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We have reached capacity for in-person attendance at the Healthcare Governance Conference. Please contact servicecenter@tha.org to add your name to the in-person waitlist. Registrants will be moved over from the waitlist on a first-come, first-serve basis if space becomes available.

We are offering virtual streaming of select sessions for those who are not able to attend in person. You can register at www.tht.org/hgc/virtual-sessions.

 

Agenda

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21
2 - 6 p.m. Registration
 
THURSDAY, JULY 22
PRE-CONFERENCE
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

8:30-8:45 a.m.
Introduction to Texas Healthcare Trustees
Susannah Ramshaw, Advisor of Trustee Programs and Engagement, Texas Healthcare Trustees, Austin

Texas Healthcare Trustees offers a diverse suite of educational and leadership development programming for hospital board members and executive leaders. This brief overview of THT will provide further information on resources and tools offered through in-person and virtual programs that can be accessed through your hospital's THT membership.

8:45-10 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
Billie Bell, RN, MBA-HC, FACHE, Chief Nursing Officer, Medina Healthcare System, Hondo

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.
Leading Transformation and Change in the Post-Pandemic Era
Les Wallace, Ph.D., President, Signature Resources, Aurora, Colorado

COVID-19 pandemic taught hospital boards their health systems can adapt in short order to crisis. Now the challenge is applying lessons learned, adopting new trends in governance, and leading communities and providers for a longer-term transformation. Post-pandemic is not a let’s get back to normal scenario and boards are not likely to return to the old governance models and processes. We will explore themes of boards as futurists, the evidence on successful corporate transformation efforts, how the governance model has already changed and the role of the board in putting it all together.

2:30-3 p.m.
Afternoon Break

3- 4 p.m.
Advanced Finance
Deborah Whitley, Partner, BKD, Waco

Dive one step deeper into hospital payment models including Medicare, Medicaid, PPOs and more. In addition, the speaker will review some of the accounting impacts of the ongoing pandemic and review the current economic environment.

4-5 p.m.
Ethics in Health Care 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
 
FRIDAY, JULY 23
HEALTHCARE GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE – DAY 1
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
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

With representatives from the Texas Hospital Association and the Texas Organization of Rural Hospitals, this session will provide an update on federal, state and local politics. In addition, the speakers will highlight the hot button issues for Texas hospitals coming out of the 87th Texas Legislature and touch on the work that lays ahead in the interim period.

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

What does good financial health look like? Attend this session to get an overview of the current economic landscape in health care and hear how to best position your hospital for financial success. The speaker's will review how to interpret financial statements and balance sheets, and what questions to ask to get an accurate look at your hospital's financial health.

Fostering Board Culture in a Changing Health Care Environment
Stacy Cantu, Chief Governance Officer, Texas Health Resources, Arlington; Ross Korkmas, CEO, Palo Pinto General Hospital, Mineral Wells; and May Tape, D.D.S., President, Board of Directors, OakBend Medical Center, Richmond
Moderated by Susannah Ramshaw, Manager of Trustee Programs and Engagement, Texas Healthcare Trustees, Austin

Over the past year, hospital boards and leadership teams have had to quickly adapt to an environment that impacts how governance and leadership teams previously operated. This panel will explore how boards and hospital leadership teams have fostered meaningful communications and dealt with disruption over the last year, and what new processes may be carried forward.

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

As health care leaders juggle myriad changes, the board remains an untapped strategic resource. The purpose of this session is to open the eyes of the c-suite and board members about the unrealized potential of boards to successfully navigate in the force of constant disruption. Session participants will learn specific techniques for deeper and permanent board engagement at the strategic level, and will depart the session with the tools to accelerate the board’s utility to the organization and to its senior leadership team.

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

With representatives from the Texas Hospital Association and the Texas Organization of Rural Hospitals, this session will provide an update on federal, state and local politics. In addition, the speakers will highlight the hot button issues for Texas hospitals coming out of the 87th Texas Legislature and touch on the work that lays ahead in the interim period.

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

Health care boards are subject to a myriad of legal requirements. This is especially true for public boards, who must comply with specific state open government and conflicts laws that are unique to governmental trustees, as well as fiduciary requirements common to all health care boards. This presentation will cover the key legal issues public boards need to know and discuss best practices for staying in compliance.

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.

The Role of the Board: Balancing Appropriate Governance and Effective Risk Management
Kenya Woodruff, J.D., Partner and Deputy General Counsel, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Dallas

This session will identify and review the tags in the CMS Conditions of Participation and Joint Commission Standards that directly pertain to health care boards, as well as review common deficiencies. In addition, the speaker will use case studies to highlight the importance of leadership and board transparency in risk management when an issue is identified.

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Afternoon Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Afternoon General Session
The State of Play in the Nation’s Capital
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
 
SATURDAY, July 24
HEALTHCARE GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE - DAY 2
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
Cesar Lopez, J.D., Associate General Counsel, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

In conjunction with Friday’s Texas Legislative Update, this breakout session will focus on the new laws and regulations introduced by the 87th Legislature that are most impactful to hospitals, and any issues related to implementation or compliance in the immediacy of the Legislative Session. Join us for a discussion on the impact the Texas Legislature had on your organization, and what you should understand and undertake to remain in compliance.

Quality Oversight Related to Health Equity
Yessenia Longoria, MSN, RN, Director of Population Health, Moore County Hospital District, Dumas; Winfred Parnell, M.D., Board Member, Texas Healthcare Trustees and Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, and Former Chair, Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dallas; and Marcos Pesquera, System Vice-President, Community Benefit, Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, CHRISTUS Health, Irving
Moderated by Corey Cotton, Member Ambassador and Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

Texas hospitals face unique challenges when working to achieve health care equity. In their oversight role, it is vital for board members to understand and interpret quality and patient safety data to identify health disparities in their service area. Hear from member hospitals and health care leaders on how board members can engage in health equity conversations in the board room and work together with their leadership teams to eliminate health disparities in the communities they serve.

COVID-19 Lessons Learned
Lynn Falcone, CEO, Cuero Regional Hospital; Carrie Kroll, Vice President of Advocacy, Quality and Public Health, Texas Hospital Association, Austin; and Barbara Lord Watkins, Chair, Medical City Dallas and Chair-Elect, Texas Healthcare Trustees, Austin
Moderated by Carrie Williams, Chief Communications Officer, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

The past year has shown the resiliency, collaborative spirit and innovation of Texas hospitals. In addition, the past year has highlighted areas of opportunity to improve health care delivery in the state of Texas. Attend this session to hear local and state updates as well as hospital member best practices and lessons learned.

THT’s Future Focus
Facilitated by Amy Eskew, President/CEO; and Susannah Ramshaw, Advisor of Trustee Programs and Engagement, Texas Healthcare Trustees, Austin

Texas Healthcare Trustees is proud to be the top trusted governance resource for Texas hospital board members and executive leaders. In our 60-year history, THT has evolved alongside our member hospitals to properly address health care and governance challenges and prepare leaders for the future. THT invites you to participate in a special planning session, facilitated by THT leadership, to help steer the organization into its next decade. Join us to share feedback and programming ideas so we may meet your needs and remain one of the most successful and trusted health care governance organizations in the country.

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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