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Mar 14, 2013
HiMSS - Oregon Chapter presents: "Countdown to Meltdown? Preparing Your Organization for Health Reform & the Brave New Healthcare World"
The Nines Hotel

HiMSS Oregon welcomes – J.D. Kleinke a pioneering health care information entrepreneur, medical economist, author, policy expert, and business strategist.

WHEN: Thursday, March 14th, 2013 from 5:00pm-8:30pm

5:00-6:00 – Registration and Networking

6:00-7:30 – Presentation**

7:30-8:30 – Networking Reception

WHERE: The Nines Hotel, 525 SW Morrison, Portland, Oregon 97204


What does the actual health reform plan look like, what happens when 30 million new people enter the “system” as we know it, and what will it all mean for your organization? “Obamacare” has survived the Supreme Court, but the health reform law itself may be overshadowed by larger shifts in market power - and continuing government budget crises, as lawmakers target Medicare and Medicaid as sources of major savings. This session provides a critical overview of where health care stands today; the latest on spending trends and market dynamics; and how the health reform plan will play out for all major stakeholders, including providers, payers, employers, patients and consumers. This session examines the concurrent effects of the reform plan, health insurance market upheavals, increasing patient economic empowerment, and emerging information technologies on today’s health care organization. And it lays out a practical framework and set of critical success factors for your organization going forward, as health care faces the greatest challenges and changes in our lifetimes.

J.D.Kleinke has been instrumental in the creation of four health care information organizations, most notably HealthGrades. He has helped hospital systems, insurers and physician groups prepare for medical computerization and health reform; provided business, product and technology strategy services to new and established health care companies; and sat on the Boards of several public and privately held health information companies. In 2012, he was a Resident Fellow of the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Kleinke has authored three books on the U.S. health care system, Bleeding Edge: The Business of Health Care in the New Century and Oxymorons: The Myth of a U.S. Health Care System, and Catching Babies (2011). His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron’s, Health Affairs, JAMA, the British Medical Journal, Modern Healthcare, Managed Healthcare, Forbes, and numerous other publications. Since his earliest writings on health policy and market dynamics in The Wall Street Journal in the early 1990s, Mr. Kleinke has long been known as a forceful, non-partisan advocate for an evidence-driven, computerized, patient-centric health care system.

**This program has been submitted for review and approval of continuing education (CE) hours for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHMS)

Registration is now open for the conference.

Nov 26, 2013
Obamacare 101: How does it work and what can it do for me?
Red Lion Hotel Portland - Convention Center

Oregon Computer Consultants' Association Monthly Meeting Obamacare 101: How does it work and what can it do for me?

Program There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss practical problems. Among the topics that will be covered are:

  • What do we need to know about the new healthcare law?
  • Who can get premium subsidies and how do I qualify?
  • What are the tax ramifications for individuals receiving subsidies?
  • How do I get the information I need from the CoverOregon Site?
  • What are the basic things to consider to make sure I'm protected while not paying more than I need to?
  • How do I interpret the details shown on CoverOregon, like understanding whether the deductible covers both drugs and medical services, or is treated separately for each?

Speaker Ray Armstrong is the CEO of InsuranceNW. He is an entrepreneur and independent health insurance broker, licensed across the country, as well as a certified agent for CoverOregon, WashingtonHealthplanFinder & CoveredCalifornia. Ray has knowledge far beyond the average local agent and specializes in helping the self-employed out of compassion for the small businessman and families trying to make ends meet. He creates custom plans for each client by utilizing his nationwide access to dozens of insurance companies to create a plan to best meet his clients health needs as well as budget.

Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A)

Important note: You're welcome to attend if you want to learn how the Affordable Care Act affects micro- and small-business owners. If you want to rant about it, don't come. Thank you for your cooperation.