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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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Leveraging Telemedicine and Telehealth in the COVID-19 Response
Monday, April 20, 2020 | Noon – 1 p.m. CST


FREE for members
$100 for non-members

Overview

In the face of the novel coronavirus, there will be no turning back from the integration of digital health, and particularly telemedicine and telehealth, into the overall healthcare landscape. Hospital boards need to be aware of this shifting landscape and how that relates to their governance responsibilities. This webinar will address the following:

  • The overall evolution of telemedicine and telehealth as it relates to hospital services;
  • How has the coronavirus response impacted the ability of a hospital to leverage telemedicine and telehealth?;
  • What questions should a board be asking about their hospitals use of these tools, now and in the future?; and
  • What will the digital health landscape look like in 10 years, and how can a board prepare for it?

Speaker:
Nora Belcher, Executive Director, Texas E-Health Alliance

Nora Belcher Nora Belcher is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and effective health care advocates in Texas and beyond. She spent five years in the Texas capitol helping shape health care policy, representing then-Governor Rick Perry in collaborative conversations with legislators, private sector health care concerns and the Texas Health & Human Services Commission. In that capacity, she is credited with leading major reform efforts in Medicaid, overseeing the creation of the state’s health information exchange, and playing a key role in reorganizing the state’s fractured health and human services system.

Since then, she has been an incredibly effective advocate for the modernization of health care delivery in her role as Executive Director of the Texas e-Health Alliance. She founded that non-profit advocacy group in 2009 to give health information technology stakeholders a voice in public policy. Under Nora’s insightful guidance, the Alliance has grown into the state's leading advocate, for the use of information technology to improve the health care system for patients at every level, from local communities to national level policy.

During the 2017 session of the Texas Legislature, Nora helped broker a cease-fire in a longstanding dispute over the legality of telemedicine in Texas, resulting in the passage of Senate Bill 1107 that removed the final barriers to widespread adoption of the life-saving technology. She followed that up in 2019 with the passage of SB 670 and HB 1063, which significantly expanded Medicaid reimbursement for telemedicine, telehealth, and remote patient monitoring.

Nora is a highly sought after speaker and commentator on healthcare issues, consulting with entities in numerous states and at the federal level. Her expertise in the utilization of health information technology and the manner in which governments contract for essential services has proven invaluable for state and national leaders struggling to craft effective health care policy.

Ms. Belcher holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin and owns a hardcover first editions of Dune and Game of Thrones.

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Open Meetings in the Age of Technology
May 5, 2020 | Noon – 1 p.m. CST

$179 for members
$199 for non-members

Overview

Adherence to the Open Meetings Act is mandatory for all governmental boards, including hospital district and County hospital boards. This law changes frequently, especially as technology advances, and all Trustees benefit from a refresher on the law and an update on important changes.

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

Craig Carter 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 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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Building and Fostering a High-Performing Board
June 9, 2020 | Noon – 1 p.m. CST

$179 for members
$199 for non-members

Overview

Health care governance is becoming more complex and demanding. The stakes are high. Who you put on your board and how board members are supported to be highly effective trustees are key. This webinar will focus on practical strategies for optimizing a four-part board development cycle that builds and fosters a high-performing board. Learning outcomes include:

  • Useful techniques for approaching board recruitment, refreshment and diversity;
  • Robust approaches to ensure that orientation creates a platform for governance excellence;
  • Practical strategies to raise the bar on board engagement; and
  • How to use evaluation to enhance board member retention.

Speakers:
Debra Stock, president, Debra Stock & Associates, LLC, Chicago

Debra Stock Debra Stock is President of Debra Stock & Associates, LLC, a boutique consulting practice specializing in governance of not-for-profit hospitals and health systems. Prior to forming her consulting practice, Debra served as Vice President of Trustee Services for the American Hospital Association which represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities throughout the U.S. In this role Debra served as AHA’s national expert on governance, developing thought leadership, education, resources and tools to help health care boards improve their effectiveness. In prior AHA roles, Debra worked with health care CEOs and leadership teams on strategies and programs to manage in rapidly changing environments. Earlier in her career, Debra also served in other consulting, health care association, and hospital management positions.

Debra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McDaniel College, Westminster, MD and a Master’s of Business Administration from DePaul University, Chicago.

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