Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools, offices, and businesses are being closed across the country. In addition, many events have been canceled as a precautionary measure. As of the date of this message, the 18th Annual NAME Conference is still scheduled for October 12-15, 2020, in Columbus, OH. NAME is seeking proposals from individuals, teams or panels to present nugget and/or breakout sessions at the 2020 conference. NAME is asking for proposals, that include, but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Medicaid reimbursement
  • Quality assurance in Medicaid billing
  • Organizing data to ensure smooth reporting
  • Innovative ways to provide and pay for health and related services in schools
  • LEA outreach processes to keep children enrolled in Medicaid
  • Collaboration with Special Education
  • Preparing for and dealing with federal and/or state Medicaid audits of school-based services programs
  • Other topics that would be of interest to conference attendees

NAME is seeking proposals from individuals, teams or panels to present nugget and/or breakout sessions at the 2020 conference. 

  • Nugget sessions are 45 minutes in length and are generally repeated multiple times to give attendees the opportunity to sit in on a variety of sessions. Nugget sessions provide a focused overview of a specific topic.
  • Breakout sessions are 90 minutes in length, allowing for an in-depth presentation of a specific topic while leaving time for audience participation. Multiple breakout sessions are presented concurrently.  Time permitting, sessions may be repeated to give attendees the opportunity to learn from a variety of presentations.

Audience:

The typical NAME audience includes professionals who work in fields related to Medicaid reimbursement to schools: special educators, health care clinicians/providers, Medicaid policy specialists, education administrators, state /local government policymakers, Medicaid coordinators in school districts, Medicaid billing /consulting vendors and others.

Past Conference Attendance:

Year Attendance
2016 287
2017 304
2018 371
2019 354


Conference Goals:

  • Increase understanding and knowledge of federal Medicaid regulations, requirements and processes specifically related to school-based services programs.
  • Share current information, news, research, successful systems and best practices with members and other interested individuals and organizations on the wide array of issues related to Medicaid covered services delivered in the school setting.
  • Provide a forum for professional development to enhance the capacity of school personnel, clinicians, administrators and others to comply with federal and state Medicaid and special education requirements.
  • Build relationships with colleagues from federal agencies, other national organizations and groups who are also interested in supporting school-based health services programs.
  • Facilitate networking between Medicaid and special education professionals.
  • Promote membership in NAME and provide opportunities for members to become engaged and actively involved in the organization both onsite and after the conference adjourns.

How to Submit a Presentation Proposal

  • Complete the attached 5-page Application to Present
  • Email your completed application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using “NAME Application to Present” in the subject line by April 26, 2020.
  • Save a copy of the application for your records as it contains information regarding selection criteria, presenter deadlines, presentation requirements and a proposal checklist.

Selected presenters must register and pay to attend the conference and will be responsible for their own travel expenses.  The lead presenter of selected presentations will receive a $50 discount to the conference registration fee, unless they defer the discount to another presentation team member.  Preference will be given to teams with a member who is a current NAME voting member, however all are encouraged to apply.  Individual presenters must be employed by a local education agency, state Medicaid agency or state education agency to be considered for approval.  Presentation teams must include at least: one local education agency, state Medicaid agency or state education agency employee.