Exceptional Educational Program Awaits at the Fall IDN Summit

Lori Weaver - Wednesday, August 10, 2011

By John Kelly, CEO, IDN Summit
The 2011 Fall IDN Summit continues its tradition of high-quality content delivered by insightful speakers who have proven themselves to be exceptional leaders in the healthcare and business sectors.

Among those presenting will be the regional director for Region IX of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He joins a diverse line-up of qualified speakers, including executives from healthcare systems of various sizes and types, as well as a few presenters who come to us from research and academic circles, all aimed at providing IDN Summit participants with a high-caliber, thought-provoking educational experience.  I think you’ll find numerous opportunities to glean fresh ideas and concepts from the program to take back to your own organization.

Tuesday's breakout educational sessions will be along five educational tracks: Strategic Management, Financial Operations, Clinical Integration, Purchased Services and Market Strategies. I want to take this opportunity to provide a snapshot of the speakers we have lined up for each of these tracks, but I encourage you to also visit the conference agenda and speaker bio page for details about general session content and speakers as well.

In the Strategic Management Track, as mentioned, you’ll have the opportunity hear from Herb Schultz, regional director, Region IX, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on analyzing reform from a  payer’s perspective.  Appointed by President Barack Obama to his current position, Mr. Schultz has built an impressive career in healthcare policy at both the state and federal level.

Joining him in the Strategic Management Track for this fall will be John Donnelly, Virgin Mason Medical Center, and John Sdanowich, Johns Hopkins Health System, in a session looking at enhancing the supply chain partnership. Jean Chenoweth of Thomas Reuters will provide her thoughts during a session in this track focused on maximizing physician alignment.

Moving to the Financial Operations Track, Brent Petty of Wellmont Health System will be joined by John Ortiz of Tatum Healthcare and Laurel Junk of Kaiser Permanente, in providing insight on successful strategies for maximizing your bottom line. They are followed by a session on strategic capital acquisition planning, with Carol Davis-Smith of Premier Consulting Solutions and Daniel Majka with Kaufman, Hall & Associates, discussing ways your organization can assess and prioritize current and future capital needs. The track is rounded out with a session on building a financially successfully ACO, presented by Greg Shufelt, senior manager with the Camden Group.

The Clinical Integration Track will begin with a session on bridging the gap between clinical outcomes and financial objectives. Carilion Clinic’s Director of Pharmacy David Harlow will join Brian Romig, VP, pharmacy services & supply chain for Cone Health, and Dennis Robb, senior VP of supply chain management with UC Health, for this timely session that takes a closer look at achieving a clinically integrated supply chain. Next, you can hear from ECRI Institute’s Anthony Montagnolo on using effective evidence-based decision making for supplies and equipment. Mr. Montagnolo has served as ECRI Institute’s executive vice president and COO since 2001, and will discuss the use of meaningful, clean data in managing decision making.
This track will close with a session on utilization of data to engage physicians. Mayo Clinic’s Susan Widhalm will join Gregg Yocum of Saint Francis Health System and Chris Toomes with Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in discussing how data can be used to formulate goals and foster better relationships with physician leaders.

As healthcare systems continue to look for margin improvement, purchased services becomes an area of growing importance. The Fall IDN Summit’s Purchased Services Track will start with a look at effective negotiation techniques for maximizing purchased services contracts led by John Kautzer of ROi. With purchased services now the third-largest cost area in a healthcare system, negotiating contracts effectively becomes even more critical. He will be followed by John Quinones, New York City Health and Hospitals, and Bill Mosser, FMOL Health System, discussing how to identify key areas of purchased services cost reduction and target specific areas for maximizing cost savings.

The Purchased Services Track will wrap up with a session on proven models for purchased services savings. You won’t want to miss Jo Ann Autenrieb of Intermountain Healthcare and Robert Handfield, North Carolina University, discussing potential savings in several key areas of purchased services, including vendor management and transportation.

The Market Strategies Track is aimed at helping suppliers to align their goals with those of their customers. Neil Olderman, of DrinkerBiddle, will join Patricia Tyson, VHA Physician Preference Management and Goodroe Healthcare Solutions, and Joel Sangerman, payer relations director with DePuy Mitek, to start off this track with their insight into understanding how Healthcare Reform will impact the way you do business. They’ll be followed by Gary McMann, chief, supply chain network, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, and Tony Benedict of Abrazo Healthcare, on aligning customer and supplier goals.

That session will be followed by Jay Kirkpatrick, CEO, MidAmerica Region, Parallon Supply Chain Solutions, and Michael Langlois, vice president of supply chain at Beaumont Health System  on how to identify, gather and analyze actionable data. The session will be moderated by Maria Hames, Healthcare Links.

You can learn more about content and speakers for the 2011 Fall IDN Summit, including general sessions, by following links to the conference agenda and speaker bio pages on the IDN Summit website. For more detail on content and speakers from the five educational tracks for breakout sessions, check out the links below:

Strategic Management Track Content

Strategic Management Track Speakers

Financial Operations Track Content

Financial Operations Track Speakers

Clinical Integration Track Content

Clinical Integration Track Speakers

Purchased Services Track Content

Purchased Services Track Speakers

Market Strategies Track Content

Market Strategies Track Speakers

"We always recommend the IDN Summit meetings as a 'top show' for networking opportunities. The chance to work with such a large audience of high level decision-makers in one setting allows for a quick assimilation into the corporate account arena and provides strategic opportunities for any supplier. It is also a great occasion to stay close to the issues affecting healthcare delivery and a venue to be involved in improving them."

Maria Hames
Partner, Healthcare Links

"There hasn’t been a more important time for CEOs to be engaged in the healthcare supply chain than now. Balancing the need to be technologically advanced with the need to maintain solid financial footing means that leaders have to examine their supply chain as an integral part of system strategy. What I want to accomplish at the IDN Summit, and beyond, is to get the right kind of dialogue going with the right people."

Chuck Lauer
Former Publisher
Modern Healthcare