Spring 2021 Conference Agenda
Virtually
April 20-30, 2021

Agenda | RegistrationSponsorship and Exhibits

The virtual spring conference will feature a keynote by ACO thought leader, Dr. Mark McClellan, a fireside chat with SCAN CEO, Dr. Sachin Jain, and a closing town hall with CMS officials, as well as address critical issues for ACOs and other value-based payment models.

The conference will also feature additional keynotes, four peer-to-peer exchanges, and six sponsored sessions.

Week 1

Tuesday, April 20

Time

Session

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Plenary

12:00 – 12:15 pm

Break 

12:15 – 1:45 pm

Value-Based Contracts: Building Trust Between Payers and Providers
Chair: Chelsea Speth, Aledade 

Join leaders from both ACOs and payers as they discuss the importance of building long-term, sustainable partnerships in the transition to value-based care.  In this presentation, learn about strategies for negotiating value-based care contracts and the benefits of taking on two-sided risk for Commercial, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid populations.

1:45 – 2:00 pm

Break 

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Plenary
Speaker: Mark McClellan, Duke University 

Wednesday, April 21

11:00 – 11:45 am

Sponsored Session 

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Session 

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Reach for the Stars: Driving Success in Medicare Advantage Agreements
Chair: Jen Moore, MaineHealth ACO 

This session will include strategies for engaging providers in activities to accelerate performance across MA agreements, considerations for collaborations with payers on patient outreach and data capture tactics and factors to address when negotiating value-based agreements. 

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Peer to Peer Exchange

NAACOS will be facilitating discussions on several different topics during the conference using a Zoom platform so that all participants can come together to network and talk.  Any registered participant can join these discussions and you will be asked to click on a Zoom link that will be provided in emails and on the streaming website during the conference. More information and session moderators will be provided at a later date.  

3:00 – 4:30 pm

Critical Policy Updates for ACOs
Chair: Allison Brennan, NAACOS
Speakers: Dave Ault, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Travis Broome, Aledade (invited); David Pittman, NAACOS 

This session will review key federal policy updates affecting ACOs. Speakers will focus on recent and upcoming legislative and regulatory developments, including actions in Congress and the Administration. Discussion topics will cover Congressional priorities and actions, COVID-19 policy updates, ACO program updates, Innovation Center Model developments and other key policy issues for ACOs. 

Thursday, April 22

11:00 – 11:45 am

Sponsored Session 

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Session 

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Advancing Health Equity
Chair: Tony Reed, Ascension Health
Speaker: Sanjay Doddamani, UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources; Jennifer Houlihan, Wake Forest; Dave Hurter, Ascension Health 

This session will hear from ACO leaders on what they are doing to address health disparities.  Learn the basics through advanced approaches to being implanted in real ACOs today. 

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Peer to Peer Exchange 

NAACOS will be facilitating discussions on several different topics during the conference using a Zoom platform so that all participants can come together to network and talk.  Any registered participant can join these discussions and you will be asked to click on a Zoom link that will be provided in emails and on the streaming website during the conference. More information and session moderators will be provided at a later date.  

3:00 – 4:00 pm

National Excellence in Quality Leaders Award Winners Session
Chair: Megan Reyna, Advocate Aurora Health 

Congratulations to the following three ACOs for receiving the 2021 NAACOS Leaders in Quality Excellence Award.  These three ACOs, selected by the NAAOS Quality Committee, are being recognized for their outstanding efforts to improve the quality and safety of patient care and advance population health goals. During this session they will showcase their exemplary efforts in quality improvement and disseminate best practices.

  • Essentia Health, presenter: Emily Anderson
  • Ochsner Health, presenter: Michelle Brown
  • Primaria Health, presenter: Andrea Osborne

Friday, April 23

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Plenary
Speaker: Sachin Jain, SCAN 

12:00 – 12:15 pm

Break 

12:15 – 1:45 pm

Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges of Direct Contracting
Chair: Kim Kauffman, Best Value Healthcare 

 WEEK 2

Thursday, April 27

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Plenary 

12:00 – 12:15 pm

Break 

12:15 – 1:45 pm

How ACOs Can Implement Remote Monitoring
Chair: David Pittman, NAACOS
Speakers: Carrie Nixon, Nixon Gwilt Law; Sue Parker, NEQCA Accountable Care, Debbie Welle-Powell, Essentia Health 

ACOs are increasingly turning to technology tools that remotely keep tabs on patients’ health outside of the clinic and in their homes. Such technology has the power to improve chronic care management. This panel will explore policy implications of remote patient monitoring’s reimbursement and regulatory scheme, as well as hearing from ACOs who have stoop up their own remote monitoring programs. 

1:45 – 2:00 pm

Break 

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Review of MSSP ACO Quality Overhaul
Chair: Allison Brennan, NAACOS
Speakers: Rob Fields, Mount Sinai Health System; Steven Johnson and Fiona Larbi, CMS (all invited)

CMS recently finalized a major overhaul of ACO quality, updating the measures used in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) along with changes to reporting options, ACO quality scoring and shared savings, affected patient populations, and more. This notable update is being phased in over 2021 and 2022. During this session, CMS speakers will walk through these changes, answer ACO questions and provide clarification on key quality concepts affecting ACOs. The session will also include ACO speakers sharing their strategies for meeting the new requirements.

Wednesday, April 28

11:00 – 11:45 am

Sponsored Session 

11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Break 

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Sink or Swim with your Post-COVID Benchmark
Chair: Tim Gronniger, Caravan Health 

Health executives are challenged with navigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on every aspect of health care service delivery. Not only is the pandemic disrupting day-to-day health system operations, but its effects will ripple through the financial benchmarks that determine an ACO’s savings or losses. This session will help you understand the various impacts of COVID-19 on ACO benchmarks, both now and after the public health emergency ends. We will assess the potential options for CMS in addressing benchmarking, provide insight into how ACO benchmarks have performed during the pandemic, and help you understand the decisions your organization faces.

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Peer to Peer Exchange 

NAACOS will be facilitating discussions on several different topics during the conference using a Zoom platform so that all participants can come together to network and talk.  Any registered participant can join these discussions and you will be asked to click on a Zoom link that will be provided in emails and on the streaming website during the conference. More information and session moderators will be provided at a later date.  

2:30 – 4:00 pm

Caring for COVID Long Haulers
Chair: Rob Fields, Mount Sinai Health System 

Thursday, April 29

11:00 – 11:45 am

Sponsored Session 

11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Break 

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Innovating Through Acute Hospital at Home Programs: The Integrative Platform for ACOs
Chair: Debbie Welle-Powell, Essentia Health 

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Peer to Peer Exchange 

NAACOS will be facilitating discussions on several different topics during the conference using a Zoom platform so that all participants can come together to network and talk.  Any registered participant can join these discussions and you will be asked to click on a Zoom link that will be provided in emails and on the streaming website during the conference. More information and session moderators will be provided at a later date.  

2:30 – 4:00 pm

Shared Savings Distribution Model
Chair: Tom Kloos, Optimus Health Partners and Atlantic ACO 

Friday, April 30

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Improving Care for Frail Elders
Chair: Jen Perloff, Institute for Accountable Care 

12:00 – 12:15 pm

Break 

12:15 – 1:45 pm

Townhall with CMS
Speakers: John Pilotte, CMS (invited) 

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.