Agenda Spring 2020
April 1–3
Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor

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NAACOS conferences deliver valuable policy insights and operational strategies for ALL accountable care organizations. Our upcoming conference on April 2 and 3 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. Pre-conference workshops on April 1 draw more than 150 ACO leaders for a deeper understanding of specific issues.  NAACOS conferences are the only events organized exclusively by ACOs.  

Conference Schedule  
April 1  Pre-Conference Workshops 1:00  5:00 pm 
April 2  Main Meeting 7:30 am  6:30 pm
April 3  Main Meeting 7:30 am  3:00 pm

Thursday, April 2

7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Registration Open

7:30 – 8:30 am 

Continental Breakfast 

Sponsored Breakfasts

8:30 – 10:00 am

Opening Plenary 

CMMI Director Brad Smith (invited)

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Optimizing the Impact of Drug Spending
Chair: Mark Angelo, Delaware Valley ACO 
Panelists: Laura Balsimini, Summit Medical Group; Stephen Nuckolls, Coastal Carolina Quality Care; Rob Mechanic, Institute for Accountable Care
Panelists: Ruchi Tiwari, Mount Sinai Health System

This panel will provide an understanding of the opportunities and challenges in managing drug spending within value-based care settings. Panelists will also present case studies demonstrating strategies that have succeeded in their ACOs.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Critical Policy Update for ACOs
Chair/Panelists: Allison Brennan and Jennifer Gasperini, NAACOS

This session will review key regulatory issues for ACOs including Pathways to Success policies that have recently taken effect, new Quality Payment Program requirements for 2020, and other recent policy developments ACOs should be aware of.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Care in the Home: Health Care's Next Frontier

Rob Mechanic, Institute for Accountable Care
Panelists: Bruce Leff, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Rob Mechanic, Institute for Accountable Care
Panelists: Dianne Schultz, UnityPoint Health

More than half of potentially preventable Medicare spending is incurred by frail elderly patients who frequently have difficulty accessing timely ambulatory care. For such patients, home-based care can reduce hospitalizations caused by exacerbations of chronic conditions, improve quality, increase patient and caregiver satisfaction, and identify and address social determinants of health. This session will examine a range of models adopted by ACOs including their design, impact on health spending, success factors and implementation challenges.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Managing Risk Across a Population that Includes Other Risk-based Models
Chair: Anthony Reed, Ascension
Panelists: Richard Martin, Keystone ACO; Sidney Raymond, Oschner Health; Nick Bassett, Intermountain Health

In today’s competitive healthcare environment an organization that has the scale to build infrastructure and spread the cost over a wide patient base can generate significant returns on investment. This session explores what industry leaders in value-based care are doing to provide seamless care to their patients across multiple risk models and contracts.

12:00 – 1:30 pm


Lunch Plenary

Speaker: Dr. Marty Makary 

New York Times bestselling author and Johns Hopkins surgeon, Marty Makary, offers an eye-opening, timely, urgent critique of America's broken healthcare system and the change agents working to fix it in his book The Price We Pay.  Following his presentation, Dr. Makary will hold a book signing and attendees will receive a copy of the book, which provides a roadmap for everyday Americans as well as business leaders to get a better deal on their healthcare and looks at the disruptors who are innovating medical care. 

1:30 – 2:00 pm


Exhibits Open

2:00 – 3:30 pm

A Foot in Two Canoes - Succeeding in both Fee-For-Service and Value-Based Care
Chair: Rick Foerster, Privia Health
Panelists: Jamie Reedy, Summit Medical Group NJ; Rob Mechanic, Institute for Accountable Care
Panelists: Ben Sparks, UnityPoint Health; Sam Starbuck, Privia Health

While the healthcare industry is moving towards value-based care, fee-for-service remains a reality for nearly everyone. How do ACOs balance managing that reality? Panelists will discuss the reality of juggling FFS and VBC contracts and how they’ve achieved success.

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Opportunities and Challenges of New CMS Innovation Center Models
Chair: David Pittman, NAACOS
Panelist: Pauline Lapin, CMS

A number of new value-based payment models from the CMS Innovation Center will launch in 2021, and this session will discuss what ACOs need to know about Direct Contracting, Primary Care First, and other forthcoming programs. Panelists will review key details of new models, what ACOs interested in participating need to know, and how these programs overlap with today’s ACOs. The audience will hear from other ACO leaders applying for the models, and there will be ample time for discussion about the opportunities and challenges presented by participating. 

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Care Management: Structure and Process to Drive Success in Value-Based Care
Chair: Rob Fields, Mount Sinai Health System
Panelist: Nancy Adler and Maria Basso Lipani, Mount Sinai Health Partners

Care management is a critical element in value-based care but how ACOs execute on their care management strategy varies greatly as do the outcomes for the patients that are served. In this session, the panel will discuss different models of care management as well as particular types of infrastructure and processes that are designed to improve quality and reduce cost. Topics will include social determinants, use of technology including remote monitoring, and the use of data and analytics to drive your care management strategy.

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Understanding Data Analytic Platforms and Services
Chair: Travis Broome, Aledade

No one in health care has access to a greater variety of data than an ACO. The ways ACOs process and use that data are just as varied. Hear from three ACOs who have taken different approaches. (1) Build: Hire your own developers and build your own, (2) General contractor approach: Hire several vendors for specific things and pull it together yourself, or (3) Partner approach: Hire an end to end solution vendor.

3:30 – 4:00 pm


Exhibits Open

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Peer-to-Peer Exchanges

Enhanced Risk

Minimal Risk
Facilitator: Stephen Nuckolls, Coastal Carolina Quality Care

No Risk

Direct Contracting/Next Gen
Facilitators: Emily Brower, Trinity Health; Pamela Halvorson, UnityPoint Health; Melanie Matthews, Physicians of Southwest Washington and MultiCare Connected Care

Private Payer
Facilitators: Tom Kloos, Atlantic ACO and Healthcare Quality Partners ACO and Jamie Reedy, Summit Medical Group NJ

5:30 – 6:30 pm


Exhibits Open

Friday April 3

7:00 am – 1:00 pm

Registration Open

8:30 – 9:45 am


Navigating the Opportunities for ACOs to Expand into Other Risk-based Models
Speaker: Sean Cavanaugh, Aledade

As leaders in risk-based health care, ACOs are well-positioned to expand into additional risk-based models. A panel with diverse expertise will discuss the landscape of risk-based models, such as Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, employers, and commercial plans, and provide insight into how ACOs can maximize these opportunities

9:45 – 10:15 am


Exhibits Open

10:15 – 11:15 am

Best Practice – SDOH 

10:15 – 11:15 am

Best Practice – Behavioral Health 

10:15 – 11:15 am

Best Practice – ESRD 

11:15 – 11:45 am


11:45 am – 1:15 pm

ACO Waivers: Considerations, Planning, Implementation, and Management
Chair: Melody Danko-Holsomback, Geisinger/Keystone ACO
Panelists: Chris Butters, UnityPoint Health; Sharon Kimball, UNC; Rob Mechanic, Institute for Accountable Care
Panelists: Cindy Yeager, Keystone ACO

This session will cover potential ROI for ACOs who implement the available waivers including SNF, Telehealth, other. Information on creating a comprehensive implementation plan including technology and staffing needs and application document requirements. Tips for hiring staff to carry out the waiver required processes and educating both staff and providers. Lastly, program management post-implementation with continued quality, ROI data or reporting needs.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Successful Strategies for Physician Engagement and Motivation
Chair: Elissa Langley, Triad Healthcare Network

Learn innovative and unique strategies from experienced ACO panelists for creating direct “lines of sight” for improved quality performance and maximized physician incentive payments.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm

The Future of Population Health Management — Data Sharing Is the Change Agent
Chair: Melanie Matthews, Physicians of Southwest Washington and MultiCare Connected Care
Panelists: Anna Taylor and Ann Goldman, MultiCare Health System; Jen Perloff, Institute for Accountable Care; Amy Gleason, CMS

Focus on new CMS initiatives to provide data to patients, clinicians and ACOs to improve lead time, formatting structure and ease for data retrieval for action. Get the insight on current and expected data releases and how big technologies are providing easy to use apps for various audiences in the healthcare continuum. Discuss perspectives on how ACOs need to be engaged with CMS directly in this process versus relying on EHR or population health platforms vendors.

1:15 – 3:30 pm


CMS Townhall
Speakers: John Pilotte and Amy Bassano, CMS

This session includes a town hall format and is an important way for ACOs and CMS to have an open dialogue about the Medicare ACO program, including discussion on evolving policies and how ACOs fit into CMS’s overall goal of improving Medicare payment and healthcare delivery. This is an excellent opportunity for ACO executives to pose questions and receive answers directly from CMS leaders and to hear the newest developments straight from the agency.