MESC 2019

Join Cognosante State Solutions at the annual MESC 2019 conference from August 19 – August 22, 2019.
Cognosante experts will be sharing insights on the future of health technology from how HL7 FHIR® is accelerating CMS interoperability to how thoughtful integration of robotic technology is reducing costs and improving care.
Meet our 2019 Speakers and register to attend MESC to learn more!

Mary Kay McDaniel

Cognosante Principal


program implementation. Mentioned in the CMS Interoperability Rule, the HL7 Da Vinci project is a private sector initiative to accelerate the adoption of HL7® FHIR® as the standard to support and integrate value-based care (VBC) data exchange across communities.
Led by a team of industry experts and health IT experts, DaVinci stakeholders clearly understand the criticality of working together to define a common set of standards that can be implemented on a national basis. The project will minimize the development and deployment of one-off solutions between partners while helping medical groups and health plans better deliver on clinical quality, cost, and care management outcomes.
The HL7 FHIR® technology enables easier sharing of health information across plans and practices, reducing duplicative tests and supporting better health outcomes. This Workshop is an opportunity to educate MESC participants and encourage them to participate in the project. To date, there is no Medicaid agency participation in the Da Vinci Project and we’re looking for willing and eager states to lead the way!
August 19, 2019 – Room W180 – 3:30pm to 6:00pm

Michael Zurat

Director, Engagement Solutions


Four out of ten children and nearly half (48.8%) of young children rely on Medicaid and CHIP as crucial sources of coverage. Further, approximately 76% of Medicaid beneficiaries are women and children. Given increasing pressure on Medicaid budgets, States and hospitals must leverage innovative and creative tools to make the most from limited funding without sacrificing quality of care to the 34 million children on Medicaid.
An example of how innovation addresses these funding challenges, robots have been studied to manage pain reduction in pediatric patients leveraging a “techno-psychological” treatment in place of a pharmacological one. The startling fact that every 15 minutes a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal due to the current epidemic sweeping the US means investigating novel approaches to pain management will benefit children in the short and long term.
Humanoid robots such as Cognosante’s PepperBot, manufactured by Softbank Robotics, have great potential to improve care and reduce costs in Medicaid pediatric populations. Robots like Pepper can be integrated into care workflows to help guide patients through there are journey and, simultaneously, relieve staff of data collection tasks that could be achieved in a self-service model when facilitated by the robot. Robots are also being studied for an impact on recovery times through companionship and entertainment benefits provided to pediatric populations.
August 21, 2019 – Room W183B – 9:15am to 10:15am
Join us as we kick-off MESC 2019 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
1639 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
Monday, August 19th
This networking event will provide an opportunity for you to get to know other Medicaid enterprise professionals. We hope you can make it!
Space is limited, please RSVP today!
The gift value of food and beverage at this event is less than $20 per invitee. Please consult with your local ethics official for guidance about your jurisdiction’s laws regarding attendance at this event.
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