Thursday, September 21 2:20-2:55 pm

TRACK A - Keynotes & Health IT
TRACK B - Health IT
TRACK C - Health IT
TRACK D - Health IT
TRACK E - Revenue Cycle
TRACK F - Revenue Cycle
TRACK G - Revenue Cycle
TRACK H - Revenue Cycle
TRACK I - Thought Leadership


A. TBD


B. Cyber and IT Security Today: The Best Approaches and Ideas 
-- John Wilcox, Chief Information Officer, Ozarks Medical Center
-- Michael Archuleta, BSIT, ITIL, Director, Information Technology Services, HIPAA & Information Security Officer, Mt. San Rafael Hospital
-- Garrett Hall, Research Director, Cybersecurity and Implementation Services, KLAS
-- Moderated by Mary Rechtoris, Writer/Reporter, Becker’s Healthcare

A discussion about the security threats hospitals encounter daily, such as ransomware, and how they can employ best practices to safeguard themselves in the digital space.

Recommended for: CIOs, CISOs, Chief Data Officers


C. Mobile Device Connectivity: Empowering the Patient and Transforming Healthcare Through Mobile Device Strategies 
-- Sumit Nagpal, Co-Founder and Chief Exectuive Officer, LumiraDx, Inc.; Co-founder, Chief Architect and UX Officer, LumiraDx Holdings, Ltd.

Mobile technologies are reshaping how we deliver and practice healthcare. Global mobile health data will forever change the way we deliver, practice and experience healthcare in the years to come. The end user will be more empowered with more access enabling more efficient healthcare transactions supporting a healthier generation. 

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand how mobile technologies are poised to alter the healthcare delivery process
  • To identify new and innovative technologies for maximum impact on healthcare delivery
  • To demonstrate the end user patient experience using mobile technologies

D. Reserved


E. Reducing Bad Debt and Improving Efficiency in the Revenue Cycle: A Lean Approach 
-- Larry Armstrong, Executive Director, Revenue Cycle Practice, Simpler Consulting 
-- Mike Simms, MBA, Vice President, Revenue Cycle, Cone Health

To help reduce waste and improve quality care, many hospitals and healthcare practices have adopted lean management tools to help achieve goals. This session discusses how to apply lean management to the revenue cycle to positively impact cash flow, improve financial performance and reduce bad debt. Attendees will learn: 

  • How to identify solutions to strengthen the bottom line and improve the quality of care.
  • Best practices to develop an organizational culture that engages employees and staff in Lean management strategies.
  • Ways to address process issues in a sustainable, measurable way. 

F. Write-off Reduction in Hospital Procedural Areas 
-- William Thacker, Director, Revenue Cycle Strategic Partner, Ochsner Health System

Through their Making Care Affordable initiative the Ochsner Health System’s Revenue Cycle was able to prevent $22.6M in denials write-offs over the 2015 and 2016 calendar years. This session will explore projects aimed at reducing Authorization, Level of Care, and Bad Debt denials and write-offs for cases originating in the hospital’s procedural areas. Attendees of this session will be able to: 

  • Understand the Lean principles used to initiate new workflows across multiple Clinic Operations and Revenue Cycle to achieve improved financial results
  • Identify specific workflows and targe areas the root cause of the issue instead of the symptoms
  • Utilize IT resources to generate real time alerts and avoid manual reviews

G. Enterprise Strategy to Change Healthcare via Data Science: Nationwide Children's Hospital Case Study
-- Simon Lin, MD, MBA, Chief Research Information Officer, Nationwide Children’s Hospital The Research Institute 
-- Steve Rust, PhD, Lead Data Scientist, Nationwide Children’s Hospital 
-- Yungui Huang, PhD, MBA, Director of R&D, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Nationwide Children’s Hospital launched a formal Enterprise Data Science program in early 2016. Programmatic elements will be discussed including mechanisms employed to identify and propose Data Science projects as well as the methods used to prioritize projects and allocate scarce Data Science resources based on anticipated return value. Results will also be reviewed from two successful early projects: (1) Development of pediatric early warning index based on objective measures, and (2) Prioritizing members of a pediatric accountable care organization for recruitment into a high-risk case management program.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand how to organize a healthcare data science program 
  • Understand how to prioritize healthcare data science projects 
  • Learn about successful healthcare data science projects

H. The CPT Code of Hammurabai 
-- James Newman, MD, Hospitalist, Fellowship Chair, Director UR, Director, Admission and Transfer Center, Mayo Clinic

Whether it’s Babylonian malpractice, Byzantine Administrative Org structures, Medieval Admission Guidelines, or Colonial American Utilization Review Data, one thing is for certain, that there is nothing new under the sun. This humorous, historical and informative session will highlight the roots of current management issues, and how they are handled in today’s modern environment 

  • Hospital Admissions Guidelines from Medieval to Medicare
  • Documentation from Hippocrates to EHR
  • Malpractice from Florence to Florida

I. Key Legal and Contract Issues in HIPAA, Health IT and EMR  
-- Steve Gold, JD, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
-- Rakesh Gopalan, JD, Partner, McGuireWoods LL

Data security and privacy breaches against third-party service associates have become more frequent in recent years. As cybersecurity threats intensify, healthcare organizations that outsource IT services are revisiting their service contracts to make sure they are HIPAA compliant. During this session, attendees will learn: 

  • How to evaluate and ensure a vendor is HIPAA compliant;
  • Strategies to mitigate risk during contract negotiations;  

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