Pediatric Priority: Preparing for Payment Reform
Moderator: Pamela Riley, M.D., MPH, Medical Director, Office of the Senior Deputy Director and Medicaid Director, Department of Health Care Finance, Government of the District of Columbia
With more than 35 million children covered by Medicaid and CHIP across the country, pediatric hospitals are bracing for changes to government funding that threaten their bottom line, if not their survival. What might the future hold? Policy experts and hospital executives will examine where payment for children’s care is likely headed and what creative responses are being explored at the state level in case of a turn to block grants or other measures to reduce funding. The session will also explore the other avenues children’s hospitals are taking to preserve their financial health, such as by partnering with competitors and adult hospitals to realize efficiencies, investing in clinical integration, expanding their patient base through telemedicine, shifting to value-based care and banking on the moneymaking potential of innovation centers.