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2018 Schedule of Events

All events will take place at the Washington Hilton unless otherwise noted.
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Saturday, May 5
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Registration

Sunday, May 6
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Eucharist
Sponsored by the Catholic Health Association of the U.S. (Breakfast to follow)

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Reception for AHAPAC's Top Contributors  
Join AHAPAC for this exclusive invitation-only event honoring major supporters. For more information on AHAPAC, please contact Shari Dexter at (202) 626-2338.
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. AHAPAC Appreciation Luncheon 
Eligible AHAPAC members are invited to attend this appreciation luncheon featuring the Capitol Steps comedy troupe. For more information on AHAPAC, contact Shari Dexter at (202) 626-2338.
                                                  Capitol Steps
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Educational Session

Leading Sustainable Change in Today’s Complicated Healthcare Environment

Regulatory and financial burden, delivery models, disruptive technologies, professional staff shortages and burnout are key issues for health care leaders. Tom A. Atchison, EdD, president and founder of Atchison Consulting LLC, will describe a practical, developmental model which provides the framework for sustainable change.

Participants will receive 1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits for this session. See registration form for information on how to register.

                                           Tom A. Atchison, EdD


Trustee Educational Session I
The Board’s Role in Strategic Workforce Planning and Development

Moderated by KIMBERLY MCNALLY, R.N., trustee at UW Medicine and president
of McNally & Associates. Featuring panelists MICHELLE BECKER, chair, Livingston HealthCare; STEVEN LYNN, trustee, Banner Health; and TOM WAGSTAFF, board chair, Saint Luke’s Health System.
                                                Kimberly McNally

Networking Break from 3:00 – 3:30.

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Trustee Educational Session II 

Board Leadership in Changing Times

The health care field’s ongoing transformation poses strategic challenges for hospital and health system boards. Governance expert Pam Knecht, CEO of ACCORD LIMITED, will explore essential governance practices that all boards should employ to provide needed leadership during times of significant change.

                                                  Pam Knecht


1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Rural Roundtable
Learn what federal legislative and regulatory activity will impact rural hospitals, including Medicare extenders, 340B, and direct supervision, and hear perspectives on the future of ensuring access to health care services in rural communities.
Hear from policy leaders Cara James, director, Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; William "Bill" England, Ph.D., director, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources & Services Administration; and Jim Mattes, president and CEO, Grande Ronde Hospital. Also featuring a special federal update on issues important to rural hospitals.
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Post-acute Care Innovations

Hear from innovative hospital/post-acute partnerships that bridge the continuum of care through improved referrals, case management, at-risk arrangements and post-acute networks to improve care and lower costs. Mary Beth Walsh, M.D., AHA board member and special assistant to the president for policy and advocacy, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, moderates a panel that includes panelists Eric Garrard, P.T., CEO, Emory Rehabilitation Hospital & Outpatient Centers Atlanta; Steven Stein, M.D., senior vice president and CMO, Trinity Health Continuing Care; David Klementz, chief strategy and development officer, Encompass Health; and Denise Keefe, president, Advocate Post Acute Network. 

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. MACRAmania - Moving into Year 2 of Physician Quality Payment Program (QPP)
Join a discussion on MACRA’s latest developments featuring REENA DUSEJA, M.D., director, division of quality measurement, center for clinical standards and quality, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; NICOLE KVETON, R.N., nurse executive
and vice president of quality & value, Allina Health; and DOUGLAS POGUE, M.D.,
president, BJC Medical Group.

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Addressing Affordability Through the Lens of Value
Join a discussion on MACRA’s latest developments featuring Reena Duseja, M.D., director, Division of Quality Measurement, Center for Clinical Standards & Quality, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Armond S. Kinsey, chief equity, inclusion & diversity officer, Kaiser Permanente, Mid-Atlantic; States Nicole Kveton, R.N., nurse executive and vice president of quality & value, Allina Health; and Douglas Pogue, M.D., president, BJC Medical Group.

Brian Gragnolati

Associate Member Briefing
At this special briefing, AHA associate members hear the latest developments in the health care field and how to become involved in AHA’s mission and 2018 objectives.

The AHA associate membership is comprised of commercial firms (business entities) and non-hospital health providers. For more information, please contact Tony Spohn at (312) 422-2002.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. New Members/First-time Attendees
Get the most from AHA membership and maximize your annual meeting experience through this special gathering.

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. AHA Diversity Roundtable
Institute for Diversity and Health Equity chairperson NICHOLAS TEJEDA, market CEO, Hospitals of Providence, leads a diversity discussion among TANYA BLACKMON, executive vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer, Novant Health, and ARMOND S. KINSEY, chief equity, inclusion and diversity officer, Kaiser Permanente, Mid-Atlantic States.
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Annual Meeting Opening Ceremony and Investiture of Chair, AHA Board of Trustees
Celebrate the investiture of Nancy Howell Agee, president and CEO of Carilion Clinic, as 2018 chair of the AHA Board of Trustees. 

                                                       Nancy Agee
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Reception honoring the Chair and AHA Board of Trustees

Monday, May 7
6:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration
7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Sections for Metropolitan and Small/Rural Hospitals Breakfast Meeting
Nicolle Wallace, political analyst, New York Times best-selling author and former White House director of communications under President George W. Bush, shares her political insights.
                                                Nicolle Wallace

$5 from every purchased ticket benefits the AHA Rural Hospital Leadership Award.

                                              Sponsored by Cerner

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Federal Forum Opening Plenary
Sen. SUSAN COLLINS (R-ME) accepts theAHA Honorary Life Membership Award, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator SEEMA VERMA shares remarks. AHA President and CEO RICK POLLACK kicks off the federal forum. TOM NICKELS, AHA executive vice president of government relations and public policy, discusses hospital advocacy with FRANK SESNO, former anchor and Washington bureau chief, CNN, and director, George Washington  niversity School of Media and Public Affairs. We also will honor C. DUANE DAUNER, special adviser and former president and CEO of California Hospital Association, recipient of the 2018 AHA Distinguished Service Award.

         Rick Pollack    Tom Nickels    Frank Sesno   Sen. Collins    Seema Verma
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Executive Briefings
Attend one of these concurrent briefings on challenges and opportunities facing the hospital field. 

Health Care Politics: Congressional Staff Panel
Congressional staff discuss how policy and politics play out in the health and hospital field. Moderated by Erik Rasmussen, AHA vice president legislative affairs.

Medicaid Innovations 
This session will explore federal and state innovations in health care delivery, and social supports for the Medicaid population that best address the mental, physical and social needs of this vulnerable group.
Moderated by AHA board member John M. Haupert, president & CEO Grady Health System, this panel includes Calder Lynch, senior counselor to the CMS Administrator Seema Verma, CMS; Matt Salo, executive director, National Association of Medicaid Directors; Rhonda Medows, M.D., executive vice president of population health, Providence St. Joseph Health; and Robert Duncan, executive vice president, Children’s Hospital and Health System.

                                                 John Haupert
Equity of Care Briefing

Moderated by AHA board member Wright L. Lassiter, III, president and CEO, Henry Ford Health System, this panel of experts will discuss social determinants of health and its impact on our communities. Panelists include Maurice A. Jones, president and CEO, Local Initiatives Support Corporation; Rita Carreon, deputy vice president, health, UnidosUS. 

                                               Wright L. Lassiter III


                                  Session sponsored by CulturaLink, LLC
12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. AHA Recognition Luncheon
AHA Chair Nancy Howell Agee is joined by award-winning and nationally-acclaimed political contributor Ron Fournier, editor and publisher of Crain’s Detroit Business, to honor recipients of AHA’s leadership awards.


                                                 Ron Fournier
12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Government Relations Officers Network Luncheon
John Harris, co-founder and editor-in-chief of POLITICO, brings the newsroom perspective to politics in DC and political challenges in the months ahead.

                                                  John Harris
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Federal Forum Plenary 
Hear from Peggy Noonan, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Wall Street Journal and bestselling author of nine books on American politics, history and culture. Also featuring Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. The 2017 AHAPAC Award Winners will be honored. 

                                        Peggy Noonan               Rep. Joseph Crowley

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Trustee Reception

Tuesday, May 8
6:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration
7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. ACHE Breakfast Meeting
Network with fellow ACHE colleagues and hear persepectives on health care and leadership from ACHE Chair David A. Olson, FACHE, senior vice president of external relations and chief strategy officer at Froedtert Health in Milwaukee.

                                                David A. Olson

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Trustee Leadership Breakfast: National Political Update
George F. Will, columnist for the Washington Post and regular contributor for MSNBC, NBC News and Newsweek, shares insights and political predictions for 2018. 

                                                  George Will
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Federal Forum Closing Plenary
This session includes remarks by Rep. PETER ROSKAM (R-IL), chairman of the Health Sub-committee on Ways and Means and MICHAEL BESHLOSS, historian, best-selling author and New York Times columnist. In addition, FRANK SESNO leads a discussion with CBS legend BOB SCHIEFFER, former moderator of Face the Nation and CBS News chief Washington correspondent, and JAKE TAPPER, chief CNN Washington correspondent and anchor, on the evolution and impact of news and how fake news could drive public policy. The 2017 Foster G. McGaw Prize winner is honored. 
             Bob Schieffer       Jake Tapper       Rep. Peter Roskam    Michael Beshloss
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Executive Briefings
Attend one of these concurrent briefings on challenges and opportunities facing the hospital field. 

Preparing and Responding to Disasters: Lessons for the Future 
Join colleagues who experienced hurricanes, wildfires and mass shootings in 2017 for lessons learned and preparations for the future.
Moderated by AHA board member Allen S. Weiss, M.D., president and CEO, NCH Healthcare System, this panel includes Todd Sklamberg, CEO, HCA Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center;
Alan R. Vierling, D.N.P., R.N., executive vice president and administrator, Harris Health System’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital; Mike Purvis, CEO, Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital & Novato Community Hospital; and Robert Kadlec, M.D., assistant secretary for preparedness and response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

                                             Allen S. Weiss, MD

Health Care Politics:  Panel of Former CMS Leaders 

A bipartisan group of former administrators from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service discuss key policy priorities and politics involved with implementing change. Moderated by AHA board member Melinda L. Estes, M.D., president and CEO, Saint Luke's Health System, the panel includes: Marilyn Tavenner, president and CEO, American's Health Insurance Plans; Gail Wilensky, Ph.D., senior fellow, Project HOPE; Nancy-Ann Deparle, partner, Consonance Capital; and Leslie V. Norwalk.
                                              Melinda L. Estes, MD

What Lies Ahead for Commercial Insurance and the Health Insurance Marketplaces?   

Hear about the latest trends in commercial insurance and implications for health coverage and provider reimbursement in this session moderated by AHA board member Randy Oostra, president and CEO of ProMedica. The panel includes Jeanette Thornton, senior vice president of product, employer, and commercial policy, America's Health Insurance Plans and
Mike Ferguson, president and CEO, Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc.

                                                 Randy Oostra

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Foster G. McGaw Prize Luncheon
This luncheon, hosted by The Baxter International Foundation, honors the 2017 Foster G. McGaw Prize winner and finalists.  The Foster G. McGaw Prize recognizes excellence in community service and is jointly sponsored by The Baxter International Foundation, AHA and Health Research & Educational Trust.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. State Caucuses
Contact your state hospital association for state caucus details.

Wednesday, May 9
7:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Pre-forum Continental Breakfast
(no registration required)

Special AHA Forum with HHS Secretary Alex Azar

Join U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary ALEX AZAR for a special AHA member forum.

Alex Azar

Contact your state hospital association for Capitol Hill visit details.



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