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2020 Federal & State Legislative Update
February 18, 2020 | Noon – 1 p.m. CST

$179 for members
$199 for non-members

Overview

Join advocacy experts from the Texas Hospital Association and the American Hospital Association for a health care update from Austin and Washington, D.C. – and learn about the top issues jockeying for priority in state and federal legislation in the coming year. Additionally, our panelists will cover 2020 health care trends and election, as well as strategic direction and activities for THA and AHA.

Speakers:
Jennifer Banda, J.D., vice president of advocacy, public policy & HOSPAC, Texas Hospital Association; and David Pearson, Regional Executive, American Hospital Association

Jennifer Banda Jennifer Banda, J.D., is vice president of advocacy, public policy & HOSPAC at the Texas Hospital Association. In her role at THA, Jennifer focuses on a variety of hospital and health advocacy initiatives at the state level and in front of the Texas Legislature and manages HOSPAC, the political action committee for THA.

Prior to joining THA, Jennifer managed health policy for Speaker of the House James E. “Pete” Laney. She also served as legislative director for the previous chair of the House Committee on Public Health and as general counsel for a state senator. Jennifer’s other governmental experience includes stints at several state agencies, on Capitol Hill, and in the White House.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Plan II Honors Program. In addition, she holds a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and is licensed to practice in the state of Texas.

David Pearson David Pearson serves as a Regional Executive for the American Hospital Association and is therefore the designated representative to all its member hospitals and the state and metro hospital associations located in Region 7, which includes AR, LA, OK and TX.

Before that, David was the President and CEO of TORCH, the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals, for 11 years. TORCH is an association whose members consist of general acute care hospitals of less than 150 beds as well as the companies and organizations which provide products and services to rural hospitals. David was also directly responsible for TORCH's subsidiary organizations and the management of several other healthcare provider associations. Before becoming CEO, David served as the Vice President of Advocacy and Communications for TORCH for five years.

Prior to coming to TORCH, David was the Director of Operations for the State Office of Rural Health in Texas and also coordinated all of the agency’s rural hospital programs. Before that, he held professional positions at several agencies and hospitals in Texas and Kansas, including the Executive Director of a 12-member rural hospital cooperative (Med-Op, Inc.) in the state’s Northwestern quadrant.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and a Master of Public Administration Degree both from Texas State University. David is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been Board Certified in Healthcare Management by ACHE since 2003.

David was active in the leadership of several other healthcare organizations, including National Rural Health Association, Texas Rural Health Association and more.

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Where Governance Models are Going: Trends toward 2025
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | Noon – 1 p.m. CST

$179 for members
$199 for non-members

Overview

The future of governance is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed. In the 90’s boards had to redesign fiduciary oversight to include greater attention to strategy. Board makeup, frequently criticized by regulators and consumers, has taken a turn toward younger and more diverse. The typical hospital board meeting is moving toward 75% strategy discussion and greater reliance on distributed forms of oversight to assure clinical quality. Hospital responsibility for population health greatly changes the traditional strategic focus for all hospitals.

Governance models are shifting rapidly in four domains that will be covered in this webinar:

  • Board makeup and competency mix become more critical and the face of the 2025 board will look quite different. How so and how to get there early?
  • Strategy investment in 2025 will near 75% of board dialogue and planning. How might a board’s strategic rhythm enhance the future proofing of your hospital?
  • Governance process and the typical board meeting has drastically changed. Has your board caught up with the new models that will dominate the 2025 governance landscape?
  • Organizational oversight, the fiduciary responsibility of boards, has broadened to include organizational culture and enterprise risk management. What will boards be paying attention to in 2025 and how might they manage this increased responsibility?

Speaker:
Les Wallace, Ph.D., author Principles of 21st Century Governance, former board member of the World Future Society

Les Wallace Les Wallace, Ph.D., author of Principles of 21st Century Governance and a former board member of the World Future Society, takes a look at trends moving boards to new Models of governance. As a governance and leadership consultant, Les has worked with over 400 boards of directors on governance and strategy and is a former hospital administrator and university professor.

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Essentials of Hospital Finance 2020
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | Noon – 1 p.m. CST

$179 for members
$199 for non-members

Overview

Financial oversight of the hospital or health system often is viewed as the main function of the organization’s governing board. The fiduciary duty is one of the core responsibilities of trustees – and health care board members are in a unique position, as health care finances are vastly different than many industries. This webinar will offer new and continuing board members, alike, with an overview of hospital finance for the coming year. Learning objectives include:

  • Know what to look for in your hospital’s financial statements, including certain revenues and expenses on the income statement and key items on your hospital’s balance sheet;
  • Better understand how you get paid and reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid and others;
  • Discuss some current key trends and update the status of certain healthcare programs.

Speaker:
Deborah Whitley, partner, BKD

Deborah Whitley Deborah Whitley is a partner in BKD and works out of the Waco office. She has over 25 years of experience working in the healthcare industry with a concentration in reimbursement consulting for hospitals, both acute care and critical access, rural health clinics and nursing homes.

Deborah has been involved in many of the operational implications of the regulatory changes and how they impact hospital facilities and beneficiaries. Deborah has spent much of her time working to help rural and community hospitals improve their overall Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. Some of the special reimbursement areas she works with are electronic health record funding, disproportionate share payments, volume adjustments, departmental financial projections, special coding, billing and pricing processes and reviews in both inpatient and outpatient areas of hospitals.

She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, Texas Association for Hospital Financial Administration and Texas Hospital Association.

Deborah is a graduate from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas with a B.B.A. degree in accounting in 1985.

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