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Thursday, June 15

8 a.m.
Networking Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Welcome: Opening General Session: Federal Update
Wayne Young, FACHE, senior vice president of behavioral health, JPS Health Network and administrator of Trinity Springs Pavilion and Trinity Springs North for Psychiatric Services, Fort Worth

This session will provide an overview of the national trends impacting the behavioral health field including both legislative and regulatory activities. Attendees will learn to identify current legislative efforts that impact the behavioral health field nationally; define the potential impact of national perspectives on local communities and providers; and identify opportunities and prepare for potential changes in the larger behavioral health landscape.

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Break

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
General Session; Mental Health in Texas After the 85th Legislature
Andrew Keller,
Ph.D., CEO, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Dallas

Bipartisan leadership and in-depth work by Speaker Straus’s Select Committee on Mental Health made the 85th Legislature a unique milestone for mental health treatment in Texas. This session will examine the real world implications for mental health systems based on the results of the session. Decisions will have been made about the future of state hospitals, jail / emergency room diversion, children’s mental health, and parity, and the Meadows Institute will provide it’s perspective on what can be accomplished now to leverage the legislature’s work.

10:45 – 11 a.m.
Break

11 a.m.-Noon
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

1. Telemedicine and Telepsychiatry
Avrim Fishkind, M.D., president and chief medical officer, JSA Health Telepsychiatry, Houston
Telepsychiatry is continuing to evolve. This presentation will review its historical development as well as review outcomes from current programs. Fishkind also will discuss the implications of implementing a telepsychiatry program in hospitals.

2. Legislative Update
Sara Gonzalez, vice president, advocacy, Texas Hospital Association

During this session, THA advocacy staff will discuss the latest happenings at the Capitol and give an update on the most pressing issues impacting behavioral health service providers for hospital and health care systems.

Noon-1 p.m.
General Session Luncheon
Representative Four Price - Invited

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

1. Telehealth – Practical Approaches to Hospital Based Care Models
Thomas J Kim, M.D., chief medical officer, Med2You, LLC

This program will begin with a primer on what Telehealth is and is not. This overview will include recent legislative efforts in Texas to clarify some misconceptions that serve to distract from the ultimate value proposition of Telehealth. The program will also explore practical applications of Telehealth for hospital based health systems.

2. Legislative Update (repeat)
Sara Gonzalez, vice president, advocacy, Texas Hospital Association

Missed the first legislative update? Attend this repeat session to hear THA advocacy staff discuss the latest happenings at the Capitol and give an update on the most pressing issues impacting behavioral health service providers for hospital and health care systems.

2:15- 2:45 p.m.
Break

2:45 – 4 p.m.
General Session: Opioid Prevention
Matt Feehery, senior vice president and CEO, Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery, Houston

This session will address the trends in opioid usage and the impact on our health care system, innovative approaches for treatment planning in any health care organization or community and a movement towards voluntary prescribing guidelines.

4 – 5 p.m.
Networking Reception

Friday, June 16

8 – 8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
General Session: EMTALA Update
Patrick Waldron, branch manager, health facility compliance, patient quality care unit, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin

This session will provide updates to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act and describe the elements of EMTALA as they pertain to psychiatric hospitals and difficulties with maintaining patients in the emergency room of general hospitals. 

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Break

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
General Session: Joint Commission Surveys
John Berry,
RN, MSN, CMS consultant, Joint Commission Resources, Oak Brook, Illinois

Has The Joint Commission showed up on your doorstep lately? This session will provide an overview of what your hospital needs to address prior to the Joint Commission survey.

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Closing Luncheon and General Session: The 85th Legislative Session Impact on State Hospital Systems
Tim Bray,
director of state hospitals, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin

This session will provide an overview of the state budget and the impact it will have on state hospital funding.

12:45 a.m.
Adjourn