Fall 2020 Conference Agenda
September 22–October 2, 2020

After carefully considering our ability to convene an in-person event and our attendees' willingness to travel to one, NAACOS has made the decision to hold the fall conference as a fully virtual event. We plan to build on the successes of our recent virtual Spring Conference and also apply several lessons learned. The fall virtual conference will take place over two weeks in late September with more sessions as well as opportunities to interact with peers and vendors. As in the past, all the content will be available to access for the following six months. Mark your calendar for Tues-Fri, Sept 22-Oct 2 for this unique opportunity to learn operational tactics, clinical best practices, and updates on policy and regulation from ACO experts and CMS officials. The program will also feature strategies for adapting to the COVID pandemic. NAACOS conferences are the only events organized exclusively by ACOs.  

The program will be: 

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
September 22 – October 2

Opening Plenary

Tues, Sept 22


Administration's Policy on Value-Based Care
CMMI's Brad Smith

Managing Risk Across Populations
Chair: Anthony Reed, Ascension
Speakers: Richard Martin, Geisinger Health/Keystone ACO, Nick Bassett, Castell Health/Intermountain Heath, Sindey "Beau" Raymond, Ochsner Health

In today’s competitive healthcare environment an organization that has the scale to build infrastructure and spread the cost over a wide patient base can generate significant returns on investment. This session explores what industry leaders in value-based care are doing to provide seamless care to their patients across multiple risk models and contracts.

Plenary Future of Virtual Care
Chair: TBD
  Rural ACO Challenges
Chair: Patt Richesin, Kootenai Accountable Care
  Chronic Care and Social Determinants of Health During COVID
Chair: Bracken Babula
Speaker: Rob Fields, Mount Sinai Health System; Laura Gontz, Thomas Jefferson University; Jennifer Gasperini, NAACOS; Megan Reyna, Advocate Aurora Health

ACOs’ Use of Digital Health Tools
Chair: David Pittman, NAACOS

The COVID-19 pandemic sparked tremendous interest in the use of telemedicine. Proper use of digital health tools can create a more efficient, more cost-effective health system, which are also the goals of accountable care models. This session will hear from ACOs and experts on how to use telemedicine, remote monitoring, and artificial intelligence to optimize patient care. We hope to leave plenty of time for discussion and questions.

Wed, Sept 23

12:30 - 2:00 pm

How Medicare ACO Experience Informs Medicare Advantage Strategy 
Chair: Emily Brower, Trinity Health
Panelist: Thomas Kloos, Atlantic Health ACO
  Innovative Venture-Funded Primary Care Models
Chair: Rob Mechanic, Institute for Accountable Care
Panelist: Rushika Fernandopulle, Iora Health
Plenary Intersection of Private Payers
Chair: TBD
  Physician Comp
Chair: Kimberly Kauffman
  Medicaid: The Next Value-Based Contract for Innovation in Population Health
Chair: Debbie Welle-Powell, Essentia Health
Panelists: Dev Sangvai, Duke Connected Care

Critical Policy Updates for ACOs
Chairs: Allison Brennan, Jennifer Gasperini, and David Pittman, NAACOS

In this session, NAACOS staff will review key regulatory and legislative updates for ACOs. Among other topics, this session will discuss recent Congressional activity, key proposals included in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule – such as notable ACO quality and MACRA proposals, updates to the Next Gen and Direct Contracting models and important telehealth policy changes. 

Plenary MedPAC Leaders
Chair: Clif Gaus, NAACOS
  Congressional Staff Discussion
  ONC Rules on Data Sharing
  Late-Breaking Topics
Plenary Biden Campaign on Value-Based Care Policy
Closing Plenary

Town Hall with CMS
Moderator: Allison Brennan, NAACOS
Speakers: John Pilotte (confirmed) and Amy Bassano (Invited), CMS

This session includes a town hall format and is an important way for ACOs and CMS to have an open dialogue about the Medicare ACO program, including discussion on evolving policies and how ACOs fit into CMS’s overall goal of improving Medicare payment and healthcare delivery. This is an excellent opportunity for ACO executives to pose questions and receive answers directly from CMS leaders and to hear the newest developments straight from the agency.