• Spotlight Information

    • Hear from three thought leaders on the impacts of the mid-term elections, technology innovations, and analytics.
    • Earn up to 3.5 CPE—all without leaving your desk.
    • Free for members and just $175 for nonmembers, this online learning opportunity enables you to join sessions, participate in chats and discussions, and ask questions in real time.

    Join us November 15 by registering today.

  • Education Sessions

    Session 1 (9:00 – 10:30 a.m., CST): 

    Washington Regulatory & Legislative Update: Implications for Health Care

    Andrew W. Bressler, CFA
    Managing Director, Washington Health Care Analyst
    Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research

    This session will discuss the latest healthcare regulatory and legislative issues moving through Congress, Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the potential impacts of the November mid-term elections. Topics discussed will include:

    • Where we are with the Affordable Care Act as we prepare for the year ahead?
    • What ACA legislative and regulatory changes to expect; where we are regarding potential repeal-and-replace legislation?
    • An update on CMS Medicare payment regulations for FY2018 for providers, including inpatient/outpatient hospitals, LTCHs, IRFs, SNFs, inpatient psychiatric, home health, hospice, physicians, ASCs, and dialysis
    • Other CMS regulatory relief efforts, including modifications and delays to CMS demonstration programs
    • Medicaid payment reforms, and waiver efforts in the states
    • CHIP re-authorization, along with potential Medicare extender provisions that expire at the end of the year
    • Update on drug pricing efforts, including potential modifications to Medicare Part B drug payments

    After this session, you'll be able to:  

    • Examine the impact of legislative and regulatory changes on hospitals, physicians, health plans, post-acute providers, and pharmaceutical manufacturers
    • Review strategic and operational plans to succeed in a changing regulatory environment
    • Identify potential changes in healthcare reform given the shifting political environment  

    Level: Update
    Prerequisite: None
    CPEs: 1.5


    Session 2 (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., CST):

    Beyond the Buzzwords: Creating Healthcare Intelligence

    Roshan Fernando
    CEO & President
    Middlegate

    Lots of buzzwords create lots of promises when it comes to technology. Interest in artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning, and machine technology is rising. Leveraging technology, as well as discovering how the various technologies can be used to meaningfully impact performance, requires the ability to analyze and make use of the multitude of data that is available to the industry. Using a case study example, this session will explore the concepts of analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence as they relate to a specific scenario, and what they can and can't offer.

    After this session, you'll be able to:

    • Recognize the potential and limitations of AI
    • Describe the continuum of new technology, including why technology continues to evolve
    • Discover the role of technology and analytics play in real-world scenarios

    Level: Overview
    Prerequisite: None
    CPEs: 1.0


    Session 3 (2:00 – 3:00 p.m., CST):

    Measuring Inpatient Practice Variation to Drive Value

    Ari Robicsek, MD
    Chief Medical Analytics Officer
    St. Joseph Health 

    Healthcare systems increasingly must identify and eliminate low-value care. In this session, you'll hear how Providence St. Joseph Health addressed this need by creating a "Value-Oriented Architecture" designed by clinicians, that provides an apples-to-apples comparisons of both cost and outcomes across different providers. In this innovative system, clinicians can view cohort-appropriate risk-adjustment and outcome measurement, as well as cost data, in a unique clinically-intuitive taxonomy, allowing for rapid drill-down into the sources of practice variation.  As a result, every physician (rather than a small number of outliers) benefits from the experience of their peers and is able to identify both areas of excellence in their practice, as well as actionable waste that can be reduced.

    After this session, you’ll be able to:

    • Discuss the importance of working with clinicians to define cohorts, risk adjust, and identify outcomes that will motivate practice change.
    • Learn about a successful method of normalizing and organizing cost data for clinician consumption.
    • Consider methods of data visualization that are actionable for clinicians. 

    Level: Intermediate
    Prerequisites: General knowledge of cost data management concepts
    CPEs: 1.0

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