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Wednesday, Feb. 12 - Pre-Conference

8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Registration

2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Rural Health Care Workshop*

*Additional registration fee applies.

Thursday, Feb. 13 - Main Conference Day 1

7 a.m.-7 p.m
Registration

7-8 a.m.
Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

7-8 a.m.
Horace Cardwell ACHE Affiliates Breakfast*
*Invitation only
Heather J. Rohan, FACHE, president, HCA TriStar Division, Brentwood, Tennessee and chair, American Hospital Association, Chicago

8-9:30 a.m.
Opening General Session

THA President and CEO Speech
Ted Shaw, president and CEO, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

Making Mental Health Essential Health
Patrick J. Kennedy, former US Representative, pioneer in mental health policy and advocacy, and co-founder, One Mind for Research, New Jersey

Since his earliest days in public service, Patrick J. Kennedy believed that mental health should be a national priority. After 16 years in Congress, and countless bills passed, one stands out among the rest for the impact it has on the lives of all Americans – the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. This bill ensures that mental health is treated on-par with physical health, breaking down decades-old practices in the health care system that kept those two areas separate from one another, often with dire consequences.
Patrick J. Kennedy will discuss why mental health is critical to the overall health and well being of all Americans, why the healthcare system needs to adapt to better accommodate mental healthcare, the underlying public policy imperatives of parity, and why we need to invest in innovation. Kennedy will also discuss his own journey toward mental health and recovery, and how he sees the world today.

9:30-10:15 a.m.
Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall and Bite-Size Education Session

10:15-11:15 a.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Surprise Billing at the State and Federal Levels
Speakers: Cameron Duncan, J.D., associate general counsel; and Sara Gonzalez, vice president of advocacy and public policy, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
THA representatives will discuss the surprise billing legislation that was passed in Texas’ 86th Legislature, Texas hospitals’ commitment to banning surprise billing of patients for unplanned or emergency out-of-network health care services and why the U.S. Congress should follow Texas’ example as it seeks to ban surprise billing without limiting patients’ access to care.

Policy and Regulatory Legal Finance

Topics Facing Today’s Hospitals Leaders: Presentations by THA’s Leadership Fellows 2019 Class

Texas Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program: What the Future Holds?
Speakers: Paul Aslin, chief transformation officer, Wise Health System, Decatur; Jyric Sims, CEO, Medical City Fort Worth; and Toya White, service line director, Texas Health Dallas

Improving Pediatric Behavioral Health Funding
Speakers: Ben Benitez, vice president of clinical operations, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio; Loren Fouch, CEO, Mayhill Hospital, Denton; Debbie Sayles, vice president/chief nursing officer, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas; and Lindsey Tyra, vice president of strategy and business development, Children’s Health, Dallas

Creating a High Reliability Organization in the Veterans Health Administration
Christopher Sandles, FACHE, medical center director and CEO, South Texas Veteran Health Care System, San Antonio

Leadership
Legislative and Practical Update for Hospital Liens, Hospital Health Plans and Hospital District Subrogation Claims
Speakers: Louis Bratton, J.D., partner, The Bratton Firm, Austin; and Cesar Lopez, J.D., associate general counsel, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
This session will outline best practices for revenue cycles collection of self-pay, out-of-network, and copay/deductible balances from the third-party liability insurance. In addition, the speakers will provide a legislative and practical update for hospital liens and third-party reimbursement claims on behalf of hospital self/premium-funded employee health plans, disability plans, workers’ compensation plans, and county indigent health care/hospital district plans.
Legal
Population Health: Data-Driven Strategies
This session will highlight the importance of turning data into action as a long-lasting strategy to improve population health. Do a deep dive into the importance of community health needs assessments, linking patients to primary care, focusing on prevention and more.
Quality and Nursing

11:20 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Earl M. Collier Award Luncheon
We encourage all attendees, sponsors, representatives and guests to join us as we celebrate one of health care’s leaders. Enjoy the luncheon’s ample networking time and delicious food as you mix and mingle with executives and hospitals leaders throughout the state. Help us honor the recipient of the Earl M. Collier award over great food with great company and fellowship.

THA Chair Speech
Christopher J. Durovich, FACHE, president/CEO, Children's Health, Dallas

12:45-1:45 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

What’s Next for the 1115 Waiver: DSRIP Transition
Panel discussion moderated by Kate Hendrix, senior director of policy analysis, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
Finance Policy and Regulatory
Initiating Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder During Hospitalization
Speaker: Richard Bottner, division of hospital medicine, Dell Seton Medical Center, Austin and affiliate faculty, Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin
Focusing on a reduction in opioid prescribing is expected to reduce overdose deaths by only five percent by the year 2025. This session will focus on holistic hospital-system interventions including treatment, harm reduction and stigma elimination. Such solutions improve patient outcomes and staff satisfaction while reducing readmissions and cost.
Quality and Nursing
Workplace Violence Prevention
Speakers: Mario Barrera, J.D., partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Austin; and Ashley Withrow, victim advocate, Cleveland Clinic Police Department
Quality and Nursing Legal

12:45-3:45 p.m.
ACHE Choice Program: Agility and Resilience in Health Care Leadership: Key Behaviors for Leading Change*
Speaker: Amer A. Kaissi, Ph.D., professor, health care administration, Trinity University, San Antonio

Change is truly a constant in health care, and today’s leaders must be agile and resilient enough to manage it. But what do agility and resiliency really mean for health care executives? How can you develop these qualities to help you keep up with and manage the endless influx of external and internal changes you face? During this engaging seminar, share the key behaviors you should aspire to when leading yourself, your teams and your organization through change. Using the latest research, compelling case studies and interactive activities, share methods for adapting to change, making quick and informed decisions, and developing strategies to achieve strategic goals. You will leave with a practical guide for addressing ineffective behaviors and meaningful tools for overcoming common challenges in the current health care environment.
*This training offers ACHE Face-to-Face credit has a separate registration fee

1:45-2:30 p.m.
Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall and Bite-Size Education Session

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Legal Hot Topics
Legal
Hospitals and the Press: Messaging Strategies
Chris Van Deusen, director of media relations, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin; and Allie Morris, politics and policy reporter at the San Antonio Express-News
Moderated by Carrie Williams, vice president of communications, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
Leadership
Getting Boards Engaged in Strategic Planning
Craig Carter, J.D., co-founding partner; and Brian Jackson, J.D., co-founding partner, Jackson & Carter, PLLC, Austin
Health care is changing rapidly, and hospitals and health systems must find innovative ways to deliver care in an environment where margins continue to shrink. Review the strategic planning function and learn how to get your boards engaged in the strategic planning process so your organization can be proactive, adapt more quickly, achieve goals and deliver high-quality care.
Leadership

3:45-5 p.m.
General Session — Texas Legislative Update
John Hawkins, senior vice president of government relations, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
AHA Update
Melinda L. Estes, M.D., chair-elect, American Hospital Association, Chicago

5-6:30 p.m.
THA Reception

Friday, Feb. 14 - Main Conference Day 2

7:30-11:15 a.m.
Registration

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Sunrise Refreshments, Coffee and Bite-sized Education Sessions

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Emergency Preparedness/Disaster Response for Mass Casualty Events
Jacob Cintron, president and CEO, University Medical Center El Paso; and Russell Tippin, president and CEO Medical Center Health System, Odessa
Representatives from UMC El Paso and Medical Center Health System in Odessa will discuss emergency preparedness efforts, disaster response successes and lessons learned from the recent mass shootings in Texas – specifically in regard to serving as a place of refuge for the local community and supporting victims, families, first responders and providers with organizational assistance and access to counseling. The session will also highlight the need for community partnerships and effective communication channels.
Quality and NursingLeadership
Improving Maternal Health and Safety Outcomes
Kendra Fohl, RNC-OB, senior project manager, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston; and Manda Hall, M.D., associate commissioner, Community Health Improvement Division, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin
Through a partnership with the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Texas Hospital Association is working with nearly every hospital in Texas that offers labor and delivery services to reduce preventable maternal mortality and morbidity. Panelists will discuss the TexasAIM initiative, review positive health outcomes of current “bundles” and highlight overall maternal safety improvements in Texas.
Quality and NursingPolicy and Regulatory
Legal Topic
Legal
Leadership/Governance Topic
Leadership

9:30-11:15 a.m.
Closing Brunch: Political Debate

Donna Brazile, political strategist, former chair of the Democratic National Committee, and author, Washington, D.C.; and Karl Rove, political strategist, and former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush, Austin
Moderated by Evan Smith,, CEO and co-founder, The Texas Tribune, Austin

Experienced politicos will go head-to-head in a much-anticipated political debate over the current political landscape, the upcoming 2020 election and Texas’ role in setting the tone on the national stage.

11:15 a.m.
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