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Tuesday, Feb. 16 - Pre-Conference


10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Rural Health Care Workshop*

*Additional registration fee applies.

Wednesday, Feb. 17 - Main Conference Day 1


10-11 a.m.
Opening General Session

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

Legislative Session Update
John Hawkins, Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what to expect during the 2021 legislative session; and
  • Provide information on the budget outlook for Texas.

End of Life Care Issues
Cesar Lopez,
J.D., Associate General Counsel, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how certain end-of-life care cases could influence decisions and legislation going forward.

Cyber Threat Landscape
Speaker information coming soon.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify strategies to prepare and respond to a data breach;
  • Discuss how best to reinforce cyber liability preparations such as insurance and incident response plans; and
  • Discuss the best ways to respond to ransomware attacks as a health care organization.

Noon-12:45 p.m.
Lunch Break and Exhibit Hall


12:45-1:30 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Innovations from COVID-19
Speaker information coming soon.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss innovations hospitals created in response to COVID-19 that they will endure post-pandemic.

Behavioral Health During the Pandemic
Speaker information coming soon.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss substance use and behavioral health impacts of COVID-19; and
  • Discuss pandemic impact on mental health of patients, providers and families.

Health Care Employment Law Update
Mario A. Barrera,
J.D., Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, San Antonio

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an update on health care employment law changes over the past year; and
  • Provide clarity on on COVI-19-related programs like the Paycheck Protection Program.

1:45-2:30 p.m.
Facilitated Roundtables and Networking

Thursday, Feb. 18 - Main Conference Day 2

10-11 a.m.
Keynote Session
A Conversation With Donna Brazile
Donna Brazile,
Veteran Democratic Political Strategist, Adjunct Professor, Author and Syndicated Columnist; Moderated by Marc Boom, M.D., President and CEO, Ella Fondren and Josie Roberts Presidential Distinguished Centennial Chair, Houston Methodist

Veteran political strategist, Donna Brazile, will deliver an in-depth look at the current Administration, the state of the current Congress, and the country’s political landscape. She will analyze the hot political topics of the day, using behind-the-scenes insight gained from her days on the campaign trail and working alongside some of the biggest names in Washington. Brazile’s balanced scrutiny of politics and current events, from the viewpoint of a media veteran, is a must-attend for conference attendees.

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

Communicating During a Crisis
Panel Discussion Moderated by Carrie Williams, Vice President of Communications, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss hospitals’ efforts to manage both internal and external crisis communications during the pandemic; and
  • Discuss communications strategies to address diverse communities.

Legal Hot Topics
Sharon Beasley,
legal manager; Cameron Duncan, J.D., associate general counsel; Cesar Lopez, J.D., associate general counsel; and Steve Wohleb, J.D., senior vice president and general counsel, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the latest health care legal issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • Discuss the bills before the 88th Texas Legislature that will impact hospitals and health systems.

Telemedicine Expansion During and After COVID-19
Speaker information coming soon.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss post-pandemic clinic and hospital use of Telemedicine;
  • Discuss telemedicine payment models following COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Describe the use of telemedicine in the emergency setting and applicable rules; and
  • Review telemedicine partnerships in rural and urban settings.

Noon-12:45 p.m.
Lunch Break and Exhibit Hall

12:45-1:30 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Price Transparency
Cameron Duncan,
J.D., Associate General Counsel, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an update on this issue regarding rulemaking and implementation.

Innovative Partnerships Resulting from COVID-19
Speaker information coming soon.

Learning Objectives:

  • Previous competitors now collaborating on staff and resources;
  • Rural and urban hospital partnerships (telemedicine); and
  • Emerging best practices from partnerships.

Reducing Human Trafficking
Speaker info coming soon.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how hospitals are working to identify and reduce human trafficking

1:45-2:30 p.m.
Facilitated Roundtables and Networking

Friday, Feb. 19 - Main Conference Day 3

10-11 a.m.
Closing General Session
When Good Isn’t Good Enough: How Unconscious Bias Harms Patients Despite Our Good Intentions
Gloria Goins,
Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Amazon

The outcomes of unconscious bias can be seen across all industries but in the health care industry, the need to mitigate it is of particular importance. Evidenced-based impacts of unconscious bias on safety, quality and mortality show that we are unintentionally putting our patients at risk. Cross cultural competency is a must-have skill as we define what it means to address, support and manage the ever-changing U.S. population. In this session, the participants will learn about practical actions that can be taken to reduce the effects of unconscious bias in hospital operations.

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

Addressing Health Disparities
Speaker information coming soon.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss Texas hospitals’ approach to address health disparities in their communities; and
  • Identify how the pandemic exacerbated health inequities.

EMTALA Update
Cameron Duncan,
J.D., Associate General Counsel, Texas Hospital Association, Austin; and Cesar Lopez, J.D., Associate General Counsel, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the C19-related waivers allowing for unprecedented EMTALA flexibilities; and
  • Discuss the potential options available to Texas hospitals under new waivers, the operational challenges faced, and how to plan for similar, future scenarios.

Having Important Conversations and Decision Making with a Remote Board
Speaker information coming soon.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss leadership decision making strategies when operating remotely;
  • Discuss frequency of communications with Board when operating remotely during a pandemic; and
  • Discuss board meeting best practices in remote environment.

Noon-12:45 p.m.
Lunch Break

12:45-2:15 p.m.
ACHE F2F Session*

*Additional registration fee applies.

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