Congress on Healthcare Leadership 2015


For the 2014 Congress, ACHE has purposely left a handful of numbered sessions open for late-breaking topics. Throughout the Congress brochure, in lieu of session titles and faculty, these sessions simply state, “Reserved for Emerging Topics.”

We have now assigned all the Congress sessions.

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The Innovation Center: Taking Action to Improve Care and Reduce Costs

Tuesday, March 25
2:15 p.m.–5:30 p.m.


Valinda R. Rutledge
CEO/President, Rutledge Health Care Consulting


George F. Lewis
Vice President, Kettering Physician Network

David R. Nerenz, PhD
Director, Center for Health Services Research Henry Ford Health System

Timothy A. Peterson, MD
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Department of Emergency Medicine

Growing numbers of innovators—healthcare executives, clinicians, community leaders and more—are participating in models being tested across the country by the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (the Innovation Center) to improve the quality and reduce the costs of patient care. To date, the Innovation Center has introduced hundreds of initiatives that will affect the lives of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and their care providers on both state and national levels. Discover the role of the CMS Innovation Center and the impact the funded projects will have on future payment and service delivery models.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the role of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) in funding projects, impacting future payment and delivery service models

  • Discover lessons learned from three organizations participating in CMMI pilots including primary care, pioneer ACO and Innovation Center grants

Inspiring Continuous Quality Improvement in Your Hospital: Lessons Learned from the American College of Surgeons

Tuesday, March 25
4:15–5:45 p.m.


David Hoyt, MD
Executive Director, American College of Surgeons


Robin Blackstone, MD
Medical Director and Bariatric Surgeon, Scottsdale Healthcare Bariatric Center

Daniel P. McKellar, MD
Chair, American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer

J. Wayne Meredith, MD
Director, Surgical Sciences, Chair, General Surgery, Wake Forest Baptist Health

M. Michael Shabot, MD
System Chief Medical Officer, Memorial Herman Healthcare System

Our nation's quality goals can only be achieved if hospital executives and physicians work together. In this session, leaders from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) will discuss real-world examples of what it will take to drive continuous quality improvement in our nation's hospitals. Moderated by David Hoyt, MD, FACS, ACS executive director, the session will highlight ACS's 100-year history of successful quality programs. Participants will get an exclusive preview of the new ACS hospital quality manual to be published in the fall of 2014 and hear from panelists who will speak to specific areas of quality including: cancer care, trauma, bariatric surgery, high reliability organizations and culture.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify specific tactics that improve the patient experience and market performance

  • Develop a personal training map to stay on the quality course

104 A/B
Moving Forward With Authentic Population Management

Wednesday, March 26 (A)
4:15–5:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 27 (B)
8:45–10:15 a.m.


Brian J. Silverstein, MD
President, HC Wisdom

Managing the health of populations will require a fundamentally new business model that involves new data systems, operations, and management teams. This session will explore how to successfully implement a population health business model from identification of a population, segmentation, targeting the interventions and monitoring. Successful models will be presented and discussed as well as models that did not work to highlight the need for attention to detail and the specific opportunities in a given population.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the core competencies required for successful population health management

  • Discuss the best strategies for hospitals to enter this new market and achieve positive clinical and financial outcomes

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