State, federal and health IT reform take center stage at AHIP

Health reform is an ever-present issue in the minds of payer execs, and that's why America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) has carved out an entire pre-conference program addressing reform compliance issues. The Compliance Forum, held Wednesday before the Institute begins, shines a spotlight on state and federal initiatives to implement the health reform requirements.

It features state regulators, including the Utah Insurance Commissioner, the Iowa Solicitor General and the Utah Chief Deputy Attorney General, as well as expert healthcare attorneys and professors, including folks from Oliver Wyman, Milliman and the University of Pennsylvania.

These speakers will tackle some of the meatier, and often controversial, reform subjects, like the constitutionality challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court, the upcoming presidential election and emerging implementation projects. Payers also will learn how to redesign their compliance plan to identify, prioritize and address new risks; gain insight into emerging techniques that support reform compliance; and hear advice on tailoring business operations while minimizing vulnerabilities along the way.

But talks of health reform don't stop on Wednesday. AHIP has peppered its Institute schedule with several sessions addressing the many reform topics and concerns, including a particular focus to how payers can transform health IT and business operations in a post-reform market.

If you're interested in streamlining your health plan operations while balancing innovation and regulation, look no further than the Thursday afternoon session featuring the chief information officers of AvMed Health Plans and EmblemHealth. They will reveal their own insights and perspectives regarding technology's place in a payer organization.

Come Friday morning, the Deloitte experts will explain how analytics are the key to a successful post-reform payer in their session, "Leveraging Data Analytics to Drive New Operating Models." You will come away with strategies for using data to improve cost, quality and service and evaluating the marketplace for new provider collaborations.