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CMS Patient Access & Interoperability and the ONC 21st Century Cures Act: Information Blocking Rule, Regulatory Update and Industry Response
Health care data exchange has been a priority for policymakers and health care leaders, culminating with the recent release of two finalized rules that will fundamentally change how health care data are shared. The COVID-19 crisis has also revealed the challenges associated with accessing critical clinical and claims data for patients from both health systems and payers. Join us as we talk with policy leaders and thought leaders about how the ONC and CMS interoperability rules will affect providers, plans, telemedicine companies, patients, and others across the industry.

Featured Speakers:
• Ryan Howells, Principal at Leavitt Partners, Program Manager, CARIN Alliance

• Elise Sweeney Anthony, J.D., Executive Director of Policy, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

• Denise St. Clair, PhD, Senior Policy Analyst, CMS Health Informatics and Interoperability Group

Oct 28, 2020 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Ryan Howells
Principal @Leavitt Partners
Ryan Howells is a Principal at Leavitt Partners and has worked with the White House, Congress, HHS, and VHA on health care policy and interoperability issues. He currently helps lead the CARIN Alliance, a multi-sector, public-private alliance focused on giving consumers digital access to their health information. Before joining Leavitt Partners, Ryan was the General Manager for the government business unit of a private-exchange software vendor where he oversaw the implementation of software in three different state-based marketplaces. Earlier in his career, Ryan led the government operations division for iHealth Technologies (now Verscend Technologies) and served as an Account Executive for numerous regional and national health plans. Ryan received his MHA from the University of Southern California, where he was a Dean’s Merit Scholar. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Elise Sweeney Anthony, JD
Executive Director of Policy @Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Elise Sweeney Anthony is the executive director of policy at ONC, where she leads engagement on a range of federal policy efforts, including regulatory development, information blocking, and governance. Prior to this role, she served as the deputy director of policy where she led the Division of Strategic Policy, the Division of State and Interoperability Policy, and the Division of Federal Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Prior to her roles at ONC, Elise spent many years at a leading law firm where she spearheaded a variety of health improvement initiatives, including those impacting care delivery, health innovation, and at-risk/rural populations. In addition, she served as a senior director at a global development consultancy where she focused on health improvement in international conflict zones and addressing health disparities in developing regions. Elise received her Bachelor’s degree in political science at Morgan State University & her Juris Doctor at Georgetown University.
Denise St. Clair, PhD
Senior Policy Analyst @Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Health Informatics and Interoperability Group
Denise St. Clair is a senior health policy expert and communication specialist with over 20 years of professional and academic experience. She is serving as a Senior Policy Analyst in the CMS Health Informatics Office. Denise has significant subject matter expertise in health policy specifically related to health information technology, public and private health insurance, health communication, health system innovation and transformation, health care quality measurement and quality reporting, and patient and caregiver engagement with health care information. She is well-versed in health care policy writing, strategy, analysis, and evaluation; health IT interoperability, leading edge technical standards, and data privacy; communication strategy and planning; as well as qualitative and quantitative study design, data collection, analysis, and report writing. Denise earned her PhD in Mass Communication/Media Studies from the University of Wisconsin and her Masters from Howard University.