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Dr. Jim Rickards

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Keynote speaker Jim Rickards MD, MBA is a physician and healthcare transformer. He is the current Senior Medical Director of Population Health for Moda Health, and former Chief Medical Officer for the State of Oregon with the Oregon Health Authority.

Keynote speaker Jim Rickards is a physician, healthcare transformer and published author with almost 20 years of working within Medicine and healthcare. Dr. Rickards started his career as a board certified radiologist in private practice radiology in McMinnville, Oregon where he was a managing partner. From there, he helped from the Yamhill Community Care Organization, a community governed Medicaid managed care plan, also known as a Coordinated Care Organization. Dr. Rickards worked within CCO as its Health Strategy Officer, and during this time he also worked with the Oregon Health Authority as a Clinical Innovation Fellow, leading a regional teledermatology implementation program.

In 2015, speaker Jim Rickards became the Chief Medical Officer for the State of Oregon, helping transform payment for primary care from a volume to a value based model. Additionally, he led efforts to control pharmaceutical costs and develop the state’s Healthcare Transformation Center, a hub of innovation and learning for the healthcare payment.

Currently, certified speaker Jim Rickards is the Senior Medical Director of Population Health for Moda Health, working to develop value based payment models to align the delivery and payment of care with purchaser’s desire for measurable quality and outcomes.

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    Speaker Jim Rickards Keynote Topics

    • Value-Based healthcare payments
    • Healthcare innovation
    • Primary care payment reform
    • High-Cost pharmaceuticals
    • Evidence based medicine
    • Obamacare
    • Medicaid
    • Telemedicine
    • Healthcare entrepreneurship

Community Governed Healthcare...

A Solution to a National Epidemic

Many countries, especially the United States are facing an epidemic. It’s not a disease, a parasite, a drug problem, or any number of issues that come to mind when we think of the word epidemic. What nations are afflicted with is the lack of organized systems of healthcare.

For the most part, countries collections of hospitals, providers, commercial payers and government insurance programs have been cobbled together over time. No intentional design of an actual system with the end user in mind(the patient) with clear goals and measurable performance indicators was undertaken.

As a result, most communities don’t have a single mission, vision, global budget or standard set of metrics with which to manage their healthcare resources. Additionally, there is not usually a platform to allow for governance of healthcare resources that allows for provider and patient input. The state of Oregon realized this gap as an opportunity. In response to this problem, it created a policy and legal framework for communities to build community-governed healthcare plans called Coordinated Care Organizations. There are now 16 of these entities in the state which provide medical benefits to over 1.1 million individuals. Over the five years, they have been in existence, medical costs have been held to under a 3.4% annual cost trend increase. Clinical quality metrics have also been achieved such as a statewide decrease in hospital readmissions by over 30% since 2011. CCO’s work for Oregon’s communities and can probably work just about anywhere.

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