2024 THA Annual Conference Feb. 15-16, 2024

The THA Annual Conference and Expo will be held in Dallas, providing the latest in health law, finance, health IT and more. Make plans to join us in-person or virtually in February 2024!

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Featured Speakers

Alan Beaulieu, International Economic Analyst and President of the Institute for Trend Research

Natalie Johnson, Certified “Dare to Lead” Program Facilitator and Co-Founder and Chief Visionary, ViDL Solutions

Karl Rove, Foremost Conservative Commentator and Strategist, and Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush

Paul Begala, Political Analyst and Commentator, CNN

Jackson Physician Search: Hire physicians who fit, succeed, and stay

Agenda

Pre-Conference Day (Feb. 14)

1-4 p.m.
Cybersecurity Workshop

1-1:30 p.m.
Overview of Cyber Threat Landscape
John Riggi,
National Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk, American Hospital Association; and local FBI and CISA representatives

Attendees for this session will gain a comprehensive understanding of the criminal and national security cyber threats investigated on a global, national and regional scale. The speakers will explore effective collaboration strategies with the FBI and CISA before, during and after a cyber incident, including insights into their non-regulatory roles in cyber incident investigation and defense.

John Riggi will explore the concerns and priorities expressed by the health care sector and provide information on how the American Hospital Association is actively working to help mitigate these threats. He also will explore the valuable exchange of information between AHA, FBI, CISA and other government agencies, contributing to a collective effort in enhancing cybersecurity across the field.
CE: 0.5 hours ACHE Qualified, 0.5 hours CHT

1:30-4 p.m.
Cyber Attack Exercise for Hospital Leaders: Making Strategic and Life Safety Decisions Under Pressure.

John Riggi, National Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk at the American Hospital Association, and former FBI Cyber executive has worked with hundreds of hospital leaders during cyberattacks to assist their response and recovery from the attack. Mr. Riggi has also interviewed hundreds of hospital leaders post cyber-attack to understand lessons learned and best practices.

Riggi will actively engage all attendees in a critical thinking and strategic leadership cyberattack exercise. This exercise is designed to be highly interactive and will be based upon real world complex and multi-faceted cyber incidents, including high impact ransomware attacks which have disrupted healthcare delivery and risked patient safety. It is designed for both technical and non-technical leaders and structured to test overall organizational cyber preparedness, incident response and clinical continuity capabilities. The exercise is also designed to identify gaps and test strategic leadership decision making skills under simulated adversarial conditions.
CE: 2.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 2.0 hours CHT, 2.4 hours CPE

Main Conference Day One

7-8 a.m.

  • General Attendee Breakfast
  • Horace Cardwell ACHE Affiliates Breakfast (additional ticket purchase required)

7:30-8 a.m.
Microlearning Sessions

  • Strengthening Healthcare Cybersecurity: One Hospital’s Success Story
    Sameer Bhalotra, Co-Founder and CEO, ActZero, San Francisco
    Cybersecurity expert, Sameer Bhalotra, will discuss cybersecurity challenges and threats in health care, focusing on Shannon Medical Center’s successful efforts in reducing vulnerabilities and saving time with a proven cybersecurity framework.
    CE: 0.5 hours ACHE Qualified, 0.5 hours CHT
  • Clinical Alignment: Unlocking New Efficiencies Through Integrated Acute Care
    Brandon Lewis, D.O., President, USACS South Division
    Explore the leadership and strategic advantages inherent in the Integrated Acute Care model, delving into its operational benefits and discovering the financial synergies that can be harnessed to optimize organizational success.
    CE: 0.5 hours ACHE Qualified, 0.5 hours CHT

8-11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Workshops (additional registration fee required)

  • Rural Health Care Workshop
    8-9 a.m.
    Hospital Finance Update
    Anna Stelter,
    Vice President of Policy, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
    Stelter will provide the latest updates on state supplemental and directed payment programs that support hospital financial viability and stability. In addition, she will touch on the latest hospital reimbursement issues as well as policy changes coming out of the 88th Texas Legislative Session with financial implications for rural hospitals.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE9-10 a.m.

    9-10 a.m.
    The 2024 Leadership Outlook: Six Critical Trends Facing Today’s Leaders
    Jeff Whitehorn, Executive Coach/Speaker/Author/Facilitator, Whitehorn Coaching and Consulting
    Hospital leaders must be aware of critical trends within the marketplace that will have a direct impact on their strategic outcomes. These trends, if addressed properly, can provide the leader with a competitive advantage. However, if the trends are neither known nor addressed, the leader puts their organization in jeopardy as it tries to execute its strategic plan. Attendees will learn the five critical trends that leaders must address in order to achieve success in these challenging times and the action steps leaders must take now to correctly lead their team.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT10:30-11:30 a.m.10:30-11:30 a.m.
    Meeting Health Care Demand in Rural Communities – Scenario Modeling for Key Clinical Volumes
    John Downes, MBA, Principal, Stroudwater
    In this insightful session, delve into the critical strategies and foresight required to address the burgeoning health care needs in rural settings. Explore the invaluable lessons derived from a facility that strategically approached the challenge of preparing for future growth in health care demand through scenario modeling of key clinical volumes. Participants will gain comprehensive insights into the intricacies of scenario modeling as a strategic tool in forecasting and adapting to evolving health care demands in rural areas.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE
  • ACHE Face-to-Face Session
    8-11:30 a.m.
    Financial Management for Health System Leaders
    Cristian Lieneck, Ph.D., FACHE,
    Associate Professor — School of Health Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos
    Health system leaders and team members grapple with financial challenges, relying on accurate statements for health care financial management decisions. This session, led by a seasoned health care financial educator with over 10 years of industry experience, will address ongoing challenges such as the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule cut and APM incentive payment changes for 2024. Focused on recent FASB updates and interactive financial management exercises, the session aims to enhance decision-making skills in the face of industry and government payer challenges.
    CE: 3 hours ACHE Qualified, 3 hours CHT

9-10 a.m.
Concurrent Breakouts

  • Revolutionizing Health Care Education: A Blueprint for Success
    Jeff Frey, MCS, Ph.D., MBA, Vice President of Innovation, Abilene Christian University
    Discover the future of health care workforce development in this dynamic session led by Abilene Christian University. Join us as we discuss a university-hospital system partnership model designed to elevate employee skills, streamline credentialing, and seamlessly integrate new talent into health care organizations. Real-world success stories from industry leaders will highlight the tangible benefits of adopting an innovative approach with transformative impacts on employee skills, patient experiences and overall organizational success. You’ll leave with a blueprint for success – a guide on identifying unique education needs, reverse engineering ideal employee profiles, and establishing a framework for cost-effective educational partnerships. This session isn’t just about training; it’s about shaping the future of health care together.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE, 1.0 hours CME, 1.0 hours CNE

  • Addressing Difficult Medical Staff Issues
    Elle Cochran, J.D.,
    Partner; Ashley Todd, J.D., Partner; and Tracy Wolf, J.D., Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP
    Join our speaker team of medical staff attorneys for a discussion of all-too-common yet continually challenging medical staff scenarios. The panel will share their wealth of experience in helping medical staff overcome the obstacles to remediating problematic physician behaviors, while at the same time fulfilling medical staff obligations under various federal and state due process, confidentiality, and employment laws.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE

10-10:30 a.m.
Networking Break

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Breakouts

  • Hospital Finance Update
    Anna Stelter,
    Vice President of Policy, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
    Stelter will provide the latest updates on state supplemental and directed payment programs that support hospital financial viability and stability. In addition, she will touch on the latest hospital reimbursement issues as well as policy changes coming out of the 88th Texas Legislative Session with financial implications for Texas hospitals.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE

  • AI in Health Care
    Barbara Bennett, J.D.,
    Partner, Frost Brown Todd LLP, Nashville; and Darren Skyles, J.D., Attorney at Law, Frost Brown Todd LLP, Houston/Dallas
    From historical trends to cutting-edge applications like surgical robots, the speakers will explore the specific risks associated with AI implementation in health care settings. Our speakers will provide a comprehensive overview of the legal landscape, highlighting laws, executive orders, frameworks and guidance shaping AI development. Stay ahead of the curve by learning about enforcement actions and lawsuits that are redefining standards, posing tangible risks for businesses involved in AI. Attendees will leave equipped with the knowledge to build a robust AI Governance Program, ensuring ethical and responsible AI practices in the dynamic health care landscape.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE, 1.0 hours MCLE

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opening General Session and THA Awards Luncheon

THA Welcome and Year in Review
John Hawkins,
President and CEO, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

THA Board Chair Speech
Brad Holland, FACHE,
President and CEO, Hendrick Health System, Abilene

1-2 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Legislative Update – Recap of 88th Legislative Session and Interim Hospital Priorities
    Jennifer Banda, J.D.,
    Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
    This discussion will delve into the outcomes and implications of the last legislative session, dissecting key decisions and their impact on health care and hospital policies. THA’s Jennifer Banda will recap the outcomes of the 88th Texas Legislative Session and review the top priorities for hospitals during the interim period. This session is a must-attend for hospital executives, and health care advocates seeking to gain insights into legislative outcomes, identify ongoing priorities, and participate in shaping a more positive narrative surrounding the vital role hospitals play in our health care ecosystem.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE

  • A Strategic Approach to Trauma-Informed Care
    Natasha Benatti, Psy.D.,
    Trauma Psychologist, Parkland Health, Dallas; Amy Felker, LMSW, Senior Director for Child and Family Policy, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Dallas; Jessica George, Ph.D., Director of Psychosocial Services, Rees-Jones Trauma Center, Parkland Health, Dallas; Annie Lewis-O’Connor, Ph.D., NP-BC, MPH, MSN, FAAN, Founder and Director, C.A.R.E. Clinic, Associate Scientist, Division of Women’s Health, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
    Moderated by Tegan Henke, MS, MFT, Vice President of Community Systems Innovation, Center For Child And Family Wellness, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Dallas
    Exposure to traumatic events often impacts the way in which an individual engages with their healthcare team and participates in their care. With estimated exposure rates to traumatic events as high as 70% in most communities, a trauma informed approach to care is imperative for providing safe, high-quality care in a health care setting and for supporting the workforce providing that care. Drawing on their experience implementing Trauma Informed Care within large, complex health and hospital systems, the team of panelists will explore the foundational principles of Trauma Informed Care and share practical, effective strategies for integrating trauma informed practices in way that is effective, sustainable, and positively impactful for both patients and healthcare practitioners.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE, 1.0 hours CME, 1.0 hours CNE

  • Navigating Health Care Employment Law: Recent Updates and Key Issues
    Mario Barrera, J.D.,
    Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Austin
    Mario Barrera will provide an in-depth analysis of the most recent changes in staffing laws, offering insights and updates from the latest legislative session. From emerging trends to potential employer challenges, Barrera will discuss key focal points crucial for health care professionals and organizations to understand. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge to navigate the complexities of employment law and stay abreast of pertinent regulations affecting their business.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE, 1.0 hours MCLE
  • Leadership Fellows Capstone Presentations
    The capstone project aims to reinforce the mission and purpose of the Fellows program: to create change agents who drive improvement and innovation and have the confidence to be advocates on behalf of their hospital, community and the hospital industry. Hear from THA’s 2023 Leadership Fellows as they present their capstone projects covering innovative approaches to tackling the health care industry’s priority issues. Presenting capstones include:
    • Deceptive Marketing Practices
    • Hospital Financial Stability—A Fresh Look at Cooperative Agreements and the Use of Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 314
      CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT

2-2:45 p.m.
Networking Break

2:15-2:45 p.m.
Microlearning Sessions

  • Winning at the Draft: Building Better Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Early Career Physicians
    Dane Altman,
    Senior Vice President of Business Development, and Tonya Hamlin, Director of Recruiting, Jackson Physician Search
    Do sports teams really win or lose at the draft? While the reality is more nuanced, there’s no doubt that a successful draft contributes to building a competitive team and a winning season. The same is true for medical groups in competition for physicians. Using insights from a new survey, speakers will delve into the factors influencing physicians’ first job choices, their motivations to stay or leave, and strategies for medical practices to adapt their recruitment and retention approaches, fostering a strong cultural fit and long-term engagement.
    CE: 0.5 hours ACHE Qualified, 0.5 hours CHT
  • Engaging a Multi-Generational Workforce with a Gig Economy
    Kelly Parker,
    Vice President, Channel Partnerships, Qualivis
    For the first time in modern history, there are five generations in the workforce. With workforce shortages continuing to challenge the health care industry, recruitment and retention across all generations are critical to effectively serve the needs of our communities. This session will explore generational differences and explore how the right strategies and technology can keep your multigenerational workforce engaged and thriving in the workplace.
    CE: 0.5 hours ACHE Qualified, 0.5 hours CHT

2:45-3:45 p.m.
General Session
Economic Outlook: How Hospitals Can Stay Ahead of the Curve
Alan Beaulieu,
International Economic Analyst and President of the Institute for Trend Research, New Hampshire

Join us for an exclusive educational session with economic expert Dr. Alan Beaulieu as he provides tools and insider knowledge to position your organization to succeed in today’s ever-changing economic environment. Gain invaluable insights and actionable strategies that health care organizations can put into practice to proactively navigate upcoming economic shifts. Don’t miss this opportunity to stay ahead of the curve and secure your hospital’s financial future.
CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE

3:50-4:50 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Legal Hot Topics
    Heather De La Garza, J.D.,
    Assistant General Counsel; Cesar Lopez, J.D., Associate General Counsel; and Steve Wohleb, J.D., Chief Legal Officer, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
    This session delves into the specific legal challenges confronting hospitals, offering a comprehensive review of the evolving terrain. It addresses recent litigation, pivotal changes in federal and state regulations, and a detailed examination of the legislative bills emerging from the 88th Texas Legislature that bear significant implications for hospitals in the state. The speakers will share why staying informed about these developments is not just advantageous but imperative for the sustained success and compliance of Texas hospitals.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE, 1.0 hours MCLE

  • Crash Course in Media Relations
    Jolene Devito, Public Relations Manager, Parkland Health, Dallas; Stephen Love, President and CEO, Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council; Erin Ochoa, Assistant Vice President, Media Relations, St. David’s HealthCare, Austin; and Kathryn Williams, Associate Vice President, Corporate Communications, Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston
    Moderated by Carrie Williams, Chief Communications Officer, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
    This session is for everyone – not just communications pros. From the frontlines to the C-suite, knowing how to tell your hospital’s story is a key skill for all hospital employees. Whether we like it or not, how the news media cover Texas hospitals plays a massive role in how the general public perceives our industry. Are hospitals viewed as soft-hearted saviors or profit-focused corporations? How does social/digital communication work in our favor? Join this special panel of media/communications experts to unpack best practices and ideas for the future.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT

  • The Keys to a Successful Hospital Board Chair and CEO Relationship
    Amy Eskew, President and CEO, Texas Healthcare Trustees; and Kevin Reed, J.D., Member, Reed Claymon Meeker & Hargett, Austin
    Healthy team dynamics are critical to the success of an organization – one of the most important being the board-CEO relationship. In this breakout session join health care law expert Kevin Reed, J.D. and governance professional, Amy Eskew, where they will explore current hot topics in health care from both the board and CEO perspectives. Whether you’re a board member, CEO, or other executive that works with the board, this session will provide valuable insights to navigate this complex industry and this important relationship. Have your questions at the ready for this interactive discussion.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.2 hours CPE, 1.0 hours CHT
  • Hospital Workplace Violence Interventions
    Zelia Baugh, Executive Vice President of Behavioral Health; Amanda Schweng, Director of Behavioral Health, Quality and Patient Safety; and Shanan Sims, RN, Executive Director of Psychiatric Nursing, JPS Health Network, Fort Worth
    This speaker panel will address workplace violence incidences within the behavioral health setting, best practices that grew out of addressing these incidences, and how to apply them across various types of hospital settings. This session will equip participants with essential knowledge and skills to effectively manage and de-escalate tense situations. Key learning objectives include understanding the dynamics of workplace violence, identifying potential triggers and implementing proven de-escalation strategies and interventions.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.0 hours CME, 1.0 hours CNE

4:55-6 p.m.
Afternoon General Session
Dare to Lead™
Natalie Johnson,
Certified “Dare to Lead” Program Facilitator, and Co-Founder and Chief Visionary of ViDL Solutions, Florida

Dare to Lead™, created by renowned researcher Brené Brown, is an empirically based courage-building program for future leaders, emphasizing the teachable and measurable nature of courage as identified through Brown’s research. This program focuses on developing the foundational skillset of vulnerability, recognizing the critical role of self-awareness, overcoming armor as the obstacle to Daring Leadership, and cultivating four measurable and teachable courage-building skill sets. Participants will gain the tools to embrace Daring Leadership, fostering a workplace environment that encourages greatness and authentic
connection.
CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE

6-7 p.m.
Welcome to Dallas Reception

 

Main Conference Day Two

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Breakfast

8-8:30 a.m.
Microlearning Sessions

  • Hospital-Based Integrated Medical Care – Everyone Wins!
    Matt Bush, M.D.,
    President – Integrated Markest and Questcare, Envision Healthcare, Dallas
    This educational session delves into the realm of Hospital-Based Integrated Medical Care, showcasing how collaborative, interprofessional health care practices benefit both patients and medical professionals. Through an exploration of key concepts and case studies, participants will uncover the multifaceted advantages of integrated health care models.
    CE: 0.5 hours ACHE Qualified, 0.5 hours CHT
  • Navigating Hospital Facility Transport
    Emily Kidd, M.D., Texas Medical Director, Acadian Ambulance Service, San Antonio
    Attend this session to explore critical aspects of hospital facility transport, including the intricacies of medical necessity, proper procedures for sending transport orders, and compliance with state and federal laws. Attendees will gain valuable insights into ensuring efficient and lawful patient transportation within health care facilities.
    CE: 0.5 hours ACHE Qualified, 0.5 hours CHT
  • Responding to a Cybersecurity Breach
    Sanjay Deo, President and Founder, 24by7 Security
    This session will identify the telltale signs of a cybersecurity breach within your hospital. Learn how to identify critical clues that may indicate a security threat and gain insights into proactive measures to safeguard sensitive information.
    CE: 0.5 hours ACHE Qualified, 0.5 hours CHT

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

  • Preventing and Addressing Workplace Violence in Hospitals
    Cameron Duncan, J.D.,
    Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy, Texas Hospital Association, Austin; Jack Frazee, J.D., Director of Government Affairs and General Counsel, Texas Nurses Association, Austin; and Jennifer Kachel, J.D., Assistant District Attorney and Deputy Chief, Intake/Grand Jury Division, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office
    Moderated by Heather De La Garza, J.D., Assistant General Counsel, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
    Our distinguished panel will discuss the best practices hospitals can undertake to prevent and address workplace violence and also will provide useful guidance on what to do and not to do after a workplace violence incident in order to ensure successful prosecutions.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE, 1.0 hours MCLE

  • Top Antitrust Issues in Health Care
    Wendy Arends, J.D.,
    Partner, Husch Blackwell, Madison, WI
    It is imperative that hospital leaders stay abreast of the latest antitrust issues affecting the health care industry. Not only do antitrust laws directly impact business practices, but understanding antitrust issues is crucial to ensure compliance with laws and regulations. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the key regulatory frameworks, recent precedents and potential implications for hospitals. The speaker will highlight pivotal antitrust issues shaping the future of health care practices in Texas.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE, 1.0 hours MCLE

  • Keys to Medical Staff Communications
    Jeff Frost, J.D.,
    Partner, Jackson Walker LLP, Austin
    Explore essential strategies for hospital administration to gain medical staff buy-in while emphasizing patient-centered messages backed by data. The speaker will delve into crucial communication methods for medical staff leaders, ensuring patient safety, fair practices and clear expectations, while addressing concerning behaviors promptly to uphold quality care. Attendees will gain confidence in navigating challenging situations, understanding legal protections and prioritizing patient well-being without fear of litigation.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE, 1.0 hours MCLE

9:30-11 a.m.
Closing General Session: Politics and Health Care: What’s at Stake Heading into the 2024 Presidential Election
Paul Begala,
Political Analyst and Commentator, CNN; and Karl Rove, Foremost Conservative Commentator and Strategist, and Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush
Moderated by Sewell Chan, Editor in Chief, The Texas Tribune, Austin

Join us for a riveting and insightful moderated point/counterpoint session featuring two political heavyweights, Paul Begala and Karl Rove. In this exclusive event, delve into the dynamic landscape of American politics as these seasoned strategists offer their unique perspectives on the road to the next presidential election. Explore the potential implications and ramifications for the health care industry in a discussion that promises sharp analysis, differing viewpoints and invaluable insights.
CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT

Livestream Agenda

Main Conference Day One

8-11:30 a.m.
Rural Health Care Workshop (additional registration fee required)

  • 8-9 a.m.
    Hospital Finance Update
    Anna Stelter,
    Vice President of Policy, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
    Stelter will provide the latest updates on state supplemental and directed payment programs that support hospital financial viability and stability. In addition, she will touch on the latest hospital reimbursement issues as well as policy changes coming out of the 88th Texas Legislative Session with financial implications for rural hospitals.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE
  • 9-10 a.m.
    The 2024 Leadership Outlook: Six Critical Trends Facing Today’s Leaders
    Jeff Whitehorn, Executive Coach/Speaker/Author/Facilitator, Whitehorn Coaching and Consulting
    Hospital leaders must be aware of critical trends within the marketplace that will have a direct impact on their strategic outcomes. These trends, if addressed properly, can provide the leader with a competitive advantage. However, if the trends are neither known nor addressed, the leader puts their organization in jeopardy as it tries to execute its strategic plan. Attendees will learn the five critical trends that leaders must address in order to achieve success in these challenging times and the action steps leaders must take now to correctly lead their team.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    Meeting Health Care Demand in Rural Communities – Scenario Modeling for Key Clinical Volumes
    John Downes, MBA, Principal, Stroudwater
    In this insightful session, delve into the critical strategies and foresight required to address the burgeoning health care needs in rural settings. Explore the invaluable lessons derived from a facility that strategically approached the challenge of preparing for future growth in health care demand through scenario modeling of key clinical volumes. Participants will gain comprehensive insights into the intricacies of scenario modeling as a strategic tool in forecasting and adapting to evolving health care demands in rural areas.
    CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opening General Session and THA Awards Luncheon

THA Welcome and Year in Review
John Hawkins,
President and CEO, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

1-2 p.m.
Breakout Session
A Strategic Approach to Trauma-Informed Care
Natasha Benatti, Psy.D., Trauma Psychologist, Parkland Health, Dallas; Amy Felker, LMSW, Senior Director for Child and Family Policy, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Dallas; Jessica George, Ph.D., Director of Psychosocial Services, Rees-Jones Trauma Center, Parkland Health, Dallas; Annie Lewis-O’Connor, Ph.D., NP-BC, MPH, MSN, FAAN, Founder and Director, C.A.R.E. Clinic, Associate Scientist, Division of Women’s Health, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
Moderated by Tegan Henke, MS, MFT, Vice President of Community Systems Innovation, Center For Child And Family Wellness, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Dallas

This session is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and tools needed to develop and execute an effective trauma-informed care program that positively impacts patient outcomes. Delve into the core principles of trauma-informed care and discover real-world strategies for fostering healing environments.
CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE, 1.0 hours CME, 1.0 hours CNE

2:45-3:45 p.m.
General Session
Economic Outlook: How Hospitals Can Stay Ahead of the Curve
Alan Beaulieu,
International Economic Analyst and President of the Institute for Trend Research, New Hampshire

Join us for an exclusive educational session with economic expert Dr. Alan Beaulieu as he provides tools and insider knowledge to position your organization to succeed in today’s ever-changing economic environment. Gain invaluable insights and actionable strategies that health care organizations can put into practice to proactively navigate upcoming economic shifts. Don’t miss this opportunity to stay ahead of the curve and secure your hospital’s financial future.
CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE

3:50-4:50 p.m.
Breakout Session
Legal Hot Topics
Heather De La Garza, J.D.,
Assistant General Counsel; Cesar Lopez, J.D., Associate General Counsel; and Steve Wohleb, J.D., Chief Legal Officer, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

This session delves into the specific legal challenges confronting hospitals, offering a comprehensive review of the evolving terrain. It addresses recent litigation, pivotal changes in federal and state regulations, and a detailed examination of the legislative bills emerging from the 88th Texas Legislature that bear significant implications for hospitals in the state. The speakers will share why staying informed about these developments is not just advantageous but imperative for the sustained success and compliance of Texas hospitals.
CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE, 1.0 hours MCLE

4:55-6 p.m.
Afternoon General Session
Dare to Lead™
Natalie Johnson,
Certified “Dare to Lead” Program Facilitator, and Co-Founder and Chief Visionary of ViDL Solutions, Florida

Dare to Lead™, created by renowned researcher Brené Brown, is an empirically based courage-building program for future leaders, emphasizing the teachable and measurable nature of courage as identified through Brown’s research. This program focuses on developing the foundational skillset of vulnerability, recognizing the critical role of self-awareness, overcoming armor as the obstacle to Daring Leadership, and cultivating four measurable and teachable courage-building skill sets. Participants will gain the tools to embrace Daring Leadership, fostering a workplace environment that encourages greatness and authentic
connection.
CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE


Main Conference Day Two

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Breakout Session
Preventing and Addressing Workplace Violence in Hospitals
Cameron Duncan, J.D.,
Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy, Texas Hospital Association, Austin; Jack Frazee, J.D., Director of Government Affairs and General Counsel, Texas Nurses Association, Austin; and Jennifer Kachel, J.D., Assistant District Attorney and Deputy Chief, Intake/Grand Jury Division, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office
Moderated by Heather De La Garza, J.D., Assistant General Counsel, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

Our distinguished panel will discuss the best practices hospitals can undertake to prevent and address workplace violence and also will provide useful guidance on what to do and not to do after a workplace violence incident in order to ensure successful prosecutions.
CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT, 1.2 hours CPE, 1.0 hours MCLE

9:30-11 a.m.
Closing General Session: Political Point/Counterpoint
Paul Begala,
Political Analyst and Commentator, CNN; and Karl Rove, Foremost Conservative Commentator and Strategist, and Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush
Moderated by Sewell Chan, Editor in Chief, The Texas Tribune, Austin

Join us for a riveting and insightful moderated point/counterpoint session featuring two political heavyweights, Paul Begala and Karl Rove. In this exclusive event, delve into the dynamic landscape of American politics as these seasoned strategists offer their unique perspectives on the road to the next presidential election. Explore the potential implications and ramifications for the health care industry in a discussion that promises sharp analysis, differing viewpoints and invaluable insights.
CE: 1.0 hours ACHE Qualified, 1.0 hours CHT

Register Today

Online Registration for in-person and virtual is no longer available, please use the PDF registration forms below to register and submit to [email protected] or register on-site.

Program Cost

In-Person Conference

Early 
(on or before Oct. 27)
Regular 
(Oct. 28 – Jan. 26)
Late 
(after Jan. 26)
Main Conference
Member$675$750$825
Non-Member$825$950$1,025
Rural Workshop
Member$175$175$175
Non-Member$199$199$199
Cybersecurity Workshop
Member$175$175$175
Non-Member$225$225$225
ACHE Face-to-Face
Member$175$175$175
Non-Member$175$175$175
ACHE Breakfast$75$75$75

Virtual Conference

Early 
(on or before Oct. 27)
Regular 
(Oct. 28 – Jan. 26)
Late 
(after Jan. 26)
Main Conference Individual
Member$500$575$650
Non-Member$650$725$800
Main Conference Group
Member$1,750$1,999$2,499
Non-Member$1,999$2,499$2,999
Rural Workshop Individual
Member$150$150$150
Non-Member$225$225$225
Rural Workshop Group
Member$350$350$350
Non-Member$425$425$425

Cancellations

The registration fee, less a 20 percent administrative charge, is refundable if notice of cancellation is received in writing by 5 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2024. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after this date. Should the conference be canceled, there will be a 100% refund of registration price. To cancel, send an email to [email protected] or fax to 512/692-2653.


Transferring to Virtual Registration

Should you need to transfer your in-person registration to a virtual registration, you may do so and be refunded the difference in registration costs if notice is received in writing by 5 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2024. You may still transfer your in-person registration to a virtual registration following this date, but you will not be refunded the registration difference.

If you wish to transfer your in-person registration to an existing virtual group registration, we will refund you the in-person registration fee, less a 20% administrative charge, if notice is received in writing by 5 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2024. You may still transfer your in-person registration to an existing virtual group registration following this date, but you will not be refunded the in-person registration.


Questions?

Contact the Service Center at [email protected] or 512/465-1057.

In-Person Venue
Hyatt Regency Dallas

300 Reunion Boulevard
Dallas, Texas, United States, 75207

Host hotel room block is now closed

Overflow Hotel

Marriott Courtyard Dallas Downtown/Reunion District
310 S Houston St, Dallas, TX 75202
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