The Heartland of Healthcare Innovation: Recapping the 2015 Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference (MESC)

Posted by Stephen Moss on September 28, 2015

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After a four-day, substantive MESC conference, it is clear that the outlook for Medicaid technology is incredibly bright. In the history of Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS), the greatest opportunity for states and vendors is now as more states are ready to replace or update their systems.

The 2015 MESC Conference was held in Des Moines, Iowa, and united around the theme, “The Heartland of Healthcare Innovation.” Coincidentally, the conference took place the same week as the world famous Iowa State Fair, replete with pork chops on a stick, lemon shakeups, and dozens of 2016 presidential candidates.  

The conference saw one of its highest attendances as state and federal staff and policymakers joined the vendor community at more than 100 breakout and industry sessions in the heartland. As in years past, the New England State Consortium Systems Organization (NESCSO) organized the premier Medicaid technology event, which had a thematic approach to sessions with the following tracks available to attendees:

  • Developing the enterprise
  • Governing and managing the enterprise
  • Achieving compliance
  • Driving improvements using data and analytics
  • Building interoperability

The tracks focused on the development and management of a true Medicaid enterprise, which came into focus with the release of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) in early 2015. This NPRM set the stage for the conference, which can be explored in depth with the full recap of the MESC, here.