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Wednesday, July 29

2-6 p.m.
Registration Open


Thursday, July 30: Concurrent Events

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

THT Golf Tournament


Thursday, July 30: Pre-Conference

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

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

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

Advanced Board Strategies Workshop

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

8:30-10 a.m.
Strategic Thinking and Change Management for Health Care Boards
Les Wallace, Ph.D., president, Signature Resources, Aurora, Colorado

10-10:30 a.m.
Morning Break

10:30 a.m.-Noon
What Went Wrong, A Governance Case Study
Todd Linden, president, Linden Healthcare Consulting
One of the most reliable indicators of a hospital’s vitality and performance is the quality and competence of its governance. In this session, Linden will introduce the true story of a hospital board scenario that went terribly wrong. It’s an opportunity for participants to learn and benefit from an all too common leadership dysfunction in hopes that it will mitigate the chance of something similar happening to you. After laying out the case, participants will engage in small group discussions about ways to address the issue followed by discussion and debate about lessons learned.

Noon-1 p.m.
Pre-Conference Luncheon

1-2:30 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.

2:30-3 p.m.
Afternoon Break

3-4 p.m.
Governance Oversight of Complex Community Partnerships
Speaker information to come
As increased focus is put on population health as a means to curb avoidable admissions, hospitals are expanding partnerships to include multiple stakeholders within their communities spanning from local fire departments to law enforcement. How do governance structures evolve to provide adequate oversight of these multifaceted partnerships? This session will review case studies in effective governance of these complex community partnerships.

New Board Member Orientation and Refresher

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

8:30-10:30 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.

10:30-11 a.m.
Morning Break

11 a.m.-Noon
The Board’s Role in Quality and Patient 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.

Noon-1 p.m.
Pre-Conference Luncheon

1-1:30 p.m.
Introduction to Texas Healthcare Trustees
Amy Eskew, Interim Director, Texas Healthcare Trustees and Director of Program Development, Texas Hospital Association Foundation, Austin; and Susannah Ramshaw, Manager of Trustee Programs and Engagement, Texas Healthcare Trustees, Austin

1:30-4 p.m.
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.

2:30-3 p.m.
Afternoon Break

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

4-5 p.m.
Welcome to Austin Reception


Friday, July 31: 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 a.m.
Opening General Session: Everything You Think About Innovation is Wrong
Ben Hammersley, Journalist/Author/Digital Thought Leader, New York

For something that holds the key to prosperity and success in the 21st Century, it is upsetting to realize that we’ve been doing it wrong. We think about innovation in the wrong way. We’ve been using the wrong words, paying attention to the wrong things, and retelling the same, old, wrong, and misleading stories. True innovation does not mean embracing the latest technological buzzword and trying to leap five years into the future with the help of an AI or a blockchain. It’s not dependent on a small and expensive class of technowizards, or magazine-cover masters of the universe. Instead, innovation is a skill and a mindset that can be learned by anyone. It’s a continual process that truly cutting-edge organizations can develop within every single member of staff. These talks show the true historical and cultural complexities of innovation and teach the audiences how to apply those lessons to their daily practices.

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

10:45-11:45 a.m. 
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

Hospital Financial Health - Where Are We At?
Moderated by Deborah Whitley, partner, BKD, Waco

Building the Board Cycle
Stacy Cantu, chief governance officer, Texas Health Resources, Dallas; and Debra Stock, president, Debra Stock & Associates, LLC, Chicago

More Topics to Come

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

1:30-2:30 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

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

Better Board Decision Making
Debra Stock, president of Debra Stock & Associates, LLC, Chicago

Governance Best Practice – It’s All About the Relationships
Todd Linden, president, Linden Healthcare Consulting
Boards come in all shapes, sizes and structures, yet they all have one thing in common – getting to governance best practice takes constant effort and time. Relationships between the board, medical staff and administration are the keys to success. For exceptional hospital performance, the board and CEO relationship must be built by trust, transparency, and a thoughtful game plan. The better the relationship between a hospital and its medical staff, the better the hospital…period. This session will focus on the fundamental hallmarks strong boards constantly build upon when looking to fulfill their oversight, foresight and insight roles.

2:30-3:15 p.m.
Afternoon Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:15-4:30 p.m.
Afternoon General Session: Politics and Elections
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. Serving as White House correspondent during the Clinton Administration and covering every presidential election from 1992 to 2012 for NPR, Liasson delivers a candid perspective on how the media will impact the politics and policy issues facing the country today.

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Noble Allen Silent Auction & Reception


Saturday, August 1: Day Two

7:30-11 a.m.
Registration Open

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Certified Healthcare Trustee Breakfast
Invitation only

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

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Engaging Physicians to Execute System Performance
Craig Deao, Leader, Managing Director, National Speaker and Author, Florida

The engagement and alignment of physicians will accelerate achievement of quality, safety, service and operational goals. This is easy to say, but it is more challenging to execute. Attend this session to discover what leaders must do to create true physician collaboration. Deao will discuss three tactics proven to improve physician engagement and alignment; examine the link between quality and service with physicians; and set targets for delivering perfect patient experience.

Compliance Issues Facing Health Care Boards
Speaker information to come

The Future of Texas Health Care Funding
Speaker information to come

The Changing C-Suite and Evolving Board Leadership
Speaker information to come

9:45-11 a.m.
Closing General Session: The Perfect Patient Experience: Bringing High Reliability to the Bedside
Craig Deao, Leader/Managing Director/National Speaker/Author, Florida

The defect-free patient experience: what would that be like? The patient would access the right care at the right time; receive the right diagnosis and evidence-based treatment, with no adverse effects; and experience both the care and compassion that engenders trust in her providers, better outcomes, loyalty and recommendations to her friends. This session will review the evidence correlating positive patient experiences with quality and safety and introduce three evidence-based practices proven to improve each of these domains.

11 a.m.
Adjourn

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