Agenda for Upcoming Virtual Conference on Duals Demo Includes Sessions on Early Results, Behavioral Health, and Case Studies of California and Arizona

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Atlantic Information Services’s upcoming April 16 virtual conference, “Dual-Eligibles Initiatives: What’s Working? What’s Not? What’s New?,” will explain what has been happening in the implementation phase, what changes already have been made and which ones need to be implemented in the future.

Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) is pleased to announce the full agenda for its upcoming virtual conference, “Dual-Eligibles Initiatives: What’s Working? What’s Not? What’s New?” The April 16 program will provide details of actual post-enrollment experiences of organizations in duals initiatives. Some of the nation’s experts in dual-eligibles programs will review early outcomes and cost results from the field, possible coming changes from CMS and states, and practical steps organizations can employ to take advantage of these new opportunities.

The sessions are:

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: “What Are the Early Results from Duals Implementation? What Are Their Implications for the Future?” —In this lead-off session, executives from three health insurers and the chair of a special needs plan-focused health policy organization will discuss how states have fared in duals implementation, the program’s biggest surprises, how large the shortfall in cost savings is likely to be in relation to expectations and what can be done to remedy this, and more.
  • 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.: “How to Emerge from the Behavioral-Health Quagmire” —The president and co-founder of Commonwealth Care Alliance and an executive at a health information technology company will discuss how CCA created its own system to tackle behavioral-health and/or substance-abuse issues and how other plans are dealing with the issue.
  • 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: “Case Study: California in CMS’s Financial Alignment Initiative” —The key state duals official and executives of two participating plans will discuss what the California duals demo experience has been thus far.
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: “Case Study: Arizona’s Special Needs Plan-Focused Approach for Duals Care” — A consultant to the state and a top manager of a health plan working in Arizona’s program focused on Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans (SNPs) will discuss this approach and its results, why the state chose not to participate in the CMS duals demo and how that decision has worked out so far, and more.

Additionally, each of the virtual conference’s four sessions will conclude with generous time allocated to answering individual questions.

AIS’s virtual conference allows participants to attend a live conference without having to travel to a meeting site. Plus, the registration fee includes a free On-Demand recording of each session, so any agenda items can be reviewed at a later time.

For more information, including a full agenda, speaker biographies and how to register, visit

About AIS
Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) is a publishing and information company that has been serving the health care industry for more than 25 years. It develops highly targeted news, data and strategic information for managers in hospitals, health plans, medical group practices, pharmaceutical companies and other health care organizations. AIS products include print and electronic newsletters, websites, looseleafs, books, strategic reports, databases, webinars and conferences. Learn more at

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