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Check out the online learning opportunities below on an extensive range of topics. Each webinar is easy to purchase, watch and offers CHT credit!

Now more than ever it is important for boards to understand and include a population health perspective in their decision-making and oversight. While there may be some uncertainty over exactly what our hospitals and health systems will look like post-COVID, ensuring a focus beyond the walls of the hospital will remain a relevant strategy to improve impact and health outcomes.

CHT: 1 hour

Speakers: Karma Bass and Brad Clarke, Via Healthcare Consulting

Karma Bass Karma Bass is the founder of Via Healthcare Consulting and is a popular speaker, facilitator, and consultant. She has in-depth knowledge and experience in governance, strategic planning, philanthropy, quality oversight, healthcare policy and board effectiveness. Her clients include hospitals, health systems, and other healthcare and not-for-profit organizations. Previously, Karma worked with Accord Limited, a consulting firm serving clients nationwide with services in strategic planning, governance and board retreats. She also was the president and CEO of Alliance Healthcare Foundation, where she reported to an independent, 11-person not-for-profit board.

Brad Clarke Brad Clarke has more than 15 years’ experience working with managed care, hospital and nonprofit organizations in both the United States and New Zealand. In addition to consulting experience, Brad previously held leadership roles in corporate compliance, quality improvement and workforce development. He draws on this experience in supporting process improvement, navigating increasingly complex regulatory requirements and the development of governance work plans..

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This webinar will enhance awareness of how Health Equity is central to all health systems’ mission. Programs and initiatives that address health disparities will be discussed, along with strategies to integrate diversity and inclusion into overall organizational priorities. CHT: 0.5 hours

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Speakers: Marcos Pesquera, System Vice-President for Community Benefit, Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; and Tiffany Capeles, Director of Health Equity, CHRISTUS Health, Irving

Marcos Pesquera Marcos Pesquera is the System Vice-President for Community Benefit, Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at CHRISTUS Health, an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost 350 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 175 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. In this capacity, he leads the integration of diversity and inclusion strategies, cultural competence and community partnerships to impact population health and achieve health equity.

Tiffany Capeles Tiffany Capeles serves as Director of Health Equity and is responsible for establishing and advancing the Health Equity strategy of CHRISTUS Health by working across the organization to ensure initiatives, resources and tools are effectively leveraged. She leads the implementation of innovative system changes that promote community health, reduce health inequities, and improve patient outcomes.

The future of governance is already here, it is just not evenly distributed. In the 1990s, 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. Learn more about where governance models are going with guest expert Les Wallace. CHT: 1.0 hours

Speaker:Les Wallace, Ph.D.

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. Dr. Wallace, a governance and leadership consultant, 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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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. CHT: 1.0 hours

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.

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The compensation paid by healthcare organizations to their physicians and executives is a highly regulated and scrutinized area, and a source of increasing legal, as well as reputational, risk for healthcare organizations and their boards. This presentation will address the oversight responsibility of healthcare trustees regarding physicians and executives, with a focus on the legal and practical considerations regarding physician and executive compensation and discuss what healthcare trustees should and should not do to satisfy their fiduciary obligations in this area. CHT: 1.0 hours

Speakers: Craig Carter, attorney, Jackson & Carter; and Brian Jackson, attorney, Jackson & Carter, Austin, Tx

Craig Carter Craig Carter is a lawyer and co-founding partner with Jackson & Carter. He is the only lawyer in the State of Texas who is Board Certified in both Health Law and Labor and Employment Law. Craig's current practice with Jackson & Carter consists of representing non-profit and governmental hospitals and hospital related organizations daily, with a special focus on the legal relationships between hospitals and their employees and hospitals and physicians.

Brian Jackson Brian Jackson is a co-founder of Jackson & Carter. He represents physicians, hospitals, nurses and other healthcare providers in medical malpractice cases, proceedings initiated by their respective licensing Boards, and governance and operational issues. Brian serves as General Counsel for the Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange and the Texas Alliance for Patient Access and has testified before the Texas Legislature on multiple occasions as an expert resource witness concerning healthcare issues.

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With a focus on elements applicable to healthcare organizations, this webinar will cover the essential elements of the current cyber-threat landscape (who is after your data and how they operate), the key risks associated with cybersecurity failures, the critical elements of a successful cybersecurity program, and best practices to prepare for and respond to a data breach incident. CHT: 1.0 hours

Speaker: Justin Freeman, J.D., of counsel, Winstead, PC, Austin

Justin FreemanJustin Freeman is Of Counsel at Winstead, PC, based out of Austin and provides cybersecurity and technology transactions expertise to a diverse range of clients. He specializes in technically complex transaction agreements, open source technologies, cybersecurity, incident management, and international data privacy regulations. With a technical background managing mission critical healthcare IT systems, Justin focuses on closely engaging operational teams and business leadership to successfully structure product developments, cybersecurity/data breach responses, and commercial arrangements while minimizing legal risk.

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The complexity of the health care industry can make hospital governance challenging. This webinar highlights key considerations for rural hospital board members and offers suggestions on how to more effectively evaluate a hospital’s current financial position and financial results, with an emphasis on how to select and monitor key performance indicators. The presentation also addresses the role of tax revenues and supplemental Medicaid funding in a rural hospital’s financial health. CHT: 0.75 hours

Speaker: Chris Clark, CPA, member of BKD National Health Care Group, South Region Health Care Industry Leader

Chris ClarkChris Clark, CPA is a member of BKD National Health Care Group and currently serves as the South Region Health Care Industry Leader. He provides a variety of services, including audit, strategic planning, reimbursement consulting and cost report preparation services, to not-for-profit and governmental health care providers. Chris also is experienced in preparing financial forecasts and feasibility studies and provides services to nursing homes, home health agencies and psychiatric centers.

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