Fall 2022 Conference Agenda
September 7–9
Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C.

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Schedule:
Wednesday (pre-conference workshops): 1:00–5:00 pm ET
Thursday (Main Meeting): 7:30 am6:00 pm ET
Friday (Main Meeting): 7:30 am–2:30 pm ET

Thursday, September 8

Time

Session

Location

7:00 am

Registration Opens

Independence Foyer

7:30 am – 8:15 am

Sponsored Breakfast

Sponsored by Salient Healthcare

Capital/Congress

7:30 am – 8:15 am

Align Value-Based Programs with your Post-Acute Network to Ensure System-Wide Quality & Reduce Costs
Speakers: Margaret Latrella and Phyllis Wojtusik, Real Time Medical Systems

In a value-based care world, ACOs, hospitals and health systems are accountable for the entire patient journey; therefore, their long-term success and financial viability are inherently tied to the performance of their network of post-acute care (PAC) providers. A significant amount of PAC costs for ACOs and CMS's bundled payments for care improvement initiative come from SNFs, who, thanks to the Patient Driven Payment Model, have begun adopting a value-based mindset to improve the quality of post-acute care. Now is the time to align acute and post-acute value-based care initiatives to deliver better clinical and financial outcomes across the entire patient continuum.

Sponsored by Real Time Medical Systems

Archives

7:30 am – 8:15 am

Back to Baseline: Harnessing Advanced Analytics to Improve Post-acute Outcomes
Speakers: David Clain and Josh Gray, HDAI

When ACO patients leave the hospital, some require more attention than others. But there is no time to conduct a deep-dive into the patients’ full medical history or analyze their current risk of readmission and adverse events. So, the default is to either reach out to all discharged patients, go through a list in the order that the names came in, or hope that their PCP will address post-acute care needs. In this talk we’ll share strategies for prioritizing your post-acute patients and data-driven best practices for reducing post-acute complications.

Sponsored by Health Data Analytics Institute

Shaw/LeDroit

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Opening Plenary

Speaker: Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, CMS Deputy Administrator

Administrator Brooks-LaSure will share CMS’s strategy and current activities to advance ACOs and other value-based care models. 

Liberty Ballroom

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Break

Exhibits Open

Independence Foyer and Ballroom

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Highlight & Share, Don't Rank & Spank! Best Approaches to Motivate Clinician Quality Improvement in ACOs
Chair: Bob Rauner, OneHealth Nebraska
Speakers: Naomi McMackin, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic; Amanpreet Sethi, Advocate Aurora 

Hear from ACO clinical leaders who have achieved exceptional performance on multiple high priority quality metrics and how they motivate ACO clinicians.  We are defining exceptional performance based on meeting 3 to 5 of the following: 

  • Medicare Annual Wellness Visit rates >70%
  • Breast Cancer Screening, Colon Cancer Screening, and BP control rates >80%
  • A1c Poor control rates <10%

Capital/Congress

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Attribution Logic for Provider and Practice Assignment in Reports for MSSP, REACH and MA
Chair: Jennifer Leazzo, Duly Health and Care
Speakers: Maria Alexander, Mount Sinai Health System and Henish Bhansali, Duly Health and Care

We will compare and contrast attribution methodologies across CMS programs such as MSSP, ACO REACH versus various Medicare Advantage/Commercial ACO Payor.  We will also discuss pitfalls of attribution versus PCP assignment as well as keys to success.

Archives

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Key Components of Value Based Contracting
Co-Chairs: Tony Reed, ChristianaCare and Nina Taggart, Lehigh Valley Health Network
Speakers: Barry Dahllof, eBrightHealth ACO; Rhonda Holcomb, eBrightHealth ACO; Nicole Sully and Michael Weiss, Lehigh Valley Health Network

In this session speakers from eBrightHealth ACO and Lehigh Valley Health Network ACO will discuss the basics of commercial “value-based” contracting and how to communicate and implement those contracts into action within your network.

Shaw/LeDroit

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch Plenary 

Dr. Asaf Bitton, executive director of Ariadne Labs, a health systems innovation center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will address primary care transformation.

Liberty Ballroom

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Break

Exhibits Open

Independence Foyer and Ballroom

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Critical Policy Updates for ACOs
Chair: Robert Daley, NAACOS
Speakers: Aisha Pittman and David Pittman, NAACOS 

In this session, NAACOS staff will review key policy issues affecting ACOs and Direct Contracting Entities (DCEs), including updates on the public health emergency, the proposed fiscal year 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, and CMMI model updates. It will also include an overview of NAACOS’ Congressional advocacy to extend the 5 percent Advanced APM bonus and grow participation in ACOs. The session will also feature a Congressional staff panel so attendees can hear directly from the staffers at the heart of the lawmaking process on Capitol Hill.

Capital/Congress

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Community Engagement Strategies to Address Social Determinants of Health and Reduce Unnecessary Admissions and Readmissions 
Chair: Rob Mechanic, Institute for Accountable Care 
Speakers: Kelly Cronin, HHS Administration for Community Living; Ashley Fitch, Mount Sinai Health System; Kathy Vesley, VAAA Cares and Bay Aging

ACOs are developing strategies to address social determinants of health and improve health equity – two major priorities of the Biden Administration. This session will examine how one ACOs is building a comprehensive strategy to address SDOH including evaluating patient’s social risk factors, building a network of community-based social service organizations, and developing an effective closed-loop referral system. Two major challenges facing ACOs is the lack of sufficient community-based capacity to deliver social services and need to develop sustainable partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs). The session will discuss the characteristics of successful partnerships provider from the perspective of one well-established CBO network. It will also discuss federal efforts to strengthen community social service capacity including the development of one-stop community resource hubs.

Archives

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Designing an Effective ACO Board Structure: How to Leverage your Board and Management Teams for Improved Decision-Making and Outcomes
Chair: Tori Bratcher, Trinity Health 
Speakers: Dan Bair, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic; Michael Barbati, Advocate Aurora Health; Brandon Webb, OneHealth Nebraska ACO

In this session, leaders of different ACO types will describe their Board structure, how they decided who to include, and how they use their Board to drive engagement and performance. While formal governance is mandatory for ACOs, Boards and committees can also be an effective tool in clinical and patient engagement. Learn how the decision-making framework differs by ACO composition and hear best practices from experts on how to engage board members to help drive better outcomes for the ACO.

Shaw/LeDroit

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Break

Exhibits Open

Independence Foyer and Ballroom

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Affinity Group Meeting – Data and Analytics
Led by: Rick Foerster, Privia Health, Patrick Donovan, Privia Quality Network and Jessica Walradt, Northwestern Medicine

Managers within ACOs who are responsible for integration, using data to analyze performance,
creating and integrating data from sources like EMRs, claims and registries

Capital/Congress

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Affinity Group Meeting – Quality
Led by: Yates Lennon, CHESS and Megan Reyna, Advocate Aurora Health

Managers and others who implement initiatives designed to improve, measure, and report the quality of care in an ACO

Archives

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Affinity Group Meeting – CMO and Clinical
Led by:  Nina Taggart, Lehigh Valley Health Network ACO and Rich Feifer, LTC ACO 

CMOs, CNOs, Pop Health Officers, and others who manage patient care, and clinical care redesign

Shaw/LeDroit

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Affinity Group Meeting – Executive
Led by: Jen Moore, MaineHealth ACO and Melanie Matthews, PWS

CEOs, CFOs, Executive Directors, Chief Value Officers, and others who oversee the ACO’s finances, budget, strategy, contracting

Chinatown

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Affinity Group Meeting – Operations
Led by: Tori Bratcher, Trinity Health, Karen Soja, Christina Care Health System and Daniel Elliott, Christina Care Health System

Managers and others who oversee day-to-day aspects of running an ACO such as building provider networks, engaging patients, practice transformation, and implementing projects to achieve the ACO’s financial and strategic goals

Liberty Ballroom

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Reception

Exhibits Open

Independence Foyer and Ballroom

Friday, September 9

Time

Session

Location

7:00 am

Registration Open

Independence Foyer

7:30 am – 8:15 am

Tiny Tasty Morsels from Inclusive Hubs

A Digital-first, Data-first (DF-DF) approach to achieving the Quintuple AIM — lower costs of care, better care for the patient, improved health of communities, sustainable service model for care teams, and equitable access to care for all. With over a decade of experience in empowering high-performance ACOs, the DF-DF approach is a new perspective on how to leverage data and technology to empower Quintuple AIM and democratize value-based care across communities.

Sponsored by The Garage

Capital/Congress

7:30 am – 8:15 am

ACO REACH Pressing Questions with Cedar Gate Technologies Clients
Speaker: David Morris, Cedar Gate Technologies

Are you struggling to solve capitation claims processing and analysis? Are you worried about care team workflows being disconnected from the health equity plan? Are you unsure about how to identify network providers and project performance? Are you a current or prospective REACH ACO looking for the most informative breakfast session? Look no further than the ACO REACH Pressing Questions – an interactive and fast-paced Q&A forum that explores the successes and lessons learned of four current and prospective REACH ACOs. Don’t miss the only NAACOS session where you can submit your own pressing questions to our expert panel of REACH ACOs, and where every person that enters a question wins a prize.

Sponsored by Cedar Gate Technologies

Archives

7:30 am – 8:15 am

Ochsner Health: Investing in Your Community & Driving VBC Performance
Speakers: Anna Basevich, Arcadia; Eric Gallagher and Beau Raymond, Ochsner Health

We know that most of what impacts patients' health takes place outside the exam room. But we can't go home with our patients... or can we? As the impact of SDOH on health care outcomes becomes clearer and payment models move health equity initiatives to the forefront of value-based care strategies, health systems must prioritize whole-person care. Ochsner Health has made bold investments in a broad range of vectors to drive improved healthcare outcomes across Louisiana over a ten-year period. Learn how their community engagement tactics fit into their holistic MSSP and VBC strategies, and how they plan to assess the short-term returns against a much broader investment plan.

Sponsored by Arcadia

Shaw/LeDroit

8:30 am – 9:15 am

Plenary

Speaker: Liz Fowler, CMMI Director 

The NAACOS Champion of Value in Health Care Award is given annually at the fall conference in Washington, D.C. to recognize policymakers for their outstanding leadership in advancing value-based payment in Medicare. This year’s award is being presented to Liz Fowler, the Director of CMMI. NAACOS will also be recognizing Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA), and Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI) who will address the conference virtually about their work to promote value-based care in Congress.  

Liberty Ballroom

9:15 am – 9:45 am

Break

Exhibits Open

Independence Foyer and Ballroom

9:45 am – 11:15 am

The Transition to eCQMs:  Multistakeholder Round Table Discussion
Chair: Katherine Schneider, Two Canoes
Speakers: John Pilotte and Michelle Schreiber, CMS; Kyle Cobb, ONC; Nick Frenzer, Epic; Aneesh Chopra, CareJourney; Megan Reyna, Advocate Aurora Health

NAACOS recently commissioned a Digital Quality Measurement Task Force to debate what it will take for ACOs to be able to transition to electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) successfully. In this session Task Force Chair, Dr. Katherine Schneider, will discuss key issues for CMS, the vendor community and other stakeholders to consider as ACOs work to transition successfully to eCQMs and digital quality measurement. This will be a roundtable discussion.

Liberty Ballroom

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Meeting Patients Where They Are: Strategies to Expand Healthcare Access For Vulnerable Patient Populations
Chair: Chelsea Graves, Aledade 
Speakers: Mohamed Arif and Evelyn Cayson, Aledade, Joseph GriceCommunity Health Center Association of Mississippi

This session will feature participating CHCs and Aledade clinicians in an exploration of the tactics and strategies used to increase primary care utilization among at-risk patients, the outcomes achieved through these efforts, and will provide a detailed analysis of the challenges faced by primary care service providers in engaging vulnerable patient populations.

Capital/Congress

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Successful Small ACOs and IPA: How to Survive With or Without Consolidation
Chair: Brian Hammer, NAACOS
Speakers: Stephen Nuckolls, Coastal Carolina Quality Care; Bob Rauner, OneHealth Nebraska; Pawan Shah, Physician Partners 

Small, lean, and mighty ACOs led by dynamic independent physician groups educate on their ability to overcome any sleepy giant who dares to stand between them and their success in the value-based care space. Some of the most successful MSSP ACOs have been primary care led and/or IPA based ACOs. Listen from these leaders who have been there and back as they illustrate the scope of their work and how their best practices can be deployed to help any ACO’s operation. This session is especially helpful for new ACOs starting out, those considering consolidation, or serves as beacon for those ACOs looking to possibly expand their existing CMS contract portfolio. Moderated by NAACOS’ very own VP of Membership, Brian Hammer, this session will surely provide a spirited discussion and help the audience see through the eyes of these proven ACO heroes.   

Archives

11:15 am – 11:30 am

Break

Independence Foyer and Ballroom

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Using Waivers and Capitation to Achieve Success in ACO REACH 
Chair: David Pittman, NAACOS 
Speakers: Christy Cawthon, Southwestern Resources Accountable Care Network; Rachel Corbitt, Primary Care Alliance; Andrea Osborne, VillageMD

The ACO REACH Model provides several avenues for ACOs to focus on optimizing care delivery and provider payment. The model offers opportunities to use capitation options and benefit enhancements that aren’t available in MSSP. This session will examine ways in which ACOs and Direct Contracting Entities use the tools, waivers, and payment options under ACO REACH and Direct Contracting to achieve success within their provider networks and patient populations.

Capital/Congress

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Remote Monitoring for Population Health Success: Design Thinking for Providers and Patients
Chair: Rob Fields, Mount Sinai Health System 

In this session we will discuss examples of remote monitoring efforts in the context of value-based programs. Specifically we will concentrate on the factors in program design that lead to success (and failure) and greater impact for clinical teams and most importantly for patients. 

Archives

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Principles of Partnerships: Creating Affiliate and Preferred Provider Agreements That Drive ACO Results
Chair: Jessica Martensen, Essentia Health
Speaker: Jacob Woods, PSW and NW Momentum Health Partners ACO 

This session will focus on developing and improving Affiliate and Preferred Provider Agreements.  We will focus on the requirements, shared responsibility, and compensation model options as well as discuss various ACOs results achieved through these strategic partnerships.

Shaw/LeDroit

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

CMS Town Hall 

Speakers: Pauline Lapin, John Pilotte and Michelle Schreiber, CMS

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

Liberty Ballroom