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)

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)

Capitol Steps PhotoIn recognition of their support, all eligible PAC members are invited to attend a special luncheon featuring the musical talents and satiric wit of DC's renowned CAPITOL STEPS.  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 Lori Schor at (202) 626-2338. 
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVES (ACHE) The Leadership Imperative for Quality, Safety and Financial Performance

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In an environment where resources are so precious and public scrutiny of clinical outcomes is so high, health care executives' leadership skills are really put to the test.  Results are everything - clinical outcomes, patient/staff satisfaction and financial performance.  In this session led by JAMES CONWAY, FACHE, senior fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, MA, learn how successful executives, in dynamic partnership with trustees, clinicians, staff, volunteers, patients and family members achieve high quality and safety at a lower cost.  Time also will be allocated for a frank discussion of the processes that optimize the bottom line by reducing waste and by avoiding hospital-acquired conditions and their non-reimbursable costs.

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
Rising to the Challenge: Best Practices Governance in Unforgiving Times
Orlikoff photo 
To say that these are demanding and challenging times is an obvious understatement.  During these times of market turbulence, reform uncertainty and economic risk, effective governance has never been more critical.  In this presentation, JAMES E. ORLIKOFF, president of Orlikoff & Associates, Inc., and a senior consultant for the Center for Healthcare Governance, will outline the challenges and opportunities confronting health care boards and discuss practical strategies and techniques that boards can implement to keep themselves and their organizations ahead of the demanding curve of change.

Presented by the Center for Healthcare Governance

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Special Briefing:  Small/Rural Members
A briefing on the most important issues affecting AHA small/rural hospitals.  This session 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:  Special Briefing:  Associate Members
(by invitation only)
A briefing for AHA Associate Members on issues facing the hospital field; please indicate on the registration form if you will attend.

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

DE FILIPPI Photo 
The nation's hospital and health care leaders gather to mark the investiture of RICHARD P. DE FILIPPI as 2010 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. SECTIONS FOR METROPOLITAN AND SMALL/RURAL HOSPITALS BREAKFAST MEETING
Will Photo 
Join your colleagues for breakfast and a special presentation from Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist GEORGE F. WILL.  Tickets for this event are $38 per person and can be purchased using the registration form. Five dollars from every purchased ticket goes to benefit the HRET Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Award.
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

FEDERAL FORUM OPENING PLENARY

Van Hollen PhotoDuring 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.  Rep. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN (D-MD) will be among the congressional speakers during this session. We also will honor the recipient of the AHA's 2010 Distinguished Service Award. 

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Executive Briefings: In the Wake of Health Reform
Attend one of these concurrent briefings on the impact of health reform efforts on hospitals.  These briefings, hosted by a respected health care leader, are included in your registration fee; please indicate your choice of session on the registration form.
Orlowski Photo

Improving Care Transitions:  The Pathway to Improved Outcomes
A lot of attention recently has been focused on “waste” in the health care
delivery system. Readmissions, 30-day mortality and return visits to the emergency department have all been singled out as possible contributors. At least one underlying cause for some of these events is the patients’ or care providers’ lack of information about how to care for the patients post discharge. This session, featuring JANIS M. ORLOWSKI, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer, Washington (DC) Hospital Center, will provide hospital leaders with an opportunity to learn important and effective strategies that can be used to improve performance in managing complex patients—the very patients who are more likely to be readmitted, reappear in the emergency department or otherwise need additional health care services. These strategies will be useful to hospital leaders as they plan operational changes to address the changing health care environment.

The ARRA Investment in Hospital Information Technology
Health IT is front and center in hospital executives’ minds as the federal government outlines plans to distribute stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to spur hospital and physician adoption of electronic health records. This session, moderated by RAYMOND GRADY, a trustee of the Cincinnati Health Alliance and featuring panelists including PAM MCNUTT, senior vice president and CIO of Methodist Health System in Dallas, will highlight the HIT regulations issued by the administration, the expectations for HIT adoption by America’s hospitals and physicians, and the guidelines required for hospitals to receive HIT incentive funds. The discussion will highlight hospital members’ current adoption levels and strategies to meet requirements to qualify for funding. Speakers will include National Coordinator for the Office of Health Information Technology DAVID BLUMENTHALMD, MPP. and MARC PROBST, CIO, Intermountain Healthcare.

Raymond Grady Photo McNutt Photo   Blumenthal Photo  Probst Photo
  Raymond Grady      Pam McNutt

  David Blumental 

     Marc Probst

Health Insurance Exchanges:  What They Mean for Hospitals and Health Systems
One of the key design features of national health care reform is the creation of a new insurance marketplace called the health insurance exchange. The exchange is intended to make health insurance more accessible and affordable for individuals and small businesses, thus ensuring a way for individuals to fulfill their mandate to secure health insurance coverage. Many have looked to the health reform efforts in Massachusetts and the creation of the insurance exchange known as the Connector as a model. However, many questions remain: How will they be regulated? Who will have access to the exchange—individuals and small employers or all employers? How will adverse selection be managed? How will the public subsidies be managed? Who can qualify as a plan—integrated delivery systems? What does it mean for the consumers? In this session, moderated by JEANETTE CLOUGH, president and CEO of Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA, national experts in the field of insurance and health policy, including SANDY PRAEGER, the Kansas insurance commissioner and chair of the National Association of Insurance Commission’s Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee, JON KINGSDALE, executive director of Massachusetts’ Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, and LEN NICHOLS, Ph.D., director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation, will examine the questions and what the exchange will mean for hospitals and health systems.

 Jeanette Clough  Praeger Photo Len Nichols Photo 
    Jeanette Clough      Sandy Praeger  Len Nichols, Ph.D.
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.   TRUSTEE EDUCATIONAL SESSION II
Why Hospitals Need a Safety Culture and the Trustees' Role in Establishing It
Chassin Photo 
In this session, Joint Commission President MARK R. CHASSIN, M.D., MPP, MPH, will discuss what a safety culture is, why it is integral to achieving and maintaining high levels of quality, and how trustees should play a paramount role in assuring that a safety culture is inculcated throughout their organizations. The Joint Commission’s Center for Transforming Healthcare aims to facilitate the transformation of health care into a high-reliability industry. Dr. Chassin will describe this and other Joint Commission initiatives designed to assist health care organizations in reaching new heights of quality and safety.

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

 Benjamin Photo
Join U.S. Surgeon General REGINA BENJAMIN, M.D., and your colleagues to honor the recipients of the AHA's leadership awards, including the Award of Honor, the Board of Trustees Award and the Justin Ford Kimball Innovators Award.  This lunch is included in your registration fee; please indicate on the registration form if you will attend.  You must be ticketed to attend this event

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

FEDERAL FORUM PLENARY 

Dentzer Photo Daschle Photo Frist Photo
     Susan Dentzer       Tom Daschle          Bill Frist
During this interactive session, Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief SUSAN DENTZER will conduct a wide-ranging discussion with former Senate Majority Leaders TOM DASCHLE and BILL FRIST.  Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions.  In addition, we will honor this year's 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 Lori Schor at (202) 626-2338. 
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Trustee Leadership Network Reception
(by invitation only)

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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
 Van Gorder Photo
Join colleagues and hear the latest news about ACHE from its chairman, CHRISTOPHER D. VAN GORDER, FACHE, president and CEO of Scripps Health in San Diego. Tickets for this breakfast 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
 Sesno Photo
In a fast-changing health care environment, trustees are called upon to provide grassroots advocacy leadership and direction for their hospitals and communities.  Join AHA's Committee on Governance and other trustee leaders to hear from CNN Special Correspondent FRANK SESNO. Tickets for this breakfast 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 )
 Brazile Photo
Grassroots advocacy is key to ensuring that the concerns of hospitals and their patients are heard by lawmakers in state capitals and in Washington, D.C.  Join your colleagues and veteran political strategist and commentator DONNA BRAZILE 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, Speaker of the House 
NANCY PELOSI  (D-CA), Sen. JOHN CORNYN (R-TX),  Department of Health and Human Services Secretary KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, and ABC News veteran SAM DONALDSON.  We also will recognize the winner of the 2009 Foster G. McGaw Prize for excellence in community service.

Pelosi Photo

CornynPhoto Sebelius Photo Donaldson Photo
    Nancy Pelosi
   Speaker of the
    House  (D-CA)
 Sen. John Cornyn
          (R-TX)

Secretary Sebelius

  Sam Donaldson
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS: IN THE WAKE OF HEALTH REFORM
Attend one of these concurrent briefings on the impact of health reform efforts on hospitals.  These briefings, hosted by a respected health care leader, are included in your registration fee; please indicate your choice of session on the registration form.
Hospital Experiences in Implementing Bundling and Accountable Care Organizations
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) and bundling offer an opportunity to improve integration of inpatient and outpatient care and promote joint accountability for care delivery across providers and across time. Many hospitals and health care systems—working with physicians—are well-positioned to provide the organizational structure that underlies the functioning of an ACO. In this session panelists will outline their programs and share their experiences with bundling and the possible development of ACOs, including successes and lessons learned. They will speak specifically to the challenges they faced, including changing the organizational culture and working more closely with physicians. The post-acute care perspective also will be considered, including how post-acute providers are preparing for bundling and the development of new delivery models.

Malaney Photo
    Scott Malaney
Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending
For years, variation in health care spending across the country, and within given regions, has generated both intrigue and concern.  Intrigue, because the causes of variation in practice and utilization have been difficult to unravel; and concern, because variation in spending without commensurate value has been viewed by many as a culprit in the nation's health care cost crisis. Join moderator SCOTT MALANEY, CEO of Blanchard Valley Health System in Findlay, OH, and chair of the AHA Task Force on Variation in Health Care Spending, as MARK MILLER, Ph.D., executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; and CAROLYN CLANCY, M.D., director of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, discuss factors driving geographic variation in health care spending and approaches to address it.
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
Managing and Governing in a New Economic Era
 Hessler Photo
Health systems are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the turmoil in the financial markets, tightening credit and economic uncertainty.  In this presentation, FREDERICK A. HESSLER, managing director of Citigroup's Health Care Group, will address how these challenges are impacting the long-term financial sustainability of health systems and the role of governance oversight, including specific board member competencies.  He also will identify initiatives that health systems should be implementing to meet these challenges including strategic, operational and managing financial risks. 
Presented by the Center for Healthcare Governance
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ROGER G. LARSON MEMORIAL LECTURE AND LUNCHEON
 Gergen Photo
Few Americans have observed the ups and downs of presidential leadership more closely over the past thirty years than this year's Roger G. Larson Lecture and Luncheon presenter, journalist, commentator and former White House advisor, DAVID GERGEN. Drawing upon his many experiences, he offers a vivid, behind the scenes account of presidential struggles to exercise power and draws from them key lessons for leaders of the future. This event, hosted by the AHA Section for Health Care Systems Governing Council recognizes outstanding achievements and encourages innovation and leadership through thought-provoking presentations from health care system executives and nationally recognized opinion leaders. Tickets for this event are $38 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)
This luncheon, hosted by The Baxter International Foundation and the Cardinal Health Foundation, honors the 2009 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.
12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. GOVERNMENT RELATIONS OFFICERS NETWORK LUNCHEON (by invitation only)
 O'Donnell Photo
Writer, producer and MSNBC analyst LAWRENCE O'DONNELL, JR. joins government relations officers at this year's luncheon.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. AHA LEADERSHIP OPEN FORUM

During this highly interactive session, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their views with AHA leaders, including AHA President and CEO RICH UMBDENSTOCK, Chairman RICHARD P. DE FILIPPI, Chairman-Elect JOHN BLUFORD and Immediate Past Chairman TOM PRISELAC.

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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