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A North Star
Julie Boughn, Director of CMS Data and Systems Group, and John Doerr, author of Measure What Matters spoke to about the cornerstone of CMS’ national MES reform strategy: data driven decision making. John provide an overview his simple but powerful goal setting system: Objectives and Key Results (OKR). His #1 New York Times best seller outlines his journey over four decades to use OKR’s to help transform the world with organizations like Google, the Gates Foundation and yes, Bono. Julie and John led a live workshop with the entire general session audience to illustrate the use of his OKR system and captured three transformational Medicaid objectives (“the what”) and key results (“the how”) for each objective.
A Nod to Diversity
One of the most heartwarming conversations was facilitated by Sarah Miller and Carol J. Sharp with the @GirlsIncChicago https://girlsincofchicago.org/ that provide programs to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Five accomplished members of the Bold Girls Society each told their personal story and lifted the entire general session up with hope and inspiration.
Divide and Conquer
Over the course of the three-day conference, more than 1,600 conference attendees attended breakout tracks and sessions focused on seven key MESC themes. The goal of the sessions was to engage, educate and empower MESC attendees to share innovations, best practices and assets that are being implemented across the country to transform Medicaid programs and systems. These collaborative sessions focused on the attendees’ shared mission that included:
MESC session presentations are available and have been uploaded to the MESC Google Drive folder.
Consistent with the theme of collaboration and innovation, MESC hosted the annual Poster Board Session in the Exhibit Hall to spotlight individual states and highlight their MES successes. Each state displays their MESC story board and participants can engage in one on one conversations about that state’s MES priorities, approach and accomplishments. It is a casual, interactive format that allows participants ask questions, take away new ideas and build relationships that last well after the conference.
It’s Not All About Work
Creating a sense of community at MESC goes beyond the formal agenda and educational sessions. An important part of MESC is to enjoy the host city, its great venues and each other. And there was no shortage of things to do. Take in a Cubs game, an architectural tour of the city, a boat ride on Lake Michigan, or enjoy some Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza. MESC vendors generously hosted a wide range of parties and events, almost too many to list. These informal events create bonds for professionals dedicated to Medicaid but also form personal friendships that enrich us all.
Inspiration and Commitment
As MESC 2019 came to close, we left Chicago with a renewed sense community, collaboration and a collective commitment to continue to improve the national Medicaid program and the systems that support it. While we each play our small role in incremental and modular innovations, but as a community we can change the world. A big thank you to MESC Planning Committee, the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago for a great MESC 2019. See everyone next year for MESC 2020 in Baltimore.