Innovations in Creating Alternative Access to Health Care


  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020
    8:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Registration - Breakfast
    9:00 AM  -  9:15 AM
    9:15 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Connecting Patients to Providers through Telehealth: New Rules and Regulations

    Recently passed legislation requires that beginning in 2021 telehealth must be reimbursed on the same basis, and to the same extent, as reimbursement for the same service through in-person diagnosis, consultation, or treatment. Additionally, the Department of Health Care Service made recent changes to its telehealth policy to allow for an expansion of the services provided through the safety net in order to increase access. Plans, providers, and members will have to adapt to the new changes and increased use of tele-health in both the commercial and Medi-Cal markets.

    Speaker to be Announced

    10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Session to be Announced
    11:00 AM  -  11:15 AM
    Networking Break
    11:15 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Health Plan Efforts to Bring Telehealth to Underserved Populations

    With the ever-changing advances in telehealth, health plans have been utilizing technology to connect patients to physicians. This helps to bring services to patients that may otherwise take additional time or travel. Ultimately, plans are looking to bolster their networks and expand access to providers in hard-to-reach and underserved areas by utilizing technology to connect patients to physicians.

    Panel to be Announced

    12:00 PM  -  12:45 PM
    Networking Lunch
    12:45 PM  -  1:45 PM
    Session to be Announced
    1:45 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Addressing Behavioral Health and Substance Use through Technology

    Expanding access and reducing stigma are central themes in the treatment of behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment. California is making strides in addressing substance use disorders through the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) waiver, offering services such as Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) that combines behavioral therapy and medication to treat opioid use disorders. Technology has an important role to play in expanding access to therapists, psychiatrists, and medication assisted treatment for substance use disorders.

    Speakers to be Announced