Friday, September 20

1 p.m. Luncheon (Open to All)

Welcome and Opening Remarks

John Lane
Chair, Healthcare Trustees of New York State and Trustee, Winthrop-University Hospital

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Opening Keynote:
The Trustees' Role in Promoting Safety and Quality: Balancing Systems and Individual Accountability in Pursuit of a Safety Culture

Gerald B. Hickson, M.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs; Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs; Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy; Professor of Pediatrics; Chair of the Board of Directors at the National Patient Safety Foundation.

Dr. Hickson will discuss the responsibility of the trustee in ensuring that his/her organization delivers safe and high quality care to the patients. He will engage the audience through the use of an audience response technology system to assess health systems' readiness to pursue safety and quality initiatives, asking trustees to address whether they have adequate infrastructure to address behaviors that undermine a culture of safety. Trustees will be provided a "checklist" with questions that may be helpful in assessing the progress of their organizations' readiness.

2:15 - 2:45 p.m.


2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Executive Director's Opening Remarks

Sue Ellen Wagner
Executive Director, Healthcare Trustees of New York State

New York State Commissioner of Health Address to Trustees

Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H.
Commissioner, New York State Department of Health

3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

New York State Hospital Performance Statistics: Looking Back to Look Forward

Valerie Grey
Executive Vice President, Policy, Healthcare Association of New York State

This session will provide trustees with valuable information and insight into the future based on a review of past performance of New York hospitals. Ms. Grey will present an overview of New York hospital performance over the last two decades and what the future may hold. Discussion will include highlights of a recent HANYS project that examined common characteristics (demographics, service mix, sources of payment, size, system membership, market share, and quality-driven payment) of top performing hospitals.

4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

HANYS President's Address

Dennis Whalen
President, Healthcare Association of New York State

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.


6:35 p.m.

Awards Dinner


Saturday, September 21

7:15 a.m.


7:45 - 9 a.m.

Breakfast Session

Creating a Culture of Wellness-Population Health

David Nash, M.D., M.B.A.
Dean, Jefferson School of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University

Dr. Nash is a board-certified internist who is internationally recognized for his work in outcomes management, medical staff development, and quality improvement. He will discuss population management for improving community wellness and how health reform is yielding new organizational structures and payment models. He will share his insight on what boards can do to change organizational culture in this new, evolving environment.

9 - 9:15 a.m.


9:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Governance Practices in an Era of Health Care Transformation

Mary Totten
Governance Consultant and Content Director, American Hospital Association Center for Healthcare Governance

How are the transformational changes now confronting health care organizations affecting the way boards govern? This session will discuss the findings from interviews with 37 board members, executives, and clinical leaders from four health care organizations and analysis by an expert panel to explore how boards are evolving to guide their organizations through the profound changes now underway in health care.

Ms. Totten will share what the Center's research has revealed about:

  • the most important contributions boards are making to help their organizations prepare for the significant changes now occurring in health care;
  • the conversations boards have not yet had that would move their organization's strategic plan forward;
  • the key competencies boards will need to successfully guide their organizations in the future;
  • how well prepared today's boards are to partner with their organizations' leaders to guide their hospitals and health systems through the challenges of transformation; and
  • where boards may be at greatest risk of impeding their organization's success.

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 - 11:45 p.m

Concurrent Sessions

Health Insurance Exchanges

Jeff Gold
Vice President, Managed Care and Special Counsel, Healthcare Association of New York State

In this presentation, Mr. Gold will provide information on New York's Health Benefit Exchange, the estimated first year enrollment projections, and some of the potential risks associated with the implementation of the Exchange. With the upcoming launch of the Exchange, the presentation focuses on the expected impact on providers, and the individual and small group markets. In addition, the presentation provides an overview of contracting and other implications within the new marketplace.

Overseeing the Transition to Accountable Care: A Trustees Perspective

Steve Morrissette
Board Chair, Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet, Illinois

Hospital trustees and executives are facing one of the most significant industry restructurings in our lifetime. Cost containment initiatives by commercial payers and changes in federal health care policy are driving clinical integration models with a new financial urgency. Health care organizations confront an uncertain future care delivery configuration and the risk of competitors using this restructuring to their advantage. Many communities have launched programs to develop some form of accountable care organization to respond to these structural changes. Mr. Morrissette will address the issues, risks, and questions that should be considered by hospital directors/trustees when making these important strategic decisions.

11:45 - 1 p.m.


1 - 2:15 p.m

Luncheon (Open to All)

Healthcare Transformation

Maulik S. Joshi, Dr.P.H.
President, Health Research and Educational Trust and Senior Vice President of Research, American Hospital Association

The only certainty is uncertainty. The healthcare field is going through dramatic change as payment and care delivery models are transforming and the future role of the hospital is evolving rapidly. In this presentation, Dr. Joshi will provide the potential paths for the hospital of the future, the strategic questions for Boards and leaders to ask to determine your paths and the strategies of how to get there.

2:15 p.m

Time on Your Own

6 p.m

Cocktails/Buffet Dinner

7 - 8 p.m

After Dinner Speaker/Entertainment

Robert Dubac

Robert Dubac draws on decades of experience as a writer, actor, and stand-up comic to create one-man shows that explore political ideas, social mores, and the complexity of the human experience with unparalleled humor. Shifting effortlessly from one hilarious character to the next, he takes every audience on a journey into his mind-scape, letting them ride his train of thought through a route that is somehow both circuitous and direct.

Sunday, September 22

7:30 a.m.


8 - 8:45 a.m

Regional Networking Breakfast

Hosted by Regional Association Executives

Regional association executives will facilitate discussion among trustees to identify key issues and challenges that confront their health care organizations. This session will provide an ideal opportunity to network with regional colleagues and discuss concerns with their respective regions.

8:45 - 9 a.m


9 - 10:15 a.m.

Panel Discussion

Facilitated by John Morley, M.D
Vice President of Clinical Affairs, Healthcare Association of New York State

Panel members include:

Hospitals and health care systems continuously face a multitude of challenges and uncertainty as they strive to provide quality health care to their communities in this ever changing world of care delivery. Trustees struggle to guide their organizations forward and address complex physician issues revolving around doctor recruitment, retention, clinical integration, and physicians as board members. The panel will discuss these challenging issues.

10:15 - 10:30 a.m


10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

"Top of the World"

Eric Alexander
Skier, Climber, and Mountaineer

In 2001, Mr. Alexander defied the odds and scaled Mount Everest guiding his blind friend Erik Weihenmayer to its lofty 29,035-foot summit. He has successfully climbed the highest point on six of the seven continents and led expeditions throughout Europe, North America, South America, the Himalayas, and other mountainous regions of the globe. In 2006, he co-led a 30-mile trek through the Andes of Peru with nine blind students ending at Machu Pichu. Mr. Alexander shares this inspirational story with audiences all over the country, reminding us of our humanity and demonstrating the courage it takes to climb to the "top of the world." He continues to climb and look for new challenges while inspiring people to overcome the "Everests" in their own lives by redefining the limits of what we can achieve.

11:30 a.m.


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