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Post-Acute Care Conference
Creating Pathways of Care – How Post-Acute Care Will Meet the Challenge of Reform

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January 30 – 31, 2014
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach


Every patient has a unique pathway. From hospital to rehabilitation, LTAC, SNF or home, our job is to help patients to the best outcome possible.

Post-acute care providers need to find new pathways, too. Our health care system is evolving fast as we begin active implementation of the ACA. Now more than ever, PAC providers need to participate in the change process and establish our role in an integrated care system.

This year’s program is full of pertinent and timely topics to help you address and plan for coming change. Highlights include:

  • The value of PAC in improving care transitions and reducing readmissions
  • Diary of a pioneer ACO — what they learned about the PAC role
  • Change management — embracing change to lead effectively
  • Introduction to the new MAC — review procedures, appeals, and provider resources
  • Grassroots advocacy success story — case study on process, press strategy, social media 
  • Building PAC partnerships for population health management
  • and much more

Discount deadline for tuition, hotel is January 7
Attendees who register by January 7 will save $100 on tuition fees. Discounted sleeping rooms are available at the host hotel, but don’t delay; room availability is limited. See Accommodations for full information.

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 30

9:00 – 10:00 am | Pre-Event
Center for Post-Acute Care Update

Join your colleagues to hear important updates on recent work of the Center for Post-Acute Care. Learn about legislative and regulatory priorities for 2014 and bring your questions and suggestions for Center leadership.

10:00 – 11:00 am | Opening Session
Embracing Change — Transitions of Care and of Ourselves

L. Greg Cunningham, MHA, Chief Executive Officer, American Case Management Association
Change is viewed as positive opportunity by some and as negative intrusion by others. Using 95 percent confidence level data research, practitioner interviews and attendee survey responses, our speaker will correlate changes affecting our industry with opportunities for post-acute leadership. Learn why embracing change vs. resisting change is pivotal to ensuring effective care delivery. 

11:15 am – 12:15 pm | General Session
ACO Pioneer Profile — A Review of the Grand Experiment

Norris Vivatrat, MD, Associate Medical Director, Monarch HealthCare and Memorial Healthcare IPA
Listen to one of the first ACO programs in the country provide an update of their operation’s progress and what they have learned about utilization of post-acute care services. Hear details of their care principles and coordination, and how to improve hand-offs and reduce redundancy through information sharing. The role of data collection to demonstrate value and increase services will also be discussed.

12:15 – 1:30 pm | Hosted Luncheon

1:45 – 2:45 pm | Breakout Sessions (choose one)
Hospital Quality Institute — Realizing Quality Care for California
Julianne Morath, RN, MS, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hospital Quality Institute
In April 2013, the hospital associations formed the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) to advance and accelerate patient safety and quality care for all Californians. Ms. Morath will outline HQI’s bold vision of habitual excellence and guiding principles including the role of leadership, focus on the patient as customer, evidence-based practice and much more. Learn what recent quality data says about California and what this means for us going forward.

Meet the MAC — An Introduction to Noridian Healthcare Solutions
Bernice Hecker, MD, MHA, FACC, Contractor Medical Director, Noridian Healthcare Solutions
Leadership from the new Medicare Administrative Contractor will share their vision of business and how they will collaborate with providers to support beneficiaries. Updates on billing trends, probe audits, therapy caps, manual medical review and the process for appeal will also be covered.

3:15 – 4:15 pm | General Session
Managing from the Middle — The Role of PAC in Care Transitions and Readmissions
Janet Tomcavage, RN, MSN, Chief Administrative Officer, GIO, Geisinger Health Plan
Post-acute care often serves as a “bridge” in patient care experience — transitioning patients between acute care and skilled care or home. Listen to a leader in systems of care and readmissions management share insights on the PAC provider role and detail methods to facilitate successful patient transitions and reduce readmissions.

4:15 – 5:15 pm | General Session
What Palliative Care Can Teach Us About Our Patients

BJ Miller, MD, Executive Director, Zen Hospice Project
Palliative and post-acute disciplines share common ground — a focus on patient-centered care. More than treatment for dying, palliative care focuses on bringing value to living for patients with chronic illness or in need of symptom management. This session will help you understand what palliative care is and can be, and how it translates to the PAC setting.

5:15 – 6:30 pm | Reception

Friday, January 31

7:30 – 8:30 am | Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 am | General Session
Leveraging Your Assets — A Grassroots Case Study

Barbara Glaser, Senior Legislative Advocate and Jan Emerson-Shea, Vice President, External Affairs, California Hospital Association; and Kevin Riggs, Senior Vice President, Randle Communications
In 2013, CHA initiated a multi-faceted campaign to garner support for AB 900 — a bill to reverse devastating DP/SNF Medi-Cal reductions enacted in 2011. The campaign generated tremendous public awareness of the impact of the cuts on patients and families, hospitals and their communities. The result? Successful restoration of DP/SNF reimbursement rates in SB 239, which was signed into law in October, 2013. Learn about their process for success, the key players and how they aligned with membership and other stakeholders.

10:00 – 11:00 am | General Session
Transitioning Dual Eligibles to a New System of Care

Emma Daugherty, Senior Outreach Coordinator, Harbage Consulting
In 2014, eight counties in California will be a part of the Coordinated Care Initiative, including the Cal MediConnect demonstration project. Starting no earlier than April 2014, 456,000 people with Medicare and Medi-Cal will begin to be enrolled in the program. What information will beneficiaries receive about enrollment? How will disagreements regarding care levels be handled? This session will explain who will be affected and how, and share resources and guidance to help beneficiaries and hospitals.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | General Session
Post-Acute Opportunities in Population Health Management

Lori Peterson, MA, Chief Executive Officer, Collaborative Consulting and R. Brent Hardaway, MHA, Vice President, Population Health Consulting Services, Premier Healthcare Alliance
As health care shifts to managing patient populations across the full continuum, providers will be looking for new and collaborative ways to manage episodes of care and chronic conditions. With their long-standing focus on functional independence and outcome, PAC providers have much to offer to the hospital of the future. Hear how PAC providers can identify new care partners or help strengthen the value of their existing relationships. Learn five core competencies to better integrate with acute care.


L. Greg Cunningham, is the chief executive officer for the American Case Management Association (ACMA). He has served on various hospital, HMO, civic and advisory boards but considers his founding board member status with ACMA his best experience and honor. Mr. Cunningham has served as vice president of a 750-bed medical center with responsibilities for admissions, quality improvement, risk management, internal medicine, ENT, behavioral health and the creation and subsequently the management of case management. He created the first hospital case management conference in the U.S has been continuously held for the past 20 years.

Emma Daugherty joined Harbage Consulting to focus on outreach communication and coordination for California’s Dual Eligible Demonstration. Most recently, Emma worked in the Public Affairs Office in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy where she worked on issues such as Rx drug abuse, drugged driving, and treatment and prevention strategies. Previously, Emma worked with physicians at Oregon Medical Group to help them navigate the complexities of various electronic medical records systems. Additionally, she was a part of the administrative support team for Pacific Hearing Service in San Mateo and Santa Clara County.

Jan Emerson-Shea serves as chief spokesperson for CHA, overseeing the association’s media relations activities. She also is responsible for developing and implementing strategic communications and public affairs initiatives that support CHA’s advocacy objectives. In addition, Jan provides communications counsel to the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, Hospital Association of Southern California, and Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Barbara Glaser represents the interests of CHA member hospitals before lawmakers and their staff in the California Legislature. Her main areas of advocacy include the state budget, hospital finance and reimbursement, rural hospitals, clinics, prisons and post-acute care. She testifies regularly on behalf of CHA at legislative hearings on issues of importance to the hospital industry.

R. Brent Hardaway is vice president for Premier Healthcare Alliance. Mr. Hardaway has 25 years of experience in various facets of health care operations, strategy development and population health management. He is currently responsible for Premier’s Population Health Advisory Services Practice. Since joining Premier (previously known as Phase 2 Consulting), he has led projects ranging from population health management to hospital/physician alignment, development of clinically integrated networks and physician practice optimization. From 2004 through 2006 he served as COO of Phase 2, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RehabCare, and also as Vice President of Planning for the Texas Hospital Association.

Bernice Hecker, MD, is the executive medical director for Jurisdiction E, Medicare Parts A&B for Noridian Healthcare Solutions. She has primary responsibility for policy, coverage, and medical review. She is a consultant to the OIG, FDA, Justice, and AHRQ and a reviewer for the Innovations Center. Dr. Hecker graduated with special honors from both the University of Washington undergraduate and medical schools, completing an Anesthesiology residency at the University of Virginia as well as fellowships in Pain Management and Cardiac Anesthesiology. She holds a Master’s in Hospital Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle.

B.J. Miller, MD is the executive director of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, where he works to bridge medical and social models of care in effort to provide the finest palliative care available. Dr. Miller attends in the Symptom Management Service of the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCSF’s groundbreaking outpatient palliative care clinic. His academic support has largely served palliative care education and leadership development.

Julianne Morath is an internationally recognized expert in health care quality and patient safety. Prior to joining the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) in March of 2013, she served as chief quality and patient safety officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Ms. Morath is a founding and current member of the Lucian Leape Institute of the National Patient Safety Foundation and serves on the Board of Commissioners of The Joint Commission. She is also a distinguished adviser and founding member of the National Patient Safety Foundation. In addition, she is a past member of the National Quality Forum Best Practices Committee. Recently, she was named by Becker Hospital Review as one of the top 50 experts leading patient safety.

Lori Peterson is chief executive officer for Collaborative Consulting. She has been involved in the healthcare industry for over 22 years with a honed expertise in post–acute and long term care. Ms. Peterson has served in several capacities including business development, strategic partnerships, operations, training, and development. She is active in the aging services community and highly motivated to improve and foster progressive change within elder care. Ms. Peterson has numerous affiliations and established connections within the industry and utilizes various methodologies and approaches to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships.

Kevin Riggs is senior vice president with Randle Communications. He brings an unrivaled perspective and media savvy to the firm’s senior management team. Mr. Riggs is an Emmy-winning reporter and has been recognized among California’s top political journalists during a career that spanned four decades. In this capacity, he has covered some of the world’s most remarkable and influential leaders, earning a reputation for quality, fairness and professionalism. He plays a leadership role in the firm’s strategic communications, media relations and business development initiatives.

Janet Tomcavage, RN, MSN, is the chief administrative officer for Geisinger Insurance Operations (GIO). In this role, she co-leads the insurance company’s health services department with the chief medical officer. Ms. Tomcavage has administrative responsibility for quality improvement, ProvenHealth Navigator® (Geisinger’s medical home model), disease/case management, medical management, pharmacy, wellness, clinical informatics, clinical systems development, provider network management, and GIO consulting. Ms. Tomcavage also provides clinical and executive leadership for GIO’s multi-state operations. In addition to her role with Geisinger Health Plan, Ms. Tomcavage is also the Chief of Population Health at xG Health Solutions ™, an independently operated venture that will make Geisinger’s intellectual property and expertise available to other healthcare systems.

Norris Vivatrat, MD, joined Monarch HealthCare in October 2011 as Associate Medical Director for Inpatient Services. In his role, Dr. Vivatrat is responsible for clinical efficiency, quality, and utilization related to hospitalization for all of Monarch’s over 170,000 members. He helps to direct Monarch’s hospitalist group of 20 physicians, and also oversees performance of multiple contracted hospitalist groups. Since June 2012, Dr. Vivatrat has additionally been the interim Director of the Monarch Skilled Nursing Facility program, with area of responsibility extended to skilled nursing facilities in addition to hospitals, and with direct oversight of 6 skilled nursing facility clinicians.


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

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.

The host hotel no longer has rooms available at the group rate and is sold out on some nights.  

If a reservation is needed, we suggest you contact one of the following 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 (1.0 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


Members* $525, Nonmembers** $650

*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 faxed to (916) 522-7506 or 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.

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 up to 8 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 9.6 contact hours.

Nursing Home Administrators — CHA is authorized by the State of Califonria, Department of Public Heatlh to award up to 11 contact hours of general credit. Provider Number 1142

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!

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

Click here to download a sponsor registration form.