Preliminary Agenda

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NAACOS conferences deliver valuable policy insights and operational strategies for ALL accountable care organizations. Our upcoming conference on April 6 and 7 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.

Optional workshops on April 5 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm:

  • Clinical Transformation in an ACO: Adapting to Population Health led by Denise Prince
  • Everything ACOs Need to Know about Risk led by Michael Barrett, Universal American
  • Optimizing Financial and Data Operations for ACOs led by Stephen Nuckolls, Coastal Carolina Quality Care

 Thursday, April 6

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

Continental Breakfast
Exhibits Open
Sponsored Breakfasts

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

Welcome
Speaker: Clif Gaus, National Association of ACOs

Future of Payment Reform
Gail Wilensky, Project HOPE

Keynote Speaker
Speaker: Patrick Conway, CMS

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

Coffee Break
Exhibits Open

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

Accountable Communities: Community Partnerships to Impact Social Determinants in ACO Populations
Chair: Rob Fields, Mission Health Partners
Panelists: Je'Wana Grier-McEachin, Asheville Buncombe Institute for Parity Achievement; Jaclyn Kiger, Pisgah Legal; Katie Bartholomew, Mission Health Partners

Description: Social determinants have a large impact on patient health. In this session, panelists will discuss one ACO’s approach to developing community partnerships to affect social determinants in its ACO population. Panelists will represent different stakeholder perspectives, discussing their specific roles in affecting patients in their community and how they work with the ACO to improve the health and well-being of the patients they serve.

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

ACO Innovations
Chair: Jen Moore, MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization
Panelists: TBD

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

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

Track 1+ Program Elements and Comparison of Medicare ACO Models
Chair: Allison Brennan, NAACOS
Panelists: Al Kurose, Coastal Medical; Donna Littlepage, Carilion Clinic

Description: With the introduction of Track 1+ scheduled to begin with 2018 participation, it is critical that ACOs understand the elements of this new model and how it compares to other Medicare ACO models. This session will review the key components of the Medicare ACO models, including the Medicare Shared Savings Program Tracks 1, 1+, 2 and 3, as well as the Next Generation ACO model. Attendees will also hear directly from ACO leaders in the current models. Panelists will discuss the pros and cons of the various models and how they are evaluating the best model for their ACO for 2018 and beyond.

12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Lunch Plenary
Speaker: Diane Meier, Center to Advance Palliative Care

Description:  Nationally recognized expert Diane Meier will share her thoughts on successfully integrating palliative care and late-life planning into ACOs.

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Primary Care Palliative Care and Late-Life Planning
Chair: Kim Kauffman, Summit Medical Group

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Optimizing What an ACO Spends in Medicare Part B
Chair: Jeanne O’Brien, Value Care Alliance
Panelists: Michael Coffey, Collaborative Health ACO; Jay Chowdappa, West Florida ACO; Joseph Pena, RGV ACO Health Providers, LLC

Description: As we continue to tackle the opportunities in Medicare Part A, some of the ACOs have looked at opportunities to reduce expenses in Medicare Part B.  Three successful ACOs will share some of their Medicare Part B initiatives which include, Increasing Evaluation & Management Visits, Informal Narrowing of Network, Sharing Results of Imaging, Laboratory and other Tests, Ambulance and Part B Drug Review, Integration of Home Health, Oversight Process for DME and thinking outside the ACO and incorporating the community.

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Bundled Payments: How to Succeed in CMS Episodic Payment Models
Chair: Valinda Rutledge, Greenville Health System
Panelists: Jordan Asher, Mission Point Health Partners; Kavita Patel, Brookings Institute; Nick Bluhm, Remedy Partners

Description: CMS has created a plethora of bundled payment models over the last year, many of which are mandatory in certain markets. This session will review the different episodic payment models (both mandatory and voluntary) finalized by CMS as well as discuss strategies for success with these programs. Additionally methods to synchronize these episodic payment models and ACOs will be discussed.

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Break
Exhibits Open

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

Managing Chronic Conditions in an ACO
Chair: Ken Thorpe, Emory University
Panelists: Lorri Havlovitz, Accountable Care Coalition of Wisconsin; Tyler Blanchard, Aledade; Karthik Shyam, Duke Connected Care

Description: Effective management of chronic conditions is one key to a successful ACO.  Our panel will provide a deeper understanding of the trends in chronic conditions along with strategies that improve care and reduce cost.

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

Quality Reporting:  Collecting, Interpreting and Using the Data
Chair: Karen Furbush, Creatif Strategies, Inc.
Panelists: Bracken Babula, Thomas Jefferson University

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

Results of ACO Surveys
Chair: Teresa Litton, NAACOS

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

Reception
Exhibits Open

 

Friday, April 7

 

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

Continental Breakfast
Exhibits Open
Sponsored Breakfasts

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

Federal Health Reform Under New Administration
Panelists: TBD

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

Break
Exhibits Open

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

Post-Acute Care
Chair: Rob Mechanic, Brandeis University
Panelists: Jennifer Gizmunt, Lahey Health Continuing Care

Description: This session will feature ACOs from NAACOS call for speakers.

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

Winning Strategies for Contracting with Private Payers 
Chair: Janet Niles, Niles Associates, Inc.
Panelists: Erica Barousse, Oschner Health System; Jeannette Flood, Delaware Valley ACO; Farzad Mostashari (invited), Aledade

Description: The U.S. health care system is in the midst of fundamental change as Fee For Service reimbursement is being replaced by payments tied to quality, defined outcomes, and cost.  To succeed, organizations must ensure effective contracting to drive financial success.  This session will focus on strategies for contracting with commercial payors that will align goals and achieve success.

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

MACRA: Implementation Update and Intersection with ACOs
Chair: Allison Brennan, National Association of ACOs
Panelists: Travis Broome, Aledade; Kara Barnes, Delaware Valley ACO

Description: 2017 is the first reporting/performance year for ACOs and other Medicare Part B providers under the new Quality Payment Program (QPP), which stems from the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). ACOs need an in-depth understanding of MACRA and how ACOs are evaluated under the QPP. This session will review the various elements of MACRA with a particular emphasis on what ACOs should focus on in order to maximize their opportunities for bonuses. Additionally, attendees will hear from ACO leaders who are responsible for preparing and best positioning their ACOs to perform well under MACRA.

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

Lunch

Successful Collaborations Between Employers and ACOs
Panelists: TBD

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

Case Managers in ACOs
Chair: Jennifer Stephens, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Title: Case Management models that facilitate ACO success

Description: Facilitator-led panel of speakers discussing their care management infrastructure, operations and patient-facing efforts. The scope will span from health network ACO models to physician-led ACOs. Key elements for discussion include characteristics for success, staffing models utilized, risk-stratification modeling and translatable concepts for shared learning. 

Panelists: Ken Persaud (AmpliPHY Physician Services), Nina Taggert (Lehigh Valley Health Network), Geralyn Randazzo (Northwell Health)

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

First Things First:  Expense Management in an ACO
Chair: Randy Cook, AmpliPHY Physician Services

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

ACO Participation in Other CMS Programs
Chair: Jennifer Gasperini, NAACOS
Panelists: Joel Port, Delaware Valley ACO; Alicia Cooper (invited)

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

Open Mic with CMS 
John Pilotte and Terri Postma from CMS 

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.