THA 2018 Annual Conference and Expo

THA 2018 Annual Conference and Expo

Feb. 6-7, 2018

Marriott Marquis Houston

This educational activity is jointly provided by AXIS Medical Education and the Texas Hospital Association.

The THA Annual Conference and Expo brings together health care leaders from across Texas. The two-day event is the association's premiere event for Texas hospital leaders and features sessions designed for clinical, policy, legal, technology, and governance positions. The 2018 conference will be held in Houston, TX at the Marriott Marquis on Feb. 6-7. Join us!

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Schedule of Events 

This year's schedule will cover a variety of topics ranging from leadership to policy and regulatory issues.

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THA is teaming up with the American College of Healthcare Executives Independent Texas Chapters, the Texas Association for Healthcare Financial Administration, Texas Healthcare Trustees and the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives.

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Sponsors and Exhibitors

THA is offering a variety of sponsor and exhibitor opportunities at the 2018 Annual Conference and Expo. Find out how you can take advantage of these opportunities.

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Featured Speakers

James Carville

James Carville

Political consultant, former senior political advisor to President Bill Clinton 

James “The Ragin’ Cajun” Carville is America’s best-known political consultant. His long list of electoral successes evidences a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories and for re-making political underdogs into upset winners. In recent years, Carville has not been a paid political consultant for any domestic politicians or candidates, instead focusing on campaigns in more than 23 countries around the globe stretching from the continents of South America to Europe to Africa and most recently Asia. James Carville is also a best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restaurateur.

Karl Rove

Karl Rove

Political strategist, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush

Karl Rove, an iconic political strategist, is best known for his provocative and robust knowledge of the major political issues of the day. Rove served as senior advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000-2007 and deputy chief of staff from 2004-2007. He’s now a Wall Street Journal weekly columnist, Fox News contributor, and The New York Times bestselling author.

Joe Theismann

Entrepreneur, former star quarterback for the Washington Redskins

Joe Theismann is an entrepreneur and the former star quarterback for the Washington Redskins. He spent the last two decades working for ESPN on their NFL broadcast and the NFL Network. The former Washington Redskins quarterback joined ESPN in April 1988, reuniting with play-by-play voice, Mike Patrick. Theismann joined ESPN after spending two seasons as an NFL analyst for CBS Sports. A 12-year NFL veteran, Theismann played in 163 consecutive games from 1974-1985 and holds Redskins’ records for passing yardage (25,206), completions (2.044) and attempts (3,602). A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Theismann led Washington to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.

Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO, co-founder of The Texas Tribune

Evan Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization called “one of the nonprofit news sector’s runaway success stories.” The Tribune's deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website, texastribune.org, in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state, and in the print and online editions of the Washington Post. Since its launch in 2009, The Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, thirteen national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and three general excellence awards from the Online News Association. Previously Evan spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as Editor and a year as President and Editor-in-Chief.

Louis Bratton

Louis Bratton

Principal attorney, The Bratton Firm, Austin

Louis Bratton represents victims and families in personal injury and wrongful death claims. He is licensed to practice in all Federal Courts in the State of Texas, as well as in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Bratton has argued cases before most of the Courts of Appeals in the State of Texas, the State Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He assisted in writing the Texas health care subrogation law that went into effect in 2014. Bratton is a Past Co-Chair of the Texas Division of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals and was selected to Best Lawyers in America, 2018. Bratton was also included in Texas Super Lawyers 2011 - 2017 by Thomson Reuters.

Sarah Churchill Llamas

Sarah Churchill Llamas, J.D.

Shareholder, Winstead PC, Austin, Texas

Sarah Churchill Llamas, J.D., is a health care and health information technology attorney and a nationally-recognized expert in health IT solutions, having been appointed a Health IT Fellow by the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Llamas is a shareholder in Winstead's Austin office, and is a member of the firm’s Healthcare Industry Group as well as the Corporate Securities/Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group. Her practice focuses on the intersection of health care and technology, advising providers, hospitals and businesses on healthcare information technology, cybersecurity, and general healthcare transactions and regulatory compliance. She received her BS in Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology from Arizona State University and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Cameron Duncan

Cameron Duncan, J.D.

Assistant General Counsel, Texas Hospital Association

Cameron Duncan, J.D., has over 5 years of experience as a health care attorney, which includes litigating health care fraud cases and advising clients on a variety of regulatory matters, Medicaid, Medicare, the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, joint ventures, compliance, facility licensure and accreditation, EMTALA, HIPAA, and other operational issues. He began his legal career in the Civil Medicaid Fraud Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Duncan joined THA from Emergency Service Partners, an emergency physician group serving hospitals across Texas. He is a graduate of Fordham University and Washington & Lee University School of Law.

Michael Fischer

Michael Fischer, M.D.

Medical Epidemiologist, Texas Department of State Health Services

Michael Fischer, M.D., MPH & TM has worked for the Texas Department of State Health Services for over 5 years in the Infectious Disease Control Unit and has recently taken-on the role of Antibiotic Stewardship Expert for the Health Care Safety Group of IDCU, DSHS. Prior to taking on this role, Fischer served Texas as the epidemiologist and subject matter expert for prion disease surveillance. Fischer also served as a medical epidemiologist during outbreaks involving high-consequence pathogens (West Africa Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in 2014) and events with elevated public concern (travel-related Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV)), providing consults to physicians, infection control practitioners, and health care facilities on appropriateness of testing, test results, prevention and control measures, and mechanisms of disease transmission.

Cesar Lopez

Cesar Lopez, J.D.

Associate General Counsel, Texas Hospital Association

Cesar Lopez, J.D., is the Texas Hospital Association’s associate general counsel, and graduate of Trinity University, Albany Law School, and the University of Washington School of Law Health Law LL.M. program. Prior to joining THA, Lopez gained experience as a litigator, health law lecturer for Texas A&M, UT-PA (now UT-RGV), and the University of Washington, and through various healthcare legal and policy positions in Texas and Washington State. Lopez has a strong connection to health care and is excited to help create a positive influence on healthcare policy, law, and best practices by advancing THA’s mission, vision and goals.

Robert Nelson

Robert Nelson

Principal, Nelson Strategic Consulting

Robert Nelson, a certified association executive and principal at Nelson Strategic Consulting, works with Boards and high-powered CEOs in a not-for-profit setting to guide and facilitate the development of strategic solutions to complex organizational and global grand challenges for national as well as international organizations. As a former association chief executive officer for almost two decades, Nelson is adept at designing governance systems and an engaging Board trainer with an understanding of the importance of developing high performing boards and practical, strategic solutions that work within the culture of an organization and are aligned with the organization’s capacity potential. His governance work often focuses on working with non-profit CEOs and Boards to create strategic thinking boards.