Spring 2023 Conference Agenda
May 3–5
Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor

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NAACOS conferences are the only events organized exclusively by ACOs.
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

In addition to plenaries with CMS officials and other value-based care leaders, 16 breakout sessions will deliver actionable knowledge for new ACOs joining the MSSP and REACH models, rural ACOs, independent primary care ACOs, and experienced ACOs in all models. 

 Thursday, May 4

Time Session Location
7:00 am Registration Opens    
7:30 am – 8:15 am

Sponsored Breakfast  

Sponsored by Health Data Analytics Institute

7:30 am – 8:15 am

Sponsored Breakfast  

Sponsored by Real Time Medical Systems

7:30 am – 8:15 am

New Evidence-Based Model for Enhanced Care Coordination With Remote Monitoring; Improving Medication Adherence and Outcomes in Higher Risk Population
Speakers: Fred Taweel, Privia Medical Group, Mid Atlantic; Alisha Thornton, Brilliant Care

Privia Health, one of nation’s most successful ACO networks, partnered with Brilliant Care to design a care management solution leveraging RPM for meaningful clinical improvements in hypertension and diabetes care. The model is a user-friendly experience for patients and providers alike; specifically focused to improve medication adherence, patient outcomes and lower total cost of care. The collaborative results solve for virtually seamless turnkey implementation, zero out-of-pocket costs for ACOs/practices, and minimal disruption to daily operations. Who benefits from attending this session? ACOs determined to improve management of patients with uncontrolled hypertension and diabetes, medication adherence, and achieve meaningful reduction to total cost of care.

Sponsored by Brilliant Care


8:30 am – 10:00 am

Opening Plenary

Speaker: Meena Seshamani, Director, Center for Medicare, CMS

Roundtable Discussion: APMs vs. MA: Opportunities and Challenges to Achieve Savings and Innovate Care across Models
Chair: Emily Brower, Trinity Health

10:00 am – 10:30 am Break
Exhibits Open
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Fixing a Broken System: Primary Care Incentives in ACO REACH
Chair: Valinda Rutledge, UpStream  
Speakers: Marc Berg, Bluerock Care and Penn Ave Health ACO; Eric Cragun, Castell, an Intermountain Health Company; Andrea Osborne, VillageMD

This panel is aimed towards participants of the CMS ACO REACH model as well as other total cost of care value-based payment models. The presentation will provide an overview of the different “capitated” payment options including PCC (Primary Care Capitation), APO (Advanced Payment Option), TCC (Total Care Capitation), and enhanced primary care payments under the ACO REACH Model. Panelists will describe how they are utilizing these options to transform care. It will be a lively discussion of this payment model.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Building a Successful ACO from the Ground Up
Chair: Bob Rauner, OneHealth Nebraska
Speakers: Deepika Kewlani-Varkey, Catholic Health Physician Partners; Christina Lewis, St. Luke's University Health Network; Kathy Parsons, CentraCare

Panelists will each provide a synopsis of the key interventions they have implemented that they think has led to their success in both MSSP and commercial ACO contracts followed by Q&A with attendees.  Interventions to be discussed include setting a mission and core values to facilitate success in the ACO; criteria for recruiting clinics; new clinic/clinician onboarding steps to succeed in their ACO, and education of clinicians on practice transformation; changes in staffing and additions to the care team; approaches to care coordination and care management and use of quality and utilization data to inform and guide efforts.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Leaders in Quality Excellence Award Winners Showcase
Chair: Ashish Parihk, Summit Medical Group – NJ  

Three ACOs selected by the NAACOS Quality Committee to receive the 2023 NAACOS Leader in Quality Excellence Award will be recognized for their outstanding efforts to improve the quality and safety of patient care and advance population health goals. During this session, the winners will showcase their exemplary efforts in quality improvement and disseminate best practices.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Risk Management and Coding: "Your Patients are Risk Stratified, What's Next?"
Chair: Henish Bhansali, Duly Health and Care  
Speaker: Nathan Moore, BJC ACO
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch Plenary    

Speaker: Christopher Koller, Millbank Memorial Fund

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Break
Exhibits Open
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

REACHing for Sanity in ACO Compliance
Chair: Kim Busenbark, Wilems Resource Group
Speakers: Eric Becker, Aglion Health; Kate Casaday, CareMount; Michelle Leslie, MaxHealth

Can you Crush Your Audits (CYA)? REACH ACOs will be audited this year. To keep your sanity in PY23, join a panel of compliance and operations experts as we discuss the implications of compliance requirements within the ACO REACH Model. You’ll hear about hurdles during implementation, how compliance and operations should work together, and what steps your ACO can take now to ensure you have a plan to CYA.  

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

MSSP Benchmarking Basics for the Present and Future
Chair: Stephen Nuckolls, Costal Carolina Quality Care  
Speakers: Glenn Abrahamsen, Privia; Travis Broome, Aledade; David Pittman, NAACOS

Benchmarks are critical to success in the MSSP and other value-based programs.  This panel will review the present mechanics of these calculations, the scheduled changes, and the current considerations around administratively set benchmarks.  There will also be discussion around how the location or composition of your ACO’s providers may provide benchmark benefits or challenges.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Promoting High Performing Specialist Care in Your ACO
Chair: Rob Mechanic, Institute for Accountable Care  
Speaker: Anthony Reed, ChristianaCare

Engaging specialists in value-based care is a challenging enterprise when their payment incentives are mostly fee-for-service. This session will explore a range of strategies for engaging specialists that include education, measuring specialist performance using episodes of care, creating processes to enhance PCP-specialist collaboration, and establishing new financial incentive models. We will explore these strategies from the perspective of a large ACO with employed specialists and a single EMR and a smaller ACO with independent specialists.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

What’s RURAL Got to Do with It?  Implementing Successful Care Management & Patient Support Strategies in Rural and Low-Revenue ACOs
Chair: Jessica Martensen, Essentia Health  
Speakers: Maria Basso Lipani, Mount Sinai Health System; Rachael Lesch, CentraCare; Bob Rauner, OneHealth Nebraska

This session will discuss innovative care management and patient support strategies for addressing engagement, access to care, and social determinants of health for underserved populations.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Break
Exhibits Open
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Affinity Group Meeting – Data and Analytics
Facilitator: Patrick Donovan, Privia Quality Network
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Affinity Group Meeting – Quality  
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Affinity Group Meeting – CMO and Clinical
Facilitators: Nina Taggert, Lehigh Valley Health Network and David Van Winkle, Tandigm Health
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Affinity Group Meeting – Executive
Facilitators: Jen Moore, MaineHealth ACO; Jacob Woods, PSW
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Affinity Group Meeting – Operations  
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Reception
Exhibits Open

 Friday, May 5

7:00 am Registration Open    
7:30 am – 8:15 am

How Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Can Drive Success in ACO REACH and Other Value-Based Payment Models – A Conversation with UpStream and ClosedLoop
Speakers: David Grapey, UpStream; Andrew Eye, ClosedLoop

UpStream is an inaugural 2023 ACO REACH participant with more than 180,000 seniors supported through a whole-person care model. UpStream supports patients and providers by embedding pharmacists and other clinical staff into practices and supports physicians with proprietary technology that anticipates patient needs, supports patient care, improves quality, and helps coordinate care for seniors with chronic conditions. To improve the targeting of high-risk individuals, UpStream partnered with ClosedLoop, the Best in KLAS winner for Healthcare Artificial Intelligence: Data Science Solutions for 2 years running. Join speakers for a discussion on how UpStream is using AI and machine learning to efficiently deliver high-touch, preventive interventions that preserve patient independence and result in better outcomes for everyone.

Sponsored by ClosedLoop.ai

7:30 am – 8:15 am

Sponsored Breakfast

Sponsored by Arcadia

7:30 am – 8:15 am Sponsored Breakfast  
8:30 am – 9:30 am Plenary  
9:30 am – 10:00 am Break
Exhibits Open
10:00 am – 11:30 am Quality Measures  
10:00 am – 11:30 am

NAACOS Advocacy Update
Chair: Aisha Pittman, NAACOS
Speakers: Robert Daley, Jennifer Gasperini, Alyssa Neumann and David Pittman, NAACOS

NAACOS staff will provide an update on NAACOS’s efforts to ensure ACOs remain successful in the program and drive innovation for ACOs. This session will include provide updates on key policies for MSSP and REACH ACOs, fee-for-service policies that impact ACOs, NAACOS congressional and regulatory advocacy, and efforts to advance value across payers. 

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Uncovering the Strengths of a Federally Qualified Health Center Partner in a Value-Based Market
Chair: Margarita Ollet, Health Choice Care, LLC  

The aim of this session is for attendees to gain an understanding of the governance and operating principles of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHCs).  Join this session to learn more about the role FQHC’s play nationally and locally and how they are an integral community provider in today’s value-based market.

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Pharmacy Strategies that Improve Patient Care
Chair: Tiffany Jenkins, Trinity Health  
Speakers: Sheireen Huang, CHESS Health Solutions; Sara McElroy, HarmonyCares

Pharmacy management within ACOs is constantly evolving and advancing. This session will highlight examples of clinical and cost containment strategies employed by ACOs to see success in patient care as well as clinical and financial outcomes. Presenters will share real-world examples of how they have designed, implemented  and supported pharmacy care models and highlight developed best practices and practical considerations for pharmacy strategies that will improve patient care within an ACO. 

11:30 am – 11:45 am Break  
11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Addressing Health Disparities to Drive Equitable Outcomes
Chair: Laura Larssen, MaineHealth ACO  
Speakers: Jim Grana, BCBSSC; Karen Wilding, Nemours

Healthcare outcomes have been historically unequal and vary depending upon a population’s race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, geography, or language. This session will explore strategies for identifying existing health disparities, building reporting capabilities to measure outcomes, engaging providers around health equity work, and implementing systems for improvement. We will share approaches for addressing health equity from the perspective of a pediatrics institution, a health plan, and a large, statewide ACO.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Exploring Innovations, Opportunities and Challenges in Rural Health and the Impact on Value-Based Care
Chair: Debbie Welle-Powell
Speakers: Shannon Banks, MaineHealth ACO, Jennifer Lundblad, Stratis Health and Rural Health Value; Michael VanScoy, Arkos Health  

This session will explore innovations, opportunities, and challenges in rural health and their impact on value-based care. Attendees will learn about how digital care is supporting and enhancing patient care and the patient experience in rural settings. Presenters will review best practices and key elements in creating a virtual digital strategy. Attendees will also gain insights from leading rural health systems who share their goals for value-based care, payer partnerships, and enhanced patient outcomes, and learn about prioritizing and integrating health equity in a rural setting.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Evolution & Revolution of Primary Care: Multiple Paths to Success 
Chair: Arshad Rahim, Mount Sinai Health System

Today, there are multiple innovative models of primary care.  This session seeks to provide a quick overview of the leading primary care models.  The majority of time will focus on panelists speaking to staffing models and keys to success, how these primary care practices and centers achieve financial sustainability, and integration across various modes of care delivery.  These modes include virtual, in-person, remote patient monitoring and retail connections.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Demystifying Benchmarking Under ACO REACH
Chair: David Pittman, NAACOS  
Speakers: Samuel Johnmeyer, PSW and MultiCare Connected Care; Yubin Park, Apollo Medical Holdings

Few policies are as important to ACOs as financial benchmarking. However, few policies are as complicated as benchmarks, which has been particularly volatile under ACO REACH. This panel will review ACO REACH’s benchmarking policies and discuss timely topics like its retrospective trend adjustment and the health equity benchmark adjustment. Attendees should come away with a better understanding of the model’s financial methodology and what they can expect – as best we can predict – in the months ahead.

1:15 pm – 3:00 pm

CMS Town Hall  
Moderator: Aisha Pittman, NAACOS
Speakers: John Pilotte and Pauline Lapin, 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 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.