2 - 6 p.m. Registration
7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
6:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. THT Golf Tournament
8:30 a.m. – Noon New Board Member Orientation & Refresher

8:30-9 a.m.
Introduction to Texas Healthcare Trustees
Susannah Ramshaw, Manager of Trustee Programs and Engagement, Texas Healthcare Trustees, Austin

9-10 a.m.
Board Member Orientation
Fletcher 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.

10-10:30 a.m.
Morning Break

10:30-11:15 a.m.
The Board’s Role in Quality and Patient Safety Oversight

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 to measure the effectiveness of the hospital’s quality and patient safety initiatives.

11:15 a.m.-Noon
Introduction 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.

Noon – 1 p.m. Pre-Conference Luncheon
1- 5 p.m. Advanced Board Strategies Workshop

1-2:30 p.m.
Strategic Thinking and Change Management for Health Care Boards
Les Wallace, Ph.D., President, Signature Resources, Aurora, Colorado

2:30-3 p.m.
Afternoon Break

3- 4 p.m.
Advanced Finance

4-5 p.m.
Ethics in Healthcare Governance
Craig Carter, J.D., Co-founding Partner; and Brian Jackson, J.D., Co-founding Partner, Jackson & Carter, PLLC, Austin

In this time of disruption and increasing transparency, ethical leadership is more critical than ever. From physician and executive compensation to insurance claims, the speakers will tackle some common leadership issues that require ethical decision making. Join us for this interactive discussion on ethical management and leadership and the impact on your organization.

5-6 p.m. Welcome to San Antonio Reception
7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration
7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 10 a.m.

Opening General Session
The Great Reassessment: What the COVID-19 Crisis Will Mean for The World Now and In The Future
Ben Hammersley, International Strategic Forecaster and Contributing Editor to WIRED Magazine, New York

From the way we’re now trying to continue our business operations to the social realization of who and what are truly essential and valuable, to how we will relate to each other in the future, 2020 will be seen as the year that every previously held assumption was thrown up into the air. The challenge is to understand how it might land, what we can control and what we will have to wait for, and how to position ourselves to recover and flourish in the future. In this talk world-renowned futurist and thought leader, Ben Hammersley, will address the likely scenarios for a post-COVID world, the things we can do today and in the upcoming months to prepare for it, and the skills and knowledge we can start developing today to truly flourish.

10 – 10:45 a.m. Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Texas Legislative Update
John Henderson, President and CEO, Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, Austin

Hospital Financial Health – Where Are We At?
Moderated by Deborah Whitley, Partner, BKD, Waco (moderator)

Fostering Board Culture in a Changing Health Care Environment

Equipping Your Board for Perpetual Turbulence
Kim Russel, CEO, Russel Advisors

Program participants will learn specific techniques for deeper and permanent board engagement at the strategic level. Participants will depart the session with the tools to accelerate the board’s utility to the organization and to the senior leadership team. The program also includes tips and techniques from highly effective trustees and boards from a variety of different organizations.

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Trustee Awards Luncheon
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Repeat Session: Texas Legislative Update
John Henderson, President and CEO, Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, Austin

Legal Considerations for Public Boards
Craig Carter, J.D., Co-founding Partner; and Brian Jackson, J.D., Co-founding Partner, Jackson & Carter, PLLC, Austin

The Number One Governance Unmentionable: Succession Planning
Kim Russel, CEO, Russel Advisors

Board members will agree that the most important role of the board is CEO selection and long- term retention. Then why is the subject of CEO succession planning taboo for most boards? Boards avoid this topic until CEO turnover (either planned or unplanned) is readily apparent. This places boards in a reactionary mode. This presentation will explore the reasons behind the reluctance of most boards and CEOs to tackle this topic. A step-by-step approach to conducting succession planning as an essential element of the board and CEO annual work plan will be presented. Attendees will depart this session with a proactive plan to engage the board in this vital discussion.

Risk Management – What You Need to Know
Kenya Woodruff, J.D., Partner and Deputy General Counsel, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Dallas

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Afternoon Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Afternoon General Session
Keynote Speaker: Mara Liasson, Journalist/White House Correspondent/Political Pundit, Washington DC
When it comes to politics and elections, Mara Liasson is of the most trusted voices in political journalism. In her positions as Political Contributor for Fox News, National Political Correspondent for NPR and the host of several award-winning newsmagazines, Liasson wields the experience needed to provide audiences with a solid understanding of the issues. In this session, Liasson will cover the recent election and the impact a new administration will have on health care policy and priorities.
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Noble Allen Silent Auction & Reception
7:30 a.m. – Noon Registration
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. General Attendee Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Compliance Issues Facing Health Care Boards

Quality Oversight Related to Health Equity
Yessenia Longoria, MSN, RN, Director of Population Health, Moore County Hospital District, Dumas; additional panelists coming soon
Moderated by Corey Cotton, Member Ambassador and Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

Post-Pandemic Lessons Learned

9:45 – 11:00 a.m. Closing General Session
Finding Silver Linings: Experimentation, Innovation, Opportunity
Craig Deao, Senior Leader, Managing Director, Author and National Speaker, Florida

Amidst the disruption and suffering caused by the pandemic, health care organizations also find themselves in a rare moment of grand experimentation. Fueled by sweeping changes to regulation, reimbursement and patient preferences, there has been an unprecedented wave of innovation, from the rise of telehealth to the flexibility of working from home. But which of these positive changes will sustain, and which will fade away? Local leaders have more control than they often think. This session shares a perspective on where to look for innovation, how to nurture the positive changes so they endure, and practical advice for ensuring you continue to build trusting relationships with your employees and communities.

11:00 a.m. Adjourn

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