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

A program funded in part by the Foundation of ACHE’s Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
In conjunction with the San Diego Cluster

Where Innovation Is Happening

A growing number 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 more than 100 initiatives that will impact the lives of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and their care providers on both the state and national levels.

A Look Inside the Laboratory for Healthcare Redesign

In this half-day session, Valinda R. Rutledge will discuss the role of the CMS Innovation Center and the extraordinary impact the funded projects may have on future payment and service delivery models. She will also discuss how participation in these pilots assist healthcare systems in transforming their business model.

Leaders from three organizations that are participating in different pilots with the Innovation Center will share their experiences with implementing projects designed to deliver better healthcare in communities with the greatest care needs.

Discover the breakthrough strategies leading healthcare organizations are developing to:

  • Improve patient safety
  • Promote care that is coordinated across healthcare settings
  • Invest in primary care transformation
  • Create new bundled payments for care episodes
  • Meet the complex needs of those dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

Schedule of Events
7:30 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.–8:20 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

8:20 a.m.–9:20 a.m. The Innovation Center Overview

9:20 a.m.–9:45 a.m. Questions and Discussion

9:45 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m. Panel Presentation: Healthcare executives discuss their organizations' pilot projects.

11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m. Questions and Discussion With Panelists

11:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

For those already participating in the San Diego Cluster, continue your professional growth with this special program. Or, participate solely in this program and discover tremendous opportunities for improving patient care and the overall health of the communities you serve.


Valinda R. Rutledge has served the healthcare field for more than 30 years, most recently as market leader for KentuckyOne Health and president of Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky., until March 2013. Previously she served as director of the Patient Care Models Group for the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Ms. Rutledge is passionate about expanding the delivery of healthcare through the continuum, collaborating with other industry leaders and always looking at new ways to deliver healthcare.

A select panel of healthcare leaders will react to Ms. Rutledge’s remarks and describe their experiences with implementing projects in communities striving to deliver quality care at lower costs to people with the greatest healthcare needs.

Jay J. Cohen, MD
Executive Chairman, Monarch HealthCare

Dr. Cohen will provide a brief history of Monarch HealthCare’s involvement in the Pioneer ACO pilot. He will discuss lessons learned including:

  • Existing care management infrastructure and managed care expertise as a prerequisite for participation in the program
  • The value of patient, physician and office staff engagement
  • Importance of a multidisciplinary team approach and commitment

George Lewis
Vice President, Kettering Health Network

Mr. Lewis will share how Kettering Health Network participated in the Innovation Center’s comprehensive primary care pilot to develop an ACO model using Kettering’s employee health plan to transition into a value-based care system. He will explain their process including:

  • Using existing infrastructures to lead the transition
  • How participation in CMS’ Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative assisted them in the implementation of a patient-centered disease management approach

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

Dr. Nerenz will describe Henry Ford’s Innovation Center grant, which focuses on the prevention of pressure ulcers in the inpatient care setting. He will explain project components and predicted outcomes including:

  • A specially-trained mobility team to support nurses and other staff in ensuring that patients at all levels of care move to the extent their condition allows
  • Projected savings of several million dollars
  • Reduced complications, shorter hospital stays and lower post-acute care expenses

ACHE members—$295

Includes: breakfast, registration and course materials

Continuing Education Credits

Participation in this workshop qualifies for 4 ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits. ACHE is accredited by other organizations to provide continuing education credit.

To enroll, please register online at or call the ACHE Customer Service Center at (312) 424-9400.

Healthcare management innovation is identified by the Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership as a key area of focus. By providing innovative learning opportunities on important trends and issues, the Fund strengthens the field of healthcare leadership. Your attendance at this program will not only benefit you and your organization but advances the healthcare management profession as a whole.

For more information on the Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership, visit