Education event

Post-Acute Care Conference
Forward Motion — Driving the Future of Post-Acute Care

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January 29 – 30, 2015
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach


Major changes in post-acute care are just ahead 
Health care reform is picking up speed as we begin to see changes in patient assessment and reimbursement. Now is the time to stay focused on what’s coming and identify strategies to develop our role in the new health care delivery system. Join us at the Post-Acute Care Annual Conference and gain the information and insights you’ll need guide your facility forward. Sessions at this year’s event include:

  • Role of technology in improving independence, access and quality of life
  • Bundled payments for care improvement — update on the CMS pilot
  • Readmissions best practices —  micro presentations and discussions on IRF, CCTP, LTCH and HHA
  • Population health management for high-risk groups — opportunities for
    post-acute care
  • Care transitions — model practices across the continuum of care
  • PAC-PRD research results — lessons learned for care and assessment tools, implications for PAC policy

Who should attend?
Post-acute care professionals, including rehabilitation managers, skilled nursing managers, COOs, CNOs, administrators, home health professionals and case managers will all benefit.

Make plans to join your colleagues this year in Huntington Beach.


Thursday, January 29

9:00 – 9:45 am | Opening Session
A Conversation with Your Association President
C. Duane Dauner, President/CEO, California Hospital Association
Engage in a dialogue with one of California’s most influential health care leaders in this opening session. CHA’s president and CEO C. Duane Dauner will share his thoughts on the future of health care and how the association will advocate on behalf of members. Bring your questions for this interactive session.

9:45 – 10:45 am | Keynote Session
How Technology and Innovation Will Shape the Future of Care

Katy Fike, PhD, Co-Founder, Aging2.0 and Partner, Generator Ventures 
Aging2.0 startups leverage technology and design to help aging patients live fuller, more independent lives. This session will explore trends at the intersection of aging and technology and explain how new innovations can be applied to the post-acute setting to better serve patients. Emerging technology trends such as mobile enabled services, smart devices and robotics will also be discussed.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm | General Session
Management of High-Risk Medicare Populations

Gretchen Alkema, PhD, LCSW, Vice President of Policy and Communications, The SCAN Foundation
A recent study funded by The SCAN Foundation found that a solution to managing health care delivery costs may not rest solely on addressing medical conditions, but must also consider the role of functional status and daily living factors. This session will describe lessons learned from this study, outline the development of a three-pronged strategy to manage care and risk for high risk populations and discuss implications for care providers at all levels of the care continuum.

12:15 – 1:30 pm | Hosted Luncheon

1:30 – 2:45 pm | General Session
Reducing Readmissions Across the Continuum — Panel Presentation

Pamela Roberts, PhD, Director, Rehabilitation and Neuropsychology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Chris Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Vibra Hospital of Northern California; Jan Potts, RN, MBA, Chief Clinical Executive, Sutter Care at Home; Brenda Schmitthenner, MPA, Aging Program Administrator, County of San Diego, Aging and Independence Services; and Cedric A. Terrell, PharmD, MHA, District Director, Pharmacy Services, Palomar Health
Consider this session speed dating for models on readmission reduction. Participants will break into groups and rotate through micro presentations to learn best practices for readmissions from IRF, CCTP, LTCH and HHA environments. Plan to get up close and personal with the presenters to learn about their innovative programs and how these can be applied to your own environment of care.

3:15 – 4:15 pm | General Session
What the PAC-PRD Data Tells Us About Our Patients

Barbara Gage, PhD, Managing Director, Engelberg Center for Health Reform
Findings from the Post-Acute Care Payment Reform Demonstration (PAC-PRD) project may challenge preconceived notions about our system of care. A principal investigator of the PAC-PRD project will share what was learned and how this will impact policy decisions going forward. Hear how standardized assessment will shape the continuum of care and the delivery of post-acute care services.

4:15 – 5:15 pm | General Session
Participant Update from the Bundled Payment Pilot

Kelsey Mellard, Vice President, Partnership Marketing and Policy, naviHealth; and Diwen Chen, Executive Director, Payment Innovation and Accountable Care, Dignity Health
One goal of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative is to better align patient care and patient dollars. In this session, partner participants in the BPCI pilot program will share what they have learned about patient care management and how to engage PAC providers and demonstrate PAC value to your organization. An update on PAC policy reform will also be provided.

5:15 – 6:30 pm | Reception

Friday, January 30

7:30 – 8:30 am | Breakfast Session
Center for Post-Acute Care Update

Patricia Blaisdell, Vice President, Post-Acute Care Services, California Hospital Association; David Brown, 2014 Chair, Post Acute Care Center Advisory Board, and System Director of Rehabilitation Services, Sharp HealthCare; and Mivic Hirose, RN, MSN, CNS, 2015 Chair, Post Acute Care Center Advisory Board, and Chief Executive Officer, Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center
In this annual update, participants will learn about recent activities of the Center for Post-Acute Care and advocacy plans for the coming year.

8:30 – 9:30 am | General Session
Managing Care Transitions in a Value-Based System

Robert Klugman, MD, FACP, Vice President, Medical Affairs and Eastern Region Kindred Healthcare Medical Director, Kindred at Home Boston Integrated Market
Hear a physician leader’s perspective on how to successfully transition health care service from volume to value of care across the continuum. Learn how integration of care is evolving and how post-acute care fits into the mix, including our obligation to manage care as seamlessly as possible within and among various levels of care.

10:00 – 11:00 am | General Session
Behavioral Health Care Policy Update

Sheree Kruckenberg, Vice President, Behavioral Health, California Hospital Association
Increasingly the physical and mental health care worlds are overlapping. This session will help post-acute providers understand the challenges and complexities of caring for patients with mental health issues, particularly those with co-morbid conditions. Hear about state and federal policy ensuring access to care and how collaborative work can pave the way to increased services and resources for patients with mental illness.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | General Session
Building an Integrated, Future-Focused Post-Acute Care Model

Andy Edeburn, MA, Vice President of Continuum Strategies, Health Dimensions Group
The way payment is delivered in the future will impact how we provide care. That’s going to create challenges, but also opportunities. Providers will need to integrate care within organizations, and for some, coordinate with outside partners to help patients access needed care. This session will explain how integration will work for different levels of care and how to participate in building a care network.


Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort
21100 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Driving directions

The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach is the host hotel and site of this year’s event. Located on the coastline of Southern California and in the heart of Surf City USA™, this resort hotel is a coastal oasis featuring stylish accommodations. The resort’s proximity to the beach and year-round sunshine attract visitors from across California and the nation. Travel to this coastal resort is easy — John Wayne/Orange County Airport is located nearby.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Discounted sleeping rooms are still available for Thursday, Jan. 29 at a rate of $194, single or double occupancy. The hotel has sold out of discounted rooms for Wednesday, Jan. 28, but a few rooms are still available at a higher rate. For reservations, call (714) 845-8000  and mention “California Hospital Association.”.

Below is a list of alternative hotels which are located less than a half a mile to 9 miles from the Hilton Waterfront:

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa (0.3 miles away)
21500 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: (714) 698-1234

Shorebreak Hotel (0.6 miles away)
500 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: (714) 861-4470

Balboa Bay Resort (5.8 miles away)
1221 Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Phone : (949) 645-5000

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach (7.8 miles away)
1107 Jamboree Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 729-1234

Marriott Newport Beach Hotel & Spa (8.7 miles away)
900 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 640-4000


Register by January 13 and save
Members* $450, Nonmembers** $650

Registrations received after January 13, 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 non-member 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 8.75 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 10.5 contact hours.

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

Physical Therapist — This program may qualify as an “alternate pathway” to receive up to 2 hours of continuing education (CE) credit. Upon request, CHA will provide a Certificate of Attendance for licensee to use when applying for individual CE units.

Occupational Therapist — This program may qualify as a professional development activity from which occupational therapists may receive up to 8 professional development units (PDU) of continuing education. Upon request, CHA will provide a Certificate of Attendance that licensee may submit to the California Board of Occupational Therapy for PDU consideration.


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 for more information and to download a sponsor registration application.

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