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Quarterly Education Event – (3 Face to Face Credits Apply)

Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm

PANEL 1: Integrating Acute Into Post Acute Care Settings

(1.5 Face to Face Credits Apply to This Panel)

The Affordable Care Act has made no exceptions for the Acute Care Hospitals, as they too are faced with ever more regulatory requirements and expanding financial penalties all as they strive to elevate the Standard of Care across the healthcare system. Though these requirements and penalties are not a new phenomena, Acute Care Hospitals are in a new wave of financial penalties with Medicare payment reductions for readmission to acute care within 30 days of discharge.

Come listen as our panelists discuss how Acute Care Hospitals are now, more than ever, working collaboratively with members of the post acute care continuum to cohesively manage patients. As we continue this path, Long Term Acute Care Hospitals (LTACs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), Home Health Agencies (HH’s), and Continuing Care Retirement Facilities (CCRCs) will play an even greater role in supporting our Acute Care Hospitals in the management of patient populations through the continuum of care.


Mark Boles, FACHE | Vice Chairman | Patient Advocacy Council, Inc.

Chet Bhasin | Service Line Director, Rehabilitation | Texas Health Dallas
Jan Hamilton-Crawford, FACHE | Vice President, Operations | CHRISTUS Continuing Care
Stephanie Madrid | Market CEO | Kindred Dallas
Loc Trieu, MD | Regional Medical Director | Questcare Matrix

PANEL 2: The Impact of the ACA:
How Readmission Penalties Will Affect the Healthcare Executive’s Mission

(1.5 Face to Face Credits Apply to This Panel)

The cost of healthcare has been escalating over the past several years, with expenditures surpassing $2.7 trillion in 2011. Trying to contain and reduce this growth has become a major policy focus not only at the federal and state levels, but among employers and consumers as they struggle to keep up with the increasing cost of health insurance. Rising costs are placing an unsustainable strain on state and federal programs and individual and employer sponsored health plans.

According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), hospital and physician services account for over 51% of the cost. So what are the drivers of cost in these areas?: Lack of coordination of services among health providers resulting in inefficiencies and duplication; unnecessary medical treatment, clinical variation, and costly medical errors; and a sky rocketing population of people with one or more chronic diseases. In effort to address some of these issues, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has reduced Medicare payments to hospitals with high 30-day readmission rates.

Join us as we discuss how readmission penalties are causing healthcare executives to get creative and consider new and innovative approaches to manage care transitions between community, inpatient, and specialty care settings while rethinking their financial strategy.


Eric Jacobsen , FACHE | Assistant Director | VA North Texas Health Care System

Reggie Allen, MBA, RN | System Director, Quality and Clinical Operations | CHRISTUS Health
Bobby Barajas| Vice President Sales & Marketing| Loopback Analytics
Brenda Blaine, DNP, RN-BC, FACHE, NEA-BC | CNO/COO | Baylor Medical Center at Irving
Cynthia Hanna, RN | CEO | Tarantino Healthcare Consultants

3.00 – 3.30 Registration
3.30 – 5.00 Panel 1
5.00 – 6.00 Dinner and Networking
6.00 – 7.30 Panel 2

Catering provided by:

CH color 30




Thursday, February 26, 2015
3:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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919 Hidden Ridge
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