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Post-Acute Care Conference
Break the Mold — The New Shape of Post-Acute Care

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February 11 – 12, 2016
Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach, Redondo Beach


A new status quo is taking shape
Silos of care are out. What’s in? Fluid care paths and payment models based on quality outcomes and increased care coordination. As health care evolves to meet this trend, integration of post-acute care becomes more vital than ever. This year’s conference will shake up your thinking with new models and practices to help you adapt and succeed in our changing world. Featured topics include:

  • Population health management — how it applies to post-acute care delivery
  • Integrating with community-based organizations to improve transitions of care
  • Federal updates, including the IMPACT Act implementation and the CCJR model
  • The growth of palliative care in the care continuum
  • Micro-presentations highlighting effective partnerships for improving transitions of care
  • How new payment models are shaping post-acute care delivery
  • What’s new from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
  • Face time and candid conversation with CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner

Make plans now to join us for our most exciting year yet!

Who should attend?
Everyone who cares about the continuum of care and who is committed to helping patients achieve maximum health and independence.


Thursday, February 11

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Opening Session
Implementing Population Health Management Across Care Settings

Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH, Director, Care Transitions Program, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Are you ready to discover the full potential of Population Health Management for your organization? This session, led by the innovator of the Coleman CTI method, will provide guidance for putting population health into action. Learn how to collaborate across care settings, with organizations in your community, and with patients and families to improve the health of elderly populations. Find out how simulation can better prepare patients and their families for transitions of care.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | General Session
Partnering with Community-Based Services

Lori Peterson, MA, Chief Executive Officer, Collaborative Consulting
ACA is placing a higher emphasis on community-based care — and for good reason. Partnering with a community-based organization (CBO) can improve care transitions and ultimately reduce readmissions. This session will walk you through the process of establishing a partnership, from evaluating a CBO’s competency and capacity, to building and sustaining relationships. Examples of mutually-beneficial partnerships will also be shared.

12:00 – 1:15 p.m. | Hosted Luncheon

1:15 – 2:30 p.m. General Session
Partnerships and Innovative Practices to Improve Care Transitions — Micro Presentations

Tory Starr, MSN, PHN, RN, Vice President, Care Management, Sutter Health, Valley Area; Suzanne Engelder, MSW, Center for Advanced Care Planning and Advocacy Program Coordinator, St. Joseph Home Health; Harriet Aronow, PhD, Research Scientist III, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; and Robert Walters, PT, MBA, Director, Inpatient Rehabilitation Services, John Muir Health (moderator)
Participants will break into groups for quick learning sessions on innovative practices to improve patient outcomes and care transitions. Plan to get up close and personal with the presenters to learn about their partnerships and care models, and how these can be applied to your own environment of care.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. | General Session
The Washington Perspective on Post-Acute Care Progress

Alyssa Keefe, Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, California Hospital Association
CHA’s Washington-based representative will provide participants with a behind-the-scenes update on policy and regulation at the federal level. Hear the latest updates on key programs, including the ongoing implementation of the IMPACT Act and the CCJR model.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | General Session
Integrating Palliative Care Throughout the Continuum

Shelly Garone, MD, FACP, Chief, Continuum North Sacramento Valley, Kaiser Roseville Medical Center
It’s time to reduce the stigma and start reaping the benefits of palliative care. More than end of life treatment, palliative care helps patients with chronic conditions develop goals for their own care while reducing utilization of unnecessary services. If you are considering implementing (or expanding) a palliative program, this session will provide the guidance and resources to incorporate palliative care into your practice.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Reception

Friday, February 12

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast Session
Center for Post-Acute Care Update

Patricia Blaisdell, FACHE, Vice President, Continuum of Care, California Hospital Association
In this annual update, participants will learn about recent activities of the Center for Post-Acute Care and advocacy plans for the coming year. Attendees are encouraged to bring their suggestions and questions.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. | General Session
How New Payment Models are Driving Post-Acute Care Delivery

Allen Dobson, PhD, President, Dobson/DaVanzo & Associates, LLC
The delivery of care across the continuum is being transformed by new payment models. This session will explain how bundled payments, value-based purchasing and site-neutral models are changing how post-acute care services will be delivered in the future. Implications for organizations and post-acute care providers at all levels will be discussed.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. | General Session
CMS Region IX Update and Current Programs for Care Innovation

Ashby Wolfe, MD, MPP, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Region IX, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The Chief Medical Officer for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Region IX will provide a real-time update on current CMS programs in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, as well as the major programmatic reforms under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. Learn about CMS’s current initiatives to improve the delivery of care and new opportunities available to providers.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | General Session
A Conversation with Your Association President

C. Duane Dauner, President/CEO, California Hospital Association; and Pamela Chevreaux, Vice President, Ambulatory Services, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
Incoming Center for Post-Acute Care Board Chair will conduct an interview and recap the conference with CHA’s president and CEO, C. Duane Dauner. Mr. Dauner will share his insights on the future of health care and how the association will continue to advocate on behalf of members. Bring your questions for this interactive session.


Crown Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina
300 North Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 318-8888
(800) 368-9760 (reservations)

Room reservation deadline is January 20, 2016.
The Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina is the host hotel and site of this year’s event. Rooms are available at a discounted rate of $189, single and double occupancy. For reservations, call (800) 368-9760 and mention the “Post-Acute Care Conference.”


Register by January 20, 2016 and save
Members* $495, Nonmembers** $695

Registrations received after January 20, add $100

*Members are CHA member hospitals, CHA associate members and government agencies. **Nonmembers are limited to non-hospital health care providers, clinics, post-acute facilities, and consultants, insurance companies, law firms and other entities that serve hospitals. Education programs and publications are a membership benefit and are not available to eligible nonmember California hospitals.

Tuition includes reception, luncheon, conference materials and CEs.


A confirmation will be upon registration. On-site registrations and any unpaid registrations may be subject to an additional 10 percent fee.

Cancellation Policy/Late Payment

A $75 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing seven or more business days prior to the scheduled session. No refunds will be made after these dates. Substitutions are encouraged. Cancellation and substitution notification may be emailed to In the unlikely event that the program is cancelled, refunds will be issued to paid registrants within 30 days.

Special Accommodations

If you require special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please call (916) 552-7637.

Photo Release — Consent to Use Photographic Images and Recordings

Registration and attendance at CHA programs and other activities constitutes an agreement by the attendee with CHA for use and distribution of the attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotape.

Continuing Education

Full attendance at the educational sessions is a prerequisite for receiving continuing education. Attendees must sign in at the conference and include their professional license number, if required. Continuing education certificates will be emailed after the conference.

Health Care Executives — CHA is authorized to award 8.25 hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education Credit (non-ACHE) for this program toward the advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit should indicate their attendance when submitting application to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.

Nursing — Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP 11924, for 9.9 contact hours.

Nursing Home Administrators — Application has been made to the State of California, Department of Public Health to award continuing education for this program.

Rehabilitation Professionals — This program may meet continuing education requirements for Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech/Language Pathology. Please request a Certificate of Attendance to submit to your professional organization.


Please call the Education Department at (916) 552-7637.


On behalf of the California Hospital Association, we would like to thank our corporate sponsors for their support of the Post-Acute Care Annual Conference!

For sponsorship opportunities, call the CHA Education Department (916) 552-7502 or email Lisa Hartzell.

Click here to download a sponsor registration form.

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