Education event

Transforming to Value-Based Care: Strategies for Hospital Success
Hosted by CHA's Center for Post-Acute Care

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February 25 – 26, 2019
The Westin Pasadena


Mark your calendar.
Tell your colleagues.

Moving from traditional fee-for-service payment to value-based reimbursement means a change in status quo — and a need to redesign care delivery.  Early adopters of value-based care and alternative payment models will be better prepared to weather the transition and to establish strategic partnerships that provide seamless, coordinated and cost-effective patient care. 

Ready to learn the strategies necessary to help you make that transition?


Day One — Understanding our Current Climate. A condensed half-day format will boost your knowledge foundation with updates on recent regulatory and legislative changes impacting post-acute care providers. 

Day Two — Meeting Clinical and Financial Goals with Value-Based Strategies. The day-long format will present strategies that promote value-based principles across the health care continuum. Sessions will focus on payment transformation strategies, managing care transitions and successful operational models that work across acute and post-acute care settings.

Bring your leadership teams.  Take home the information needed to position your organization for success.

Who Should Attend?

Hospital leaders in acute and post-acute care settings: Leaders of case management and post-acute care services, including inpatient rehabilitation, long term acute care, skilled nursing, and home health, as well as hospital and health system chief financial officers, chief operating officers, chief nursing officers, strategic planning officers.


Monday, February 25

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Registration, Check-in

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. | Opening Remarks

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. | General Session

CMS Update
Captain Gregory Dill, Deputy Consortium Administrator, Office of the Regional Administrator  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Region IX​
CMS leadership will provide an update on the role of the regional office in the implementation of Medicare and Medicaid policy.  Learn about current policy developments and find out what to expect going forward.

2:15 – 3:30 p.m. | General Session
Update on Federal Policy Shaping Post-Acute Care

Alyssa Keefe, Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, California Hospital Association
The transition from fee-for-service to value-based care is accelerating. This year, CMS finalized dramatic changes to payment policy at all levels of post-acute care, reflecting the agency’s ongoing implementation of the IMPACT Act and movement toward a unified PAC PPS. Hear the latest from CHA’s Washington based representative and how CHA is participating in the process.

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. | Break

3:45 – 5:00 p.m. | General Session
Value-Based Purchasing: Lessons Learned from a Pilot State

Rachel Manchester, Chief Nurse/Director of Clinical Quality Home Health, Providence Health and Community Care
Value-based purchasing (VBP) programs are coming to post-acute care. A pilot program for home health VBP, currently underway in several states, provides important insights into what PAC providers at all levels can expect in the future. Hear from a pilot participant how VBP has impacted her agencies’ operations and finances, and why collaboration is key for program success. Gain an understanding of the implications of VBP in HH and throughout the continuum of care, and how to prepare.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Welcome Reception

Tuesday, February 26

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Registration, Breakfast and Exhibit Viewing

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | General Session
Payment Transformation: Integrating Hospitals and Post-Acute Care to Achieve Value

Brian Ellsworth, Vice President for Public Policy and Payment Transformation, Health Dimensions Group
As the health care delivery system continues to evolve from volume to value, and from shared savings to shared risk, the imperative to manage the full care continuum becomes increasingly clear. In this session, an experienced industry leader will describe the value-based environment and the importance of health system and post-acute integration and provide examples of promising models.

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. | Break and Exhibitor Viewing

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. | General Session
Managing Care Transitions for Greater Value

June Simmons, Founder, President & CEO, Partners in Care Foundation
Hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and home and community based services strive to achieve optimal outcomes for their patients, but often struggle to find cost-effective ways to address the multiple issues that impact care transitions. Partners in Care developed a successful model to improve care transition and outcomes. Ms. Simmons will discuss her organization’s successful evidence-based service models and how partnering community organizations with medical providers leads to improved patient outcomes. She will also explore payment transformation and how to use non-medical personnel during care transitions to control cost and reduce readmissions through addressing social determinants of health.

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Luncheon and Exhibitor Viewing
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1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | General Session
Integrated Solutions for Transitioning Patients with Medical and Psychiatric Conditions

Joe Avelino, CEO, College Medical Center
Hospitals face unique challenges when discharging patients who have both medical and psychiatric care needs. During this presentation, Mr. Avelino will share successful tools and strategies for transitioning patients with medical and mental health care needs from acute care to post-acute and community settings. Hear how Mr. Avelino’s team works with the local health care and post-acute care networks and their experiences developing a care network.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Break and Exhibitor Raffle Drawing

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | General Session
Acute and Post-Acute Partnerships: Current Themes and Trends​

Bill Pomeranz, Managing Director, Cain Brothers
As a managing director of Cain Brothers, Bill Pomeranz has seen multiple models around structuring acute and post-acute care partnerships and affiliations. From acute rehab and LTACH facilities, to home health and skilled nursing facilities, all have a part when considering themes and trends in the kinds of partnerships he sees. He will also review emerging opportunities and issues in detail.

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. | General Session and Closing Remarks
Carmela Coyle, President & CEO, California Hospital Association
CHA’s President and CEO will share her perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing California’s hospitals. Don’t miss this important opportunity to hear her vision for the future and how CHA is working to represent hospitals and influence health care policy at both the state and federal level.


Joe Avelino
Chief Executive Officer
College Medical Center

Joe Avelino is the Chief Executive Officer for College Medical Center in Long Beach, California. He established the hospital’s Psychiatric Service Line and created its first Psychiatrist Call Panel and Internist Call Panel for behavioral health patients. In his role as CEO, Mr. Avelino collaborated with CDPH to establish an 8-bed behavioral health over-flow unit to increased patient capacity for admission of emergency department patients, and initiated Access/Intake Services to coordinate psychiatric patient admissions.

Carmela Coyle
President & CEO
California Hospital Association

Carmela Coyle began her tenure as President & CEO of the California Hospital Association, the statewide leader representing the interests of more than 400 hospitals and health systems in California, in October 2017. Previously, Ms. Coyle led the Maryland Hospital Association for nine years, where she played a leading role in reframing the hospital payment system in Maryland and moving to a value-based methodology. Maryland is now considered a national leader in health care policy and innovation. Prior to 2008, Coyle spent 20 years in senior policy positions with the American Hospital Association (AHA), including 11 years as the senior vice president of policy, where she served as a national media spokesperson and led AHA’s policy development and strategy planning activities. She currently is a member of AHA’s Board of Trustees.

Captain Gregory Dill
Deputy Consortium Administrator, Office of the Regional Administrator  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Region IX

CAPT Gregory Dill is an active duty Commissioned Corps officer assigned to CMS and the Acting Administrator of the Consortium for Financial Management and Fee for Service Operations (CFMFFSO) at CMS. He leads the administration of the Medicare fee-for-service program at the regional level to protect over 57 million beneficiaries, inform over 1.6 million health care providers, physicians and practitioners, and ensure the Medicare program’s fiscal integrity. CAPT Dill is also the San Francisco Regional Administrator (RA) and Deputy Consortium Administrator for CFMFFSO, responsible for representing CMS in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Territories.

Brian Ellsworth
Vice President for Public Policy and Payment Transformation
Health Dimensions Group

Mr. Ellsworth leads efforts to develop value-based payment approaches for post-acute and home- and community-based providers, including strategic positioning, development of continuing care networks, and analysis of bundled payment opportunities. He has more than 30 years of experience in health care financing, delivery, and policy from both payer and provider perspectives. Mr. Ellsworth has worked at Optum (UnitedHealth Group) and as a policymaker in New York’s Medicaid program, along with extensive provider experience at the American Hospital Association. He has served on numerous advisory committees for federal and state governments, including payment and quality reform efforts.

Lisa Harrold
Director, Rehabiliation and Skilled Services
Kaweah Delta Health Care District

Lisa Harrold is the Director of Rehabilitation and Skilled Services for Kaweah Delta Health Care District in Visalia, California. She has over 20 years of post-acute leadership experience, and currently oversees an inpatient rehabilitation program, three skilled nursing units as well as a wound center, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs.

Alyssa Keefe
Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs
California Hospital Association

Alyssa Keefe joined CHA in 2011 as vice president of federal regulatory affairs. She is responsible for policy development and analysis of federal regulation impacting California hospitals and health systems and serves as a liaison between CHA and federal agencies including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Prior to joining CHA, Ms. Keefe was the managing director of the Hospital Quality Alliance and senior associate director for Policy at the American Hospital Association. Ms. Keefe has also held senior policy positions at Catholic Health Association of the United States and the National Coalition on Health Care.

Rachel Manchester
Chief Nurse/Director of Clinical Quality Home Health
Providence Health and Community Care

Rachel has over 15 years of clinical nursing experience combined with 6 years of leadership/project management. She began her nursing career as a NICU nurse, then after 7 years and having preemies of her own, she decided to return to school and get her Master’s degree in healthcare administration and business. Prior to landing in home health, she worked in hospitals to improve quality through project management and working along – nurses to sustain best practices.

Bill Pomeranz
Managing Director
Cain Brothers

Bill Pomeranz is a senior banker in both the Firm’s Capital Markets Group and Health Systems M&A Group focusing on post-acute care. He joined Cain Brothers in 1998 and has over 35 years’ experience advising post-acute care providers, CCRCs, and senior living facilities. In recent years, Mr. Pomeranz has advised health systems in the creation of acute/post-acute continuums of care through both narrow referral networks and joint-venture PAC ownership with third-party PAC operating partners. Mr. Pomeranz has particular expertise in the negotiation of post-acute care joint ventures between hospital and post-acute providers.

June Simmons
Founder, President & CEO
Partners in Care Foundation

Nationally recognized for her leadership in the administration of health care organizations, June Simmons is a visionary in developing innovative approaches to health care delivery in the 21st century. Since founding Partners in Care Foundation in 1997, Ms. Simmons has pioneered the development and scaling of evidenced-based innovative interventions for the management of medications at home, self-management of chronic conditions, coordinated care to improve health outcomes and care transitions.


The Westin Pasadena
191 N. Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
(866) 837-4181 (reservations)
Room reservation deadline is February 4

The Westin Pasadena is the host hotel and site of this year’s event. Situated in the heart of one of California’s most exciting cities, with easy access to cultural sites such as the Historic Old Town, museums, restaurants, and the Rose Bowl Stadium. Conveniently located, Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR) is only 16 miles west of the hotel. Single and double rooms are available at a discounted rate of $189 per night. For reservations, click here or call (866) 837-4181 and mention the “California Hospital Association.”



Attendees may register for full program (both days), or day two only.

Full program  (Monday afternoon AND Tuesday):
Members $495, Nonmembers $695

Day two only (Tuesday):
Members $330, Nonmembers $465

Registrations received after Feb. 11, 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 luncheon, conference materials and CEs.

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. (Amount of CE offered subject to change.)

Health Care Executives — CHA is authorized to award 9.00 hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit for this program, or 5.25 hours for Tuesday only, toward advancement, or recertification, in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program who wish to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit must self-report their participation. To self-report, participants must log into their MyACHE account and select ACHE Qualified Education Credit.

Legal (Monday only) — CHA is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. Provider number 1980. This participatory activity has been approved for 3.75 hours of MCLE credit.

Nursing — Provider approved by the California Board of Registered
Nursing, Provider CEP 11924, for 10.8 contact hours, or 6.3 contact hours for Tuesday only.

Nursing Home Administrators — CHA is authorized by the State of California, Department of Public Health to award 11 contact hours of general credit, or 6 contact hours of general credit for Tuesday only. Provider Number 1142.

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.

Americans with Disabilities Act

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

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.

Photo Release

CHA will photograph this event. If you prefer not to be photographed, please email CHA at


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


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

For more information, download the sponsor application.

On behalf of the California Hospital Association, we would like to thank our corporate sponsors for their promotional support of the Transforming to Value-Based Care: Strategies for Hospital Success.

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