Continuing Education
THA Annual Conference and Expo
Advancing Health Care Together

Continuing Education

March 9-12, 2021
Virtual Conference

This activity is jointly provided by

Axis Medical Education   Texas Hospital Association

The Texas Hospital Association is applying for approval from the following accrediting organizations for the THA Annual Conference and Expo. Specific continuing education types are noted with each session.

ACHE Qualified - 8.25 hours*
NASBA-CPE - 8.6 hours*
CNE - 3.0 hours
CME - 3.0 hours
MCLE - 3.75 hours, including 1.5 hours ethics
CHT-  8.25 hours*

*ACHE Qualified/NASBA-CPE/CHT credit hours are also awarded for pre-conference activities as shown below.

Please note: Additional continuing education hours can be claimed for ACHE Qualified, CPE, MCLE and CHT for attending for on-demand sessions. That information will be made available in the post-event email.

Target Audience
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of hospital executives, physicians, nurses and other members of the health care team.

Statement of Need/Program Overview
This conference is designed for hospital administrators and staff, offering a broad range of continuing education focused on enhancing hospital operations and performance.

Annual Conference Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify what to expect during the 2021 legislative session.
  2. Outline information on the budget outlook for Texas.
  3. Discuss how certain end-of-life care cases could influence decisions and legislation going forward.
  4. Discuss innovations hospitals created in response to COVID-19 that they will endure post-pandemic.
  5. Discuss support systems and incident response methods to support staff.
  6. Review the concept of second victims.
  7. Review health care employment law changes over the past year.
  8. Review COVID-19-related programs like the Paycheck Protection Program.
  9. Discuss hospitals’ efforts to manage both internal and external crisis communications during the pandemic.
  10. Discuss communications strategies to address diverse communities.
  11. Review the latest health care legal issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  12. Discuss the bills before the 88th Texas Legislature that will impact hospitals and health systems.
  13. Discuss post-pandemic clinic and hospital use of Telemedicine.
  14. Review the use of Telemedicine in the emergency setting and applicable rules.
  15. Discuss Telemedicine payment models following the COVID-19 pandemic.
  16. Explore Telemedicine partnerships in rural and urban settings.
  17. Discuss price transparency regarding rulemaking and implementation.
  18. Identify ways that hospitals can pool staff and resources to address issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  19. Discuss how hospitals are working to identify and reduce human trafficking.
  20. Discuss Texas hospitals’ approach to address health disparities in your communities.
  21. Identify how the pandemic exacerbated health inequities.
  22. Review the COVID-19-related waivers allowing for unprecedented EMTALA flexibilities.
  23. Discuss the potential options available to Texas hospitals under new waivers.
  24. Discuss the operational challenges faced under the new waivers.
  25. Identify how to plan for similar, future scenarios.
  26. Discuss leadership decision making strategies when operating remotely.
  27. Discuss the frequency of communications with Board when operating remotely during a pandemic.
  28. Discuss board meeting best practices in remote environment.

Rural Health Care Workshop Learning Objectives:

  1. Review current vaccine distribution plan.
  2. Outline methods for hospitals to sign up to receive vaccine.
  3. Identify when vaccine supply will be received.
  4. Review regulatory and legislative update.
  5. Discuss sustainability of telemedicine in rural communities.
  6. Review DSRIP and Alternative Payment Model options.
  7. Identify legislative session items impacting payments.

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Accredited Continuing Education
Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by AXIS Medical Education and The Texas Hospital Association. AXIS Medical Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 3.0 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

Credit Designation for Physicians
AXIS Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credit Designation for Nursing
AXIS Medical Education designates this continuing nursing education activity for 3.0 contact hours.

Learners are advised that accredited status does not imply endorsement by the provider or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.

ACHE Qualified Education

The Texas Hospital Association is authorized to award 2.25 (pre-conference Rural Health Care Workshop) and 8.25(THA 2021 Annual Conference and Expo) hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit for this program toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit should indicate their attendance when submitting application to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.

Credit Designation for Accountancy Continuing Education

Public Accountancy CPE (NASBA-CPE)

The Texas Hospital Association has registered with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy as a CPE sponsor. This registration does not constitute an endorsement by the board as to the quality of the program. This courses may be submitted to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for up to 3 (pre-conference Rural Health Care Workshop) and 10.6 (THA 2021 Annual Conference and Expo) contact hours.
Program Level: Intermediate
Delivery Method: Group Live
Prerequisite: None
Advanced Preparation: None

Credit Designation for Minimum Continuing Legal Education
This course has been submitted for minimum continuing legal education to the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE for up to 3.75 hours, including 1.5 hours ethics.

The Texas Hospital Association has registered with the Texas State Board of Legal Specialization to meet the requirements of the continuing professional education rules covering maintenance of attendance records, retention or program outlines, qualifications of instructors, program content, physical facilities and length of class hours. This registration agreement does not constitute an endorsement by the board as to the quality of the program or its contribution to the professional competence of the licensee.

Certified Healthcare Trustees Education
The Texas Healthcare Trustees designates this continuing certified healthcare trustee education activity for up to 2.25 (Rural Health Care Workshop) and 8.25 (THA 2021 Annual Conference and Expo) contact hour(s). For more information about the CHT program, please contact THT at 512-465-1071.

AXIS Medical Education requires faculty, instructors, authors, planners, directors, managers, reviewers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose all real or apparent conflicts of interest they may have with ineligible companies. An ineligible entity is any organization whose primary business is t producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. All relevant conflicts of interest are identified and mitigated prior to initiation of the planning phase for an activity.

AXIS has mitigated and disclosed to learners all relevant conflicts of interest disclosed by staff, planners, faculty/authors, peer reviewers, or others in control of content for this activity. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation or activity. Disclosure information for faculty, authors, course directors, planners, peer reviewers, and/or relevant staff is provided with this activity.

The faculty reported the following relevant financial relationships or relationships they have with ineligible companies of any amount during the past 24 months:

Name of Faculty or Presenter Reported Financial Relationship
Jeff Pugh Nothing to disclose
Rebecca Tucker Nothing to disclose
Nora Belcher Nothing to disclose
Laura Castellanos Nothing to disclose
Tiffany Capeles, FACHE Nothing to disclose
Yessenia Longoria Nothing to disclose
Winfred Parnell, M.D. Nothing to disclose
Corey Cotton Nothing to disclose

The directors, planners, managers and reviewers reported the following financial relationships they have with any ineligible company of any amount during the past 24 months:

Name of Planner/Manager Reported Financial Relationship
Lindsay Thompson Nothing to disclose
Shirley LaVergne, CMP Nothing to disclose
Ronald Viggiani, MD Nothing to disclose
Dee Morgillo, MEd., CHCP Nothing to disclose
Holly Hampe, D.Sc., RN, MHA, MRM Nothing to disclose

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate your request. For any special requests, please contact Texas Hospital Association at 512-465-1000 or before the meeting dates.

Requirements for credit:

  • Attend/participate in the educational activity and review all course materials.
  • Complete the CE Declaration form online by 10:59 pm CST April 19, 2021. Instructions will be provided in the post-event email following the conference. If you do not enter the online portal by the above date, you will not be able to retrieve your statement of participation.
  • Upon successful completion of the online form, your statement of completion will be presented to you to print.

AXIS Contact Information
For information about the accreditation of this program please contact AXIS at

Online registration is now closed but you can still register using the PDF form below.

Register via Email/PDF


Texas Hospital Association

P. O. Box 95353

Grapevine, TX 76099-9733


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