Agenda Fall 2017 

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NAACOS conferences deliver valuable policy insights and operational strategies for ALL accountable care organizations. Our upcoming conference on October 5 and 6 will draw more than 650 ACO leaders from across the country and will feature presentations from noted ACO experts and CMS officials, as well as opportunities for networking and peer-to-peer learning. NAACOS conferences are the only events organized exclusively by ACOs.

Conference Schedule  
October 4 - Pre-Conference Workshops 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET
October 5 - Main Meeting 7:30 am - 6:30 pm ET
October 6 - Main Meeting 7:30 am - 4:30 pm ET

 

Thursday, October 5

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
Exhibits Open
Sponsored Breakfasts

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Welcome
Speaker: Stephen Nuckolls, Chair of NAACOS Board of Directors, Coastal Carolina Quality Care 

Outlook for Medicare ACOs
HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD (invited)
CMS Administrator Seema Verma (invited) 

PY16 Results and Success Stories
Speakers TBA

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Coffee Break
Exhibits Open

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Managing Chronic Conditions
Chair: Jeff Farber, Mount Sinai Health System
Speakers: Sandhya Rao, Partners HealthCare; Sidney Braman, Mount Sinai Health System

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

ACO Innovations
Description: These presentations will describe the winning innovations submitted by ACOs to NAACOS’ Call for Innovations.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Commercial Contracting
Chair: Kimberly Kauffman, Summit Medical Group

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch
Speaker: Robert Pearl, MD 

Description:  Dr. Pearl will share insight from his new book, Mistreated: Why We Think We’re Getting Good Health Care -- and Why We’re Usually Wrong.

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Dessert
Book Signing with Robbie Pearl in Exhibit Area

2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Addressing Social Determinants in ACO Operations: A Discussion on Various Models of Care
Chair: Rob Fields, Mission Health Partners ACO
Panelists: Cliff Frank, Shore Quality Partners; Erin Westphal, The SCAN Foundation

2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Aligning Physician Compensation and Incentives to Achieve Success in an ACO World
Chair: Michael Rossi, Lehigh Valley Health Network ACO
Speaker: Larry Allen, Goshen Health ACO; Sanjay Doddamani; Tom Kloos, Atlantic MSO

Description: Achieving success as an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) requires an engaged and aligned physician/provider workforce in order to deliver upon the core tenets of the Triple Aim - better health, better care and lower cost for the populations we serve.  The development of appropriate compensation and shared savings distribution models to align physician behavior with an ACO's mission is a core strategy to achieve that goal. Come hear from several leading ACOs about their real-world efforts at developing those financial incentives and the results. 

2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Everything ACOs Need to Know about MACRA
Chair: Allison Brennan, NAACOS
Speakers: Bracken Babula, Thomas Jefferson University; Anthony Reed, Geisinger Health System; Barbara Walters, Trinity Health

Description: 2017 marks the first performance year under The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Quality Payment Program (QPP). Join us for this session where NAACOS staff will provide an overview of both the current requirements and proposed changes for 2018. ACOs will also share their experiences preparing for this new payment system and discuss the challenges and opportunities for ACOs specifically in a post-MACRA payment structure

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Break
Exhibits Open

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Future of Telehealth
Chair: Krista Drobac, Alliance for Connected Care
Panelist: Cynthia Dold, UW Medicine

Description: The use of telehealth, remote monitoring, and other similar technologies in healthcare is on the rise. As ACOs seek to provide high quality, low cost care for their patients the use of such technologies by ACOs is also increasing. This panel will discuss the benefits of using telehealth to further your ACO’s goals and review the legal and regulatory challenges that remain. NAACOS staff will also discuss the current political climate surrounding telehealth and bills currently under consideration to make changes to regulatory and reimbursement challenges to allow for more productive use of telehealth services.

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Perspectives and Methods on Aligning Value-Based Goals into a Unified Approach
Chair: Jennifer Moore, MaineHealth ACO
Panelists: Mark Fulton, MaineHealth ACO; Karen Furbush, Creatif Strategies; Zak Ramadan-Jradi, Multi-Care Connected Care

Description: This session will share methods for addressing multiple payer requirements in a single approach from a disease management, high cost and service category perspective.  Panelists will review approaches to identifying and measuring cost/utilization priorities for the ACO across disparate populations and discuss ways to align quality measures across all value based agreements from a disease management perspective and internal processes needed to support the work.  Panelists will also consider strategies for effectively communicating priorities to network providers and explore methods of incentivizing providers across multiple contracts via the financial distribution model.

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Innovations in ACO Management of LTC and SNF
Chair: Richard Feifer, Genesis HealthCare
Panelists: Alex Bardakh, AMDA; Beth Souder, Delaware Valley ACO 

Description: This session will cover partnerships between ACOs and SNFs for management of short-stay patients, including narrow networks, care pathways and clinical process redesign, the expansion of the role of the SNF Medical Director, and performance expectations regarding re-hospitalization rates and SNF length of stay.  Panelists will also discuss ACO accountability for long-stay nursing home patients and challenges as well as opportunities regarding the application of MSSP rules to the long-term care setting, including place-of-service (31/32) designations, risk adjustment, CAHPS requirements, and clinical quality measures.

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Reception
Exhibits Open

 

Friday, October 6

 

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
Exhibits Open
Sponsored Breakfasts

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Legislative Outlook for ACOs
Panelists: TBD

Future of ACOs
Speaker:  Mark McClellan, Duke University

Description: Dr McClellan will discuss recent trends and results for accountable care organizations in the United States, with an emphasis on what ACOs can expect in the months and years to come. This will include an assessment of Federal and state initiatives related to ACOs and payment reforms more generally, and recent efforts to develop better evidence and supports to help ACOs succeed.

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Break
Exhibits Open

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Engaging Patients Through Technology
Chair: Jennifer Stephens, Lehigh Valley Health Network ACO
Speakers: John Marzano, Lehigh Valley Health Network ACO; Nirav Vakharia, Cleveland Clinic

Description: This panel will highlight multiple approaches to engage patients through technology.  This includes the utilization of electronic medical record portals, social media and novel concepts within telemedicine. 

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

ACO Case Studies from the Accountable Care Learning Consortium
Chair: David Muhlestein, Leavitt Partners
Panelists: Jeff Aalberg, MaineHealth ACO; Teresa Litton, NAACOS; Michael Rossi, Lehigh Valley Health Network ACO; 

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Transitioning from Track 1 to Track 1+
Chair: Allison Brennan, NAACOS 
Panelist: Louis Morgenier, Citrus County ACO, LLC

Description: Track 1+ is the newest addition to the Medicare ACO portfolio and participation begins in 2018. This new two-sided model includes less risk than the other two-sided models and has garnered a lot of interest in the ACO industry. This session will review the various elements of Track 1+ with a particular focus on what is different compared to Track 1. Participants will hear from ACOs that have experience with certain Track 1+ elements, such as repayment, prospective assignment and the 3-day Skilled Nursing Facility waiver, which will be new to ACOs transitioning from Track 1 to 1+. This session will also include a discussion about how current Track 1 ACOs are preparing for their transition to Track 1+.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Plenary

Open Mic with CMS 
Speakers:  John Pilotte and Amy Bassano, CMS; other speakers TBD

This town hall format will allow ACOs an excellent opportunity to ask questions and receive answers directly from the leaders of the CMS Performance-Based Payment Policy Group and CMMI.

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Care Coordination: What Models Work for ACOs 
Chair: Stephen Nuckolls, Coastal Carolina Quality Care
Panelists: Jennifer Reed, Baylor Scott & White Health; Peter Freemen, North Carolina Community Health Center Association

Description: Care coordination is a critical component to an ACO’s success. Join us in this session where we will discuss which care models are most effective and how to get a return on your investment in care coordination. Presenters will discuss their specific strategies for success, and will address topics such as how to select the best care management vendor, how to utilize chronic care management (CCM) codes to fund your care coordination activities and what workflows work best for both large, system-led ACOs and small, provider-led ACOs alike.

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Financial Modelling for ACO Tracks
Chair: Jeff Spight, Collaborative Health Systems

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Meeting of NAACOS ACO Members 

 

Optional workshops on October 4 from 1:00-5:00 pm:

  • Deep Dive into MIPS and MACRA led by Allison Brennan, NAACOS
  • Maximizing Data and Financial Operations led by Stephen Nuckolls, Coastal Carolina Quality Care
  • Physician Participation, Compensation and Productivity led by Alyssa Endres, Baylor Scott & White Health