Fall 2021 Conference Agenda
Sept. 29–Oct. 1
Marriott Marquis Washington D.C.

  
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Schedule:
Wednesday (pre-conference workshops): 1:00–4:00 pm ET
Thursday (Main Meeting): 7:30 am6:00 pm ET
Friday (Main Meeting): 7:30 am3:00 pm ET

Thursday, September 30

7:30 – 8:15 am

Sponsored Breakfast Session
Sponsored by naviHealth

 

7:30 – 8:15 am

Sponsored Breakfast Session
Sponsored by Apixio

 

7:30 – 8:15 am

Sponsored Breakfast Session
Sponsored by Salient Healthcare

 

8:30 – 10:00 am

Welcome
Clif Gaus, President and CEO, NAACOS
Rob Fields, Mount Sinai Health System, NAACOS Board Chair 

Opening Plenary
Jon Blum

Liberty Ballroom

10:00 – 10:30 am

Break

Foyer

10:30 am –12:00 pm

What's Ahead for Direct Contracting
Chair: David Pittman, NAACOS

Direct Contracting, announced with great fanfare just before the spring 2019 NAACOS conference, will enter its second performance year in 2022. With now multiple cohorts and types of entrants, we have a better understanding of what to expect from Direct Contracting. This session will examine what changes we might see in the model, what DCEs’ focus should be on, challenges and opportunities, and how to overcome obstacles.

 

10:30 am –12:00 pm

Strategies to Improve Care for Beneficiaries with Complex Needs
Chair:
Rob Mechanic, Institute for Accountable Care
Speaker
: Matt Zadavasky 

High-need, high-cost (HNHC) individuals with multiple chronic conditions, functional limitations, and complex social needs account for a high proportion of Medicare spending and a disproportionate amount of potentially preventable spending. The needs of HNHC patients often are not well addressed by a health system and culture focused on specialized and facility-based care. This session will discuss three strategies that ACOs could implement use to reduce unnecessary acute care for HNHC populations: on-demand acute care delivered by paramedics; extensivist clinics that offer hospital-level services in an ambulatory setting; and geriatric emergency departments (GEDs) that work to triage elderly patients to alternative care settings where appropriate.

 

10:30 am –12:00 pm

Hospital at Home 2.0
Chair:
Debbie Welle-Powell, Essentia Health

 

12:00 –1:30 pm

Lunch Plenary
Dr. Robbie Pearl

Liberty Ballroom

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Break – and pick up signed book

Foyer

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Critical Policy Updates for ACOs
Chair: Allison Brennan, NAACOS

In this session, NAACOS staff will review recent policy updates pertaining to ACOs and Direct Contracting Entities (DCEs) for 2022. In addition, the session will review key congressional issues for ACOs to be aware of as well as what to expect from the new administration for the value-based care movement. 

 

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Leveraging ACO Infrastructure
Chair:
Tony Reed, ChristianaCare ACO
Speaker: Mark Gwynne, 

 

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Post COVID Lessons Learned
Chair: Rob Fields, Mount Sinai Health System

The pandemic challenged delivery systems large and small to rethink not only the day-to-day management of patients but also finances, technology, policies and procedures and whole host of other variables that are part of what we do as providers. In this session, we will have leaders from various parts of the country discuss not only how they adapted to the rapidly changing environment but also what changes will carry forward and how did value-based operations contribute to the overall mission of their organizations. 

 

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Break

Atrium and Exhibit Hall C

4:00 – 4:45 pm

Sponsored Breakout Session
Sponsored by Innovaccer

 

4:00 – 4:45 pm

Sponsored Breakout Session
Sponsored by Health Data Analytics Institute

 

4:00 – 4:45 pm

Sponsored Breakout Session

 

4:45 – 5:00 pm

Break

 

5:00 – 5:45 pm

Health Equity Showcase
Speakers
: Katherine Schneider, Rob Fields

Liberty Ballroom

5:45 – 6:45 pm

Reception

Foyer and Liberty Ballroom

Friday, October 1

7:30 – 8:15 am

Sponsored Breakfast Session
Sponsored by Arcadia

 

7:30 – 8:15 am

Sponsored Breakfast Session
Sponsored by Real Time Medical Systems

 

7:30 – 8:15 am

Sponsored Breakfast Session
Sponsored by LabCorp

 

8:30 – 9:30 am

Plenary

Liberty Ballroom

9:30 – 10:00 am

Break

Foyer

10:00 – 11:30 am

How Medicare Advantage Experience Drives ACO/Direct Contracting Success
Chair: Emily Brower, Trinity Health
Speaker: Yates Lennon, CHESS; Raj Naik, Best Value Healthcare; Daniel Wendorff, Mount Carmel Health Partners

Join experienced leaders who will share how they borrow from their success in Medicare Advantage to inform their Medicare ACO/Direct Contracting strategy…and vice versa.  Speakers will share what initiatives were easier to spread, and where they needed different approaches to improve outcomes for the different populations.  Practical learning and time for discussion will make for an interactive session.

 

10:00 – 11:30 am

Health Equity
Chair:
Jen Perloff, Institute for Accountable Care

 

10:00 – 11:30 am

Transitioning to eCQM Reporting
Chair: Megan Reyna, Advocate Aurora Health

In this session, ACOs will discuss what they are doing to prepare for the move away from quality reporting using the Web Interface, to electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs). The session will review recent policy updates driving these changes and discuss strategies ACOs are implementing now to prepare for the transition. 

 

11:30 – 11:45 am

Break

Foyer

11:45 am – 1:15 pm 

The Future of Digital Health for ACOs
Chair: David Pittman, NAACOS

The use of telehealth and remote monitoring has skyrocketed since the COVID-19 pandemic, and many health systems have embedded the technology’s use into everyday practice. In this session, we’ll discuss where the policy and practice will take digital health tools, including hearing from ACOs about their outlook on telehealth and remote monitoring, what they hope to accomplish, and how.

 

11:45 am – 1:15 pm 

Physician Compensation Models that Support Transition to Value
Chair: Kim Kauffman, Best Value Healthcare
Speakers: Rob Fields, Mount Sinai Health System; Stephen Nuckolls, Coastal Carolina Quality Care; Ashish Parikh, Summit Medical Group – NJ 

Three very different organizations will share how they modified provider compensation to achieve their shared value-based care goals.  Audience questions and idea sharing will be encouraged during this conversational session

 

11:45 am – 1:15 pm 

Network Leakage/Keepage
Chair: Tom Kloos, Atlantic ACO and Optimus Health Partners

 

1:15 – 3:00 pm

Lunch Plenary
Open Mic with 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.

Liberty Ballroom