AHA Annual Membership Meeting



Meeting  Schedule


All events will take place at the Hilton Washington Hotel unless otherwise noted.



 

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3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

STATE AUXILIAN PRESIDENTS WELCOME RECEPTION
(by invitation only)

 

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8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
Sponsored by the Catholic Health Association of the U.S.
(breakfast to follow)

8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

STATE AUXILIAN PRESIDENTS MEETING
(by invitation only)

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

HOSPITALS IN THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE

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Join RAYMOND GRADY, a member of the board of trustees of the American Hospital Association and the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, and others at a special briefing for AHA members on Sunday, April 26, at 10 a.m. Learn about supporting the Institute of Medicine’s Six Aims for Improvement and how this AHA-wide endeavor provides the tools and resources to help hospitals reduce waste and inefficiency, optimize resources and enhance their ability to deliver safe, high-quality and affordable patient care.
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS  

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

PAC APPRECIATION EVENT
(by invitation only)  

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In recognition of their support, all eligible PAC members are invited to attend a special luncheon with former U.S. Representative JOE SCARBOROUGH, host of MSNBC's Morning Joe. A separate invitation will be sent to Capitol Club, Chairman's Circle and Ben Franklin Club members.  If you are interested in joining AHAPAC, contact the AHA's Mark Seklecki at (202) 626-2341. 
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVES (ACHE) Physician Integration Strategies for Today and Tomorrow

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Developing innovative strategies to align both physician and provider interests is critical to delivering high-quality care, improving organizational performance and achieving financial goals. In this hard-hitting session, KEN MACK, FACHE, president of Mack/Voyten and Associates, a provider of revenue development and physician integration approaches, will explore the key issues, incorporating the perspectives of both the hospital and the physician. Topics to be addressed include: contracting vs. employing physicians; perceiving physicians as a partner or a competitor; reimbursement challenges in the near future; and building bridges with improved communication. 

Participants will receive 1.5 Category I (ACHE education) credits for this session.  Register for the AHA Annual Meeting and this ACHE session using the registration form.

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  TRUSTEE EDUCATIONAL SESSION I
Finding Balance on Shifting Sands:  Microgovernance and the Changing Roles of the Board and Management
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As the forces and challenges affecting health care and the entire economy become more volatile and intense, the role of the board and the distinction between governance and management is quickly changing. There is a rapidly emerging component of board work that at first glance seems less like governance and more like micro-management. Yet, this "microgovernance" is now a key and growing component of effective board work. In this presentation, JAMES E. ORLIKOFF, president of Orlikoff & Associates Inc. and a senior consultant for the Center for Healthcare Governance, will summarize the trends that are driving this significant transition in governance, and outline how boards and CEOs can effectively re-examine and refine a unique and productive governance/management balance that is increasingly essential to ongoing organizational survival and success.

Presented by the Center for Healthcare Governance

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Special Briefing:  Small/Rural Members
A special briefing on the most important issues affecting AHA small/rural members. This meeting is open to all members; please indicate on the registration form if you will attend.

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Special Briefing:  Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors
A special briefing on Medicare's permanent Recovery Audit Contractor program. This meeting is open to all members; please indicate on the registration form if you will attend.

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Special Briefing:  Employee Relations
A special briefing on the latest trends and developments in hospital-employee relations. This meeting is open to all members; please indicate on the registration form if you will attend.

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Special Briefing:  Associate Members
(by invitation only)

A special briefing for AHA Associate Members on issues facing the hospital field.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Special Briefing for New Members/First-time Attendees

A special briefing for new members and first-time annual meeting attendees.  This meeting is open to all members; please indicate on the registration form if you will attend.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

ANNUAL MEETING OPENING CEREMONY AND INVESTITURE OF CHAIRMAN, AHA BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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The nation's hospital and health care leaders gather to mark the investiture of THOMAS M. PRISELAC as 2009 Chairman of the AHA Board of Trustees. The AHA Board of Trustees and state association chairs are special guests
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

RECEPTION HONORING CHAIRMAN, AHA BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. REGISTRATION
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

HOSPITAL AWARDS FOR VOLUNTEER EXCELLENCE RECOGNITION BREAKFAST

Hospital volunteers and auxilians provide invaluable services to hospitals and make a positive difference in the lives of many - from patients and hospital staff to the community at large. Join AHA's leadership, volunteers, auxilians and hospital executives from around the country at this special breakfast as they recognize excellence in volunteer programs and the services they provide to their communities and health care organizations. Tickets for this event are $38 per person and can be purchased using the registration form.
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. SECTION FOR METROPOLITAN HOSPITALS BREAKFAST MEETING
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Join metropolitan hospital executives and other health care providers for breakfast and a special presentation from New York Daily News columnist and radio host MIKE BARNICLE. Barnicle also is a frequent guest, and occasional guest host, on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews. Tickets for this event are $38 per person and can be purchased using the registration form.
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m

SECTION FOR SMALL OR RURAL HOSPITALS BREAKFAST MEETING

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Executives from small or rural hospitals and other interested health care professionals are invited for breakfast and an opportunity to hear from BRETT BAIER, anchor of Fox News Channel's Special Report With Bret Baier. Tickets for this event are $38 per person and can be purchased using the registration form. ($5 of each ticket price will help underwrite the Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Award.)
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

FEDERAL FORUM OPENING PLENARY

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 Nancy-Ann DeParle
During this opening session, join AHA President and CEO RICH UMBDENSTOCK and Executive Vice President RICK POLLACK for an outline of the AHA's advocacy agenda and hear about the many legislative challenges hospitals may face. Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of White House Health Reform, will speak to how health care reform is likely to shape up over the coming months.  You also will celebrate the presentation of the AHA's Distinguished Service Award.
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS
Attend one of these concurrent briefings hosted by a respected health care leader. These briefings are included in your registration fee; please indicate your choice of session on the registration form.

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 William D. Petasnick

Clinical Integration: The Changing Policy Climate and What it Means for Care Coordination
Clinical integration is fundamental to the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective care. Yet, in today's health care delivery system, there are many forces that drive hospitals and physicians apart, including economics, changes in health care delivery and outdated payment and regulatory requirements. Efforts have been underway to address these issues and to reduce the regulatory barriers to clinical integration. This session, moderated by AHA Immediate Past Chair WILLIAM D. PETASNICK and featuring NICHOLAS J. WOLTER, M.D., CEO of the Billings (MT) Clinic; RICHARD BLAKELY, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Memorial Hermann Health Network Providers Inc. in Houston, TX; and a federal antitrust official, will highlight some of these efforts, focusing on how the policy climate is changing to increase opportunities for greater coordination of health care services and, ultimately, high-quality, cost-effective care.
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 George Lynn

Health Information Technology:  Identifying Return and Value in a Time of Limited Resources
As the use of health information technology increases, how do the concepts of "return" and "value" evolve over time, and how does it affect a hospital's ability to accurately forecast capital requirements? How are investment decisions made when cost savings from hospital IT may benefit payers more than the hospital? In tough economic times, how do hospitals continue to find resources for IT projects that are more and more often being considered a "public good"? This panel, moderated by former AHA Chair GEORGE LYNN, will feature ROD DYKEHOUSE, Chief Information Officer for ProHealth Care in Waukesha, WI; MARTY FATTIG, CEO of Nemaha County Hospital, in Auburn, NE; and BILL SPOONER, Chief Information Officer for SHARP Healthcare in San Diego. The panel will highlight IT best practices and examine the relationship between traditional returns from technology investments and measuring value to both the hospital and the community.
New Challenges and Solutions in Hospital Capital Financing
The recent economic turmoil has greatly affected the capital markets, impacting hospitals' ability to access capital and finance long-term projects. In this panel, DICK CLARKE of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, ROGER MILLER of Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Insured Health Care Facilities, JEFFERY SEUBEL, managing director of public finance for Banc of America Securities LLC, CRAIG HOWIE from the Pittsburgh Federal Home Loan Bank, and others will discuss the impact of the shrinking capital market on hospitals. Topics to be examined include:  availability of financing, the new law on letters of credit, and strategies for navigating the new lending environment.
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.   TRUSTEE EDUCATIONAL SESSION II
Competency-based Governance in Healthcare:  Conclusions of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Trustee Core Competencies
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Rick de Filippi

John R. Combes, MD
The failures of both for-profit and not-for-profit organization have stimulated calls for greater governing board performance and accountability; however, boards need practical guidance to help achieve this goal. The Health Research & Educational Trust and Center for Healthcare Governance, with funding from Hospira, Inc., convened a Blue Ribbon Panel on Trustee Core Competencies to examine the nature of competencies and how they can be developed and applied to improve health care governance. In this session, AHA Chair-Elect RICK DE FILIPPI and Center President JOHN R. COMBES, M.D., will share the results of the panel's work, including what competencies really are, and how they differ from the way competencies are viewed and applied in health care governance today.

Presented by the Center for Healthcare Governance

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. STATE AUXILIAN PRESIDENTS NETWORKING SESSION AND ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
(by invitation only)
12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

AHA RECOGNITION LUNCHEON

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Join former U.S. Surgeon General DAVID SATCHER and your colleagues to honor the recipients of the AHA's leadership awards, including the 2009 Award of Honor, the Board of Trustees Award and the Justin Ford Kimball Innovators Award. You must be ticketed to attend this event. This lunch is included in your registration fee; please indicate on the registration form if you will attend.
12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. GOVERNMENT RELATIONS OFFICERS NETWORK LUNCHEON (by invitation only)
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Political strategist and commentator PAUL BEGALA joins government relations officers at this year's luncheon.

2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

FEDERAL FORUM PLENARY 

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 James Baker

 Susan Dentzer

During this interactive session, former Secretary of State JAMES BAKER will share his thoughts on politics and health care in a wide-ranging discussion with Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief SUSAN DENTZER.  Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions. In addition, you will join your colleagues in honoring AHAPAC award winners.
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. BEN FRANKLIN CLUB RECEPTION
(by invitation only)
Take part in a unique reception honoring Ben Franklin Club members and network with colleagues during this lively and colorful event! The Ben Franklin Club honors those who contribute $1,000 or more to either AHAPAC or their state association PAC. If you are interested in becoming a Ben Franklin Club member, please contact the AHA's Mark Seklecki at (202) 626-2341.

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7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. REGISTRATION
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. AMERICAN COLLEGE OF HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVES BREAKFAST MEETING
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Join colleagues and hear the latest news about ACHE from its chairman, CHARLES R. EVANS, FACHE, president and CEO of International Health Services Group. Tickets for the breakfast event are $38 per person and can be purchased using the registration form.
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. TRUSTEE LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST: National Political Update
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In a fast changing health care environment, trustees are called upon to provide grassroots advocacy leadership and direction for hospitals and communities. Join AHA’s Committee on Governance and other trustee leaders from across the country to hear from former U.S. Senator ALAN SIMPSON. Tickets for this special educational event are $38 per person and can be purchased using the registration form.
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. GRASSROOTS CHAMPIONS APPRECIATION BREAKFAST
(by invitation only )
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Grassroots advocacy is key to ensuring that concerns of hospitals and their patients are heard by lawmakers in state capitals and Washington, D.C. Join your colleagues and former Barack Obama campaign manager DAVID PLOUFFE in honoring grassroots champions who have been recognized by their state hospital associations for outstanding accomplishments in grassroots advocacy.
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. FEDERAL FORUM CLOSING PLENARY

This important session features dynamic speakers, including former ABC News reporter and Nightline host TED KOPPEL and REP. PETE STARK(D-CA), chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health. You also will recognize the winner of the 2008 Foster G. McGaw Prize for excellence in community service.

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Ted Koppel

Rep. Pete Stark
(D-CA)

Rep. Eric Cantor
(R-VA)

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS
Attend one of these concurrent briefings hosted by a respected health care leader. These briefings are included in your registration fee; please indicate your choice of session on the registration form
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Diversity and Disparities:  A Call to Leadership for 21st Century Health Care
There continues to be confusion in the health care field about the difference between diversity and disparities. The terms are often used interchangeably and inappropriately, leading to strategies directed at addressing one set of concerns, which end up focusing on or failing to take into account the other. This makes measuring the success of initiatives difficult at best and building national platforms for action a confusing proposition. In this session, JANICE DREACHSLIN, Ph.D., a noted expert on health care and diversity from Pennsylvania State University, will outline the differences and interplay between diversity and disparities and what they mean to 21st century health care.

Tax Exemption and Community Benefit:  Going Beyond Schedule H
Beginning in tax year 2009, tax-exempt hospitals will be required to file publicly available information with the Internal Revenue Service on their spending for a variety of community programs and services in a new form designated Schedule H. That information—some of which is financial and some of which is narrative—will provide the community with only a limited view of the range and depth of activities and programs that hospitals sponsor. In this session, moderated by AHA Chairman-Elect RICK DE FILIPPI, DEBORAH T. ASHFORD, a partner with
Hogan & Hartson L.L.P. in Washington, DC; FRANK D. BYRNE, M.D., president of St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI; SCOTT A. DUKE, CEO of Glendive (MT) Medical Center; and THOMAS C. GAGEN, CEO of Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, CA, will review both the requirements of Schedule H and the innovative ways in which leading hospitals from around the country communicate to their communities the important programs and services they provided to
meet their communities’ unique needs that go beyond Schedule H.

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 Stuart Altman

MedPAC:  Past, Present and Future
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is an independent body that advises the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program, including payments to hospitals. This interactive session will feature a discussion about the commission’s charge and challenges with current MedPAC leadership, including Chairman GLENN M. HACKBARTH and Vice Chairman JACK C. EBELER, as well as economist STUART ALTMAN, PH.D., former chairman of the
Prospective Payment Assessment Commission, which preceded MedPAC. Please check www.aha.org for the latest program updates.
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. EXECUTIVE BRIEFING for HEALTH SYSTEM LEADERS
(by invitation only)   
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. TRUSTEE EDUCATIONAL SESSION III
Governance Culture and Hospital Performance Improvement 
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 Kathryn J. McDonagh

 Mary Totten

Does governance culture influence hospital performance improvement? How do boards and CEOs collaborate in fostering and overseeing improvement efforts? Which comes first, a focus on strong financial performance or improving hospital quality and patient safety? These and other questions will be addressed as KATHRYN J. MCDONAGH, Ph.D., vice president of executive relations for Hospira, Inc., and MARY TOTTEN, president of Totten Associates and director of content and publications for the Center for Healthcare Governance, share the results of extensive interviews with hospital CEOs and board chairs about how they collaborate in achieving improved hospital performance. 
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ROGER G. LARSON MEMORIAL LECTURE AND LUNCHEON
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Join your colleagues and Don Berwick, M.D., president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, one of the nation's leading authorities on health care quality and improvement issues, for the 2009 Roger G. Larson Lecture and Luncheon. This event, hosted by the Governing Council of the AHA’s Section for Health Care Systems, honors a leader and innovator in health care system management. This event strives to advance the development of system management and encourage innovation and leadership through thought-provoking presentations from system leaders on the frontlines as well as opinion leaders from the broader health care field. Tickets for this event are $42 per person and can be purchased using the registration form.
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. FOSTER G. McGAW PRIZE LUNCHEON
(by invitation only)

The luncheon, hosted by The Baxter International Foundation and the Cardinal Health Foundation, honors the 2008 Foster G. McGaw Prize winner and finalists. The Foster G. McGaw Prize recognizes excellence in community service and is jointly sponsored by the AHA, The Baxter International Foundation and the Cardinal Health Foundation.

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. AHA OPEN FORUM:  HOSPITALS' EFFORTS TO RESHAPE AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE

AHA leadership discusses the hospital field's efforts to reshape America's health care. During this highly interactive session, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their views with AHA leaders.

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. STATE CAUCUSES

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9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m  STATE DELEGATION CAPITOL HILL VISITS

 

 

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