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PSTG acts as a voice for its members as we work with our state and federal partners to improve our country's health care system.

Membership provides:

  1. Excellent networking opportunities;
  2. Collaboration on vendor neutral initiatives;
  3. An opportunity to influence the direction of the nation's health care system

Dues are $125/year for each participating company.

 

 

Each quarter, PSTG releases a newsletter. The most recent version is below, and the previous newsletters are archived in the adjacent tab.

 

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Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference (MESC)

The Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference (MESC) provides attendees with an opportunity to participate in approximately eighty individual concurrent educational sessions over the four day period. The educational content of the MESC is developed through a national planning committee made up of representatives from both the public and private sectors including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Systems Technical Advisory Group (S-TAG), National Medicaid EDI HIPAA Workgroup (NEMH), and the Private Sector Technology Group (PSTG).

The 2016 MES Conference will be held Monday, August 15, 2016 - Thursday, August 18, 2016 in St. Louis, MO. Planning for this year's conference is underway - be sure to visit MESConference.org for the latest information.

Be sure to read the 2016 PSTG Summer MESC Supplement to the PSTG's Newsletter.

 

2016 Board of Directors Election

The election results are in, and we are pleased to announce the new 2015 - 2016 PSTG Officers!

   
 Chair    Vice Chair
Joshua Slen  Joshua Slen
 Molina Healthcare
 Joshua.Slen@MolinaHealthcare.com
  Nicole  Nicole Becnel
 BerryDunn
 nbecnel@berrydunn.com
 
 Secretary    Treasurer
Faye Makishima  Faye Makishima
 netlogx
 fmakishima@netlogx.com
  Tony Franklin  Tony Franklin
 Cambria Solutions Inc.
 TFranklin@cambriasoltuions.com
 

 

 

 

The purpose of PSTG is to provide a discussion and information forum for a broad based and diverse group of information technology companies and professionals that provide solutions in the health care information systems environment and all related activities. The group's expertise spans all aspects of the health care information technology industry. PSTG serves as a valuable resource for federal and state governments to obtain information regarding the application of information technologies to health care services administration.

Links to the following PSTG Resources are provided for your information:

  • PSTG Comments on the Medicaid Program: Mechanized Claims Processing and Information Retrieval Systems Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) were submitted online via www.regulations.com on June 11, 2015. A courtesy copy of the comments were also submitted to Jessica Kahn on June 13th via e-mail from the PSTG Board Chair.
  • View the PSTG Comments

 

The Private Sector Technology Group (PSTG) is a broad based group of innovative companies and professionals providing Health Information Technology (HIT) products and services to state governments and federal agencies.  This group's talents and expertise ranges from system design consulting to program operations. The PSTG is a resource for federal and state governments to obtain information regarding the application of information technologies to optimize the delivery of health services administration.

In the past decade the PSTG has been actively monitoring and discussing how MITA can be used to achieve the goals of ARRA by making wise investments using a sustainable framework that will endure after ARRA funds are exhausted. But as the requirements of state and federal governments have expanded so has our response.  By leveraging the foundations laid by ARRA, we stand ready to assist our public institutions with the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) including but not limited to the modernization of their MMIS platforms, the development and operations of the state and federal market places, and the management of the 3-Rs. 

The PSTG is based on collaboration and a “leave your logo at the door” approach to health care system discussions with state and federal partners. The PSTG seeks to provide technical and policy suggestions on matters of significance to the health care system in the United States. The PSTG uses “white paper” committees with broad industry representation and actively seeks guidance and input from public partners in the state and federal government throughout the white paper development process.  Producing, on average, one in-depth white paper per year the final product is always a consensus document with review and comment from our public partners throughout the development process.

The health service industry is going through a once-in-a century transformation.  To better serve the citizenry of our fine country, public and private organizations must work together to bring about change that is effective, efficient, and affordable.  The PSTG’s aim is to provide collaboratively formed and consensus based technical and policy guidance in partnership with federal and state governments aimed at improving the health care delivery system.

To be part of this dynamic and exciting organization, join the PSTG and connect with us through LinkedIn.

2016 - 2017 PSTG Officers

   
 Chair    Vice Chair
Joshua Slen  Joshua Slen
 Molina Healthcare
 Joshua.Slen@MolinaHealthcare.com
  Nicole  Nicole Becnel
 BerryDunn
 nbecnel@berrydunn.com
 
 Secretary    Treasurer
Faye Makishima  Faye Makishima
 netlogx
 fmakishima@netlogx.com
  Tony Franklin  Tony Franklin
 Cambria Solutions Inc.
 TFranklin@cambriasoltuions.com
 
 Past Chair
Robin Chacón  Robin Chacón
 CSG Government Solutions
 RChacon@csgdelivers.com

Charter of the PSTG

The Private Sector Technology Group (PSTG) is a broad based group of information technology companies and professionals providing solutions in the health information systems environment. This group's talents and expertise ranges from system design consulting to program operations. PSTG is a resource for federal and state governments to obtain information regarding the application of information technologies to health services administration.

The goals of the PSTG are to:

  • Promote the understanding that information technology improves management/administration through greater control and accountability-, achieves higher quality and efficiency at lower overall costs, and fosters greater standardization.
  • Eliminate obstacles to the adoption of information technologies.
  • Share information among the agencies responsible for administering Medicaid and other state health programs.
  • Stay abreast of changing program requirements resulting from legislation, regulation or policy issuances.
  • Communicate the impact of such changes to appropriate state and federal agencies and interest groups.
  • Promote electronic health care transactions including the standardization of formats for electronic media.

The members of the Private Sector Technology Group hope to attain these goals through an open dialogue between industry and government.

Bylaws of the Private Sector Technology Group (Last updated on 09/28/2012)

Article I - Name

The name of this organization shall be the Private Sector Technology Group and properly may be referred to by its acronym PSTG in all literature and correspondence.

Article II - Objective

The objective of this organization is to assist in providing solutions in the health information systems environment through an open dialogue between industry and government as is more particularly set out in the Charter of this organization.

Article III - Membership

Section 1. Any business (without regard to organizational structure) or person interested in the objectives and goals of this organization is eligible for membership. Membership may be attained by filing a completed application, in such form as the Board of Directors may require, with the Secretary. Payment of dues and assessments, as provided for in Section 4 of this Article III, is a requirement of membership. No member shall have more than one vote in any proceedings under these bylaws.

Section 2. Any person interested in the goals and objectives of this organization who chooses not to become a member may be recognized, at that person's request, as a professional associate and may attend and freely participate in all meetings and, if requested by the Chair or Board of Directors, may participate in surveys conducted by the organization and serve on Special Committees.

Section 3. Members only shall have the right:

a) to vote in any manner and for such reason as these bylaws may provide.

b) to serve as officers or Chairs of any committee established pursuant to these bylaws.

c) to serve, at the request of the Chair, as the official representative of this organization as provided by the bylaws.

d) to participate in all membership surveys.

Section 4. The dues of this organization shall be determined by the Board each calendar year. Dues should be the minimum necessary to support efficient operations. Dues paid at any time during the calendar year apply to that calendar year, unless the dues for that year were previously paid. Special assessments may be imposed by a two-thirds vote of the full membership. Such assessments shall be in a reasonable amount, for a specific purpose, imposed only to advance the objectives and goals of the organization and when, in the opinion of the membership, the general funds of the organization should not be used for the purpose for which the assessment is being imposed or there are insufficient funds in the treasury. Because the PSTG is a voluntary organization, dues shall be applied only to expenses of the organization and no part of the dues shall be expended for any part of the salary of any person who performs duties for or on behalf of the organization.

Section 5. Beginning with fiscal year 1993, any member whose dues and assessments are not paid on or before any meeting of the membership called under Article 6 of these bylaws shall not be allowed to vote at that meeting.

Section 6. The fiscal year for this organization shall be from January 1st through December 31st.

Article IV - Officers

Section 1. The officers of this organization shall be Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. The officers shall be elected annually in the 4th quarter and shall hold office for a period of one year, or thereafter until their successors have been elected. The service period begins January 1st of the year immediately following the election year. No person shall hold more than one office at any time.

Section 2. No person shall serve as Chair or Vice-Chair for more than two consecutive one-year terms. A person may serve as Secretary or Treasurer for an unlimited number of consecutive terms.

Section 3. A Chair who has served two consecutive one-year terms shall not again serve either as Chair or Vice-Chair until after the passage of four fiscal years following his last previous fiscal year as Chair. A Vice-Chair who has served two consecutive terms, but has not served as Chair, shall not again serve as Vice-Chair until after the passage of two fiscal years following his last previous fiscal year as Vice-Chair.

Section 4. At no time during a term of office shall the Chair and Vice-Chair be associated as principal, officer or employee with the same member entity. If, during a term of office, either the Chair or the Vice-Chair becomes associated as principal, officer or employee with the same member entity as the other, the member entity shall decide which of the two officers shall retain the office and notify the Secretary of its decision within 30 days of the association. If the office of Chair is retained, the Board of Directors will appoint a Vice-Chair to serve until the next regular election. If the office of Vice-Chair is retained, the Vice-Chair automatically assumes the office of Chair pursuant to Section 5 of this Article IV and the Board of Directors shall appoint a Vice-Chair to serve until the next regular election.

Section 5. The Vice-Chair will automatically succeed to the office of Chair if the office of Chair becomes vacant during a term of office. If the office of Vice-Chair, Secretary or Treasurer becomes vacant during a term of office, the Board of Directors shall appoint a member to serve until the next regular election.

Section 6. The Chair shall appoint a Nominating Committee of at least three members in August of each year. The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of at least one candidate for each office. The slate of candidates will be presented to the membership in accordance with the voting procedures established by the Board of Directors in accordance with Article IV Section 7 of the Bylaws.

Section 7. Election of officers shall be by written ballot which may include electronic communication. Voting procedures shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

Section 8. Officers are elected as individuals, not in their capacity as representatives of any particular company.

Article V - Duties of Officers

Section 1. The officers shall perform the duties prescribed by these bylaws. They shall be governed by Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised in all cases in which such rules are applicable and not inconsistent with these bylaws.

Section 2. The Chair shall preside at all meetings and act as the Chief Executive Officer of the organization and perform those duties generally accepted as incident to the office of Chair. The Chair shall be an ex-officio member of all committees except the Audit and Nominating Committees. The Chair shall submit a report to the membership in the form of an annual review at the Annual Meeting. The Chair acts as primary contact for coordinating with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Systems Technical Advisory Group (S-TAG), and the planning committee for Conference participation, including the MMIS and NASMD conferences. The Chair schedules and plans all meetings of the organization and Board of Directors.

Section 3. The Vice-Chair shall perform all duties of the Chair at the request of or in absence of the Chair and such other duties as the Chair may direct. Additionally, the Vice-Chair provides oversight to select Committees identified by the Board.

Section 4. The Secretary shall be custodian of all records of the organization; keep minutes of all meetings of the organization and Board of Directors; notify members and the Board of Directors of all meetings and conduct such other correspondence as is necessary in the course of performing the duties and responsibilities of the office or as the Chair and Board of Directors may require; establish and maintain a membership roster; and to receive and record all funds paid to the organization and forward them to the Treasurer. The Secretary also provides oversight to select committees identified by the board.

Section 5. The Treasurer shall receive from the Secretary all funds received by the organization and deposit them in the name of the organization in such financial institution(s) as the Board of Directors shall direct. The Treasurer shall disburse funds according to the budget approved by the Board of Directors; keep itemized accounts of receipts and expenditures, and file vouchers approved by the Chair for all expenditures; render reports to the Board of Directors upon request; keep all books and accounts open for inspection by the Board of Directors; and issue a report at the Annual Meeting. In addition, the Treasurer provides oversight for the web site and select committees identified by the board.

Article VI - Meetings

Section 1. An Annual Meeting shall be held in conjunction with the Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference (MESC), the purpose of which is gathering the largest number of members to promote communication, receiving reports of officers and committees, and for transacting any other organization business that may come before it. Additional meetings may be held to the extent possible.

Section 2. Special meetings may be called by the Chair with the approval of the Board of Directors, or upon the written request of at least five members, if the request is approved by the Board of Directors. The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in a notification of the meeting to the entire membership and no other business may be transacted. Because of the cost and time involved in a general membership meeting and because usually only a specific issue will be involved, special meetings, to the extent possible, will be conducted by telephone and/or by written communication. Special meetings shall be called only to resolve issues of critical importance to the membership which cannot be delayed until the Annual Meeting.

Section 3. Half (50 %) of the membership shall constitute a quorum.

Section 4. All meetings shall be open to both members and professional associates.

Article VII - Board of Directors

Section 1. The currently elected officers, the current Chair of all Standing Committees, and the immediate past Chair of the organization shall constitute the Board of Directors. The current Chair of the organization shall be Chair of the Board of Directors. For purposes of this Section, the Audit and Nominating Committees described in Article VIII of these bylaws are not Standing Committees.

Section 2. The Board of Directors, in its discretion, shall act for and on behalf of this organization between stated meetings, except that no policy positions shall be issued without approval of the membership as provided for in Article 6 of the bylaws.

Section 3. The Chair of the Board of Directors shall call meetings of the Board as needed, but the Board shall meet at one location and at least twice each fiscal year, one of which shall be at the Annual Meeting. Any Board member, with whom at least three others agree in writing, may request a meeting of the Board. Such request will be honored by the Board unless the request is rejected by a quorum. Meetings of the Board, except as otherwise provided in this Article VII, may be held by telephone or other non-face to face communication, and votes may be taken either orally or in writing.

Section 4. The Board of Directors may adopt rules for the transaction of its business provided there are no conflicts with these bylaws.

Section 5. Two-thirds of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum.

Article VIII - Committees

Section 1. Committees may be established by the Chair with the approval of the Board of Directors. A Committee is required to have a charter approved by the board and including goals and objectives. The Chair shall appoint Standing Committee Chairs with the approval of the Board of Directors.

Section 2. All Committees shall cease to exist each year unless the Board of Directors authorizes the continued existence of a specific committee.

Section 3. When establishing Committees, the Chair may appoint some or all Committee members or may delegate some or all of that authority to the Committee Chair.

Section 4. The Chair may appoint an Audit Committee of three members to audit the Treasurer's books in May and make its report at the Annual Meeting.

Section 5. The Chair shall appoint a Nominating Committee, the composition and duties of which are set forth in Article IV, Section 4 of these bylaws.

Section 6. Neither the Audit nor Nominating Committee are Committees for purposes of Article VII, nor are they Committees for purposes of this Article VIII, Section 3.

Article IX - Representation

Section 1. The Chair, or the Chair's designee, shall be the official representative of this organization at all functions to which this organization is invited or otherwise attends on behalf of its members. When the Chair designates a person or persons to officially represent this organization at a function, the Chair shall provide, the representatives with correspondence designating them as official representatives of this organization for that function.

Section 2. To avoid the perception that an individual member may be speaking solely as a representative of his member entity and not of this organization, and, in particular, in situations in which the official representative of this organization is not the Chair or Vice-Chair, the Chair, to the extent possible, will designate at least two members to officially represent this organization at any given function.

Article X - Amendments

Section 1. These bylaws may be amended at the Annual Meeting by a majority vote of the members present and voting.

Section 2. Notice of proposed changes to the bylaws to be voted upon at an Annual Meeting shall be provided to the membership by the Board of Directors at least thirty days prior to the Annual Meeting.

Section 3. Members may submit to the Secretary, at any time, in writing, proposed bylaw changes with an explanation as to why the proposed change is being suggested. To be considered at the Annual Meeting, suggested changes must be received by the Secretary so that they may be timely considered by the Board of Directors prior to the Annual Meeting.