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Rural Health Care Symposium

Agenda

Monday, May 13, 2019

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. | Welcome Reception – Hyatt Regency, Upper Pool Deck
Arrive the evening before and take the opportunity to relax and network with colleagues while enjoying appetizers and beverages.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

7:00 – 8:30 a.m. | Check-in/Registration – Regency Foyer

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. | Opening and Welcome – Regency EF
Kevin Flanigan, MD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Inyo Hospital and Chair, Rural Hospital Advisory Board; Peggy Broussard Wheeler, Vice President, Rural Health & Governance, California Hospital Association

8:45– 10:00 a.m. | Keynote Session - Regency EF
Financial Sustainability – Creating a Revenue Strategy

Eric Shell, MBA, CPA, Principal, Stroudwater Associates
As Medicare margins continue to decline across the country, hospitals serving rural communities are increasingly challenged to maintain financial performance. Current strategies being adopted by these hospitals include reducing expenses, increasing market share for services currently provided, offering new services, and evaluating and adopting alterative payment systems. This session will discuss industry wide trends and different opportunities to stabilize your hospital’s financial performance as the industry transitions from volume to value.

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.  | General Session - Regency EF   
Global Budgeting – An Innovative Financial Model

Anne McLeod, Senior Vice President, Health  Innovation, California Hospital Association
Hospitals serving rural communities often lack resources to support efforts that keep people healthy. A significant contributing factor is the continued dependence on reimbursement methods that pay for the number of services provided. Global budgeting is an encouraging innovation that departs from fee-for-service payments by assuring that a hospital receives predictable funding throughout the year. Learn how this model operates and why CHA is looking at it.

11:15 a.m. —  12:15 a.m. | General Session - Regency EF
Financial Opportunities for California Hospitals

Patrick Redmon, Ph.D., Director, Berkeley Research Group, LLC
California’s demographic and geographic diversity creates many opportunities to explore alternative financing models. Hear about the findings from recent financial modeling led by CHA, including the impact of five and ten -year projections under a global budgeting payment. As you learn about alternative financing concepts, you will also gain knowledge about how you can improve your hospital’s financial viability, preserve health care in rural and underserved communities, and identify which services and populations can be covered.

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. | Hosted Luncheon – Regency D

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. | General Session - Regency EF
Developing a Path to Implementation

Michael Stitcher, Clinical Economics Director, Berkeley Research Group, LLC
Understanding the opportunities under a global budget payment mechanism is important, but properly designing the implementation is key to its success. Learn what metrics may be required and what the reporting expectations would be in this new payment model. Learn about hospital-specific transformation plans that help provide guidance around structuring the necessary home and community supports to achieve population health goals. Hear how other states have prepared for and implemented alternative funding models and what California can learn from those early adopters.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. | General Session - Regency EF
Social Determinants and Community Integration

Sandy Atkins, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Partners in Care Foundation
Rural hospital have opportunities for innovation, including financing care delivery, making services more accessible, and addressing the social determinants affecting the rural population. This session focuses on those opportunities where providers and community organizers can work together to transform their health care delivery system to better serve their population.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Panel Session - Regency EF
Fireside Chat with Peggy

After hearing from each presenter you may have new questions about how each topic relates to one another. Here’s your chance to have all speakers on one stage answering questions from Peggy and the audience.

Presentations – Print

Financial Sustainability – Creating a Revenue Strategy
Eric Shell, MBA, CPA, Principal, Stroudwater Associates

Global Budgeting – An Innovative Financial Model
Anne McLeod, Senior Vice President, Health  Innovation, California Hospital Association

Developing a Path to Implementation
Michael Stitcher, Clinical Economics Director, Berkeley Research Group, LLC

Financial Opportunities for California Hospitals
Patrick Redmon, Ph.D., Director, Berkeley Research Group, LLC

Social Determinants and Community Integration

Sandy Atkins, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Partners in Care Foundation

Fireside Chat with Peggy

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Financial Sustainability – Creating a Revenue Strategy
Eric Shell, MBA, CPA, Principal, Stroudwater Associates

Global Budgeting – An Innovative Financial Model
Anne McLeod, Senior Vice President, Health  Innovation, California Hospital Association

Developing a Path to Implementation
Michael Stitcher, Clinical Economics Director, Berkeley Research Group, LLC

Financial Opportunities for California Hospitals
Patrick Redmon, Ph.D., Director, Berkeley Research Group, LLC

Social Determinants and Community Integration
Sandy Atkins, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Partners in Care Foundation

Fireside Chat with Peggy

  • Presentation not available

Faculty

Sandy Atkins
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Partners in Care Foundation

Ms. Atkins has worked at Partners for over 11 years. She is the key contact for Partners’ nationally-recognized HomeMeds℠ program, and works closely with Partners’ CEO, June Simmons, to provide strategic guidance to the organization. Prior to joining Partners, Sandy was Program Director of USC’s Center for Long-Term Care Integration.

Kevin Flanigan, MD, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, Northern Inyo Hospital and
Chair, Rural Hospital Advisory Board

Anne McLeod
Senior Vice President, Policy Innovation
California Hospital Association

As Senior Vice President for Health Policy and Innovation, Ms. McLeod provides leadership for developing policy objectives that support the future growth and success of hospitals and health systems as they respond to the challenges they face going forward. She joined CHA in 2007 and immediately began working on health policy and financing issues with then Governor Schwarzenegger’s health care reform team.  Ms. McLeod designed and developed the original hospital fee a landmark program for the hospital industry, providing billions of dollars of new funding.

Patrick Redmon, Ph.D.
Director
Berkeley Research Group, LLC

Dr. Redmon has over twenty years of experience in healthcare economics, working with healthcare clients and in government and academics. His work has focused on payment and rate-setting methodologies, payment reform, and data analysis for payers and providers. He has worked with health systems, academic medical centers, community hospitals, and trade associations in assessing and developing payment methodologies in a variety of settings.

Eric Shell, MBA, CPA
Principal
Stroudwater Associates

Mr. Shell is a leader in supporting rural healthcare through the industry’s transition to population health. With over 27 years of experience in healthcare financial management and consulting and nearly 20 years with Stroudwater, Mr. Shell’s passion for sustainable and accessible rural healthcare has driven him to assist hundreds of rural hospitals, rural health clinics, and physician group practices in improving financial and operational performance and developing strategic and operational plans.

Michael Stitcher
Clinical Economics Director
Berkeley Research Group, LLC

Mr. Stitcher has over twenty years of experience serving healthcare clients. Mr. Stitcher has extensive experience in the negotiation and facilitation of changing reimbursement methodologies between payers, providers, and regulators; resolving challenging coding and billing matters; and developing and implementing strategic performance improvement plans. He has conducted market demand studies, clinical program development analyses, merger and clinical integration assistance, developed business plans, and certificate-of-need assistance.

Peggy Broussard Wheeler
Vice President, Rural Health Care and Governance
California Hospital Association

Ms. Broussard Wheeler serves as vice president of CHA’s Rural Healthcare Center. She is responsible for developing, advocating and executing public policies, legislation and regulations on behalf of small and rural hospitals at the state and national levels. In addition, she serves as the issue manager for language access, governance, prison and homeless issues. Previously, Ms. Broussard Wheeler served as health policy analyst for the California Legislative Rural Caucus where she conducted research and provided analyses of relevant issues that affect individuals, families and communities in rural California.

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Thank you again for your participation in this timely program. We hope you found the program valuable.

Platinum Sponsors

Wipfli’s health care practice serves a wide array of health care organizations, including rural health clinics and critical access hospitals. Our team includes clinical and administrative professionals who’ve spent their entire careers in health care. We understand the financial reimbursement environment and the complexities of succeeding in today’s health care industry. Wipfli can advise in all areas of business, from finance and operations to human resources, information technology and reimbursement. For more information, visit www.wipfli.com/healthcare.

Jeff Johnson
Partner
(510) 768-0066
jjohnson@wipfli.com

 

Ron Some
Manager
(510) 768-0066
rsome@wipfli.com

Silver Sponsors

Dingus, Zarecor & Associates, PLLC (DZA) is a CPA firm serving critical access and rural hospitals. DZA provides financial statement auditing, Medicare and MediCal cost report preparation, IRS form 990 preparation, and related consulting services

Tom Dingus
CPA
(509) 242-0874
tdingus@dzacpa.com

 

At Greenbough Design, we understand the unique needs of rural healthcare delivery, and how this translates to design. We specialize in architectural planning, design, and project management services for California’s rural healthcare providers. We bring the expertise of senior healthcare design professionals to every project, and we share your passion for creating better healthcare environments.

Michael Ryan
Principal Architect
(530) 683-6744
mryan@greenboughdesign.com

 

 

 

Novus Health Systems, Inc. (Novus) provides Medi-Cal centric technology-enabled products and services to healthcare organizations, including hospitals, health systems, medical groups and related industry vendors. The Company operates its business through two segments: Receivables Management (RM) and Software Solutions (SS). The RM segment delivers billing and follow-up of new and aged Medi-Cal and Managed Care receivables to healthcare providers, primarily hospitals and health systems. The SS segment provides data-aggregation and revenue cycle management solutions to healthcare providers and vendors alike. The Company’s technology-enabled solutions are delivered through the Company’s software as a service (SaaS) web-based application called BillPro. BillPro utilizes cloud computing by using the Internet to deploy the Company’s solutions across health care organizations, providing specialty tools, references tables, templates, data-retrieval and analytics capabilities. The data that is pulled from various sources include remits, eligibility, authorization and claims-status information which is then made available through BillPro’s Web-portal and single searchable database. 

Terry McQuaid
Vice President, Business Solutions
(562) 400-1272
tmcquaid@nhsystems.net

   

 

Prevail provides highly specialized insurance management and brokerage services focused exclusively on the healthcare industry.  Its services are designed to simplify your life by managing all your insurance needs, including Malpractice Insurance, Workers Comp as well as Excess insurance coverages above self-insured retentions.  As an independent broker, Prevail works with the best solutions in the insurance marketplace including some that are exclusive.  Prevail is well-known for their proven ability to save clients anywhere from 10% to 40% on their insurance premiums.

Ben Borchers
Chief Executive Officer
(916) 745-8801
ben@prevailims.com

 

Devin Eckhardt
President
(916) 745-8802
devin@prevailims.com

 

Rural Physicians Group unique Hospitalist and Surgicalist models specialize in critical access and rural community hospitals…focusing on keeping patient care local by decreasing unnecessary transfers and improving access to primary care.  Each RPG physician understands the business of healthcare and is a champion of implementing EHR/EMR-CPOE, core measure compliance, and enhancing the patient experience.

Cindy Johnson
Senior Vice President
(775) 690-4559
cjohnson@ruralphysiciansgroup.com

 

 

 

Sentry Data Systems, a pioneer in automated pharmacy procurement, utilization management and 340B compliance, is leading the healthcare industry in turning real-time data into real-world evidence through Comparative Rapid Cycle Analytics™ to reduce total cost of care, improve quality and provide better results for all. To date, Sentry has helped hospitals, health systems and IDNs realize more than $12 billion in savings to help them better meet their safety net mission and continue to serve their communities.

Carl Scotten
Regional Vice President, Sales
(800) 411-4566
 cscotten@sentryds.com

 

 

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