Your Guide to the 2018 CMS Quality Conference Master Class Sessions

Last updated Feb 7, 2018 | Published on Feb 7, 2018

Find out which Master Classes our team members are attending!

The 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference is happening next week! In addition to the plenary speaker presentations happening on Monday (ahem, our own Project Manager, Ms. Jill Simmerman is presenting), CMS will also hold Master Class sessions on Tuesday, February 13. Participants who register will be able to choose 2 Master Class sessions from a total of 11 Master Classes. With so many options to choose from, we asked Econometrica’s team members which Master Classes they signed up for and why.

Which Master Classes are you attending, and why?

Jill Simmerman, M.P.H – Project Manager

I will attend “Comprehensive Care Management Strategies to Address the Opioid Emergency in Rural Health Care Settings.” The opioid crisis is currently a significant healthcare topic, and I would like to learn more about what can be done to address the issue.

The other Master Class I’m interested in attending is “Building a Better Patient Experience Using Human Centered Design.” I believe that having a true understanding of patients’ needs is at the heart of improving healthcare systems.

Monique Sheppard, Ph.D. – Director of Health

I am interested in attending “Lean Thinking Using A3,” because I believe the A3 problem-solving method and structured Lean approach can help our Health Group’s Learning, Training & Diffusion team.

“Connecting the Dots with Care Coordination—Maximizing Opportunities to Improve Care Management for Medicare Beneficiaries with Multiple Chronic Conditions” also sounds interesting to me. I have worked on several past projects related to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, and I am interested in hearing the latest findings on these issues.

Claudia González Martínez, Ph.D. – Project Director and Lead, Data & Analytics Group

I will also attend “Comprehensive Care Management Strategies to Address the Opioid Emergency in Rural Health Care Settings,” because the opioid crisis is such a pervasive topic in the healthcare industry and has had such devastating effects on both the affected patients and the economy as a whole.

Similar to Monique, I would like to attend “Connecting the Dots with Care Coordination— Maximizing Opportunities to Improve Care Management for Medicare Beneficiaries with Multiple Chronic Conditions.” Inefficiencies and miscommunication in the coordination of care may have important effects on the care received by patients, which in turn affects mostly those patients in the most vulnerable positions—usually those with multiple chronic conditions. I am interested in finding the most effective ways to support Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions.

June Chang, Social Media Ambassador

I signed up for “Comprehensive Care Management Strategies to Address the Opioid Emergency in Rural Health Care Settings,” because I would like to learn more about what’s being done to support rural communities that have been deeply impacted by the crisis.

I’m also interested in attending “Patients over Paperwork Best Practice: Quality Improvement Innovations that Reduce Burden and Generate Results.” As this is the theme of the whole conference, I am interested in innovative methods to reduce the burden on clinicians.

Register online for the Master Classes and be sure to say hello to us! We’ll be live-tweeting from a couple of the classes @EconometricaMD.

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