Administration Keynote: Secretary Acosta (9-9:20)
Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta
ANCOR has a tradition of inviting Secretaries of Labor to speak to our members at our annual Policy Summit. We have invited Secretary Acosta to share remarks as we launch Disability Employment Awareness Month and reflect on policymaking at the Department of Labor including ensuring that federal government contractors are hiring people with disabilities, and that workforce policies are created in a way that benefit and enhance opportunities for providers, direct support professionals and the individuals they serve.
Included. Supported. Empowered. (9:20-9:35)
Gabrielle Sedor, ANCOR COO
Sean Luechtefeld, ANCOR Communications Director
Congressional Panel (9:35-10:30AM)
ANCOR has been leading issues on Capitol Hill this year from the Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Delay bill to the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Reauthorization and Direct Support Professional (DSP) Workforce and Data legislative improvements. None of this work is possible without the key staff on Capitol Hill who determine priorities and initiate the process of a bill becoming law.
ANCOR is pleased to have lead Republican and Democratic staff from Capitol Hill join our Policy Summit this year to reflect on past issues they have worked on in the provider space, and project on priorities in our space in the next Congress. These are the voices in the ear of many of your members of Congress!
This session will confront the complexity of provider issues—on both sides of the aisle—and how legislators and, many times more importantly, their key staffers, can compromise on even the most challenging issues.
Keynote Medicaid Media Panel (10:45AM-11:45AM)
Moderate by Rodney Whitlock, ML Strategies
The media has been a national topic more than ever these days. Providers, however, are no strangers to how the reporting of Medicaid and their services impact policy decisions and the overall public opinion of disability services. This distinguished panel pulls from top reporters who report on Medicaid and health issues to discuss how and why they report on these issues and the impact that they have seen from providing information to the broader world. The panel will also reflect on how reporting has changed in recent years, where the challenges and opportunities are to report, and how they would like to see providers involved in the news process.
Policy Summit Luncheon: Suellen Galbraith Awards & Congressional Champion Awards (12:00-1:00)
Please join us to honor our members who have shown exemplary work in the federal public policy field this year as well as Congressional members who have shown they are champions for disability service providers.
Suellen Galbraith Award for Excellence in Public Policy Recipients:
Ravi Dahiya, YAI (New York)
Chris Sparks, Exceptional Persons, Inc. (Iowa)
Gary Blumenthal, PAR (Pennsylvania)
Lizette Stiehr, AADD (Alaska)
Congressional Champion Awardees:
Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI)
I/DD, Business Acumen, and Managed Care: What’s Next? (1:15-2:15)
Kim Opsahl, Director of State Partnerships and Special Projects, ANCOR
Erica Lindquist, Senior Director of HCBS Business Acumen Center, NASUAD
Laura Vegas, Project Director for MCO Business Acumen, NASDDDS
Applying managed care approaches to I/DD services and supports continues to be a growing trend across the states. In light of this, there is an increasing focus on the impact of this growth on people with I/DD and the networks that support them. Join us to hear highlights from recent efforts to describe, shape, and prepare for these changes.
Conversation Café: Roundtable Discussion (2:15-3:15)
Grab some coffee, tea and dessert – it’s time to talk! Some of ANCOR’s best outcomes are a result of our in-person conference discussions. Get ready to address tough topics in your group and report out challenges, thoughts, and solutions. This is policymaking and creating at its best!
Breakout/Panel Discussion: The Technology Behind a More Robust Workforce (3:25-4:20)
Moderated by Esmé Grant Grewal
At last year's Policy Summit, ANCOR initiated a Congressional letter on technology and received a helpful response from Administrator Seema Verma of CMS. This year, at the 2018 ANCOR Policy Summit and Hill Day, as we continue to explore technology in our arena, ANCOR members have increasingly expressed interest in "back office" technologies that allow service providers to work more efficiently and in effect focus more of their resources and attention to the quality of services being provided.
In a discussion with a panel experts from Direct Care Innovations, we will explore how technology has lended itself as a helpful tool to address issues like payroll, scheduling services, certifying training, and ultimately ensuring that the goals of an individual's person centered plan are delivered.
The panel will discuss effective ways to gather data and how that data can be used to improve services. We will also be discussing how the latest guidance from CMS on technology impacts a variety of technology systems and opens the door to greater use of technology in Medicaid programs. Join us for this great discussion!
Breakout/The Legislation of Data (3:25-4:20)
ANCOR has long been advocating for better and more reliable data in our field, for use in setting reimbursement rates, and across the board in determining funding and policy decisions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. However, this year ANCOR formed specific data asks and is working with Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill to make important changes and updates in how we access and use data to improve service delivery. Join this panel to learn about new data being uncovered like a MACPAC report on HCBS utilization, how other issues, like the opioid epidemic, are using data to address the greatest challenges, and how legislation is being used to change the landscape of data use as we know it.
Regulatory Administration Panel: Trump Administration Rules and Priorities (4:30-5:30)
Ralph Lollar, Director of LTSS, Disabled & Elderly Health Program Group, CMS (Invited)
Melissa Harris, Senior Policy Advisor, Disabled & Elderly Health Program Group, CMS (Invited)
Megan Tinker. Senior Advisor for Legal Review. Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (Invited)
Derrick Witherspoon, Branch Chief/FLSA, Department of Labor (Invited)
ANCOR has the pleasure of being at the table as a stakeholder to discuss some of the most key policy transformations happening at the federal level. Now we want to bring the table to you! Join us for an off the record dialogue on how the current Administration priorities are being implemented through regulatory, subregulatory, and deregulatory processes. Hear directly from federal agencies that impact your work about their priorities and what resources are helpful from stakeholders like providers. This is a conversation you cannot miss!
ANCOR extends its gratitude to DCI, the exclusive sponsor of the 2018 Policy Summit & Hill Day