On Thursday, August 20, Direct Supply hosted our 13th annual Clinical Leadership Conference (CLC) with one major difference: we went fully virtual.

The CLC was kicked off with a truly special fireside chat with keynote speaker and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator, Seema Verma. Administrator Verma oversees a $1 trillion federal budget that impacts more than 130 million Americans.

Watch the chat as Direct Supply’s founder and CEO Bob Hillis introduces Washington, D.C.-based Administrator Verma to the conference, followed by our own Clinical Director Liz Jensen’s discussion with her about what we’ve learned and what’s to come with COVID-19 in Senior Care.

What needs to change in the existing survey and enforcement process? And has CMS ever considered phasing out the existing process and starting over with a reformed process?

While the CMS blanket waivers were very helpful, why did it take a pandemic to lift regulations that were limiting to providing better care?

In addition to telehealth benefits, can you share additional insights into what other changes CMS is considering expanding or making permanent?

The pandemic has put a larger spotlight on the lack of educated and compensated staff in senior care. How is CMS addressing this complex problem?

How is CMS thinking about its role in supporting and funding the needed steps for successful technology innovation? How can our members participate and collaborate in accelerating technology innovation?

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