the same tax advantages as workers with traditional employer-sponsored coverage, as stated by the Department of Health and Human Services

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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Made Simpler

From rumors of radiologists being replaced to Twitter bots going rogue, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have become buzzwords we’ve all heard about. There has been much discussion on the breakthroughs both could bring to how fields traditionally function, like patient diagnosis in health care. Many have also warned of their potential and history of bias and abuse. Given the gravity surrounding AI and ML, and with much help from an excellent Ars Technica piece by Haomiao Huang, we’ve created a guide geared towards non-technical individuals to help them learn more about the basics of these technologies.

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