The Conference Summary
The 16th Annual NAME Conference was held in Baltimore Maryland on October 14-16, 2018. NAME holds its National Conference in Baltimore every three years to give the Federal agencies the opportunity to participate. If you were unable to attend the Conference, these highlights will summarize what occurred at the Conference. Also below we have provided the Conference Program with links to the PowerPoints.
Please join the 2018 Conference Committee in thanking our Sponsors for their continued support of NAME’s vision and mission. Our Sponsors’ valued support helped make learning opportunities, resource sharing and networking possibilities available to Conference attendees who took away tools and tips that contribute to informed decision making in our work.
The Conference began with the NAME Academy which serves to bridge Medicaid and Education for newcomers as an introduction to school-based Medicaid. A Mexican fiesta followed at the Welcome Reception which provided attendees the opportunity to network.
The Annual Anysia Drumheller Memorial 5K/1mile/Run/Walk/Roll started at 6:30 am. Fifty people registered for the event and were seen running around the beautiful Baltimore Inner Harbor. All monies were donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, NYC, NY. After a hearty breakfast, a keynote presentation on Telehealth and Schools was conducted. CMS then provided two general sessions; the first related to Medicaid in Schools followed by a session on the CMS School Health Affinity Group. The afternoon included four break-out sessions and Town Hall meetings. At previous Conferences the Town Hall Meetings have been centered by region, this year to provide a new format and networking opportunity they were centered by "We Have the Same Job". Many Conference attendees visited the Baltimore Aquarium, where Conference attendees alone had access to the aquarium after hours. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day.
The morning began with a general session conducted by a representative from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) who gave attendees a look into school-based audits. It was followed by a look into “Free Care Services” (LEA health services outside of special education) as Massachusetts shared their experience rolling out their state plan amendment for program expansion. National updates were provided by a panel including the Congressional Liaison for Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, Healthy Schools Campaign, American Association of State Superintendents Association, Modern Medicaid Alliance, Council of Administrators of Special Education, and the School-Based Health Alliance. New this year, an LEA panel discussed program requirements and issues from an LEA perspective. The day ended with breakout sessions where attendees had the opportunity to choose from a variety of topics.
Wednesday began with the Practitioner Panel including representatives from the National Association of School Nurses, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, American Occupational Association and, UNC Chapel Hill, Division of Physical Therapy. This panel provided a look into the vision regarding school-based services. The Conference then continued with repeat breakout sessions and the Membership meeting where Dario Avila (Texas Medicaid) became the NAME President and Christie Guinn (New Mexico Medicaid) became the President Elect. Thank you to Kevin Bauer for his work as the 2017-2018 NAME President.
A silent auction is held at each annual Conference which raises money for local or national causes. Conference attendees donate items which are often specific to their state. This year, NAME chose to donate to “Adopt a School in Puerto Rico”. As you know, Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria last year. The silent auction raised $4,500 that will be used to provide the selected school district with much needed supplies. THANK YOU TO ALL THAT DONATED.
The NAME Leadership Team and Conference Committee thank all of you for partnering with us to achieve NAME’s Mission: To Advocate Program Integrity in School-Based Medicaid Reimbursement.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico!
The link above will provide you access to the Conference session PowerPoints.
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