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Here’s Why You Can’t Miss Healthcare IT Connect Summit (HITC) 2019

By July 24th, 2023No Comments

With less than 24 hours until this year’s Healthcare IT Connect Summit, states are preparing to present their innovative ideas on data governance and interoperability. Attendees can expect to learn about Medicaid modernizations, MMIS re-procurement, payment reform, and the shift towards modularity. This year’s summit marks the 10th anniversary of the program and has evolved to include the public and private sector.  

Here’s why you can’t miss HITC 2019: 

The Agenda 

A high-level overview of this year’s summit boosts collaborative networking roundtables, workshops, focus groups, the Connect Exhibition, and a wide variety of tracks: 

  • Track 1: Medicaid Modernization, Modularity and MMIS Procurement 
  • Track 2: State Innovation, Data Analytics and Population Health Management (including Opioid Abuse)
  • Track 3: Enterprise Systems Planning, Health & Human Services Integration 
  • Track 4: Compliance, Security & Combatting Fraud, Waste & Abuse (including 3rd Party Liability) 
  • Track 5: State Marketplace Reform and Managed Care Optimization
  • Track 6: Emerging Technologies Forum (*introduced as a separate track for 2019) 

The SessionsSpeakers, and Keynotes 

Nearly 70 sessions will be held during this summit and attendees are getting excited to share their thoughts on state innovation, data analytics, enterprise systems, and state marketplace reform. These cutting-edge themes will provoke insightful conversation government and state corporations. HITC presenters range from Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Health and Human Services (HHS), and State Medicaid Services. Check out this year’s Summit keynotes: 

  • Timely, Accurate, and Complete: Julie Boughn, Director, Data and Systems Group, CMS/Centers for Medicaid & CHIP Services. This session will be held Tuesday, March 19th at 8:45am-9:45am. 
  • Empowering Citizens via Sustainable Health Data Ecosystems: Susan Dentzer, Appointed Visiting Fellow, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy will present alongside Taha Kass-Hout, MD, MS. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 19th at 12:30pm-1:15pm.  
  • Combating the Opioid Epidemic, Implementing the Support act will be moderated by Yvonne Powell, SVP, The Lewin Group. Attendees can look forward to hearing from Daniel Stein, President of Stewards of Change Institute, Co-PI, NIC (National Interoperability Collaborative), Cindy Beane, Commissioner of West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services, and Kevin Borcher, PDMP Program Director of Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII). Bookmark this session for Wednesday, March 20th at 8:50am to 9:45am.  
  • The closing keynote will be an update from the national coordinator for health IT lead by Dr. Don Rucker on Wednesday, March 20th from 2:35pm-3:20pm.  

Softheon Booth and Sessions 

This year, Softheon will be highlighting newly added features of Softheon Verify, our Asset Verification System. Softheon Verify is the very first AVS to determine assets for Health and Human Services for both Medicaid and SNAP. Most recently, the platform has been modified to allow other state agencies and State-Based Marketplaces (SBMs) to use it for Identity Management, Employment and Income verification, as well as Social Services fraud work (child support, alimony collections, etc.). In order to meet new CMS mandates, Softheon Verify AVS is available for immediate procurement through a state Reseller Agreement through our NASPO contract. We’ll also be conducting a speaking session on West Virginia’s comprehensive AVS solution, supported by Softheon. You can expect a discussion on our streamlined process, and an explanation of our straight-forward MMIS integration.  Our team of experts will be at booth 14 to share insights into Verify and the newly added integrated analytics platform designed to support Medicaid officials, and answer any questions you may have. 

Softheon Speaks 

  • A Blueprint for States: Executing Medicaid Expansion and the ACA will be led by Michael Sasko, Vice President of Government Solutions at Softheon, Rosemarie Day, President of Day Health Strategies, and Amanda Schipp Of Council, Kreig DeVault LLP on March 19th at 2:45pm-3:45pm on the 3rd floor (Tubman A & b). The team will discuss a blueprint for states looking to either expand Medicaid or establish a State-Based insurance offering. Our esteemed panel will discuss what resources are required to start, execute, and operate either of these programs.  
  • West Virginia Asset Verification Services (AVS) journey to meet both the CMS Mandate and new state SNAP Legislative requirements will be led by Robert Miller, Managing Director of Healthcare Reform at Softheon and Jon Cain, Interim CIO of West Virginia. The session will be held on March 20th at 1:30pm-2:30pm on the 2nd floor (Key Ballroom 9). Look forward to learning more about West Virginia’s comprehensive AVS solution, supported by Softheon.  

For more information or to schedule a demo for Verify, please reach out to Michael Sasko at  



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