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National Summit: Transforming Hospital, Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Delivery Systems for Health Care Reform

We are excited to present our National Summit this week on Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1. Several nationally recognized health care industry experts will lead discussions will focus on how hospitals, post-acute and long-term care providers can partner to deliver effective, coordinated care to seniors.

Kathleen M. Griffin, PhDKathleen M. Griffin, PhD, is national director, post acute and senior services for Health Dimensions Group. She will reveal how health systems and hospitals are forming relationships with post-acute and long-term care providers to coordinate and deliver care in both efficient and effective ways.

Dr. Griffin is recognized as one of the nation’s foremost authorities in post-acute care and senior services continuums. She pioneered the development of subacute units, rehabilitation facilities, and long-term acute care hospitals as components of integrated health systems. She is considered to be one of the most prominent of our nation’s thought leaders in post-acute care and senior services, as related to health systems and organizations. She is a nationally recognized author and lecturer on these topics.

Guy MastersGuy Masters, senior vice president from the Camden Group will provide insight into how the new payment and delivery systems will work and share lessons learned from the early adopters of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

With 20 years of healthcare experience, Mr. Masters focuses on strategic, business, and service line planning, and business advisory and competitive positioning strategies for hospitals/health systems, physicians and payers. He has developed HMOs, PPOs, IPAs, MSOs, PHOs, medical groups, and direct contract relationships with employers. He is an experienced facilitator of board retreats, strategic planning processes, and business planning for healthcare services.

Palmer Evans, MDPalmer Evans, MD, from the Tucson Medical Center (one of three CMS ACO pilots), will share how post-acute and long-term care fit into an ACO, as well as strategies used to create a seamless care continuum through collaboration.

Dr. Evans is a former senior vice president & chief medical officer at Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. He began his administrative career at TMC in 1996 and retired in 2005, returning as Chief Medical Officer in 2007 at the request of TMC HealthCare’s Board of Trustees. He retired again in July 2010 but continues in a consulting role to TMC and the Southern Arizona Accountable Care Organization. He is a faculty member of the Arizona Healthcare Leadership Academy, and serves on the Board of La Posada at Park Centre, a nationally recognized Continuing Care Retirement Community. Evans was a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist in Tucson from 1974 to 1999 and is a Life Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Eric Coleman, MD, MPHEric Coleman, MD, MPH, will describe Care Transitions InterventionSM (CTI), the standard throughout the nation for promoting high-quality and effective management of care transitions.

Dr. Coleman is a Professor of Medicine within the Divisions of Health Care Policy and Research and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Coleman is the Director of the Care Transitions Program, aimed at improving quality and safety during times of care “hand-offs”. He is also the Executive Director of the Practice Change Fellows Program, designed to build leadership capacity among health care professionals who are responsible for geriatric programs and service lines. As a board-certified geriatrician, Dr. Coleman maintains direct patient care responsibility for older adults in ambulatory, acute, and subacute care settings.

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