2019 Annual Meeting Schedule of Events

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2019 Annual Meeting Schedule of Events


Special Session Added Tuesday With Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif)

All events will take place at the Marriott Marquis unless otherwise noted.

Attendance Key

Tickets for this event are $43 per person and can be purchased using the registration form.
This is included in your registration fee; please indicate whether you will attend on the registration form.
By Invitation Only.

Saturday April 6 
3:00 p.m. -
5:00 p.m.
Sunday April 7
7:00 a.m. -
5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. -
9:00 a.m.
Sponsored by the Catholic Health Association of the U.S.
10:30 a.m. -
11:45 a.m.

Optimizing the Board – CEO Relationship

Exceptional organizations benefit from excellent board/CEO relationships, governed by trust, transparency, understanding and a thoughtful game plan. Bill Menner, board chair, Unity Point Health-Grinnell Regional Medical Center, and Todd Linden, president, Linden Consulting, and CEO Emeritus, Grinnell Regional Medical Center, will share their strategies for building strong board-CEO relationships through effective meetings, CEO evaluations and optimal role management.
Bill Menner Photo Todd Linden Photo
Bill Menner Todd Linden
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. AHAPAC APPRECIATION LUNCHEON 

Eligible AHAPAC members are invited to attend this appreciation luncheon featuring Spamilton: An American Parody, a musical lampoon of the hit Broadway show Hamilton. For more information on AHAPAC, contact Shari Dexter at (202) 626-2338.

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Get the most from your AHA membership, meet new colleagues and maximize your Annual Meeting experience through this special welcome.
1:45 p.m. -
3:15 p.m.

Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Safety

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Doug Salvador, M.D.
Learn strategies to lead for safety with Doug Salvador, M.D., chief quality officer for Baystate Health and chief medical officer, Baystate Medical Center. This session will provide health care leaders with methods and tools outlined in “Leading a Culture of Safety: A Blueprint for Success.” Leaders will learn practical strategies and tactics required by each organizational level to drive change and embed a culture of safety throughout the organization. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Salvador is focused on the redesign of health care  delivery systems and fostering a culture of patient safety.
2:00 p.m. -
3:15 p.m.
Included with your registration; please select one.
Addressing Disruption through Innovation and Value
This fast-paced session will explore today’s key disruptors within the health care field, such as emergent technologies, regulatory pressures and consumerism. Seven hospital and health system leaders will share, in seven minutes or less, how their organizations are transforming to meet today’s key disruptors, challenges and opportunities. Moderator: Brian Gragnolati. Speakers: Joan Doyle, Executive Director, Penn Medicine at Home; Neil Gomes, Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President for Technology Innovation and Consumer Experience, Jefferson; Kevin Joyce, Vice President, Insurance Network Development, Atlantic Health System; Adam Myers, M.D., MHCM, FACHE, Chief of Population Health and Director of Cleveland Clinic Community Care; Gregory P. Poulsen, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Intermountain Healthcare, Civica RX; Rachelle Schultz, President/CEO, Winona Health; Anthony Slonim, President and CEO, Renown Health and Scott Rifkin, MD, founder and executive chairman, Real Time Medical Systems.
Gragnolati Photo Joan Doyle Photo Neil Gomes Photo Kevin Joyce Photo
Brian Gragnolati Joan Doyle Neil Gomes Kevin Joyce
Adan Myers Photo Gregory Poulsen Photo Rachelle Schultz Anthony Slonim Photo Rifkin Photo
Adam Myers Gregory P. Poulsen Rachelle Schultz Anthony Slonim Scott Rifkin, MD

Ensuring the Future of Health Care in Rural America

Recent rural hospital closures underscore the need for policies to better support sustainable health care access. This session will describe the current landscape and explore ways to prepare for the future. Moderated by Peter J. Wright, AHA board member and president and CEO of Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital. Speakers: George H. Pink, PhD, Humana Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Deputy Director of the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program, and Senior Reseach Fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; Janice Walters; Erin Dempsey, Deputy Director, Health Policy, Senate Finance Committee and Tom Morris, associate administrator for rural health policy in the Health Resources and Services Administration
Peter J Wright Photo George H. Pink Janice Walters Photo Tom Morris
Peter J. Wright George H. Pink, PhD. Janice Walters Tom Morris
2:00 p.m. -
3:15 p.m.

Managing Disruption: A Roadmap for Health Care Governance

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Michael W. Peregrine
Join Michael W. Peregrine, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery for a discussion of how the board can be an informed, attentive partner to executive management in identifying and responding to disruptors and by re-positioning itself for potentially “radical” decision-making.

3:30 p.m. -
4:45 p.m.
Included with your registration; please select one.

Post-acute Care Innovations: New Approaches to Partnering with Hospitals

New approaches to post-discharge patient care. Moderator: James Prister, President & CEO: RML Specialty Hospital. Speakers: Philip Oravetz, M.D., MPH, MBA, Chief Population Health Officer: Oschner Health System; Amy Bassano, Deputy Director of CMS’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI); Josh Liao, M.D., M.Sc., University of Washington Associate Medical Director of Contracting and Value- Based Care and Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine; and David Klementz, chief strategy and development officer, Encompass Health.
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James Prister Philip Oravetz, M.D. Amy Bassano Josh Liao, M.D. David Klementz

Diversity Roundtable: Advancing Diversity on Boards to Accelerate Health Equity
The principles of diversity, inclusion and equity of care are potent forces in the health care field, driving discussions on policy, affordability and equal access to care. Be a part of this critical conversation as experts highlight best practices that are reducing disparities and promoting health equity. Moderator: AHA Board member, Delvecchio Finley, CEO, Alameda Health. Speakers:: Ninfa Saunders, CEO, Navicent Health; Ralph Waldo Emerson, Trustee, JPS Health Network; Rita Carreon, Deputy Vice President, Health, UnidosUS and Judson Robinson, III, President & CEO, Houston Area Urban League.
Finley Photo Saunders Photo Emerson Photo Rita Carreon Judson Robinson Photo
Delvecchio Finley Ninfa Saunders Ralph Waldo Emerson Rita Carreon Judson Robinson, III
6:00 p.m. -
7:30 p.m.
A celebration of our field’s outstanding leadership. Hosted by AHA Immediate Past Chair Nancy Howell Agee, president CEO of Carilion Clinic, and featuring remarks by 2019 AHA Board Chair Brian A. Gragnolati, president and CEO of Atlantic Health System.
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Nancy Howell Agee Brian A. Gragnolati
Monday April 8
6:30 a.m. -
4:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. -
8:15 a.m.
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Chuck Todd
Chuck Todd, moderator of NBC's Meet the Press and political director for NBC News, previews how the 116th Congress will impact politics and policy.
8:30 a.m. -
10:30 a.m.

Join Rick Pollack, AHA president and CEO, as he outlines the AHA’s agenda in these transformative times. Guest Speakers Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) talks major health care issues on Capitol Hill, and HHS Deputy Secretary Eric D. Hargan offers the administration’s perspective. Then Tom Nickels, AHA executive vice president of government relations and public policy, and Frank Sesno, former Washington bureau chief, CNN, and director, George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs, will share an informed analysis of the key issues affecting hospitals on Capitol Hill, and within the administration. We will also honor the 2019 AHA Distinguished Service Award winner.

Rick Pollack Photo Sen Roy Blunt Photo Hargan Photo Tom NIckels Photo Sesno Photo
Rick Pollack Sen. Roy Blunt Eric D. Hargan Tom Nickels Frank Sesno
10:45 a.m. -
12:15 p.m.
Included with your registration; please select one.
Reining in Unsustainable Drug Prices

A review of potential legislative and regulatory actions. Moderator: David Entwistle. Speakers: Kathleen Pawlicki, Beaumont Health; Ms. Grail Sipes, JD Deputy Center Director for Regulatory Policy, FDA.

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David Entwistle Kathleen Pawlicki, R.Ph. Grail Sipes

Hospital Field Realignment: Where Hospitals and the FTC Diverge

Hospital leaders and a former Federal Trade Commission official discuss how the two might better communicate their perspectives to one another. Moderator: Melinda L. Estes, M.D., President and CEO, Saint Luke’s Health System, AHA Board Member. Panel: Marna P. Borgstrom, Chief Executive Officer, Yale New Haven Health; AHA Board Member; Wright L. Lassiter III, President and CEO, Henry Ford Health System, AHA Board Member; and Debbie Feinstein, Partner, Arnold & Porter and former Director of the Bureau of Competition, FTC.

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Melinda L. Estes, M.D. Marna P. Borgstrom Wright L. Lassiter, III Debbie Feinstein

Achieving Price Transparency

Assessing efforts to help patients understand their bills. Moderator: Brian Gragnolati. Speakers: Jack Hoadley, Ph.D., Research Professor Emeritus, Health Policy Institute, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University; Lauren Block, program director, NGA Center for Best Practices Health Division and Matt Muhart, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Memorial Healthcare System.

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Brian A. Gragnolati
Jack Hoadley, Ph.D. Lauren Block Matt Muhart
12:30 p.m. -
2:00 p.m.
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Judy Woodruff
AHA 2019 Chair Brian Gragnolati and Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour, will honor the outstanding recipients of the AHA’s 2019 leadership awards. Woodruff has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC and PBS.


12:30 p.m. -
2:00 p.m.
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Robert Costa
Few reporters spend more time with government officials than Robert Costa, national political reporter at The Washington Post and the moderator of PBS’s Washington Week. Join Costa as he shares his insights.
2:30 p.m. -
4:00 p.m.

Featuring Adam Boehler deputy administrator for innovation and quality and director of CMMI, talks payment models, technology and other innovations with Ashley Thompson, AHA senior vice president of public policy analysis and development. Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jon Meacham reflects on politics, religion and current affairs, bringing historical context to issues and events impacting our daily lives. We’ll also honor the 2018 AHAPAC winners.

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Adam Boehler Jon Meacham Ashley Thompson
4:00 p.m. -
5:00 p.m.
Reception for AHAPAC’s Top Contributors 

For more information on this invitation-only event, please contact Shari Dexter at (202) 626-2338.

Associate Member/Sponsor Reception

Trustee Reception
Tuesday April 9
6:30 a.m. -
9:00 a.m.
7:00 a.m. -
8:15 a.m.
ACHE Breakfast Meeting 
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Heather J. Rohan
Enjoy coffee and conversation with ACHE colleagues and the opportunity to absorb perspectives on health care and leadership from ACHE Chair Heather J. Rohan, FACHE, president, HCA TriStar Division.

7:00 a.m. -
8:15 a.m.
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Katty Kay
BBC World News America anchor Katty Kay shares her political observations for 2019. Kay also appears weekly on NBC News in Morning Joe


8:30 a.m. -
10:30 a.m.

Retired four-star General Colin Powell joins us for this closing session. His decades of service to the nation include appointments as Secretary of State, National Security Advisor and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Featuring Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means; Mike Allen, executive editor of Axios and former POLITICO White House correspondent; Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-Texas), Republican leader of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, and Rep Donna Shalala (D-Fla.), former HHS Secretary. We will also honor the recipients of the AHA’s Federal Awards and the Foster G. McGaw Prize.

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Colin Powell Rep. Richard Neal Mike Allen Rep Donna Shalala
11:00 a.m. 
Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will share insights on the 116th Congress and her legislative priorities for health care as the Democrats now control the gavel in the House.
11:30 a.m. -
1:00 p.m.
This luncheon, hosted by The Baxter International Foundation, honors the 2018 Foster G. McGaw Prize winner and finalists. The award is jointly sponsored by The Baxter International Foundation, AHA and Health Research & Educational Trust.
Wednesday April 10
Please contact your state hospital association for Capitol Hill visit details.