FHA Collaborative on Reducing Readmissions in Florida

Face-to-Face Meeting

Friday, October 16, 2009
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
Orlando, Florida


9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome, Overview of Activities on Readmissions and Meeting Objectives
Bruce Spurlock, MD, Convergence Health Consulting, and Kim Streit, Florida Hospital Association

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9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Readmissions and Payment Reform – Approaches from Congress and the Administration
Beth Feldpush, DrPH, American Hospital Association

Readmissions and bundled payments have been identified as a focus for potential cost savings to help fund expanding health care coverage. The latest information on under consideration in Congress, when hospitals payment will be affected and AHA’s perspective on readmissions. Download Presentation Here

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. What are other payers considering with readmissions?
Payers are exploring opportunities for reducing readmissions through various types of programs to better coordinate care and through payment incentives to encourage providers to better manage care to reduce the likelihood of a readmission. A panel will talk about programs and opportunities from the payer side that target readmissions.

Jon Gavras, MD, BlueCross BlueShield of Florida
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John Harkins, Independent Living Systems
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Norbert Goldfield, MD, 3M Health Information Systems, Maryland Health Services Cost Commission
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Cathy Palmier, MD, UnitedHealth Group
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11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Care Transitions Update
Susan Stone, MSN, RN, FMQAI

Florida is one of 14 sites chosen for the CMS Care Transitions Program. An update will be provided to share some of the learnings from this focused initiative that engages all those in the care continuum. Download Presentation Here

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Hospital Success Stories
Members of the collaborative are working hard on implementing innovative strategies to reduce readmissions. Hear from your colleagues on what they are working on, the challenges and successes.

Sally Coxwell, RN, BSN, Baptist Health
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Carol Fox, BSN, MSN, CPMSM, CPHQ, Lakeland Regional Medical Center
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Don Pocock, MD, and Jerry Corsello, Morton Plant Mease Health Care/Project Boost
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1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. From a Physician’s Perspective: What Hospitals Can Do During the Stay to Reduce Readmissions
Zaby Vyas, MD, Associated Family Medicine

Physicians and hospitals can work together to minimize the risk of a patient being rehospitalized. Hear the perspective from the Medical Director of a large family medicine group practice on suggestions for improving the hospital stay and discharge that could reduce the chance for a readmission.

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Care Transitions: Working with Post-Acute Care Providers
Readmissions are not just a hospital issue, but care after hospital discharge plays an important role in whether a patient is readmitted. Post-acute providers will share their insight as to reasons patients get readmitted and strategies where post-acute providers can work together to minimize the likelihood of readmission.

Scott Clark, NHA, Orlando Health Visiting Nurse Association (VNA)
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Randy Hunt, Senior Resource Alliance, Inc. (Area Agency on Aging)
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Beverly Wecal, RN, MBA, HealthSouth Sea Pines Rehabilitation Hospital
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3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Wrap Up - Summary for the day.
Bruce Spurlock and Kim Streit

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