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50th Annual Mid-Winter Leadership Forum: Medicare's Pivot to Value: Will You Make the Shift?

Friday, January 27, 2017

9:00am - 3:00pm
Sheraton Framingham Hotel | Framingham, MA

$249 MHA | ACHE of Mass.* Member Rate
$210 MHA Member Team Rate (3+ from same organization registering at same time)
$399 Non-Member Rate    
*register with Education dept to receive member rate

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**CEUs & CMEs will be applied for**

Medicare has ramped up its push to quality and value with its final MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) rule taking effect in January. Almost no area of healthcare has been left untouched by reform, and providers will be challenged on every front to deliver high-quality care at maximum value. Although already accustomed to the accelerated pace of change, hospitals and caregivers must make further adaptations. This conference will take a deep dive from a leadership perspective on the strategic areas of focus where hospitals, providers, and caregivers can maximize value, quality, and patient safety/satisfaction in an environment of government, pay experimentation and innovation. We’ll hear from experts, stakeholders, and even critics to provide a comprehensive discussion from every angle.


9:00am   Welcome & Opening Remarks
                Keith A. Hovan, MHA Board Chair & President & CEO, 
                Southcoast Hospitals Group

                Andrea B. Paciello, FACHE, MHSA,
President, ACHE of
                Massachusetts & Exec. Dir., Teaching & Education,
                Massachusetts General Hospital

9:10am   Medicare's Pivot to Value:
                Top Strategic Considerations for Hospitals & Care Providers
                 Nathan Kaufman, Managing Director and founder,
                 Kaufman Strategic Advisors, LLC

10:15am  BREAK

10:45am  A Panel Discussion on MACRA, MIPS, and Bundled Payments 
                 Moderator: Steven M. Defossez, MD, EMHL, CPE, VP,
                 Clinical Integration, Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association

                  Matthew Whalen, Vice President/Executive Director
                  South Shore Physician Hospital Organization
                  Edward Bassin, PhD, Chief Analytics Officer, Archway Health
                  Daniel Engelman, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Heart,
                  Vascular & Critical Care Services, Baystate Medical Center;
                  Assoc. Professor, Surgery, UMass Medical School - Baystate

11:45pm  LUNCH

12:30pm  LUNCH ADDRESS: MACRA, MIPS and More:
                  Leadership Perspectives from a CIO/Physician
                  John D. Halamka, MD, MS, Chief Information Officer,
                  Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

1:00pm    Making Sense of Today’s Political World
                 David Gergen, CNN Senior Political Analyst and Co-Director,
                 Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership

2:00pm    Special Guest Speaker:
                  The Honorable Edward J. Markey (D-MA) U.S. Senate

2:30pm     Closing Remarks & Wrap Up
                  Lynn Nicholas, FACHE, President & CEO,
                  Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association

More about our faculty:

A trusted advisor to four presidents and to both political parties, David Gergen offers a bipartisan analysis of the coming Trump Administration, the Republican-controlled Congress, the 2016 Presidential election and what today’s headlines mean for the future of America. A true public servant, David Gergen put his country above his personal politics, serving as an advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and then Clinton. Today he helps audiences break through ideological barriers to recognize simple and lasting political truths. Gergen's unique vantage point—serving as an Oval Office insider to presidents from different political parties—provides him with insights that few others can match. For more than 30 years, Gergen has been an active participant in American political life. He currently serves as editor-at-large of U.S. News & World Report, as director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and as a regular television commentator for CNN. Author of Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton and an upcoming book on presidential transitions, he offers an inside glimpse into the corridors of power and the leadership challenges presidents face, bringing clarity to the most complex international and domestic issues.

Nathan Kaufman is Managing Director of Kaufman Strategic Advisors. With 35 years of experience as a strategist, executive and negotiator, Nate is considered one of the nation’s most experienced industry experts providing strategic advice to healthcare executives and boards on how to position their health systems to succeed in the new post-ACA, MACRA, value-based- risk environment. A seasoned negotiator, Nate has successfully completed hundreds of transactions involving physician compensation, service line development, acquisition/sale of surgicenters and imaging centers, restructuring employed physician groups, developing clinically integrated networks and payer contracts. Nate brings a unique viewpoint because he not only studies industry trends, but operates in the ‘trenches’ which gives him a deep understanding of the physician perspective.

This program is aimed toward all healthcare leaders, their senior teams, clinicians, financial and quality leaders and stakeholders within healthcare



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Four (4.0) hours of Qualified Education credits will be granted for this program toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. 


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