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Wednesday, July 17

2-6 p.m.
Registration Opens


Thursday, July 18: Concurrent Events

6:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

THT Golf Tournament

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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*Separate registration fee applies


Thursday, July 18: Pre-Conference

7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Registration Opens

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Advanced Board Strategies Workshop

Health Care Governance Trends
Karma Bass, principal, Via Healthcare Consulting
This session with national governance expert Karma Bass will focus on how a board can bridge theory and practice in creating generative governance and a highly effective board. It will also examine the fundamental shift taking place in hospital and system board rooms as multi-tiered governance becomes the norm for our nation’s not-for-profit hospitals. The session will include case study discussions, how to make committees more effective, and what the typical division of authorities is for hospital boards that report to system boards. Bass will close with a discussion of advanced practice governance tools to take a board’s performance from okay to outstanding.

Contracting Physicians for Alignment
Jon Burroughs, M.D., FACHE, president and CEO, Burroughs Healthcare Consulting, New Hampshire
Today's physicians play a growing role in the strategic decisions of a hospital, as quality measures continue to impact a hospital's financial viability. Learn how to ensure physicians are integrated into the decision-making process and how the new physician role should be reflected in a hospital’s governance structure. This session will address physician contracts, how to structure contracts to reflect the physician's evolving role in hospital governance, and finally, how boards should work with and integrate physician advisory committees.

The Board Chair/CEO Partnership
Kimberly McNally, president, McNally & Associates, Seattle, Washington
Creating a culture of collaborative leadership is paramount for the well-being of your hospital. In this session, McNally will explore ideas for how the board chair/CEO leadership team can strengthen the board’s performance, such as planning and conducting board meetings that are engaging, productive and enjoyable, as well as creating a board team that “has what it takes” to make a difference.

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

New Board Member Orientation and Refresher

New Board Member Orientation
Fletcher H. Brown, J.D., partner, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, Austin; and Kevin Reed, J.D., partner, Reed, Claymon, Meeker & Hargett PLLC, Austin
This program provides an overview of the basics of hospitals and larger health care systems, a review of the role of the trustee, and a discussion of the issues faced by both new trustees and those with years of experience. Significant time is spent in this seminar devoted to the role of the hospital trustee as a policy maker and not as a manager. Trustees will be provided with the tools to effectively communicate with each other and those they govern.

Secrets of Open Meetings
Fletcher H. Brown, J.D., partner, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, Austin
This session will focus on the key things public board members need to know to comply with the Texas Open Meetings Act rules for agendas, quorums, meetings, closed sessions and the appropriate minutes for each. In addition, the speaker will also address top issues for responding to public information requests under the Texas Public Information Act.

Intro to Hospital Finance
Deborah Whitley, partner, BKD, Waco
Health care finance is certainly different than other industries. This session will cover some of the unique aspects of health care finance and how to better understand key items on the hospital’s financial statements and key financial statement metrics. The presentation will address what board members need to understand about how hospitals are paid for services provided and unique areas of cost.

Board’s Role in Quality and Patient Safety Oversight
Karen Kendrick, RN, vice president of clinical initiatives, Texas Hospital Association Foundation, Austin
Hospital board members need to have a working understanding of the critical components of quality and patient safety measures. This session will review what questions board members need to be prepared to ask, and how best to interpret data in order to measure the effectiveness of the hospital's quality and patient safety initiatives.

9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open

10:30-10:45 a.m.
Morning Break

Noon-1 p.m.
Pre-Conference Luncheon

2:30-2:45 p.m.
Afternoon Break

4-5 p.m.
Welcome to San Antonio Reception


Friday, July 19: Day One

7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Registration Open

7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:15 a.m.
Opening General Session: Five Steps to Make the Impossible Possible
Ben Nemtin, member of MTV’S hit show, The Buried Life and New York Times bestselling author, California

Ben Nemtin is a New York Times bestselling author whose "Five Steps to Make the Impossible Possible" leaves audiences inspired and equipped to tackle the seemingly insurmountable. Ben is a relatable, humorous and inspiring speaker whose approach to goal-setting has been embraced by organizations and health care associations across the country.

10:15-10:45 a.m.
Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:45 a.m.-Noon
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Texas Legislative Update
Jennifer Banda, J.D., vice president of advocacy, public policy and HOSPAC, Texas Hospital Association, Austin; and John Henderson, president and CEO, Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, Austin
With representatives from THA and the Texas Organization of Rural Hospitals, this session will offer a recap of the 86th Legislature and review outcomes that will impact Texas hospitals.

Why Some Succeed and Others Fail: Steps to Increase Revenue and Decrease Expenses
Kevin Reed, J.D., partner, Reed, Claymon, Meeker & Hargett PLLC, Austin; and Deborah Whitley, partner, BKD, Waco
The need to increase revenue while decreases expenses is a common refrain heard across the spectrum of hospitals and health care systems. Yet not all strategies work, and some fail from lack of buy in from the board. Learn to identify areas for financial performance improvement, along with strategies on how to get hospital management and the board in alignment to address these issues.

The Evolving Role of the Physician in the 21st Century
Jonathan Burroughs, M.D., FACHE, president and CEO, The Burroughs Healthcare Consulting Network, Inc., New Hampshire
Attend this session to understand the current disconnect between physician orientation and training and their current role in our health care systems. The speaker will address why physicians will need to move from data entry and procedure/testing piece-workers to a clinical executive role to oversee the management of covered lives. Learn how you can leverage physician resources and talent to drive both optimized quality and financial returns.

How to Protect Yourself from Governance Risk When Developing Compensation Plans
Craig Carter, J.D., partner, Jackson & Carter, Austin; and Brian Jackson, J.D., partner, Jackson & Carter, Austin
With physician and nursing shortages, hospitals are offering more in incentive packages to new hires. However, there is institutional risk involved when hospitals offer incentives to attract new recruits. This session will cover how to structure new hire contracts and strategies to minimize risks.

Developing High Performing Boards
Paul Detwiler, M.D., board chair, UT Health Tyler
As hospitals adapt to the changing health care landscape, so too must effective governance models. This session will address how various leadership principles can be applied to drive high-performing boards in today's hospitals and health systems. The speaker also will highlight hospital best practices to create a collaborative and innovative partnership between hospital leadership teams and their boards.

Noon-1:30 p.m.
Trustee Awards Luncheon

1:30-2:45 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Repeat Session - Texas Legislative Update
Jennifer Banda, J.D., vice president of advocacy, public policy and HOSPAC, Texas Hospital Association, Austin; and John Henderson, president and CEO, Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, Austin
With representatives from THA and the Texas Organization of Rural Hospitals, this session will offer a recap of the 86th Legislature and review outcomes that will impact Texas hospitals.

The Role of the Board in Innovation
Cathy Eddy, founder, Health Plan Alliance, Irving
"Innovation" is a favorite word among leaders of all stripes today. But what does innovation really mean for hospitals and what is a board's role in innovation? This session will address how more boards are engaged in innovation, how boards can structure board meetings to address innovation; how to structure board committees to focus on it; and finally, how to measure and share outcomes related to innovation.

Hospitals Can Mitigate Risk Through CMS' Pathways to Success and a Collaborative ACO
Tim Gronniger, president, Caravan Health, Kansas City, Missouri
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released the final rule for the 2019 Medicare Shared Savings Program. This session will describe how CMS is continuing to push risk to providers and how hospitals can reduce the risk of the new Medicare ACOs by 75 percent. With policy changes finally locked down, it’s time for hospital leaders to make a plan. The session will highlight the financial benefits of value-based strategies and identify steps hospitals can take now to profitably participate in risk-based payment models such as ACOs.

A Fireside Chat on the Future of Rural Hospitals
Honorable Randy Clapp, J.D., judge, 329th Judicial District and chair, El Campo Memorial Hospital; Jeff R. Turner, FACHE, chief executive officer, Moore County Hospital District, Dumas; moderated by David Pearson, FACHE, regional executive, American Hospital Association, Austin
From surprise billing to questions around future funding, there is a lot going on in Washington that impacts rural hospitals. Come hear a moderated discussion around what trustees and leaders of rural hospitals need to understand about the changing rural health care landscape and the impact on advocacy, operations and governance.

Cyber Incident Risk and Mitigation Strategies
Justin Freeman, J.D. counsel, Winstead PC, Austin
Freeman will address the current threat environment as well as specific tactics, techniques and procedures used by various adversaries in the health care space. In addition, attendees will learn the essentials of risk mitigation: preparedness, vendor management, response and insurance.

2:45-3:15 p.m.
Afternoon Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:15-4:30 p.m.
Afternoon General Session: Be Bold, Be Unstoppable
Alden Mills, three-time Navy SEAL platoon commander and author, Kentfield, California

Mills uses vignettes from his experiences as an entrepreneur, CEO, and Navy SEAL to demonstrate how boldness makes people unstoppable -- and how unstoppable people change an organization forever. Mills will share how his C.A.R.E. framework inspires and equips people to be bold each day. Learn how C.A.R.E.-based employees give four times the effort, are eight times more likely to say they're proud of their organization and are twenty times more innovative.

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Noble Allen Silent Auction & Reception


Saturday, July 20: Day Two

7:30 a.m.-Noon
Registration Open

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Certified Healthcare Trustee Breakfast
Invitation only
W.F. Strong, writer and NPR contributor, Stories from Texas, and professor of communication and culture, The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley
W.F. Strong will share some of his experiences while working on his current project for NPR, " Stories from Texas." Strong’s accounts explaining and celebrating life in the Lone Star State air on “Texas Standard,” available through Texas public-radio affiliates.

7:30-8:30 a.m.
General Attendee Breakfast

8:30-9:45 a.m.
General Session: Pathways to Population Health: The Role of Hospitals and Health Systems
Somava Stout,
M.D., vice president, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and executive lead, 100 Million Healthier Lives, Boston, Massachusetts
Somava Stout, M.D., has dedicated her career to improving health, well-being and equity through the development of thriving people, organizations and communities. She has worked as a primary care internist and pediatrician in the safety net and a global public health practitioner for over 20 years. She currently serves as Vice president at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and as executive lead of 100 Million Healthier Lives, which brings together 1000+ partners in 28 countries to achieve transformation in health, well being and equity. Stout will share her experiences and successes that led to breakthrough results in health outcomes and cost for a safety net population.

9:45-11 a.m.
Closing General Session: The Disruptors: How Tech Companies Will Change Health Care
Ron Galloway, expert on disruptors’ impact on health care, Georgia

Health care is in the midst of a disruptive phase, with most changes being brought about by new technologies and new entrants into space. In this session, Galloway will illustrate the disruptive impact technology is having on hospitals, particularly the shift from hospitals as health care delivery systems to hospitals as data institutions; a timeline of these shifts, and how they will work in tandem to alter health care delivery and evolve the mission of hospitals; and how disruptive companies plan to impact hospitals and health care.

11 a.m.
Adjourn

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