Wednesday, Feb. 12 - Pre-Conference

8 a.m.-6 p.m.

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

*Additional registration fee applies.

2-2:45 p.m.
Medicare Advantage and Rural Health Care
Claudia Amaya, Regional Sales Director-Texas, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, El Paso; Cameron Duncan, J.D., associate general counsel, Texas Hospital Association, Austin; and Adam B. Willmann, FACHE, president and CEO, Goodall-Witcher Hospital, Clifton
This interactive discussion will address some of the issues that Medicare Advantage plans present to rural hospitals in Texas including reimbursement rates and rapid expansion challenges.

2:45-3:45 p.m.
Nursing Shortages in Rural Communities
Sherry Kolb, RN, president, Qualivis, Columbia, South Carolina
This session will review the current nursing shortage that impacts rural communities in Texas and the challenges that it presents to hospitals. In addition, the speaker will identify what hospitals are doing to combat this problem.

3:45-4 p.m.

4-5 p.m.
Increasing Access to Care While Reducing Costs: Advanced Practice Providers
Stephanie Morgan, Ph.D., RN, clinical professor, director of practice innovation and director of School of Nursing Wellness Clinics, The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
This session will explore the data around improved safety and quality of care for patients when advanced practice nurses are utilized to the full extent of their license, especially in rural areas where there may be a shortage of physicians. Round table discussion to include barriers and opportunities for moving together in partnership.

Thursday, Feb. 13 - Main Conference Day 1

7 a.m.-5:30 p.m

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

7:30-7:45 a.m.
Bite-Size Education Session: Going Country: How to Highlight the Advantages of Practicing Medicine in Texas
Brent Barnacle, director of business development, Jackson Physician Search
This bite-size session will offer practical strategies that attendees can take back to their organizations to adapt and initiate to improve their opportunity to attract and keep physicians and advanced practice providers in their communities.

7-8 a.m.
Horace Cardwell ACHE Affiliates Breakfast*
*Invitation only
Heather J. Rohan, FACHE, president, HCA TriStar Division, Brentwood, Tennessee and chair, American College of Healthcare Executives, 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
Speaker: Christopher Sandles, FACHE, medical center director and CEO, South Texas Veteran Health Care System, San Antonio

Hospital System Health Plan and Hospital Revenue Cycle Reimbursement
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.
Population Health: Data-Driven Strategies
Speaker: Amanda Hammel, chief information officer, Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston
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

AHA Update
Melinda L. Estes, M.D., president and CEO, Saint Luke's Health System, Kansas City, Missouri and chair, American Hospital Association

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

What’s Next for the 1115 Waiver
Speakers: Kate Hendrix, senior director of policy analysis, Texas Hospital Association, Austin; Emily Sentilles, director of health care transformation waiver, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Austin; and Stephanie Stephens, deputy Medicaid director, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Austin
This session will review the next step in the 1115 Waiver with regards to the step down in DSRIP funding. What does this mean for Texas hospitals? The speakers will review the impact to hospitals in Texas and what is being done at the state and national levels to help with the transition.
Finance Policy and Regulatory
Beyond Prevention: Empowering Hospitals to Help Solve the Opioid Crisis Through Treatment
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
Appropriate opioid prescribing is expected to reduce overdose deaths by only 5% in the year 2025. This session will focus on hospital system interventions including treatment, harm reduction, and stigma elimination. Such solutions improve patient outcomes and staff satisfaction while reducing readmissions and total healthcare costs.
Quality and Nursing Leadership
Workplace Violence Prevention
Speakers: Mario Barrera, J.D., partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Austin; and Ashley Withrow, victim advocate, Cleveland Clinic Police Department
This session will review organization risk and policy and procedures that can be put in place to ensure employee, patient and public safety. In addition, the speakers will dive deeper into an often overlooked risk: when domestic violence becomes workplace violence. Review how this form of workplace violence can impact organizational and individual wellbeing.
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

2-2:15 p.m.
Bite-Size Education Session: Avoiding Compliance Issues With Your EMS Partner
Butch Oberhoff, director of government relations, Acadian Ambulance Service
In recent years, several hospitals and other health care organizations in Texas and across the United States have faced large fines resulting from relationships with their EMS partners. Butch will explain how to avoid compliance issues related to medical transportation services.

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

Legal Hot Topics
Speakers: 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
During its 140-day legislative session in 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature passed 1,506 bills, nearly 200 of which impact hospitals and health systems. This session will review some of the major health care laws passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and their impact on Texas hospitals and health systems.
Texas Press: Tough Topics and Telling Your Story
Speakers: Tony Plohetski, reporter at the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE, Austin; Chris Van Deusen, director of media relations, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin; Allie Morris, politics and policy reporter at the San Antonio Express-News; and Edgar Walters, reporter with the Texas Tribune
Moderated by Carrie Williams, vice president of communications, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

Hear directly from reporters and health leaders about how to navigate tough topics in the news media and tell your story by building credibility, relationships and clout with the public and the press. The right message at the right time can save lives, and Texas health leaders and journalists will discuss how to ensure you’re hitting the mark with your messages and maximizing your chances of receiving good coverage of your life-saving work and initiatives. This panel discussion will also cover crisis communications, current issues, social media and the ever-evolving landscape of journalism.
Getting Boards Engaged in Strategic Planning
Speakers: 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.

3:45-5 p.m.
General Session — Texas Legislative Update
John Hawkins, senior vice president of government relations, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
Hear from THA’s senior vice president of government relations, John Hawkins, on the outcomes of the 86th Texas Legislative Session and what hospital leaders need to know to advocate for their hospitals, patients and communities in the interim.

5-6:30 p.m.
THA Reception

Friday, Feb. 14 - Main Conference Day 2

7:30-11:15 a.m.

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
Speakers: Jacob Cintron, FACHE, 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
Speakers: 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
Navigating Quality Improvement Initiatives Without Waiving Committee Privileges
Speakers: Missy Atwood, J.D., principal; and Roswill Mejia, J.D., associate, Germer, Austin
Texas law protects certain quality improvement activities of a health care entity’s medical committees and peer review committees from disclosure. This session will review the legal requirements for properly establishing and preserving committee privileges so that hospitals and health systems can confidentially evaluate and improve the competence and performance of its providers. Learn about how privilege protections can be waived and better understand how your organization’s bylaws, policies, credentialing processes, and internal quality assurance procedures can affect potential liability exposure.

9:30-11:20 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.

HHS Update

Courtney N. Phillips, Ph.D., executive commissioner, Texas Health and Human Services, Austin

11:20 a.m.

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