Strategies for Implementing the ONC and CMS Rules

  • April 24, 2020
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
  • online

ONC and CMS recently released their long-anticipated interoperability rules. These final rules, which emphasize providing patients access to their health information, have a far-reaching impact for health insurance providers. Although the proposed rules have been available for a year, many payers haven’t planned or prepared for their eventuality.

Having an interoperability strategy and plan is a critical part to being ready to implement the final rules. The speakers will discuss their journey implementing an interoperability strategy, lessons learned along the way and how that has positioned them for implementing the new rules. They will share strategies, tactics and lessons learned which health insurance providers will find useful in their planning and implementation.

Attendees will learn:

  • Overview of final ONC and CMS final rules and impact for payers
  • How health insurance providers can establish an interoperability strategy to meet the new ONC and CMS rules
  • Lessons learned in building out an interoperability strategy.


Colt Courtright
Director, Corporate Data & Analytics
Premera Blue Cross

Colt Courtright leads Corporate Data & Analytics at Premera Blue Cross, where he is responsible for strategies that impact its 2.1 million members, 38,000 physician network, and self-insured employers such as Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, Expedia, Weyerhaeuser and other household name companies. Colt brings more than 20 years’ experience performing new product innovation, supporting strategic partnerships, and overseeing advanced analytics and data management solutions. Recently this has included initial product deployments for companies such as Landmark, MOBE, Quartet, Vim/BookMD, Collective Medical Technologies, and Cardinal Analytics. Colt has direct responsibility for real-time EMR clinical data exchange, data warehouse, data lake, data science, and business intelligence production environments, along with sales, marketing, clinical, and operational analytic and reporting teams.

David Braza
Executive Vice President of Finance, Actuary and Informatics
Premera Blue Cross

David Braza is Executive Vice President of Healthcare Informatics and Chief Actuary at Premera. In these roles, he provides leadership over Finance and Investments, Underwriting, Actuarial Services and Healthcare Economics. Additionally, he leads all the Data Analytics functions within Premera, including oversight of the Data Warehouse, Data Science Platform and other data assets. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Braza has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgia State University, majoring in Actuarial Science.

Lynda Rowe
Senior Advisor, Value Based Markets

Lynda Rowe is Senior Advisor for Value-Based Markets at InterSystems and for two decades has held senior-level positions in health information technology. She was most recently an executive in the health market at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led a number of consulting projects for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the Office of the National Coordinator within HHS. She provided leadership for quality measurement, health information technology use and adoption, health information exchange, interoperability and standards, and meaningful use engagements. She spent a number of years running the analytics department for Managed Medicaid plans in Massachusetts. She is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors at Family Health Center in Worcester. Ms. Rowe continues to focus on the advancement of interoperability, technology use and adoption and government policy related to value based care through various workgroups and task forces.

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