NEVADA CITY, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Rural Accountable Care Consortium is bringing together a group of highly respected and nationally recognized rural healthcare experts for its Rural ACO Summit on February 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. This is a free educational conference being held in conjunction with the National Rural Health Association's Policy Institute, which begins February 3.
According to National Rural Accountable Care Consortium founder Lynn Barr, Summit participants will hear from dozens of brave rural providers who have entered the program and blazed a path for others to follow. Barr explains, "The experience of these providers is invaluable for informing policy considerations and helping others attain maximum shared savings and quality improvements going forward." She adds, "Hundreds of millions of dollars are available to support rural participation in these new models of care. Interested rural providers should attend so they can fully understand the opportunities available and the potential impact on their community and their sustainability."
For a complete Rural ACO Summit agenda, go to http://www.nationalruralaco.com/events-rural-aco-summit-agenda.shtml
Rural ACO Summit speakers will include:
- Lynn Barr, Consortium Chief Transformation Officer and rural healthcare thought leader who will lead the discussion on ACOs, grant funding and proposed changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program.
- Terri Postma, MD, Performance-Based Payment Policy Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) who will speak on the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Rural Providers.
- Hoangmai H. Pham, MD, MPH, Director, Seamless Care Models Group, CMS Innovation Center who will speak on CMMI – ACO Investment Model and the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative.
Industry panels comprised of ACO members will discuss their experiences from the field, including challenges, opportunities and lessons learned about forming and participating in a rural ACO. The panelists include Ann Abdela, ED, Chautauqua Region Associated Medical Partners ACO; Tammy Davis, NP, Summit Pacific Medical Center; James Suver, CEO, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital; Morgan Dunn, President and ED, Pioneer Health Alliance ACO; Angie Dickman, Vice President, Reid Hospital ACO; Pat Schou, ED, Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network & Richard Osmus, CEO, Abbeville Medical Center, Stephanie Beever, Senior Vice President, Carle Health Systems; Ann Morse Abdella, ED, Chautauqua Region Associated Medical Partners ACO; Mark Hamed, MD, Medical Director, National Rural Accountable Care Organization Consortium; David Ameen, CEO, Memorial Hospital; Chris Baumgardner, ED, Alcona Citizens for Health, Inc.; Jeffrey Hatcher, MD, Physician, Margaret Mary Health System and Melanie Van Winkle, CFO, Mammoth Lakes Hospital.
The Summit will also offer several breakout sessions. These will cover:
- ACO Quality and Evidence- Based Medicine, led by Paul Krause, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Mark Hamed,MD, Medical Director, both with the National Accountable Care Consortium
- Data and Analytics, with speakers Karin Abraham, Director of Information Technology, National Rural Accountable Care Consortium; Tim Putnam, CEO, Margaret Mary Hospital & David Ameen, CEO, Logansport Memorial Hospital
- Care Coordination and Beneficiary Engagement, with speakers Mary Bittner, DNP, Vice President Clinical Development, National Rural Accountable Care Consortium & Kathleen Dunckel, MD, Physician Care Coordinator, Alcona Citizens for Health, Inc.
- ACO 101, led by Lynn Barr, Chief Transformation Officer, National Rural Accountable Care Consortium and Brian Bauer, Attorney, Hall-Render
ABOUT THE NATIONAL RURAL ACCOUNTABLE CARE CONSORTIUM
The Consortium is a non-profit affiliation of rural providers who are moving toward new models of care delivery that implement coordinated, patient-centered care to improve the quality of life for their community and reduce avoidable healthcare spending. It provides educational resources and learning networks for existing ACOs and future ACO applicants. Membership is open to all interested parties, at no cost or obligation. To learn more about the Consortium http://www.NationalRuralACO.com.
Lynn Barr, MPH
Chief Transformation Officer
National Rural Accountable Care Consortium
Placemaking Group on behalf of National Rural Accountable Care Consortium
510-835-7900, ext. 206
SOURCE National Rural Accountable Care Consortium