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If you are an Arkansas health care provider who works with Medicaid patients, it’s time to mark your calendar for Wednesday, Dec. 6, to attend the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care’s (AFMC) annual Medicaid Educational Conference. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Embassy Suites, Little Rock. Registration is now open but space is limited. Register here.

This free conference is a great opportunity for providers to get the latest information on Medicaid policy and updates on programs they will be working with during the next year. This information can make a positive difference in how providers practice medicine and maximize reimbursements.

With more than a quarter of the state’s population – about 710,000 Arkansans, 405,000 of whom are children – receiving some type of assistance through the Medicaid program, it’s important for health care providers and clinic staff to stay current on best practices, and program and financial changes.

This year’s conference agenda features a keynote address from the Arkansas Medicaid program’s new director Rose Murray Naff, beginning at 8:45 a.m. Paula Stone will discuss Medicaid’s Behavioral Health Transformation at 9:30 a.m.

Arkansas Medicaid’s Medical Director Dr. William Golden will provide a quality update at 10:30 a.m. An MMIS update will follow at 11:30 a.m. from Tim Taylor.

Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Cindy Gillespie is the noon luncheon speaker. Craig Cloud, the director of the new DHS department, the Division of Provider Services and Quality Assurance, will speak at 1 p.m. Mary Franklin will discuss Arkansas Works at 1:30 p.m.

AFMC’s Rhelinda McFadden will discuss case studies from the PCMH PT program at 2:30 p.m., followed by Jarrod McClain at 3 p.m. who will update you on AFMC ReviewPoint.

Two types of special recognition will be presented at this year’s conference. This is the 11th year that the Inpatient Quality Incentive (IQI) awards will be presented to Arkansas hospitals. The IQI program identifies and rewards hospitals that provide a higher level of care to Medicaid beneficiaries and reduces Medicaid costs. Since the IQI program’s inception, Arkansas Medicaid has awarded millions of dollars to hospitals that have successfully improved their care for Medicaid’s clinical priorities. IQI reflects a growing movement toward rewarding hospitals for quality and evidence-based care.

Recognition will be presented to practices who have earned shared savings through the patient-centered medical home project. Practices must meet program activity requirements, quality measures, and financial targets by either providing more efficient care or managing cost growth.

Health care providers are encouraged to join us starting at 7:30 a.m. for a continental breakfast with exhibitors. Lunch will be at noon and we’ll conclude with door prizes at 4 p.m. In between, a strong line-up of speakers will share essential information that practices need to stay current.

AFMC contracts with the Arkansas Medicaid program to provide a wide array of health care improvement services for patients as well as health care providers, practices, hospitals and long-term care facilities. The annual Medicaid Educational Conference is one of the most popular ways we meet the educational part of our mission.