Melissa is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Contexture (contexture.org), the umbrella organization of CORHIO, a leading health information exchange (HIE) in Colorado, and Health Current, the Arizona HIE.
Through her vision and leadership, Contexture is celebrated as a model for aligning the healthcare community with the possibilities of connected electronic health information to advance individual and community health and wellbeing.
Melissa is recognized as a collaborative partner of hospitals and health systems, health plans, healthcare providers, healthcare associations, and other healthcare sectors in Arizona. She serves as the Board Chair of Civitas Networks for Health, a national collaborative comprised of HIEs and regional healthcare improvement collaboratives. She also serves as a member of the Employers Council Board of Directors, Arizona’s State Medicaid Advisory Committee, and the Advisory Council of Solari Crisis & Human Services.
Prior to joining Health Current, Melissa worked as a consultant and health policy analyst at Deloitte Consulting. She holds a Master of Public Health in health policy from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Session: AHCCCS updates and Social Determinants of Health Closed Loop Referral System
Thursday, Oct. 20 │ 1:15 p.m. breakout session: Hospital Finance and Reimbursement
Co-presenting with Kristen Challacombe, AHCCCS
AHCCCS & Contexture, Arizona’s health information exchange (HIE), have long collaborated on initiatives that improve the health and wellness of the Medicaid population through the successful utilization of information exchange and data analysis. As part of the Whole Person Care Initiative, AHCCCS and Contexture have designed and are implementing a statewide SDOH closed loop referral initiative called CommunityCares. CommunityCares will link together healthcare providers, health plans, community-based organizations and state agencies to ensure that individual social needs are fulfilled. This presentation will review the background and current status of the CommunityCares initiative and the AHCCCS Whole Person Care Initiative at large, as well as other key AHCCCS initiatives and joint HIE and analytics projects.