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

S A T U R D A Y    A P R I L  9

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


5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

(by invitation only)


S U N D A Y    A P R I L  10

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


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

Sponsored by the Catholic Health Association of the U.S.
(breakfast to follow)

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

(by invitation only)

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


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

(by invitation only)

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In recognition of their support, all eligible AHAPAC members are invited to attend a special luncheon featuring television personalities and Internet journalists ARIANNA HUFFINGTON and TUCKER CARLSON, in a joint appearance. A separate invitation will be sent to Capitol Club, Chairman's Circle and Ben Franklin Club members.  For more information on AHAPAC, contact the AHA's Lori Schor at (202) 626-2338. 
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Hospital Strategy:  Practical Options for the Next 10 Years

Reece PhotoThe ongoing economic crisis, the uncertain impact of health reform, physician shortages and constant marketplace innovation will test the mettle of all health care executives. Now, more than ever, executives will need to balance strategic initiatives to position their organizations for long-term success rather than focusing on short-term goals. Although various system designs will emerge, it appears the core building blocks for long-term gain will include new care-delivery models leveraging physician extenders and telemedicine, new physician alignment structures, and robust clinical integration strategies paired with new business models to accommodate risk-based contracting.  Join ROBERT V. REECE, president of Cambridge Research Institute, as he shares his perspective on the future and the implications for a hospital-based system strategy. 

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

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  TRUSTEE EDUCATIONAL SESSION I
Health Care Governance and Compliance Issues Facing Hospital Leadership in the Era of "Fraud, Waste and Abuse"

Digenova Pig

Digenova Pig

Joseph digenoval

 Jonathan Diesenhaus

The administration and many state governments are making detecting and prosecuting health care fraud and abuse a priority. Given the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as increasing pressure on federal and state budgets, this trend is likely to continue.  This renewed focus includes efforts to hold not only hospitals, but also their officers and directors, accountable.  As a result, hospital leadership must increasingly take an active role in compliance strategies to protect their hospital or health system.  This session, featuring JOSEPH diGENOVA, a founding partner of diGenova and Toensing and former United States Attorney for the District of Columbia with a wealth of experience in compliance matters, and JONATHAN DIESENHAUS, a partner with Hogan Lovells and former senior trial counsel with the Department of Justice focusing on False Claims Act cases,  will provide an overview of the issues and legal trends facing hospital leadership, particularly how increased scrutiny and related regulatory changes will impact providers, and identify a proactive path to ensure hospitals and their boards understand federal and state laws and regulations and individual prosecutions, and are positioned strategically in light of the current regulatory environment.

Presented by the Center for Healthcare Governance and the AHA's Office of General Counsel

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:  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 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.


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The nation's hospital and health care leaders gather to mark the investiture of JOHN BLUFORD, president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers, Kansas City, MO, as 2011 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.


M O N D A Y   A P R I L  11

6:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. REGISTRATION
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.


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.
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Join your colleagues for breakfast and a special presentation from
JUAN WILLIAMS.  Tickets for this event are $38 per person and can be purchased using the registration form. Please note, $5 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

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 Don Berwick

 Alan Simpson

Join AHA President and CEO RICH UMBDENSTOCK and Executive Vice President
RICK POLLACK during this opening session as they outline the AHA's advocacy agenda and discuss the many legislative challenges hospitals may face.  We also will honor the recipient of the AHA's 2011 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 that health reform will have 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.

Health Insurance Exchanges:  What They Mean for Hospitals and Hospital Systems
One of the key components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was the creation of state health insurance exchanges, and hospitals, health systems and health plans have much at stake as these new entities are designed and implemented.  These exchanges, which must be fully operational by Jan. 1, 2014 when the individual mandate and Medicaid expansion take effect, will require significant planning and coordination.  Already, 48 states and the District of Columbia have applied for planning assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  In addition, the new HHS Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight will issue in 2011 the first wave of rules governing the scope and operation of these exchanges, including types of plans and essential benefits that can be offered.  Join former AHA Chair TOM PRISELAC, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, as he moderates this session, featuring: JOEL ARIO, director OCIIO's Office of Insurance Exchanges; Leo Brideau, president and CEO of Columbia St. Mary's Inc., Milwaukee and Carolyn Scanlan, president and CEO of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania; to learn more about the implementation of the state health insurance exchanges and the potential impact on your hospital or health system. 

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Tom Priselac

  Joel Ario

 Leo Brideau

 Carolyn Scanlan

Aligning Culture and Strategy for Improved Performance
Implementing new and emerging models of care delivery and payment will require an organizational culture focused on collaboration, teamwork, efficiency, and continuous improvement in achieving optimal health outcomes across the continuum of care.  An organization-wide culture that is focused on improving quality and efficiency in a time of change necessitates a commitment and disciplined approach to impacting organizational culture.  In this session, moderated by MICHAEL G. ROCK, M.D., chief medical officer for the Mayo Rochester (MN) Hospitals/Mayo Foundation Mayo Clinic, leaders from Baldrige Award-winners Poudre Valley Health System and AtlantiCare will describe their specific strategies and tactics for achieving their desired organizational culture.  Learn how the right culture enables effective clinical integration, risk management and improvement in quality and efficiency. 

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 Michael Rock

 Rulon Stacey, Ph.D.

 David Tilton

David Fox

Anderson Photo Workforce Dilemma: Providing Care in an Era of Shortage
In 2014, more than 32 million additional individuals may gain health coverage under insurance reforms.  However, coverage does not necessarily translate to access to health care services and providing access to care is especially problematic given the predicted shortage of primary health care providers.  How will we organize our provider workforce to meet this new demand?  This session, moderated by RHONDA ANDERSON, R.N., CEO of Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa, AZ, will present an overview of the AHA's 2011-2012 strategic initiatives to address the challenges associated with securing the workforce needed to deliver quality care, and examine the current status of primary care providers in America.  AHA members who provide primary care access through delivery system innovations and use of the provider roles in our workforce will share their strategies.

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.   TRUSTEE EDUCATIONAL SESSION II
The Governance Challenge:
Jumping the Curve to Deliver Value
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Hospitals face immediate financial stress due to the imminent impact of reduced reimbursement rates and the overall economy. Yet they also face the critical reform challenge to create different organizations that truly deliver value.  This is the classic "two curve problem": boards must assure that their hospitals perform better under the first curve while they prepare to force them to jump to the second.  In this presentation, JAMES E. ORLIKOFF, president of Orlikoff & Associates, Inc. and a senior consultant to the Center for Healthcare Governance, will address this great governance challenge and outline the issues involved and strategies to successfully jump the curve.

Presented by the Center for Healthcare Governance

(by invitation only)
12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.


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Join MIKA BRZEZINSKI of MSNBC's Morning Joe 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. 

12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

(by invitation only)

Buchanan PhotoPolitical commentator PATRICK BUCHANAN joins government relations officers at this year's luncheon.

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


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    Frank Sesno Adm. Thad Allen (ret.)
During this interactive session, journalist FRANK SESNO will engage ADMIRAL THAD ALLEN (retired), former commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, who was responsible for overseeing the U.S. response to the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in a wide-ranging discussion.  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.  For more information on AHAPAC, 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)

T U E S D A Y     A P R I L  12

6:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. REGISTRATION
Stacey PhotoJoin colleagues and hear the latest news about ACHE from its chairman, RULON F. STACEY, PhD, FACHE, president and CEO of Poudre Valley Health System, Fort Collins, CO.  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
Cook PhotoIn 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 political analyst CHARLIE COOK. Tickets for this breakfast are $38 per person and can be purchased using the registration form.
(by invitation only)
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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 Politico Executive Editor JIM VANDEHEI 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: SEN. DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI), SEN. ORRIN HATCH (R-UT), SEN. JOHN THUNE  (R-SD) and former Florida GOV. JEB BUSH.  We also will recognize the winner of the 2010 Foster G. McGaw Prize for excellence in community service.

 Sen. Stabenow Photo Sen. Hatch Photo   Jeb Bush Photo

 Sen. Debbie Stabenow

 Sen. Orrin Hatch

 Jeb Bush
Former Florida Gov.

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Executive Briefings:  Implementing Health Reform
Attend one of these concurrent briefings on the impact that health reform will have 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.

Perlin PhotoHealth IT: Aligning Strategy and Technology
As spelled out in the AHA's Health for Life platform, transformation of the health care system requires use of the best possible information to inform both care delivery and organizational strategies.  In order to successfully improve care, increase integration, improve efficiency and accept risk for care across the settings, hospitals and health systems must have a solid understanding of patient care processes, referral patterns, and financial metrics today and over time.  Join moderator JONATHAN B. PERLIN, M.D., HCA chief medical officer and president, clinical services, as health care leaders share how their strategic objectives are supported by knowledge derived from their electronic health records, administrative systems and new information exchange with others along the care continuum.

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Variation in Health Care: More than Geography
Variation exists at all levels of the health care system.   While current attention has focused on geographic variation in spending, hospitals leaders have identified variation within their own hospitals and systems.  Join moderator SCOTT MALANEY, president and CEO of Blanchard Valley Health System in Findlay, OH, and chair of the AHA Task Force on Variation in Health Care Spending, and other health care leaders as they discuss how to tackle the challenges associated with reducing variation within their own hospitals and systems, and improve the value of the health care they deliver.


10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

(by invitation only)    

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Trustee Educational Session III
Improving Quality and Achieving Equity:  A Blueprint for Eliminating Disparities

Betancourt PhotoStrategies to improve quality, achieve equity and address racial/ethnic disparities in health care have garnered increasing attention over the last year. With standards soon emerging from The Joint Commission and new quality measures being released by the National Quality Forum, staying on the cutting edge of this work will soon become a necessity. In this session, JOSEPH R. BETANCOURT, M.D., MPH, director, Disparities Solutions Center and Multicultural Education, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, will examine the key issues that link disparities to quality, safety and cost, and provide leaders with a blueprint for how to improve quality and equity going forward.

Presented by the Center for Healthcare Governance

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Roger G. Larson Memorial Lecture and Luncheon
Lavizzio-Mourey PhotoRISA LAVIZZO-MOUREY, M.D., president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will deliver this year’s Roger G. Larson Memorial Lecture. Join your colleagues as Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey, a practicing physician, discusses RWJF’s efforts to transform the American health system so people live healthier lives and receive the health care they need. 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.
The Foster G. McGaw Prize Luncheon
 (by invitation only)
This luncheon, hosted by The Baxter International Foundation, honors the 2010 Foster G. McGaw Prize winner and finalists.  The Foster G. McGaw Prize recognizes excellence in community service and is jointly sponsored by the AHA and the Baxter International Foundation.
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 JOHN BLUFORD, Chair-Elect TERI FONTENOT and Immediate Past Chairman RICHARD P. DE FILIPPI.

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Rich Umbdenstock

  John Bluford  

Teri Fontenot

 Richard P. De Filippi

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. State Caucuses

W E D N E S D A Y     A P R I L  13

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m State Delegation Capitol Hill Visits



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