CONNECTIONS2015

Oct. 25-28, 2015
Washington, D.C.

Innovating TODAY | Impacting TOMORROW | Inspiring COMMUNITY

The New Reality: Value-Based Payments and Care Coordination
Executive Symposium

As an executive within a health and human services organization, you face vast challenges of managing time, staff, budgets, processes and more. Wouldn’t it be great to take a moment to refresh, recharge, exchange ideas and gather input from other leaders in your community?

CONNECTIONS2015 Executive Symposium is comprised of executive-level sessions designed specifically for CEOs, COOs, CIOs, CCOs, CFOs, as well as others who serve in strategic and executive management positions in their organizations.

The focus of this year’s Executive Symposium is effective strategies for managing the rapid evolution to value-based contracting and care coordination.

The fast-evolving transition from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance and coordinated care is impacting every corner of healthcare — including behavioral health, addiction treatment, social services, public health and child and family services.

What are the overarching implications for your organization? How will it impact your strategic planning and organizational sustainability?

  • Service offerings
  • Consumer relationships
  • Clinical processes
  • Evaluation and measurement
  • Staffing
  • IT strategy
  • Billing
  • Reporting
  • Analytics

What your registration fee includes:

  • Two days of outstanding executive-level sessions plus access to all general conference sessions
  • Two keynote sessions on important industry topics
  • Special Executive Symposium reception
  • Opening reception and Tuesday night gala
  • Breakfast and lunch on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as refreshment breaks

Take advantage of this great opportunity to share ideas about business and clinical strategies, and to discuss new ways to help your organization run more effectively in this fast-changing healthcare ecosystem.

Check out the symposium agenda to learn the timing of events, and how to plan around them.

2015 Executive Symposium Sessions

Session Descriptions

Mon, Oct 26 | 11-Noon

Interoperability in a Value-Based Healthcare World

Session Leader: Mariann Yeager, CEO, The Sequoia Project

A strategic view of integrated data exchange. What interoperability really means; how networks are formed; examples of integration success; and the role of governance in enabling nationwide exchange.

Mon, Oct 26 | 1-2 pm

It’s a New World: Are You Ready?

Session Leader: Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

A national perspective about the impact of integrated and collaborative care. How ACOs, Behavioral Health Homes, DSRIP programs, and other entities are changing the provider environment, payment systems and healthcare delivery overall.

Mon, Oct 26 | 2-3 pm

Becoming a Millennial Nonprofit: Heart, Results and Economics

Session Leader: Kristin Woodlock, RN, MPA | CEO, Woodlock & Associates

The historical context driving radical changes for safety net providers, including insights into risk and drivers of bankruptcy, and an overview of a tool to assess your organization’s readiness for becoming a Millennial Nonprofit. Kristin is the former Acting Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health and Interim CEO of FEGS Health and Human Services.

Mon, Oct 26 | 3-4 pm

Medicaid Update

Session Leader: Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Medicaid Directors Association

The latest update on how states are helping ensure providers, plans and other entities are providing access to high quality, person-centered care that meets Medicare beneficiaries’ needs. Areas covered include:
  • Working across agencies to improve integration
  • Effective quality measurement in integrated care models
  • Data sharing and barriers to information exchange, including federal restrictions on the sharing of substance use disorder treatment information
  • Peer supports and other non-traditional workforce approaches in behavioral health integration efforts

Tue, Oct 27 | 10-11 am

Managing Risk in a Capitated Environment: Planning, Strategy and Structure

Session Leader: J. Tuerk Schlesinger, MBA, CEO, AltaPointe Behavioral Health Systems

Sixteen years after its first foray into managed care, AltaPointe is moving into its next, most advanced effort in that arena. Hear about this innovative behavioral health organization’s history in managed care, lessons learned, and its latest initiative: a Managed Behavioral Healthcare Organization (MHBO) that incorporates private practice providers, acute care hospitals, and access at every entry point (portal) in their region, including jails, juvenile justice centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and private physicians.

Tue, Oct 27 | 11-Noon

A Conversation with Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy

Session Leader: The Hon. Patrick J. Kennedy

Interactive dialogue/Q&A with Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, recognized national leader in advocating for parity, equal access to care, and reducing stigma associated with mental illness. Rep. Kennedy is also co-founder of One Mind, a national coalition seeking new treatments and cures for neurologic and psychiatric diseases of the brain afflicting one in every three Americans.

Tue, Oct 27 | 1-2:15 pm

The Programmatic, Marketing and Financial Challenges of Developing a Metro-Wide Crisis System:
The Denver Community Crisis Services Story

Session Leader: John Talbot, Ph.D., Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Jefferson Center for Mental Health

This session will focus on the factors leading to the development of a statewide behavioral health crisis system. Topics will include: ownership structure of the metro crisis system; services provided; funding, reimbursement and sustainability; start-up and implementation phases; and successes, challenges and lessons learned.

Tue, Oct 27 | 3-4 pm

Evaluating Capitation vs. Current-State Fee-For-Service

Session Leaders:
James Roberson, L.S.M.W, Director of Programs and Training Initiatives, KVC Hospitals;
Ian Chuang, M.D., MS, FCFP, Senior Vice President, Healthcare Informatics and Chief Medical Officer, Netsmart

Many organizations are considering whether to accept case-based or capitation payments. Factors in this major decision include the potential impact of higher-cost care settings, such as hospitalization, and "avoidable" costs, such as readmissions. In this session, KVC Hospital and Netsmart will focus on how their strategic partnership enabled a successful capitation model. KVC assumed capitation for the index hospitalization and cost of care up to 30 days post-discharge. Presenters will review the analytical steps involved in the process and how data was leveraged from the Netsmart CareRecord and KVC’s HR systems to determine how under a proposed capitation the organization could not only survive but thrive.

Tue, Oct 27 | 4-5 pm

Strategic Planning Using the HIT Value Model

Session Leader: Doug Abel Executive Vice President, Solutions Delivery Netsmart

An interactive, strategic deep-dive into the HIT Value Model planning and measurement system. Discussion will include pragmatic application of the model for executive financial, clinical and operational decision-making and performance improvement.



General Conference: $750 | Exec. Symposium: $950

Cancellation Policy: 10% cancellation fee if cancelled by 9/17/15*
* No refunds after 9/17/15