Upcoming Events

Monday Nov 19, 2018 12:00 pm EST
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During the recent midterm elections, the power structure in Washington shifted. In the Senate, Republicans will maintain control and will gain seats; in the House, Democrats will have a thin majority in the 116th Congress. We are pleased to report that the bipartisan Members of Congress supportive of our policy priorities either were not up for re-election or maintained their seats. We congratulate them on their victories.

Going into the next Congress, health care will likely be a central focus. C-TAC will be working closely with a bipartisan group of congressional members to ensure that our priorities – payment for advanced illness care services, workforce development, public engagement, and more – are a key component of these health care legislative efforts.

Join us for a discussion that will explore the midterm election results and their implications for the advanced care movement.


- Andrew MacPherson, Senior Policy Advisor,  C-TAC
- Marian Grant, Senior Regulatory Advisor, C-TAC

Tuesday Nov 27, 2018 02:00 am EST
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On the Tuesday after the CDC Vital Signs report is released, OSTLTS hosts an hour long town hall teleconference about the report’s topic. These monthly reports offer recent data and calls to action on important public health topics, and the teleconferences feature lessons learned and success stories from the state, tribal, local, or territorial perspective.

The town hall teleconferences were designed to provide a forum for our nation’s health officials to broaden the conversation, build momentum, and carry out evidence-based, effective programs within the public health areas covered by Vital Signs. We hope the town halls are relevant and useful to you in your work to protect and improve the health of the public. 

Tuesday Nov 27, 2018 10:00 am EST
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The National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference (NHCPC) is expanding opportunities for learning about the implementation of healthcare coalitions and coalition activities in our communities. While the NHCPC supports coalitions attempting to meet HHS/ASPR HPP and CDC PHEP grant program requirements, the Conference is independent and exists for coalitions, by coalitions. The Conference is celebrating its 7th year of continued opportunities for coalitions to connect and share their successes and lessons learned.

Tuesday Nov 27, 2018 01:00 pm EST
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What you'll learn

With heightened pressure for providers to assume greater risk as part of the shift toward value-based care, the importance of meeting quality targets and ensuring cost effective care delivery is now at the core of their shifting business models.

Northeast Medical Group (NEMG) (part of Yale New Haven Health System) knew they had to move from volume to value and look to new strategies to improve risk-based reimbursement and deliver improved health outcomes across their population. Through an intense focus on the accuracy of their documentation and ICD10 coding practices across their organization, NEMG was able to realize a 16% increase in their overall RAF score, prioritize and complete annual care and wellness visits, and submit risk adjustment changes to their target Medicare Advantage population within a few months.  Ongoing efforts continue to focus on provider education for documentation and coding accuracy.

Join to learn:

  • Gain an understanding of why improvements in documentation and coding accuracy should be a key focus for provider organizations
  • Understand key best practices to evaluate performance across risk-based populations to identify opportunities to improve performance
  • Discuss methods of provider transparency, education and collaboration
  • Deliver insight into methods to infuse risk adjustment into the current workflow for providers
  • Gain insight into methods of member engagement to ensure members are receiving high quality care

Wednesday Nov 28, 2018 09:00 am EST
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Everything is changing. And now there’s a chance it’s changing for the better.

Medicine is improving at a whirlwind pace. Breakthroughs such as immunotherapy and genetics are changing the way we treat cancer. New drugs are being approved at an unprecedented rate. Artificial intelligence and deep learning, until recently just science fiction, are actually starting to make a real difference in public health. The big question now: How can we take this kindling and set it ablaze?

The 2018 Forbes Healthcare Summit will again gather healthcare’s most powerful people for candid and open discussion, tackling controversial issues head on. Our goal: to turn healthcare’s challenges into new opportunities.

Thursday Nov 29, 2018 08:00 am EST
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On November 29, 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness will host a public workshop, Pain and Symptom Management for People with Serious Illness in the Context of the Opioid Epidemic. The workshop aims to explore the tension between efforts to address the opioid epidemic and the resulting impact on access to pain medications for people facing serious illness. The workshop will examine the unintended consequences of the responses to the opioid epidemic for patients, families, communities, and clinicians, and consider potential policy opportunities to address them.

The workshop will unfold over five sessions. A live webcast option will also be available on the meeting's webpage on the day of the workshop at: http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/Activities/HealthServices/QualityCa...

Friday Nov 30, 2018 09:00 am EST
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Part 1: Innovations in GI Cancer
Friday, November 30 | 8:30am–4:00pm
A unique forum for discussions on cutting-edge research, and the pipeline of promising new therapies and technologies in GI cancers.


Special: Advances in Nuclear Imaging & Therapy for Neuroendocrine Tumors
Friday, November 30 | 1:30pm–4:00pm
Presented by: The Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging


Part 2: Advances in GI Cancer: 2018
Saturday, December 1 | 8:00am–12:00pm
Leading medical professionals will discuss the advances in the GI cancer field over the past year.


Part 3: Patient Symposium
Saturday, December 1 | 8:30am–2:00pm
Bringing patients and families disease-specific information and education, tools for managing their cancer care, and engage them in a discussion of the promise of emerging therapeutic approaches in cancer care.


Special: The Luminary Awards in GI Cancer
Thursday, November 29 | 6:00pm–9:00pm
To honor renowned clinicians, researchers, patients and advocates who have devoted their time, talent and resources to improving the care for patients and families who are affected by GI Cancers.

Tickets for the Luminaries can be purchased here: luminaryawards18.eventbrite.com

Friday Nov 30, 2018 12:00 pm EST
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The Georgetown Collaborative Diplomacy Initiative (GCDI) introduces Georgetown graduate and professional students, faculty, and staff to non-traditional approaches to diplomacy. This event, Healthcare as Alternative Diplomacy, features Dr. Irene Jillson and Dr. Mary Paterson, two health scholars and practitioners with extensive international experience. We invite you to participate in what will be a lively and productive discussion of healthcare's unique role within the practice of diplomacy. Food will be served at 12pm and the event will commence shortly after.

Monday Dec 3, 2018 08:00 am EST
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Health, Environment and Energy. This two-day, multi-track event will showcase the groundbreaking research of ACEEE’s new Health and Environment program as well as the work of prominent experts and academics in this growing field.

This premier event will bring together innovative leaders from a variety of professions to explore how energy choices can affect our health and the environment. The conference will explore how reducing energy waste, for example, can reduce pollution and protect health.

Speakers and attendees will be diverse, bringing expertise in public health and environmental regulation as well as energy-saving programs, policies, and technologies. They will discuss cutting-edge research and the pioneering efforts of public health advocates. Attendees will have plenty of opportunities to network and brainstorm.

This conference will feature multiple tracks for participants, who can earn professional continuing education credits. The conference will include plenary panels, breakout sessions, and moderated discussions — not to mention lunches, receptions, and fun activities.

As childhood asthma reaches epidemic levels and health effects from pollution intensify, there’s never been a more important time to focus on how we can change the way we use energy in order to clear the air of harmful pollutants and protect people’s health. Reducing energy waste can become a strategy for addressing many of the social determinants of public health. We hope you’ll join us for this timely, crucial conversation.

Monday Dec 3, 2018 01:00 pm EST
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The 2018 BRG Healthcare Leadership Conference will be held from December 3–5, 2018, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. It is designed expressly for senior executives from healthcare organizations, financial institutions, private equity firms, law firms, and policy experts. It offers a unique forum for healthcare leaders to converge to discuss the most pressing issues facing the industry.

Join your peers for two game-changing days dedicated to thought leadership, insights, and networking. The BRG Healthcare Leadership Conference delivers:

  • Outside-the-box approaches for the challenges and opportunities in front of you

  • New strategies for developing ideal partnerships

  • The best thinking of how to advance the quality and efficiency of care

  • Fresh perspectives on your most important priorities

  • Opportunities to develop peer relationships that can help your business

Tuesday Dec 4, 2018 09:00 am EST
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Our 2018 Annual Meeting gathers Leapfrog’s constituency of employers and other purchasers, health plans, policymakers, consumer advocates, leading researchers and clinicians, and senior hospital and health system leaders. The central topic this year is best practices for rating surgery provided in hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers. As part of this, we’ll share exclusive data from Leapfrog’s new measures on inpatient hospital and surgeon volume, and offer a briefing on Leapfrog’s upcoming launch of ratings of hospital outpatient surgery and ambulatory surgery centers.

Following the Annual Meeting program, we’ll honor the achievements of the 2018 Leapfrog Top Hospitals, approximately 100 hospitals in four categories, at our annual Leapfrog Awards Dinner.

Sunday Dec 9, 2018 09:00 am EST
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Founded in 1998, Lincoln Healthcare Leadership is a healthcare intelligence company serving C-level leaders of large providers. Our core product is best-in-class executive conferences known for visionary education, exceptional peer networking, authentic customer service, and memorable experiences. We currently own and operate five conferences in four healthcare segments: acute care, home health, long-term care, and senior living.

Our mission is to inspire excellence in leadership, strategy, and innovation and to help providers accelerate change as healthcare moves from fee-for-service to a value-based system

Monday Dec 10, 2018 08:30 am EST
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This program is an in-depth guide to NCQA Recognition requirements and the process for achieving PCMH recognition. Recognized practices and clinicians have proved the relevance of the NCQA PCMH standards to the Triple Aim. The 2017 standards emphasize a practice wide commitment to sustaining the PCMH transformation, demonstrating patient care and population health management, care coordination and ongoing quality improvement.

Practices are rewarded for integrating behavioral healthcare and addressing the impact of social determinants on patient needs. NCQA requirements are positioned to qualify for the Merit-Based Incentive Performance System (MIPS) Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIA) and to support other MIPS requirements under MACRA.

Additionally, a special discussion will be held for New York State attendees and others interested in learning about the New York State Patient-Centered Medical Home (NYS PCMH) Recognition Program. Participants will be able to hear first-hand and ask questions about this exclusive model developed based on the NCQA PCMH model, which supports the state’s initiative to improve primary care and promote the Triple Aim: better health, lower costs and better patient experience.

Join us for this thorough review of the PCMH 2017 requirements and the documentation needed to support an application for NCQA Recognition.

What You Will Learn

At the conclusion of the program, participants will have the knowledge they need to:

• Identify the core attributes of patient-centered medical homes.

• Identify required evidence and determine how to present it.

• Describe processes and procedures that demonstrate transformation into the medical home model.

• Understand the roles of the NCQA Representative and Evaluator and CCE. 

• Examine the challenging requirements in a variety of practice environments. 

• Outline the features and functions of the Q-PASS system.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for any health care professional, health care decision maker or consultant interested in getting the inside perspective directly from expert faculty from NCQA in evaluating a primary care practice and their ability to become Recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by NCQA. 

Tuesday Dec 11, 2018 10:46 am EST
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Please hold this time for the December PCPCC Policy and Advocacy Call.  These monthly calls are an opportunity for members to discuss current issues and activity, as well as strategies for how PCPCC and its members can collaborate toward shared goals. If you have suggestions for items to include in an upcoming call agenda, please feel free to email Chris Adamec, Director of Policy, directly at [email protected].  

Wednesday Dec 12, 2018 08:30 am EST
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The NCQA PCMH Recognition program plays an integral role in practice transformation and improving the quality of health care. This advanced course is intended for individuals who have applied NCQA PCMH Recognition requirements in the practice setting. It examines the PCMH 2017 standards and the redesigned assessment process. It takes a hands-on approach to each PCMH Concept, and a deeper dive to explore the key characteristics of a successful medical home.

This course will discuss evidence to support the core and elective criteria. It will also focus on advanced topics such as the Distinction Modules, electronic Clinical Quality Measures, and how to receive autocredit.  Attendees will participate in facilitated activities that demonstrate how earning elective credits builds upon the Core criteria of a Competency. Our faculty will incorporate topics on behavioral health integration, the importance of assessing the social determinants of patient health, engaging with patients and the community, and continuous quality improvement.

What You Will Learn

At the conclusion of the program, participants will have the knowledge they need to:

• Discuss transfer credit and distinctions.

• Explain how elective criteria build upon core criteria within a competency.

• Examine opportunities and approaches to continue to succeed in the PCMH model of care. 

• Determine a strategy for preparing a practice for the three (3) virtual check-ins and begin to create a transformation plan.

• Describe the types of evidence a practice can provide to meet the intent of a criterion, competency, and concept.

Who Should Attend

This interactive program is geared towards individuals with significant knowledge of the NCQA PCMH Standards and experience implementing those standards in a practice setting and who have attended the Introduction to PCMH 2017 seminar; and those who intend to obtain the individual Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Content Expert Certification credential.

Tuesday Dec 18, 2018 02:00 am EST
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A recent study found that Montana parents with higher social and emotional parenting skills were over six times more likely to engage in best practices to reduce underage drinking. This free webinar presented by the Montana State University Center for Health & Safety Culture will review social and emotional skills, how they are protective for youth, and a project creating practical tools for parents to reduce underage drinking and strengthen social and emotional skills.

Monday Jan 7, 2019 09:00 am EST
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NAEMSP® National EMS Medical Directors Course & Practicum®
This course will include:
  • A foundation upon which to function effectively as an EMS medical director regardless of EMS system type
  • Specific management tools, which may be of use in your local EMS system
  • Dialogue with EMS physicians and professionals from a number of different systems that will develop a network for future problem solving
  • An understanding of how EMS functions within the broader emergency care system at a local, state, and national level
  • A foundation for a career in EMS
Course Co-Directors:
Beth Adams, MA, RN, NREMT-P
Robert Swor, DO
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EMS Quality Improvement and Safety Workshop
Are you interested in stepping up the quality of your agency or EMS system? This is the course for you! Designed for EMS medical directors and quality leaders who want to improve the clinical quality of their service and need the tools to be more effective, the course will apply the lessons of healthcare improvement to the challenges of EMS and out-of-hospital care. During the course you will learn the tenets of improvement science and how to practically apply these lessons to your environment, be it a small agency, a larger EMS system or a state-wide effort. This year we are expanding the course to a two-day format. The course is designed flexibly – two days are recommended, but each day works independently, depending on your experience with quality improvement.

Tuesday Jan 8, 2019 07:00 am EST
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Join us for our 2019 Neonatal Nursing Conference!

The purpose of this conference is to discuss the full spectrum of care-giving in the NICU: from the neonate and family to the unit and care of the healthcare providers. All members of the Women & Infant Health interdisciplinary team are invited to attend. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

Tuesday Jan 8, 2019 11:00 am EST
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Who You’ll Meet

Digital Health Summit @ CES attracts a wide range of engaged industries and senior business executives from small startups to large global enterprises.

What To Expect

Each year, over 80 world class thought leaders, innovators, healthcare practitioners and digital health luminaries participate in the Digital Health Summit covering a vast array of the most relevant topics.

What You’ll See

With over 55,000 square feet dedicated to digital health, there is no shortage of cutting-edge innovations on display. Experience and interact with the latest technologies advancing modern medicine, healthcare and wellness.


Tuesday Jan 22, 2019 09:00 am EST
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We know many in our communities and around the state are working together to help assure conditions in which all people can be healthy.  We have much to learn from each other! The 2019 Health Summit will welcome and highlight these diverse, positive stories of community action and change as well as share successful strategies, important lessons learned, evidence-based recommendations, and additional opportunities for continued work together. 

The 2019 Health Summit is being organized around three thematic areas:

Partnerships to Promote the Public’s Health – We are actively seeking to both recognize well-established partnerships and welcome new ones, particularly non-traditional partners from outside the formal public health and health sectors. This is consistent with the national Public Health 3.0 initiative, the growing recognition of the importance of the social determinants of health, and the need for health in all policies. We are particularly interested in sessions that describe new and innovative collaborations to promote public health.

Strength-Based Approaches to Health Promotion – We recognize the unintentional consequence of potentially stigmatizing those in our communities who bear a disproportionate burden of disease, illness and injury, often for complex socio-cultural reasons beyond their control. We are particularly interested in sessions that highlight strength-based approaches to addressing identified problems.

Cultural Attunement and Community Engagement – We recognize that our state is home to a rich multi-cultural tapestry of traditions and includes some of the most culturally diverse zip codes in the country. We know, too, that people often have unique and valuable insight into the nature of the challenges they face and that they should be actively engaged in the development of potential solutions. We are particularly interested in sessions that demonstrate active cultural attunement and engagement of community members. 

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