2017 HFMA Northern California Annual Fall Conference

2017 Fall Conference

Event Details

  • Thursday | September 21, 2017 to Friday | September 22, 2017
  • All Day
  • Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Conference Hotel - The Resort at Squaw Creek $284 per night (530) 583-6300

    Additional hotels located approximately 1 mile from conference:
    • Village at Squaw $258.00 per night (866) 818-6963
    • Squaw Valley Lodge $179.00 - $247.00 per night (855) 516-1090
    • Plump Jack Squaw Valley $285.00 per night (855) 510-1090
    • Olympic Village Inn $278.00 per night (844) 856-4137
  • Elite Event Sponsor

    • Moss Adams - Major Event Sponsor Spring Conference 2017
     

Mindfulness in the Midst of Change

To thrive in an era of uncertainty and disruption, leaders need to be mindful and focused. The 2017 Fall Conference, A Joint Conference by the HFMA Northern California and Nevada Chapters, is the place for healthcare professionals to come with their family for a relaxing weekend and hit the reset button. Use this opportunity to be mindful and refocus. Go back to work with renewed energy and enthusiasm, armed with innovative ideas and information gained from participating in the breakout sessions and networking events.

Pursuing Your Passion: A Keynote Address by Carol Friesen, National Chairperson of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)

Like most things in life, pursuing your passion doesn’t involve following a straight line from Point A to Point B, but rather a path with twists and turns. It’s a journey that often involves three phases: discovery and commitment, sustaining and making it work, and, at times, reigniting your passion to enjoy the journey. This presentation will encourage attendees to reflect on their unique path to the place “where passion meets purpose” and to consider how they can leverage the Power of One to influence and inspire others in all areas of their life.

After this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Articulate their story and the “why” behind what they do
  • Define what success looks like to them and make a choice to pursue it
  • Identify ways to sustain passion and “make it work,” both professionally and personally
  • List the three qualities essential to reigniting passion and enjoying the journey
  • Explain how the Power of One can be leveraged to influence and inspire others
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    Mindset Matters: Medicine Meets Mindfulness by Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, M.D., ABIHM

    Romila Mushtaq, MD., ABIHM, is a traditionally trained neurologist with additional board certification in integrative medicine. A highly sought-after professional speaker, Dr. Romie teaches the medicine behind mindfulness, bringing together Western medicine and Eastern wisdom to help individuals and audiences learn to heal from stress-based illnesses, and career burnout. She is an expert contributor in such media outlets as NPR, Fox Business and The Huffington Post. Dr. Romie completed her medical training at the Medical University of South Carolina, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and University of Michigan where she won numerous teaching and research awards. When not speaking around the country, she heals clients at the Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine in Orlando, Florida.
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    Creating Cultures of Leadership and the Power of “Lollipop Moments” by Drew Dudley, Founder and Chief Catalyst of Day One Leadership

    Drew Dudley believes we routinely ignore a huge percentage of the leadership that exists around us. He aims to remedy this by helping individuals and organizations create “cultures of everyday leadership” through daily acts of generosity. His wildly popular TED talk called these everyday acts “Lollipop Moments”—a concept that’s resonated with thousands of people around the world.

    The former Director of one of the largest university leadership development programs in Canada at the University of Toronto, Drew Dudley nevertheless embraces the idea that “leadership cannot really be taught.  It can only be learned.” “I’ve never thought of what I do as ‘teaching’ leadership,” he says. “For me, it’s always been about trying to find a way to help others explore the concept—what it means to them, and to their communities.”

    Dudley helps us understand leadership in a more nuanced, practical, and hopeful way. He argues that we too often make leadership into something bigger than us, or beyond us. We make it about money, fame, titles and influence, and therefore something reserved for a select few.

    Instead, Dudley insists our organizations and communities are stronger when we embrace the idea there is a form of leadership of which we are all capable. His keynotes blend world-class storytelling with practical insights on how to develop and recognize leadership—in ourselves, our families, our organizations, and our communities.

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    SpeakerBioTrack

    JAY D. ADKISSON
    Partner, RSM US LLP


    Jay D. Adkisson is a health care audit partner located in RSM’s Chicago office. Jay has over 27 years of experience focused on serving health care organizations, including hospitals and health systems, senior living organizations, and specialty providers.

    Jay provides training on audit and accounting topics specific to the health care industry both internally and externally. Jay has served on the planning committee for the AICPA’s National HealthCare Conference, is a past member of the AICPA Healthcare Industry Expert Panel and Health Care Industry Revenue Recognition Task Force.
    Finance/ACHE-CAHL

    IRV BARNETT, MBA, CMPE
    Founder, V2V Management Solutions


    Irv found his calling, completing a master’s program in health care administration. After years of university hospital administrative experience, he has successfully led both independent and hospital-based physician groups, optimizing their partnerships with local health systems. Irv’s areas of knowledge in the medical practice include: identifying key revenue generating opportunities, creating new workflows, benchmarking and optimizing revenue cycle controls and forging new governance partnerships between all stakeholders in the organization.

    He has served as the President of California MGMA and is a featured speaker at industry meetings and conferences around the country. Irv helps transform practices by providing exceptional leadership around value-driven practice management techniques.
    Revenue Cycle

    WENDY BENSON
    VP, Strategic Initiatives, Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine


    Ms. Benson is a 25-year veteran of the Diagnostic and Life Sciences industries. Her role at the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine is focused on ensuring strong relationships with industry for early access to key enabling technologies and ensuring translational clinical programs can be shared with other pediatric hospitals across the nation.
    Finance/ACHE-CAHL

    ANN BOYNTON
    Director, Payer Strategies and Value Based Contract Management Director, Care Services and Innovation UC Davis Medical Center


    Ms. Boynton leads the development and implementation of strategies to support alternative payment models for UC Davis Health, leading the development and implementation of a comprehensive payer and employer integration strategy. In addition, she leads population health management strategies, utilization management, and ambulatory care management services, including intensive case management, patient care management, and patient education. She served as Deputy Executive Officer of Benefit Programs, Policy and Planning for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, providing executive leadership for the health benefit program, including health plan benefit design and development, and health plan negotiations. She served as Undersecretary at the California Health and Human Services Agency and was Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Chief Deputy Cabinet Secretary. Her experience includes almost twenty years as a management consultant in the private sector, including employment with IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and owning her own management consulting business.
    Finance/ACHE-CAHL

    GLORYANNE BRYANT, BS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
    National Director Coding Quality, Education, Systems and Support, Kaiser Permanente National Revenue Cycle


    Gloryanne has been an HIM professional and leader for over 35 years, specializing in clinical coding. She has an RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator), an RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician); is a Clinical Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP), a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), a Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS), and is an AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer.

    Ms. Bryant has for years conducted numerous ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT coding, DRGs, MS-DRG, APR-DRGs, APC (OPPS), leadership and compliance workshops and seminars for Hospital and Physician-based coding staff, Coding and HIM Leaders, and others.

    Gloryanne is a sought-after advisor, mentor, national speaker and author on healthcare coding compliance, reimbursement, clinical documentation improvement, physician querying, coding regulations (ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT), and professional ethics. She truly serves as a catalyst for quality coded data, integrity, and improvement in the Coding HIM profession and in healthcare overall.
    Compliance

    KATHLEEN CAIN CARRITHERS
    Sr. Vice President and CFO, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego


    As the Sr. Vice President and CFO of Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, Kathleen is responsible for all phases of the Hospital’s financial operations including Accounting, Budgeting, Revenue Cycle and Supply Chain. She has extensive healthcare experience including CFO of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland, CFO at other California hospitals and as a Regional CFO for Hawaii Health Systems.

    Ms. Cain earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from Indiana University and her Masters of Health Administration from The Ohio State University. She also has extensive volunteer experience with the Healthcare Financial Management Association having served as President of the Northern California Chapter, a Director of the Hawaii Rainbow Chapter and on the National Advisory Council. She also was a board member of the California and Hawaii Divisions of the American Cancer Society. In Hawaii, she was a member of the Maui Workforce Investment Board and a founding member of the Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation. She also does continuing volunteer work for women and children in Ethiopia through Humani, Inc.

    Kathy and her husband, Ed Carrithers, reside in Lakeside.
    Finance/ACHE-CAHL
    ANTHONY D. CHAVIS, MD, MMM, FCCP,
    Vice President, Enterprise Chief Medical Officer, Montage Health


    Dr. Chavis has 42 years' experience in various positions within healthcare. In 2014 Dr. Chavis was appointed Vice President, Enterprise Chief Medical Officer (ECMO) for Montage Health (formerly Community Hospital Foundation). In that role he serves as Chief Medical Officer for a number of subsidiary organizations, to include, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP), Montage Medical Group (MMG), Community Health Innovations (CHI), and Aspire Health Plan (AHP).

    As ECMO, Dr. Chavis was instrumental in conceptualizing the integrated population management strategy and corporate development of AHP and CHI, including performing a feasibility study and seeking Board of Trustees’ approval, and acting as a key driver/participant in recruiting new corporate executives, while pursuing and obtaining a California Knox-Keene license and federal approval as a Medicare Advantage Plan. He served as a key executive in day-to-day development and implementation of insurance and population health management services, such as complex care, transitions of care, and disease management services. In addition, he worked to evolve countywide workplace wellness and patient engagement services. Dr. Chavis launched a private health information exchange and was involved in forming a Monterey Countywide health information organization (Central Coast Health Connect, LLC). Dr. Chavis has also been instrumental in organizing several other healthcare collaborative groups to address subjects like diabetes and controlled medication abuse.

    As Chief Operating and Medical Officer, Dr. Chavis has led the growth of Montage Medical Group from strategic inception to being a successful, multi-specialty physician group with a NCQA Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home designation.

    Dr. Chavis served as Vice President Medical Affairs and Patient Safety Officer of CHOMP, from 2002 through 2013. He had responsibility for performance improvement, patient safety, infection control, peer review, credentialing, CME, health information management, institutional review board, utilization review, discharge planning, social services, information technology (clinical and business), and physician leadership development and contracting.
    He was formerly Senior Vice President, Regional Chief Medical Officer, for a six-hospital region of Catholic Healthcare West (now Dignity Health), Vice President Medical Affairs at Phoenix Memorial Hospital, and Associate Medical Director at Tucson Medical Center.
    General Session
    LYNNE W. GENTRY
    Executive Director of Patient Financial Services/RevWorks for Adventist Health West


    As the Executive Director of Patient Financial Services/RevWorks for Adventist Health West, she makes an impact on Adventist Health performance by focusing on PFS key performance indicators and assuring standardization and consistency across the multiple AH facilities in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.

    Lynne joined Cerner in 2016. She has previously held roles with Kaiser Permanente and Swedish Health System responsible for revenue cycle functions including billing, payor contracting, reimbursement, chargemaster, patient access, financial counseling and customer service.

    During her time at Cerner, Lynne has focused on creating a regional leadership structure in PFS for Adventist Health, created oversight forums for billing, cash posting, AR and denial management . She has driven process improvement and best practice to achieve PFS improved results for Adventist Health.

    Lynne is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from City University. She is a member of Healthcare Financial Management (HFMA).
    Revenue Cycle
    GREGORY B. HAMMER, MD
    Professor of Pediatrics/Anesthesiology, Stanford University School of Medicine


    Gregory B. Hammer, MD, is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics in the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is board certified in pediatrics, anesthesiology and pediatric critical care medicine. He has been practicing these specialties since completing fellowships in pediatric anesthesia and critical care medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 1988. He has been at Stanford since 1995, and was promoted to Professor in the Medical Center Line in 2003.

    Dr. Hammer's clinical focus is in pediatric cardiac anesthesia and pediatric critical care medicine. His research is in developmental pharmacology, and he has an active laboratory with multiple ongoing studies. He has been NIH funded for more than 10 years and has published more than 100 articles on topics related to pharmacology and perioperative care of children undergoing cardiac and thoracic procedures as well as organ transplantation. He is Section Editor for cardiothoracic anesthesia for Pediatric Anesthesia.

    Dr. Hammer is a health enthusiast and meditator, utilizing a non-duality and mindfulness-based approach. He is engaged in the Stanford WellMD initiative and is a member of the Physician Wellness Committee. He is an advisor to several residents and fellows in pediatrics and anesthesiology, and teaches "Presence Practice" to medical students, residents and fellows at Stanford.

    Dr. Hammer is married to Dr. Susan Connolly, who is very active in the Wellness program at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. They have 4 wonderful adult children.
    Mindfulness
    RICHARD M. HART
    CFO, Stanislaus Surgical Hospital


    Healthcare CFO with diverse executive leadership experience in acute care hospitals, physician practices, managed care companies and related healthcare organizations. Experience in stand-alone and multi-hospital systems, integrated delivery systems, for profit and not for profit corporations and rural, suburban and urban markets. Proven track record in financial and operations management, increasing net revenues through revenue growth and expense reductions. Well-liked team player with all levels of staff and management, develops strong financial staff and known for integrity, hard work, and focus on quality. Improves financial and operations results while improving quality.
    Compliance

    BRIAN JENSEN
    Regional Vice President, Hospital Council of Northern and Central California


    Brian is Regional Vice President of the Hospital Council for the Sacramento-Sierra, Stanislaus-Merced, and San Joaquin-Mother Lode sections. He brings extensive experience working with elected and civic leaders to his role at the Hospital Council. He was previously Government Relations Consultant for Pacific Gas and Electric’s Sacramento and Sierra divisions. Prior to that, he was District Director in the District Office of House Republican Conference Secretary John T. Doolittle (R-Roseville).

    Brian holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brigham Young University and an M.A. in Government with an emphasis on American and California politics from California State University, Sacramento. He is currently the 2013 Chairman of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Immediate Past President of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce.
    Finance/ACHE-CAHL
    NAWAL JOHANSEN, MD, FACP
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Director, Stanford Health Care


    Dr. Johansen graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Medical School and completed internal medicine residency at Stanford. She has served as a faculty member in the Stanford Department of Medicine since 2009. In addition to serving as a primary care provider to over 1,000 patients at Stanford's main faculty clinic, Dr. Johansen teaches Stanford residents and medical students, serves as Medical Director of Stanford's Clinical Advice Service, and is a member of the Stanford Physician Wellness Committee. She completed a course on Compassion Cultivation Training at Stanford's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and has since presented locally and nationally about the topic.
    Mindfulness
    RONALD G. KNAPP
    Executive Vice President, Toyon Associates


    Ronald G. Knapp, Executive Vice President, has over 36 years of experience in the field of Medicare/Medicaid governmental reimbursement services. For the past 31 years, Mr. Knapp has been part of Toyon Associates executive leadership overseeing the firm’s growth from a staff of 3 to over 55 and now the largest Medicare/Medicaid governmental consulting firm on the West Coast. As one of Toyon’s senior experts in Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement strategies, Mr. Knapp continues to provide to advise hospitals and healthcare systems. Mr. Knapp also oversees Toyon’s practice groups involved in cost report preparation and support, Medicare disproportionate share and bad debt consulting services and Toyon’s software development group that includes Toyon’s proprietary ABSOLUTE software.
    General Session
    SUSAN LABOW
    Vice President, Receivables Optimization, Inc.


    During the course of Susan's lengthy tenure in the healthcare world, she has held virtually every position involved in the revenue cycle, from biller to corporate business office director. Susan is very active with the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and was past chairperson for the HFMA Region 11 Symposium, was also a past president of the Southern California Chapter. Susan is active with the California Hospital Association and serves on the Payer Relations Committee. She is a frequent speaker both at the state and national level. She has also served as a contributing editor with the Healthcare Registration Newsletter and has written articles on registration issues. As a consultant, Susan has the unique opportunity to view and improve a vast number of provider organizations. She has seen every possible way you can “torture an account". Her focus is to ensure that the processing of the patient's account is cost-effective, compliant with state and federal regulations and allows the staff to become empowered.
    Innovation

    GEORGE LOUIE
    AVP/CMO of Self-Funded Health Plans, UC Health


    Results driven healthcare executive and physician leader with extensive experience in health plans, medical groups, and integrated delivery systems. Working knowledge of reimbursement models and contracted networks in California, Oregon, and Arizona. Demonstrated ability to build effective teams, lead change, and execute programs and interventions that improves clinical and medical cost outcomes across a wide range of markets and business environments. Known for special expertise in medical informatics and healthcare finance.

    Energized by innovation and new concepts in service delivery and products that achieve clinical outcomes and business goals. Skilled at mentoring talent and building successful teams from diverse groups across functional units in matrix and smaller organizations. Adept at integrating multiple data sources and leverage organizational resources to advantage. Noted for aligning partnerships grounded on common interest and mutual gain.

    Trained in leadership and medical management from Institute for Physician Leadership, UCSF, Wharton, American College of Physician Executives, Hay Group, and Spencer, Shenk, Capers & Associates.
    Finance/ACHE-CAHL
    BEN MACK
    Healthcare Practice Partner, Moss Adams


    Ben has practiced public accounting for over 15 years with a focus on both not-for-profit and governmental health care providers, medical groups, and governmental payors. Ben has co-authored papers on the accounting guidance for the California Provider tax and for charity care. He is a long-time board member of the Northern California Healthcare Financial Management Association.
    Finance/ACHE-CAHL

    CHRISTOPHER “CHRIS” MCGOLDRICK, MHSA, CPA
    Chief Financial Officer – Administration Dignity Health Medical Foundation



    Chris McGoldrick has experience in the following settings:
    8 years of hospital based Accounting Department work

    3 years of public accounting and +20 years as a solo CPA (concurrent)
    7 years in Academic Medicine leadership
    14 years in Medical Practice Management as a CFO

    Chris is from the Northeast and has lived across the country. He loves the west and enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, swimming, running and biking as well as backpacking and photography. Chris wants to visit every national park and ultimately become a national park ranger.

    Chris is a certified public accountant and holds a Masters degree in health services administration. He has taught at the graduate level for 5 years on topics such as managerial accounting, public health and health care administration.
    Finance/ACHE-CAHL
    LARS OSTERBERG, MD, MPH
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Teaching, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto VA Hospital


    Dr. Osterberg is an Associate Professor (Teaching) of Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine
    and Co-director of Stanford Medicine Teaching and Mentoring Academy. He currently directs the Educators-4-CARE program at Stanford University School of Medicine. This program is dedicated to developing the clinical skills of Stanford Medical Students. He is also a member of the Stanford Physician Wellness Committee and completed the Compassion Cultivation Training at Stanford CCARE and has been invited to speak regionally and nationally about compassion training, including a presentation with Dr. Johansen nationally about the topic. He received an undergraduate degree in bioengineering from UC-Berkeley, an MD from UC-Davis, and a Master's in Public Health from UC-Berkeley. He also completed internal medicine residency at Stanford.
    Mindfulness
    DEBI PRIMEAU, MA, RHIA
    Principal, Primeau Consulting Group


    As President of Primeau Consulting Group, Debra (Debi) Primeau has over 35 years of experience in Health Information Management and Health Information Technology as an Executive Consultant, IS Director, and HIM Director. Debi leads Primeau Consulting Group as HIM and HIT Practice Leader working with other HIM and HIT professionals in the industry to bring superior consulting services to the healthcare industry. Previously, Debi has worked with various HIM consulting companies as the VP of HIM Services, Compliance of Privacy and Security, as well being responsible for developing and implementing clinical documentation improvement programs, in addition to developing and providing education and training programs.

    She is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a degree in business management, in addition to a Masters degree in organizational management. She is the Past President for the California Health Information Association (CHIA), recipient of the Distinguished Member Award, serves on several AHIMA committees, has given numerous presentations and written for HIM and affiliated healthcare publications.
    Compliance
    RACHEL SEAMAN, MD
    Medical Director, Stanford University Healthcare Alliance (UHA) Provider Wellness Committee, Medical Director, Collaborate Primary Care


    Dr. Seaman is the Medical Director of Stanford UHA Provider Wellness Committee. She advocates for collaboration among all players in health care, including providers, administrators, patients, insurers, and entrepreneurs. She is also Medical Director of Collaborative Primary Care, a UHA primary care clinic in Los Gatos, where she actively sees patients as an internal medicine physician. Dr. Seaman is a member of the Stanford Physician Wellness Committee, completed the Compassion Cultivation Training at Stanford CCARE and has presented with Dr. Johansen and Dr. Osterberg nationally about the topic. She completed her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, received her MD at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and completed internal medicine at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Mindfulness
    WENDE WECKBACHER, FHFMA
    Executive Director, Stanford Healthcare - ValleyCare


    Wende has been in healthcare operations for more than 25 years working for various organizations such as Sutter Health, BlueShield of California, Psych Solutions-Sierra Vista Hospital, John Muir Health and Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare.

    She’s currently the executive director of revenue cycle at Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare located in Livermore, California. She previously worked at John Muir Health as the director of Patient Financial Services – Single Business Office.

    Wende has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Since 2006 she has been an active HFMA Member, completed her CHFP Certification (Certified Healthcare Financial Professional) in 2010, and in 2011 became a Fellow (FHFMA) while chairing and co-chairing on various HFMA committees.

    Wende enjoys spending time with family and friends, and golfing (her newest hobby).
    Revenue Cycle
    RON YAW
    Vice President, Finance and Economic Analysis, California Hospital Association


    Ron’s most recent position was as Controller for St. Mary’s Medical Center (Dignity Health) in San Francisco. He also held positions with Verity (formerly Daughters of Charity), St. Josephs Health System, HCA, Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic.

    Ron brings more than 25 years of hospital finance experience ranging from assistant controller to chief financial officer at hospitals and health systems throughout California and other states. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in finance and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University.
    General Session
    LAURA ZEHM, FHFMA
    VP/CFO, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP)


    Laura is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP). In that role, she has led the development of two insurance products: Central Coast Community Mutual Insurance Company and Aspire Health Plan (a Medicare Advantage plan). She is the Chief Executive Officer for both insurance companies. She joined CHOMP in 1982 and has over 30 years of healthcare and financial experience. Laura grew up outside of Chicago and began her professional career there working for Blue Cross of Chicago.

    Laura is a member of Financial Executives International and American College of Healthcare Executives. Laura is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and has served on several committees including the board of directors from 1998 – 2005, filling various positions including Chairperson. She has also served on the Board of the California Hospital Association as the Northern California HFMA designee for the years 2007 – 2008 and the Board of Natividad Medical Center (as part of a grant agreement between CHOMP and the County of Monterey) from July 2006 – December 2008. She has served on non-profit community Boards and committees to include the Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy, Monterey County AIDS Project, Monterey Federal Credit Union and Carmel Mayor’s Task Force.

    Laura earned her BS from Western Illinois University and her MBA from Golden Gate University.
    General Session

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    Session TitleTime StartTime EndTrackSpeaker/Panel MembersDescription
    Registration and Breakfast7:15 AM8:30 AM
    Pursuing Your Passion: A Keynote Address by Carol Friesen, National Chairperson of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
    8:30 AM9:45 AMKeynote AddressCarol Friesen, HFMA National Chairperson
    Like most things in life, pursuing your passion doesn't involve following a straight line from Point A to Point B, but rather a path with twists and turns. It's a journey that often involves three phases: discovery and commitment, sustaining and making it work, and, at times, reigniting your passion to enjoy the journey. This presentation will encourage attendees to reflect on their unique path to the place "where passion meets purpose" and to consider how they can leverage the Power of One to influence and inspire others in all areas of their life.

    After this session, attendees will be able to:
    1. Articulate their story and the "why" behind what they do
    2. Define what success looks like to them and make a choice to pursue it
    3. Identify ways to sustain passion and "make it work," both professionally and personally
    4. List the three qualities essential to reigniting passion and enjoying the journey
    5. Explain how the Power of One can be leveraged to influence and inspire others
    Break9:45 AM10:15 AM
    HIPAA Compliance on a Shoe String Budget10:15 AM11:15 AMComplianceDebra Primeau, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA, Principal, Primeau Consulting Group

    Richard M. Hart, CFO, Stanislaus Surgical Hospital
    Attendees recognize key care settings at high-risk for breach and reasons why they are considered so. Also, they hear a recent case study on HIPAA breach risk analysis for one California specialty hospital including areas of risk, assessments of risk levels, assignment of a breach team, and strategies to correct privacy and security problems on a shoestring budget. Financial short-cuts are discussed to accommodate limited staff and budget resources without compromising privacy and security.

    1. Understand key areas considered HIPAA high-risk and rationale for breach concern
    2. Review primary reasons for performing risk assessments on smaller practices and specialty hopsitlas, why it is important and projections for what to expect
    3. Take-away practical application strategies from a recent risk analysis conducted at Stanislaus Surgical Hospital
    4. Define how to cut financial corners without compromising privacy and security safeguards
    Panel Discussion: The Future of Healthcare Financing10:15 AM11:15 AMFinance/ACHE-CAHLAnn Boynton, Director, Payer Strategies & Value Based Contract Management, UC Davis Health; George Louie, AVP / CMO of Self-Funded Health Plans, UC Health; Christopher McGoldrick, CFO, Dignity Health Medical Foundation

    Moderator:
    Brian Jensen, Regional Vice President, Hospital Council of Northern & Central California
    Financing, a driving force on the healthcare landscape, continues to become more complex. With budgetary pressures on Medicare and Medicaid, pay-for-performance and federal expectations for investment in technology without regard to costs, executives must constantly monitor the financing landscape. Given these pressures, many questions emerge.

    1. The outlook for Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance and their impact on organizational strategy and planning
    2. The outlook for pay for performance and consumer-driven products, and their impact on organizational strategy and planning
    3. The current issues and challenges in providing charity care
    4. Strategic approaches to monitoring and adjusting to financing issues
    Don't be Obsolete in the Revenue Cycle!10:15 AM11:15 AMRevenue Cycle/Patient AccessWende Weckbacher, MBA, FHFMA, Executive Director, Stanford Healthcare-ValleyCareLearn how Stanford Valleycare reduced their AR, maximixed their reimbursement and reduced their cost in a case study.

    1. Learn how to maximize reimbursement, reduce AR and reduce cost by minimizing staffing costs by 50%+ through an intelligent workflow system that reduces claims that need to be worked; reducing the number of highly trained staff needed to resolve claims; and automating several tasks that are done manually.
    2. Learn how Stanford ValleyCare reduced their AR Outsourcing by 50%
    3. How to identify true denials and their true value
    4. Increase cash by automatically identifying peak charges and reimbursement value for each claim, and ensuring that each claim gets paid to its maximum reimbursement value. Eliminating $$ lost due to charge capture issues, underpayments, and untimely write-offs.
    Beyond MACRA; Preparing for the Future of Health Care Delivery10:15 AM11:15 AMRevenue Cycle/Patient AccessIrv Barnett, MBA, CMPE, Founder, V2V Management SolutionsDo not miss this exciting presentation on how to take your practice "Beyond MACRA." We will cover the basics of MACRA and MIPS, and discuss the larger picture of why preparing your practice for new payment models and incentive opportunities in the future are critical to success. Learn how to validate that focusing on efficient and effective outcomes driven care will bring you a return on your investment. Leave with a checklist of what to do now to prepare for the future!
    The Importance of Auditing Strategically11:15 AM12:15 PMComplianceJulia Hammerman, RHIA, CPHQ, Director, Compliance and Education, himagineAttendees to this session will:
    1. Explore challenges impacting the coding workforce
    2. Share industry trends and insights from the 2016 HIM Benchmark Report sponsored by ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals and himagine solutions
    3. Learn how to dig deeper into findings related to auditing and review best practices
    4. Learn how to assess the performance of your coding operation and clinical documentation processes to determine if there are any deficiencies and opportunities for improvement
    5. Learn how to establish a more strategic quality assurance plan to evaluate ongoing performance
    Cost Effectiveness of Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing11:15 AM12:15 PMFinanceWendy Benson, Vice President Strategic Initiatives and Kathleen Cain, CFO, Rady Childrens Institute for Genomic MedicineRady Childrens Hospital San Diego implemented rapid whole genome sequencing for critically ill patients in NICU and PICU settings. Within the first 7 months of the program, 42 patients were enrolled with dramatic changes in clinical treatments and outcomes that resulted in significant financial savings, cost effectiveness and patient satisfaction.

    1. Understand the definition of rapid whole genome sequencing and how when paired with clinical markers within the EMR, it can lead to early diagnosis and changes in treatment
    2. Learn how the cost savings from early diagnosis (shorter NICU stays, less testing, etc.) significantly outweigh the cost of the sequencing
    3. Identify how the benefits of rapid whole genome sequencing is an effective population health tool
    Presence Practice: Surviving, Even Thriving in Acute Care Medicine11:15 AM12:15 PMMindfulnessGregory B. Hammer, Professor of Pediatrics/Anesthesiology
    Stanrod University School of Medicine
    Burn out in healthcare is a serious problem. Dr. Gregory Hammer will discuss how Stanford University Medicine has addressed this issue. In this interactive session, Dr. Hammer wil present Stanford's approach through creating a Culture of Wellness that has led to increased efficiencies and personal resilience, and what we can (and really must) do as individuals to not only avoid burnout, but to thrive -- not just as physicians but as anyone working in the high-stress environment that is healthcare.
    Machine Learning - Its Uses In Predicting Readmissions To Avoid CMS Penalties (Updated Presentation Subject)11:15 AM12:15 PMRevenue Cycle/Patient AccessDrew Brown, Senior Manager, Data & Analytics Strategy, nthrivePresently, hospitals around the country face penalties of up to 3% of their CMS reimbursements, based on the number of readmissions occurring within 30 days. The definitions for readmission are clear and have been for years, yet many hospitals struggle to identify drivers behind readmission and create appropriate interventions to lower them. Additionally, even if a hospital does develop a model, many struggle to implement it in any meaningful way.

    Drew Brown, nThrive's National Service Offering Lead for Data and Analytics Strategy, oversees the data science consulting team and is currently working on solving the readmission problem through the development of predictive models to score patient readmission risk. He will present the current state of the work including a high-level review of research conducted so far, and will discuss what it takes for a hospital to not only build a predictive model, but also discuss how management can know what a good model looks like (hint: one of Drew's first models was over 94% accurate, yet he wouldn't dare use it), what steps organizations generally go through to develop a data science capability, and how to get started with building your own.

    This talk is targeted at a non-data science audience; no formal mathematical background is necessary. While Drew is a data scientist by profession, he has also spent years as a strategy and organization design consultant, and will thus use the CMS readmission problem as context for going in depth into building your own data science organization.
    Lunch12:15 PM1:15 PM
    Mindset Matters: Medicine Meets Mindfulness1:15 PM2:30 PMKeynote AddressRomila "Dr. Romie" Mushtaq, M.D., ABIHMRomila Mushtaq, MD., ABIHM, is a traditionally trained neurologist with additional board certification in integrative medicine. A highly sought-after professional speaker, Dr. Romie teaches the medicine behind mindfulness, bringing together Western medicine and Eastern wisdom to help individuals and audiences learn to heal from stress-based illnesses, and career burnout. She is an expert contributor in such media outlets as NPR, Fox Business and The Huffington Post. Dr. Romie completed her medical training at the Medical University of South Carolina, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and University of Michigan where she won numerous teaching and research awards. When not speaking around the country, she heals clients at the Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine in Orlando, Florida.
    Break2:30 PM3:00 PM
    OIG Compliance Effectiveness Recommendations3:00 PM4:00 PMComplianceGloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS,
    AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, National Director Coding Quality, Education, Systems and Support
    Kaiser Permanente National Revenue Cycle
    This one-hour presentation will cover the new resource guide for "Measuring Compliance Program Effectiveness." This guide was released in January 2017 after a joint partnership between Healthcare Compliance Association (HCCA) and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Knowing your effectiveness is key to having a successful compliance program and decreasing risk. Each entity should know how to measure their effectiveness through metrics and checklists.

    1. Understand key aspects of healthcare compliance effectiveness from the OIG
    2. Learn about key recommendations from the OIG that impact your compliance program
    3. Enhance your knowledge about healthcare compliance
    4. Provide some key steps to take in your department or organization's compliance program plan
    FASB Accounting Update3:00 PM4:00 PMFinanceBen Mack, Partner, Moss Adams LLPThis session will tackle the Financial Accounting Standards Board's (FASB) newest standards and codes. Ben Mack will review the latest, need-to-know accounting standards for healthcare financial reporting.

    1. Inform the audience on what is new with revenue recognition standards
    2. Provide updates on leasing guidance
    3. Discuss topics such as new investment income recognition guidance, all of which applies to health care providers
    Mindful Compassion Cultivation Training for Healthcare Professionals3:00 PM4:00 PMMIndfulnessNawal Johansen, MD, FACP
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Director, Stanford Health Care Clinical Advice Services

    Lars Osterberg, MD, MPH Associate Professor of Medicine, Teaching, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto VA Hospital

    RachelÊSeaman,ÊMD, Medical Director, Stanford University Healthcare Alliance (UHA) Provider Wellness Committee;
    Medical Director, Collaborate Primary Care
    Participants will learn about the neuroscience behind mindfulness, engage in Compassion Cultivation Training, and learn skills to promote self-care and wellness for themselves and others. The workshop leaders will guide attendees through meditative and reflective practices to promote well-being and enhance performance in the healthcare environment.

    1. Learn why self-compassion training and compassion for others can prevent burnout, improve performance, promote wellness, and enhance healthcare teams
    2. Actively engage in mindful compassion training to promote self-care and care for others
    Cerner RevWorks/Adventist Health West: Strategic Partnership for Revenue Cycle Management3:00 PM4:00 PMRevenue Cycle/Patient AccessLynne Gentry, MBA, Executive Director, Patient Financial Services, Cerner/RevWorksThe current 'State of Healthcare Industry' is propelling more and more organizations to consider the benefits of strategic outsource partnerships for revenue cycle management. Such partnerships can provide expertise to optimize efficiencies in technology, create standardization, and assure alignment across large systems and business acumen of services for individual facilities. Cerner RevWorks/Adventist Health West is an example of a long term strategic partnership investment in revenue cycle operations.
    Revenue Recognition for Health Care Organizations Under ASC 6064:00 PM5:00 PMFinanceJay Adkisson, Partner, RSM US LLPThis presentation will be an overview of issues affecting health care entities related to Financial Accounting Standards Board ASC Topic 606 Revenue from contracts with customers. Specifically, focusing on the topics that have been addressed by the AICPA's Health Care Revenue Recognition Task Force.

    1. Gain an understanding of the overall approach in the new revenue recognition guidance to health care entities
    2. Gain an understanding of specific issues related to revenue recognition that are being addressed by the AICPA Health Care Revenue Recognition Task Force
    3. Determine how health care entities' revenue recognition accounting policies, processes and controls may be affected by the new guidance
    Can Working Remotely in the Business Office Work?4:00 PM5:00 PMInnovationLisa Sander, SBO Director, John Muir HealthReview the decision and process to allow working from home for a Central Business Office. Overview of planning, pitfalls, new processes and impact.

    1. Show what can be done if remote working is desired/needed
    2. Be able to plan for how to still make remote staff be part of the office
    3. What process changes to consider
    Are Your Zero Balances Really Zero? A case study of seven hospital health systems4:00 PM5:00 PMInnovationSusan Labow, Vice President, Receivables Optimization, Inc.This is a case study of a seven hospital health system, that was able to stream the contract modeling process and validation, staff work flow, productivity and most importantly payer performance. The goal was to optimize technology, minimize staff intervention and re-work while ensuring that a zero balance is truly a zero balance.

    Provide attendees with options to take home and implement to work toward improving their outcomes
    Meditation Walk5:00 PM5:30 PMMindfulnessWalking meditation is one of the most useful and grounding ways to attend to your mind and body. Enjoy the late afternoon warmth of Indian Summer at Squaw Valley while Dr. Romie shows us how easily we can take that walk to the car, or even the next meeting, to become present and connect to what is happening in the here and now.
    Cocktail Reception and Social Event5:15 PM6:15 PM
    Hippies Themed Dinner6:15 PM9:00 PM

    Session TitleTime StartTime EndTrackSpeaker/Panel MembersDescription
    Yoga for Everyone6:30 AM7:00 AMMindfulnessYoga isnÕt about twisting yourself into a pretzel, and itÕs not just for models, or people who look good in leotards. Yoga is for everyone. Enjoy the famously amazing mountain air of Squaw Valley while Dr. Romie teaches Yoga basics with individualized coaching.
    Registration and Breakfast7:15 AM8:30 AM
    Transforming Relationships to Transform Healthcare8:30 AM9:45 AMGeneral SessionAnthony D. Chavis, MD, MMM, FCCP, Vice President, Enterprise Chief Medical Officer, Montage Health

    Laura Zehm,ÊMBA, FHFMA, Senior Vice President at Montage Health and CEO of Aspire Health Plan
    One organization's journey into population management. Lessons learned along the way. In this session, you will learn how to identify Population Management Capabilities, Physician Integration and Partnership, and Value Based Financial Models that will help you Transform Healthcare.
    Break9:45 AM10:15 AM
    Panel Discussion: Healthcare Regulatory Update10:15 AM11:15 AMGeneral SessionRon Knapp, Executive Vice President, Toyon Associates

    Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, National Director Coding Quality, Education, Systems and Support
    Kaiser Permanente National Revenue Cycle

    Ron Yaw, Vice President, Finance and Economic Analysis, California Hospital Association (CHA)

    Moderator: Tammy Trovatten, CHFP, Chapter President, HFMA Northern California
    This session will highlight the regulatory changes and updates of the 2017 Hospital Inpatient (IPPS) and Outpatient (OPPS) Prospective Payment System and other federal/state regulations from various points of view (Compliance, Reimbursement, Finance, and Revenue Cycle).

    1. Provide an overview of the 2017 Final IPPS and Proposed OPPS federal regulations.
    2. Discuss regulatory update impacts to Medicare coding, billing, compliance, and reimbursement.
    3. Discuss current state and federal regulations that may impact the healthcare industry.
    Creating Cultures of Leadership and the Power of ÒLollipop MomentsÓ11:20 AM12:35 PMKeynote AddressDrew Dudley, Founder and Chief Catalyst of Day One LeadershipDrew Dudley believes we routinely ignore a huge percentage of the leadership that exists around us. He aims to remedy this by helping individuals and organizations create Òcultures of everyday leadershipÓ through daily acts of generosity. His wildly popular TED talk called these everyday acts ÒLollipop MomentsÓÑa concept thatÕs resonated with thousands of people around the world.Ê

    The former Director of one of the largest university leadership development programs in Canada at the University of Toronto, Drew Dudley nevertheless embraces the idea that Òleadership cannot really be taught. ÊIt can only be learned.Ó ÒIÕve never thought of what I do as ÔteachingÕ leadership,Ó he says. ÒFor me, itÕs always been about trying to find a way to help others explore the conceptÑwhat it means to them, and to their communities.Ó

    Dudley helps us understand leadership in a more nuanced, practical, and hopeful way. He argues that we too often make leadership into something bigger than us, or beyond us. We make it about money, fame, titles and influence, and therefore something reserved for a select few.
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    Instead, Dudley insists our organizations and communities are stronger when we embrace the idea there is a form of leadership of which we are all capable. His keynotes blend world-class storytelling with practical insights on how to develop and recognize leadershipÑin ourselves, our families, our organizations, and our communities.

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